September 20, 2012

Lovely Garden Finds or Fall Decoration on a Budget

A few weeks ago I picked up several kinds of dried plants in the garden.  I thought they would make a lovely fall decoration and I had the perfect shadow box to display them. I had painted my flea market find in a shabby white last year already but never got around to filling it. The spotted woodpecker feather I took from my stash but the wasp’s nest and the snail shells had been recent garden finds as well.

Total project costs: less than 1. 50 $.



Shadowbox Detail 1


Shadowbox Detail 2

Another pretty but inexpensive fall decoration is this jar filled with dried seed pods. I added a bird image from The Graphics Fairy and a doily that I had fixed with a piece of twine. I can tell that the kittens love my projects – too much, lol. Therefore instead of having them displayed in the living room they are on a dresser in the hall which is too high for them to jump on yet.



Jar Detail

What have you picked up outside for your fall decoration?

I’m linking up with the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration at “Common Ground

Brag Monday at “The Graphics Fairy

Happy weekend everyone!



September 02, 2012

About a Thread Catcher, a Needle Case and Being Published

I’m still following and catching up on Liz’s SewingRoom SewAlong challenge and can show you two items I’ve recently finished. The project of March was a thread catcher. When you sew a lot, it’s really practical to have such a little helper next to your sewing machine to collect all the tiny threads you cut off of each seam. Since threads tend to adhere to fabric, I went for a glass version, so that they wouldn't stick to the inside, when I empty out the thread catcher. I always keep some jars, I think I can use for something one day. You might know already that I love to recycle and upcycle. I picked this square jar because the shape, the wide opening and the size was just perfect.  With my multi purpose power tool, I sanded the screw thread and then soldered the jar rim. Using white wax, I adhered a piece of lace and then embellished my thread catcher. For a more antique look, I used patina solution on the soldered parts.

Thread Catcher

For the project of August, Liz suggested to make whether a needle case for hand sewing needles or one for the packets of sewing machine needles. Given that I have received several lovely needle books/cases as gifts from sweet friends, I made one to store my sewing machine needles. So far I had kept them in a plastic box but I’m happy about every of those I can get rid of. They are for sure practical but just not pretty.

I used a wooden box that I embellished with a vintage graphic and some laces. 

Needle Case 1
Needle Case 3

Then I glued pieces of an antique sewing pattern to sturdy cardboard which once had been a covering box for cat food. Elastic lace was sewn down to hold the needle packets. For a nice finish, I finally covered the back with another layer of cardboard and sewing pattern, including a little hanger in between back and front, so that the needle cards can be taken out of the box easily.

Needle Case 5

The great antique sewing machine image had been provided by Angie of Knick of Time. Thank you, Angie! Please click HERE to see all the graphics that are available on her blog. Angie adds new ones every Wednesday.

Needle Case 4

Some of you might remember the couch caddy I had sewn back in January for the first SewingRoom SewAlong challenge. You can read my post about it HERE. Shortly before our move, I received an email from Beth Livesay, managing editor of Somerset Home Magazine, asking if I’d be interested in sending in the couch caddy for a possible publication. Of course I was and I’m very happy and honored that the caddy was included in this year’s issue, along with lots of other beautiful creations.

Cover Somerset Home
Somerset Home - Couch Caddy Somerset Home

Thank you so much, Beth Livesay and Somerset Home for this wonderful opportunity! I would also like to thank Liz for coming up with the challenge. Without it, I wouldn’t have had this exciting experience.
Next time I’ll show you some fall decorations. Until then, have a great time and enjoy the beginning of the new season.
I’ll be joining these parties: