Monday, June 28, 2010

An Old Bedspread Gets New Life

I'm decorating and re-sewing my porch chair cushions this summer. Rather than buy all new cushions or even all new fabrics, I decided to give new life to an old bedspread. The bedspread was sitting in my attic in a plastic's still beautiful, but we weren't going to use it because there are a few rips in it. However, it's perfect material for a chair cushion cover. I sewed the ball trim onto the right side of the chair cushion fabric first.

Next I sewed the rest of the bedspread section to the wrong side of the cushion. The ball trim was tucked neatly inside, already having been sewn. The padding is also inside at this point.

Lastly, I turned all layers right side out and sewed up one of the short sides. Voila! A new reversible porch chair cushion.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Come See My Cottage Style Front Porch

This summer I'm decorating my city house front porch in a beach cottage/shack theme. Maybe you've seen and read about the latest trend in outdoors decorating...take the indoor furniture and accessories outdoors. So that's what you see in these photos. I love this trend because it's practical and I'm using items that I kept hidden in my attic or in a closet. Best of all, I'm saving a ton of money!
The front porch swing was cozied up with two quilted pillow shams. I stuffed them with thin bed pillows and tossed them onto the swing.
The "stained glass" pictures above the swing were made by me with Gallery glass. You'll also notice on the right side of the picture a bucket of silk flowers and some Florida themed books.

Using my colorful seashell collection and a vintage St. Augustine serving tray! The shells and sand are in a glass bowl right now. I'm going to get a silver galvanized pail and use that as a container instead.

My Florida themed books. Yes, my dogs chewed up one of the books! So, althought my lighthouse book isn't perfect enough for an indoor coffee's perfect on an informal front porch!

And finally I'm able to use my turquoise empty wine bottle that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. The glass is too beautiful!

Maybe you've seen or heard the latest trend in outdoors decorating...bring your indoor furniture and accessories outdoors. That's what I've been doing...and I'm saving a bundle of $$ too!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

How To Reuse Those Gaudy 80s Earrings

Maybe you have them in your jewelry box or your mother's jewelry
box...those gaudy 80s earrings! I gave away all of mine years ago.
I found some fun fish and parrot earrings in a thrift store recently.
I decided to make a fun purse for my daughter.

This first picture above is the purse when it was all done.
Gaudy, gaudy colorful 80s earrings!
Here's all my tools, earrings, beads and the orange purse.
My jewelry making tools always include wire cutters, 2 needle nose
pliers and flat nose pliers. I used gold colored jump rings to attach
some iridescent circles to the purse.

I didn't have to use my wire cutters much in this project. My needle
nose pliers did most of the work opening jump rings and taking apart

This orange purse was sewn with clear plastic thread. I used my
large sewing needles to lift the thread and attach my gold colored jump
rings with fish and beads.
Lastly, I made my own beaded trim with earring pieces and blue
ribbon. I attached the beaded ribbon to the purse with Fabri
Tac quick drying glue. I love that stuff!