Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Finding my style ...........

I have known what my style is for a long time.

Occasionally, I have trouble sticking to it.

I sometimes have a chair ..... a sofa ..... a table that ........... doesn't sing to me.  Maybe it was a gift .... maybe I bought it in another lifetime.  But it doesn't ... fit.

As Oprah says .... your house should rise up to greet you.  

I have had a dilemma for a while.

My 1972 Early American maple cedar chest didn't make me happy.

I disliked the brass bat wing handles.  A corner was chipped from too many moves.

And the finish on the top had chipped away from sun exposure.

It didn't fit my house .... it didn't fit my personality and it sure didn't rise up to greet me!

Now ... the dilemma comes in.

It was a gift from my parents.

And here comes the psychosis!!! Why ... after owning this for 43 years ..... does the thought of painting it cause such feelings of guilt????  After all ......... it. is. wood.

I put on my big girl panties and decided to take the paint brush to it!

I used Miss Mustard Seed milk paint and although it is not done ............


I have another coat of Antique Wax to put on it.  And I ordered glass knobs and handles for it.

It is chippy..... yet looks much less chippy in person than it does in the photo.

The color is Luckett's Green ..... soft, pretty and so me.

More photos and details to follow. 

I loved using the milk paint with the hemp oil and the wax finish.  Clean up was simple.  The color is rich with a lot of depth.  One hint, though ..... you can not stir milk paint enough!!!

I will be doing more very soon so stay tuned to see what else changes color.

Oh! Oh! Oh! And it works outside on metal!!

Just warning ..... a painting monster may have been born!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pin it!!!

Hey!!!  I'm not talking about Pinterest ..... even though that is a total addiction for me.

I laughed the other day when a young guy asked me if I knew about Pinterest.

Uhhhhh ....... yea.  It the Honey-do list with pictures.

No --- this is about one of my passions ... my happy places..... a job I love.

This is about my clothesline.

I love my clothesline.  I use it every time I can.

I love the exercise of hanging clothes out.

I love the fresh smell that last far longer than artificially scented fabric softener.

I love seeing my clothes flutter in the breeze.

AND I love the lower utility bills!  More money for another passion.


And this is where the two intertwine.

Clothespin bags!!  Or as they would say in the UK .... peg bags!!!  A term I love!!!

The green fabric is from one of my favorite designers ... Lori Holt.  Her prints makes me smile.

This one is a 1930's reproduction fabric .............  it is sweet.


A paisley print always catches my eye.  And I loved pairing it with the check.  Coral and aqua!  

Oh ..... I sooo heart that!!

I have to confess.  I love this fabric also.  But I have to tell you ---- I rarely buy a piece of fabric unless it sings to me!!!    It is hard to sew with something that I don't love!

The bags are lined ... so they are very study.  The corners are reinforced and they hang on wood hangers with a swivel hook.

There are nine in the Summer Kitchen at the moment.  There will be more very soon.

But there won't be this one!!!

This one is MINE!!!  

Another Lori Holt fabric from the Vintage Happy collection.  Isn't it adorable???


My longtime friends will definitely remember the Warners bra and girdle ad that hung in my bathroom at the Spalding.

I HAD to make this one for myself!!! 

Had. To.  

No doubt!

So if you are tired of keeping your pegs in a cut down bleach bottle ... (there is that age thing again ... creeping in every conversation!!!)  

Yea ... don't tell me you don't remember green bleach bottles with crocheted tops to put your clothespins in!

You don't?????

Well .... if you want to dress up your clothesline and make it pretty this spring .... pop out to the Summer Kitchen.

Ya might have to hurry before they shuffle me off to the home.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This ain't chicken feed....

No.  It's the cloth sacks that feed was sold in .... between the 1930's and the 1960's.

Many years ago .... before my starter marriage .... I was given a stack of feed sacks to make tea towels for myself.  Every young bride needed good quality tea towels .... and the terrycloth towels that were so popular then ... were not good quality.

A good tea towel ... is soft, 100% cotton and leaves no lint when drying crystal or silver.

I LOVED those tea towels.

I would push every other tea towel aside to use those wonderful, soft, colorful tea towels.

They were awesome!

But they wore out ..... I continued to use every scrap to dust, to scrub, to clean.

On Saturday ... I came across a stash of brightly printed feed sacks.  And I quickly snatched some up to make tea towels for the Summer Kitchen.

I've ripped the seams open .... pulled threads .... straightened the edges .... and trimmed with rickrack and buttonhole stitch.  Some may get some cotton lace trim.  They all have hanging loops so they will dry.

There are age stains ... and small holes.

But I have age stains and small holes .... and I am about the same age as these sacks.  And no one is tossing me out yet!!!

They are part of the joy of these fabulous fabrics.

I hope you love them as much as I do.  Cuz you will be seeing a lot of them!  EVERY scrap of fabric will eventually find its way to the Summer Kitchen.  It may trim out an apron .... or be made into a tissue cozy ... or be turned into a pin cushion.

Yea ..... it ain't chicken feed.  But who would have thought that this practical feed sack would become so very prized,  50 years after it was made.

I only hope to be that lucky!