Using a Vest Print Panel to make an Apron

Vest print panels were popular in the late 80s to early 90s. They really aren’t in style anymore so I decided to try using a panel to make an apron. It turned out quite cute. I did not want to put a pocket over the cute front picture, so I added hidden pockets on the sides.

Any simple apron pattern will do and you will need to improvise a bit if the pattern doesn’t quite fit. Here is the finished apron.

Turned out quite cute.

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Where has the time gone?

After reading a friends blog, I noticed that I could just click on an icon and get to this blog that I have not had time for in over a year. Life is speeding by. I have been spending a great deal of time on my EBAY business. I have a store with over 3500 items in it. This Christmas shopping season has kept me busy listing and packaging. I would love to double my sales but would probably have to hire help as I am putting in long hours as it is. Now I will be experimenting with Mark down sales. I will be moving again soon so the more I sell the less I have to move or store. I get very tired but am grateful to be at home. I have always enjoyed my time at home. Would enjoy it even more if I was in a home that was mine. I do so love decorating and creating a home that is a sanctuary from the world of chaos.

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Old loveseat into New loveseat

I got this old maple loveseat at a garage sale for free. I tossed the back cushions. It sat on the porch for a year and as I had time, I removed the seat cushion. It was full of staples. After sitting on the porch all winter and going through some freezes the varnish was already flaking off.

I got this old maple loveseat at a garage sale for free. I tossed the back cushions. It sat on the porch for a year and as I had time, I removed the seat cushion. It was full of staples. After sitting on the porch all winter and going through some freezes the varnish was already flaking off.

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After sanding priming and painting it white, I put vinyl over the springs and burlap.

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close up

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Close up of the seat.

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Looking clean.

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Found some outdoor cushions at the Goodwill. I could have made some, but at this price, why would I??

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Recycling an out of style Dress into a doll dress

This old dress was VERY out of style but

I loved the fabric and hated to waste it

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Reviving old doll shoes

I found these old doll shoes and didn’t quite know how to fix them so I came up with an idea.

I used fabric paints on them and they came out looking quite nice. It took 2-3 coats but all the holes were covered and voila!

 

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Fall is Coming

Fall is arriving soon. I love fall, the crisp air, pumpkins, the color,the smells….Yummy! Now is the time of year when I get ready for the winter. I will start by getting all my windows washed and removing the screens. I don’t do it all at once. Just a window or a room a day, and not necessarily days in a row. Yesterday, I took out three screens from the front room and cleaned the outsides of the windows. Last night after my bath, I cleaned the screens in the bathtub. Today, I’ll clean the insides and put the screens in the shed. I like removing the screens, not just to make them last longer but because in these long not so sunny winters in Washington, it just brightens up the house.¬† In the summer I ignore the windows because they are usually covered to keep out the sun and heat.

Another thing I like to do this time of year is clean up the garden. Thirty minutes to an hour a day is plenty time. I do not like heat so my yard can get a bit neglected during the summer.

I used to clean homes for people which I enjoyed but it was hard on my back. I had to clean a whole house in a few hours. With my own home, I never clean the whole house at once. I vacuum upstairs one day, down the next. The stairs get a good cleaning about once a month maybe. Then I only clean five steps at a time. The laundry, I do when there is enough for a load, fold and put away immediately. I dust while I watch TV. I clean the kitchen cabinets while I watch a movie.The shower gets cleaned every couple weeks, just before I take a shower so I can do it without clothing. A lady I cleaned for taught me a great tip for making less work cleaning the shower doors. Just hang a shower curtain inside the glass door. I periodically take it out and wash it with the white clothes so it gets bleached. It works great. If you have a fiberglass shower, car wax can keep it looking good. If you want to chrome to shine, Avon skin so soft oil really does work.

If any of you have any great household tips, please share.

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Reviving a cross stitched picture, mat and frame

I found this beautifully cross stitched picture at the Goodwill. The mat was a very faded navy blue which did nothing for the picture stitched on black cloth. Sorry, but I didn’t think about photographing it until I had the first couple of coats of paint on the mat. I used acrylic paints on the mat in a Christmas red to bring out the red in the needlework. I put a couple coats¬† to cover the navy blue, then I used a small piece of cheese cloth to rub it down a couple times with some gold metallic acrylic also covering the white cut edge with the gold paint. The mat was glued to the picture so I had to tuck some paper between the mat and the cloth when I was doing the gold. This white frame was just what it needed to really make the picture pop. If you click on the picture, it will enlarge and you can see a closer view.

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