Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Old Quilt Display Board

Good morning! We've received crazy amounts of rain here, and the ground is so saturated that there has been flash flooding and roads washing out and crumbling away. Since we've gotten so much rain I wasn't able to get outside to work in my flower beds and garden while home for the 3-day Memorial Weekend, so I decided to work on a craft project instead:

I have a really old quilt, tattered and torn from many years of use, that I've had folded and put away for a long time. I decided to start cutting it up to make some projects to breathe new life into this pretty piece of handiwork that my great-grandmother made so long ago:

Now believe me when I tell you that it was not an easy thing for me to cut apart a quilt! I've had it packed away in a box for so long, debating as to if I should cut it apart or just leave it...but it wasn't being enjoyed and loved while packed away, so I decided to bite the bullet and start crafting with it. My first project to come from this quilt is a memory board, and I thought you'd like to see how I made it.

If you'd like to make one too, here are the materials that you'll need:

  • Old cabinet door
  • Old quilt, table linen, or fabric that you like
  • Quilt batting
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • 3-M multi-purpose spray adhesive
  • Elmer's school glue
  • Folkart acrylic paint (I used 'Italian Sage')
  • Sponge brushes
  • Jute twine
  • Clothespins
  • Cardboard
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • Straight edge
Begin by wiping down your cabinet door with a damp cloth to clean off any dust or dirt that may have accumulated. Pour a puddle of Elmer's glue onto a paper plate and brush an even coat around the outer trim edge of the door:

Allow the glue to slightly dry for a couple of minutes, then apply the paint over the wet glue with quick strokes. Do not go back over the paint, just cover the glue as evenly and quickly as you can. (Don't obsess about the coverage being perfect. Remember, it's going to crackle and look imperfect anyway!)

Now the "crackle magic" begins!! Here's a photo of the cabinet door right after I brushed on the paint and it has just started crackling:

Here's a photo once the paint has dried and the crackle finish is complete:

I then cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of the cabinet door and attached a piece of quilt batting to it using the spray adhesive:

Using a rotary cutter and straight edge I cut a piece of the quilt about 1 inch larger on all sides than the cardboard. I added a button to the center of the quilt design to cover up a hole:

After spraying the top of the batting covered cardboard with adhesive, I wrapped the piece of quilt over it and secured the pieces on the back with E-6000. I then attached a couple of strands of jute twine to the back of the cardboard with E-6000 as well:

Once the E-600 had dried, I covered the entire backside of the cardboard with a good coat of spray adhesive and then attached it to the center of the cabinet door:

Once it had completely dried, I added saw-tooth hangers to the back of the door and clothespins to hold a few photos:

I like being able to change out the photos whenever I like!

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope that you have a terrific week ahead! :)


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Thank you to all of the service men and women who defend our freedoms each and every day. God bless you and God bless America!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This and That and an Upcoming Online Class...

Hi, friends! I've been a big 'ole slacker in the blogging department lately - sorry! May is a really busy month for my family, so I've been busy trying to keep up with everything. First off, my wonderful father-in-law celebrated his 85th birthday last Sunday and we had a nice little party and cookout for him at our home. It was SUPER FUN to get together with family and I even got some precious "baby time" with my sweet great-nephew Henry:

This evening I attended the retirement party for my friend and former boss, Carol G. She has been the director of the special education department for Broken Arrow Public Schools for many years, and is an amazing child advocate! I am so happy that she and her sweet hubby Eddie will now have time to travel and enjoy a slower paced life!

On a final note, I wanted to share a cool opportunity with you to sign up for one of Stephanie Ackerman's online classes, which is a Bible Study/Journaling Class:

I signed up for it and I am SUPER EXCITED to get started when the online class opens on June 1st! If you register before May 26th, you'll get $10.00 off of your class fee, which makes it only $29.00. You can click HERE to go to her website for all the details and to sign up. :)

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming 3-day Memorial weekend, and I've got several crafty projects to finish up and post for you in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to check back to see projects using an old quilt, a cabinet door, a metal file box, and the list goes on!!

Enjoy the rest of the week and have a safe and restful weekend!!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Poppin' Peonies Painted Canvas...

Hi, All! We've had LOTS of rain here...the ground is completely saturated which has caused some flash-flooding in some areas. (Thankfully, we've been spared from that!) We're hoping for some nicer weather this weekend, as we'll be celebrating my father-in-law's 85th birthday with a cookout at our home. The forecast is showing chances of rain and severe weather, but being the eternal optimist that I am, I am hoping that the skies will clear in time for his party on Sunday.

Last weekend I painted a canvas at our local Pinot's Palette with my friend Sharon S. and her daughter Sara. The title of the painting is "Poppin' Peonies", and I am pleased with how it turned out! I am considering having it framed in a white-washed barn wood frame...I think that would add to the shabby-chic beauty of it:

With the rain coming down outside now, which is making me sleepy, so I think that I'll go ahead and turn in early to sleep good to the sound of rain. :)

Thanks for dropping by this evening...enjoy the rest of the week friends!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Silly Saturday

When I saw this photo I just had to send it to my dear friend Linda H., who has a GREAT sense of humor and who is a member of a knitting group - hee! hee!

Have a fun and safe weekend, friends!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Segway Adventure...

Hi, friends! We were blessed with such a gorgeous Oklahoma weekend that I spent most of my time outdoors. My sweetie surprised me with an early birthday gift...a guided Segway tour of downtown Tulsa to see the amazing Art Deco architecture. We had a fantastic time...you can check out the website for Tulsa Segway HERE, and even book a tour if you'd like a fun sight-seeing adventure!

Along with viewing the fantastic architecture we also visited several well-known sights such as the Guthrie Green, the Blue Dome District, Reconciliation Park, the Mayo Hotel, etc. Here are a couple of pics from our little adventure:

I LOVE this cool mosaic of Will Rogers...it looks like he is glancing over at Mike and I on our Segways - lol! :)

After our 2-hour tour we were famished, so we ate a delicious lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse and then did a little shopping.

Thanks for dropping by today...wishing you a bright and sunny week ahead!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Quote Sunday

I really love this quote, and since I'll be celebrating birthday number 48 on Wednesday, I thought it would be a good time to share it. :)

Wishing you a peaceful and restful Sunday!