Summer Eclipse in Oklahoma

Here’s the real thing from my backyard in Oklahoma City:

Eclipse OKC one11 cdt

And here’s how I updated my summer wreath for the day.

SummerEclipse on JanMadeIt

And if you missed it, here’s my Summer Sun Wreath without the eclipse.

Hope you get to check it out for real.

Jan

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Springtime Crocheted Flowers

Awhile back I promised links to some of the crocheted flowers that made up my Springtime Garden Wreath. I can’t remember exactly which patterns I used to make this collection, but here are eight of the dozens of patterns I used to make this. There was the quick crocheted flower, a 5-petal flower, and a 7-petal flower, This is an excellent scrappy project for bits and pieces of leftover yarn.

SpringFlowers

Here’s the wreath as I was putting it together. The flowers are pinned on the foam base side-by-side. Here’s a double flower, and a floating flower I referenced even though I didn’t crochet any layered flowers. Some of them look like double flowers because I placed a small flower on top of a larger one. Here are some Teeny Tiny Flowers, I have used.

SpringFlowers 2

I used some of the long tails to stitch the flowers together with the same yarn.

SpringFlowers 5

Other times I used a contrasting yarn to make the attachment.

SpringFlowers 4

SpringFlowers 3

These “roses” were not made in the round, but rather in a strip that was wound up after I finished it.

SpringFlowers 1

Find one of the rose patterns here.  I think the variegated yarn makes it a lot more interesting than if I’d made them all out of solid colors.

SpringRoses 1

I needed some leaves to fill in the blanks, and they were easy to create after I followed a couple of patterns.

SpringLeaves

Here is one leaf I used, and here is another. It was fun to mix and match different greens in the leaves.

SpringRoses 2

And in case you’re wondering, it took several hours for me to weave in all the tails and get this tidy and ready to hang. I really need to do that as I go instead of waiting until I have to do them all at once.

Ugh!!! So tedious.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and I’d planned to have a patriotic wreath up by now, but, as usual, time slipped up on me.

It won’t be crocheted this time and if I have some of the heavy-weight fusible stabilizer handy I will get started tonight.

Thanks so much to all the crocheters out there who wrote the patterns I used to make this wreath.  I’m not a very good pattern-follower, but your instructions made it easy. After I figured out the techniques I was able to go off-script and make all these flowers without getting bored and abandoning the project.

Anybody else do that?

Have a great and safe holiday weekend.

Jan

Beautiful Burlap comes from Ugly Orange Footstool

The only thing to call this is “Ugly Orange.”

As stylish as it may have been back in “the day”—must have been a day in the 70s—it’s well past its prime.

Ugly Orange Footstool on JanMadeIt

As ugly and orange as it was, it was still in great shape. Sturdy, with nice legs.

Ugly Orange Before

There wasn’t much to it, just a functional wood frame.

Ugly Orange Before

And the plywood top had suggested it really was for feet. There was the thinnest layer of foam on top. Not a cushy spot to plant your bottom.

Ugly Orange Striped

After I stripped her. I added thick layer of foam on the top. I forgot to take photos of this step, but it was a couch cushion rescued from our annual city-wide clean-up a few months ago.

Ugly Orange w/ Burlap

I had jute coffee bags in mind for this makeover, but couldn’t make the patterns and prints fit the dimensions so I went with plain burlap. The burlap was in my stash of rescued fabrics and fortunately there was a piece large enough to cover the new thick foam pad.

Ugly Orange w/ Lining

I have an eyelet dust ruffle somewhere and I had that in mind when I thought of the skirt. To cover up the raw edges of the burlap and the cardboard that covered the sides I stapled on an undergarment of plain muslin, also from my stash.

Ugly Orange w/ Petticoat

Then for a more modest look, I covered the legs with a wide strip of crisp muslin. First I stitched lace around the hem. It was part of a huge score of lace I bought at the flea market sometime last year. The lace was a double layer, so it would have cost a pretty penny if I bought it new for this project.

Ugly Orange Petticoat

I know I should have pressed it first, but this layer won’t show and I was impatient to finish.

Ugly Orange After

Turns out I couldn’t find my dust ruffle, but I didn’t look very hard after I came across this curtain panel. A friend gave me this because she knew I would find a good project for it. She was right. I cut it into four strips, but only used three of them to add this skirt.

Ugly Orange After

The skirt got two more layers of lace at the hem, this time, two different pieces.

I hid the waistline by stapling double-edged lace—it had a finished edge along the top and bottom—along the seam. Then I covered the staples by whip-stitching a narrow bit of trim over the staples.

Ugly Orange After

And that is how an ugly orange duckling became a beautiful burlap ottoman. It’s a great accent piece in the den or living room and it would be fun and functional in front of a vanity in the powder room, or master bath. Little princesses of all ages will love it.

The staples are the only part of this project that aren’t recycled. But I didn’t buy them at the hardware store. They came out of a box someone else bought at a hardware store many years ago. I bought the box of staples at an estate sale a few months ago.

So while it’s not 100% recycled, I’d say it’s 99.99% recycled. What do you think?

 

 

Antique Chair Makeover

Who likes stripes?

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

This very old chair somehow made its way into my life.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

For the life of me I can’t remember how I acquired it, but it was a mess.

Antique Chair Makeover on JanMadeIt

The seat is made up of about four slats assembled tongue-in-groove style.

Antique Chair Makeover on JanMadeIt

Many years ago it started coming apart and someone tried to keep it together with over three dozen nails, two wood scraps. two strips of iron and over a dozen screws.  Antique Chair Makeover on JanMadeIt

But the repairs were done so long ago the slats were dry and separated again. While it wasn’t going to collapse, it was not safe for wearers of shorts.


Antique Chair Makeover on JanMadeIt

It was so dry, in fact, that after I got it back together—without the extra five dozen or so screws and nails—I wiped it down with a generous coat of oil.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

Then a few days later I painted it.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

The wood was still dry. Kind of scuffed and rough. It would look best distressed but what color?

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

I decided on all-of-the-above.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

I figured I can always paint it over in one color if this doesn’t work.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

But I like it. If I can find a little desk or small table it might become part of a set if it hangs around very long.

A Striped Chair on JanMadeIt

If it was yours to paint, what color would you choose?

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