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.


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.


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.


Pretty Pillow Makeover at the Flea Market

Here’s what I did at the Flea Market over the weekend.

IMG_8771.JPGA couple of pretty Japanese-made blouses—complete with piped edges and frog closures—are now a couple of pretty pillows.

Pretty Pillow Makeover on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

One was black, with a simple neckline.

Pretty Pillow Makeover on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

The other was red, short sleeves, with a pretty stand-up collar.


This collar was too pretty to cut away and relegate to the discard bin.


The lady in the booth next to mine had them. She’d bought a few things at a garage sale and as she paid, the seller picked up these blouses and said “here, you can have these too,” so they didn’t cost her anything.


I had my sewing machine set up and it wasn’t long before she brought the blouses over and asked, “Can you think of something to make out of these?”


I shrugged and suggested “pillows?” I showed her the pillows I’ve made out of toddler shirts and her eyes lit up. Could I make some for her?


In no time she took off through the flea market and found a couple of cotton throw pillows and gave them to me to use as pillow forms.


First I used a hidden stitch to close the openings of the blouses so they wouldn’t gap when filled. I left part of the sleeves showing on the red blouse in order to keep the collar and the side closure.  It was the perfect size for the pillow we found for stuffing. I used one sleeve to fill the neck opening and the bottom was left open, like a pillow case. We didn’t want to mar the pretty fabric finish with stitching.


After I stitched the front closed on the black one, we decided it would look better sideways.


Because the fabric was so “slickery,” the pins slid right out, I decided the only way to be sure my seams didn’t stray was to baste it all the way around. So I did.


I left the hem of the shirt open and had to remake the pillow we were using to fill it since this pillow was more narrow.

First I removed all the polyfill. Then, since manufactured pillows are usually basted together with very long stitches, it was easy to snip the seams with a small pair of scissors and take the pillow apart. I removed the piping around the edges and rebuilt the pillow. Instead of an 18″ square, I ended up with an 18″ x 12″ rectangle.


i restuffed the pillow insert, stitched it closed and crammed it into the new pretty pillow. Then I stitched the hem of the shirt closed as well.


And we ended up with two very pretty pillows. She said she has a day bed they’ll be perfect on.

What would you have done with them?  Made pillows, or cut them up for something else?


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?

Denim Ottoman Makeover

Another salvaged footstool is finished. Check it out.

Denim Ottoman Madeover on Jan Made It

The fabric was 50 cents a yard a couple of years ago at Hancock’s. I bought the last of the bolt  and ended up with about three yards. I still have a couple of yards left.

I hadn’t used the fabric yet because I couldn’t decide which side I wanted to show, and the ottoman gave me a place to show off both sides.

Denim Ottoman Madeover on Jan Made It

Here’s the before picture. I can see why someone would throw it away. It’s not quite as old as the first ottoman I recycled. It’s got great bones, as they say.  Very sturdy. I think it’s from the 70s maybe?

Ratty Footstool Makeover on Jan Made It

No wheels on this one. Just nice square wood mid-century looking legs.

Denim Ottoman Madeover on Jan Made It

I got better with the “seam” on this one, so no need to hide it. It’s also firm enough to do double duty as a coffee table. Just place a large serving tray on top and you’re good to go with a few snacks.

What do you guys think?

Is this something you’d prop your feet on?

Little Ladybug Footstool

Another one of my flea market footstools is now upcycled and ready to go to a new home.

Little Ladybug Footstool on Jan Made It

This is very small—about six inches tall, and maybe nine inches in diameter.

Little kids love carrying little chairs and stools around, if for no other reason than they can. I see it at the flea market all the time. Toddlers who can barely walk will make a beeline for little furniture. They pick it up and carry it—how far depends on how soon their parents try to stop them—put it down, and with great care turn around and sit on it. Then they look up at mom or dad or me and flash the biggest smile. So cute!

This plain handmade stool sat around my house for a while. Then about the time I painted the Flower Power Table and the Shabby Love Stool I came across a some very cute ladybug images and inspiration struck.

For the footstool I decided to go with a yellow ladybug, for no other reason than I had several shades of yellow paint and not  much red on hand. I sanded the top and lightly distressed it.

Do you like the yellow ladybug? Or should I have gone with the traditional red and glossed it up?

Check out some photos of a real ladybug over on my photography blog, Cottonmouth Creek.





1960s Era Ottoman Makeover

My friend Dianna is trying to clean out her garage and for good—or maybe not so good if it ends up in my garage—she’s cleaning out some of her things to me. She started making over this sturdy, heavy-duty well-made ottoman recently and didn’t get it finished so I got it.

The original covering was one of those lovely large-scale plaid patterns in various shades of avocado and harvest gold. Dianna started the job by covering the top with this stripe.

1960s Era Ottoman Makeover


She gave me enough striped fabric to finish it, but it was sitting around while I covered these ladder-back chairs and I realized that fabric also matched. So that’s what I used to cover the base.

1960s Era Ottoman Makeover

Looks pretty good huh?

If I had gimp, I would have added it around the seam but I didn’t have the right color on hand. I did, however, have a third scrap of fabric in similar colors.

1960s Era Ottoman Makeover on JanMadeIt

My first plan was to stitch the contrast fabric around the ottoman, but stitching into the tight upholstery was not an easy task. After a half-hour I’d only managed to attach a few inches so I decided to sleep on it and come up with Plan B.

Plan B was belt loops.

I cut a long strip of the striped fabric and stitched the raw edges inside and then instead of attaching single loops I wound it around the contrast fabric and nailed it into place on the backside.

1960s Era Ottoman Makeover on JanMadeIt

The only thing left to do is attach the casters to the bottom. I’ll get those from Dianna and finish it up tomorrow.

This ottoman was literally headed to the dump before Dianna  pulled it back from the brink. It was fun to finish the transformation and come up with something that has a lot more years of use left in it.

One ugly ottoman, plus three fabric remnants added up to this.

I have three more ottomans that need the same upgrade. Let me know if you’re in the market for something like this and want a particular color or fabric. This one is at the flea market at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds this weekend.

What do you think?

Shabby Love Stool

Do you love this as much as I do?
 Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

My recent Flower Power table and three cute stools I saw on Art and Sand inspired me to come up with this.

I started with the dregs of a sample jar of Peace River Blue and made it into my own variety of chalk paint for the base coat.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

It turned out like this.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

Then I added a coat of this pretty no-name green sample of Valspar I picked up at Lowe’s.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

After the green dried overnight I sanded the stool and penciled my design on top.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

This is on top of the green coat of paint. Sorry about the poor lighting in my work space, but I wanted the pencil lines to show here. You can see I had a few false starts before I got things the way I wanted them.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

Then I gathered up a variety of colors and started filling in the letters. When I finished, it wasn’t what I wanted so the hot pink outline was added and it seemed to do the trick.

I liked the way the base coats sanded with the distressed edges, so I let it dry overnight and hit it with the sandpaper again the next morning.

Shabby Love Stool on Jan Made It

And this is how it turned out.

I left the legs alone, even though I was tempted to paint the rungs each a different color to match the letters. There are dozens of these stools out there that can use a little update so watch for that in the future.

This is a very handy stool.

  • You can sit on it.
  • You can use it as a side table for placing drinks or snacks.
    (Oooooh… I need little flower painted coasters for that version!)
  • You can put a lamp on it beside your bed.
  • You can put a plant on it.
  • You decide.

It can be yours. It’s at the flea market at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman this weekend.

It’s just a bit a useful whimsy. How or where would you use a cute little thing?

Two Ladder-Back Chairs

Here are the two chairs I promised in a recent post. I paid just a few bucks for one chair, and the other one was rescued from a dumpster. They are available in my booth at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds this weekend.

I painted them back in the summer and could never find just the right fabric to finish them. I didn’t know what I was looking for until a friend was getting rid of a piece of upholstery fabric a couple of weeks ago.

Ladder-Back Chairs on JanMadeIt

I knew immediately it would look good on the pale gray ladder-back chair.

Gray Ladder-Back Chair on JanMadeIt

Then I was delighted to realize it was also a perfect match for the pale green ladder-back.

Green Ladder-Back Chair on JanMadeIt

I intended these to go with a primitive drop-leaf kitchen table I acquired about the same time, but I haven’t painted the table yet and I need to get these out of the house. I’ll find something else for the table since these seat covers aren’t quite primitive-kitchen-table-style, but it’s perfect for this set.

These sturdy comfortable chairs can go in any room in the house. Pull them up to a game table or use for extra seating in the dining room. They’re small enough to fit under a small student desk or use in a breakfast nook. Where would you put them to use?

Flower Power Side Table

Flower Power!

Here’s a little novelty table I started on New Year’s Eve.

Flower Power Table

It’s just the right size to be an end table, a coffee table, a bedside table, or a little tea-table for a tea party.  Now that I think about it, I might have a little tea set I could display with it.

Flower Power Table on JanMadeIt

I have this at the Flea Market at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds here in Norman. We’re open from 8–5 every Friday and Saturday until sometime in February.

Flower Power Table on JanMadeIt

I didn’t set out to create this chippy base, but I really like it.

This “all wood” table is actually made out of particle board which is why I went so all-out on the painting. I figured I could repaint and start over if it turned out not to be so great. I had no idea I would love it so much.

Flower Power Table on JanMadeIt

It looked pretty good after Stage One (above) on New Year’s Eve, but I really like it after Stage Two.

Flower Power Table on JanMadeIt

I used at least four shades of pink, two shades of purple, five shades of yellow/orange/red, and one Key Lime Green! Can’t wait to find a piece of real wood to work on.

If I still have it after the weekend, I might paint a chair or two to match. I think an adult chair and a child’s chair would make a great trio. What do you think?

I’ve linked this post to Redoux Interiors. Check it out!

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