Summer Sun Wreath

Here’s my August wreath.

If you don’t have a stash of fabric to dig through to make one of these, I’m so sorry to hear that. But you can go to the fabric store and buy what you need. You’ll need about two yards and a fat quarter of fabric, straight pins, a needle and thread, and a Styrofoam wreath form.

Pick out a collection of yellows, I used solid colors, but blenders and calicoes will work too. Buy widths of 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 yard, to come up with a total of 1–1 1/2 yards of yellow. Get the most of your favorite, with other shades just to make it interesting. Find a half-yard of a contrasting print for the center, and select a fat quarter that goes with all of it for the sunspot.

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First the Stars and Stripes wreath had to come apart. My nieces were at the house for a few hours one day last week and Riley took it apart for me and started this one by wrapping my handy-dandy Styrofoam ring in a strip of yellow fabric.

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Then I ripped different shades of yellow fabric into strips about four inches wide, give or take. Some strips are about 45 inches long, the width of the fabric, and others, from scraps, are shorter.

If you bought fabric, use the 1/8 yard as is; rip the quarter-yard in half; and rip the half-yard three times to make four strips. You can cut some of these strips in half if you want shorter strips for more variety.

I hand-basted a loooong running stitch down the middle of each strip and pulled each into a ruffle. I pinned one end of the ruffle to the wreath and randomly gathered it and shaped it as I pinned it to the wreath.

I folded some strips in half length-wise and then basted, gathered, and pinned them to the wreath; others I left open and pinned them down the middle with gathers on both sides.

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Since it was sooooo yellow I finished it off with about a half-yard of orange and yellow calico.  I folded it with the raw edges into the center and then folded it in half and draped it loosely in the center of the wreath and pinned it into place.

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I found a fat quarter of batik, red with yellow flowers to make a sunspot on my sun.

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I made the sunspot by pulling the corners of the fat quarter—wrong sides under—and stuck it to the wreath with a pin through the center, catching the four corners underneath. I formed it into a little puff, held it in place by hiding a few pins inside the folds.

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That’s about all there is.

I’m brainstorming for my next wreath subject.  Something for September before I roll into Halloween.  Don’t know what kind of wreath I’ll make either. So far I’ve done fabric a few times and crochet.  Maybe something with paper?

My only criteria is to make it on this same foam wreath form, and to be able to use the parts for something else once the season has passed.

Any suggestions?

Jan

 

 

Christmas is Coming

 I’ve been making little handcrafted Christmas ornaments the last few days.

They’re great gifts for co-workers, classmates, and teachers. I’ll add a hang tag so they can be used as a gift tag.

Hang on one the neck of a bottle of wine for a hostess gift.

Fill a basket with them and gift to newlyweds for their first Christmas.

And if you have curious toddlers and pets, they are ideal for the bottom of the tree.

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These are all made by hand, by me, out of scraps I have around the house.

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They are about 4 inches tall.

I have more little hearts made of denim, ticking, and other shabby style fabrics.

I’m taking pictures and writing descriptions today to list them on Etsy.

I can use any color of thread, add beads or bangles, and customize a set to match your decor.

Let me know what you have in mind and I can make something just for you.

Jan

 

More Than A Hundred Grand Worth Of Stuff!

I probably have at least $100,000 worth of stuff in my house that needs to go.

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Just a few of my art books and atlases. And isn’t that a cute little ceramic bowling planter?

That was an off-the-cuff remark I made to my brother recently.

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Framed giraffe art, 8 x 10, just of one of dozens and dozens of pieces on my walls.

Really?  he asked.

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Signed painted china plate ready for a new home.

It was a wise crack, but after a minute I realized it’s no joke.

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Very sweet 70s era pen and ink art. It’s a set of two, pink and yellow, featuring two little pigtailed girls. I’ll list them individually. Yellow piece is signed. Frames are 8 x 10.

Which is totally crazy since I’m out of work and out of money.

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One of a few designer bags I’ve acquired.  This small Dooney & Bourke shoulder bag has a round footed bottom and drawstring top. Very cute, barely used.

I’ve been selling and upcycling vintage stuff for a couple of years, making a few ends meet, but not selling as much as I was taking in. Without a truck or van I haven’t had the means to routinely turn a $5 find into a $300 showpiece which, over the past few years, could really have made a difference in turning this hobby into a business.

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Art deco and Dolce & Gabbana handbags hang on my wall.

And now I’m way past out of space along with all the other things I’m out of.

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Tom Cat, signed and numbered. Matted and framed. Exquisite.

In October my house was just days away from the auction block and suddenly people who know I have a knack for acquiring things were interested in helping out by buying some of my stuff at the last minute. I soon realized they wanted to pay bottom dollar for family heirlooms that weren’t for sale. They wanted to help themselves and it wouldn’t help me in the long run.

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There was one more option available and with just days to spare I managed to start the process to pull my house out of foreclosure.

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More animal art, signed and framed. There’s a chipmunk by the same artist.

I’m listing on Etsy, and my shop, The Little Blue Trunk,  is building up some steam, but I should have started at this pace three years ago. I have good stuff, good prices and good service.

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Every bit as cute as Chip and Dale.

Since I don’t have unlimited funds to list “everything” at once, I’m going to post photos and lists of things I have to sell here on my blog. I have lots of pictures to take, and more research to do, but in the meantime if you see something here you want, let me know and I’ll give it priority and get it listed for you.

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Very small china doll in crocheted dress with pearl buttons.

Any pinning, tweeting or facebooking you want to do certainly won’t hurt the cause. I need to sell something in the next few days to be able to keep the site running. I hope to find new homes for most of my stuff soon.

Jan

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