Category Archives: Crafts

Look What I Did! #4 or 5

I got this table for $5 at our neighborhood garage sale.

I thought it was a nice shape and for $5 if it didn’t end up looking nice it was not big deal. 

THEN I got a brainstorm.  That circle was just begging for a monogram!  I’m a little bit monogram crazy right now.

Here it is now!

It’s actually still in progress.  I plan to add another coat of orange paint, sharpen up the edges with a sharpie or a furniture marker, and apply a few coats of polyurethane. 

But I just had to post my brainstorm now.  I have no self control.

Update!  Here is the finished project!


A Pretty Needle Holder

Today started with a trip to my mom’s fabric store – the one in the closet of her sewing room.  I found some great fabrics that I took with me but I didn’t end up using them in my finished project.  I just couldn’t find anything at the (slightly) larger fabric store that went with it.   I’m joking, Mom does have a lot of fabric, but not THAT much.  It was nice to see Mom and Dad though.  While I was there Dad and I moved the gardening workbench that he made for Mom from the basement to the deck.  It is amazing!  I come from a long line of creators. 

Here is what I created today:

It’s a roll up crochet and knitting needle holder.  I found the pattern and instructions at Made by Loulabelle.    This is what it looks like rolled up:

I have a habit of telling people what is wrong with the things I cook.  It drives my husband crazy but I am actually just thinking outloud about how I will make it better next time – a habit he has benifited from during 20 years of improvements.  So here is what I will do differently on my next needle holder.  First, I will use one of the patterned fabrics on the outside rather than using the plain fabric.  I think it would be prettier and it would also make the top of the inside look more polished if it matched the outside.  Second, I will put a buttoned top on one of the pockets to hold small items.  I don’t think they will fall out because it is wrapped pretty tightly but I would just feel more secure with a buttoned top.  And security matters.

I bought some fabric to make another one but I think I have decided that I don’t really like it as much as the fabric I used for this one so I’m heading back to Hancock’s tomorrow.  I may make the next one a joint venture and send the fabric to my sister for mongramming.  That would be fun!  A cross country sewing project!