Refashioned Blouse :: Little Girl Sundress


I pulled a white peasant blouse (sales tag attached) from the grab bag. The batiste-like fabric features self-fabric ribbons and eyelet cut outs. The neckline is machine smocked . . .


. . . and the hem has a sheer underlay.


Very pretty and would make a perfect sundress or wedding party dress for a little girl.

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Craft Room -aka – Art Dream Workspace



Come in to my workroom dubbed Art Dream Workspace. It’s a dream that is now a reality. Oh, more still needs to be done (curtains, more storage, etc.) but I am ecstatic!

Where to begin?


The two biggest priorities were that family could spend time together in this room and because this is a very small room, and as you can see every inch is used, storage and organization was a must!



The breakfront secretary cabinet was a $25 USD Craigslist find that I painted with MMS Linen and Luckett’s Green Milk Paints. It’s full of jars and baskets that hold bits and pieces, glue guns, hole punches, stickers, yarn and crap galore.


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Even the top of this cabinet is used for storing driftwood finds.


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Recycled DIY Wreath :: Crazy Easy

It’s still warm out, but I’m getting that fall-like feeling. The trees in our yard are trying to tell me to put away the daisy wreath. 😕 One problem: I don’t have anything “fall-ish” for the entry door.



With wire and a glue gun; anything’s possible, LOL. Right? What I had was a faux fall leaf stem that I had already cut up, a grape vine branch and old left over Indian corn. No matter how I grouped them, nothing clicked. They just looked plain tired.




Looking through my stash (junk), I came across the wood seat I had saved from another project (Sweat Equity Chairs). Hmmm. Possibilities. . .

After wiring and hot-gluing the floras to the wood seat I had a presentable – well maybe eccentric – wreath for our entry.




You can see the old nail and screw holes in the seat if you look close.  I didn’t have to drill. Yea! It was very easy and took only 30 minutes!


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What do you think?

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Soda Can Angel

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Looking through blogs, I found lots of inspiration (One Lucky Day and Indestructibleson how to repurpose my saved soda cans and scrap pallet left over from building two tables (see Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table and Pallet Project:  Kitchen Island/Worktable here).  Using supplies I had on hand, my main goal was to construct layered wings by recycling soda cans and somehow attach my completed piece to a pallet scrap.

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Weekend Finds: Show Ribbons, Tool Bin, Settle Bench Shelf

Had a great time traipsing through junk and thrift stores this weekend with my better half. We found a lot of cool things.

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Couldn’t pass up this little ‘settle bench’ shelf/drawer.  

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I’m thinking that it’d make a sweet ‘washi tape’ organizer by placing a piece of dowel rod across each of the three curves.

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Hmmm. What can I do with horse show ribbons?

If you have any ideas I’d love to hear from you. I picked up several.


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Wonder who ‘Lady’ was? Obviously she was someone’s beloved  horse who placed fourth in 1966 –  almost 50 years ago! Love the rosette medallion.

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Not sure what the intended use was for this handmade solid wood cubbie bin. 

Was it a mail sorter? Probably a tool bin.

The name plates are long removed.

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Ribbon wheels, fabric squares, small craft paints would fit nicely

inside the 12 cubbies, don’t you think?


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I don’t think the drippy duck egg blue paint or the exposed wood detracts. 

Its rustic-ness actually looks warm.  

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Looking forward to an upcoming weekend junk trip get-away in June. Can’t wait!


Have a great week! – – Joanne

My Workspace: Phase #2 (Sew Nook)


The cutting, sanding, painting, shelf and sewing table installation into the “used-to-be-closet” is just about complete. I used paint I already had on the walls and ceiling to prepare the space. (More on demolition here).

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Loose junk is hidden away in a vintage oak slat picnic basket (collecting these is a guilty habit).  A variety of mason jars hold buttons. Fabrics are kept in see-through baskets (Garden Ridge).  The thread rack (Wal-Mart) and piece of scrap peg board  for my sewing tools were spray painted to match.

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