Saturday, November 14, 2009
This years tree will be filled with angels thanks to a huge lot of vintage dolls I purchased at the flea market. Only 10 dollars for 13 dolls! All had on lovely gowns but a few will require my making dress that is a bit more angelic. I am adding the feather wings as well as crowns and halos. A bit of glass glitter some pearls and faux gems should add a touch of heavenly beauty to the dolls and make my tree a lovely whimsical and celestial sight.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I can hardly believe it but I sold my "Queen Mary" today. I've had her for over a year and someone came into the studio and fell in love with her. The festival is this weekend so the attraction to my tiny village will be growing. Yea...more customers !
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
"Waa..what happened to the 'tricity Wally?" One of my favorite lines from "Leave It to Beaver". So, I know quite a few of my friends are 'a scared of 'tricity but rewiring a single socket lamp is truly simple. All the instructions are on the back of the package and there are only 3 short steps. I purchase the cord (with the plug intact), then purchase the socket separate. I find it's cheaper this way. I first strip out the old wiring then give the lamp a good cleaning and allow it to dry out throughly for a day or two before rewiring. I've had this very old lamp & all the replacement parts for about 2 years with intent to rewire. Not only was the wiring a disgrace , it was filthy and someone had pasted stickers and pictures all over it. What a cleaning job that was. Here it is, finally finished, and it fits perfectly in the spot I had intended it for. Being quite old, I uncovered some asbestos insulating in the old socket so, do be cautious of this and ease any asbestos out slowly and carefully avoiding inhalation of any particles. The detail and color of this old piece are stunning and of course, who doesn't love roses and Lily-of-the-Valley? Don't pass up bargain beautiful old lamps just because of poor wiring. I promise, if I can do it, you can too.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Another embarrassment, this scarf I completed on Dec. 30th as part of my boss's Christmas gift. Yep. Dec. 30th. I finished it from the backseat of a long drive to an antique mall out of state. Pull over please,I have t throw up. Fortunately , not many folks elect to have surgery over the holidays and our unit was at a low census and I had the week of Christmas off, ( I heart my job!),and spent it wildly clicking needles to complete scarves, hats and mittens. Not a good enough excuse for giving your boss their handmade, tardy gift. She seemed thrilled with it and the gift card that accompanied it. She had recently bought a winter white coat and needed a scarf to go with. I think I was able to pull it off, but definitely not the way to fish for a raise.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Probably the most appalling of all my procrastinated projects was this big "D" made of paper mache. For craps sake, all it needed was black paint but in true ADD fashion I brought it into the cottage, never to be seen again. I think it looks great hanging on the old jelly cupboard and, it helps me remember my name. Smiles, DarLy*~
Monday, December 29, 2008
Not a big project but still an accomplishment was getting this old oak farm table skirted. It is in my "studio" which is also where i keep my cats litter boxes. Wanting to keep the boxes out of sight as well as keeping odor at bay, I decided to store the litter boxes under the table and just "skirt" the issue. Some pretty roses upholstery fabric did the trick. I simply hemmed edges and stapled it right on the table. Actually, I should say my friend and neighbor did. I loaned my upholstery gun to my sister so I called my friend up the road to borrow hers. She came down and dove right into the project with me. What a blessing ! Many hands make light work.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Return of Crazy. I'M BACK...kinda. Whew! Seems I've got about all the hatches battened down in ye old cottage although at times I feel an airy chill through the downstairs. I thought I had weather sealed all the homes orifices but perhaps I missed a spot. Perhaps it is a ghost. This is an old home. Well, if it is a ghost I hope it's one with nimble fingers. I've got projects to complete and like the Shoemaker with his elves, everything is past it's projected deadline and I could use all the help I can get. See you around.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Taking some time away from blogs (they can really consume allot of time & become an addiction...actually a time waster) to complete home projects that are not interesting enough to post here...(changing out the tub drain....insulating....lawn care etc). Once I get home projects under control I'll be back in the decor craft mode. For now its hammer saw & drill time.
Hope your day is a productive one !
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This project has been merely a dream for over a year. I have collected several of these vintage velvet tapestries with hope of turning them into pretty pillows.
I decided to start with the kitten themed one so I dug out the tapestry some thick fringe and fabric for the back.
I washed the tapestry on a delicate cycle with plenty of fabric softener soon after purchase and it turned out clean and super soft. Unfortunately I do not own a very good sewing machine and my needle broke as well s my pressure foot before I could complete the task. So far I am thrilled with the results. I love the velvet it's theme and colors and even the backing fabric (although I was forbidden to purchase it by a friend who deemed it ugly....of course this is the same friend who has threatened to burn some of my unfashionable wardrobe and has told me seriously that I am not allowed to marry again until she gives the Ok on the mate. I bought the fabric and I still have my repulsive clothes. I don't think I'm interested in challenging marriage with or without her approval..LoL) The fringe matches perfectly. I thought the large size would make a perfect floor pillow or bolster type pillow for across the bed. The backing fabric just had such a 40's appeal to me with its style and color. Makes me think of Bette Davis 0r Barbara Stanwyck movies. I managed to get all the sides sewn together and the fringe on when the machine broke. Ill stuff it and attempt to hand sew the final edge and trim but may be forced to repair the machine to complete. I will post a photo of the completed project but this is where I stand for now.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Well It's fall festival weekend once again and Daisy's Little Cottage is literally surrounded on all sides with festival activities. With foods crafts Civil War en actors petting zoo and more taking place around us. I will be juggling festival~ work~ sleep and friends & family in the midst of it. Hopefully I will have time enough to get some sweet pictures of all the fun.
The weather is stated to be outstanding and perfect for ringing out the sound of the muskets. Hopefully I will survive as I will be trying to sleep as the cannons and rifles and buzzing activities are going on around me. I will initially be roping off my porch steps and front yard and posting Beware of the Dogs signs around the fence to hopefully reduce the amount of folks walking thru and setting up chairs in my yard. Not a Scrooge...just a Survivor ! Wish me sweet dreams~ DarLy*~