Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rag Wreath from Plastic Bags

Up-cycled Plastic Shopping Bags
Are you like me?
Ready to get Spring Started
Ready for a Welcoming Spring DIY!

This is a Spring Wreath made from plastic shopping bags.
 I started my cutting myself a small ring from a piece of cardboard.

Then I pulled out all those plastic bags from their hiding spot. I especially wanted the lighter colored bags to offer up a Spring feeling. 

Then I just cute the handles off and also cut the bags in strips. I didn't try to be very careful at this point because I decided it would be best to trim everything down after the bags were tied onto my cardboard form.

After all the tying and trimming is done take your hand and just sort of rub and ruffle the edges.

I hope you find something you can DIY today.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Be Blessed!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Life for an Old Wreath

Welcome Spring!
I think this has been a long Winter for many folks and the first day of Spring, March Wind, and the bright sunshine makes us all feel renewed and looking for new life. 
It has initiated some Spring cleaning in myself and a want to breath some new life in some of the decor in my house.

I'm on an understated mission to redo our front room; I also have hopes of revealing the over all changes I want to accomplish but I guess I'm sharing these in little bits and pieces since that's how the transformation will take place.

This wreath has hung on the wall in our living room for quite a long time. It has become dried, cracked and well on it's way to falling apart. I have had it on my mind to just toss it out but you all know how that disturbs be so. 
You know the whole toss it out just goes against my grain. 
I don't think I've fell into the hoarder bracket but it is possibly a slippery slope.

With this almost forgot can of 
Rust-oleum Lacquer 
from out of the basement 
I'm going to clean the wreath off,
Give it a good solid coat,
find it a new home.

The spray version is such a good choice since the wreath is so dry and brittle that it might not hold 
up to a paint brush.

This area in the front room is odd. I can't honestly tell you why it was put here. It is a pain to clean and sound travel right into the room on the other side.
I had ideas putting  cork board over it to create message center and I also thought of putting picture over it. With old homes you either undo or cover up the things that you don't like or you except the quirks, embrace them and love them for being yours.

I suppose I'm embracing this quirk.
Placing a revamped wreath hung by a piece of brown ribbon and sort of dressing it up.

I hope you've found something to renew today;
if it is only renewing your spirit by soaking in the sun.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit
most of all..

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rag Wreath from Old Blue Jeans-DIY

Up-cycled Blue Jeans

I am ready to roll into lighter decorations and a little whimsy as well. 
This Rag Wreath from a pair of old pair of blue jeans was just the DIY project I was looking for.
This is one of those no brainer kind of projects. There's really no skill required and is super simple.

You could purchase a wreath form of some kind but I hate to buy things I can just reuse. Reusing something that otherwise would be tossed out is the name of my game.
"Making Something outta of Nothing"
This wreath is very tight and dry; I'm just going to remove any dangling pieces and anything that's sticking out.

I used the legs of these jean. I simply cut the thick edge off and the cut narrow strips out of both legs
and started tying them onto the wreath. I wanted another fabric just to break up all the blue and this scrap piece of pink gingham did the trip for me.
Just keep tying and turning your knots to suit the look you want.

Thanks so much for popping over for a visit. 
Be Blessed!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Soak It In

Soakin' in rays of sunshine,
Sippin' a cup o' coffee,
Kickin' your heels up..
 Knowing when to kick your heels up...

Is the essence of being Southern.

Feeling Blessed!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Re-upholstering the Desk Chair-DIY

A few weeks ago, I wrote about working on those projects I had been pushing to the back-burner. Well, today I finally can check off redoing our desk chair. With the Chuck Wagon Gang tuned in I made my chair over, strolled down memory lane and almost had a prayer meeting at the same time....
the Chuck Wagon Gang will do that for ya...
The chair is about 10 years old. I had purchased the chair at our local Lowe's Home Improvement Store. I liked the classic styling of the chair and I was happy to see it carried the Basset Furniture label, which is or maybe I should say was a company just over in the next county that many folks in this area worked for. speaking of Basset Furniture Company I would be a lie to say if they are even in operation in the U.S. at all.
With ten years of many rough and rowdy kids and just simply,a many a behinds spending ours sitting in it the poor chair looked worse than rough. It had reached the point of shame.
Do ya see??
I'm ashamed..I'm ashamed...
The chair is still very sturdy except the arms had a little waggle in them so I was surely going to tighten everything up while I was at it. I had almost given hope of finding an
allen wrench
 to fit but as luck would have it after a little digging through the junk draw, I was in business.
I removed the seat. I decided to give it a light sanding and put a coat of polyurethane with a little bit of stain on the chair as well. I might be the only one but I kind of liked the wear in the wood on the chair so I thought not to really cover it up. I just cleaned it up and gave it some protection.
Here you can see Roscoe trying to be my helper. 
Do you wonder what he's helping me do? 
He's eating some crumbs that flung out of the chair cushion.
All-in-all, I feel pleased with the end results.

I want to thank you for stopping by.
If you're feeling like you want to go to Prayer Meeting 
give a listen and most of all