Monday, April 3, 2017

Cat and Panda Bear Pillows

With some help from my mom and brother, I made my sister a pillow with some cool cat fabric recently. They also helped me make a couple pillows from some pajama fabric. All of them turned out pretty cute.

 I still have to get better at stuffing, but the fabric is so cute.
 The saying is cute.
 I think he's had too much nip already.


 The upcycle pajama project.
 These turned out pretty well.
Close up of the Pandas. This material is so soft and cozy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chest of Drawers for Our Son

My husband made a chest of drawers for our son for Christmas. I have been meaning to do a blog post about it but kept forgetting. I finally remembered to do it tonight. I love how the chest of drawers turned out. The hubby did a great job.

 Putting together the structure pieces.
 The basic structure. Made out of oak plywood and oak solid pieces.
 Making the drawer boxes.
 Our son helping. The project was too big to hide.
 Drawers done.
 Making sure spacing is correct.
 Coming along.
 He did a lot of sanding.
 Figuring out where to put the drawers.
 The top was put together and clamped.
 That's a lot of clamps!
 Staining
Ta da! I think it is beautiful. Roy did a great job and Ian loves it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Towel Hanger

We made a towel hanger for our bathroom not too long ago. It is a really simple craft project. I think it turned out cute. I stole a piece of scrap wood from one of Roy's bigger projects. It was mahogany. It was already the prefect size. Roy beveled the edges with the router and then I sanded and finished it. I bought the hanger on sale for 80% off at Hobby Lobby last year. It was only $2.40. Not bad at all. Roy screwed it onto the board. He then used the router to make a slot to hang it from on the back. That's it.


 I think it looks nice for something so simple to make. I love mahogany and it really pops against the white door. What do y'all think?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Tree Ornament: Lola

A friend asked me to make a Christmas ornament for her dog, Lola. She bought ornaments for her family and other dogs last year but didn't have one for the new pup. It had been a while since I used the scrollsaw. It took me a little to get back in the swing of it, but I think the ornament turned out well. I hope she likes it.

The hardest part of any of the ornaments is the top where it will hang from the tree. Doing circles isn't easy with my scrollsaw because it won't use spiral blades. Cutting with the straight ones in a circle is not easy. That's why none of my tops are exactly round. Still, the ornaments hang on the tree just fine. At least you can tell it says Lola. :)

I used Yucatan Rosewood for this ornament. I love the grain pattern. 



Friday, September 23, 2016

Dog Platform for our Truck

Roy came up with an idea for a platform to go in the back seating area of our Nissan Frontier to make it easier for our dog, Riley, to ride back there. Before, the tool storage areas made it hard from him to stand and move around. The platform works great. Riley loves it!

It wasn't too hard to put together. We used 1/2 inch plywood for the platform and legs.

 The platform. We measured the floor and cut it to fit. We were dry fitting it here.

 Roy was making the legs. He just cut small pieces and glued and nailed them together, then attached them to the platform with Kreg screws.
 We bought some indoor/outdoor carpet from Lowe's in a color to match the interior of the Nissan Frontier. We just stretched it around the edges and stapled it in place.
 See the legs?
 Stapled in place. Not the prettiest cause we aren't upholsterers, but it works.
 Checking the fit. It worked fine.
The other door shuts just fine as well. The whole project didn't cost us much cause we had the plywood left over from another project, already had the staples and screws. We only had to buy the carpet, which was a little less than $14.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Easy Hanging Owl Craft

This was almost too easy to call it a craft project, but then again, that's the only kind I can really do. I like how this project turned out and anyone can do it. You might even try it with your kids.

I bought the wood owl from Walmart. It is very thin wood and comes with the thing to hang it up already attached.





Next, I picked out the scrapbook paper I liked and traced the owl onto the back of it and cut it out. I also used some ink on the edges just so the wood wouldn't show. I used green to match my paper.




Then I decoupaged the paper owl onto the wooden owl.




Finally, I bought some raised stickers and used them for eyes. I think it's cute.





What do y'all think? It was super easy but looks pretty neat hanging up.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Sign for a Friend

I made a sign for a friend last week. It is just a little simple sign, but it is cute and she likes it,which is the most important thing. I thought I'd show y'all what I did. It is really easy. Anyone could do it.

First, I stole a piece of scrap wood from Roy. I do this often with little pieces. I then cut out a piece of scrapbook paper the size of the board.


Next, I painted around the edges and part of the front of the sign. The parts that would show.

After that, I used decoupage to adhere the paper to the wood. I let it sit and put more coats on afterward to protect it.

Then I put some stickers on the sign for Welcome. I used brown because it stood out more.



I put a piece of scrapbook paper on the back as well, and Roy stapled a piece of fabric ribbon on for me so my friend can hang the sign.






And here it is hanging. I think it looks pretty neat for a simple design.