I am supposed to be sewing and painting.
The thing I am supposed to be sewing and painting is a new dog bed, a great BIG dog bed to be auctioned by the local PBS station's fund drive. That one pictured here is last year's auction offering. It is very small. This year's dog bed and bowl and collar are WAY bigger than that.
I LOVE PBS -- they have all the best shows: HISTORY DETECTIVES, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, THIS OLD HOUSE, THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP, ZONYA'S HEALTH BITES. This was going to be a great day to watch PBS and simultaneously make something for them too. Only I got caught up in watching. Then I was watching and fiddling with the computer where I ended up at Amy's blog, over at Inspire Company http://inspireco.blogspot.com/ . She explained how to do a really cute catalog card... which I couldn't resist. It was fun and easy... Go to Amy's blog and you can do one too. Back to the dog bed -- the great BIG dog bed.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Don't you love these drawers? They are 30" wide, 38" high and 13" deep. There are 27 drawers -- 27 little cubbies to hide bits and pieces of what my mother used to call "notions".
Isn't that a funny word? In fabric shops "notions" are the zippers and snaps and rickrack, the bits and pieces needed to complete a sewing project.
I got two sets of these drawers from my Boyfriend's dad who had recently passed away. These drawers were hiding in his barn for some 30 or more years. Two additional sets of metal drawers, all painted and pretty, wereput to use in his office. This pair, though, forlorn and forgotten. The Boyfriend got the pretty painted ones. Had I not snatched up these shabby drawers they'd have gone on the auction block and been going, going, gone. So I think of them as "rescued" --- for my notions.
And I have a few notions -- scattered all over my indoor workroom, or what a real estate agent might laughingly refer to as a "dining room". The bits and pieces in my "dining room" are just waiting for a sweet set of drawers like these to live in. And here are the drawers -- not so ready for their close-up. I think they need a little help... a good scrubbing... a little paint... drawer lining, new tags. They look a little disheveled here. The other set set of these drawers have been painted and living in my garage workshop.
See, they are right there under the television. I'm not really a radio kinda girl. When I am cutting lumber on my table saw, I like to watch a spot of TV. If I listen to the radio I'll wiggle and dance and then next thing you know I'm short an important digit. Back to the drawers -- they are endlessly handy. The set in the workshop holds hinges and knobs, but also beads and bows -- the "notions" called for on silly-frilly-girly wood working projects, like my pretty pretty pet dinettes. The drawers also do a nice job holding up the TV. But it occurs to me that I don't need the workshop drawers so much as I got a nice small fridge for my birthday which hasn't any home yet... if I put the fridge where the drawers are, it can hold the TV and the drawers can come inside... Hmmmmmm.
That's just what I did. I painted the ugly drawers to match the pretty workshop drawers and now they live in my "dining room". Previously this was a jumbled mess, too shameful to photograph. At best it was flotsam and jetsom -- at worst, a fire trap, a kindling box. Every place I settled to work I'd have to move remnants from some previous project outta my way. Aaaaack. But now... ahhhhh. There's my copier and my paper, my paper cutter and as homage to pretty pretty things, a basket of fluffy colorful yarn.
Little by little I am filling up those drawers. There are bits of copper and pieces of vintage millenery, shells and beads, pattern pieces and butterfly charms, all manner of delightful things live in the two sets of drawers, 54 drawers in all. I LOVE my drawers. This might actually masquerade as a dining room afterall.
Now, the question is, did I rescue the drawers?
Or did the drawers rescue me?
As for the bassinet ... coming soon.
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Posted by OldBagNewTricks at 8:13 AM
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Posted by OldBagNewTricks at 2:04 PM
So, the conversation started a little like this: "Hey, Jenny, it's Margie, your favorite niece... " Where can this conversation go? "Morgan's birthday party is this weekend and I was wondering..."
I am the Art Lady. I do children's birthday parties as well as crafts at senior centers and nursing homes. (For folks I refer to as "My Little Old Ladies.) So my niece was not asking the most outlandish question in the world... but a little notice would have been... more kind. "Are you booked Saturday?" As it happened I was not.
I love parties, though not as a guest -- I am always that guest who is helping with hors d'eovres and gathering trash, what I call "Jenny Jobs." So for me to be the entertainment -- Perfect. "Margie, what kind of party is it? Is there a theme?" The poor kid is a St. Patty's Day Baby -- not as bad as a Christmas Baby, to be sure, but every year for seven years the theme has been the same and this year she wanted something... something... something NOT St. Patrick's. The child in question, the Birthday Girl, selected Happy Feet napkins, Happy Feet plates... penguins... who live in antarctic barren tundra nothing... Ok, Penguins!!!! Why not? I had four days to come up with... Penguiny Games. Penguiny Art. Actually, depending on the age, my Art Parties are more craft than art. I've done ribbon rose parties and collage parties, which border on the art aspect... but mostly I encounter people who want to make treasure boxes and purses and peg boards with six to ten of their friends. Or in the case of my Sr. Art Parties, they are six to ten residents. When I was thinking Penguin games I got an image of a hungry penguin. Remember the old drop the clothespin in the milk bottle game. Are you that old? As old as me? Well, I AM that old and I DO remember it. It occured to me that the milk bottle could be easily made into a hungry penguin -- add an open beak -- make the clothes pins (wooden spoons) into fishes.
And there we are, Feed the Hungry Penguin. Isn't he cute, with his wide open hungry mouth -- it's a wide-mouth Ball canning jar.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
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Wednesday, March 7, 2007
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Monday, March 5, 2007
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