Monday, April 25, 2011


Further to the Earth Day Crafting Challenge, I thought I'd share another repurposing project we completed a couple of weekends ago.

First off, there a couple of background facts you need. One, we live in a 103-year-old house. It has some . . . quirks. Two, we made our own platform bed to accomodate my bad back and the insane lack of storage in our old house.

We didn't make our bed with a head board but eventually we were in need of one - desperately.

Why so desperately? Because the power lines are attached to our house by a very large nut and bolt. See note about the very old house, above.

With a small but active boy who likes to play on the bed, it was becoming a hazard to his health and safety.

Between us, David and I came up with the idea of building a headboard out of the leftover wood from our platform project. David installed a layer directly over the nut with a hole cut out to accomodate it.

Then I took a second layer and covered it with the fabric I'd saved from an old duvet cover - one that had an untimely demise at the mercy of a puppy a few years ago.

David then installed the second layer over the first, and we have a pretty new headboard.

This photo shows the top of the platform covered in the same pretty fabric. The rest of it is covered in the coordinating flower fabric from the "other side" of the duvet cover. Can't say I didn't get my money's worth out of that fabric!

And there you have it . . . another repurposing project and a lovely addition to our bedroom that also serves to keep our boy safe and happily playing on the bed. A most satisfying end.

Happy Tuesday, Michele

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day 2011!

Here it is - my response to Katharyn's Earth Day Craft Challenge.

It all starts with a $3.99 sweater I found at our local thrift store.

I removed one whole sleeve and the ribbing end of the other and joined them together.

I stitched up a lengthwise seam, added buttons and button holes and I now have a brand new cowl.

I've been wanting to knit myself one for ages and when Katharyn issued the challenge, I thought maybe it would be a good way to work one for myself. Mission accomplished.

And since I had so much sweater left over, I thought I'd make a pair of matching mittens from the same one.

Absolutely adorable!

Happy Earth Day, M

Sunday, April 17, 2011

We're Skipping Spring

I well and truly believe it this year. We're going straight from winter into summer, or maybe even autumn.

I know because this is what we woke up to yesterday morning:

Yep, on April 16th, we got to look out into the street and see a beautiful November day. Thank you oh so much, Mother Nature.

I don't think I'll be getting any yard work done this weekend. And the garden plans will be strictly of the indoor variety.

But I guess it could be worse. Three weeks ago this little garden of mine was still under three feet of snow, literally, three feet.

And since progress is actually evident, I will risk starting some seedlings this weekend. Some herbs, chard and such. Maybe I'll even go dig down to get some onions and garlic planted. Wish me luck!

In the mean time, and in between time, I've been working on a couple of special projects instigated by my friend, Katharyn. A few weeks ago she put out an Earth Day Crafting Challenge and I am excited to participate.

If you feel inclined to join us, it's not too late, you've still got a few more days before Earth Day. The idea is to take your crafting to a different level by reusing, reducing, recycling into a special craft project. And I already checked, it's not about reducing your stash. I've been trying to think more along the lines of repurposing. And once I framed it that way, I realized that I do that . . . a lot.

So in a few days, on April 22nd to be precise, it'll be Earth Day and time for the big reveal. Hopefully I get organized enough to get that post done on time! :-)

Whether you're under a few inches of snow or looking at the blooms in your garden, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!