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CRAFTS

PAINTING FURNITURE

The fastest was to redecorate is to paint. Try this with some old or unfinished furniture-paint it with the left over wall color. It matches the wall and will make the room look larger.

Using the matching color, paint shelves, table, or chest of drawers. When it is placed near the wall it blends in and disappears. The room looks cleaner and larger. The furniture almost looks built-in.

The kitchen is a good place for this as many things in it can make the room look full and choppy. I did this in my farmhouse-style kitchen as the accessories make it look full. The shelf unit and small table in one corner were painted the wall color and now have disappeared.

It also uses up the last of the wall color which would only be needed for touchups later.

LINENS

I love beautiful and refined things. Exquisite dining rooms top my list with table linens foremost. Embroidered table linens can be found in antique shops for a price. New ones can be made on a sewing machine without using an expensive array of controls.

I’ve embroidered on the sewing machine using just  the stitch width control and the buttonhole setting. Sketching the script first on regular copy paper, pinning it on the item, and then going over this on the machine is one way to do this.

The other way is to use dressmaker’s chalk or the pens that disappear and marking the fabric itself (my choice). Then practicing the embroidered initials on scrap fabric until I get the right movements, I finish by doing the item itself.

Pockets on clothing, robes, etc. can be done before the pocket is attached to the item.

The finest way is to do the embroidery by hand but his takes much time in today’s busy world. 

NOW, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET AND EMBROIDERY SET-COMPUTERIZED SEWING MACHINE AND PATTERNS IF YOU REALLY GET INTO IT!

COMPUTER ART

USING THE COMPUTER FOR CRAFTS

One reason that I got my first computer-a laptop-was to do computer art. With that and a printer, I set out to do many things.  I can create text, for example, for embroidery designs, that I previously did by hand, to use on linens and fabrics. 

Other uses for computer art are added in the crafts section here all the time so check back often. We have CD-ROMs available for using artwork on the computer with many types of designs.

CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF MY ART

Making Memories-Graduations

Memories of graduations include a party or dinner for the celebration. Making an album of all the many pictures of that day is a great way to save  memories. Another way is to frame the tassel and program.

Here’s an idea:

In the many antique and collectible shops there are old cards and even old  certificates. Using some of these as a background, the graduate’s program and tassel can be mounted on top.  A shadow box frame holds all the memories along with a few special objects.

This is a great way to pass on a memory to the next generation for any occasion.

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CRAFTS– CHRISTMAS

To order your greens for a plaque, wreath, table decorations,

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SHORT DIRECTIONS ON MAKING THE WILLIAMSBURG PLAQUE SHOWN

Just follow the pictures and you can make this, too!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Large Pineapple

Bag of small apples

Boxwood-English or a cultivar

Magnolia leaves-Southern or a cultivar

Precut plywood, oval bases

Screws, about 2 inches long, a piece of foam, and glue

Wire-floral

Wire-for hanging plaque-heavy

Staple gun and staple ( Electric preferred)

Cranberries (Optional)

Gather  Your Supplies

You can use a large, oval tray to tray an oval onto the plywood.  Paint it green and drill and hole for the heavy, hanging wire at the top. The first time, you will need to position the pineapple and apples around the plaque in the manner that you want to install them, mark these with a center dot for the apples and a tracing for the pineapple, then remove the fruit. Screw in the screws from the reverse side so they go through the wood. Glue a piece of foam to the back so it won’t scratch your door or storm window in a storm door.

Staple the magnolia leaves around the edge using 2 staples each. Put the pineapple onto the screws and wire the top to screws that are there under the leaves. Staple the boxwood onto the plaque, cutting off the bare ends and tucking it under the pineapple.  Put the apples, on their sides, all around on the screws. (Optional: If the pineapple is smaller and there is a lot of space between that and the apples, you can string cranberries on  the floral wire and tack in that area. Here, I used a larger pineapple so there was no room.) Hang the wire on a wreath hanger and put over your door. Spray with WILTPRUF to make it last longer outdoors.

DISREGARD THE BLUE LIGHT IN THE PHOTOS BELOW AS IT IS FROM A BULB.