Monday, March 24, 2014

Craft Class–Week 5……

This week we made some really cute primitive pins. 


003
 
An old crow, and a sheep.
 
005
 
007
 
008
 
010
 
I love making small projects like this, because it's a great way to use up my scraps.
 
009
 
011
 
013
 
012
 
004
 
001
 
We had a small class tonight. It was nice.
There were only 5 of us, so we sat, stitched, shared stories, and laughed.
 
We have one more class left. I can't believe it's almost over. Time really does fly when you're having fun.
 
Another nice craft shared with friends.
Great job ladies!
 
Blessings,
Julie

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Craft Class - Week 4.....

We are over halfway through our spring session. That is so hard to believe!
Maybe spring will come quicker for us??
 
This week we made
Punched Tin Dry Erase Boards.
 
These were made using old picture frames. You can use any size you like.
First we prepped and painted our frames.
 
 
photo
 
 
Then we cut a piece of flashing to fit the frame and traced our design on it.
 
 
spring 5
 
Once that was done, everyone went to work punching their designs using screwdrivers, awls, or nails.
 
spring 2
 
The flashing is made of aluminum, so it's not hard to work with at all.
 
spring class
 
spring 4
 
The smaller frames would look great with a nice quote written on them, or you could even paste a photo in the center.
There are so many ideas you could think up.
 
A menu board
A today's to-do list board
Grocery list board
A chore list board
or
Hang it on your child's bedroom door for messages.
 
You are only limited by your imagination!
 
 
spring 3
 
002
 
005
 
 Great job ladies!
 
Blessings,
Julie
 
 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What I've Been Working on....

When we moved into our new home, we didn't have a dining room table. I knew pretty much what my husband and I both wanted, but finding it was no easy task, and the price was not exactly in our budget.
 
After a bit of research, I decided that I could probably build what we want for a lot less than what we could buy one for.
 
So, where to begin was the question.
 
My brother in law, who owns the old barn on my husband's family farm, allowed us to use some of the old barn boards that had been left inside the barn.
 
Our local school district offers woodworking classes through the Adult Ed. Program each spring and fall. This is the same school district I work for, as well.
 
Since I don't own all the right tools needed to build the table, this was the perfect place.
 
I had no blueprints or plans, but knew in my mind what we basically wanted. How hard could building a table be?
It just needs 4 legs and a top, right?
 
Well.....
 
 
001
 
It stands without wobbling!
That's good, right?
 
002
 
I planed the boards down until they were smooth. They were pretty rough and covered in pigeon poo.
 
003
 
Although the top was easy enough to make, it still needed legs.
Remember, I was doing this on a budget, so free wood fit that perfectly. THANK YOU MICHAEL! I could have bought legs at our local building supply, but I really wanted to keep going with the barn theme.
 
While searching around the old barn, I noticed the old ladder leading up to the hay loft had rotted away and fallen down.
Hmmm? Is that opportunity I smell, or just old hay?
After some quick thinking, I grabbed the better parts of the old ladder, and got out before I became a pigeon stoop. 
 
I took what was left of the rotted rungs off the ladder and cut the good parts of the rails down for legs.
 
I really loved the idea of this table, because this barn was part of the farm my husband grew up on. Knowing that it was made with the rails of a ladder that he climbed as a child was very special.
 
Once I had it built and got it home, I just needed to decide what color to stain it.
Sometimes decisions like this can take a while, so it sat unfinished from Thanksgiving until yesterday.
 
The result.....
 
 
 
004
 
008
 
...a table we both love!
 I hope it will be passed on down to our children, and their children for many years to come.
 
Blessings,
Julie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Craft Class–Week 3…..

 I hadn't realized that I didn't get this posted yet. I guess I was so busy, I thought I had done it already.
 
This week, much to my students demise, we made candle mats.
Oh, they are not very fond of stitching, but every once in a while I like to throw it in. I think it keeps their fingers limber, so they can stay in shape for all the other fun things we do. (giggle)
 
 
076
 
077
 
 I just love his floppy ears!
 
079
 
080
 
The reverse side was done in green/cream homespun.
I didn't bring my camera to class, so no student pics this week. Sorry! I'll try again next week.
 
Despite the fact that some of the ladies don't like to stitch, I think they did enjoy themselves. We obviously didn't get the whole thing done in one class, so I'm anxious to see who will continue theirs at home. Hmmm? Denise, Jean, Sheila? Avis??!!
I hope they let me know!
 
Next week's craft is going to be a real "let it all out" kind of craft.
I can't wait!
 
Blessings,
Julie
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Craft Class - Week 2....

 We had a fun class this week. We made picture boards. Another project found on Pinterest.
 
 
003
 
 
007
 
Tracing stencils.
 
005
 
This took a lot of concentration! (smile)
 
004
 
003
 
The end result.
You can stencil anything you want on the board. I chose
"Bless Our Family".
 
We are very blessed!
 
Blessings,
Julie