So, I woke up around 7 a.m. to a loud POP. The siding on the townhouse is being replaced. I forgot. Until this morning, that is; then I quickly (and loudly) remembered. The team of workers worked all day long, banging hammers, stripping siding, and slightly damaging all of my poor plants. :-/
Inside the house, just as much change and creativity was taking place. Jenn and I worked the entire afternoon on transforming some dull wooden trays into million dollar jewels! Jenn went for a patchwork quilt look on hers, as she painted and then placed cut fabric squares and scrapbooking paper clips onto the body of the tray. After that, she mod podged the mess out of that thing, and it looks great! It will be water resistant and ready for whatever those ninth graders can throw at it at GHS next week.
Photos of tray progress (only lacks the blue paint on tray).
I went a different route and used a canvas center with scrapbooking paper as the border on the tray body and inside lengths. I, too, went mod podge crazy and was pleased with the outcome. I love the different textures and the vintage feel.
I wrapped up the day by sewing with my friend, Erica, and watching her make bags of party favors she plans to sell at her antique booths in Birmingham, AL. I used some of my favorite fabrics (a bold red paisley and a good ole Southern seersucker) to make a reversible table decoration. It only took me five years to complete the invisible stitch on all four sides. It was worth the effort and looks great in our kitchen!
For any help or tips on how to do any of these ideas, just give me a shout!