Crochet-Trim Blankets

I am finding ways to incorporate two of my favorite mediums into projects: crochet + fabric {especially vintage linens}. Last week I sewed a couple of lap-sized blankets and added coordinating crochet trim. Mmmm, in LOVE with the results!

Crochet-trim blankets. SugarBeans.org

The fabric was cut to about 30" X 35", sewn, turned out, and topstitched around the perimeter. Then the work of adding the yarn began. So many fun trim options are available; I chose the simple, but adorable scallop. 

Materials: Cotton fabric, coordinating flannel and cotton yarn. 

Materials: Cotton fabric, coordinating flannel and cotton yarn. 

One side is cozy flannel, and the other side is a vibrant cotton floral. This would be perfect as a baby blanket or a lap quilt for a Sweet Special. 

The cotton yarn trim means washing is a cinch. 

The cotton yarn trim means washing is a cinch. 

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And because I couldn't make JUST one, I used a favorite funky vintage sheet to make a second blanket. 

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Such a fun and satisfying project. Just in time for the cooler weather!

What are some combinations you love to work with??

I linked this project up at: Flamingo Toes, C.R.A.F.T., Sew Can Do

Homemade Business Cards

My Sweet Hubs designed my blog and graphics. He's handy like that. After a few attempts at figuring out what I like and what works, we found {finally} something that pleases us both. He took this design and made some lovely business cards for me!!

Handmade Business cards. SugarBeans.org

I have a strong affinity for State Shapes; there have been a few state silhouette projects done on this blog {here, here, & here}. So, I skirted the traditional rectangle and opted for my current state of residence: Indiana. 

We used the Silhouette machine to cut the cards in the state shape. Pretty inexpensive too; $4 for quality card stock. So fun to work with my Hubs on this project! 

$5 Chair {Makeover}

Last week on a quick trip to a Goodwill I spotted a ragged wood chair with some sweet curves. I sat in it. I walked around thinking and waiting for my brain to remind myself that a chair was not on my seek-and-find mission that day. However, as I circled back to the furniture area, the $5 price tag sealed the deal. I brought her home for a little face-lift. 

There was a lot of wear, some paint splotches and grime. But after a cleaning, some paint and a little sand paper, she was transformed. 

Paint a chair for a face lift. SugarBeans.org

Paint color: Misty Teal by Benjamin Moore

Gentle sanding for a distressed look. SugarBeans.org

Once the chair dried from 2 coats of paint, I used a fine sandpaper to distress some edges and curves. 

This paint went on so smoothly and covered well. There was enough left in my quart, that I painted an unfinished bench that has been in my basement for over 10 years. I like when one project leads to the completion of another, don't you??

Recent Thrifty Finds {& switching things up}

My thrifting trips have been few and far between lately; life and changes have taken a toll on my little hobby. But I recently picked up a few fun items with a new thrifting buddy {always fun to find a sister that enjoys pawing through the aisles of Goodwill}. 

The blue typewriter was hidden in a case that I almost passed over. 

The blue typewriter was hidden in a case that I almost passed over. 

Thrifty Finds:
1. Blue Typewriter w/ case $9
2. Minnesota tin tray .99
3. Milk glass .50
4. Yellow bowls & plates .49 each
5. Straw bag $1
6. Vintage Sheets $1.50
7. Vintage vanity mirror $2
 

I've been shopping my home to switch things up. I gather items from various rooms and re-use the items in another room. Feels like newness without the expense. 

I'm seeing some future gifts and projects in the making.

My eyes always seen to wander to the aged and vintage-y goods while thrifting. What does your eye seek while shopping/ thrifting??

Mini-Faux Animal Heads {tutorial}

A little while ago, I found a bag of forlorn plastic animals at the Goodwill for $1.99. They were thick and great quality// totally reminded me of my son's fascination with all-things-animal during his younger years. I bought these discarded beasts and used a few to make some Mini-Faux Animal Heads to hang in my sewing room. 

Mini-faux animal heads. SugarBeans.org

My supplies: quality plastic animals {solid, not hollow}, mini wood plaques {.99 at Michaels craft store}, spray paint and strong adhesive glue {E6000}.

Mini-faux animal heads. SugarBeans.org

Cut off the heads of the animals. Spray paint the plaques and animal heads. 

Once all the pieces are dry, use your strong glue to attach the head to the plaque. Be ready to be amazed, because these little fellas are so cute. 

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These little animal heads are perfect to decorate your small spaces. I need to purchase a few more plaques this week; my teens are wanting some mini animal heads in their spaces now as well. Maybe my pink or green spray paint will be used for the next batch. So Fun!

Happy Crafting, friends!

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Letter Writing Station {snail mail blessings}

I am indeed indebted to the amazing technological advances in communication since my college days, twenty-five years ago. Back then, the only way to connect with my family or friends  was through a very public pay phone in the hall of our dorm {not conductive to tear-fests or break-ups with beaus}, letter writing or popping in your car for a drive home. Letter writing was my favorite; going to your mailbox and seeing ANYTHING was a cause for a little jig.

Letter Writing Station. SugarBeans.org

With my Deary-dear away at her first year of college, I have reinstated a purposeful Letter Writing Station in our home to have on-hand for any family member to jot a quick note as the inspiration hits. 

Letter writing station. SugarBeans.org

Not only is my daughter in college, but many of her friends (who are now our friends) and my nephew are away from home for the first time. I've included different sized envelopes to pop in a little extra bit: favorite candy, Sunday comics {my girls favorite}, magnets, photos, etc. 

Letter writing station. SugarBeans.org

I've included some stationary in different forms: flash cards, old postcards, back of Bingo cards, and those Smash books have fun small pages to include in any letter. The small composition book holds all of the necessary addresses. And washi tape makes every envelope look like a celebration is about to happen. 

Letter writing station. SugarBeans.org

I adore this London container we found on our Spring trip to England; perfect storage for some letter bling. The orange crate was a $1 find at Target. Lots of markers, because color is a good thing. 

Letter writing station. SugarBeans.org

This little crate is by my side a few days a week. I know it has blessed our girl to get sweet reminders and words from home, and my other children are dipping in this crate (on their own!) to send quick updates and pictures to loved ones away from home. It's fun and blesses someone-- win, win! Really, a little bit of effort on our part, has the potential to make someone's day a little brighter! 

Granny Square Pillow {tutorial}

Granny Square Pillow {tutorial}

This project is the perfect marriage of my two favorites: crochet + vintage linens. This winter was filled with fun crochet projects {granny afghancrochet hook casesphone cozies, jar coziesmini flags and more} and I found my time crocheting to be quite relaxing, so the hooks have appeared even in the warmer months. Last week I finally purged an ugly cushion cover and replaced it with ...

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Frozen Bananas {Summer Delights}

Frozen Bananas {Summer Delights}

We have a few family members that find dairy difficult to digest; a bummer for the summer months with ice cream being consumed in large quantities by most people in town. BUT, I have found frozen bananas make a wonderful substitute to the taste and texture of ice cream without the dairy and icky side effects that plague some of my loved ones. 

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