Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Unfinished/Finished Business

Sometimes coming up with a title for my posts is the hardest part of posting. It has been a few days (okay, maybe more than a few) since I last posted and I have some odds and ends I want to share.

In my last post I mentioned that I would be sewing over at Isabel's house with her and Joy. I made it over there about 10am and spent a good chunk of time finishing up a shopping cart liner. That felt really good. I think it turned out pretty cute.

You tell me. This one I'm saving for Farm Chicks. I'd like to do about 5 more at least. I have a lot of carts. I pick them up whenever I see them if they are cheap. I'm really glad I have a good stash as I hardly ever see them anymore. Anyway, last summer I went through all my fabric and bundled some together for cart liners, so now when I'm ready to make one, I just grab a bundle. Saves a lot of time as I don't have to get all my fabric out and lament over which fabrics go together, etc.

Saturday I spent dinking around home working on various projects, cleaning and such. I did manage to finish one project I had been working on. Well, I'm almost finished.

Here is the before picture. Well, this isn't the actual before picture. I bought this dresser for $14.99 at Value Village the day I went with my friend Debbie. It had a really beat up veneer top which I painstakingly removed with the help of a heat gun and a scraper. It was actually pretty easy, just tedious. Underneath was a nice wood top, not too damaged. I removed the ugly metal knobs, sanded the whole thing, painted the drawer fronts with white primer (the only white paint I could find) and put on some crystal knobs from my stash and a little vintage decal and voila.

So much better. This one I'm keeping. It will go in my sewing room to replace a newer cabinet I have in there. I really wanted some big drawers to store my vintage wallpaper in as it is kind of everywhere and hard to store. Right now I have it standing in baskets which kind of ruins the ends.
Anyway, I love the pink and white combination. I still need to wallpaper line the drawers before it will go into its new home.

This was a really easy project. I hate painting so the fact that I didn't have to do much on this one was definitely a bonus.
On Sunday I headed over to Monticello with a basket of new/old stuff to put out. I really didn't buy anything except a birthday gift for Isabel which I can't show yet as she hasn't seen it and I don't want to ruin the surprise. I did stop at 2 goodwills (found nothing) and Value Village where I found this sweet vintage cottage print, four padded baby hangers, vintage watch, liquor decanter, and two little silver Hilton Hotel spoons.

Did I mention that my first job out of college was for Hilton in LA? I was so excited to find those spoons as I never stole, I mean got any souvenirs from when I worked there.

The bird cage, metal container, sheet music book and slip all came from the American Cancer Society thrift store which was just across the parking lot from the Thai restaurant that I went to yesterday for lunch with some of my lunch lady friends.

I have been a little negligent about responding to a couple tags and an award I have been given. Linda, who is a frequent commenter on my blog and a real sweetie, tagged me to do the six word memoir Meme (I'm still not sure what "meme" stands for, is it short for memory?) Anyway, you are suppose to come up with a six word memoir that describes yourself. I'm not very good with things like this. All I could come up with is:
"Family, More Beautiful than Pink Roses."
Karoline, was so sweet to award me with the "You Make My Day" award. If you haven't visited Karoline's blog, go right now. She has the most adorable daughters and a sweet vintage style. We share a lot of the same collections and she sells her lovely handcrafted creations on Etsy and Ebay.

Tammy, who you may remember as one of my new BFF's, has recently tagged me to do the 7 things about me thing. I have done this a few times before, so I feel like you already know what a kook I am, but as I am always one to play along, I will have to think about some more things to share with you. I will try to do it on my next post.

Taking the kids and some of their friends bowling today. We really need to get out of the house. Too much tv and computer stuff. On Friday, my hubster is taking the day off and we are going to head to the coast (beach for some of you) for the day. I am really looking forward to that as it has been way too long. Of course, we may just have to stop at a couple thrift stores along the way. We'll see.

Added note: I am having trouble with my hotmail email account. For some reason it is not letting me respond to messages I have received, so if you have sent me an email in the last few days, I will try to get the problem fixed and reply as soon as I can. Thanks!


Tammy said...

please tell me you're saving one of those baskets for me to buy! xoxo

Shab-n-Chic said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed reading through yours today , and will visit often! You did an amazing job on that little dresser, I would keep it too!
Have a great day !

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hi Lisa, I love your cart!! It is adorable with the pink fabric inside. I bet they will sell wonderfully!

LOve the dresser you painted. What a great idea to use it for your wallpaper! I love this idea!

Alison Gibbs said...

Lisa, love the fabric you have used for the cart.

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Lisa,
LOVING that cart, wow!!! Hope you had fun bowling!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I love the lined baskets! They would be just perfect for a day at the flea market- that is if there were any good ones where I live! The dresser is so pretty! What an amazing bargain!

Laurie said...

I love the dresser you found at Value Village. I wish I could find stuff like that at my Value Village! It's beauiful.

Michelle said...

Your cart and dresser are so pretty and girly!


VintageMelodies said...

Lisa, I think you and I are going to get along just fine. You have amazing taste and are incredibly creative! I would love to take one of those carts out to yard sales this summer. Look forward to seeing more....

Auntie Joy said...

Hi Lisa,
The dresser turned out so sweet. I love the decals.I love Spring vacation in Oregon the weather is so delightful!!

Sandi McBride said...

Great work on that dresser Lisa...you need to hold onto it...the cart might have to come to my house, tho

Cottage Rose said...

How pretty does that dresser look!!

I enjoyed reading your blog!


Lori said...

Oh such a cute dresser!!! Lori Everyone finds cute but me!!

Ciderantiques said...

Hi Lisa, Great job! The crystal knobs and fresh paint make all the difference don't they! I found a similar size dresser recently at a garage sale. It was a loud sunshine yellow and red (a kids dresser I guess). It certainly was fun to watch it transform. I should have taken a before picture.

Have a great day! Karen

love of yellow roses said...

i love your basket! so handy and pretty at the same time.

Flea Market Queen said...

Love the cart liner...
And the dresser redo is fabulous!

Pat said...

Lisa, Well, once again, you have tickled me "pink." Just love looking in to see what you are doing. It's always a visual treat. I've never seen one of those carts here, but you can bet from now on..I'll be looking for one! Take care, friend. I'll be seeing you! Pat

cindy said...

Awwwwww, I love your cart liner...so pretty. And you did an amazing job on the little chest of drawers...it's lovely.


Bristol said...

I love the cart. That is half the work trying to decide what pairs well together. Wish I was close to go to the farm Chicks event~ the dreser looks great~

She'sSewPretty said...

I love that cart and the fabric you used too. That dresser is a great find. I love how you fixed it up.

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

I just found your beautiful blog! I am sooooo in love with your cart! It is fabulous!!!! And what a great little dresser... for $15?!?! Beautiful job fixing her up!

Linda said...

Hi Lisa, I love the cart liner and the dresser looks so pretty...it'll be perfect fo your fabrics.
I loved your meme! Linda

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I came by to look at the show and tell today (millinery) and ended up at this post drooling over the cart liner! Do you have any for sale? I have a deep pink cart that desperately needs a rosey liner!