Monday, January 12, 2009

Top Ten Projects for 2008

I saw a few blogs that posted their top 10 projects for 2008 and I thought I would do the same. I, like a lot of bloggers out there, love a trash to treasure project and last year I did quite a few.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.

Simple barkcloth pillow. I kept all of these. Some are on my living room sofa and some on the day bed in my front room.
Vintage spoon lampshade. Got this idea from Isabel who got it from someone else. I love it on this little lamp I bought at the Silverton Antique Show. Another keeper.
This was an old mail cart Joy got for me from the auction. This was a super easy and fun project. Sold it to a lady at the Coburg Antique show. She said she was going to put it at the bottom of her laundry shoot.
While I made over a dozen shopping cart liners for sale last year, this is the first one I made for myself. I love it. I used some of my most favorite barkcloth era fabric and and adorable tiny rose fabric I got from Jo Ann's. This particular cart is kind of wonky with a funny shape and wobbly wheel. It squeaks too, but I love it.
This dresser was an ugly brown when I found it at the Salvation Army store. Another dresser which I bought and kept was the inspiration for this one. This cutie sold in the last minutes of the Farm Chicks show last June.
Another different laundry cart. My friend Debbie helped me make this one. It was challenging, but I think it turned out adorable. It also sold at Farm Chicks.
Inspired by a cute banner I saw at Joy's house, I made my own. This was one of the first collagy type things I made and I really enjoyed using things from my stash. It currently lives on the window in my sewing room.
I bought this folding screen on craigslist and spent a couple hours covering it with a lovely patchwork of vintage wallpaper. I was inspired by Pam Garrison who got the idea from Alicia Paulson. Pam did an entire closet and Alicia, the back of a door. I love how it turned out. It is currently for sale in my booth at Monticello.
This mirror was something I found in a box lot at the auction. It didn't look like this at all. I love how it turned out after I attacked it with paint stripper. Now that I think about it, this may have been a 2007 project, but it is definitely one of my favorites. Here is what it looked like before I went to work on it. Who would do this, I ask you? Ugh, it was hideous, but I could see the potential. On the back of the mirror is a tag with an 1883 date on it so I'm glad I could make it look presentable. It now has a place of honor on my mantel.
This vanity bench was one I bought from my friend Karen at her garage sale. It was brown and ugly. Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do. This one sold at the Fall Harvest Sale at Monticello.

My first attempt at crown making with Joy. Another fun project using what I already had in my stash.

And finally, a cute little trunk that I used sheet music and miscellaneous vintage ephemera on. This cutie also sold at Farm Chicks. Now I'm wishing I had kept it.

Well, that's it. I think that was a few more than 10, but who's counting, right. This post has inspired me to get busy working on some new projects. Better go get started!


Connie said...

Gasp!!!! Stunning, my sweet little chick! I am truly flabbergasted at those projects of yours. Just brilliant........

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I love it all~! My faves are the vintage wallpaper screen and the vintage barkcloth pillows!! Oh, and the pink and white dresser, too!!

Black Cat Cottage said...

The fabrics you use are so beautiful! So many amazing projects!

Timi said...

Cute cute cute stuff!
I'm so excited to see what you ladies are going to do for Farm Chicks this year!

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

What great projects! I like the screen, the crown, the lampshade, actually ALL of it! You are very creative! I'm in Oregon too, can you tell me where do the Farm Chicks have their annual show?

Miss Gracie's House said...

Lots of *fun* things you had going there-I have to say that mirror is my favotite, too!
Yes, on to 2009-I'm still trying to get going in the forward direction!

RomanticRoses@DorisJoa said...

Oh I love this mirror. And I love the pillows. Absolutely great stuff.
Your blog is so beautiful and for a Roselover a feast for the eyes. I shall return.

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

Hi Lisa, I have bestowed to you the Lemonade Stand Award for having such a great positive attitude. See today's post for the details.

Missed you yesterday. We will try again. Great projects. What's on slate for this year? M.

Unknown said...

OMG, I totally love the lamp shade, great inspiration! Thanks

bee'nme said...

Hey Lisa!

Wow - it was great to see the year in retrospect - there were a couple of projects I had missed somehow. They were all such fabulous, beautiful goodies! Love that cover you made for the rolling laundry cart- and it was great to see the GORGEOUS folding screen again. Great year of fun projects again Lisa - looking forward to what you will find and transform in 2009!! It'll surely be inspiring!

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Monica said...

Hi Lisa! What great job you did!! L-O-V-E all, cannot choose a favourite among all those pretties!
Keep warm and cozy,
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