Wednesday, August 21, 2013

3 Quick Projects


Between workmen in our bathroom (not a fun way to spend $$$$) and Little Lulu, I knew today would be spent at home.

 Last night I looked for inspiration for projects that would not take much time and would fit with my August mantra of "use what I have".


This cute little vignette at White Lace Cottage became my first project of the morning.


We eat on small plates for most meals (portion control) and I have lots of different colors of dishes.


We are always rummaging through the cupboard to choose a plate in the morning so this little dish strainer is perfect for holding plates and bowls for our morning fruit and yogurt.


A roll of webbing I found in my parents' garage earlier in the summer


combined with a birdcage frame I found at TJ Maxx months ago became the second quick project.


I simply stapled the webbing to a piece of cardboard and attached the key with wire.


I love the bench beneath the trees in the garden all dressed up with pillows and a banner, but the banner and the pillows are now covered with sap from the trees.

I spent too much time embroidering the banner to see it destroyed so a change in the bench became project #3.


This Moda fabric is a favorite and I only have a skinny strip left, but I was able to cut out hearts for a banner.


I placed batting in between 2 hearts, sewed the hearts together and connected the hearts with ribbon.


I washed and dried the banner so the edges would fray.


A simple basket with a plant is a much more practical choice than the cushion which I can grab from a cupboard if I want to sit and relax - unlikely with Little Lulu!

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41 comments:

20 North Ora said...

What a creative day you had! Love the heart banner and the birdcage.b cute, cute,cute! Good projects - all of them.

Judy

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

You always have the cutest quickie projects!
That little heart banner is sweet.
I also love your colorful take on the plate display.
Pat

NanaDiana said...

Those are three great quick fixes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric on the heart banner! xo Diana

Merlesworld said...

Great little projects, I like the little bowls for breakfast good idea so you don't eat too much.
Merle.......

Acorn to Oak said...

You're always so busy doing so many fun and cute things around the house! I love it! So inspiring! And, it's all so pretty!

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Love the fabric on your heart banner. So sweet and it looks perfect on the bench.
Kris

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

All of your quick project are great and they really look good. The heart banner is so cute and the hearts look really good.
Have a great weekend.
Mary

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Carol, your garden is perfect for a late summer party; that banner is darling, and every detail you cover makes a HUGE difference! It's always a pleasure to come see you with a new post! I have school meetings every day next week, then KABOOM! SCHOOL STARTS! Have a fantastic day and I hope your bathroom issues will be resolved! Anita

Kirby Carespodi said...

I absolutely LOVE your garden! The hearts are darling, and love the idea of using what you have.

priscilla said...

Love all 3 of your projects ! Such a cute garland !

chateau chic said...

The banner is Darling!!! And of course, I love birdcage everything!
Mary Alice

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You are so clever! I've said it before, but I'll say it again...love the way you use things you already have. I think the bird cage with jute webbing and the key is my favorite!

Dawn said...

The banner is so darn cute and I love the plate idea. I want your plate stash:)

Stacey said...

I just love the banner! That fabric is so sweet and old fashioned. How cool too that you used the webbing from your parents house. I bet they didn't have it for decorative purposes like we use it these days. :)

Ann K said...

Don't you just love it when you have moments of creativeness!? LOVE the wood bench in your garden and the homemade banner!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That heart banner is precious! What a fun idea and I love the frayed edges. The birdcage project turned out so cute! I always like to visit here and see what you are doing. I am trying to use smaller plates also!

Down by the sea said...

Your projects are so inspiring and I like ones that can be completely and simply.
Sarah x

Kathy said...

Good golly, it is okay to slow down, you don't have to go back to work - remember?? Just teasing, if it was me I would be doing the same thing. Love the projects!

Renee said...

Love the bright colors. Everything is lovely. The banner was such a great way to use up that bit of fabric.

Gina said...

Oh that red, yellow & blue eye candy makes me a happy girl! So pretty!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

:D You have been a busy bee. That banner is the cutest thing! Oh, I saw a cute side chair at one of my outings and the seat had woven webbing strips and old belts in pretty colors. It was so neat!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Love the new banner. Your garden looks great. Hope you are enjoying your first summer of retirement.

Sandy McClay said...

Hi, This is Sandy from 521 Lake Street. How ironic! 521 Lake STreet is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, it was my maternal grandparents house. Love your blog, I am a new follower! :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love your "impromptu" projects!...the banner is so cute and love the creation of the birdcage and framed key with the burlap...you had a very creative day!!!

My Garden Diaries said...

Why in the world have I not thought of putting dishes out like that! What a beautiful and practical vignette! And your banner on the bench is so sweet lady! You had me laughing when you said your other one was covered with sap..isn't that just the way!!! You are an inspiration...way to use what you have friend!!! Awesome Awesome projects!!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I love quick projects, as it gives an (almost) instant gratification, looks great, and it's practical

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love a quick project that makes such an impact.. LOVE LOVE LOVE it sister..

Mimi Sue said...

Very cute little heart banner. Always love your projects. Mimi

lynn said...

your garden spot is awesome, carol! great projects--love the mini birdcage--too cute!

My Little Home and Garden said...

You are so clever at dreaming up a quick project and following through on making it!
-Karen

Blondie's Journal said...

You are one crafty lady...coming up with three super projects in one day! I am so in love with the banner, what a great idea to wash it and get the frayed edges, I like that. You have to see the "bird cage" I gifted Kris with. It's very similar to yours and might give you some ideas! ;-D

I have to get back on the visiting bandwagon, I have been pressed for time like crazy and that has never really taken a toll on blogging time. Then I saw your comment today and couldn't remember the last time I stopped by. Hopefully I'll get on track soon! :)

XO,
Jane

Blondie's Journal said...

You are one crafty lady...coming up with three super projects in one day! I am so in love with the banner, what a great idea to wash it and get the frayed edges, I like that. You have to see the "bird cage" I gifted Kris with. It's very similar to yours and might give you some ideas! ;-D

I have to get back on the visiting bandwagon, I have been pressed for time like crazy and that has never really taken a toll on blogging time. Then I saw your comment today and couldn't remember the last time I stopped by. Hopefully I'll get on track soon! :)

XO,
Jane

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Wow! I love the heart banner! I also like to keep our plates out for grabbing, it makes it easy.

fiona anderson said...

Everything looks as pretty as always, I love the little bird cage too. I saw a larger one in a shop once and wish I had bought it !

xinex said...

Pretty vignettes! Your projects all turned out beautifully...Christine

Anne said...

You are so sweet thank you for sharing that! Oh I LOVE your vignettes!!What a great idea for your morning dishes and bowls! What a pretty pop of color too!
xx
Anne

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

CUTE cute CUTE! Especially love that little birdcage!

Karen L. Bates said...

You make the cutest things!! You go girl!

Ivy and Elephants said...

So many cute things! The birdcage is my favorite, just adorable!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Patti

Jann Olson said...

Little Lulu keeps you running. lol! Some really fun projects Carol. Especially love the webbing on the bird cage! I have webbing like that only in red. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jody and Stan said...

Carol, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays for your quick creative projects! I love them all! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Hugs,
Jody