Friday, July 6, 2012

~*Friday Finishes*~

Hello Dear Friends!  I do hope you all had a glorious holiday!  Happy belated Forth of July to you!

We had a fun one!  Each year there is a grand celebration in my parents' neighborhood.  It begins with a large, long running annual parade and then folks celebrate with picnics in their yards.  There are always good times and smiling faces.

Trinity was super excited to be in the parade this year.  This is his first time to be in it... normally he is stoked to be on the side~lines gathering up gobs of candy.  This year was a different story!  He wanted to show off his rat~bike~chopper!  And show off he did!

We decorated it with streamers and flags.  I found him a patriotic head wrap that seemed to 'fit' his chopper theme.  He is very proud of this bike!  It is super~cool!  And so is he!
In this photo, he isn't blocking the blaring sun... he is saluting a WWII vet that was riding in the car next to him. He ALWAYS stops to salute the military when he sees them! *smile* 

There is a beautiful ~*Friday Finish*~ to share.  The photo above was sent to me by Connie in Rogers, Arkansas.  Connie does such lovely work!  She has sent in numerous finishes... and I'm always so happy to share them.  This is her finish of my latest pattern... ~*Strawberry Sampler*~

This is what she wrote about her finish..."The sampler was stitched with Weeks "Pine", GAST "Harvest Basket" and "Wood Trail", and Crescent Colors "Used Brick" (a very favorite red) on a scrap of Weeks 30 ct Parchment fabric.  It is backed with an old piece of a Blackbird (Moda) fabric that was the inspiration for the colors."

Truly lovely!  Thank you for sharing, Connie!

It has been very hot here in Kansas the past couple of weeks... too many days over 100 degrees... and HUMID TOO!  The heat is getting more and more of a struggle... and I feel too exhausted to get much of anything done.  We desperately need rain too.  Oh, I know it could be worse... my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the recent forest fires.  

I know I shouldn't complain... and I do try not to.

I did find the energy to finish my chairs & stools, but I didn't get a very good picture of them.  They were taken to my booth and priced for sale yesterday.  My camera was in my purse, but did I remember to take it out & snap a better picture of them on display?  No!  Goodness!

I did decide to give them another coat of white paint and I didn't sand off much... and I didn't add any more walnut stain.  To fix the seat issue (the new wood circles were too small... by about 1/4 inch), I cut new foam slightly larger than the circle and used a different quilt. They do look wonderful now!  Also finished, are my two stools.  One has the same quilt as the chairs.  The white circle in the round stool top was fixed by adding a vintage crochet piece found in my stash.  I'm sorry you can't see it very well... but they are all sweet & priced to sell at Ellie Lou's Thrift Emporium.  

Thank you to all who gave comments & left suggestions for the finishes. 

Another finished project... with another not~so~good picture (taken in the work space behind our garage)...
This one is a keeper!  Tony made it for me!  I found this old metal bed at an auction last weekend... and asked him to make me a bench.  He did... and that is another reason I love him so much!

He cut the foot board in half for the side arms and used the mattress beams to hold a piece of plywood for the seat.  I purchased another cutter quilt at the auction too. I used it to make pillow cases. They hold standard size pillows... for the bench cushions.  The bed was an ugly gold when I brought it home, but after he did the cutting and welding... I gave it a nice coat of Periwinkle paint.  The bench will find a permanent home in the studio once I can get the rooms cleaned up and organized... there has been a major storm of crafting frenzy going on over there.  That is where I'll be for the rest of the day though... cleaning, organizing, and re~arranging... in the air conditioning!  (I'll try to remember to get a better picture of this to share once it is in place.)

Wishing you all warm smiles...



  1. Love your new bench! I have my son's old crib that I'm hoping to make into something.

  2. Way to go, Trinity!!! Great bike and proud salute! :-) Love the Strawberry Sampler finish... great color choices! You chairs, benches and stools look fabulous! I do think they will sell quick! Very summery look to them. :-)

  3. your chairs turned out nice. love the bench. i bought a bench last week made from an old bed. i love it. denise

  4. Trinity is quite the gentleman and boy he looks really cool on his bike!
    Great finishes :)


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