Luckily, we put the greenhouse up just in time, ’cause the weather has turned c. o. l. d. Fingers crossed it’s only a quick-little cold snap tormenting us and warmer weather is right behind it.
I still have some cosmetic repairs to make (from last season) and weather-tight the seams with silicone, so I have to laugh at my worry this morning when it was only 40° in there. ~By lunch it was 102° –I have to cut a new wedge-block to prop up the roof flap to let some of that heat out (can’t seem to find the one from last year anywhere).
Putting up the greenhouse is really physical and my muscles were aching, so I took it easy Sunday. Since it was rainy and cold anyway, I headed downstairs to sew—and continued sewing all Monday too!
I decided to work through a variety of projects–
- some mending,
- get a jump on a few of this year’s Christmas stockings made from thrift store sweaters and blazers,
- a couple more aprons made from men’s shirts,
- and a bUNch of pillows!
Today I sat hand-stitching several of the pillows closed, and thought I’d share them with you! I love to use old dresser scarves and doilies, flea market linens, and old clothes and sweaters.
I tend to look at stuff in weird ways…hey~I was an art major!
Yeah~I’m not too big on store-bought pillows. . .
This one was made from a flea market dresser scarf, some linen for the back and an iron-on monogramed appliqué. *Remember, even the headboard was upholstered in a flea market vintage linen tablecloth.
I have quite the collection of flea market dresser scarves! I tend to look for heavily textured fabrics, out of the ordinary designs, AND MONOGRAMS! However, the one in the center below~again, I added the monogrammed “N.”
This picture shows the front and back of the left pillow—a doily applied to linen, and the left-over of a shirt-apron project. The little knit pillow just behind is made from a heavily embroidered sweater (that I’m mostly cutting up for some of our teen-girl’s Christmas stockings).
All of these pillows were stuffed with fiber fill so they can be thrown in the wash as~is! Otherwise, I prefer to use goose down inserts. Did you know IKEA sells some pretty decent $7 goose down/blend inserts-? I’ve only seen two sizes, but they’re pretty nice.
These next are made from well-worn, great old shirts! The small bolster was made from cut off shirt-sleeves! I love these for boy’s rooms. Since I prefer to use goose down inserts, I love to keep and use the button-up fronts to easily remove those inserts before washing.
And finally–here are 3 of my Shirt~Aprons. I just think they’re a whole lotta’ FuN! And they’re really convenient for working the flea market—you know, money, phone, pen, camera (and WaY cuter than a fanny-pack)!
*Makes y’wanna go raid your hubbie’s closet, huh?!?
The 1st one–I used the shirt-sleeve cuffs for the pockets,
the 2nd was a short sleeved shirt, I left the sleeves “intact” for a double/organizer pocket on each side,
and in the 3rd, I used the back shirt tail to make the large-deep pockets.
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