Friday, February 25, 2011

...and a Bread Box to match

I found this amazing breadbox at the thrift store for $1 and at the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I figured with a little clean up and a paint job, I could sell it.  Maybe make a few bucks on it.  Then once I got the turquoise canisters in my kitchen, I decided I had to have a turquoise breadbox.  HAD TO HAVE ONE!!!

Sadly (or funnily...if that's really a word), I had several thrift store breadboxes to choose from.  (Once I got to four, I decided it was time to stop buying them.)  Anyway, I chose this one because I really liked the shape around the top and the base.

Once again the turquoise paint has worked it's magic and transformed this old, forgotten breadbox into a beautiful piece of counter top decor.  I used the same Cricut cartridge to cut out the letters for "Bread" as I used for the numbers on my canisters.

I really, really love how it turned out!!  And I just can't stop addition will be a turquoise paper towel stand, a turquoise dish rack and ultimately I will be repainting my Kitchen Aide mixer to either turquoise with white accents or white with turquoise accents. 

...more on that later.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Turquoise Kitchen Canisters

I have had these great canisters in my kitchen for years.  Then lately I started to notice that every time I saw canisters at any store, I was intrigued.  I was constantly talking myself out of buying them.  This obviously meant I was bored with the ones I had.

Time for a change...

Now I don't even notice all the different canisters at the store.

Isn't it amazing what a little paint and and some decorative numbers can do?


Monday, February 21, 2011

Cuddling up with Thomas the Tank Engine

Last May I made my nephew Connor a Cars themed bean bag for his birthday.  It was the first one I ever made, so it wasn't really my best piece of work.  But, it was kind of fun to make.  I collected old worn out bean bags at thrift stores and combined them to make a full bean bag.  I stenciled several of the characters on each side with fabric paint using this technique and gave it to him for his birthday before I realized I never even got a picture of it. 

It was quite a hit. 

In fact, his father (my brother) Mike said he wanted one for his birthday.  So, that started a little streak of everyone getting a bean bag for a gift.  Mike's bean bag was almost twice the size and it was a KC Chiefs/KC Royals themed bean bag.  Also another big hit.

Several bean bags later I finally have a picture to share.  My nephew Charlie is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan, so I wanted to make a Thomas bean bag for him.  I had the perfect fabric in mind for this project.  I had several (just barely enough) scraps of blue and white engineer ticking stripe denim.  Then I used iron on transfer paper to put Thomas and his friends on each side of the bag. 

I think this one turned out pretty is so far my favorite one I have made.  But, something tells me I am not quite done making them.