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Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's Been A While

Hello Everyone...I have not been here in some time...However, I am still KICKING!!! SMILES!!

There have been some life changes for me and finding time to sit and blog has not been on my radar of late.

If you keep up with me, you know I love to redo things...Furniture, Tin, Wood...etc...well all that REDOING...has REDONE MY HANDS!!  SAD FACE!!

I finally got tired of waking up at night crying with my hand...so I broke down and went to the ORTHO doc...I need surgery on my right one NOW!!

 The left one is STILL GOOD!!  I PLAN ON KEEPING IT THAT WAY!!

I have managed to convince him to give me shots for now...as I am NOT A FAN of SURGERY!!! I can take those for a few more times and then I will have to BITE THE BULLET  and go under the knife...

I have had to put a HALT to the REDOING for now...I still manage to get a piece in here and there...I cannot not stand it...all those pieces just waiting on me to give them NEW LIFE!!!

I think I mentioned in my last post..that I was sewing more...Well I am now sewing LOTS!!! and I am Loving it...

I am making Bags, Bags, Bags....I am thinking of transforming my blog from Redoing Furniture...to SEWING..and all that goes along with it..

I think it would be a good thing...as I am a self taught sewing mania...SMILES and I learn something every time I make something new...When I am designing a new bag...I learn from my mistakes..and am thinking that others can learn from my mistakes as well.

My latest venture...I bought one of those over the door ironing boards, you know the one with the CHEAP ironing board cover...and NO PADDING...it is like you are ironing on the Metal Frame.

Well I got Tired of that Real Quick!!! SO....I have been making all these matching goodies for my sewing room and decided that my ironing board needed to match as well..RIGHT!!

Please don't pay attention to my sheet covered couch...My dogs love to ROOT & SNORT on it...BIG SMILES!!

So you can also see my ironing board attachment in this photo..it holds my Scissors, pins, ruler, etc...and on the other side is a pocket to catch the waste..That thing has been SO USEFUL!!

The Iron Board Cover is reversible and I used 100% Cotton Batting. Now there is enough padding that I don't feel the metal frame and I can take it off, throw it in the wash...and when I get tired of PINK...FLIP  and I have GREEN!!!

Talk about an Ironing Pad...OMG!!! that Cotton Batting makes the World of Difference!! IT GETS HOT NOW...and the cotton absorbs the moisture from the steam as well.
I think I made a good choice on that one...LAUGHS!!

So now EVERYTHING IS MATCHING!! and I have a NEW Ironing Board Again...

My husband keeps telling me that I am pretty good at this Sewing Stuff, and I should sell these things...HUMMM...that is a thought!!!

I have been lucky with my Etsy Shop. It is finally taking off and I have added many more items to it JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

You can check it out "A Touch of Hink" and Please do Find me on Pintrest..I post new pictures of Bags there, weather I am selling them or not.

Well that is about it for now, hopefully I will attend to my blog more...SORRY!!!

You all have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Charlene
"A Touch of Hink"
cclrlycreative.com

Thursday, October 4, 2012

HAPPY FALL YA'LL

Hello Everyone ....I have been gone so long it seems!!

I am here to share what I have been up to these last few months...

I cannot believe that I have not Blogged for SO LONG!!!
OMG !!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!

I have found that with all the HEAT & HUMIDITY that staying indoors really helps with this crap (fibromyalgia) from keeping me completely down!!

And me being the type of person that cannot stay still (unless my body just won't let me go) I have been trying to sew more and more...So far so GOOD!

Not only am I making the Auto Trash Bags, I have started making all kinds of bags...I LOVE MAKING BAGS!!!  SMILES!!

trash bag display for booth
My trash bag Display in the Process....

I am making all sizes TOTES and I really am Crushin on these COSMETIC BAGS!! They are roomy and give you plenty of room to carry all your JUNK I mean things you need to carry...SMILES!!

They are so much fun to make, so far I have 3 different sizes and am sure before long, I will have a Tote to match...A COMPLETE SET....WINK WINK!! 

Totes / various cosmetic bags and whatever
I come up with...SMILES!!  

I also will Personalize or Monogram then with "Special Orders". 

Of course I have my OWN LABEL...BIG SAPPY SMILE!!

I have also been sewing other things...I made this TOO CUTE!! Infant Carrier Cover for some friends that are expecting their first little GIRL together.... 
 I gave it the Personal Touch a "G" initial and a little Peek Window.

I used two matching fabrics that matched her Nursery, I alternated the fabrics throughout to add a little character. And finally I added
Velcro Straps that attach to the carriers handle to keep it in place...

TOO CUTE RIGHT!!!


















I also finished my dog bed pillows...I made the main pillow and some matching Deco Pillows with to match the Bed "No 1" and "Pooch" 

This project started out as a small pallet and ended up a "Cute Little Pooch Bed" 
I stenciled the bed and pillows to match...


pallet for dog bed 

Pooch Bed Complete

YOUR LITTLE POOCH WILL SURE WANT TO RELAX HERE....










These are my latest projects with "FALL arriving. 

I made the pumpkins out of some scrap 4x4 post and made the signs out of some old pallet wood that I had laying around...I USE PALLET WOOD FOR EVERYTHING!!!

I tried a new EXPERIMENT with the sign colors. 

I mixed Old English Scratch Cover "Dark Woods" with some floating medium and it TURNED OUT AMAZING!! 

As you can see the wood ...a Beautiful color was accomplished with this Experiment... Wouldn't you agree??

I stenciled the words on first and then the stain. I will definitely have to remember that one...SMILES!!!

I used some Pine Tree Limbs cut into sections for the stems, and just some left over ribbon and topped it off with a few strands of Bailing Wire and some Raffia...and Wa La...A PUMPKIN PATCH WAS GROWN...SMILES!!




And the last thing I can add today..I have managed "well am working on " a complete Matching Set of many different COLORFUL Decorative Accessories for my Sewing Room.

1st a Machine Cover...and then I had to have a pad for it to set on and then I had to make another pad for my grandmothers machine that she gave me...By the Way, I LOVE!!!

Then I got tired of chasing all my supplies, so I made an organizer that hangs over my ironing board...on 1 side is all the little pockets to hold everything and on the other is the Scrap Bag..it catches all the treads and little scrap pieces of fabric, this keeps them from ending up on the floor.  




Then I decided I needed a travel bag to carry all my cutting boards and rulers with I travel to camp on the weekends...As it seems, I won't be hunting much this year...I have to have surgery on my arm......uuggghhhh...
It has lots of pockets (inside/outside) to hold everything I might need to cut fabric...

lots of pockets inside and out...
I LOVE THIS BAG~~I Quilted one side with Ironing Board Fabric and the other with regular batting...so all I have to do is when I have all my supplies out of it, is lay it on a table and with my Travel Iron...I have my PRESSING SURFACE...Cool HuH!!
Ironing side 





Well that about catches me up for now...

The Weather is getting Cooler and the Humidity is WAY DOWN...this in my kind of Weather....

I am sure I will be here more often...as I will be completing some of those projects that have been in my barn all summer....LAUGHS!!!!

Thank you for stopping by and NOT GIVING UP ON ME....

Charlene

"A Touch of Hink"
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Peacock Blue!!!

Hello Everyone...I hope this finds you all well. 

I have been busy as usual...SMILES!! The weather has been somewhat easier on me and I have been able to get out and PAINT!!

I had purchased this old desk at a junk shop months back and it has been in my barn since...I finally dug it out and started sanding on it...
Before sanding 







 OMG THAT WAS A JOB!!!  I had to let my arm recoup for about a week after that experience. At first I thought it had stick on liner on it...
and then I realized it was just a real good example of a REALLY BAD PAINT JOB!! The more I sanded the worse it got...


during the sanding process

Finally I just gave up and got out the Easy Off and let it do the HARD WORK!! 
 
 After they spent a little time together..my whole world seemed a little better...WINK, WINK... The sanding went along much easier and before you knew it...WA LA  bare wood!!
I had a few small repairs to tackle...drawers and legs glued back...and that was just about it. I put it back on the cart and back in the barn it went...like I said before...my arm had to recoup...

When the weather cooled again...I got out my handy dandy cart (a gift from my wonderful hubby) it makes hauling things like this a WIZ! 

I had found this Beautiful Turquoise (PEACOCK BLUE) paint and could not wait to get started. 

 
I loved how the color turned out.  I used the same hardware just updated with a Satin Caramel Metallic paint. 

And finally I decided to transform a Ant Chair I had in my booth that had not sold...it was Ant white with a striped seat...I wanted to pair it with the desk so I found some fabric and that is what lead me to the color for the chair.
 I think the pair go together perfect! The other colors, orange, yellow, pink, leave plenty of room for a very colorful room...BIG SMILES.

Well that is about it for me for now...I have a Antique chest of drawers I found on the side of the road and an Antique Cedar chest that I still have stashed in the barn...the weather is cooling...HOPEFULLY!!!  so be on the look out...MORE TO COME!!...

Thank you all for stopping by:

Charlene 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

My New Products!!

Hello Everyone!!! ...I have been down for a bit...Just too busy to sit and blog...I am SORRY!!! 

It has been so HOT here that I have not been doing much in the furniture department...My Paint literally crackles when it hits the surface of what I am painting...THAT IS JUST TOO HOT!!! 

AND ME BEING THE KIND WHO CAN'T STAY STILL...SMILES... I have been keeping myself busy INDOORS...

I got out all my sewing stuff and my faithful Brother Machine, when through all my fabric and got to CREATING!!

my gramma gave me her sewing box...I filled it up!!








I had loads of fabric, YOU CAN ALWAYS USE FABRIC!!!  I also had to get out there and find some of the new patterns...GOT TO HAVE THOSE BRIGHT COLORFUL PATTERNS YOU KNOW!!..










I decided to make a trash bag for my Tahoe...and when I was finished with it... I just kept on making them..BIG BIG SMILES... I found I am loving sewing again!!! Thank goodness, because like I said IT IS TOO HOT OUTSIDE!!! 









And in my area...I had to make some CAMO AND PINK!!!! & CAMO for the guys!!!






I made some Razorback bags, (our college mascot) and some high school Mascot bags and of course BRIGHT BRIGHT COLORFUL ONES....


















I made the straps adjustable with button holes so that you can hang them from somewhere in the front or on the headrest to hang in the back...You know those babies are MESSY!! 

I have a LARGE Button Collection!!






I JUST COULD NOT STOP...I MADE MY OWN LABEL!!! SMILES
 I did this with some transfer paper, a Iron and some Ribbon...
 And of course you need a container to keep your labels in...I get a lot of these little containers...as I seem to be the one who always has to got get the drug test at work...I think they have a conspiracy against me...but Hey I get free containers every-time...So it evens out...Laughs

I have found that ironing on an old piece of cloth on top of the washer or dryer...works the best...Do Not Use the Ironing Board to make these labels...








Additional items that I love to use when sewing...I love these scissors...they save my hands..





I also like these type of pins...they are very thin and long..I would not suggest them on bulky fabric, it might bend them...but for this cotton...they work great!!

And if you do much sewing...this little gadget is a must!! It saves so much time when ironing a set measurement...like hems, or curtains...etc... 






And finally my little travel kit...I use this so much I cannot even imagine not having it...it is just the right size for tread, ripper, needles, scissors..MY SEEING GLASSES!!!WINK, WINK...whatever you might need for the project you are currently working on...and it even has another attachment for more space...

Well that about sums it up for now...I have more projects I am working on and will share soon...I promise...Don't forget about me...I AM STILL HERE!!!! BIG SMILES...

THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR MAKING MY BLOG A SUCCESS...AND 
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