Crafts · Glass · Recycle/repurpose · Tools · Wedding

Dremel Me This

I am in love with my Dremel. Let’s be honest, it is a tool that can be used in so many ways. From carving wood to fixing tile in the bathroom the Dremel can handle it all. Currently, I have three of them. I have the mini engraver, a cordless one and of course the big workhorse. I have used it on metal, wood, glass, plastic and stones.

One of the ways I use it the most is on glass. I love the feel of the glass when you etch with the Dremel. Wet or dry, engraving with the Dremel gives you great results. You can etch/engrave sea glass to wine glasses with it. The ideas are as endless as your imagination.

When my daughter Lacey was in elementary school, one of the things expected of parents is to help earn money to support the small private school. Classes would make baskets to be auctioned off as fund-raisers. I etched beer glasses with my Dremel for a bar-b-que basket the class did. It drew a lot of attention and I must admit went for a good price too.

I have etched a few beer mugs and wine glasses through the years. Wedding gifts of custom pitchers and glasses make great gifts. Customized jewelry and Christmas ornaments all can be with the Dremel. Reverse engraving on a mirror and a little glass paint make unique items to give or sell.

Reverse etching Mirror Texas
Reverse Etched Mirror and Mug

On Pinterest you can find incredible ideas of how to use the Dremel. But I warn you, etching with the Dremel can be addictive and the possibilities are endless as what you can do. Just take a look at a couple of the boards on Pinterest for glass etching with the Dremel.

Recycle/repurpose · Vintage

Old Things made New

The pantry door is done!  I talked about my fetish with old doors in a blog back in May.  When One Door Opens…  Well my pantry door is installed.

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The door came from the first house that Jeff and I lived in.  It was the kitchen door.  We had built on to the back of the house and took out the door.  Being the hoarder of old treasures, I still have it after 26 years.  And now it is my pantry door.  I simply love it.  Please excuse the china cabinet.  I’m still working on my display.  Not quite sure of what I want in there.  Pretty sure I want to display my Western Ho dishes.

What do Y’all think about my door?

Any suggestions on how to display my dishes.  The cabinets are narrow and short so I can’t put in my dinner plates or platters but need to organize bowls, mugs, and small plates.

We stripped down the cabinet to show off some of the original green paint.  It went from solid white to this gorgeous distressed look.

Look Misha my door!

Crafts · Recycle/repurpose · Surprise · Vintage

Something Borrowed

I love crafts.  Any type of crafts.  Sewing is one I wish I did better and had more time to do.  As I mentioned in my last post, Miss O taught me to sew.  I inherited quite a bit of Miss O’s hand work pieces.  I also had a few pieces of beautiful handwork from my husband’s grandmothers.  They were just packed in a drawer sitting there.  I would take them out and sometimes use them in the house but really I didn’t get to enjoy the beautiful pieces.

So my beautiful Tennessse was getting married last March and wanted something to walk through going down the aisle.  I told her I could make curtains that she could hang to walk through.  I had pinned these beautiful curtains and I wanted to make them.

So first I laid out all the linens I had collected over the years.   I needed a few pieces to pull the 2 panels together.  So shopping I went.  I collected some ole hankies and some newer ones to make it coheisive.  The hardest part was cutting up the linens that the woman had worked so hard on.  I cut longer pieces in half and put one on each panel of the curtain.

The only thing I added after laying out the delicate linens was some fringe.  Oh how I love ribbon and gorgeous dangling ribbon is at the top of my list of must haves.  So I scrounged through my ribbon collection and here ya go.

Curtains hung
Finished patch work curtains hung. I love the fringe and lace tabs.

 

Now I use these curtains in my bedroom.

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I love when I can repurpose items and make something!

 

 

Recycle/repurpose · Vintage

When One Door Opens…

Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways.

I did not realize how much I love old or unusual doors.  I was looking up a pin about how to make an awning over an outside door, when I realized I had a copious amount of pins on doors.  So I organized and created a board just for my love of doors.  Doors

Then I started thinking about my house and how I had used old doors in my home.

1. Wall Hanging

One of my favorite doors in my home is a door that hangs on the wall.  The panels have been replaced with mirrors.  I use it in my entrance hallway hung above a table.  It is so fun to decorate for holidays.

 

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2.  Barn door

I also have a new door that I had made that looks like an old barn door.  It is the door to my craft room.  I’ll have to do a post about my craft room soon.  It isn’t as cool as Misha’s but it works for me.

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3.  Door with a transom

There is this place I love to go looking for old things, Old Home Supply in Ft Worth.  If you live in the DFW area you should check it out.  You can get doors, windows, clawfoot tubs, hardware, lightning,  Just about anything rescued from old homes.  I love this place!   Well I purchased an old door with a transom and after re-staining, I used it for my son’s bedroom door.

How do you think it looks?

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4.  Recycled/Repurposed

But my all time favorite so far is a cabinet I had built.  (An old student of mine built it for me. He called it a telephone booth.)  It is my linen cabinet.  An old door was used for the front and the 2 sides.  Longleaf pine from an old home in East Texas was used for the shelves.  I think it came out beautiful and has so much character.  Thank you Shad Kingston, I so have enjoyed my linen cabinet.

 

5.  Repurposed Old Kitchen Door

I have two more doors that I will be adding to our home during the kitchen renovation.  One is another sliding barn door style, but I’m using an old kitchen door from a home built in the 1920’s.  How do I know it was an old kitchen door … Well, it came out of the house where Jeff and I first lived.  We did an add on to our first home and I had to remove the kitchen door.  Being the hoarder of old artifacts, I still have that kitchen door.   (Sorry Lyndsey for not leaving it for you) So 26 years later, I am using that beautiful kitchen door for my new pantry door.  I will share a pic of the sliding pantry door when the remodel is done.

 

6.  Dutch Door

The second door that I will be adding to our home is a new kitchen door.  Coach Patty, also know as Mike Patrick, is building a DUTCH DOOR for my kitchen. We taught math together for years, I AM SO EXCITED! Check out the inspiration dutch door.  I’ll definitely be sharing that picture with you.

 

Why I have such a love for doors? I have no idea.  But apparently I have 6 reasons in my home.  My hubby asked me why I loved doors when I told him I was writing about them.    Here is what I said, “Doors are where you welcome your guests into your home.”  I hope my home is always welcoming to those who enter.  I look at old doors and I think about the memories that were shared as people walked through the door.

One of my favorite pictures of my youngest is where she is sitting at the front door waiting for her aunt and uncle to arrive at the house for a visit.  She is just precious.

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What is something you just love or appreciate the history behind it?    Please share, I would love to hear about it.