Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How is a raven like a writing desk?

I found the answer to Lewis Carroll's unanswerable riddle. "How is a raven like a writing desk?" My daughter's new dresser has both!

 This is the first piece of furniture I've refinished, but it won't be the last - both of my girls can look forward to several pieces of their mismatched furniture getting repainted in coming months.

I've been working on this thing since last fall, and I finally finished it. This is a dusty old dresser that I bought on Craigslist. It had been living outside for quite a while before I got there. It needed some love, even if just to get rid of the musty old smell. I thought the lady was selling it in spite of the poorly-painted ivy, but realized later into our transaction that she was actually proud of it.

So I repainted it white and put a raven on the front. I spray painted the original hardware black, and then lost them. So until the originals show up again, all the drawer pulls have been replaced with sparkly blue glass knobs.

I painted the inside of the drawers and the desk with a glossy black.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What a sham.

So I did two things wrong. I didn't do a quilt for February, and I bought fabric.

I bought one yard of fabric from Spoonflower - I created a pattern with my "Youth Hostile" logo. I'm getting close to the point where I have too many quilted things in my house, so if I want to keep creating, I'll have to start selling the projects. So I plan to mark my quilts with personalized quilt labels made with the Youth Hostile logo fabric.

Not only do I feel justified about buying a yard of fabric, I feel fine about not putting out a quilt this month. Like I predicted, I wasn't able to do a big quilting project in February after cranking out all those little treat bags. But I was able to get a good start on some pillow shams for my daughter's room. Here's the front of one that I finished today:

Each hourglass block is 4", and there are 64 of those blocks. I'm glad it's just a pillow, because if I had tried to make a big quilt out of all those tiny pieces, I probably would have died. I should be able to finish these off in the next couple of days, then get a start on my quilt for March!