I was recently invited by Laurel at Chipping with Charm to participate in a blog tour. Laurel and I met last year and I fell in love with her upcycled and repurposed furniture and her decoration ideas right away. She shares a booth with a friend in an antique mall and sells her wonderful creations at some shows as well.
These are a few of Laurel’s repurposing projects. Don’t you just love the bed canopy built from an old ladder, the memo station that once was a kraut cutter or the shelf she had made out of two old drawers and a sign? The wood tote, repurposed into a fairy garden, and the tired stand, made from old cake pans, are such adorable ideas too. There are many more on her blog. If you didn’t have the chance yet to meet Laurel, please hop over to Chipping with Charm and take a look around.
As part of the tour, I’m supposed to answer four questions and show some pictures. Here we go …
1. What are you working on right now?
I work on several things at the moment. One of them is a blog makeover. My header doesn’t reflect my current style and taste anymore. Exchanging the pictures would be easy but I like to get a totally new design. I also plan to give my blog a more organized look. If I had a budget for it, I would ask a web designer to recreate my blog outfit but I have to do it myself. This is a real challenge for me because I so much rather work with real materials and tools. Wish me luck :).
Another work in progress is this scrap quilt.
It had taken me a long time to finish the top and by the time it was done, my color taste had begun to change to more neutral colors. I hand quilted a few areas, but then the quilt took a nap for several years until recently. Now I’m ready to add some color to our interior again. Since I only quilt in the evenings while watching TV, it will take me some months though until the quilt will be finished.
Additionally, I work on are a mixed-media collage, a metal assemblage and display ideas for some of the fabric fishes I sewed last year.
2. How does my work differ from others in this genre?
That’s a tough one. What exactly is my genre? If you have followed me for a while, you have seen useful sewing projects, mixed media collages and art quilts, assemblages, altered arts, crafts, seasonal decorating, repurposing ideas, handmade jewelry, soldered items, a few crocheted pieces and more. I think, certain projects differ by the materials I combine. I like to mix lace with rusty parts, like in the “Rusty Flower Garden” wall hanging or the “For the Love of Lace and Rust” canvas.
|Rusty Flower Garden||For the Love of Lace and Rust|
I also use such contrasts in my decorations by putting a rusty junk tree on a doily or with lace embellished Easter eggs on rusty bed springs.
|Rusty Junk Tree||Easter Eggs on Bed Springs|
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started blogging in 2009 to share my creations, decorations and my love for vintage treasures. From the beginning on, I’ve written my blog in English even though I’m German, because I wanted to get in contact with bloggers from all around the world.
Creating is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle for me. I’d be very unhappy if I couldn’t realize the ideas (or at least some of them) that come to my mind. I’m rarely uninspired. It happens more often that I find it difficult to decide which of all the projects on my “like-to-do” list to start next.
4. How does my creating process work?
Well, there is no specific process. Inspiration can hit me any time at any place. I might get an idea from some things I find while cleaning up my work table, something I’ve picked up in the garden or when I see an item at the junk yard, only to name a few occasions. Sometimes I start right away and the project is finished soon, on other creations I work in stages. Then it can take weeks, months or even years until completion.
That’s enough about me. Now it’s my turn to provide new stops on the blog tour. You all know how life can get into our ways. That’s what happened to one of the three lovely ladies I wanted to introduce you to, but I still have two great blogs for you to visit.
I know and love Angie’s blog for several years now. She shares free antique graphics, her love of farmhouse living and how she turns total junk into unique recreations for her home. She hosts a weekly blog party named “Knick of Time Tuesday”, where everybody can link up vintage or vintage inspired themed posts.
Angie comes up with a lot of great repurposing ideas and does wonderful furniture makeovers. You got to see the roll top desk she had just finished or the guest cottage reveal from some weeks ago.
The collage shows you just a few of my favorite projects from Angie’s blog. Please visit Knick of Time as well as Angie’s Etsy shop,where she sells her fabulous creations and vintage treasures.
I just recently found JoAnne’s blog but immediately liked the touches of blue in her home and her charming cottage style.
JoAnne says of herself, “I have a passion for decorating and turning our house into a cozy home. Cottage style is my favorite and I love to use soft colors, especially blue. I really enjoy shopping at flea markets, barn sales and vintage shops to find that special item to transform into something unique for our home. For me, spending time decorating and being creative are better for stress relief than a day at the spa any day.”
JoAnne and I do not only share the love for vintage treasures and decorations but also for cats. When you hop over to her blog, you’ll meet her super cute blog boss. Please visit JoAnne at
A Pocketful of Blue.
A Pocketful of Blue.
Thank you, Laurel for inviting me to the blog tour and thank you, Angie and JoAnne for playing along and continuing the blog tour next Monday.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!