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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A baby shoe and some gorgeous fabric!!

Just look at this precious baby shoe. Wonderful, soft leather that once held a little one's chubby foot as they began their life. I love the folds, the scrapes, the beautiful verdegris of the eyelets as they've aged. Quite a simple thing, but so very lovely ~ soon to be transformed into an heirloom keepsake pincushion!


Do you see the gorgeous fabric it's resting on?
Doesn't it have the look of French linen?
Looks at the specks and nubs all over ~
I just love working with this wonderful fabric.
Would you like to know where I buy it???







Home Depot or Lowes!!!

It's a canvas dropcloth! I love the look of them new, fresh out of the package but they're also gorgeous if you throw them in the wash with fabric softener and you will see gentle wrinkles that add character!! They make the most beautiful curtains, too. Another idea...wash one so it will be soft, and throw it over that chair that needs covering. When it gets dirty, rip it off and wash it again . . .


Don't you love a cool idea??


Have a happy Tuesday!
xxoo, Dawn

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha! Thank you Dawn, I was just contemplating what fabric to use for dining chair slips...and there was the answer--right in your blog. Can't wait to see the new pincushion!
--Vicki K

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Dawn, Isn't it nice to give people ideas. Thank you so much for that one. I made a whole bunch of Santa's one year and used blankets I found on sale. You make such pretty pincushions. All of us Mom's love the little baby shoe ones.
Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate the comment.
Hugs,
Bonnie

Lady Em said...

That is a great idea. I love the look of the fabric. I would love to make some curtains for the house out of them, but sadly I can not sew a lick. Maybe you can teach me the basic's? I do however know how to do, what is it called, Needle point? I don't know if that's the name of it. My mom taught me when I was four, then I stepped on a sewing needle, and let's just say I steared clear of sewing after that!!

Lady Em said...

Oh my gosh, I just saw your doll "Emma!!" I love her, she turned out so beautiful!! Are you going to make more, and fairy jars to?

Sheila R said...

I love your idea and to think this beautiful fabric is at the hardware store! Thanks for sharing

Dana said...

All of your ideas are good! And I appreciate you sharing them !
Thanks!!

Jan & Tom's Place said...

I just love your ideas...thanks for sharing them with all of us!!

Jan

Luv Creating Cards said...

Hi Dearest Dawney,
Once again, it's such a treat to visit The Feathered Nest and benefit from all our lovely ideas and to view your gorgeous keepsakes all made with such love and thought. It's so kind of you to share your wonderful ideas.
I love your box that you made for the Mind Wide Open challange. It is truly a "remembrance" as the dictionary meaning in your text explains. It's always a tonic to visit you blog.
warmest best wishes,
Suey
-x-x-x-

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Hi Dawn, Always love your great ideas, always so clever. Love your blog, love to visit here. Hugs***Renea

vikki said...

hi sweetie, just love the nubby look of that fabric! sucha sharing, giving heart you have! always so lovely ♥ and inspiring. a ♥~felt thank-you. much love,hugs, and blessings, vikki

Sweet Repose said...

I 'heart' your creativity...may it never cease...sharon

bluemagpie said...

Drop cloths, who knew?! Thanks for the idea. My Mother in Law gave me her sewing machine and I need off white curtains for our computer room. Thanks for the wonderful tip! :)

Miss Sandy said...

Drop cloths are great! They are inexpensive and a great weight of fabric. I used match stick blinds in my writing cottage and need liners to black out the glare that still filtered through and to save my furniture from fading in the sunlight. I used drop cloths to make liners at a fraction of the price as ready made ones! Thanks for always being willing to share!

Deb said...

Hi Dawn
Thank you so much for your nice comment this morning :-}
Those sweet little baby shoes ~ what a lovely little image!

Myrna said...

Is that a room in your house? Living room, perhaps? It's wonderful--looks so cozy and fun!!

Gail said...

Hi Dawn!

First of all you my friend have great talent!! I seen your work on etsy first then found your blog! I love the idea for the drop cloth for curtains! I guess I have a trip to Lowes to make!! HE HE HE!!!! Come visit me when you get the chance!

Have a great day!
Gail :)

rivergardenstudio said...

I love this post and your curtans are amazing! Just the way you photograph is beautiful , the baby shoe and the canvas. And what a wonderful room, I would love to step inside...Roxanne

Elizabeth G. said...

Hi, Dawn!

What great ideas. Is that beautiful room at the bottom of your post? I just love it so much!

I'm so excited that you will make something for Sarah. I know it will look great!

Have a great day!!!
Elizabeth

Marie Antionette said...

Just love this blog.The baby shoes bring back memories of when my daugher was a baby.I had her shoes bronzed.Do they do that anymore?Love the curtains.A great idea.You have such lovely things...Marie Antionette

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Dawn, the shoe brought me in, the FABRIC knocked me out!

I can't help but wonder what lil cutie wore that...

*dreams*

xo, Monica :)

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

p.s. how's lil ellie? I just love that face, every time I'm here I give her a good scratch and blow her kisses... LOL

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Who would have thought of a drop cloth? What a great idea and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg! Can't wait to see your pincushion!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

What a great idea....I am going to try this......Thanks!

Nita Jo said...

Dawn, Thank you for sharing your ideas. I love the drop cloth tip! I need to make family room curtains. I've been using a quilt that I love, but am ready for a change.

BTW, your shadow box is so beautiful. The necklace and lace add such a sweet touch.

Donna O. said...

Popping in to let you know I finally got the new Somerset Home with your feature- Fabulous!!! Congratulations!!!
D.

Dixie Redmond said...

Gosh, Dawn. You make me want to come to Georgia and follow you around. I love fabric - looking at the weaves, etc. I used a piece of a vintage muslin sheet in my latest collage/mixed media piece.

Hugs,
Dixie

emily said...

The drapes you got at Lowes looks wonderful! Great idea! Love the little baby shoe. Have to wonder where that person is today. Have a great tuesday!

I entered in Gail's contest over at Mind Wide Open, how much fun was that??

emily

kathy said...

Dawn, thanks for the sweet comment -- I got the Somerset mag today that had your nest
display box -- oh such a wonderful creation -- the sweet shoes in the other one -so so sweet - a delight to the eye and heart -- Kathy - Ga

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those curtains look gorgeous! I would have never guessed they were drop clothes!

DivaDeb said...

Miss Dawn, I knew just what that fabric was! I just covered several chair seats with it for the Tumbleweed Cotillion - such a clean, crisp look on black or white chairs. I love how durable and affordable it is, too.

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Dawn, these are wonderful. My neighbor used these but yours are splendid. I have teh exact same windows as you have. I must do this..thanks for sharing
xo joanna

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