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Sewing Machines

Posted by Dawn S on March 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My sewing station where I make my Memory Keepsake Bears and my Great Grandma's sewing machine where she made teddy bears years ago. I was blessed to be given this old machine a few years ago. It has been passed to the oldest daughter 3 times now. One day I plan to pass to maybe a grand daughter because I have just boys.

Dry Erase Board

Posted by Dawn S on March 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Easy to make....I saw this idea on Pinterest (photo below) and added a twist to it to make my own. (Above) I bought a cheep wood picture frame at Walmart. Hot glues a bow and heart shaped button onto it. Printed out several papers on my computer to put behind the glass insted of a photo. Each one had 4 diff papers with diff sayings on them. Set it on a picture easel I bought at Hobby Lobby. These made wonderfull Christmas gifts this year.

(below, Pinterest insperation piece)

Decorative Rope Jug

Posted by Dawn S on July 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I love glass bottles and jugs. They make cute decorations around the house. This old green looking jug came from the rubble of my husbands grandmothers house that was being torn down. I washed it up good and started by hot glueing rope around the bottom. Just kept stacking the rope and glueing it till I was a little under 1/2 way up the jug. I then filled the jug with sand till it was almost as deep as the roap. I didnt want the sand to be seen. Then poored two bags of flat green marble stones in. I got them from the Dollar Tree. Fixed a little bow from raffia and some hearts on wire around the top. Easy 20 min project. Looks cute on the table on my front porch.

Memory Bears

Posted by Dawn S on July 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

(Here are a few of my bears that were made from a 1960's wedding dress.)

Ok, I admit it, I can make almost anything I see but I struggle with this web page thing. I have a website for my Memory Bears but dont know how to link it over here. So will post a blog here and leave a link to the other sight.

When my father passed away in June of 2011 I made a teddy bear from one of his shirts. Gave it to his wife. It quickly grew into a full time hobby. Have made over 130 bears in the first year. I have made bears from shirts, jeans, jackets, ball cap, overalls, blankets, Crown Royal bags, childrens clothing, you name it. So what you waiting for? Click here and go see some more Memory bears http://​creativecraftsbydawn.​

Stenciled Desk Top

Posted by Dawn S on July 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw a table in where the lady had stencil painted the top of the table, then stained over it. Thought I would do something like that to this old desk. My husband was using this at his battery starter and alternator shop. It was all covered in dirt and car parts. I talked him out of it so I would have a nice sewing station at home to work on my Memory Bears.

I had to scrub and clean the desk several times. Sanded the top with an electric sander. Stained the top and lower legs. Then painted the desk a Frosted Pine color. I took the cheep way out (not recomended) and used a little stencil. Was hard to match it up and one can see the breaking point beween each lay of the stencle. I would recomend you buy the big wall stencil so you dont half to move it as often. (Wished I had bought one) They have some nice ones at and at Hobby Lobby. After everything dried good I added a few coats of Polyurethane to the top. I also ended up having a piece of glass cut to go on top. Love the way it turned out!

(my ugly desk before and the Pinterest insperation piece.)

link to the {Awesome} Paisley Stenciled Table

Tree Branch Window Art

Posted by Dawn S on July 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw two different pictures/ideas on that let me to make this piece of window art. First I walked around outside till I found just the right looking tree branch. Cut it off wide enough to reach across my window. Spray painted it white. After it dried I added my sheer curtain panels. Dug around in the shed and found several old picture frames that I spray painted white and hot glued to wide ribbon that was then hot glued to the back of my tree branch. Finished it off by draping the top with some pretty green bead garland I found at Hobby Lobby.

(the two different pictures I saw on that inspired me to make my window art.)

link to branch as a curtain rod

link to tree branch photo holder