My China Cabinet Makeover

We have some happy news. We’ve bought a house and are moving very soon! I should really be packing, but instead I am finding every excuse to avoid it. That includes finishing up projects that have long been in need of finishing. Take for example my china cabinet and hutch. I painted it and changed the hardware to wood knobs last fall, but only just added the fabric and rehung the cabinet doors yesterday!

Please excuse the quality of the photos. I took them on my phone in the late afternoon, so the light is not that great. The before photo is not mine, but it is an example of what the cabinet looked like before it got it’s makeover. I neglected to take a before photo of mine! You can find these kinds of hutches and cabinets for so cheap on kijiji. Ours came from my husbands grandparents, and my MIL assures me that they would be pleased with what I’ve done to it.

I painted the cabinet with some mis-tinted primer/paint combo paint from our local paint store. Cheap wood knobs were finished with a homemade beeswax polish, and the Cath fabric was tacked into place with furniture tacks. I missed a few times, and ow, my fingers are not happy today! I am however very happy with my new shabby chic cabinet. I can’t wait to find a spot for it in our new house.

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china cabinet after

Innes and Swan Tote Bags

My Innes and Swan shop is finally stocked with some products! I have been busy sewing up a storm creating these tote bags. The roomy shopping totes are made from upcycled jute coffee bags with repurposed belt handles. Each tote is lined with heavy canvas lining. Cheery fabric and brass details complete the look.
The totes are approximately 21″ wide at the top and 17″ high.

I also have totes of the same size made from vintage fabric, lined with canvas, and outfitted with belt handles. I am working on some smaller bags and hope to have them listed soon.

Please visit my shop to view my bags!

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Far Far Away Baby Quilt

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How happy I was to discover that I had enough fabric scraps from Abby’s quilt to make this sweet baby quilt! I used the same wonky log cabin design that I used for Nell’s book of colours. This technique is so addicting, that I may use it for a quilt for Sophie. The original quilt I made for her many years ago is in rough shape (it was my first attempt at quilting) and she could really do with a new one.

The quilt is going to a couple who is expecting their first baby (a girl!). They have had an exciting year so far-a wedding, a pregnancy, a new job and a move to a different city. Congratulations Bobby and Ronnie!