Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rustic Barn Wood - repurposed

A few weeks ago I told y'all about my talented stepmother and how her love of sewing inspired me to give it a try, but I have to tell you, she is not the only crafty person in our family! Her and my father are seriously two peas in a pod because I recently asked my dad to build a jewelry holder out of old barn wood and chicken wire and after about a na-nillion phones calles to discuss measurements, barn wood color, etc (my dad NEVER calls just one time), he was ready to get started. My intention was to hang it on the wall in my bathroom and be able to hang my earrings and necklaces out where I could see them.

So he made me one. He actually made me two. So...the problem is this..... instead of hanging them in my bathroom, I headed straight to my sewing room and immediately hung them on the walls to use to hang my bags from! I think they are AWESOME!

(pay no attention whatsoever to the card table being used as my sewing table, it is sad I know)

Yes, they have paint blemishes on them and yes, they are pretty rustic. But I love them. And I love my dad for making them for me! Now I just need a few more!
(and one for my jewelry too, please dad)

I am linking up over at two new parties today:
Mail box Monday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
(since I got these in the mail this week from my dad)

Tuesday Trash to Treasure @ Sassy Sites!
(old barn wood definitely counts as trash to treasure!)



  1. What a great idea :) My sewing area was worse, I was using a tv dinner tray..LOL! Thankfully I just invested in a new sewing table :)

  2. Those are so neat, Emily, and they display your bags well.

  3. I love them! What a great dad!

  4. So cool! Thanks so much for linking up to Mailbox Monday!