Hello from “She Sent Me What?” headquarters.
I’m participating in a fun challenge….where a group of bloggers all purchased thrift store finds and sent them to each other. We were supposed to think outside the box and create a project and style it in our homes.
My project journey looked a little like this:
1. Get item in mail.
2. Exclaim with great joy when I spy the amazing tea towel with it’s intricate hand sewn stitchery.
3. Come up with a one-of-a-kind totally over the top idea for the tea towel.
4. Project crash and burn.
6. Watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 1 to clear my head and search for inspiration.
7. Realize the housewives all have more problems and make-up and sequins than I could ever dream of in my entire life.
8. Pour myself a cup of inspiration.
9. Come up with nothing.
10. Make this canvas.
I’ll go ahead and save you the trouble and say it for you…..
…this project is a total bless your heart.
And it’s not from want of trying.
If you could have seen the plans I had for this handmade tea towel that Mary sent me….
.…you would be giving me a standing ovation.
Instead of commiserating with me over a cup of coffee.
Here’s what the tea towel looked like when it arrived.
Linen and faded and wonderful and hand stitched with tiny red detailing.
And I thought that I would make a roller shade out of it. You know….I’d put it on a larger piece of material backed by canvas and create a pull-down-shade and hang it in front of the television upstairs and when the television wasn’t being used….
….you would just pull down the canvas to create artwork.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
But in reality? The shade was lumpy and the mechanism didn’t work right and sometimes when you pulled it down….
….the material and the towel would limply fall half-way off and just lay there mocking me.
Enter plan B.
I already had the canvas and the dowel rods and time was totally of the essence….
….and so I thought artwork?
And the question mark at the end of that sentence says it all.
Why did I think that bright yellow stripes on canvas were the answer?
Or hot glued dowel rods?
And let’s be honest here….
….I totally jumped the shark with the daisy buttons.
….but the daisy buttons could not be denied.
So in an attempt to redeem myself and represent at the challenge…..
.…I thought up a fun idea to add to your mantel instead of the striped-tea-towel-leftover-dowel-rod artwork.
Take a vintage spring…..add these vases to it….and fill them with fresh flowers.
The vases were only $1.97 at Wal-Mart.
Easy. Simple. Almost free.
Take that….daisy buttons.
PS And really….who needs tea towel canvas art….
….when this amazing nest canvas showed up on my doorstep last week from my wonderful friend Cheryl.
Thank you so much sweet friend!
I love it!
A big thank you to Mary from At Home on the Bay for sending me the beautiful tea towel….
….and click here to visit Kimberly from Serendipity Refined to see what I sent her and what she created with it.
You can start the tour here or click on any of the links below
if you want to see the fun projects all these talented bloggers created with what they were sent!
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
At Home on the Bay
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife