Recycle Makeover and Spoonflower Magic! Bragging on My Kids!

Old Fence Wall Collage and Clever Bags

I don't do this very often but once and a while, I can't help it - I have to share cool stuff my kids have been up to! Unlike so many of my readers, my children are all grown up with children (or cats) of their own! But they are still my kids and I am still their proud mother!

Mike and Stephanie's Dining Room Makeover

My son Michael sent me pictures from his Iphone a few days ago to share a little home improvement project he was working on - transforming the plain, standard issue, white wall in the dining room into a beautiful recycle project - a "wall collage" using old weathered fence slats his neighbor was throwing away.

His sweetheart, Stephanie, talked him into it! I asked her to share how she came up with the idea. Apparently, she had seen one similar but made with wood from old wood pallets. When she and Mike saw the discarded pile of wood, she took the opportunity to bring up the pallet wall idea for discussion. Mike decided the fencing would actually be much easier to install than pallet boards and they went to work.

Mike and Stephanie's Dining room Wall Collage

A few finishing bits yet to complete but I think it looks very cool. It totally transforms the dining room. Keeps an old fence out of the landfill. And it was free!

Five Fabric Tote Bag

My daughter Diane has just completed two feature tutorials for Spoonflower. She doesn't get to do as much crafting as she used to - Craftypod as it is in it's current incarnation keeps her very busy with other aspects of the craft world. So it made my heart happy to get the occasional excited e-mail updates picturing her progress.

I love the design of this bag and the fabrics and colors she used. And it is quite easy to make - check out the tutorial on the Spoonflower blog. I am so making one! Or two!

Hexie Placemat

I wish you could actually hold this placemat in your hands - it has a wonderful hand - supple yet sturdy. Her use of flannel as the batting was brilliant. And I love how she chose really large patterns from the Spoonflower collection - just to show that hexies do not have to be tiny things using tiny prints.

She shared how she made the placemat a couple weeks ago here on the Spoonflower Blog.

So see - I do have good reason to do a little bragging - right?

I love that wall! Do you mind

I love that wall! Do you mind if I save the pictures so I can show my Dad? This would look great along one wall in his living room and also in his kitchen/dining room space. He's been talking about re-doing different parts of his house and during my kids next spring break, I plan on visiting so I can help him get started.

I'd brag too, and I don't

I'd brag too, and I don't even know your kids!! LOL I see the crafty nut didn't fall too far from the family tree!

What creative and industrious

What creative and industrious children you have- how proud you should be, and brag you must! I LOVE the wall your son created- I had seen that picture on Pinterest of the wall made from old pallets and thought it was wonderful! So nice to see someone actually making it- and saving all of that good wood from the landfill!

And Diane's projects are lovely- she has such an elegant sense of design. I love the patterns and colors she chose, and am glad she had a chance to share some craftiness!

Yes you 're right. both

Yes you 're right. both projects are really awesome and sooo cool and well done.
You have all the reasons to be a proud mum.
Love both work of your children. I have many more friends with growing up children so i know the difference. but watching to see how they are doing is great.
I have lived for many years in a living group and all those children are now growing ups with their own children.
It was for me a blessing to have them around me in my own livingroom without the problems. But watching them grow and going their own way was great.
I have never be sad about not having my own children because of them.
so i understand you completly.
hummm i have been written to long in dutch so switching back to english isn't so great working.LOL
sorry.
thank you for sharing this story and their work and your proudness about that.
i hope you're doing well and fine.
take good care and don't forget to take some cake as well;-D
XO's

Diane is your daughter,

Diane is your daughter, Pam??!! I somehow missed that one! ;o) LOVE the bag & placemats she create--very stylish designs and wonderful fabrics. Your son's wood wall is beautiful--love that weathered wood--great idea! :o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

Love the recycled fence posts

Love the recycled fence posts Pam, very clever idea. Diane's bag and placemat are lovely. How ever did she do that machine quilting, looks fantastic.

Very beautiful projects both!

Very beautiful projects both! And actually both have some geometry and patchwork to them, although they are projects created in different materials! It's easy - and delightful - to see how your skills and personalities run in the family! :)

On a sidenote, I just took your daughter's course, Monetize Your Craft Blog: a Hands-On Workshop, and it's stellar! My head is still spinning, in a very good way, with epiphanies!

These are some fantastic

These are some fantastic projects! You're a lucky mom - they are crafty children & they share with you still! (Isn't the internet wonderful?)
I can only hope that my kids will do the same when they're adults.

Pam, thanks so much for your

Pam, thanks so much for your "brag". Your son and daughter are both very talented! Congratulations for encouraging them and providing a home where they could learn and feel free to express themselves in such beautiful ways.

I love all of this. I have a

I love all of this. I have a thing for all things wood, wood grain, faux bois, etc. It is a trend that I have not tired of - and I DREAM of having a wall like that in my bedroom. I think I just belong in a log cabin!

As for Diane's projects - I was catching up on my blog reading yesterday, came across both tutorials, and made sure to tell her that I *LOVED* them both. She is such a crafty business whiz, but it is lovely to be reminded of what a talented crafter she is as well. You have some multi-talented kiddos, Pam! xo

I don't do this very often

Old Fence Wall Collage and Clever Bags

I don't do this very often but once and a while, I can't help it - I have to share cool stuff my kids have been up to! Unlike so many of my readers, my children are all grown up with children (or cats) of their own! But they are still my kids and I am still their proud mother!

Mike and Stephanie's Dining Room Makeover

My son Michael sent me pictures from his Iphone a few days ago to share a little home improvement project he was working on - transforming the plain, standard issue, white wall in the dining room into a beautiful recycle project - a "wall collage" using old weathered fence slats his neighbor was throwing away.

His sweetheart, Stephanie, talked him into it! I asked her to share how she came up with the idea. Apparently, she had seen one similar but made with wood from old wood pallets. When she and Mike saw the discarded pile of wood, she took the opportunity to bring up the pallet wall idea for discussion. Mike decided the fencing would actually be much easier to install than pallet boards and they went to work.

Mike and Stephanie's Dining room Wall Collage

A few finishing bits yet to complete but I think it looks very cool. It totally transforms the dining room. Keeps an old fence out of the landfill. And it was free!

Five Fabric Tote Bag

My daughter Diane has just completed two feature tutorials for Spoonflower. She doesn't get to do as much crafting as she used to - Craftypod as it is in it's current incarnation keeps her very busy with other aspects of the craft world. So it made my heart happy to get the occasional excited e-mail updates picturing her progress.

I love the design of this bag and the fabrics and colors she used. And it is quite easy to make - check out the tutorial on the Spoonflower blog. I am so making one! Or two!

Hexie Placemat

I wish you could actually hold this placemat in your hands - it has a wonderful hand - supple yet sturdy. Her use of flannel as the batting was brilliant. And I love how she chose really large patterns from the Spoonflower collection - just to show that hexies do not have to be tiny things using tiny prints.

She shared how she made the placemat a couple weeks ago here on the Spoonflower Blog.

So see - I do have good reason to do a little bragging - right?

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