recovered ironing boards

I made these last fall, but never posted about them. I have a small table-top ironing board that had a whitish cover. Over the years, my gross well water has stained it, and it just looked gross so I wanted to make it pretty.


A long time ago, I won “pink kelp stripes” fabric from Made by Rae (I could not locate her original post). I saved it for a long time, waiting for something neat to make with it. It was the first giveaway I had ever won (and I recently won another SMS giveaway which I will post about as soon as I receive it!!)


I didn’t know how to make an ironing board cover, but looking at a couple of examples on the internet, I realized it actually was not that hard. Plus, I had everything I needed to make it on hand already, which was wonderful because I am currently on a no-buy budget for crafts (unless I am making something for another person, that is).

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Then, having reorganized my craft room (more on that in a later post), I no longer needed this table-top version really – not after I refinished my big one which now fit in the room. So I turned it into a photo board!


I had a couple of yards of some fun Heidi Grace fabric, so I used that for my large ugly blue ironing board. It was a little trickier because the nose of the board was more pointed. This meant that there was a lot of stress on the string when tugging it tight, and the first type of string I used just frayed apart – oh, I was so mad! I had to manually feed a different kind of string through, but in the end, it worked. I also attached the string to a button so that when I tied it, it would not simply become a giant knot. This way, I can remove the cover if I need to wash it.

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Site: photos corrected

Whew, it has been a long weekend, but I finally corrected all the old photos on this site! I was originally hosted them through but then Apple changed it to iCloud and I was not interested in continuing my service there. I then began storing them through wordpress but never took the time to re-upload the old ones so once the transition finally took place with Apple, every single image was broken. It was frustrating, because I still get plenty of traffic through internet searches, but without the time to fix it, what can you do?

I am sure I did not find the same original photo in every case, and there are about 5 posts with a missing image that I still hope to re-locate, but otherwise, I can celebrate that that tedious task is done!

It was nice seeing where I’ve come from, both artistically (these make me cringe) and as a writer. I also got to re-read some of my favorite things like this alpaca, this bird, and this fabric family tree.


chez moi: oyster cracker snacks

I’ve been going through some of my recipes so that I can get them all on cards and stored in my recipe box (in fact, I have been using my xyron machine to laminate them, and what a brilliant idea!). I found this one, which I believe came from one of the girls at the bank where I worked. Unfortunately, this recipe did not turn out for me. It was much too heavy for our tastes – which is weird because I only brought home recipes from things I liked, so I am not sure what went wrong there…

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