Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Gifts

After reading a few blogs the last couple of days, it sounds like most everyone had a really nice Christmas - myself included! We had all of our children here for most of the day on Saturday - it's been three years since that happened and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Thought I'd share some of the great gifts that were exchanged that you might be interested in seeing. My son made this great bench for me out of an old rusty twin sized bed. He's really good at welding and I was so tickled to see it when he brought it up the stairs to show me! Can't wait till summer comes and I can find the perfect place for it in the yard! I need to try and distress the new wood on the seat so if any of you have any ideas of how to do that, please leave me a comment or email me!



My mom sent me eight yummy fat quarters - they're all Civil War prints that I will add to my collection. I had told her about them when she was here visiting in September, but she thought the fabric would have cannons or soldiers printed on them because of the Civil War name - so she got a bit of an education from the quilt store where she went to buy them.



DD#1 had seen a big pillow shaped like a flower when we went shopping together last summer and thought she'd like one for her living room. I tried my hand at making one for her - along with three other coordinating pillows - and I think she was really pleased with the result.

14 comments:

katie said...

Love the colors in those pillows. They are so cheerful.
Love the civil war FQ's also. I can understand why she thought cannons and soldiers.
Now if I lived in your neighborhood and that bench was left out it wouldn't be safe. I love it.

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Hi Gale.
Our Christmas was wonderful. Can't believe how fast they come and go tho.
I LOVE your new bench!!! Awesome!!! Ya, I would love your fat quarters as well! lol
The pillow is beautiful, you should show us how...
Maybe for your seat, paint it black, then paint a second coat in your choice of color, and then sand it pretty good and then wood stain over it all....however you do it, don't forget to show us!
Enjoy
Mercy

whitey said...

love your new bench what a sweet son you got!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
LOVE the bench. Won't the wood weather if just leave it outside, or will it warp?
Happy New Year!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Nedra said...

The bench is so YOU! I think if left outside it will weather fast.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Gale, OMG LOVE your bench, tell your son my b-day is next month!! LOL ---OLM

Joanne said...

Wow a talented family you have there - great bench! Love the fabrics - that pillow looks like a whole lotta work but you pulled it off!

Mimi Sue said...

Love that bench! Does he take orders? Your pillows are adorable too. Mimi

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

That bench is awesome, Gayle! Your son did a great job! I guess I'd paint the wood, black maybe and then bang it up with old chains, a hammer, whatever you have and then sand it a bit to take off some of the black and then stain the whole thing.

Your purple pillow and the others, too are just darling. Great job!

Ann said...

You have a very talented son! That bench is too cool. I can just see it outside amongst a perennial garden - beautiful. Love the pillows you made for your daugther, the petals are interesting on the purple one. Who can't use more fabric - nice choices your mom made for you. ~Ann

Lori said...

What a fantastic gift! Handmade is always the best!!!
That is funny about your mom purchasing the repros. Now she knows and they are beautiful!!

Wendie Scott Davis said...

It's so wonderful for people who love to give things they made themselves to receive gifts others made for them. I know they are always my favourites! Your bench is incredible. Your mom obviously is a fan of your creations and the pillows are awesome. Well done by all!

~Madalynne~ said...

That bench is gorgeous! I LOVE that weathered look. As for the seat, how about using one of the crackle paint kits and sealing it with clear varnish.

Angie Berry said...

How awesome of your son to make that bench for you! The pillows are beautiful, especially the flower. I can't believe you made that, awesome job!