Friday, September 9, 2011

Two Recent Projects

Our Guild had a retreat in the spring. Turns out that I couldn't make it because of hubby's unexpected surgery, but I still finished up the project that I had planned to work on while there. I purchased this stool at the thrift store for $5 - I think it's just made of plywood, but after a coat of black paint it doesn't look too bad. I bought some baskets for the little shelves so I could store magazines (or baby toys) in them. Then I designed a geometric rug to make for the seat and dyed some wool for the border to kinda match the color of the baskets. I'm pleased with the way it turned out!




 This is the before picture.


I hooked this pillow as a gift for a friend who recently redecorated her living room. It looks really nice on her celery green sofa!

20 comments:

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Both projects very nice!!!!

Rebecca said...

Love the magazine bench, what a great idea!

Nedra said...

I am always impressed with the things you find while thrifting. Both projects turned out very well!

The Wool Cupboard said...

That stool/bench is just perfect, Gayle. I love the geometric rug you hooked for the top. I want to come out and go shopping with you!!

What a great friend you are to make such a beautiful gift. I know she is thrilled with the pillow.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your stool is adorable, Gayle! Great job on the pillow, too!

Linda said...

Love the stool. What a transformation!

Laurel said...

I love both projects! Nice work!

Janet O. said...

Gayle, that stool turned out beautifully. You did a great job making a treasure out of someone's cast-off. Pretty little pillow, too!

Orange Sink said...

Wow! What a transformation! That geometric pattern is a perfect fit! Great results on both projects! Gayle you really have an eye for redoing things..... isn't there a publication you could submit that little bench to?
Cathy G

Wool-Stitches said...

What a great stool! Love how you put the baskets in it to store your magazines. The pillow is wonderful too!

LiahonaGirl said...

Great projects. Thanks for sharing! You've created a couple heirlooms for sure.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great projects, Gayle! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)
Lauren

April DeConick said...

Cute idea!

Courtney said...

That bench is just the best! I love the whole look...and the pattern is wonderful. Love that pillow too!

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow! Your little bench is amazing - can't believe the transformation!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Great projects Gayle! That bench is just awesome! I truly like the colors you've worked into your home - they're bold, and yet work so well at tying everything together. (Does that make sense??) Hope you have a great weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Angie Berry said...

Wow, that's quite a transformation!! Love how it turned out, very cute and useful too!

Amy McPheeters said...

Really really really cute! The footstool would make a great article for Rug Hooking magazine. The baskets were a great addition to the whole project - I just love it! You clever girl - keep showing us this cool stuff!

Lesley Ann Staples said...

i just love the cushion.

Vickie said...

Hi, I too am a middle sister. I love to rug hook. I am new to Coeur D Alene ID. Is there a Guild in our area?