Saturday, April 9, 2016

Granny Square Tote Bag Purse All Around Pattern

 Here's another great item that is ready in 
my Etsy shop It's a great multi purpose bag
made with premium acrylic yarns and cotton blend lining.

Nice sturdy handles!

Double lined - ecru to prevent see thru to pattern
and a lovely print inner lining machine
stitched for extra durability to hold heavier 
objects like books, water bottle, baby items - 
you name it!

has a "Button and Crochet Loop" top closure

and an inner zipper pocket.

Could even be an overnight tote. 

Endless uses and possibilities!  


Thanks for looking!


Monday, March 28, 2016

SweetPepperRose Etsy Shop Now Open!

45"w x 55"L Afghan

36" x 36" throw

Granny Square Tote Bag with Lined bag AND Handles
to control the stretch!

Hi All!  Just dropping a line to let you know I have opened my Etsy shop 
and have a few items listed for sale -
with FREE SHIPPING for a limited time!

Check it out if you're interested!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP: All Around Granny Goodness

WIP... these lovely Spring colored "all around"
 granny squares are shaping up
to be my next project. 

I've made a few items that will be available 
in my Etsy shop soon.

Stay tuned!

They remind me of Easter egg colors!


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Maybelle Crochet Flower and Square afghan

Hello again!  Here is one of two blankets I made as
Christmas gifts, using the Maybelle crochet flower pattern 
(link to pattern below), one for my daughter and
one for my DIL. 

I really like the contrasting colors.
I used Hobby Lobby "I LOVE THIS YARN"
Linen and Greybeard

You can find the pattern here.

Check out the one I made for my 
granddaughter here

Thanks for stopping by to visit!


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Maybelle Flower Crochet Blanket

Hi all!  Hope your 2015 Christmas was Merry and Bright!
It's been a while since my last post,
but thought I'd share a pretty blanket that I
crocheted for my sweet little granddaughter 
for her Christmas gift.

It's the Maybelle crochet flower, 
and the pattern can be found at

Flower and the surrounding block square

I really wanted to take it outside to photograph for better lighting,
but it was a wet gloomy hot Christmas day
down here in South Georgia.
So, my sofa and my bed had to suffice for display.


This pretty baby is a hefty 11 inch block, 
25-block blanket.
5 rows across, 5 rows down. 

I did not intend to make it this large, but
she will grow into this. Somehow I just did not like
ending the block with the white border,
so I added another 2 rounds of the pink.

Because I do not live near a Hobby Lobby, my favorite
yarn choice, I LOVE THIS YARN, was not readily available
on such short notice...

I churned this baby out in 2 WEEKS!! Whew!

I took a BIG leap of faith and used Red Heart's LOVE yarn, 
which is a VAST improvement over their supersaver 
(which I will NEVER use again!)

Colors: Papaya, Minty, and White

She loved it, and I hope she will treasure it for a long time.


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bed Bench with BarnWood Seat

I know bed benches are all over blog land
(search 'how to make a bed bench' tutorial)
but we were pretty proud of this one
as it was a gift to our daughter.
She loves it.

We had some left over barn wood and used
it as the seat, sanded and sealed with poly.

I'm such a bad blogger - I completely forgot
to take proper pics of the next shutter shelf
I made last week. It is already in my booth!

Here's a sneak peak. I will try to remember
to get a better photo when I go in to 
rotate items this week.
Here is a shot of the bottom section. I love
the mixture of old white flooring, barn wood, and
old pieces of "newer" scrap wood. I say old 
"newer" as we keep odd pieces of scraps, literally
for years. We know we'll use it for something!

Instead of another corner shelf, I chose to make a 
regular shelf, using the shutters for the sides and 
scrap wood for shelves. You can see I used another
piece of the old green baseboard at the bottom.
I sealed it with poly to prevent the remained old
green paint from chipping off.
It's the last of it - the remainder has a split in it.

Til next time!


Friday, July 31, 2015

DIY Shutter Corner Shelf

I recently acquired several old shutters from a yard sale at a
"get-them-out-of- my-sight-don't-wont-to-lug-them-home-with-me" price.
Um, YES, thank you!
 Above is the finished product in my booth.
I went with green, lots of items go with green.

 My shutter stash in my junk/craft room.
Please tell me you have a room like this, too!

 I wanted the bottom part to be larger then the top, so I chose two sets of larger shutters, two sets of smaller shutters, 
and used scrap lumber for the "shelves."
I used scrap lumber for the side braces, helping to keep the shelf nice and sturdy - I even disassemble some broken shutters
and used the shutter opener thing-y
 (I know there's a proper name for it)
as trim on the shelves, covering the rough edges. 

This is just a shot of my ability to correctly use my husband's miter saw - I cut it just right! Excuse the blinding flash, but I tried to show an old piece of board I used as a base board.

And here it is before painting.
You can see the old base board was chippy green.
I kinda wanted to leave it all rustic-like, 
but some of the shutters had bad stains on them.
Didn't look good up close.

I know I have posted in a while, hope you're still following!

I have more shutter projects coming soon.

Due to those pesky spammers, I have changed my comment settings,
but I'd love to hear from you.



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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vintage Yellow Cupboard with Chicken Wired Doors

Hello fellow bloggers!
Wow, it's been a very long time since I've
made a post about a project here on the blog!

Been busy, busy, busy as a bee, and tired, tired, tired.

Which, if any of you followers are reading this,
the blog has taken a back seat since I opened a booth
at a local vintage / antique mall.

Just don't have the time to do it all...
work a job, work on house work, work on projects,
then to photo and blog about them is next to impossible.

Doing all that while battling migraines and fibromyalgia
only adds to the "no blogging" absence.

But today I felt like sharing one of the projects
my husband and I recently finished, and to my surprise,
the store owner decided to place it in the foyer entrance
of her store ;-) (only the yellow cupboard, yellow birdhouse
on top and yellow honey bee cookie jar are mine).

No before picks - just picture plain old dark brown.

I juggled RED or YELLOW for the exterior of the cupboard. But
I happened on  an "oops" gallon of yellow paint for only a few bucks.
So that was the deciding factor on that part.

I had 3 silver colored cabinet handles left over from another
project, so we left the chicken wire that we placed in the 
upper cabinet doors (one glass pain was broken) as it came,
so that it would match up nicely. I distressed the entire cupboard 
lightly on places that would normally get scuffed over time.
The original bottom door magnets were still in tack, but
the doors would not stay shut. We improvised and added wood 
handles  (I know there's a proper word for those)
to keep the doors closed. 

I hope to share more projects and post very soon!

Til then, Happy Painting!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Painted Gentlemen's Chest with Shaving Mirror

Just popping in to share the my latest paint project. 

We bought an antique shaving mirror that
was in bad shape and decided to paint attach it
to this Gentlemen's chest I won at an auction. 

I love the fedora hat storage compartment.

My choice of contrasting grey was a bit too dark so I did a
lighter colored gray wash on the drawers, top and sides. 
The love white R*stoleum 2x the Coverage paint so I chose that to use on the mirror and trim areas of the chest. 
It all blends nicely.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chalk Painted Antique Cedar Chest

 Hello fellow Bloggers and Painters!

I'm very much alive but have been VERY busy with projects for my booth in a local antique/vintage mall, leaving very little time for well, hardly anything else, esp. blogging.

But, I wanted to pop in and show off this little beauty.

An antique cedar chest with GORGEOUS curves and features that I won at an auction.

There are many home made chalk paint recipes out there in Blogland using the Plaster of Paris. I've tried several ratios, so I did a blended mixture of a little bit of them all. I do find that adding less warm water, just enough to get it blended as smooth as possible, is best, in my opinion.

Here she is in my junk room / craft room / studio

I can't decide which I love more... the feet or the front carvings. 

Please excuse the ugly mat on the floor.
And the poorly lit night time photo shoot.

Just concentrate on the beautiful cedar chest. 

Here are some before pics. No damage, just badly in need of sanding to the bare wood and re-staining - um, noop, or painting. Chalk painting.

 I gotta say, I seriously considered buying some
Restor-A-Finish but opted to chalk paint.

I'm reading some good things about using coconut oil for refinishing? I really want to try this method, so anybody out there that has any tips or suggestions, please send it!

Again, please excuse the night time glary photos!

Anybody out there with a booth experiencing
"seller's remorse"?  As bad as we need the money, This baby MIGHT have to come back home with me!!

And, I can't believe how long it has taken me to filter through these photos (all taken with my smart phone), edit,
and type up this post!

But I can't leave without saying a little bit about having a booth.

I both LOVE it, and... I not-so-much-love it. (does that make sense?) 

It's a GOOD kind of work. But for me, and I've talked about it before, my fibro can dictated which project gets done.

And a project like this chest really kicks my butt.

PLUS, my husband cannot help me as much as before (at his previous job), and I have to do all the moving around of items and rearranging. That's the part I don't like. It's
like, everyday when I bring in new items, I have to pull out stuff and then push it back in... Same with the auctions, although they do have "loaders" for the big items. 

And yet, I'm addicted to it. All of it. 
The auctions. 
The sales. 
The thrifting.
The painting. 
NOT the sanding. 
Getting my check at the end of the month to help pay bills!!!

No, I don't actually say it quite that way, but it does sound pretty cool! Anybody else watch Storage Wars?
I think "Barry" is just too cool.
Kinda reminds me of an older Miami Vice "Don Johnson"

Gotta go folks!

Happy painting!