Chicken Salad: Embroidery

I have a lovely Brother PE-770.  I bought it last year and I truly enjoy making gifts for other people.


My set up is “Chicken S**T” but it works and I can roll it away to a spare room when I’m done.  Had we had children by now, that spare room would have been a Firefly themed nursery, but as it is it’s just a spare room where I stow my machine and the litter boxes.
Anywho, this week I made a pile of goodies.


A kitty cat kitchen towel for a birthday present.



Two vests for my 92 year old grandmother’s birthday.


And a silly bar mop for part of a house warming.  Plus another three hand towels I did not photograph.

I’ve been busy.

It’s fun though. I love to watch things stitch out, and its really great to see the look on people’s faces when they get their custom gift made with the talents (*cough cough*) of moi.

So there’s your Chicken Salad for tonight.  I have some really neat stuff planned, so stay tuned.

Later ya’ll

Redneck Fairy Garden

Let’s be honest, the cost to make one of those DIY fairy gardens is far from magical.  I priced the bits and parts to make one and wow.  It wasn’t going to happen. 8 bucks for a gnome, 30 for a gnome house?  Nah.  I ain’t paying that much.
So I gathered what I already had and creates this:


Its just not enough.  It looks like a gnome drug dealer under a street light…  So I took a trip.  On down to the good old DG.  Yup, the Dollar General.  Always a good place for fun stuff at a reasonable price. 
So I redid the planter by the door.


I added a trailer, two rabbits and a turtle.



I can’t tell if the rabbit is laughing or about blow chunks.  It’s hard to tell…

I spent less than 10 bucks upgrading what I already had. I couldn’t have gotten the gnome, let alone the house for that.
Redneck Fairy Planter. It really is too cute.

Litter Pail Planters Part Deux

The paint dried pretty quickly and although I added the potting soil last night, it was too dark for a good picture.


One bag of potting soil filled one large, one small and about 1/4 of another small planter.
They aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they will hold a plant. 


And they look way better in sage than in OMG yellow.


Easy enough. 

A couple tips…  Last night I sprayed the outside of the planters, especially around the bases, for ants.  I found out the hard way last year when I grew potatoes in a bucket (we’ll do that again later) the ants will destroy your hands if you try harvest your crop.  So spray the outside around the base to help prevent an infestation without having to spray the actual plant.  
Don’t use cheap-o potting soil like I did.  Use the good stuff, or go organic if you like.
If you don’t have cats and litter pails, use 5 gallon buckets, an old trash can, or even cheap knockoff Rubbermaid totes.  I have a giant tub for potatoes.  Some people use these tubs for toys for their kids.  Not I.  I grow taters….
Don’t limit yourself to veggies, herbs and flowers grow well like this too. Just dont forget to water.
Oh, and if you have a creative streak, you can monogram, decal, or otherwise  gussy up your new planter. 

I reckon that’s all.  I’ll post an update as to if I’ve managed to kill all of my plants this season.  I forgot to tell you, I have a black thumb of doom.

Later ya’ll!!

Litter Pail Planters Part One

We have four cats, so as one might imagine we go through a LOT of litter.  And I end up with all these plastic yellow buckets too.  So I decided to do a little redneck recycle project and make them into patio planters.
Now honestly I could care less what they look like. However I live in a neighborhood with an HOA and those bright yellow buckets would be easily seen from the road (and I feel sure some one will complain. Likely that weird guy who lets his dogs poop in my yard, but I digress). A quick coat of spray paint would help that.
Plastic requires spray paint that will adhere to plastic. For this, I used Rustoleum American Accents. Wal-Mart has it for $3-$4. It did about three buckets.

It comes in a host of lovely colors. I chose a nutmeg and a sage. Muted and less, obnoxious colors. But they do have bright lovely colors if that’s the route you are going.

The before. You can clean them now or after you paint. These have labels that don’t come off. If the labels DO come off, I would remove them now.
I drilled a few holes for water to drain.

Some of the tops will make great pot saucers. They will get a bit of paint too. Some tops won’t work though, so keep that in mind if saucers are important to you.

I didn’t paint the bottom. Just the sides and a little into the container, like an inch or so. The dirt isn’t going to be to the tippity top, so it gives the illusion of a nicer pot. Or at least I like to think so. You don’t have to prime these, but if using light colors a primer will help cover the labels. Something that I did not think of first.
I wasn’t going for perfect. Just not yellow. See how I painted the inside just a little?

Even the tops got a coat. The bottom of the lid and the middle got nada. No one is going to see it so why waste paint?

Well that’s part one. All of this has to dry before I can do much else.

See ya’ll when it’s all dry!


Welcome Ya’ll

Houdy!  I’m sure ya’ll are wondering what in the heck this crazy lady is doing.  Well wonder no more.  I decided I wanted to create a craft blog, so here it is.

So what does that catchy title mean?    Well, people used to say (back in my fire station days) “you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.”  Meaning you can’t make something nice out of something that’s junk.  I personally think you can.

I will post a number of projects here from the “redneck recycling” to some really nice projects that started out as chicken salad in the first place.  And I won’t deny you the Pinterest fails either.

So sit a spell and enjoy the fun as I show the world how to make Chicken Salad Out Of Chicken S**T.