Antique Crock Side Table

Crock side table.


My dad sent me a picture via text about a crock. I got super excited because I love the old flour stoneware crocks that are floating around the prairies. I especially like to find them for a good price. I got this one and the 2 gallon one, which are both in mint condition.


When he sent me the picture I did not full appreciate the size of this crock. When I arrived to pick it up it was huge. I wasn’t even sure it should fit in my mini cooper.IMG_5589


Dad found them in the garage of a 72-year-old man who grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan. He and his brother would go everyday and fill it full of water from the well and take back to the farm-house. The crock moved with them as they travelled across the prairies until his family finally settled in Alberta in the early 1970’s.


I got this giant beauty home finally. I kept in my front foyer and Rosie decided it was a good place to hide from the thunder.


IMG_5427So, Dad and I got out my mini bandsaw and I found a nice piece of pine board in my wood stash and viola! Antique crock side table. I am not worried about it breaking because this is a huge and thick crock. It has survived travel across the prairies and being handled by teenage boys


I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Now I need to decide what colour to stain it. Should I go barn board grey? Vintage Singer sewing machine red or something completely different?IMG_2332 IMG_2331



Shrunken Sweater Chair Reupholster


Sure there are a million other things to do with a shrunken sweater. There are even ways on Pintrest to un-skrink it, but hey I have four of these really pretty antique chairs that are covered in a not-so-me greenish-grey velour. It doesn’t match my decor but it is sturdy. I use this chairs in my house for decoration and seating occasionally when I have  lots of people over. They are not my everyday chair because they are tiny and a little bit delicate.

So, I shrunk my favourite sweater accidentially . I love the colour and the fit and everything about this sweater. Then one day I accidentally washed it on hot water and it became a tiny sweater. Darn! I kept it and knew that I would do something with it when inspiration hit. Plus the shrunken sweater will not fray like a normal sweater would. If you do not have a shrunken sweater you can make one from an old sweater hiding in your closet or one from a thrift store.



Shrunk sweater







Here is my shrunken little beauty. It is officially toddler sized now.


I sized the sweater to the chair and I needed it to be a little bigger to fit. I used my legs to stretch it out. Don’t worry pull it, you will hear the fabric stretching. Just don’t pull hard enough to rip it (The odds are slim, but anything is possible.)


The chair and it’s underside


More stretching and I cut the sweater down the back to create a flat piece of fabric to work with

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I started at the back of the chair and stapled then moved to the front.


and pull it behind the fabric and wood frame. Be sure to pull it tight to keep the fabric nice and flat.

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a close up. Be sure to keep the fabric tight in order to keep out wrinkles and then just trim the extra fabric that hangs down to keep everything neat and tidy looking.

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The finished piece and I didn’t even have to remove the old fabric. I left it underneath to add more support to the shrunk sweater.


Happy Crafting

~ Nicole

Buralp Wreath with Metal Star

I love fall and I love burlap, it’s so rough and pretty. Seriously, what’s not to love?

Recently one a trip to Newfoundland I noticed that everyone has a metal star on their home. I love these metal stars so I scoured Alberta to come up empty handed. I gave up. Then I on a happy accident I found a beautiful black metal star to match my blue and black duplex. I love the east coast colours so naturally my home is east coast blue with gorgeous black stone and matching trim. I couldn’t say no. So, naturally I took the black metal star home.

Then I came across the blog  mycrazygoodlife while searching burlap wreaths on Pintrest. It’s a descriptive and simple “how-to” for a burlap wreath. So I was inspired to make a burlap wreath and combine my black star so I can hang it on my front door for a little more privacy. the large glass pane allows anyone who walks up my front steps to peer right into my home. I have a feeling curtains are next.

Here is how I made my wreath:


One large metal star from Rafters ( Brand Stargazer Originals made in Mississauga)

30 yards or 27.3 meters of 6″ wide burlap which worked out to be 3 AShland brand burlap rolls from Michael’s

One 24″ metal wreath blank from Michael’s

A pile of patience

and whatever adornments you want to make your wreath pretty

I followed the instructions for making the wreath from mycrazygoodlife posted above. I pretty much followed them exactly except I did not use floral wire to secure the beginning  of each burlap strip I used the small brown twin that held the roll together as part of the packaging.

Here are a few tips that I used to make my wreath.

Double knot the twine onto the frame.


then tie the tail. Voila easy peasy right?


Leave a long tail on the wreath if you plan to hang it by a strap over the door instead of a traditional metal hook.

the long tail for hanging and star holding

then take the tail and put it through this hole

the holder from the store that I used to attach the star to the wreath. Loop the tail in there.

loop in into here and pull through.IMG_2259

And here it is on my door. It’s been up from October 2014 until today and it is in great shape. I did not seal it with anything.


Happy Crafting



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