Monday, December 15, 2008

Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Thank you Diane for Hosting!

Some people would take a sneaker box and throw it away.

Some people would give the sneaker box to their parrot to turn into total carnage.

Once upon a time, our grandmothers and mothers had a choice of throwing way these wooden thread spools. (See the 15 cents price on the top there! I never remember thread being 15 cents!) My grandma didn't throw hers away, and when she died, my mom kept them....

I have a nice collection of scraps .....

...and stash of fabric, left over batting from a quilt or two, felt and some lovely nordic ribbon Ed's Aunt bought in Europe many many years ago. When she died, her daughter gave me a good deal of her stash.

Using a ruler, pencil, scissors, I marked the box and began to cut. DD helped as well. Using fabric glue, we covered the bed in scrap cotton quilt batting. She helped with the head board and fabric selection.

We painted the thread spools red. They worked really well as legs for the bed. We added a few extra trims. The mattress was the only item that was sewn. Made out of an old linen curtain I have been keeping for when I need a bit of linen to make something like this. Everything else was put together with liquid stitch and elmers glue.

And a lovely Elfin bed it is! Fit for an Elfin Prince!

Hayward arrived from the North Pole late last night. He was hungry and tired. He ate his snack. Drank his apple juice. Read the note DD left for him. Wrote a note DD letting her know what he wanted for snacks tonight and left a really big mess!!!

Hayward is tired. Santa has had him working hard this year. These few days of vacation will help him out with a little rest.

But, I think Hayward is more interested in recreation!!! After a good nights sleep, he is about the house, up to mischief and hanging from the chandelier!

After a hard day of playing, he is tucked into his lovely Elfin Bed and under the Christmas Tree, ready for another night of rest... or is he????

And, with just a few things that most people would throw away like a shoe box, fabric scraps and trim, a pair of scissors and some glue, you too can make a beautiful Elfin Bed, or Barbie bed, American Doll, etc. Now it is not too sturdy, as it cannot be stepped on or treated roughly, but taken care of may last a good while and used year after year. :D

For more Trash to Treasure Posts or to participate in Trash to Treasure, go to Diane's blog A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words.


nikkicrumpet said...

Such a smart idea...and it turned out really cute...he looks so innocent when he's sleeping in his marvelous bed!

The Muse said...

LOL what an ingenious idea. CUTE

Bo said...

This is my first visit....coming over from Diane's...what a cute idea and a sweet little story too!
;-) Bo @

Smilingsal said...

You've used your imagination and creativity for this one, Melissa. It turned out so cute. You've got an extra Christmas decoration and some posts to boot!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is absolutely the cutest thing ever! How creative and adorable! Good job!



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Somewhere In Time- Christie (Queenie) said...

What a cute bed for Hayward!
You are so talented...and what's so wonderful is that you used things that you already had!

Lorrie said...

This is a fabulous trash to treasure, it turned out so well! What a great idea!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Melissa
This is a great idea! I may have to copy you now and make one for Connor to put his elf in!

Thanks for being a part of Trash to Treasure!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.