Okay, maybe not. But there will be a treasure chest!

When our renter moved out, he left a few things behind, most of which we threw out. But this I rescued from the garbage and knew I had to clean it up and save it.

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Its a wooden chest, without a lot of distinguishing marks that you can buy at any craft store. I have a much larger one that I use for storing my knitting needles and crochet hooks in that I keep next to my chair in the living room. This one is smaller, with the internal space measuring about 10″ wide and about 5.5″ across. Its not very big.

It was covered in grease, and was badly painted this awful black all over. Don’t get me wrong. I wear a ton of black, but it just looks bad on this poor little wooden box.

The first step was to sand it down a bit and help its new primer and paint stick and to scrub off those grease spots, so I loaded up a sponge with dish soap and gave it a good once over then hosed it off and left it to dry in the sun. Then I got the sanding block we had purchased to use for some home repairs we still haven’t gotten to, and I gently sanded it all over.

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I wasn’t worried about it being perfect. I want to look good when I’m done but I want this to be a fun project too and not one that I rip my hair out over. The wood is uneven in spots, which you can see because of how th paint sanded off completely in some areas but not others.

Then I hit it with some primer. My good friend Nikki gave me primer, paint, all sorts of stuff along with the larger chest I have and I was supposed to give it this treatment but I never did.

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I let the primer dry for about an hour, and then while dinner was cooking, I gave it a quick spray with the bright metallic gold paint. I initially missed a spot on the inside but got it later in when I was doing the lining.

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I sprayed the inside and the outside, making sure everything was shining and bright! The paper underneath the chest is just white kraft paper I bought off of Amazon for using in pattern making but so far its been used for everything else. Its not overly expensive and comes in really handy!

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I let that dry for a good hour and then measured the inside to get an idea of how large a piece of fabric I needed for the inside. Unfortunately I did something really, really wrong and ended up with a piece about twice the size of what I needed.I ended up trimming it and gluing one side down into the box, then moving to the the next side, trimming it to fit and gluing it, and working my way all the way around. I used E6000 to glue it in place. I love that stuff, but make sure you use it in a well ventilated area- preferably outside!

I was going to call it good at that point but after Tracy brought up doing the inside of the lid with fabric, I couldn’t resist, so I carefully cut pieces and glued them in place as well. That went a lot smoother than doing the bottom did.

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The next step was making this into a real treasure chest and covering the top in jewels! I busted out my Amazing Clear Cast Resin, my colored mica powders, and I started mixing and pouring. Finally, after working on them for a few days and gluing them in place in small groupings, I had this.

The resin is super easy to work with. Just mix it at a ratio of 1:1 and mix very thoroughly- the package recommends mixing for 3 minutes and I’ve found that to be about right. If its not fully mixed, it won’t set up properly and you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands. Mica powders can be added in small amounts to color the resin or you can brush it onto the molds before you pour- I mixed mine in.

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I used 6 different colors of gems, some of which were single colors of the mica powders and some that I mixed to suit. Pink, yellow, green-gold, blue, purple, and a deep amber color. I used a mold I bought that had tons of shapes in it that were perfect for this, letting me mix it up with lots of options. One of my gems slipped a bit before the glue set and I didn’t catch it in time to re-position it, but otherwise it turned out just like I envisioned it! I’m so happy with it!

And that my friend is how you get your very own treasure chest! Now I just have to decide what to put in it. 🙂

Today is my birthday, (Yay! Happy birthday!) and while I don’t have any new sewing to share with you, I do have some adorable fabrics! Saturday evening, Mattie surprised me with dinner with friends, and there was some gifting. My friend Tracy gave me some lovely beads, and Jami gave me these cute fabrics!

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The skulls and paw prints are fleece, the polka dots are flannel, and the puppies are cotton. She had doggie coats in mind for these, but the more I look at the puppies one, the more I want to make a new purse for myself. Its just plain cute, and I’ve been carrying around my pink purse for a couple years now I think, and I’ve been thinking of changing it up again. And of course, if I use a matching fabric inside, maybe a chocolate brown broadcloth, I could still make doggie coats with the other 1/2 yard. LOL So many things to think about!

I’m going to sit on it for a few days I think and then decide.

m5348a2McCall’s 5348 View A is a pattern I purchased the fleece for and had every intention of sewing- about 5 months ago. Then I stopped sewing. I stopped crafting. I stopped doing all sorts of things. Two days ago, I decided to work on some of the things I had started and not finished, and you’ve seen the two skirts I put together over the last two days.

This bathrobe almost didn’t get completely today, but when I realized I was stopping with it so close to being completed, I went back into my craft room and finished it! The color is a very pretty royal purple- its not right in any of these photos. I’ve never been much for purple, but the color really caught my eye and I figured I’d give it a try. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the length- I should have lengthened it maybe 6 or 8″- I had enough fleece left over to do so, but it didn’t occur to me until after I had everything cut out and started sewing. Still, sitting here curled up in it on the couch after a soak in the tub, I love it. Soft, warm, and brightly colored without being obnoxious!

Things I loved about this pattern-

  • Its simple- there’s 9 fabric pieces (front (2), back, front facing (2), sleeves (2), belt loops (cut as one piece), and belt (cut as two pieces) and 2 interfacing pieces (front facings).
  • Overall the construction is simple and hard to mess up.
  • Using fleece, I could sew down the facings as well as top stitch them and even using a contrasting thread color, my stitches barely showed up.

Things I didn’t love about it-

  • I was unclear on the directions the first ten times I read them regarding the collar. I eventually made sense out of them, but not sure if I cut something wrong or if I messed up- the collar pieces did not extend all the way across the back of the next and I ended up added a double pleat in the upper back to make everything line up perfectly.
  • Using fleece, any mistakes were really difficult to pick out because they sink int the fabric really deeply.

 

My final scoring on this pattern? 8/10. No major complaints and I might make it again in a different fabric choice. Made with a different fabric and a lining instead of facings, this might also make a cute coat. There’s an idea! I can always use a new coat especially in wintertime.

I’ve sewn Simplicity 3797 twice now, once as pictured in a skull-themed print fleece, and once with a complete lining in a cherry themed fabric so it was actually a warm jacket. While I had to create a new pattern piece in order to sew the version with a full lining, it was still really simple and easy to do. The lining is red satin and the lapels are red and white striped costume satin.

 

us-234x300I think it took me about 90 minutes to construct the one pictured at left from start to finish as its a very basic design and there’s nothing complicated about it. The lined one took about twice as long as there are twice as many pieces and seams to sew.

Both of these were done in a size 22, and while the unlined one turned out perfect, the lined one has a few minor issues I need to address- namely I think I forgot to lockstitch one of the seams in the lining and its coming open near the shoulders on one side. I also would like to take it in a size or two if I am going to deconstruct it to repair it as I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since I made it.