Channeling our Inner MacGyver

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We went to visit Mike’s dad & stepmom last weekend. As usual, there was a short “Someone-to-do” list ready when we got there. Most of it was usual stuff: help with some computer/internet issues and things like dusting & changing light bulbs. Except this time, the remote to their Sleep Number bed wasn’t working. When the buttons were pressed you could hear the mattress inflating and/or deflating but the display was completely blank so we have no idea what the actual setting was. Thanks¬†to¬†Google and YouTube we were able to fit it with a hair dryer and rubber spatula! Here’s the link to the video in case you have a Sleep Number bed and remote with a non-working display! You’re welcome.


End Table Redo


I bought this end table for $7 at Goodwill:

Then I got out the $5 paint sample I bought at Lowe’s for my footstool project, some leftover scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and spray polyurethane and turned it into this:
table-afterI love it!

3 years, 70 hexagons and paint!

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This Tuesday it will be 3 years since my first trip to the What Cheer Flea Market in What Cheer, Iowa. I purchased the footstool pictured below for $10 with plans on making it MUCH cuter. Little did I realize that it was going to take me 3 years to do it!

stool before

Here’s the finished product! For the top, I sewed 70+ little 1 1/2″ fabric hexagons using the English Paper Piecing method with scraps from my fabric stash. I started sewing the little guys during our trip to northern Wisconsin this summer. For the base, I sanded, primed, painted with not-quite-white paint, and sealed with a nice coat of polyurethane. Those little color samples from the hardware store are my new favorite thing for craft projects!

stool after

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to show the girls at the quilt shop! More hexagon projects coming. Stay tuned!