Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inside-out, upside-down and BACKWARDS!! 

This poor little cart that I bought for my upcoming trip to Round Top looked a little naked.

Both my friend Joy and I bought one so we won't be carrying everything around all day. (Can you think of anything worse?) Joy says "We can make them cute! Come on - you can do it!"

What exactly was I thinking? 
I don't really sew... I never have done anything really difficult, just easy patchwork quilting, pillows, shams, curtains, EASY STUFF. I did make a lot of my own clothes when I was a teenager. But everything always had a PATTERN! 

Well I thought to myself "How hard could it be?" Joy wrote down the size pieces to cut and then she kind of left me to my own devices. I looked at hers and then went home and began mine.
Cutting it out was a piece of cake. 
 "I can do this! YAY!"  
Then I started sewing the pieces together -

At first it was easy...
Then I really had to start thinking.
I didn't buy enough fabric for a pocket 
so I just sewed a doilie on.
That'll work.
I pinned everything together first...
And just when I thought I had it....
Nope - unpin and try again.
OK, that seems to work, stitch it...
But how do I ...
(insert four letter words here)
Call Joy...
"Nope - you did it wrong. Rip it out and do this ..."
(insert more four letter words - 
only underline them this time)
How on earth...?
Oh my stars!
I got the ruffle! kind of...

afternoon, I got it. 
Or maybe I better say -
this is as good as it is going to get.
I made a little flower with a vintage pin in the center.
 And I made another pocket on 
the back to throw my junk in.
I am so stinkin' proud of myself!
I finished it - and lived to tell about it.
 So if you see me at RoundTop - don't laugh.
Just smile and say "GREAT JOB KAREN!"

Note to self - do NOT let Joy talk you into doing anything like this again...



Keetha Broyles said...

That is very cute - - - but GOODNESS, it was a lot of work to get it that way!

Jo said...

You did do a GREAT job!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

I think your cart came out great, love it! Have fun! Hugs Marilou

Lori said...

Your vigilance paid off, fantastic job, love the details! Now off to shopping for you!Lori

A Vintage Chic said...

Karen--it's FABULOUS!!! I think I would have a VERY similar experience--not sure it would have turned out so perfectly wonderful, though!

You'll feel so proud of yourself as your roll that pretty thing along.......!


Heather said...

love it! That is so cute! I should do something like that for my little cart. I have a plastic type cart similar to that one. You will have so much fun at your event!

debi said...

You SHOULD be proud of yourself!! That is SO stinkin' CUTE!

I LOVE your fabric choices, and the cute pockets inside and out...and even a sweet ruffle. You've impressed the heck out of me!!


Izzatul-Millah said...

nice posting,,

your blog view is very beautiful. soft pink, I like the way you design it.

I'm Indonesian.


billi said...

I've seen those sell at places for quite alot. Yours is so cute. Would love to go to Round Top one day. I've been to Canton quite abit.

Lisa said...

I love love love it!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I think it turned out great! It is you!!

CHERI said...

It's adorable! You definitely proved "WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY." Wish I could just sew a few stitches!

Sherrie said...

This was so funny! Glad it worked out beautifully! I just found a cart after months of looking, but I haven't started my makeover yet. Good to have a heads up on what I'm in for :0)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great job Karen, No that does not look easy as you have to think inside out and upside down, I have often thought of doing one, but I know, like you said it would be a long day with a lot of 4 letter words LOL!


Amy P said...

Oh that's so awesome! Great job :)

Busy As Can Be said...

That is so cute! And I think flower is the perfect finishing touch! Way to Go!

Charlene said...

I can soooooooooooo feel your pain! It looks great & you will be one classy JUNKER! Can't wait! We are going to have so much fun. HUGS! Charlene

Lisa K said...

worth the trouble - it looks very cute!! Much more stylish!!

Joyce said...

Well you're far more crafty than I am~you DID do great!

Cindy said...

Great sewing job Karen!!!Last weekend we were at a hugs craft show 7 buildings worth.And everyone had those carts.Most of the liners were made of oil cloth..pockets everywhere on the outside also..and drink cup holders..some can buy those there were you are going..and some had used stroller cup holders on
We ask the one lady about had hooks on the sides( you nail them into a board..drill holes into the board and wire it to the cart)She hung large bags off it.
One lady had taken a twin stroller and made it into a shopping
I can't believe you will be sooo close to me..and I am stuck in Oklahoma!! Ya'll have fun..don't forget your sunscreen!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Theresa said...

Precious... dear friend! I knew you could do it:) You can fill that sucker with goodies to take back home with you! Love the frills you added to that bare cart!

Love you bunches! HUGS!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Karen ~
Ohhhhh my gosh !!!
Your cart is soooo darn cute !!
You did wayyyy good girl !


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi dear Karen,

It looks wonderful. Wow, what a lot of work. Just adorable.

I sew too but can't do a thing without a pattern. A pattern is my security blanket. Ha.

Have a happy weekend!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Vintage Sandy said...

"Good job Karen" you should be very proud of yourself it is beautiful!!

Lululiz said...

Well look at you, girl, you did it! And with great style. I am proud of you as well. Now go fill it..........

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I have one of those!! Now where did I store it?

Dawn said...

Great job Karen! Those carts are really handy. I've even seen some that have a fabric lid to hide away all your treasures. Mine is always to full to put a lid on but I do need a liner to keep things from poking through or falling out.

I sent an email but then realized I replied to "noreplyblogger" after your comment. I'll see if I can forward it from my sent file.

Have a great time filling up your cart!

Dawn said...

Uh, never mind about that email, I see I did get it to you. :)

Whimsey Creations said...

Great job Karen! Now want to make another just like it for mine? LOLOLOL

Nancy said...

What a beautiful liner! I have the same cart and have put off making the liner, hoping I would find a pattern. I am so afraid I will miscut my vintage fabric! I have to get it lined because things fall through as it is. Beautiful!

Dolly said...

Great Job Karen,
you are going to be the envy of all the other gals shopping! :-)
I bet you get asked where you bought it or if you made it!
I get asked that every time I use mine!

Love it

Liz said...

OMG!!!!! It is sooo stinkin' cute!!!!

Kind of sounds like my afternoon of making book covers! But once I had one done I HAD to do another one! :)

CUTSIE!!! :)


buywowaccount said...

That was so cute! I could imagine how hard its is trying for the first time but the outcome was definitely rewarding! Fabulous.

Sandy Navarro said...

You did a great job, Karen! Can't wait to see it in person.

Are we there yet??

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am so glad I didn't miss this. I love it. I think you did a fabulous job and it looks fantastic. You are so clever. Love it. I had such a great time Friday, I hope you have fun at Nascar. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Miss you girlfriend!
That is so darn cute! And what a super job you did!
I think you are one smart chicky!
Just saw the pics of you and CK and Marty (without me) sob...
I have neglected my blogging but I am trying to catch up now.
Hope your trip was a great one!
Miss Ya,

zandra said...

Fabulous! It looks awesome, you did a great job! So pretty.
Hugz, Z

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Karen, sure look forward to meeting you! And you'll have a cart at Round Top, my new best friend!! How cute is that. I'm so envious. See you at Round Top. Hugs, Riki