Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Givin' Mom the credit for this One!

Well, I wanted to really brighten up the greenhouse this year - something besides the pretty flowers. I had been pondering ordering flags to hang from the support bars - yet, I wanted to make something at the same time. Fact is - right now, time is short - I'm always planting!! But my sweet and imaginative mother came up with the idea - something cute, inexpensive and easy to make. She says "What about a vinyl tablecloth - it's water repellent, it won't ravel, and they are really cheap." Immediately, I thought "she's right" - that would work perfectly.

So off to the store I went and here's what I did...

I found the perfect tablecloth - POLKA DOTTED - imagine that. Only $4.00!!



It was a rectangle - I simply cut in half making two complete flags. I decided that I wanted to write "Welcome" on it.



I sewed the front and back together leaving space open at each end near the top for the dowel rod.



And ta-da - here it is. I think it looks like a "happy" banner and I love it. It only took about an hour to make two. So with the rods and ribbon I had about 4.50 in each one total cost. Of course, I already had the paint on hand.



Here is the other one blowing in the breeze. Now I need to find another table cloth (they only had 1) so I can make another set near the back - maybe with a pot of geraniums painted on them.



There are lots of things you could use this same idea for. Maybe you were having a shower for someone - you could paint a pink or blue one with the babies name on it welcoming everyone to the event. Maybe for a barbecue - do a red and white check with something festive on it. Maybe make one with a Monogram on it. Of course you can always buy flags - I actually have always carried them in my shop. But this is a really inexpensive alternative and jus' imagine the ways you could personalize it for a special day.

So thanks Mom - your idea was right on! Love ya bushels!

Happy Creating Friends,
Cathy

Oops, don't forget - If you were going to leave it outside - you would need to seal it so that the paint would not come off.

25 comments:

Deb said...

You have a smart Mom, love the lady bugs!

Nancy said...

Cathy, You are a genius! And now, we know where you get it from! Your Mom is a genius too!
That is amazing! It's just too darn cute!!!! Blessings, Nancy

Audrey said...

I love it! So creative!

Stacey said...

Adorable! Some people are just so smart.

K-Falls Farmgirl Cheryl said...

ow that is a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I didn't see your blog before now and have signe don as a follower.. I am anxious to see what other interesting things you post.
Cheryl

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hey, these are so cute..you know you could do them in a mini size for id-ing *is that a word* LOL... your herbs and veggies in the garden.

Stephanie
Queen of Dreamsz

Felicia said...

Looks great :)

The Un-Organized Mom said...

LOVE THESE!!!!

Goat Creek Grandma said...

What a great idea! I am definately going to put this one down in my 'things to do' notebook! Thank you, it turned out wonderful.

Debbie

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

So clever and cute, too!

CozyCoops Corner said...

That is so cute ! What a wonderful idea ! Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day Cathy !

Nancy Jo said...

Cathy,
I agree with you, you are on a roll this week. Don't you love it when that happens?
I think this new idea is going to make you and your Mom famous, and the sales in vinyl tableclothes could be huge.
Nancy Jo

madrekarin said...

Now we know whereyoru craft gene comes from. ;) That is very cute! Now I have to go to Target before they sell out of of their tablecloths.

Darlene said...

You (and your MOM) are so crafty and clever. That is ADORABLE!!

Amy said...

Ingenious! What a fabulous idea.. so cute!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Cathy,
Now that's clever! Did you see the story in the April Country Home Magazine. On page 36 they write about Barn Art and its painted quilts on barn doors. It reminded me of your beautiful barn.

Have a wonderful day,
Elizabeth

Cathy said...

Brilliant! Great job!

Cathy

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Cathy! Now that is one cute idea and clever Mother you have! Thanks for the idea and must make me one!!! Hugs, Maryjane

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

What a creative and smart mom you have:) Love it... such a wonderful idea!
Rondell

Lisa said...

PERFECT, what a great spot of color. I love it!! You are just so crafty!!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Now that is a great idea. It is what I would call a "meant to be". Finding the polka dot pattern meant it had to be a successful project! Love it!
denise

Jean said...

Cathy, Now I know where you got your creative ability from. They are really cute. Have a wonderful day.
Jean in Virginia

Sherone said...

Cathy, that is sooo cute. I'm going to try it. I was checking out your website. You really should set up for online sales. You have some great stuff in your shop, but I don't think I'm going to make it to KY in the near future. *L*

Sherone

Sherone said...

Love the idea! You should set up your website for online sales. I love your shop but think I'll make it to KY any time soon. *L*

Sherone

Susie Homemaker said...

Wow! Now that is pretty cool! You and your Mom make a great team! I wanna come see in person!!!

Blessings,
Susie

P.S. my word verification is susierth...how cool is that?