If you haven't noticed, Aunt Henri dabbles in all sorts of creative projects. Here's a list of our favorite DIY furniture projects!

Window Shadow Box

We took a vintage window, removed the cracked glass, and stapled chicken wire to the back.

We built a frame with 2 x 2's with a bead board back and shelf. Painted the window and frame in a green apple chalk paint and the interior an ivory. Put hinges and a lock, letting it swing open to easily switch out home décor accents.

Dining Table Desk

We picked up this vintage dining table that had a gorgeous base in near perfect condition, aside from needing a deep cleaning but the top was damaged. It had a missing leaf, so rather than refinish the top, we decided to take one side, cut a third out, then flip it and attach it to the top to create a shelf. We rotated the base, attached the new top, painted it in antique white, lightly distressed the edges, and sealed it. The legs we left original.

Twin Bed Bench

One of the most popular Pinterest projects: the bed bench!

Vintage twin & 3/4 quarter beds are usually a steal at auction. We left this unpainted because the natural mahogany paired with a modern colorful print was all this beauty needed.

Chair Porch Swing

This is our version of a porch swing pin we saw. We picked up three vintage chairs at auction, sawed off the damaged legs, painted them, and recovered the seats in outdoor fabric. Then, we took 2 x 4's, drilled holes, painted them antique white, and made rope ties. Voila!

Stay Inspired,

J.

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Over the years we've rescued lots of unique treasures from estates all over Virginia. The best finds would be in old desk drawers full of calendars, ledgers, order forms, old letters and all that jazz. Sheet music is always a hit and a Pin-worthy must have for all sorts of home projects. When Aunt Henri had spaces in local shops, we'd package up old pamphlets for Esso Oil, appliance manuals from the 1940s, Ladies Home Journal pages from 1910, all preserved and ready for display, home décor, or DIY projects.

One of our boxes of books held a young boy's collection, most dating in the early 60's. A treasure being several stamp collecting books with perfectly preserved stamps from the 1920s-1950s. He had pen pals and stamps from all over the world and unique ones about scouts, military, state parks, polio, branches and offices, etc. These make fabulous additions to junk journals, decoupage projects, artwork, home decor, etc.

I sorted through all our supplies and vintage paper and made junk journal kits. These have vintage cards, index pages, sheet music, adverts, tags, cardstock, note paper, envelopes, ribbons, twine, and little surprises. These were super fun to make and allows people to reuse to create something new.

If you'd like to check out our junk journal kits or vintage ephemera for sale, check out our SECOND shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aunthenrideux

We'd love to see what you can create with our kits! Snap a photo of your creations and tag it with #aunthenri for a chance to be featured on our social medias and in a Pinterest Inspiration blog post!

Stay inspired,

J.

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There’s an exciting new product launching this week at The International Quilt Market in St. Louis and we just had to share with you!

We thought it was so cool when our favorite fabric collections started showing up on calendars, planners and even our coffee mugs. We loved being able to accessorize our work room with notepads and boxes featuring the art of J Wecker Frisch; The perfect finishing touch to our “She Who Sews” workspace.

As if that wasn’t enough, now there’s a new way to have fun with these three ladies:

Each one of these characters is ready to come to life as a full 60” appliqué project! The Handmaids Maker’s Guides will be available soon at Great Joy Studio but lucky us, we have been playing with them for weeks! J Wecker Frisch let us make some sample pieces to take to The International Quilt Market with her so we thought we’d show you what we made.

Here’s our “Press On” girl made from J Wecker Frisch’s Sewing Seeds II” collection of fabric from Quilting Treasures. Her pieces have been ironed in place and stitched down in a traditional applique manner with a variety of stitches, mostly satin stitch. Her edges aren’t trimmed because she has yet to be quilted.

The shots below show face detail and corset detail. One of the great things about these patterns is you can mix media to really make them your own. Here I chose to shade her cheeks with color pencils rather than use fabric or stitches.

For our second girl we chose “Press On” again but in a completely different way. Using Frisch’s yet-to-be-released line “Hatters Tea Party,”* we let the subtle colors of the art take center stage on a crisp linen background. We lightened the stitch profile by using straight stitches instead of satin, giving us a soft raw edge. Minimal quilting onto a homespun backing with cotton batting gave us a more delicate girl.

Notice how her face is just an outline? I copied her face details onto tracing paper, used basting spray to hold it to a piece of white linen and stitched the details on my machine with black thread. I sent her back to Frisch who will paint in her face colors! Fabric markers or pencils would work as well.

Her corset has much less stitching because the stripe of the fabric added its own detail. These pictures show her before Frisch added a ribbon bow, buttons and vintage hat pins.

*Hatter’s Tea Party will be in quilt stores October 2017.

Our third project tackled The Maker’s Guide for “Seamstress.” We used the newly released collection “She Sews Sea Shells.” (Say that three times fast). Again we used a white linen background and a softer look, replacing the “Seamstress” traditional red hair with neutral creamy waves.

Again we mixed media a bit by coloring parts of her eyes detail and cheeks. Rather than stitch the white highlights on her lips, we snipped a bit of one motif that had a nice textured, highlighted red.

And those eye glasses? If you come out to the farm don’t look too closely at the inside hem of my voile curtain panels. It’s possible I might have borrowed a piece.

Her pin cushion hair ornament got a little jazzed up with pieces of broken jewelry—some black jett and a few bronzy seed beads.

Check back to see finished photos of all the Maker’s Guide samples from The International Quilt Market!

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