Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Spool Bed

Here's how it started. One day I was shopping at my favorite thrift store and I found a little doll bed made of spools of thread. But it was marked $5.99, and I just thought that was too much so I didn't buy it. I went home and all I could think about was that spool bed. I went back the next day, and of course it was gone. I became obsessed with making my own spool bed. I started searching for spools and found they were hard to find. I ended up ordering plain turned spools on Etsy. I took the bag of spools over to my dad's and told him what I wanted to do. He said, "how big do you want it?" I showed him, and he got out his tape measure and measured the space between my hands. The next thing I knew, he came in from the garage and he had cut pieces of wood for the frame. I left the spools in his capable hands and when I went back in a couple of days, he had the frame all glued together. It was exactly what I wanted.

I took the frame home and spray-painted it white. Then I took some garden twine and wrapped it around the frame for the rope springs.

Then I found some fabric and made a tufted mattress.

I found a piece of a very raggedy old quilt in my stash and cut a piece to fit. And to finish it off, I made a bolster of embroidered fabric from an old blouse I had saved.
Wouldn't it be a lovely place for a nap? If you are a doll, that is.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spring Fever

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want--oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"

~Mark Twain