Glider Redo


It is not a slight thing when they, who are

so FRESH from GOD, love us. 

                                                                                          —Charles Dickens


Before my first child was born, I searched like many moms-to-be for a rocking chair.  I found a glider that was both comfortable and affordable and purchased it with money I inherited from my grandfather.  I knew he would of loved to buy a rocking chair for his great-grandchild and every time I sat in it, I thought of him and pictured him smiling.

Two children and twelve years later, the glider sadly goes unused and the fabric is an eyesore.

I decided it was time to donate it.  I reluctantly moved it into the garage to wait for the donation truck to pick it up.  When they came to get it, my husband at the last minute surprisingly told them we’d changed our minds, we wanted to keep it. Huh? 

And then I understood…He felt the same way about that glider as I did!  How many nights did we sit in it, holding and snuggling our babies, fresh from their baths when their little faces burrowed into our necks?  How many days did we spend in it, rocking away, reading books to our little ones?  How many hours did I spend nursing my little loves while they looked up at me with their big eyes, trusting eyes, sleepy eyes, sick eyes?  How many minutes did we enjoy just letting the world go by as we sang and cradled and loved those little ones?  Countless.

Priceless memories.  We couldn’t give away that glider:  It was something we’d have to keep.


So I decided to re-do it and put it back to


Now I am not a furniture reupholsterererererer by any means…(nor can I spell it), but this is how it came out!



I bought a painter’s drop cloth, washed it and loosely made a pattern from the old cushions and sewed away.

I love the look of old French grain sacks so I tried my darndest to imitate them by grabbing a graphic off the wonderful website and using the Citra-Solve method of transferring it. 

Then I painted on some lines and hoped for the best!



It’s perfect for the basement/toy room.  The best part is, it still gets used by us all the time! 

My boys might not sit in my lap anymore while I rock them to sleep, but this chair will always hold those precious memories for me.

I know my grandfather would like that.




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From Red Cross to Life Guard


I’ve always had a fascination with American history from the 1940’s through the 1950’s.  Well, I guess it’s more that I have been captivated with the social norms and ideals of the mid-century housewife…the images of the wife waiting at the door for her husband to come home from work, his dinner and drink prepared and waiting for him, children clean and out of the way.  How weird is that? 

WWII posters about Rosie the Riveter, the American Red Cross, and war bonds look like artwork to me.  I don’t know why…

The American Red Cross posters from that era are so interesting.  (These images were taken from the American Red Cross website.)


Look at that young soldier, so happy to have a warm cup of something in the midst of war chaos.


Of course, the Red Cross is special to me because of a former schoolteacher from Massachusetts named Clara Barton who went into the battlefield to give nursing care to the wounded Civil War soldiers.  She later went to Europe and learned of the Red Cross Movement and founded the American Association of the Red Cross.  How’s that for an awesome nurse!

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I decided to get crafty with a Red Cross

theme-like thing.


First thing that comes to my mind is a pillow with a red cross on it!  Simple, right?  Grrrrrrr.



  • 6 inch quilter’s square
  • 16 inch pillow form
  • fabric of your choice
  • red paint-make sure it’s fabric paint!
  • cording, if wanted
  • sewing machine and suppliesSmile

I used a basic envelope closure for this one…if you are confused on how to do this, it’s better if you don’t ask me. Sewing for Dummies  has a great tutorial and I would just be plagiarizing them.

Cut out your fabric 16”X16” for a 16” pillowform.

Start out by drawing your cross.  Use the 6 inch quilters square as your guideline.  (Of course, you don’t have to do it this way, the square just makes it easier.  Believe me, I tried my hand at freestyle & it didn’t work.)


Use fabric paint to color in the cross a nice, vibrant red.



It’s time to attach the dreaded cording.   I say “dreaded” because I’m not very good at it.  Somehow, no matter how hard I try, it never ends up as nice as I would like it.

Anyhoo…..match up the raw edges of both the cording and the right side of your fabric.  Pin that in place. ( Don’t forget to give the cording a clipping just to, not through, the seam at the corners.)100_0658

Using your zipper foot, sew on your cording.


As previously discussed,  I used an envelope closure for the back of this pillow, so I attached it at this point to the front.


The End Result?….


Ha!  To me, the end result looked nothing like a Red Cross pillow…It looks like it

should be at a Life Guard Station

on Baywatch!

Oh well…sigh…

One more thing…

use fabric paint!

I used regular old craft paint and, as you can see, it’s stiff and shiny.

Learn from my oops!