Saturday, July 23, 2011

My tacky yard sale find

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DH & I were, as is our custom, at a yard sale earlier this summer.  At this one sale, I kept seeing this sad little wooden cat. It was super-tacky.  (See exhibit A, below.)  I thought to myself, "who would buy that?" And I don't know why, but I kept thinking about it - where it would end up (Goodwill or the dumpster, I figured), or what kind of person would look at it and decide that they'd pay a quarter to have it in their house.

Exhibit A: The Tacky Wooden Cat, bless its heart
 And then, inexplicably, I picked it up.

What the heck, say you???  I honestly don't know!  I just think I thought, if I can make this stupid tacky thing look cute, I will be amazed, and declare myself the queen.  Queen of what, I don't know. 

So it sat for a while in my sewing room, staring at me with those sad, crooked little eyes.  As if to say, "don't make fun of me. I'm just a wooden cat."  I just needed it to sit there until I figured out what to do.  Well, when I don't know what to do with something, usually the spraypaint comes out.  Either that, or Mod Podge.  Well, this time, it was both.  A double dose!

First the spraypaint.

Ahh, better already!
Next, I just kind of had an idea of some sort of stylized design.  Vinyl, maybe.  It would have been glorious to have a Silhouette machine for just such an occasion, but alas. 

So I turned to the SCRAP BAG.  I have to type SCRAP BAG in all caps, because it is such a ridiculous bag of scraps.  Crammed full of fabric. 

Behold: the SCRAP BAG.
Sometimes when I'm feeling extra lazy, I'll stuff a piece of fabric in there that's probably too big to be considered a scrap.  That's why the bag has become a SCRAP BAG.

And then I turned on the TV and started cutting.  This was a perfect "TV craft" - the kind of craft that doesn't take too much brainpower.  I love those.  I usually like to knit while I'm watching TV, but in this heat (with no air conditioning), I'm not touching any kind of yarn.  Not with a 10 foot pole.

I cut the scraps into smaller scraps, then laid them out in some formation that didn't exactly look like what I envisioned, but it was pretty interesting nonetheless.

 Then I Mod Podged them all down...

that's my official Mod Podging finger. 
It was at this point that the second-guessing began. 
...and decided that I wanted to do a little I just went with it.

You could say that this was an "organic" craft process.  Mainly because no pesticides or hormones were used.

So I present to you: The Wooden Cat That Used To Be Tacky But Is Now Kind Of Cool.

I'd like to put it to a vote, and you won't hurt my feelings...

Is this an improvement, or did I only make matters worse?
Would you have this in your home? (And the attic doesn't count)
Am I nuts?

Don't answer that last one.

 Personally, I'm loving it!

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  1. Okay, that turned out a lot cooler than I imagined! Looks great amongst the white dishes. Good for you! :)

  2. I don't even like cats, but this look good. I, declare you

  3. I wasn't so sure at first. It looked so big but that, obviously, was deceiving. I agree with Suzanne. He/she looks adorable with the white dishes. You picked the perfect spot for your colorful cat.

  4. not a huge cat fan since I am allergic but I would have to say that you definitely made an improvement!

  5. I like how it turned out. It looks good with your white dishes.

  6. Wow! That looks so good! I never would have thought to do that!

  7. I think it is cute. I would totally have it in my house. Of course, I collect cats so any cool cat I like. :)

  8. haha you are THE queen! Love the fabric!

  9. Thanks for following my blog! I am glad I came to check out your project - i LOVE it! You definitely gave that kitty new life! And just to validate that even more - a friend looked at my computer over my shoulder and said "oooo!" when she saw it!

  10. You win at crafting! Lol

  11. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  12. Oooo I love your scrap bag kitty and I'm so glad you saved him from a tacky (and sad looking) dumpster death!