Grain Sack Table Runner June 21, 2013

How can you not like a grain sack table runner? I got the idea from a customer, who came in to buy a second grain sack. I asked her what she did with them and she said that they make a great table runner! Since the bottom of the sack is seamless, you take your seam ripper and remove the side seams. Voila!

This may sound like a walk in the park, but this is not a job for those flimsy, super market seam rippers! The thread is super heavy duty, which probably explains why the bags last forever.

Fear not. Just sit back and relax. I probably spent a total of six hours removing the seams, pulling threads and ironing the finished product.

It’s a great project for a road trip (if you’re the passenger!) and you end up with a generous 10-12 foot long runner, for $48! (That’s the price of grain sacks at the shop. )

Now, on to the really big news! Old Town Paints are in stock, in all their glory! We love the paint and the local people who make it! We’re going to feature OTP at tomorrow’s painting class, with one of the Old Town owners at my side, sharing her painting success stories.

Mr. Wonderful made a banner frame, with PVC pipe, this afternoon. He had a dress rehearsal in the back yard afterwards! Looks great, eh? It will hopefully be installed in front of the shop soon!

If you’re in the area, mark your calendar for July 20th! We’re hosting an Old Town Paint Extravaganza, with prizes every hour, paint demonstrations and barbecued burgers, for lunch! We want to get the word out, in a big way, that our locally manufactured, no VOC, no-prep paint, for $29.95 a quart, compares beautifully to the biggest names in the industry! Be there, or be square!

I finally experimented with Miss Mustards Seed’s hemp oil, as a resist, for a second coat of paint. The owner of the company, kindly told me I used way too much hemp oil, but I’ve got the idea, at least!

My brother works out at the same gym I do. He took my picture this week and sent it to my 3 sisters. A big thanks to big sister Marianne, for letting me know my under arms are flabby! Now there’s a news flash!

Last, but certainly not least, I made this sign, as a gentle warning to my dear customers. They often tell me what’s going on in their lives. The good and the bad. I then channel Ann Landers, and proceed to give more than my 2 cents worth! What a bargain. At least you’ve been warned.

Well, folks, that was my week! Pretty exciting! Hope you’re doing splendidly and enjoying summer!


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  1. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on June 22, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Congrats on the new line of paint!!!…Love your runner..well worth the 6 hours of labor!…Have a great weekend Barbara…and no, your arms are not flabby!!!

    • Barbara Bussey on June 22, 2013 at 7:10 am

      It’s so nice to have a “support group”, Shirley! By the way, Ann Marie, (my tech bud die) installed the Comment Luv thingie, like you have on your blog. We’re twins!

  2. Donnamae on June 22, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Hubby did a great job on the banner! And you DO NOT have flabby arms, sister! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on June 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Hi sweets,
      I’ve always had big arms, but it’s sort of like telling a woman without her front teeth, that she has no teeth! 🙂 I’m so glad I have kind friends! I’ve got a painting class today, so it will be a fun day!

  3. Jane on June 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Tell your sister to shut up! Bet that won’t be the first time…

  4. Nikki Bolin on June 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I bought one of your grain sacks I think in march I hope I can do the same thing to mine as you did to yours!!!!!!!

  5. Kathryn on June 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    You look marvelously darling great luck on the paint

    • Barbara Bussey on June 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      You are so sweet! I hope you’re doing great!

  6. Gretchen Gerg on June 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I love, love the table runner. You’ve motivated me to finally get some fabric and make one for myself. The fact that you GO TO the gym impresses me. I know your new paint line will be a huge success!

  7. Gretchen Gerg on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Your table runner is the perfect addition to your table and I think it was worth the time you had to spend. At least you GO to the gym. That’s more than I can say. Love your new line of paint and all the glorious colors. I’m anxious to try it out.

    • Barbara Bussey on June 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Hi there Gretchen,
      I just cut the seems of a grain sack. It makes the perfect width for a table runner.

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