Mustang Sally is one of the most perfect traveling tunes. Today it carries me around each corner of the old highway on the way to Que Linda. Several Chevy pickups pulling horse trailers head the opposite direction back into town. We wave even though we don’t recognize each other. Just one of the many things that make me happy to live in rural Eastern Oregon. The creek that runs along side the road is swelling from the recent rains and spring runoff. Everything is starting to turn green. It only takes about a half hour for me to reach this beautiful corner of the world.
Welcome to Que Linda which means
How true that is when it comes to my friend’s amazing stucco get-away nestled into a hillside between the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Elkhorn Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Complete with panoramic views, wood cook stoves, tile, tooled leather, custom made pine cupboards and table, outdoor chimeneas, and
loads of Linda’s upcycled old denim.
My good friends Tom and Linda have created this magical space. Both artists, Tom with wood and Linda with fabric. I brought you along with me today so you could see some of the unique ways Linda has upcycled old denim and give you a little glimpse into one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people.
Everything here has a story or a past life.
The dining chair covers were made from old Wrangler jeans from our dear friend Jeff.
The couch and chair covers were made from quilt squares that Linda’s mother had made years ago.
Linda is now working on this rug made from strips of old denim.
Everywhere you turn here, there is something beautiful. No wonder they call it
Isn’t this just the coolest thing ever! I would’ve never thought to frame a sheet of old stamps.
A handy place to hang your towels while in the hot tub.
And a perfect spot to take some photos of my latest denim refashion:
I have to admit, being a teacher in the 90’s, I had a few of these beauties in my closet. They were comfy and modest but as we know now, not so flattering. Fast forward about twenty years and there are literally thousands of these dresses are filling the thrift store racks just waiting for someone to love them again. And, as we can see from Linda’s handiwork, there are literally thousands of things you can do with them.
For this refashion, I made a simple denim pencil skirt that I can wear with anything. I used Craft-o-vision’s Custom Skirt tutorial again. So many thrift store clothes will work for this refashion. Just find any large skirt or dress with a fabric and pattern you like and off you go to make your own custom pencil skirt that will fit you perfectly! I’ve been making so many of these, I can almost do it with my eyes shut.
Thank you Tom and Linda for letting us visit you today.
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