Saturday, March 31, 2012

Braided Belt

Double Wrap Braided Belt

I was inspired by this belt I saw on Martha Stewart.
I wanted a belt that I could wear with long shirts....Martha called for leather cording.  I chose to use leather lacing, for the color, pricing, and availability at my local Michaels.
I gathered the supplies, shown in the top left.  The gold buckle was originally a clip-on earring I bought at a thrift store.  I pulled the back off with a pair of pliers, then glued the ring (left over from another belt I had taken apart) to the back. I cut 3 pieces of leather lacing about 7 yards long (I could have gotten by easy with 6 yards).  I folded the lacing in half and knotted them together, leaving a loop big enough for my buckle button.  I now had 6 pieces of lacing, I grouped them in pairs.  I braided in the traditional format, keeping my laces flat and neat.  When I got to the end, I knotted them again, fed my button buckle through, and knotted again.  I left about a 6 inch tail.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Dog Days of Spring

Since it  was raining cats and dogs last night, I thought this would be a perfect match! My second grade students were introduced to the wonderful children’s book, Art Dog by Thacher Hurd.  The story revolves around the mystery of the missing Mona Woofa, aka Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo Dog Vinci.   Art Dog solves the mystery and is able to restore the Mona Woofa to the Dogopolis Museum of Art.  The story ends with Art Dog “painting the town” thus creating his masterpiece, City Rhapsody.  I first had the students paint a swirling sky with watercolors, and than they added gold and silver paint markers to add a little sparkle.  The next class was spent using construction paper to create a cityscape.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Anthro knock off worn three ways

Knock offs are all over pinterest and the web, so I thought I would try one.  I found this decastrand necklace on Anthropologie, which sparked an idea for using up some unwanted chain necklaces and some rhinestone chain from Walmart.  I used a simple jump ring, added the chains and attached it to a toggle clasp.  I tied torn ribbon for the bows on the jump rings and added a dot of glue to prevent too much movement.  Two of the circular ring charms were grommets from an old purse, which I took off and glued rhinestone chain to using E6000.  The necklace, minus the ring charms, wraps around my wrist three times which looks great with my arm candy grouping, I call the Midas touch.  The third look is a vintage clip on earring with a vintage rhinestone.  I take off the ring charms and clip on the earring for a totally different  look.  It also makes a great layering necklace all by itself without any embellishments.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ring Around the Rosie

You can make a ring from anything! 
Thanks to Michael's and the thrift store, my daughter and I have new rings.    I was inspired by a pinterest post from this blog: two butterflies. So, when we were at the thrift store the other day I looked through the clip on earrings, found several to buy.  At this thrift store they were all less then a dollar. Lucky me!  Of course, we then had to stop at Michael's for the bases. While there, my daughter found these cute reduced hearts in the scrap booking section. The ring bases from Michael's were pretty flimsy but it was all they had.  If we make more, we may have to look elsewhere.  Thought this would be a great party favor craft for my daughter's next birthday party!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thrifty is Nifty
Always on the hunt for bargains, found necklace in clearance bin at Walmart for three dollars, deconstructed it and turned it into two leather wrap bracelets, see how at ringsandthings, Total cost for two cool leather wrapped bracelets, five bucks!!!

Ombre Crazy

I went ombre crazy! 
Love the ombre look, so of course I jumped in with two feet.  My first attempts turned out okay.
The denim shirt was an old one over-sized men's shirt I had in my closet. I re-sized it to fit me and then dyed it with RIT navy die.  It is hard to tell in the picture but it has a lavender/purple hue.  Love the long length of the denim shirt, sleeves ended up to short so I just roll them.  The striped shirt was actually my daughters, white and pink striped shirt.  She loves purple, so when my shirt turned out that way, I dipped hers too.  You may not be able to tell, but the color bled when washed. so now they both have a lavender hue all over.  The skirt was something I picked up at the thrift store.  Haven't washed it yet, afraid it will bled.  A friend mentioned you can set the dye with vinegar, may try that.
Link to the shirt resize and ombre dye.
Ombre Success!
Picked up a pair of capri pants at the thrift store.  I was hoping for the boyfriend look, so I picked up a size too big.

This time I used bleach for my ombre look.  I put a healthy amount in a bucket with water.  Dipped the ends in and set a timer for 10 minutes.  When the timer went off, I lowered them and set the timer again.  I lowered them one more time, then rinsed and washed.  Afterwards, I sewed two darts in the back on either side of the middle belt loop.  Otherwise I am not sure I would be able to keep them up.  I LOVE how they turned out.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Cleaning


I saw it all over pinterest, and researched it on different blogs (One Good Thing).  I used it to take out the underarm stains on several camisoles and was successful.  But this was an old, grease stain on a favorite sweatshirt.  Mixed up a batch.  I don't even bother measuring anymore, a squirt of dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and a dash of baking soda.  I used a nail brush to rub it in, and viola good as new!

My next challenge was an old tomato based stain on one of my daughter's white shirts.
I wasn't as successful here, it is lighter but not gone.  I didn't let  it soak at all, just put the stain fighter on before I washed it.  I will try again, and let it soak for several hours or overnight and see how it does.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Flower Cuff Bracelet

I love all the cuffs that are out there on pinterest and my favorite blogs.

So the other day when I was hemming some khakis it hit me, these would make a cool cuff, with little or no sewing.  I used the new snap tool my husband had brought home. Cool and easy to do.  I looked through my scraps of material and odds and ends beads and created the flowers using a tutorial found on pinterest.  The website is not in English but the steps are easy to see and follow. 
I think it really turned out cute, but sometimes I can't quit tweaking a project.  Soooo, I may add more flowers or some jewelry?  What do you think?


Good Will Hunting

 I am going to feature some jewelry that I affectionately call my Goodwill Hunting line.  I love to go to Goodwill, garage sales, estate sales, and the like and have been doing it every since my kids were in car seats.  I have fond memories of my sister, Lori and I's summer adventures when we would load up all our kids in her van, and off we would go for a day of "junking" around.

My zipper bracelet was a $2.99 good will top which I deconstructed, sewed on some ties, and wrapped around my wrist.  I have lots left and plan to make a few more bracelets and maybe a headband.

Another great 99c bargain was my Goodwill scarf turned wrist cuff.  I folded it in half, laid it on my wrist, brought the two ends through, and wrapped it around several times, and than tied it in a knot.  I added a vintage clip on earring I bought last week at an estate sale for a dollar. Make sure the clip is tight or you could snip it off and using E600o glue on a pin back.  Love the trendy color combo!!!

Oh where or where can I find elastic cord besides online and in bulk.  Well you guessed it, Goodwill!!!  I  was shopping for inspiration at Urban Outfitters (see it here)  and stumbled on these cute elastic cord bracelets.  I looked for thick elastic cord at my local craft stores but only could find it online in bulk.  Just happened to come across this 99 cent belt, and the rest was history.  I used some chain left over from another project, took the cord through the chain, tied a knot, used fray check and a dot of glue.  Not bad for 99 cents plus I have more cord and some ribbon left for other projects.

Happy Hunting!!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Windows to the Soul

My husband is a master crafter when it comes to up-cycling windows. He created 2 of these unique, fun, beautiful shadow boxes several years ago.  I have struggled all this time on how to utilize them.  They are thin, have 9 frames, screw closed from the bottom, and lift for semi-easy access.  HELP! Any suggestions or advice you can send my way would be helpful.

I feel guilty he made these for me, and I have not come up with a great way to use them and showcase them.  Today I played around with using scrapbook sheets, to make a patchwork pattern.  Then I thought I could use either vintage family pictures or current ones made to look vintage in decorative frames centered in the wood frames.  Here is a snapshot, what do you think?
Here are a couple other window creations my very talented husband has created.  The first, houses vintage collections from grandparents, the windows open like a door, and shelves are glass.

The second, the windows slide to reveal bookshelves and keepsakes, and the top is a great display for family photos.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pearl, hemp, ribbon necklace

Inspired by this necklace, from wobisobi and this post on pinterest
I made the pearl and hemp bracelet quickly and easily in about 20 minutes.  Love the dressy look of the pearls with the rustic look of the hemp.  My other love is the closure, just a touch of color and soo easy to make, examples at wobisobi.
For the necklace, I started with pearls, hemp and two different ribbons.
I knotted a loop in the end, with three strands of thin ribbon and 3 strands of  hemp about a yard long each. 
Next, I fed my thicker ribbon through and knotted it.  I trimmed my tails short and put a spot of glue on each.
Next, I fed a pearl on each hemp strand, and knotted hemp and ribbon.  I repeated about 6 times.
I repeated my knots and glue at the other end.  Tied my thicker ribbon behind my neck.
Again, I love the classic look of pearls with the rustic look of hemp.

Celebrating Spring

My friends at Sugar Bee Crafts are sponsoring a "celebrating spring" photo contest. No worries, she says it is just a random drawing.
I know it is spring at my house when my jonquils are blooming.  I am off today, took a personal days since my kids are out of school.  Ventured out in my p.j.s and snapped this photo.  Wish I would have gotten a pic yesterday as we had snow and sleet, and the picture would have turned out cool.  I had to work, and I leave before it is light out.  By the time I got home later that day, the snow and ice were all gone on that side of the house.
"My entry into Sugar Bee Craft's Celebrating Spring competition, sponsored by Appliances Online and Beko Fridge Freezers"


Monday, March 5, 2012

Pillowcase shirt and Velour leggings

So I saw "pillowcase" shirts all over Pinterest.  I really thought they were made out of pillow cases.
A few weeks later, my sister-in-law was cleaning closets and came across her grandmother's pillowcase.  She immediately thought of me and turned it over.  I of course would never fit into a regular pillowcase, so R is getting a new top!  At the same time, I came across a blog with a making your own tights post, .  R goes through tights quickly.
Here is what i started with, the pillowcase on the left, and an old velour skirt on the right.  Yes, I still had a velour skirt in my closet, uugghhh!
Using the sites above for the skirt, and pillowcase as though the were just raw fabric. I came up with this:


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