Monday, September 24, 2012

Lovely presentation

I'm a sucker for flowers.... so beautiful!
photo credit: dovecote decor

I heart British stuff

I'm 'luvin this look.... whimsical and fun! I'm partial to it, and it's probably because I have a little bit of that British blood. But one of these days, I want to salvage an old dresser and make one of these.  Hail to the Queen!
Bristish painted bedroom dresser, Union Jack
Photo credit: dovecote decor

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY; Wallpaper Lantern

This is made from a piece of wallpaper. Did you know, wallpaper is  a great craft material? This particular one is from Monsoon Home and is decorated with birds, peonies, leaves and butterflies.

Start by cutting out the outer lines of the flower, but also some of the petals in the middle where needed. You can also cut out the birds head and neck. Unfortunately the bird is just half but it is still pretty to use, try cutting a scrap piece of leaf out and then placing it over the area of the bird that is cut off, as if it is peeking out from behind the leaf or leaves.

Then roll the paper around a glass jar and used a glue gun to fix it at the back.

Luminaries are fun to make!  For this project, inside the jar, we used a tea light with batteries for a soft glow.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Old Levi jeans turned into a cute designer skirt!

Okay, so I have been eyeing up some cute designer jeans in the store, you know, the ones with all the bling bling and they cost an arm and a leg (minimum of about $100).  So, I look at them, look in my wallet and walk away from the rack that they are displayed on.  My mind starts racing, and I'm saying to myself "I think I can make that for next to nothing."

I've got some old blue jeans with the crotch worn out from the fabric getting thread worn.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, so yeah, maybe also from my thighs rubbing together because I am over weight!  That is besides the point.  I was going to toss them in the garbage and thought, na, I can recycle these silly things somehow either into a bag or skirt.  So here is my attempt at making my very own designer skirt.  I actually like it a lot and get a lot of compliments on it. Eventually if I get the balls, I would like to try one with an ombre kind of look. You need to be a little sewing savvy in order to follow my directions because they are not extremely detailed.  Forgive me if they are too vague to follow along but for the most part, you get the idea. Click on the images for a large view of directions.
Also, once I get some free time, I will give more detail  on how you can bling bling the back pockets and make your very own as well!
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Side note; for the panel on the back of the skirt, I made the vertical panel seam follow the angle of the pockets. Also once you have trimmed up your panels on the outside, you can go inside the skirt and trim off any excess fabric that won't be needed. So when I get some more free time, I will show you how I did the jeweled pockets...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Giant Ice Marbles

I am so going to do this awesome idea this coming winter!  I found this and think it is so cool!  Fill balloons with water and add food coloring, once frozen cut the balloons off & they look like giant marbles.

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.