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Saturday, March 31, 2012

PINTREST

This post is to show my daughter that I do make things and I don't just pin things.  I am kind of a pintrest junkie.  When I have a few extra minutes I find myself logging on to see what fun ideas and projects I can find. Admittedly I pin way more than I create, but everyone needs inspiration and I have found it on pintrest!  My daughter was the one who got me started so here are a few of the thing I have actually made.
This fun idea was so fast and really handy to keep thing in. You can find the how to on my smart board on pintrest POT HOLDER ORGANIZERS




This is a pillow that I made from an old pillow case and graphics I printed from the graphics fairy.
I found a fifty cent wire basket and made a fabric liner for it.




Twist ties from scrapes of paper .

A CANDLE LAMP FROM A WINE GLASS AND SHADE.

HEAD BANDS MADE FROM RIBBON!
JOURNAL FROM AN OLD HYMNAL






COCKTAIL NAPKINS
 I USED A FABRIC MARKER TO PUT ON THE DESIGN.  Now back to pinning .....

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

VINTAGE PURSES

When I see lovely black vintage purses I want them.  The shapes, embellishment's and lovely dainty handles draw me in.  For me today's purse is about function, size and then style. A vintage purse, or handbag if you prefer is not. A vintage purse  cannot hold the must have items in a modern women's life.  My dilemma then is what to do with these lovelies.  Here is my idea.

A CUPBOARD DOOR
I found this cupboard  door for six dollars a the Habitat for Humanity store.  I love that place!  You  can find all kinds of items to re-use and re purpose at that store.  If you have never been to one see if your town has one and check it out.  
First I cleaned, sanded and painted my door white.  I didn't paint the back , no one will see it.
Then I attached a piece of fabric to the center of the door.  I measured out three areas where I wanted to attach knobs to hang my purses from and drilled holes for the knobs.  The ones I used are from the craft store for about $1.50 each.

Now I have a use for my vintage purses.  My stationary,pens and office supplies fit great in the small openings.  Maybe for a special occasion I will put one of these lovely bags on my arm,  but for now I can enjoy them and they have a purpose. Here is the finished project.
MY WORK SPACE
I recovered the lamp shade with burlap, framed part of a chanel  purse box for my wall and made a desk pad to use as a work space.  

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Burlap Door Mat


The sun is finally out today and it has me energized.  Here are my latest projects.  A door mat, just in time for heading outside.  This is made from a scrap of  floor foam that is purchased by the yard at the home depot.  I had the burlap left over from another project so I put the two together.  Here is how :

I cut the burlap about 3 inches larger than my rubber mat and pasted the side with Mod Podge.  When dry I covered the back with a piece of felt so it was smooth on my wood floors. 




Mod Podge All Edges
Use push pins to hold in place until set
 Now it is time to do some spring cleaning--- My husband cut  off part of an empty laundry soap container for me to keep my least favorite cleaning tool in..... FUN

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Ruffles

With the popularity of ruffles in mind I wanted to share my ruffle projects with you.

These laundry bags can be used in your closet to hold items or for your clothes pins on a clothes line.
It can be a great way to use scrapes of fabric you have been saving for a new project.  For a bridal shower I made a bag using recycled lace and satin from an old wedding dress.  Then I found an old picture of a couple on their wedding day to attach as a tag.  It turned out to be a beautiful one of a kind gift for the bride.  If you want to make the bag for a gift I would suggest lining it to give it a more finished look.

 What you need.

One hanger, I use children's size

Pillow case/or fabric for body of your bag 16x20 back 16x12 front top two pieces for top ,10x12 for bottom

Fabric for your ruffles
clothes pins

Sewing items pins, scissors,iron,fabric pen

Directions:  I like to lay every thing out once the fabric is cut to get a visual of what I want to do.
cut your fabric one back and two front pieces.
You will need 8 strips for ruffles cut 4 inches x22 inches long. If you want some to be flat without ruffles cut them half as long for stright pieces. This will give you about 8 rows.

 Sew your ruffles with a basting stitch and pull  thread to gather to 16 inches long.
Using the two pieces of fabric that will be your front of the bag hem the bottom edge and top edge.
Then start attaching your ruffles one row at a time starting at the bottom edge sewing each row to the front of the bag.

Take you hanger and trace the shape on your fabric on the inside of fabric.  Cut out shape and sew the hanger shaped top of your bag with right sides together.  Be sure to leave a small opening in the center to put the hanger hook through.

Then you are going to attach the front top and bottom to the back of the bag, right sides together sew around sides and turn.
Put your hanger through the hole and you can then finish with other trims if you want.
The Other item that  made is a refrigerator memo holder.  Just use the same technique to apply ruffles.  A quick way would be to use hot glue if you don't want to sew.  My next  to do project is a ruffled bench cover.  Hopefully I can post pictures of it soon.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Make your own party lights







I made some fun lights for the patio last summer so I thought I would share the idea with you . Having seen some lights made from paper cups I wanted something with more shape and color so here is what I came up with. Seed starter pots seemed to be a great solution. I can cut them to the size and even the  shape I wanted. They also  have a small hole at the bottom perfect to put the small light through. FYI  Don't use the jiffy pots they crumble.  The picture below  is of the  pots I use. Ace hardware carries them.   By cutting  off an inch or two  from the top you will get plenty of light  . (I save the part I cut off for another project) Bright sunny flowers were what I was going for so I cut all of my pots to  look like they had petals. Craft paint works to decorate them but it takes a few coats. After I finished the flower lights I had a few more ideas for lights pictured here below.   I added a dab of hot glue at the base just to make sure it stayed put when I attached the pots to my light string. My light string was 125 bulbs so I did every other light. For safety make sure that the bulb is not touching any part of the cover.
 If you are an artist I would love to see what you can do with decorating these seed pot light covers! 



Friday, January 20, 2012

Ribbons: Valentine's Day

Ribbons: Valentine's Day: January is going by so fast. Today is extra special as it is my daughter Lindsey's birthday! As I was baking her a cake I made a few mini ...

Valentine's Day

January is going by so fast.  Today is extra special as it is my daughter Lindsey's birthday!  As I was baking her a cake I made a few mini valentines cupcakes to toss in the freezer.  I wanted to post a few small ideas for valentines day.  The first is a little stand you can cut from card stock, the one here is plain white but I make them out of fun prints too.  You can use it to hold your love notes, menu, or just about anything .  I have a pattern for you that you can enlarge or shrink to fit your project.  The other is a favor box.  I used to have a skin care business and had many clear plastic containers for mineral makeup so I put a paper flower on the top with a heart cut out and then I will fill it with something sweet.  When my daughter was married I saved all the lovely peonies from the arrangements and dried them.  I think they look so beautiful I plan to take them to her as a sweet reminder of another one of her very special days!