Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From A Dress To A Pillow

I had fabric left over from my re-purposed linen dress and decided my urn pillow needed company. Our house has lots of neutrals (can you tell) so it was an easy addition to a chair in the living room. Cut two rectangular panels and sewed black and white ribbon down the center of one:
Using some scraps from the same fabric, I made four rolled flowers and used them as centers for four layered flowers I made from white organza scraps I had. ( Used the "singed" edge technique but used my embossing gun to melt the edges instead of doing it over a flame. See my earlier post, "Flower Power of Black and White for description. I added black crystal beads ( left over from another project...use those supplies!) to the center of each flower.

Sewed the pillow together, stuffed it, hand sewed the flowers to the front and:

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Monday, May 24, 2010

"Vintage" Bottle and Pillow

Vintage as in it's an empty Worcestershire bottle but thanks to The Graphics Fairy and a little twine and painter's tape....
Easy Peasy. Tore a strip of paper tape ( I got it at Home Depot in the paint aisle) long enough to wrap the bottle. Ran it through my 5" Xyron and adhered it to the bottle. Printed this beautiful French label from TGF and trimmed it around the edges, Xryon'd it and ahered. Wrapped the bottle cap in scrap of paper tape and then with twine. Tied a couple of strands of twine around the bottle with a charm I bought that I knew I'd use "someday" and voila.

I love the vintage looking burlap and linen pillows I see at home decor stores and figured I could do one myself. A linen dress in my closet has been sitting there and now I knew why I never got rid of it. Because someday, it would make a great pillow!

So snip snip and turned it into fabric ( re-use!) , downloaded this urn from The Graphics Fairy, printed it onto iron on transfer paper and trimmed really closet to the edges:

Sewed it together, stuffed it and :
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Re-Used, Re-Fashioned...Fashion

I've been enthralled by all of the clothing makeovers that I've seen around blogland. It's like going shopping ( yay) in your own closet without having to spend a dime. Who wouldn't like that! I'm not much of a seamstress ( I do pillows, table runners, and anything that deals with straight lines) but thankfully there's stuff like Fabri-Tac:

and a little of it goes a long way. So I went to "closet mall" and pulled out one of my wardrobe staples, a plain black tee.
 Plain black tee + husband's discarded grey tee + scrap white knit = my three wardrobe color mainstays and using the layered fabric flower idea (which you can find here ) cut ten sets of these:

hand sewed ( I can manage that) through them adding three black beads for the centers, and then laid out the pattern I wanted and Fabri-Tac'd them on my shirt. End result:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Hopping!

Still learning all the ins and outs of the blogging world but have enjoyed the blog hops I've done thus far and am joining this one today:


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sssshhh....It's a Gift

Which begs the question why are you posting it for all the world to see but I didn't say I was being logical. I have a friend who does AMAZING wood work. Maybe someday I'll get to post some pics but I think I better ask him before I do. His wife who's one of my BFFs was asking about how to make some tags to put on his did I mention AMAZING pieces so I made him some which are going in the mail tomorrow. So Lucy...if you read this, don't show or tell!

Started with this: 

and aged the tags with the Distress Ink ( I also spritzed half of them w/ some ancient gold metallic spritz stuff I bought a long time ago) and then edged the tags with black ink. I used the inkpad as a stamp because I liked the pattern it made.

Got out a set of clear acrylic alphabet stamps I picked up on sale @ JoAnn's for $.90 (they were being discontinued so yes, I bought all the fonts they had) and stamped the initials and then threaded twine through them so they can be tied on to stuff. Here are the completed tags:

But they needed packaging so I put them in a cello envelope and used some paper from my scrap pile ( because we know we don't throw that stuff away am I right?!) and they're on their way tomorrow:

I hope he likes them! The colors remind me of the wood he works with. OK they also remind me of chocolates.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

$1.92 Wreath!

I'm one of those people who when she goes to the $1 store, doesn't just buy one of the thing I went for. So when it comes to things like their deal on wreath forms, I buy several because you never know when you might need one right? Combine that with a complete inability to not stop at the 50% off remnant bin at JoAnn's and Houston, we have a problem.

I took one of these: ($1)

and a $.92 remnant of duck cloth or whatever it is that looks like muslin but is heavier. Cut the duck cloth in approx 1 inch strips ( exactness isn't required) and wrap your wreath form. I just used pins, started with one strip and when I came to the end, started with the next strip until the thing was covered.  Still new at remembering to take pics as I go along.

With the remaining remnant, I made flowers using Maize in Montana's frayed flower tutorial  which I first saw in Stampington & Company's 

and made flowers. I made 6 but ended up using 4 so two will show up on some other project...I'm thinking a grocery tote or something...haven't decided yet. I glued the flowers to the wreath and:

I decided it needed something and having gone to a store over the weekend that specializes in being a "purveyor of  fine goods" ( translation, stuff they can get away with waaaaaaay over pricing) and seeing a lot of things with cool tags on them, decided to add some shabby tags to the wreath:

And the end result:

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


In my trips around the blogosphere, look what I found at

Chocolate Peanut Clusters:

Jump over there to see the easy steps and the recipe but I will definitely be adding this to my chocolate recipe collection!