• Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Fabric Button Earrings

    Fabric buttons have been around forever and make it possible to have earrings to match any outfit.  How cool is that?  They are perfect for those who love the vintage look.

    This idea not only works for earrings . . . why not make bulletin board tacks to match your kitchen decor or even refrigerator magnets.  The fabric button forms come in a variety of sizes, so the possibilities are endless!

    I'm always happy to find an awesome blog that is new to me . . . A Bit of Sunshine {When Skies Are Grey}, a blog by Rebekah, is a wonderful journey through creative domesticity.  The tutorial for these fabric button earrings comes from her blog . . . click here for the tutorial . . . and check out her beautiful blog while you are there!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Beaded Flip Flops

    These are the most awesome
    refashioned flip flops I've seen yet!

    The embellishments are pieces of old jewelry . . . you know the ideas are running wild in my head with all the boxes of vintage jewelry I have sitting in my office.  The possibilities of matching outfits, jewelry, hair accessories . . . they are endless!  What an awesome discovery :)

    The creative mind behind these gorgeous flip flops is Ashley from Make It and Love It.  These aren't the only cool flip flop refashions she's come up with.  You must check out her blog and be amazed!

    Make It And Love It

    Click here for the tutorial

    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Bandana Halter Tops

    Bandanas are great for all kinds of crafts . . . they are inexpensive and available in a wide array of colors and patterns.  More posts to come on crafts using bandanas. 

    Today's journey took me on a search for halter tops made of bandanas.  I have stacks of bandanas left from my retail days and the thought of making some halter tops came to me.  

    These are not the design I was searching for, but they are a start.  I'm thinking of a top that ties in the front . . . guess I'll have to create my own pattern.

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    Happy crafting and sewing!

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Love DIY? Click here!

    These days of  poor economy times are finding more and more of us looking for ways to do projects around the house ourselves.  For me, it started back before home and garden cable networks, in the early days of Martha Stewart's rise in popularity as my husband and I explored the adventure of living a one-income lifestyle.  The result was the discovery of my creative side as I had never experienced it before.

    I'm always on a search for awesome websites and blogs for inspiration and instruction.

    Click here for a blog post of Best DIY Sites . . . 
    I can't wait to dig in and discover blogs and websites that are new to me!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Cute Tissue Pouches

    My fabric stash is overflowing and I love finding new and useful ways to use them.

    These tissue pouches are easy enough for a beginning sewer and so much prettier to carry around than those plain wrappers they come in.  They are so cute and would make a thoughtful gift.

    Sachiko at Tea Rose Home recently featured this tutorial on her blog written by Christie from Lemon Squeezy.  Click here to go there.  

    Both are awesome blogs . . . check them out for more creative projects.


    Happy crafting!

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Cool paper tassels

    What an awesome idea!

    Since I first saw these cute tassels, my mind has been on overdrive with ideas for earrings, bracelets, fringe as well as tassels using both paper and fabric.  What I'd love about using fabric is matching an outfit or upholstered furniture and pillows.  

    Love this creative way of recycling old magazines or fabric scraps!

    Click here to go to the tutorial.

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Design Your Own Lamp Shades

    The possibilities are endless for taking an old lamp and giving
     it a new life with a new custom lampshade to match your decor.

    This project is perfect for a garage sale or thrift store find . . . 
    something beautiful and uniquely yours . . . dare to be different!

    Click here for the tutorial from the Teeny Blessings blog.

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    T-Shirt Bag

    Don't we all have an over-abundance of T-shirts?

    Refashion them!

    There are bags and boxes of T-shirts hanging around
    the house, taking up space, that have been waiting
    for a project.  They were destined for a memory quit,
     but I really love these bags made out of T-shirts.

    Click here for the tutorial!

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Modern tie dye

    Tie-dyeing was all the rage
     in the late 1960s and early 1970s,
     identified as the hippie style.

    The look is accomplished by folding the material into a pattern, binding it with string or rubber bands and applying dye to only parts of the material. The ties prevent the entire material from being dyed.

    You can recreate the tie-dye look easily with fabric paint . . . really, it is all in the folding . . . you don't have to mess with all those chemicals if you don't want to!  Click here for the tutorial :)

    There are so many patterns and
     techniques when it comes to tie-dye!

    Want more information?

    Click here for a list of tie-dye links

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    How to keep sheets on a huge mattress

    One of life's biggest irritations for me has got to be
    sheets that constantly slip off the mattress!

    Missy at My Cottage Charm has come up with
    an ingenious solution to this pesky problem.

    Thank you Missy!!

    If you'd like to fix the problem, click here
    to go to her tutorial . . . and check out the rest
    of her fabulous blog while you are there.

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    More ideas for recycling glass jars

    Rachel at LDS Craft Project 
    created these awesome
     spice jars made from
     baby food jars. 

    Check out her website
    for display ideas
    with photo instructions.

    More ideas!

    Jar lamps are very cool and usual . . . check them out here.

    Click here for more ideas on recycling glass jars and bottles.

    Finding new uses for using glass jars and bottles is one of my
    favorite recycling endeavors and I'm always searching for
     new and usual projects. Click here for my past blog posts
     with more ideas and projects.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Bistro-Style Window Treatment Magic!

    What a wonderful way to enhance an odd window placement.

    I love Julie's (Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss blog)
    use of a black and white color scheme!

    Click here for the tutorial!


    Here is another example of a bistro-style window treatment
    from Home and Garden Television.  hmmm not too fond of
    their choice of fabric!

    Click here for the tutorial.

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