Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Doily Tote

plain tote bag - actually an old laptop bag

doily embellished tote - a really easy project using craft glue and mod podge - made using this tutorial from Sincerely, Kinsey

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to add a drawstring waist to a too big top - a no sew project

This project started out with this thrift store Ann Taylor jersey top. It was a little big and baggy (and unflattering) at the bottom - probably a size larger than I would normally wear. To remedy the fit, I grabbed my scissors and some rope and added a drawstring waistband.

Here it is now:

To add a drawstring waistband to an existing top, simply cut a small slit through one layer of the hem at the side seam, like this:

Cut a length of rope or ribbon long enough to go around your waist and tie. Pin a safety pin to one end of the rope and thread it into the opening that you created - it will go into the casing made from the hem. Thread it all the way around and out the other side. And that's it - no sewing involved!
Note: This works best with fabrics that don't fray, like jersey, since you are not finishing off the slit.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Bit of Neon

I've been in a jewelry-making mood lately. The nice thing about jewelry is that you can add trendy pieces to your wardrobe without going completely crazy. And neon seems to be everywhere right now. I personally kind of love it because I think I wore a lot of neon back around 7th grade in the 80's - and I'm a nostalgic kind of girl.

I based my necklace off of this one -

- from Crashing Red

But I couldn't figure out her method of weaving the thread so I used a basic forward knot (quick video tutorial here - really quick, only about 10 secs.). And I added a little bow which I tied on and then secured the knot with craft glue.

Now I just need a pair of jelly shoes to go with my bit of neon!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Spring Give-Away

******Give-Away Is Now Closed******

Along the lines of my spring necklace that I made the other day, I made a little spring bouquet to share!!

To enter to win the above necklace, just leave a comment on this post. One comment per person please (let's keep it simple). Give-away is open to both US and international readers. Give-away closes at midnight mountain standard time on April 4, 2012. Winners will be randomly drawn. Oh, yeah, and please make sure I have access to your e-mail address otherwise I can't e-mail you if you win (I promise I won't use it for anything else).

Good luck and thanks for entering!!

Thrift Store Score - Folk Art Oven Mitts

I think these are oven mitts, at least that's what I'm going to use them for. Beautiful folk art embroidery. Thrifted - 50 cents.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

For Spring

A little bouquet for spring - made from vintage brooches, earrings, and other odds and ends - makes me smile.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crochet Chevron Necklace Pattern

Chevron patterns seem to be everywhere right now. Add a little chevron to your wardrobe with a crocheted chevron pendant. These little necklaces work up quickly and use very little yarn.
The trick to making them tiny is to use fine crochet thread (or embroidery floss) and a very small crochet hook. Here's the one I used:

It's unlabeled so I don't know the exact size, but the smaller your thread and hook, the smaller your chevron will turn out.


*crochet hook
*fine crochet thread or embroidery floss (I separated my embroidery floss and used 3 strands)

Chain 17
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 6 ch, work a 2 st dec over last 2 st, ch 1, turn
Row 2: skip first sc, sc in next 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, work a 2 st dec over last 2 sc, ch 1, turn
Repeat Row 2 until piece is the size you would like, changing colors at the end of rows as you would like.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Wet block chevron to create structure - it will hold it's shape better if you do this.
Attach jump rings, chain, and beads of your choice.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Couple of Handbag Refashions

Both of these are refashions that I did quite a while ago (made from thrift store finds). In the process of spring cleaning my closet, I rediscovered them and thought I would share.

I think this one is perfect for spring. I fused on scraps of fabric, cut into flowers and leaves, using fusible web, then stitched around the outside and added a few detail stitches.

For this purse, I decoupaged on pages from an old art book, then sealed with a craft varnish.
The only problem with these 2 bags, is that they're kind of small, too small for everyday use, so they don't get used very often.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My New Toy

Don't ask me why I need an old typewriter. But when I saw it sitting at the thrift store (with a measly $20 tag) I just felt it should come home with me. Not only will it make a nice decoration, but I also have lofty plans to get it in working condition and actually use it for . . . well . . . something.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Eagles Have Landed

Every few years our little town is lucky enough to be invaded by flocks of eagles. And this is one of those years. It seems they like to roost in our big, old trees like the one above (you can see one of the eagles in the left side of the tree). I think they are amazing!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Wreath Round-up

This is the wreath that's on my door for spring right now (although, technically, it's probably not yet spring here in Colorado). It's a wreath I made several years ago - strips of felted wool wrapped around a wreath form and hot glued in place, then I added a few crocheted flowers.

And this was my spring wreath from last year. I may trade out for this one later in the spring. You can see more info on how I made this one here.

And here are a few beautiful spring wreaths that I've seen, mostly via pinterest:

cute and simple, via

Spring Grass Wreath, tutorial

a non-wreath wreath, via


coffee filter wreath, tutorial

Monday, March 5, 2012

In Case You Need a Good Laugh On A Monday. . .

. . . a seriously crazy crochet project . . .