Saturday, December 7, 2013
These look better on, rather than laid down, but I didn't have a model. I've been in lust of tassel necklaces for a while, and maybe I'll make another necklace for me!
And here's the return of an old favorite. I still had some feathers from my Etsy shop days, and all the materials to put these earrings together.
Almost done with presents! I started early this year, so I wouldn't be in a rush. So far so good...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Here's an idea for a quick craft gift for kids: kid sized aprons! I sewed up a couple and used my handmade stamps to embellish one, and just some masking tape to create lines on the other. Quick, and adjustable too. I'm packaging it up with a kid's cookbook for brother and sister to share.
Here are some tutorials:
- Make a child's apron from a tea towel (Minimal sewing!)
- Here's an alternate version, from scratch.
- Here's an adult version with a ruffle.
|Hand stamping detail shot.|
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It's been a while since I've made jewelry, but it's almost Christmas time and I've got a long list of friends and family to gift. It was fun to get back into the jewelry making, and I'd forgotten how soothing it is. I haven't done much since shutting down my Etsy shop.
I made a necklace to match the earrings which uses a combo of chain, and glass. The earrings are made of Czech crystals and glass drop beads. It's only subtly sparkly. My favorite part of it all, really is wrapping it all up.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Lingerie bags are good for keep your delicate undergarments safe in the washing machine, and prolonging their life. Lingerie bags are usually made of holey mesh fabric, but I had some stiff curtain lace leftover, which does the same job and looks even prettier!
The zipper was salvaged from an old pillow, and the fabric I used for the edge bindings and zipper were from an old pillow case. I think it looks rather pretty, even full of unmentionables. Now those bra hooks won't get tangled in other clothes and I can just toss them into the machine in the bag like this!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Please excuse the yellowish cast, E took the camera for work, so I snapped this on my phone. My kitchen has horrible lighting, and unless I wait for a certain one or two hour window on the weekend, the photos just don't happen.
BUT to the bagels, OMG these were delicious! They tasted exactly as a bagel should, with the right chew from being boiled. Make haste to the here: Chow Bagel Recipe. I didn't have malt, so I substituted some maple syrup (what Canadian house doesn't have maple syrup?) and didn't notice a huge taste difference.
I should have checked out the comments before hand, and would agree: cut down the salt to 2 tsp instead of 2 tbsp. Also reduce the water to 1 1/4 cup. (I had to add about 1/2 cup extra flour because it was too sticky)
Here's a tip if you're making boiled pretzels or bagels: after you take your bread out of the boiling water, let it sit on a drying rack for a bit, otherwise you may end up with soggy bread, and who wants that?? That was my mistake the last time I tried pretzels.
Also, this dough, shaped differently, also would make the pretzel of my dreams... topped with some aged cheddar = bliss.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Who knew that swapping out the buttons on an old vintage blazer would make such a difference? This blazer belonged to my mom once upon a time. It fit great, but was just a little tight around the midsection, and the buttons were faded by time and sunlight.
I cut off the buttons on the sleeves (they were only decorative) then made a template for the faux leather tabs I wanted to add to the jacket. I made sure they were large enough to hide the existing button holes.
Then I cut out four pieces from some faux leather (an old wide belt that came with a shirt).
And sewed in some hooks and eyes that would serve as the closure for the jackets in lieu of buttons.
Lastly, I hand stitched the leather tabs onto it. My hands were cramped afterwards, but it was worth it I think! The jacket looks more like outerwear than a blazer, and it fits far more comfortably now.
So I have a new-old jacket to wear :)
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I am determined to use every scrap of felted wool sweater that I have. It's so luscious, and thick. I can't let that lovely fabric go to waste.
The technique is similar to the one I used for the felted sweater coffee cans. It's not much harder than pulling a tube of fabric over a milk carton and hot gluing it into place. Since milk cartons are somewhat waterproof you can use these as seedling pots, flower arrangement vases, desk organizers, or whatever else. Best of all, its practically free!
Materials: felted sweater, milk carton (cut to the height of the container you want to make), glue gun, needle and thread, scissors
Step 1: Cut a piece of felt long enough to wrap around the milk carton, and an inch taller than the height of your container.
Step 2: Cut a square of felt big enough to cover the bottom of the milk carton.
Step 3: With the right sides of the felt facing together, sew along the short edge. I cheated here and used the sewing machine but I've done it by hand before too.
Step 4: Turn the felt tube inside out and pull it over the milk carton.
Step 5: Use a blanket stitch to sew on the bottom piece of felt.
Step 6: Pull the felt tight, and glue gun it to the inside of the milk carton. DONE!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
When I have to pack shoes on a trip, it's nice to have a bag to keep them separate from the clothes. I sewed up these two bags from a vintage pillow case and a piece of fabric I stamped by hand. The pillow case had a big yellow stain, so I cut out the stain and used bits and pieces of it for a couple of projects.
The stamping turned out better than I expected. It was just a piece of cloth I was using to test my stamps on. I carved the stamps by hand with a lino kit that I picked up on sale. Now I want to stamp EVERYTHING. MUAHAHAHA...
This is what the bag looks like with a belly full of shoes. Pretty right? They'd also make good gift bags, or just bags for anything. To sew your own, here's a good Shoe Bag Tutoial.
Down below are the stamps I carved.
Interested in stamp making? Here's a How To on Stamp Carving. You could use your stamps to embellish your paper and fabric projects.