Upcycled Hat & sick kid & a broken camera

10 11 2010

I don’t get to stay very often, but I have a sick one (2 days in a row, but dad takes his turn tomorrow.)  It hasn’t been all bad.  We’ve had lots of this

but also time to make one of these.

Cheri at I am Momma is one of my favorite crafters. This is totally her idea and her pattern, but she loves to share.  Drop by her blog and make one for yourself.


The pics aren’t very good because I had to use my iPhone.  T2 borrowed my camera and broke it 😦  A new one isn’t in the budget, so I guess I’m thankful for my phone and T1 who has a better camera to take pics for me 🙂

Treats for the neighbors

31 10 2010

Nothing like waiting until Halloween to make treats for the neighbor kids, but I got it done! Using a tutorial and pattern from Skip to my Lou and inspiration from Kerry at Kerry’s Paper Crafts, I made little treat containers for them.  The mummy is a Kool-Aid container I washed.  For the first try, pretty cute and easy.


Halloween Apothecary

9 10 2010

I visited Love Manor, AFTER Halloween last year 😦 and fell in love with the bottle labels.  I did make do by using them for my Love Potion bottles at Valentine’s Day, but I have been saving bottles for my Halloween Apothecary since then.  Well…… we moved and I can’t find the bottles, so I had to scramble for some new ones.  They turned out pretty good.  I used Love Manor’s labels for 3 and made one of my own. I think on the clear containers I will use the glitter effect I saw on ____ (OK, now I can’t find it, but again if this is you, email me and I’ll give you credit.) I will be painting the other bottle lids black 🙂

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Frugalicious Friday

New pillow from an old pillow

26 09 2010

What do you do with a flat king size bed pillow? You push the stuffing down, sew down the middle, cut off the excess, make a cover for it, and have a new pillow for your sofa. Of course, I didn’t take a picture of the before pillow or the process.  When inspiration hits, I sometimes forget that part.  I think the pillow turned out super cute and I didn’t have to throw away a useless king sized bed pillow.  Here’s the thing, my kids each want one for their beds now so I may take the advice from a blog I saw awhile back (I can’t find it again to give them credit) and cut a new one in half.

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Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

dry erase boards

19 09 2010

I see these all over blog land AND had a need for a weekly calendar. To the thrift store I went and came up with two great frames, one for the weekly calendar and one for T2’s room. I don’t have a cutting machine, so I used permanent marker on the calendar.  When I do get a cutting machine (hopefully soon) I can use alcohol to remove the permanent marker.

like the still unpacked stuff in the garage...basement still in progress

I couldn’t get an angle where the flash didn’t glare or the sun didn’t glare so it looks better in real life than in this photo.  Vinyl letters will help (hint, hint family)

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pin board

3 08 2010

I saw a cute puffy pin board at Hobby Lobby the other day. It wasn’t the right color, but was great inspiration. I got the frame at a thrift store and used foam core and batting and the matching fabric to her quilt. I’m going to make some cute pins for the board (when I find my shrink plastic from the move) or maybe use fabric covered buttons for the heads. I will post the update when it’s finished. The final pic is against the orange wall it will hang on, when I get around to hanging t3’s stuff!

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 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/All Thingz Related

custom pins and a pin cushion

16 06 2010

I saw these cute custom pins awhile back and bookmarked them. You can find them At Second Street.  I made some keychains for graduation presents and had strips of shrinky left.  What a great way to use it. The m is the same font as the fabric tags I’m attempting to make (hopefully I can post that journey soon!) One of the images I chose for my pins was a toadstool pin cushion, so I made a toadstool pin cushion too. 🙂 Tutorial at kootoyoo.

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Billfold for the Little Man

11 06 2010

After I made myself a wallet, T4 wanted me to make him a billfold, “out of old jeans” he added. This Friday morning seemed the ideal time, so I began.  I didn’t have a pattern and, of course, would change a few things if doing it again. But it’s cute and he loves it. It has a coin zippered pouch with a little pocket behind (I decided to put them on sideways to see how it worked), two gift card spots (we get them as gifts a lot) and of course a sleeve for bills.

I am also working on some kitchen items: hand mitts, drying towel, etc.  Hopefully I can post those soon, I know my mom want’s to see them 🙂

Travel Earring Holder

3 06 2010

When I saw the Iron Crafter over at Fireflies and Jellybeans I knew I wanted to participate (They used a Cat Cora image, I was hooked).  The secret ingredient is recycled can, but tins also counted.  I made one of these for my daughters friend and have had the tins around to make some for my two oldest daughters.  They play sports and need a place (0ther than their shirt hem or shoe strings) to keep their earrings during games.  This is a perfect solution.

I used a PURE mint tin. They are very small.

Trace around the top and bottom of the mint tin.  I cut just inside the line. Glue to top and bottom of tin (I used my E-6000 glue, but mod podge would work also)Using my permanent double stick tape, cover the sides of the lid and bottom with ribbon.

Cut a piece of felt the size of the bottom of the tin and glue it in place (you will need to pull the mirror section out first).  This provides a soft place for the earrings to set so they don’t rattle around in the tin.Tie a ribbon on the insert, this makes it easier to pull the insert out. Put the mirrored insert back in. Embellish the lid of the tin.

The earring holder is ready to travel and it has a handy mirror too.

Boy Diaper Bag

3 06 2010

A few weeks back I made a diaper bag for my good friend. She asked me  to make a matching diaper bag for her son.  Her husband gave me a pair of jeans to use in my sewing so I incorporated them into his bag. Thanks T2 for modeling for me 🙂 (Yes, the magnetic clasp is not centered.  I measured….really)