7.28.2014

Giftie for one of my FAV BFFs

This weekend I took a bit of time on Saturday to make a birthday gift for one of my most favourite BFFs. Remember these clip on earrings I repurposed? Two into rings, two into a pair of regular earrings. Alas I lost one of the earrings and decided to update the lone earring into a ring for my BFF's birthday.



Here are the earrings from when I repurposed them the first time.



These turned out perfectly... And unfortunately one went missing.



I wanted to replicate how I updated the other earrings into gorgeous rings - one for me, one for my Mom.



I first glued the ring and clip on earring together.



Then I wrapped the ring like my first two updates.



And then it was done! Easy peasy and it looked stunning... Love DIY jewelry and giving it to great friends.

7.26.2014

Easy peasy projects using kewl finds from Urban Source

This week I worked on mini craft projects using nifty finds from Urban Source on Main Street. First was figuring out 'something' to make out of these funky, coloured slide frames.



I found this old photo booth pic of my BFF Rhonda and I... I decided to use the slide frames for photos to add to my fridge. Easy peasy!



I picked out four photos that would be perfect for my fridge. I put aside four magnets for the back and plugged in my glue gun. I was ready!



First was to use Mod Podge to glue the slide frames to the photos.



Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the photos along the edge of the frame.



Next was gluing a magnet to the back of each then they were done!



Here they are on my fridge. They're cutesy, fun and so darn easy to make!



I'm also working on some swanky wine cork buttons using this paper.



I've Mod Podge-ed the paper to the wine cork rounds and am in the process of adding a few coats of wood varnish. I think they'll look gorgeous when they're done!



Other projects in the works include making art from these laminate/metal samples. Maybe they'll be mini paintings or inspiring quotes. I thought I could glue magnets to the back so they could be hung on a fridge. We'll see what I come up with!


And September is going to be AWESOME! Just booked a flight to New York City... I'll be adventuring in NYC on my own for five days. So darn pumped! I then have another trip booked - spending quality time with the one I love. Lucky me!



Here's to getting crafty, having fun adventures and to being the best version of yourself. At least that's my plan!

7.19.2014

Transform Your T-Shirt Upcycling Workshop

This afternoon was the upcycling workshop in partnership with Our Social Fabric. Our Social Fabric is a non-profit textile recycling initiative based in Vancouver. If you sew, craft and/or upcycle it's the perfect place to not only find great fabric for cheap but to also help divert materials from the landfill.

Kat from OSF contacted me awhile ago about partnering up for workshops. We met, we crafted and well it was the beginning of a fabulous relationship! Today was our first Crafternoon together and it was so much fun!

We had six participants who brought t-shirts to relove. It was a fun and very industrious group.



These lovely ladies were trying out the knotted headband project...



Here's my friend Tee with one of her t-shirt projects. She's rockin' it!



And my partner-in-crime Kat. She's pretty darn fabulous to craft with. We got a good thing going on!



Check out Our Social Fabric online or head to one of their monthly fabric sales... I scored some gorgeous grey wool for felt applique pillow covers. Yay! And check back for future OSF Crafternoons. We're definitely getting crafty together again soon!

Upcycling workshop with Our Social Fabric is today!

This afternoon is the Transform Your T-Shirt upcycling workshop with Our Social Fabric. We were going to bleach t-shirts but have now changed the workshop to a more general crafting circle set up. Everyone brings a t-shirt and we relove them... Maybe turn them into tanks, pillow covers... Maybe a funky headband!



I decided to try an upcycling project I found while searching for ideas for the workshop - making a knotted headband with t-shirt yarn. I found this old and a teeny bit stained tank top to repurpose.



I cut six strips that were approximately the same length.



You then separate them into two groups of three strands. Watch this handy video for how to knot the t-shirt strands. It's super easy!



Here's my knotted headband so far...



I then stitched the ends together and it was done!



Such a fun and quick way to repurpose old t-shirts or tank tops. I bet I could make four or five headbands out of my old tank top!



And thanks to my super awesome crafty peep Brigitte from DIYorDIE.ca we have a few books to help us in our t-shirt transformation adventures.



And what a perfect day to be indoors repurposing old t-shirts... It's grey and wet out there!

7.18.2014

Baby bootie time - part two

Yup... I made more baby booties! I delivered these two pairs to my coworker who was thrilled with them. Yay!



Such a great project for repurposing wool sweaters or jackets from the thrift store!



Next was stitching up a few more for friends. Once you start making these... You never stop! Here's the pattern I'm using thanks to Heather Bailey.



I was able to cut out a bunch of booties out of the thrift store wool jacket.



Then I started pinning felt applique designs to the toes.



One down, two to go!



I decided to make a couple with owls on the toes. Everyone loves owls! Here's my 'pattern' for the owl.



I went with purples & bright blues...



Here's my first pair with the owls...



And my second pair...



The wool jacket was perfect for the booties! I love working with grey and adding a lot of colour either in the felt applique design or in the embroidery thread.



And while I'm at it... Another A Beautiful Mess how to collage.



Next is to prep for the upcycling workshop at Our Social Fabric on Saturday. It's going to be fun!

7.13.2014

It's baby bootie time!

There was a time in a craft world long ago I made baby booties... TONS of them! I've made dozens for friends using Heather Bailey's Bitty Booties pattern and upcycled wool sweaters. Download the pattern here. It's an easy project!



I promised a coworker I would make a few for him. This weekend was the weekend to get a couple stitched up. These are the two I have in the works using an upcycled thrift store wool jacket. I went with ice cream cones and strawberries.



I love using grey wool with bright felt applique pieces and bright embroidery thread.



My first pair are done and looking uber cute!



My second pair is in the works... There's something super funsie about strawberries. 



I have two more to work on... Maybe a bird design... Maybe hearts... Maybe another ice cream cone! Then they're off to their happy home.

7.12.2014

Easy peasy 'table' update

The past while I've been trying to get old projects done... I have a few pieces of furniture to fix up and these two foldable tables were waiting to be reloved. They could be chairs or stools but I'm going to use them as tables. Or give them away as tables. We'll see.



I had this super funsie fabric in my stash. I think it's from the now defunct Walmart fabric department. I thought it would be perfect!



Last night I decided to spend some zen time with my Singer and stitch up one of the table updates.



Here's the completed table - one down, one to go!



It was super easy to stitch up the fabric then add it to the table. Yay!



Such a great fabric - beautiful lines and colours.



So darn happy with the finished piece.



Next is to finish up table number two then find a happy home for both.