1.29.2015

Turquoise and teak - the perfect combo

Well my teak chair update found a happy home... It's long gone and now it's time to move on to other furniture updates. It was great to see it go from drab to fab... Plus I realized I have this 'thing' for turquoise and teak. They just go together so well! Don't you agree?



It all started with my thrift store bowl updates...



Then it grew into painting other thrift store finds!!



I'm keeping these! I'm addicted to wood with bright colour accents.



And then I painted a pair of thrift store wooden salad spoons...



Now to find more finds from the thrift store to refresh! Turquoise and teak plus reloving thrift store finds... Priceless!

1.27.2015

Upcycling Demo with Our Social Fabric

Here's the how to for the demo I gave at the Our Social Fabric fundraiser on Sunday. It's a great way to repurpose that old t-shirt that may have outlived it's original purpose. We're upcycling it into a funky headband. Here's the step by step...

Find an old t-shirt to relove, wash it then cut 6 strips 1" in width (note: feel free to use only 4 strips). Cut strips from the bottom of the shirt to the top. The cuts don't need to be perfect.



Take the 6 strips and group them into 2 bundles of 3.



Place the first bundle of 3 in a loop. Then place the second bundle of 3 as a smiley face on top.



Take the bottom right leg of bundle 1 and place it on top of bundle 2.



Place the left leg of bundle 2 under the loop of bundle 1.



Place the right leg of bundle 2 up, under and over bundle 1.



Now pull each end to create a knot.



This is how your headband should look.



The last step is to close the headband. I created a slit in a few of the ends then pulled the other ends through. Note: feel free to sew the ends together instead.



I tied a knot once I pulled the loose ends through. Now you're done and ready to wear your DIY headband.



Here's my DIY headband... My hair's pretty short so may not look the best on me but this is an awesome way to repurpose old t-shirts!



Here's the downloadable PDF...



Big thanks to OSF for including me & TBD in their fundraiser. Was a super fun event!!

1.26.2015

Our Social Fabric fundraiser and upcycling demo

Yesterday was the Our Social Fabric fundraiser, 'Re-Purposeful'. It took place in my old hood - Edgemont Village. 'Re-Purposeful' featured fashion historian Ivan Sayer's personal collection of vintage "upcycled" garments.



I was asked to give an upcycling demo... Check out the nifty bunting! I feel very official and grown up.



We're all set up and waiting for everyone to show up. I love OSF!



I was checking out the bags of buttons! You can never have enough buttons... Seriously!



My new BFF, Audrey Gallagher. She demoed no sew braided rugs using upcycled fabric.



Here's where the talk and fashion show took place...



I saw a few of my awesome crafty peeps like Leanne Prain. She was the official photographer.



Here's an action shot from the fashion show. It was a great event and Ivan Sayers is hilarious!



More new crafty peeps, Irina and Michelle from Frameworq. Frameworq is a design lab that practices the principles of circular economy through a store and studio for upcycled, reused and repurposed clothing and accessories.



The fundraiser was awesome! The fashion show was fun and super interesting. I saw a few of my FAV crafty peeps plus met new ones. I demoed and found happy homes for my wine cork jewelry. And I've been asked to be part of the OSF board. Feeling super FAB these days with all the crafty goodness coming my way!

1.25.2015

DIY lavender sachet

Here's a quick DIY that would be a fun giftie to give for Valentine's Day for family, friends or that special someone. I used a thrift store find - I paid $1 for this kids kimono. The fabric is perfect for a lavender sachet and for Valentine's Day!



First I used a heart shaped cookie cutter for the pattern...



I cut out a front and back for the sachet...



Now stitch 80% of the heart shaped fabric then fill it with loose lavender, add a ribbon for hanging it then finish the stitching.



It's that easy - repurposed fabric, loose lavender and tada! You're done!



Now to work on more DIYs for my next Crafternoon... It's February 7th at the North Vancouver City Library.

Valentine Theme Crafternoon with the City of Richmond

I love my Richmond crafty peeps!! Yesterday's Valentine's themed Crafternoon with the City of Richmond was awesome! We had approximately 12 participant - with half being regulars. So much fun!



We made lavender sachets using upcycling fabric, iPod and iPhone sleeves out of old wool sweaters... Repurposed t-shirt headbands and wool sweater brooches. It was uber industrious!

Here's Emy, my helper/organizer/'boss', ending the workshop with a couple of prizes. She loves giving gifties to our participants!



A few completed projects...



This lady is so darn sweet. She LOVES the Crafternoons...



Here are a few of my Richmond peeps rockin' it out with their completed projects. We kicked craft butt yesterday!



I am one lucky gal... I get to craft and upcycle with some pretty lovely people. Yay!



Next Crafternoon with the City of Richmond is on March 8th from 1pm to 3pm. See you there!

1.24.2015

Simple upcycling t-shirt project

The past few days have been filled with prepping for Crafternoons and the upcycling demo with Our Social Fabric. Here's a quick DIY for those old t-shirts!

I bought a bunch of shirts from the Lions Gate Thrift Shop for $1. My FAV is the purple one with the awesome quote... It's perfect for a pillow cover!



I also found a pillow form and a grey shirt from the thrift store. The grey top is for the back of my DIY pillow cover. Total cost in materials is under $5. Not bad!



I cut the t-shirt for a 14" pillow form.



Then pinned it to the back - I'm making an envelope cover with two pieces of the grey shirt for the back.



After a quick sewing job, the pillow cover is complete. I might do another stitching job along the original stitch. We'll see!



And that's it... Such a great thrift store find.



Love the colour, the quote and my DIY pillow cover!

Wine cork buttons & earrings are done!

I finished off a bunch of wine cork buttons and earrings using the origami paper from Murata this week. I created a 'Raincouver' series plus a bunch using very swanky designs.



I love how the wood varnish brings out the details in the design and gives it depth. The gold accents also seem to really glimmer.



Very Vancouver... Cute umbrella buttons and earrings.



Here they are... Now they need happy homes!



Now on to final prep for this afternoon's Crafternoon with the City of Richmond. Can't wait to craft with my Richmond peeps!!

1.23.2015

Interview with the Squamish Chief

Yay! The interview I had with the Squamish Chief last week was published in this week's edition. The article is about the continuing education program at Quest University Canada focusing on my Crafting with 'Crap' course.

I spoke with Ben Lypka who ended up writing quite the lovely piece. I love how he mentioned my two Squamish upcycling peeps, Inis from Squamish ReBuild and Karen from Endure Upcycled Designs. I'm hoping to have a class where each of them are guest presenters and we partner up on sharing the love of crafting and upcycling. Read the article here.



Want to find out more about the course? Visit shop.questu.ca for further details.



And maybe even register! I'm super stoked for the course... Being back at Quest, meeting new peeps and of course sharing the addiction for upcycling.



Big thanks to Ben at the Squamish Chief for the interview. So exciting!