DIY Melted Beads Accessories

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How fabulous are these? Make some melted bead accessories, like hair pins (and as shown, paper clips).

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I decided to join Tiny Sidekick’s Pinterest Challenge. This is where bloggers were challenged to create something that they pinned.  I created this plush bunny just in time for Easter.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I traced the template and ironed it onto plush material.  Sorry for the blurry picture. 😦

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Here are all the pieces.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Here’s Peter’s head and ear.  I didn’t have any pinking shears so I had to cut it out with a pair of scissors.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Ear turned inside out.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Finished head.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

And finally, attaching his head to his body.

Next time, I am going to cut more of a seam allowance based on my own seams, which were admittedly more like 1/2″ rather than 1/4″.  I’m also going to invest in some pinking shears.  The only issue that I had with this pattern and template was that you should pink around the body as well since it is very bulky once it is turned inside out (of course … that could also be my seam allowance!).

Pink bunny was just in time for my friend Peter who is experiencing some troubles.

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way

Bringin’ every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way

Try to do the things you should
Maybe if you’re extra good
He’ll roll lots of Easter eggs your way

You’ll wake up on Easter mornin’
And you’ll know that he was there
When you find those chocolate bunnies
That he’s hiding everywhere

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Hoppy Easter, everyone!

2014 New Year’s Keyword: Balance, or How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro

How to paint furniture like a pro

Read the full how-to tutorial on painting furniture like a pro … upcycling a table!

 

How to paint furniture like a pro

I realize that this blog post is coming late, as in almost a month late. I also realize that I haven’t posted in a very long time, at least not until this month. 2013 saw many mishaps like this for me, rushing in to do things and then letting them slide to the wayside. If my craft stash has anything to say about it, I have many balls of yarn that haven’t been knitted, many thrifted pieces that haven’t been sewn, and a dozen or more blog posts that haven’t been written.

So this year, I decided on a New Year’s keyword. This is different than a New Year’s resolution, mainly because it’s not a resolution. It’s a theme. A codex to live by. Something to keep me motivated because I’m trying to change my life, but won’t guilt me into doing it because I’m notoriously procrastinating.

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

 

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

 

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

And here is the final result.

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

 

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

 

Making a Bag Holder

Remaking sweater sleeves into bag holders #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I love short sleeve tops because they are so versatile.  I wear them the entire year with shorts, jeans, or skirts.  If it’s cold, I throw on a sweater or a scarf on top to complete the look.  But since I’ve been doing so many blog posts about refashioning tops into short sleeves, I thought I would do something different today.

Remember this top?

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I ended up with two sleeves. Continue reading “Making a Bag Holder”

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Cheryl over at Tidy Mom has a great little homemade sugar scrub recipe for all of us if you are looking for another last minute holiday gift idea.

This looks like it would be a really nifty gift if you have a lot of glass jars lying about, like I do.  I never want to recycle the jars … in case I need them … but they take up sooooo much room.  Well, here is a great way to get rid of them.