Friday, May 16, 2008

Recycled Jewelry Organizer

I don't have a lot of jewelry, but I do have enough that it irritates me when my necklaces get tangled together. I'm sure that my daughter shares my sentiments so, I've come up with a plan to use some of my fabric scraps to make a cute organizer. I plan to take a rectangle of fabric, sew on a few buttons and clip on a few safety pins. The buttons will hold and divide the necklaces while the safety pins keep my dangly earrings straight. Here is my plan and I'll post up the work as I go.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Home-made Mother's Day

Mother's Day is nearly upon us once again. I'll travel back toward my hometown to celebrate with my mother and step-father, uncles, grandmother, my fiancee and his mother and step-father and, last, but never least, my daughter. Each year I ask all of the mothers what they would like and the answer is always inevitably, "don't buy me anything"! Ugh...nothing is more dreaded then the don't buy me anything statement. You know they want something, but now you have no idea what it is...and if you really don't buy anything...boy are you in trouble. This year though, I think I can appease the mothers and still get them something cool. Instead of buying a gift, I decided to make some last night. I broke out my Generation T book and started looking for cool gifts to make from old tshirt. My gifts will be free and from the heart, I think I may have finally devised a way to get an A+ on Mother's Day gifting. Here is what I've made. First, I made my mother a backpack from two t-shirt. I cut two squares, sewed up three sides, folded over a drawstring casing, sewed, threaded two tshirts trips and voila!

Next, for my grandmother I decided to make a soft, handmade glasses bag. Not only will it protect her glasses from being scratched, it can also help shine them up each time she puts them away. It couldn't have been an easier design. Cut a rectangle, sew up three sides, fold over and a sew a drawstring casing, and then thread through a tshirt strip.

Friday, May 9, 2008

My Big Fat Greek T-shirt Refashion

So, I've been away for a bit... Final exams and work keep getting in the way of my social and crafting life again. However, I wanted to jazz up the t-shirt my fiancee gave me for Christmas, because although it said "Camo is the new pink", it didn't really scream it. So, I dove into Megan Nicolay's book again and chose her Greek Goddess design. It took less than an hour, and I thought it was kind of a fun project for 10pm on a Wednesday night. Here she is:

So, I took my "CAMO IS THE NEW PINK" shirt and cut off the sleeves just inside the seams. I cut the neckline out about 2" to make more of a boatneck/tank top. I cut two 8" tubes from another t-shirt and then gathered the fabric and stitched in place in 3 spots. For the final (over the shoulder) I gathered and attached with a rose pin/broach. My finacee wasn't thrilled with the makeover of his present to me, but he doesn't have to wear it either ;)

Chronicling my adventures in proving that less is more. I'll learn to refashion/recycle clothes, prepare gourmet meals using as many natural/basic/raw ingredients as possible. I'll learn to spend less, live more, and reclaim those things that are truly valuable in my life.


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