Cute Upcycled Floral Sheet Ruffled Scarf

So I got this pretty floral sheet for free.  I tried cutting it into strips and crocheting it into a scarf or basket but it just didn’t show off the cute flowers enough for my liking.  So I decided to try making a scarf out of it, this was also my first attempt using elastic thread, which I discovered is amazing!  I had been warned that it can be very hard to work with and was a little scared, but I had no issues what so ever, I used my machines bobbin winder to put it on the bobbin and sewed using a regular stitch and it turned out perfect.  (Surprisingly considering for me normally anything the can go wrong does)

All I did was cut a strip of the sheet, about 10 inches wide.  I sewed a half inch from the edge all the way around and then with the elastic thread on the bobbin, made two rows of stitches up the entire length of the strip, about 1/3 of the way across and then again at about 2/3 of the way across.  Then I just snipped the edges to give it a frayed look.  Throw it in the dryer with damp clothes or a damp wash cloth and the elastic will shrink right up.  I am going to make a fancier version to wear at an upcoming wedding so check back soon!
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Happy Halloween, the “Happy Apple” and the Mad Hatter

Have a happy and safe Halloween!  I will be spending my weekend refinishing my latest antique shop finds.  The items in the picture below I purchased at an antique shop for a amazing total of $17.  It was like American Pickers north country edition.  Of course I had to make a trip to Lowes and I managed not to scare anyone.  I think they are getting use to me! All three pieces need work but are totally salvageable.    The dresser is cherry, the headboard is oak and I’m not sure what the cupboard door is but it was heavy.  I am hoping to turn the cupboard door into a headboard for our bed!  Look for finished photos hopefully next week!

Also in the above picture is the Mad Hatter hat I made to go with my costume.  I will share more pictures of the finished costume next week.   At first we weren’t going to go out and then I found out yesterday we would be going, so it was a “mad” dash to put it all together with items I already had in the house, but I think it turned out amazing.

I just wanted to share the “Happy Apple” I added to my t-shirt yarn iPod cozy!

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Happy Halloween, the “Happy Apple” and the Mad Hatter

Have a happy and safe Halloween!  I will be spending my weekend refinishing my latest antique shop finds.  The items in the picture below I purchased at an antique shop for a amazing total of $17.  It was like American Pickers north country edition.  Of course I had to make a trip to Lowes and I managed not to scare anyone.  I think they are getting use to me! All three pieces need work but are totally salvageable.    The dresser is cherry, the headboard is oak and I’m not sure what the cupboard door is but it was heavy.  I am hoping to turn the cupboard door into a headboard for our bed!  Look for finished photos hopefully next week!

Also in the above picture is the Mad Hatter hat I made to go with my costume.  I will share more pictures of the finished costume next week.   At first we weren’t going to go out and then I found out yesterday we would be going, so it was a “mad” dash to put it all together with items I already had in the house, but I think it turned out amazing.

I just wanted to share the “Happy Apple” I added to my t-shirt yarn iPod cozy!

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♥ Vintage Soda Box Love ♥

I love vintage soda boxes, coke, pepsi whatever brand.   The hardest part in purchasing one is what to do with it.  I know they are great for organization, but I don’t really need anything like that.  So I decided to try them out as wall decorations. 


So once I got them up on the wall, yes I actually hung them up myself and didn’t get hurt 🙂 (I’m a little accident prone)  It was time to figure out what to fill them with.  The sections are rather small, so small trinkets would be needed and since I am not a big knick knack person I didn’t really have anything.  Vintage letterpress blocks would have been awesome but they are so expensive.   So I had a chunk of balsa wood hanging around and had just recently bought a thing of chalkboard paint.  I cut the balsa wood into small blocks, then sanded them down and painted them.  Chalkboard paint is one of those crazy awesome things, that once you get you aren’t sure how you crafted without it before, the uses are endless.  So now I have small chalkboard blocks to put messages in my vintage soda box wall decoration.


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♥ Vintage Soda Box Love ♥

I love vintage soda boxes, coke, pepsi whatever brand.   The hardest part in purchasing one is what to do with it.  I know they are great for organization, but I don’t really need anything like that.  So I decided to try them out as wall decorations. 


So once I got them up on the wall, yes I actually hung them up myself and didn’t get hurt 🙂 (I’m a little accident prone)  It was time to figure out what to fill them with.  The sections are rather small, so small trinkets would be needed and since I am not a big knick knack person I didn’t really have anything.  Vintage letterpress blocks would have been awesome but they are so expensive.   So I had a chunk of balsa wood hanging around and had just recently bought a thing of chalkboard paint.  I cut the balsa wood into small blocks, then sanded them down and painted them.  Chalkboard paint is one of those crazy awesome things, that once you get you aren’t sure how you crafted without it before, the uses are endless.  So now I have small chalkboard blocks to put messages in my vintage soda box wall decoration.


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Bubba’s little snack

So I got home 2 nights ago after forgetting my iPod touch on the coffee table, to find it on the floor out of the case and my nice pink leather case chewed up by my dog, Bubba.

Instead of buying a new one a creative recycling idea came to me. I had a ball of red tshirt yarn hanging around so I chose to crochet an iPod cozy!

Crocheting it was very quick and easy, all I did was chain 7 then start double crocheting all around the main chain row, continue double crocheting around until you reach the height you want and tie off the yarn. I didn’t add a button b/c mine turned out to be tight enough without it!

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Bubba’s little snack

So I got home 2 nights ago after forgetting my iPod touch on the coffee table, to find it on the floor out of the case and my nice pink leather case chewed up by my dog, Bubba.

Instead of buying a new one a creative recycling idea came to me. I had a ball of red tshirt yarn hanging around so I chose to crochet an iPod cozy!

Crocheting it was very quick and easy, all I did was chain 7 then start double crocheting all around the main chain row, continue double crocheting around until you reach the height you want and tie off the yarn. I didn’t add a button b/c mine turned out to be tight enough without it!

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My first post and scaring the workers at Lowes

So this is my first blog post.  I figured I would start with a very funny crafting story from my first trip to Lowes to buy crafting supplies.  I was on a mission to get things to make stuff out of punched tin (i.e. lampshade, candle holders, butterflies, stars…the list goes on)  I could not find the aluminum flashing, which works wonderfully for punched tin.  I stopped a Lowe’s employee and he showed me where it was, all the time I know he was wondering what the heck I would be doing with it.  I was looking through several of the different options (sizes, aluminum vs. copper etc) and the guy looks at me and says “you are doing roofing?”, I’m like no I am going to make a punched tin lampshade.  Then you know how people give you that look that they totally think you are crazy, well thats what I got.  So after the punched tin, I need to get tin snips and I think I managed to confuse another employee.  Then upon checkout, my weird assortment raised some eyebrows by the cashier as well, I had chalkboard paint, a roll of aluminum flashing, tin snips and a piece of molding.  This is apparently not a normal mixture of items, but ohh well I created this:

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My first post and scaring the workers at Lowes

So this is my first blog post.  I figured I would start with a very funny crafting story from my first trip to Lowes to buy crafting supplies.  I was on a mission to get things to make stuff out of punched tin (i.e. lampshade, candle holders, butterflies, stars…the list goes on)  I could not find the aluminum flashing, which works wonderfully for punched tin.  I stopped a Lowe’s employee and he showed me where it was, all the time I know he was wondering what the heck I would be doing with it.  I was looking through several of the different options (sizes, aluminum vs. copper etc) and the guy looks at me and says “you are doing roofing?”, I’m like no I am going to make a punched tin lampshade.  Then you know how people give you that look that they totally think you are crazy, well thats what I got.  So after the punched tin, I need to get tin snips and I think I managed to confuse another employee.  Then upon checkout, my weird assortment raised some eyebrows by the cashier as well, I had chalkboard paint, a roll of aluminum flashing, tin snips and a piece of molding.  This is apparently not a normal mixture of items, but ohh well I created this:

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