FO: Old Top, New Skirt

My new skirt!

My new skirt!

This skirt (forgive the bad iphone photo) once was old babydoll halter top. The old top was adorable but the halter ties were too thin which constantly caused pain.

After years of yearning to wear it, I decided that it would better serve me as a skirt.  I cut off the halter top and attached a wide elastic band.  With less than 2 hours of energy, I now have one amazing skirt with functional pockets.

Adorable skirt with functional pockets

Adorable skirt with functional pockets

Some Cheer to A Friend

I have a friend who has been having some bad weeks lately.  To give a bit of cheer, I created a few crafty things to let my friend know that I care – and they are awesome enough for crafting goodness.

"She is a mouthy broad"

“She is a mouthy broad”

Silly tennis ball holder

Silly tennis ball holder

Glitter pills

Glitter pills

Throw some glitter, let it rain

Throw some glitter, let it rain

Crowning Glory

Some weeks, you just need to make a few lace glittery crowns to wear around the house while cleaning.

Every princess needs a crown

Every princess needs a crown

With the help of a photographer’s tutorial, I ended up making more crowns that I can wear at once.  I seriously thought that I had ruined the project more than a few times, but after the glitter had settled, they looked lovely.

My lace was a little too wide for two crowns

My lace was a little too wide for two crowns

Four crowns for four beauties

Four crowns for four beauties

Love my Crown

Love my Crown

The Bracelet Necklace

Have I mentioned that I love Pinterest?  I have the Pinterest app on my iphone and whenever I have a free minute, I log on and browse through the interesting pins from my friends. 

While I was searching around for glittery birthday party decorations (I was trying to find ideas for Z and my friends for my 30th Birthday Party), I found a pin for a bracelet necklace which used an old bracelet and some ribbon.  This bracelet necklace tutorial isn’t the one that inspired me but it’s the same instructions.

When I was much, much younger, my parents bought me an ID bracelet engraved with my name and a little heart charm attached.  The bracelet had to be sized down a lot to fit my wrist, but they left me the links to get it resized as I grew.  Over the years, those links were lost.  Despite the inability to wear it, I kept the bracelet with me through college, law school, and many moves across the state.  When I saw the bracelet necklace tutorial, I knew that I had found the perfect way to wear my cherished bracelet.

Pink, Gold, and Jessica

Pink, Gold, and Jessica

Once again, wearable

Once again, wearable

 

FO: Hostess Tote Bag Gifts

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

My sweet mother-in-law and her friends threw me a wedding shower a few weeks ago but I had been so preoccupied with Amanda’s Bridal Shower that I completely forgot to get hostess gifts. 😦

For my birthday, Z gifted me his mother’s old sewing machine but I have been too busy, too afraid, and lacking the proper space to actually use it.  Around the time of the shower, Z got rid of a television which gave me the much-needed space for sewing projects.  I have wanted to make the 40 Minute Tote from Purl Bee ever since I saw the adorable bags.  Insert a few yards of fabric and a desire to make something wonderful for the wonderful & caring ladies that have welcomed me into their hearts.

Reversible too!

Reversible too!

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Getting Creative With Mugs

A few months ago, I tried to make a mug for a friend’s bridal shower present.  It turned out looking good, but the entire time I was thinking that it would have turned out better if I had adhesive stencils.

Congratulations, Mrs. Wolfe! mug

Who knew that Martha Stewart made adhesive stencils for just such projects?

With the help of Martha Stewart adhesive stencils – Classic Serif and 2 Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens, I think I may have a Christmas present for Z.

Adhesive Stencils in blue

You are the Obi Wan for me mug

The font reminds me of original Star Wars movies

Sweetgum Holiday Wreath

My mom used to change the Christmas holiday decorations every year.  Every year, there was a new theme with new homemade decorations.  It appears that I have the same condition.

Last year, I made an amazing Paper Cone Christmas Wreath.  However, I saw this wreath from Martha Stewart and had to make something similar. I gathered as many sweetgum balls as I could from those that fell on our balcony [I refused to pick any off the ground due to the neighbors with dogs].  I ended up with 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls and this beautiful wreath.

My sweetgum ball holiday wreath

What I used:

  • 10 inch straw wreath
  • 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls
  • Floral wire cut in 1.5 to 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint
  • 1 container of coarse glitter
  • 2 inch wide ribbon
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Optional: latex gloves for spray painting

What I did:

  1. Cut off the sweetgum ball stems. Hot glue one piece of floral wire into one of the sweetgum ball holes.  Let dry.

    Sweetgum balls with floral wire

  2. In a ventilated and prepared area, spray paint the sweetgum balls.  Sprinkle glitter on a portion of the balls immediately after they are spray painted.

    Spray paint & glitter

  3. Spray paint the wreath.  This ensures that any holes from the placement of the sweetgum balls will not look awkward.
  4. Insert the floral wire into the wreath.  Be careful when you do this or the wire will bend.  Bent floral wire is harder to insert into the straw wreath than straight wire.  I only inserted sweetgum balls into the front of my wreath to ensure that it hung flat against the door.

    Almost complete

  5. Hot glue ribbon to the back of the wreath.  Let dry.

    Ribbon mission complete!

  6. Hang and enjoy!

    Glitter, gold, and red make for a beautiful holiday season!

    Hipstamatic Print of the Sweetgum Ball Wreath