Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

During my summer vacation, I’ve been slowly working on some handmade decor for the baby’s room. I really wanted to make a decorative letter for her room and as always Pinterest is a great resource. I decided to give it a weathered look and used what I had in my stash.

Here’s how I made mine: 1) I first painted a base coat of wicker white (2 coats) and then hand-stamped “Homemade with Love” with black ink over the dried base coat. 2) Once the stamping is completely dry, I brushed a heavy layer of crackle medium over the letter (let it dry ’til it has a tacky consistency). 3) I evenly painted one top coat* of Martha Stewart’s “Beach Glass” (love this color!). * Note: do not re-paint or try to go over certain areas, you’ll end up smudging the crackle medium and undoing the crackling effect. 4) For the border of the letter I inversed the colors – Beach Glass base coat, crackle layer, white top coat  5) To help prevent chipping and yellowing, I sealed the paint using Liquidex Satin Varnish (3 thin coats).   DSC05743On the inside of the “P” I cut and glued a strip of pink gingham fabric as a contrasting accent to the seafoam color. I also recycled a crochet rosette I had leftover from my baby shower (I had made them as brooches for my guests). I’m so happy with the result, the crackling effect came out great . . . DSC05745
So great, I wanted to replicate the same weathered look on my birdhouses. I followed the same painting process and covered the roof tops with calico fabric. I highly recommend using Martha Stewart acrylics for this project (other brands did not work as well with the crackle medium). My color palette was Beach Glass, Raspberry Ice, and Chamomile.

DSC05746 I really loved working on these projects; they were fairly easy to do, came out so cute and were affordable to make. This a testament that decorating a room doesn’t always require you to go out and spend tons of money. Being resourceful can go along way, don’t ya think?   Sue


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Bias6I love adding pretty trims to my sewing projects. I quickly realized that even though store-bought bias tape is convenient, the color choices are a bit limited. By making my own bias tape, I could give a very personalized style to my projects. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy ready-made tape, but when I want something extra special I make my own!
Let me give you a rundown on how I recently made bias tape using my fabric scraps. This trim is part of a bigger sewing project that I’m finishing up that also involves fabric leftovers. Now with scraps the conventional way of making bias tape doesn’t apply (at least for me). What I mean by this is that I can’t cut the fabric at a diagonal since I’m using small odds and ends rather than a yard of fabric. To make my trim, I gathered up scraps that were approx. 2″ wide (the length of the scraps doesn’t matter). Some of the scraps were cut to 2″ so they’d fit evenly.
Once I had gathered enough 2″ scraps/strips, I joined them right sides together until I had a 70″ long strip.
BiasMy scraps are all connected in this pic. Now comes the fun part: ironing! All seams were ironed opened before folding my long fabric strip. The easiest way is using a bias tape maker. However, I did it by folding the strip length-wise, ironing to fix the crease, folding in the unfinished ends (1/2″ on each side) and ironing again. I only use this method when I’m in a rush.
Unfolded, the strip is 2″ wide. Once you fold in the unfinished ends, the tape should measure 1″ wide, and after it’s folded over again, the tape goes down to 1/2″ in width.
Here’s my scrappy tape on a tea towel. Cute right?  Here are some more pics with handmade bias tape:Tea1

I do want to say that this is far from a tutorial, so if you’re up to learning the ins and outs of bias-tape making, I highly recommended this site. It’s extremely informative and uses lots of photographs with it’s step-by-step instructions.

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I’ve become totally obsessed with nail art. The color combinations, the myriad of styles, and the surprisingly easy-to-follow methods amaze me. It’s open another realm of creativity that I can experiment with and I’m loving it! Here are some of my top favorite nail art trends:

Nails Ombre

Ombre Nails -I love the simplicity of this style

Nails Green & Gold

Seafoam Green & Gold – The gold glitter gives an element of surprise

Nails Nude & Gold

Nude & Gold Glitter – I could wear this style everyday. The glitter polish as a gradient is subtle but still wows!

Nail Clouds

Cloud Nails – genius.

Nails Balloons

Balloon Nails – Sooo cute!

Marble Nails

Midnight Blue & Opal Marble Nails – This is my 1st try at marbling my nails. I know not the best pic and my nails need a wee more cleaning, but you get the picture! After watching a youtube tutuorial on this technique (enter water marbling nails, there are tons of tutes), I spent the rest of last night playing around with this design; so much fun!

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I think the hardest thing about making resolutions is actually starting them. Three and a half years ago when I made the New Year’s resolution to learn how to crochet, I wasn’t sure where to begin. Thankfully, I found some great sites that helped me tremendously. With this in mind, I want to share some great links to get you stitching away!

leran to crochet

I found that the easiest way to practice was by making granny squares which I later stitched together to make my 1st blanket. At the beginning, you’ll feel a bit awkward with the crochet hook but don’t get discouraged; you’ll start to notice that every square you stitch will look better than your last!

Granny Square

Granny Squares

I’m very visual, so books have never worked for me. These first two sites have great pics and go step by step with creating granny squares:

Things to make and do

Carina’s Craftblog

The 3rd site is a youtube video that was helpful to me; it’s short but sweet!

Crochet Granny Square Video

This last site is amazing. The blog’s author created a series of how-to videos which is very detailed and easy to follow (I wish I had had this!).

Crafty Minx’s Crochet School

Now that you have the resources, don’t delay. “Make” your resolution come true! Sue

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I had always wanted to make a slouchy hat, so I decided to take the plunge and make one as a Christmas gift for my niece. After doing much research on the internet and several disappointing attempts, I felt a bit flustered. How difficult is it to find a free pattern for a slouchy hat? It turned out harder than I thought, until I stumbled upon this site (thank you Pinterest!) and I was  hooked . . . literally! The pattern was very easy to follow and the end result was awesome! Not only did I make two for my niece (she loved them), but I also made one for myself.


I used worsted yarn from KnitPicks in Cobblestone Heather and Calypso Heather


Two things that I did change from the original pattern was instead of working only 2 rounds in Rounds 9-10, I worked 5 to 6 rounds so my hat would come out slouchier, and the final 4 rounds which make the band I didn’t work just 4 rounds but 6 rounds. Other than that, it’s a great pattern, so try it out!

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I made it a goal for all of my tree ornaments to be handmade by me and be sure to share the tutorials with you . . . after all, this is the “giving” season! With that in mind, I’ve gathered up all the links here in one post for easier access. Enjoy!


I made these crochet tree ornaments as a gift for a friend several years ago. They’re easy, fun, and fast to make.

Holly     These holly embellishments are made in a flash and are very versatile. Use them for your tree, as a garland, or to pretty up a gift.

These glittery candle pins are made from clothespins and will “light” up your tree!

I take pride in having made my snowman ornaments . They take a bit of time to make but your tree will be oh so happy!

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The last time I shopped at Ikea, I was disappointed to discover that the Klippan footstool had been discontinued, which in turn meant no more change covers! I decided then and there, I’d sew up a new cover myself. Guess what? It was very easy to make, even for a first timer like me(I’d never done a project like this). If you’re a Klippan footstool owner and have a sewing machine, here are some quick steps & tips to making your own cover.

* This projects only requires 1 yard of fabric. Suggested fabric: outdoor/ home decor fabric or canvas fabric. Total cost to make my cover – $7.98 (cost of fabric)

Step 1 – Unstitch your original change cover. Make sure to remove the velcro strips attached the original cover as well and save for later.

Step 2 – You should have 3 pieces – the middle piece (largest piece, rectangular in size) and 2 side panels (smaller pieces). Arrange the pieces so they fit on your new fabric. Wherever there are seam allowances, make sure to unfold them. Pin the pieces to the fabric, then trace each piece (with the seam allowances unfolded) onto your new fabric.

Step 3 – Cut out each piece. Using your old change cover pieces as a model, fold in the seam allowances in the same manner (1/2″ approx.) and steam iron the seams. Pin the velcro strips onto the ends of each new piece (the same way there were on the original cover).

Step 4 – Using a needle for denim-weight fabrics, attach the velcro strips. Once all strips have been sewed on, assemble the cover by pining each panel to the largest piece and sewing together (make sure to give a 1/2″ seam allowance!).

Step 5 – Cover your footstool with your new change slip and enjoy!

If you have any questions, please let me know! Sue

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