Sunday, May 30, 2010
Which brings me to ask the same question...are you following me? A few weeks ago I mentioned giving away my extra sandwich wrap that I made when I hit 200 followers. I'm just reminding you that that offer is still on!
Isn't this Amy Butler Love print to die for?! So what are you waiting for? Come follow me!
Oh, and if we hit 250 followers, the next giveaway is one of my driftwood sailboats. All you have to do, is click on follow, and one winner will be randomly chosen.
So come follow me!!!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This beautiful lamp for a mere $2. Isn't it great in my front window?
And this cool old tool box for only 50 cents and this antique glass jug for only $1
I got these two ball jars for $1, and think they make a great match for my wreath stand that I bought last year at a garage sale for $1.
Not a shabby weekend haul for only $4.50! Did you find anything fun this weekend?
Linking up at this great site
Friday, May 21, 2010
I didn't take step by step pictures for a tutorial this time. So sorry! If you sew though, it's pretty easy to figure it out. I used the pillowcases natural opening as the hem and cut the bottom off of the shirt and the pillowcase. I even made a belt from what I had leftover from the pillowcase. After I sewed the two pieces together, I used elastic thread in my bobbin and did four rows of shirring at the waist.
I think it turned out really cute...my husband does not. What do you think?
I'm linking up to a few of these parties
Monday, May 17, 2010
Two vintage tea towels.
An embroidered pillowcase
This funky coordinating fabrics that probably used to be napkins
And this round tablecloth that has hand embroidered flowers.
And check out this gem. I got 5 old burlap potato sacks for $2. Not sure what I am going to do with them yet (maybe use it as wall art?), but I thought they were pretty cool. Did you find anything fun?
Thanks Nikki for the award. I appreciate it!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
There were several projects that caught my eye. I'm looking forward to finding more cashmere sweaters at garage sales this summer to piece together and make a patchwork blanket. In the meantime, I needed to make my daughter a new sandwich wrap.
I bought one for Isabella a few years ago, and it finally bit the dust. I'm quite sure that a handful of aluminum trees were saved because she used her wrap n mat ! Her mat held up quite well over the past few school years, and if you are looking to buy one (as opposed to trying to make one), I would highly recommend getting one (I get nothing from giving them a plug, just so you know!). I could make one, and I found a killer fabric (the main reason!), so I thought I would try my hand at it.
Here's the link to Betz White's reusable sandwich wrap tutorial (sort of) . If you want the actual pattern, buy the book!
The directions in the book were so easy to follow. And while I didn't use PUL like suggested, I picked up Amy Butler's Love oilcloth fabric (why wouldn't I fall in love with the fabric that cost $19.99 a yard!!!) and used iron on vinyl to make the whole thing waterproof instead. The 1/3 yard of fabric made two sandwich wraps, and a baggie (directions not included in the book, just a pattern I threw together on my own). There is even enough left over to possibly make an actual lunch bag. Or, I may make more baggies...stay tuned.
In the meantime, my follower count is creeping up and I have decided that when I hit 200 followers (seriously, stalkers, follow me!) I would give away the extra sandwich wrap that I whipped up this week. So, hit follow on that sidebar, and keep your eyes peeled for that announcement when we hit 200 and I "draw" that lucky number out of my computer generated hat!
Monday, May 10, 2010
The hubby took the front cover off of it, bagged up all the inside goodies and tossed those for me. Isn't he super?!
Then I cleaned it out and painted it white.
I printed up some numbers in various fonts and sizes and then cut them out (yep, painful!) and mod podged them to each little "cubby".
Isn't it cool?
Then I pulled out some of my shells from my collection and put them inside. I really like it and the best part...IT WAS FREE!!!
I'm linking up to some of these parties!
I actually found The Fickle Pickle from a feature on The Creative Crate. Isn't this board amazing? I love it!
And this custom tutu! How stinkin' cute!!!
Stacie has such a fun blog . I love all of her features. She also has some crazy cool rings that she's made.
Friday, May 7, 2010
I also found this little birdie for $1.50. She's part of a set and I love that she's already roughed up a bit. You can also check out my vintage binoculars, not a find from today, but something I picked up a few years ago.
Who doesn't need vintage buttons? I got all three baggies for $1. And really, you always need buttons, especially if you sew, which I do!
Check out this cool old gas station flag. It was only $1 because it's not in the best shape, but sometimes vintage goodness looks cooler with a little wear and tear. I'm hoping in our next house to have a bonus room that I can decorate with lots of vintage finds and this is one of the first things I would put in there.
For real?! An autentic roughed up bowling pin! And for free ninety nine (thanks Suz!). Another lovely thing to add to my built in bookcases in the bonus room that I dream about.
And speaking of vintage finds, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this old fire glass bell thing (what would you call it?). Again, something I hope to be putting on the wall in my new bonus room. Don't you just love decorating for a house you don't have?! I do!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I am borrowing it from the library (shocker!) and have flipped through it numerous times each time getting inspired by what I see. I have recently taken to refashioning and repurposing my own creations (just peruse my blog to see some of them), and this book has given me some new ideas to run with. You can pick up your own copy here , or at your local library. But believe me, you are going to want a copy of your own. I know I do!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
After about a half an hour of beach combing, I picked up nearly all the supplies I needed. I grabbed various sizes of driftwood and as many long skinny straight sticks as I could find. The rest of the supplies, I had on hand. I used muslin and a glue gun to piece them together.
I then paired up the driftwood and a stick, and sweet talked my hubby into doing the hard part.
He took calipers to the wood stick, measured it and found the right size drill bit (he tried one smaller than the measurement) and drilled a hole making sure he didn't go all the way through to the bottom. You need a real tight fit so the stick fits snugly in the drilled hole.
I must apologize at this point for not having any pictures of the process of making the sails. Each driftwood piece is different, so I just measured how high up I wanted the sail and then how far out I wanted it on each side and cut at an angle on both pieces (you will end up with two triangles). I nearly failed geometry so you probably shouldn't trust me when I say it was a right triangle. Honestly, I have no idea what kind of triangle it is! I tried to always make one triangle just a bit smaller than the other.
I like how casual and beachy they are.
I also thought I would show you a few other details of the day. Isn't this cake amazing?! It had so many fun details from the handmade candy life preservers, to the various nautical flags. Wish I could take credit for making it, but I can't. My sister in law has a friend who makes these. Let me know if you are in the Seattle area and want her information.
The banner was made with die cuts and scrapbook paper that was sand and shells.