Friday, September 28, 2012

Burlap clutches

The other day at Target, I saw these little burlap zipper pouches in the dollar section.   I picked up two because I knew I could do something with them.

I slipped some newspaper inside to keep the paint from bleeding through.

On the first one, I wrote my initials with my vanishing ink pen.

Then I just started painting.

I added a little birdie on one side.

On the second one, I quickly drew in the outline of 5 pumpkins and then painted them.

I will probably use the first on in my purse for pencils and pens.  The pumpkin one, I will probably use as a small clutch.  Now, I have so many ideas for these.  I hope they still have some when I go back to Target, I could made 10 more!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Baker's Twine Balls

So I've had this glass cylinder on our dining room table for about a week with just these twine balls in it.

I have been looking everywhere for so smaller balls to go in it as well.  I wanted some colorful ones, but have not had any luck.  So, last week when I was doing some projects, I remembered this baker's twine I had bought a while back and that's when inspiration struck and I made my own!

Here's what I used:
bakers twine in various colors
Styrofoam balls
hot glue

All of the supplies I had on hand, left over from other projects.  So, while I watched the Today show, I just started wrapping the balls.

The only time I used the hot glue was at the end, when I just glued down the tail of the twine.

After using up all my twine, I went to fill the jar. I had some other smaller balls as well that I used to fill it up too.

Of course these will probably be swapped out in a month for pumpkins or gourds!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Simple Baby Burp Clothes

Here's a simple way to jazz up some burp clothes for a new baby!

white cloth diapers
scrap material
rick-rack (optional)

Start by folding the diapers in thirds and ironing them.

Next, cut a strip of material 4 inches wide and a length about 1.5 times as wide as the diaper.  Mine was just the length of the material (36 inches). 

Folder over one edge about an inch and iron.

Fold the other edge over a little over an inch, it should overlap the first fold.  This is so when you sew down the middle, you will sew both pieces at once.

I was making 3 burp clothes, so that is why I have 3 pieces of material.  Next, fold down the end of each and iron.

Measure up, how far you want the 'ruffle' of material, I did 5 inches on mine.

I could  have pinned the material on, but instead I just used a vanishing marker to draw a dotted line along the material 5 inches up from the bottom all the way across.

Instead of gathering my strip first, I just folded the material as I sewed in on to make the 'ruffle' look.  Just sew right down the middle, following along the dotted line.

Then I added some rick-rack down the middle.  I just sewed it right on top of the line I had just sewed.

Finally, just iron it again in the tri-fold and it's all done!

Here are all three that I made this time.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Granny's Table Re-do

After my grandma (Rankee) passed away, I inherited this coffee table from her. She had in her living room my whole life.  I really like the size of it as it is a little smaller than most tables.

Here's a couple pictures of it before the 're-do'....

I originally had it with just glass, this is how Rankee always kept it.  But, it came with a wooden board that could fit under the glass.

I covered the board with some green polka-dot material and spray adhesive.  I have to say I have never used spray adhesive before, but this stuff worked like a charm and was super easy to use!

After some light sanding, I did several coats of yellow spray paint.

Once the paint was dry, I did a little more sanding to make it looked aged.

Then I just fit the board in.

And re-assembled the table.

Here it is all done!

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