Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

happy bag

Patterns can be stifling.  Not all the time, but sometimes.  Do not be afraid to tweak things to your style!  Bags & totes make a great canvas for your groovy ideas.

The pictured happy bag is quite floppy, so add stiffening for a little shape stability.

The cute birdies are appliqued fabric cut-outs, embellished with beads.

Use old jeans pockets on the interior of bag.  Sew vertical lines to make separate compartments for pens, chapstick, phone, etc..

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”  ~ Judy Garland

August 29, 2011

artist angles

The bulldog clip post in wall works from May 16th  (http://edit423.com/2011/05/16/bulldog-clip-art-display/) wins the clicks count.  So, check out the new picture angles below + ideas for where to place art displays in your home.  The fridge is begging for mercy.  Before (yaaaawn…):

After: 

The wall space is in a landing area – a few steps down, square landing, then turn right for the remaining flight.  The pictures above are taken from the main floor, a person faces the display as they’re coming up the stairs from the basement.  The area is approximately 5 1/2 ‘ x 9 1/2’ – what an excellent use of dead vertical space!  (if I do say so myself…)

Other art display location ideas:

  • behind doors in kids’ rooms
  • garage walls
  • laundry room walls
  • transition areas, similar to example above
  • any blank wall – but don’t go crazy…keep some walls empty for the zen effect
August 25, 2011

magnet board +

The piece below has been in operation for nearly 8 years, moving from toddler to tween with ease.

Directions:

  1. find a large frame (shown -thrift shop, $7) with approx. 3/8″ deep inset
  2. cut a piece of  1/4″ plywood to frame size
  3. attach french board portion using batting, fabric, ribbon, staple gun &  glue
  4. nail or glue separation wood strip or trim
  5. use construction adhesive (caulk gun tube) to adhere a piece of sheet metal (sized to remaining area) to plywood, make top edge flush to wood separation piece
  6. secure into frame, attach to wall – finished product is heavy!  Use appropriate hardware for a safe usage.

Tips:

  • use wall space behind a door – floor to near ceiling
  • other possible combos – dry erase, bulletin board, bulldog clips
  • if ribbons get saggy, glue them at intersections & disguise with button, or use a deep, unmovable tack
August 24, 2011

chop chop

A delicious use of random vegetables.  A decomposed (rotten – no, separate parts – yes) salad made of romaine, red pepper, purple onion, tomatoes, cucumber, toasted almonds, & served with a honey mustard dressing.

  • total cost:  $5
  • buying nuts in bulk saves $$
  • confession:  I was not the chef…see About page

 

August 9, 2011

pup purse

When my gramma was a young mommy, she sewed new clothes from old clothes as a necessity.  Now, it’s a craft with a hip name:  repurposing.

The bell bottom legs from jeans make great little party purses.  Find a sweet liner fabric, create an applique, & voila! 

    

  • combine different textures:  corduroy, ultra suede, cotton, prints, shiny buttons, ribbons, variegated thread, ric rac
  • use varying stitches:  outline some parts with blanket stitch, zig zag or straight stitch
  • an iron-on glue works best for attaching pieces prior to sewing
  • inject more cute with iron-on letters or embellishments 

 

August 5, 2011

party runner

One could use junky dollar store crepe paper items, or…select unique wrapping or craft paper to create special decorations.  

The runner pictured was made with a shiny silver paper made by Hallmark.  Purchasing high quality paper is worth the price as it is durable & has a grid on the reverse for perfectly straight lines.  Other tips:

  • measure the table surfaces before making the decorations
  • use the invitation for coordinating design
  • try different materials – the vines pictured are creamy vinyl, hearts a red sparkly vinyl, orange is craft paper
  • rubber cement = bumpless finish
  • roll the runner on a cardboard tube for transporting & storage
  • incorporate fresh flowers on party day…imagine white mums & orange roses in pictured tulip vases

 

August 3, 2011

lean look

Resting framed photos or art against a wall creates a casual, relaxed feel.  Plus, there’s no hole commitment threatening to last for years.  Shelving options abound, or simply use the top surface of a piece of furniture. 

Directions for pictured shelf:

  1. purchase 3 boards at whatever length (shown is 2′) – back board 1/2″ thick & 3 1/2″ tall, ledge board 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, front lip board 3/8″ x 1 1/2″
  2. using nails or brads & wood glue connect the back board flush with the ledge board’s top surface, let dry
  3. attach front lip to ledge facing, raising the lip piece 1/4″ up to be used as a “stop” for display items
  4. sink front nail holes & fill with wood filler
  5. prime & paint shelves
  6. secure directly onto wall through back piece & into studs
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