Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shell Necklaces

My family has been going to the beach during the summer pretty consistently my entire life.  I have jars and bags of shells all over.  Yet, every time we go, I wander up and down the beach and collect more shells.  I can't help myself.  I decided to finally do something with my beach found treasures.  In my previous blog post, Memory Picture Frame, I used some of my beach collection to decorate a picture frame.  However, some shells are destined for another purpose.  When I saw this piece of sand dollar and this shell,  I knew they needed to be made into separate necklaces.

I pass so many shells with large holes in them on the beach.  They are perfect of making into necklaces.  I never thought much about either of the necklaces I made them into until I got a ton a compliments on them at work.  So, find a shell with a good size hole in it and enjoy the compliments you'll get.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Memory Picture Frame

During most trips, you pick up little trinkets. You have no idea what to do with those things when you get home, but while you were at the beach you were certain you needed that pretty sea shell you found or that patch from the national park you visited.  Instead of letting those trinkets sit in a drawer and eventually get thrown away, you can turn them into a work of art.  I take the small things I collect on trips and decorate a picture from with them.  Then, I place a picture from that trip inside.  Hang it on the wall and it is an instant work of art and a great way to remember your trip.

Even if you scrapbook, this is a great project to do with all those times that aren't flat so they don't fit in the scrapbook.  Also, when you have guests over they might notice the frame on the wall and it gives you a great excuse to bring out your scrapbook and show it off.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Flower Dog Collar Detachable Attachment

After the popularity of the Dog Bow Tie, I wanted to make something that was a little less formal but just as much fun!  Also, I know many of you don't use sewing machine; this project was completed using hand sewing only.  The flower attachment is detachable, so you can add it on and off your dogs existing collar any time you'd like.  It's perfect for any day you want to make your dog look more adorable than he or she already does.

This project is a great scrap buster if you have small amounts of fabric lying around that you want to use.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunglasses or Glasses Wall Mount Display

I used to be a contacts wearer.  While I was wearing contacts, sunglasses were a bit of an obsession of mine.  I could not walk by a rack of sunglasses without wanting to buy a pair.  About 6 months ago, I went to the eye doctor thinking my vision had once again change because I was having trouble seeing.  Turned out, my eyes were so severely inflamed that it was effecting my vision.  After a prescription to reduce the inflammation, it was determined that I could no longer be a full time contact wearer.  I'm still allowed to wear contacts for special occasions, but not every day.  This means that I don't get to wear all my exciting sunglasses any more. I transitioned my obsession for sunglasses into an obsession for glasses.  I now fancy myself the next Penelope Garcia (see the similarities?!):

My glasses collection may be growing slowly, but it was taking up a lot of counter space that I simply didn't have.  I didn't want my glasses to meet the fate that many of my sunglasses had (bent, scratches, etc.) from being improperly stored.  My solution?  A glasses/sunglasses wall mounted display. It keeps all my glasses/sunglasses clean, safe, and easily accessible.  I'm no carpenter, so I decided to find something that was already made and re-purpose it for my own use.  This project is so easy and perfect for all you glasses or sunglasses loving people out there.  This design will fit between 6-12 pairs of glasses or sunglasses depending on the size.  You'll be glad you did it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Restyling Pants

As I've mentioned before, I love the thrift store.  One of the biggest problems with thrift stores is that the items are usually a few seasons out of style.  One clothing item that you can save the most money on but are often the most out of style is pants.  Goodwill and other thrift stores sell pants for about $5.  Since brand name pants can cost you $50-$100+, buying used is a great deal.  Skinny cut pants are still all the rage, but they're almost impossible to find in good brands at the thrift store.  The solution is to buy a pair of boot cut or flare pants (which take up most of the racks at thrift stores) that fit you well in the waist and butt.  Then, following this tutorial make them into the skinny pants of your dreams.

Not a skinny fan?  You can still use this tutorial to take any style of pant and turn it into a more narrow style of pant.  Examples include:  Wide leg to a straight leg, flare into a boot cut, etc.