Saturday, May 28, 2016

Toddler tops from Men's Shirts

I have explained that I do like to take those old things and turn them into something new while having no resemblance to the item they were created from. I took a few old shirts and once again, and searched online to find something interesting to make. Not only do I like to make things, I want the item to be unique and different. I want to make one of a kind items that nobody has, that's what makes you who you are, so I want that to be what my items are too, one of a kind pieces with no two items identical.


That is my buddy Slim Shady, he chills out with me when I'm in the sewing mood. He loves to be the center of attention too. So, I took all of these shirts that I got at the local thrift shop down the block and created the following little tops and dresses. 

I thought I would have this bright idea of selling them on Etsy but Etsy scared me because of a huge, long, warning about children's clothing and all of the rules and regulations there are about selling them, I am not one who wants to be sued by that one crackpot so there they sit in my closet. I guess they will all have to become gifts for people because I am not willing to put my neck on the line by trying to sell them through my store. Anyway, I thought it was a great project and you could make them too, it was a lot of fun.

Summer fun

As you know, I love to do a little up-cycling. I found a pattern for a 2T jumper and decided to use it on my morning project. I found an old prom dress at one of the thrift stores down the block and, well, since it had a little bling, I just had to buy it. Yes, I know I'm kind of like a squirrel, anything shiny makes me want it! I love the bling, shiny, bright and crazy and try to tone it down for family.

The dress hung around and teased me once in a while from the closet, it called my name a couple times but then I came up with this bright idea. It has cute lines and I decided a little baby avantgarde with an asymmetrical hem.






 It was fun taking the pattern and changing it to my own design, I loved using the original dress lines to fit into my baby dress style too. This is the finished dress with the little asymmetrical hem in the front size 2T came out so cute, this baby would definitely be the bell of the ball. it is fully lines and adorable if I do say so myself!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My fun Michigan Tees

Well if you know me, you know I love my Michigan, I have lived in several states and two countries and I always end up right back where I started.  I made these tees to show some pride, gift some friends and have some fun!
I made these Tees for fun but I am going to add them to my little Etsy store so I can get rid of them and make room for more. I love creating  and sewing and it is just another form of art for me. If you like taking time to relax, this is one of the best ways to do it, you get and gift some of the cutest things and they are all made with love. 
This little pink gem is my favorite, there is a great picture on the background and it just feels like summer time every time I look at it. If you ever get bored or stressed out, I recommend doing a little art project to take your mind off the stress and you will find that your mood changes fast!

Start a blog....have some fun, create a piece of art, whatever you do, love it and thanks for visiting me on my block!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tunisian Flat Bread

Today is May 15, I live in Wyoming, MI and it is literally colder today than it was on Christmas Day here. We had rain all week last week, hail last night and I woke up to temperatures in the 30's this morning! This made me want to do absolutely nothing today but curl up in a blankie, but instead, I decided to make some home made goodies for lunch.

I lived in Tunisia for a few years when I married and I miss my mother-in-laws bread. Yummy food is all I can say. The flat bread I made today is a Tunisian flat bread usually stuffed with red pepper paste, sauteed onions and some sheep fat for flavor. 



Here in Wyoming I still make the saute with onions and tiny red and yellow peppers and then add a little harissa (pepper paste) for some zing. My husband and I are big garlic fans too so I can never make something from Tunisia without the garlic.

First I pull out the handy dandy bread machine, because I let it do all the dirty work for me (yep, I'm a little cheater) I add 2 cups Semolina flour to 1/2 cup Tunisian Olive Oil (dark) with a touch of salt and pinch of baking powder. Once I have it all in the machine, I let the machine do the work until it stops for the first rise. 

I pull the bread dough out and separate it into 8 balls, I roll out the balls as thin as I can possibly get them and add my sauce to the center of the bread, I fold it, pinch the edges and cook it on my iron comal.


. Here is a picture of my finished product, this was a yummy treat on such a cold day in the middle of May but it brought back memories of family and friends and we enjoyed every last bite!

Cute ID Holder

I have so many pieces of scrap fabric I just don't know what to do with it all, I made a pattern for these cute little wallets and think they came out great!


I made all of these little buggers in about an hour.
The simplicity of the pattern makes it fun and is a great starter pattern for someone just learning how to use interfacing. I used 3 pieces of iron on interfacing to give the wallets a little "meat" there is nothing I hate more than a flimsy floppy wallet!

I made them just large enough to hold a state ID or credit cards and the length is perfect for slipping all of your Tubman's in and running to the fabric store. 

There are times I don't want to carry a purse but I still need to know who I am and I always want to have some cash on hand for those pop up sales I pass in the summer so this little Wallet was the perfect fit! 

If you are interested I can post a little tutorial on how to make the wallet, for a beginner, this is the perfect project and something you can play with to change the design or style to fit you taste. 
Gotta run so I'm grabbing the green wallet and heading to the sales!


Happy sewing and thanks for visiting, see you down the block!




Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cute little Burlap Gift Bags

So I had some more scraps that I wanted to get used up and this was a simple little project. I first had to decide how big I wanted to make my little bags, these bags that are shown are about 3 inches tall, not an exact measurement. and I added one little handle across the top.

I made sure to double stitch the sides so the handles would not fall off. These little bags are plenty big to carry an 8oz mason jar and I added one in the bag so you could get the feel of how big the bag is.

If you think this bag is cute it can be yours if you click the Buy Now button below. and as always, thanks for visiting me, and I will see you down the block!



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I Have an App!

I am so excited to announce that I have an App! you can go to the google play store now and download my free app! I have the best IT guy and he is very demanding!

Even the rich and famous start at the bottom so this is part of my start, please go and download my app and tell me what you think. From my app you can visit my blog, check out my store and keep up to date with what's going on down the block.

Here it is! just click, download, like and share, we all have to start somewhere and it all begins here for me.






Tuesday, May 3, 2016

An Up-cycler can't live on used product alone

I do love a good up-cycle, but life is all about moderation. I know how awesome it feels to turn something unusable into that one great thing that you just have to have, but sometimes you have to get something new to give your item that little extra pop that makes it special. 

Here's what I'm talking about;





  I took an ugly old button down shirt and turned it into this cute little dress. not only is it a great up-cycle, I added some fabric that I found that with a Paris theme and gave the dress that little extra pop that made it perfect!






I think the fabric took the boring out of the peach colored jumper made it fun. I added a small ruffle around the bottom and just love the way the dress turned out. Up-cycling doesn't always have to be about just using used pieces, you can add a touch of new to make the plain turn out pretty. Tell me what you think!





















You can find this dress for $10 and other great items in my Etsy store by clicking the Buy Now button. Remember, I keep my prices low so everyone can afford  something this cute.




Sunday, May 1, 2016

My Sharpie T-shirt Experiment

I love making things unique and giving them fresh makeovers and Tee Shirts are no exception. I have tried a new idea and wanted to share it with you here.

I found a site on youtube that talked about using sharpies and alcohol to create cool tees, this was my first attempt at that idea:

I colored the tee shirt with lines using my sharpies because in the video they made it look so easy. The video says  that once you add the alcohol, it will spread and create an awesome look to any tee. I scribbled my lines all over this white tee shirt with a board placed under the top layer of the shirt so the ink would not pass through to the back. Once I got the lines done, I pulled out the alcohol. I took an old paint brush, soaked it with alcohol and let it drip onto the shirt, it bled a little, it spread somewhat, but my tee didn't get the full affect of what I had pictured in my head. I cut the sleeves into slits on the side to give a little boho beach look and this is the final result. The video was true, once it dries it stays. I did let it dry then I washed it in cold water, I stuck it in the dryer and it really did stay so I am happy with that. I think as a first try it came out good, I learned what I will change for next time and I will do another tee shirt using all of what I learned.




Have you ever tried putting the sharpie project to work on one of your
Old tees? if you have, feel free to share what your idea was and if it turned out the way you thought it would. I am going to try a new idea and share it here to see if my new idea comes out as the picture I have in my head. I don't post these to show you that everything is a breeze, my posts are to show you that a lot of work really does have to go into each idea. Sometimes you think you're going to have a prefect result on the first try, but I bet the people making those videos make a whole lot of mistakes before that get that one perfect idea that finally comes out on video.

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