Archive for ‘Melange of Creativity’

April 11, 2011

Seeing Spots

I have a new found love…. well, for the day anyhow…. i have this fantastic leopardy-giraffe-y fabric in a silk.  I also had a partial pattern of an anthropologie knock off.


1.) laying out the fabric

2.) sewing the flowy skirt part

3.) i had to number the top right corner to keep everything in order so the subtle flair of the skirt would fall properly


4.) the flowy skirt part finished

5.) piecing together the top part of the skirt

6.) more of the intricate “woven” top of skirt



7.) front top part of skirt ( rough). repeat for back.

8.) piecing together the top of skirt to bottom flowy part of skirt

9.) the skirt so far, layed out



10.) installing the zipper

11.) making the waistband

12.) finishing the homemade bias waistband



There are a few pictures missing because, i had to trial and error a bit.  The skirt at the nearly final fitting was definitely about a size to small. BUMMER.  But, I figured out how to add some pleated leftover silk to add a panel and attach it to the zipper.  I definitely now have a one-of-a-kind skirt.


like the bow? 🙂

March 28, 2011

How-to Sew your finger

Sew…. I would like to first state, I am a complete novice on a sewing machine.  Second, watching tv (especially funny shows that make you laugh out loud) is not a good thing when you are sewing.


I not only pierced through the top of my finger, but it also exited on a diagonal across my finger pad.  ANNNNDDD, I was skilled enough to get the needle stuck in my finger and have to revolve it out without spilling a drop of blood.  (okay, so maybe luck had a lot more to do with it, but you get the picture)


However, I think my project came out just fine, despite the pain…..


thrifted top, after fixing the fraying embroidered yolk

attaching sash belt


creating gather underbust/sash



okay, so this last pick,  i added an applique under the sash, as when i was adding the colored stitching on the sash– i sewed my finger, and  a bit of a hole appeared in the fabric where i had to release threads and needle from my flesh ( i know, I’m a drama queen), so I had to get creative and “hide it”




March 21, 2011

crafting a.d.d.

okay, so with spring break, starting a new job and house/pet sitting for a friend, my crafting got away from me a bit….then exploded. I have serious crafting a.d.d., but for once it was a good thing. I got a lot of little projects done, so instead of explain each one, I am giving you a pictoral edition of my completed minis.

new shower curtain

okay, so on the shower curtain, the previous post was a little dark in the shower…so i drew these on my liner..


hankerchief top


chair repainted and seat cushion

back ties of chair…ignore the dying plants, i dont have a green thumb–pobody’s nerfect…


decorative magnets


incomplete bib necklace


and that’s all folks!




March 15, 2011

Modern Bird Studio Photo Contest 2011

If you are on facebook, then go to this and “like” my photo please:

This is my photo:

Step 1.  go to  modern bird studio

Step 2. “like” their page (you have to do this to be able to “like” my photo)

Step 3. “like” my photo.

Here’s the button:

March 11, 2011

curtains repurposed into a bag!

Getting crafty…I was itching to try and see if my thrift store curtains could be turned into a bag.  I like boho-style, but I found that a reusable shopping bag would be awesome.  I mean, recycling curtains into something that is reusable, is pretty cool. 😉  So here is my pictoral lesson, (’cause it’s spring break, and I feel like be lazy-mac-lazy!)


March 11, 2011

Anthro-inspired necklace p.2

Another creation-o-fun!   I found a chunky necklace I liked at “that” awesome online store….  Time to figure out how I can make it? I think so!




Here’s my take:


using a headpin to create a hold for beads

one "bead"

a string of beads

almost there!!



I think I did pretty dern good! 🙂




March 10, 2011

Making an Anthropologie-knock off necklace p.1

Anthropologie has great stuff.  So great, in fact, that I cannot possibly afford any of their items on my current college budget.  But, I am crafty.  I saw an uber-cute button necklace and decided to make it.


Start with your button collection, string together on fishing line (fishing line is sturdier for most of my projects and for $4, you get a ton of “string”), finish stringing buttons and look for some old chain…….

and tada:

February 21, 2011

Bead Theft….

I am going out of town this weekend, which means the daunting task of packing. I’m one of those who randomly chooses what to wear in the five minutes I’m scrambling t get out the door, so putting thought into planning outfits and making sure I have everything I need is not a pleasant task.

Even more unpleasant when I find that some of the stones on my favorite all-purpose black 3/4 sleeve cardigan’s buttons are missing!!  SAD DAY!!!  So I decide this pilling sweater is worth keeping, and go to raid my buttons.  Darn! I don’t have 8 coordinating buttons (let alone matching ones).  Time to steal some from my bead collection.  Because of the tiny size of the existing buttonholes, I have to opt for beads that I can rig to fit through the holes and still look cute.

Ta-da! Sewing some pretty pinkish and white swirly glass-like buttons that I freecycled from someone’s unwanted jewelry.  Perfect.  (I love when I can fix something for free)


February 18, 2011

remembering past art projects…


No new crafts created today, I had work.  But, I decided it was necessary to include a brief blog with my past art projects that decorated my home.  All of the following pictures were created and copyrighted by me.  Thanks and gig ’em!



February 18, 2011

crafty-ness not on my etsy…

Ok, so sometimes I get in that toddler mood where I have to “show mommy what I did”.  Being 25, I’m sure my mommy is wondering when I will grow out of this phase.  Truth be told, NEVER.  We all like to be acknowledged for things we do, me more than most. ;-)*  Kidding aside, maybe some of the things I have done to make my life in a tiny apartment more comfortable can be used by some of you.


Growing up on acreage has its perks.  Exhibit 1,  a yield sign thing off the back of an old tractor.  I found it walking around at my parent’s house barely peeking out from a ton of dirt.  With a little jute cord through the screw holes, I found a new way to hang this on my apartment wall and remind me of home.  My cousin and his wife gave me the alma matter die cut emblem and it was a happy addition to my rustic and modern ecclectic decor.


I had a barespot on this awkward piece of wall next to my bed.  I have two windows in my room that no matter how I arrange my 10 X 10 cell (aka room) one gets masked by my yummy queen-sized piece of heaven.  Needless to say, my saved-from-my-friends-curb headboard blocks half of one window but leaves this empty space.  Solution? Paint a neutral painting.  (horses are my favorite subject).


Living in a college town, also translates into crummy storage options in a bathroom.  These milk crate-style boxes were purchased at Michael’s for about a buck, and since I paint, I already had the acrylic paint to create black shelves.  Add some tchotchkes, a few pushpins to hold the mirror and its almost done.  A restaurant I worked at part time sold their drinking glasses as to-go cups (ie, mason jars). Taking some craft glue, modgepodge, and scrap fabric and voila! Instant storage for cutips, cotton balls and makeup removing pads.


Ignore the hand sensoring my favorite little sisters out of the shot.  This frame had lost its glass, and its backing.  Not a problem if you like barnwood frames regardless.  Using jute cord, a staple gun, a few home photos and a birthday card or two, and you have a perfect next to the desk organizer/art.  Ps. the card has my favorite quote: “Happiness is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth.”  🙂


Another broken frame that fit over a canvas art I had done a while back.  (watercolor and stain-glass lead-free piping)  Above it, but not pictured, is a metal die-cut that I believe my dad made a long time ago, it says welcome and has a western star–perfect for the entrance to my room. (even if it makes my roomies think I am some kind of hick…. There’s nothing wrong with knowing how to weld, or raise animals, or be domestic.  Both of my parents contributed to my “learning”, and if being a ‘hick’ (i prefer rural domestic goddess) means I can take care of myself in most situations… I’m okay with that.)