Monday, April 19, 2010

To Paint or Not To Paint? That is my Question!

I recently (ok, 3 months ago) purchased this great "Credenza"(said in my most flamboyant speaking) at the Re-Store. I really like it as it is, however I also think I'd love it in a very bold color!

I tend to do a lot of black furniture, so I probably wouldn't do that. I was thinking "VaVa Voom Red" would be fabulous!! Anyways, I was hoping for some second opinions, and would appreciate any input I receive. Thanks in advance.

P.S. I know the pictures aren't that great, but its what I've got...

Random Doodle

Shabby Chic Candle Pedestal

This is a cute little candle pedestal I made when I was making Elaine's cake pedestals for her birthday, which I forgot to take pictures of. It currently resides on my credenza in the kitchen. Anyways, see if you can guess what I glued together to make these. Probably too easy, but oh well. Perhaps I'll even make a pedestal for the first person who guesses correctly in the comment section (provided you're a local) :)!
I think it turned out really pretty, and it couldn't have been easier to make. Just take a couple pretty _________'s, and some E6000, and glue them together. Voila, you have a gorgeous pedestal! I'm seeing stuff like this all over the internet, and the options are endless. Enjoy!

Another purse!

Admittedly, this purse is pretty much like the other one, except the color is different, and because I knew what I was doing it took me a lot less time to make. I figured I'd show it anyways.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unusual Knitting Bag!!

Upcycling is awesome! I saw the idea of upcycling old magazines to make a really pretty purse on someone's blog not that long ago, and unfortunately I can't remember where I saw it. Anyways, I really wanted to give it a try. Tomorrow, is one of my friend's birthday, and her daughter mentioned that all her knitting stuff ended up spilling out at the beach over spring break and getting all wet. That is when the light turned on. I could make her a knitting purse.

Amazingly, I designed the pattern from a paper grocery bag. I had a couple of game board boxes sitting around because we reorganized our board games, getting rid of all the boxes. I demolished one and duct taped it together to make it fit in the bottom giving it a really strong bottom. More upcycling for ya!

My kids slaved for me to cut out these little squares from brochures of things to do around Oregon and Washington. Yet again, more upcycling! I covered that with vinyl. The seams are covered by purple duct tape. The handles are simply thin rope that I twisted different colored duct tape around, and I braided them together. I glue gunned those on, and covered those seams with purple duct tape hearts, which is fitting since this purse was made with love.

The features of this purse are a couple of pockets, a place for long knitting needles, grommets in the front of the purse to run your thread through, and really cute details. I love it! It's definitely not perfect, but I learned a lot from it, and I'm excited to possibly do some more, and I'll be able to fix those things next time.

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