Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dress to Impress

Ugh.  What a lazy week.  Does anyone else ever have those?  Doesn't it just make you want to get off your bum, get all gussied up, and paint the town red?  Maybe I could wear one of these upcycled dresses!

Newspapers (in case you get bored and need something to read)

Plastic bags & straws (you can be a sassy bag lady)

Woven Cassette Tape (for all those old En Vogue cassette singles)

Fabric & Button Remnants (cute and unexpected)

Used Zippers (I'm not sure if this is very easy or very hard to get out of)

Old Umbrella Fabric (perfect for rainy days)

Necktie Dress (made from all those father's day ties your husband never wears)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Rap

Don't worry, I'm not going to bust out any rhymes.  I just wanted to share a fun idea for wrapping paper.

1.) Grab an old book sitting around your house that you know you will never read, or maybe even pick one up at your next thrift outing.  Rip out some pages.  Let's hope my high-school English teaching mother will not disown me for ripping up a book to wrap her mom's day present in....

2.) Grab a sewing machine, and some thread.  I used a fun blue/green, but you can use whatever color you wish.  Switch that thread to zig zag, and start sewing away.  Start with just two sheets at a time, and then start sewing your bunches of two together.  Hand sewing would work as well if you don't have a machine.  I just have a feeling it would take a while longer.

3.) Keep on combining pages until you have the size wrapping paper needed for your present.  I didn't bother back stitching or trimming the excess string.  I liked the look of having a few strings wiggling around.

4.)  Now the fun part.  You get to use your imagination!  You can draw a picture, paint, or even try stenciling like I did.  I heard about these awesome stencil books from my blogging friend at sabbespot.  They are WONDERFUL and help make some really easy, fun, quick, and inexpensive art.


5.)  I chose this specific stencil because it looked like a mama and a baby deer.  Too cute!

6.) And here is the finished product!


  • I used spray paint because I thought it would be quicker, but it did get a little messy outside.  I like the grungy look it created, but I'm thinking next time I'll use a small roller and acrylic paint.
  • To add a bit of color and embellishment, and I suppose to state the obvious, I wrote "Mom" with a heart in hot pink conte crayon.

I had so much fun with this project because it involved all of my favorite things:  sewing, art, and my mom!  Can't wait to make more for Christmas.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fun Fiesta Part Dos...The Exciting Conclusion

Ultimately, there was not a lot too it.

But the paper flowers were pretty.

The food was colorful.

And Kurt seemed happy.

At dusk it was time for a rousing game of Yahtzee!  (It's hard to tell in this photo, but the black candle holder on the table is a quart sized paint can with holes drilled in various designs.  Very pretty at night.)

Some of Kurt and my best memories are made hanging out on the patio on lovely evenings, listening to good music.  Anyone can make their own patio party any time of year.  Why not make it even more festive and personalized with items gathering dust around your house!  Ole!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Throw a Fun Fiesta! Part Uno

Happy Cinco de Mayo friends!  I am a sucker for any holiday that includes parties and decorations.  For this year's cinco I need to get a little creative since I can't exactly go out and go "loco", if you know what I mean.  So I've decided my husband and I will have a patio party!  In preparation I have made some Mexican inspired paper flowers and lovely ambient lighting, all from materials sitting around the house.  Here's a sneak peek.

And because I know you are dying to know, we will be dining on guacamole, black bean tacos, and fried bananas.  Yummmmm.

Maybe I'll save my tin cans and make these for next year's fiesta:

Check back tomorrow for part numero dos and pictures of the finished product!