Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tartan Plaid Home Accessories made from a Skirt

I found a really nice J. Crew wool skirt at an upscale resale shop for $10. I like plaid this season and plan to do a room in all plaids this Christmas.
A steal for $5...Pottery Barn Outlet had down pillow inserts half off during one of my recent trips. This one is 17" x 17".

Here is the skirt.

I cut out the waistband and lining and ripped out the side seams.

I cut out two 18.5" x 18.5" squares for the front and back of the pillow. I pinned 1.5" black grosgain ribbon in a ruffled folded pattern in the center of the front piece.

I sewed down the middle of the pinned ribbon and fabric with my sewing machine.

Here is some velvet/scrolly trim I sewed to the center of the ruffle with my machine.

The final step is to sew the two squares together right sides facing, turn inside-out, (leave the bottom open for the pillow insert. I sewed the bottom by hand.)

I had some leftover fabric so I covered a flat wood craft frame and added some trim and a cool button. I still have a lot of the fabric leftover, so Iwill be making a few ornaments. Wool of this quality would probably cost at least $25 a yard, so I feel I got a great deal here. There are so many beautiful neglected garments that can be made into something new and useful!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

A Basket Liner Made from a Child's Skirt

This is a picture of the finished liner.... a great spot for my magazines.
The center looks like this finished.

Sewing the center is easy. Double a strong thread and triple knot the end and sew a strait stitch along the top of the waist of the skirt. Pull the thread tight and take a stitch up and knot several times.

Measure the depth of the basket and then hem the skirt to the appropriate length. Leave a space in the hem for threading the ribbon through. Tie a bow or you can knot it and tuck it under if you don't like the bow.

This is the skirt. It's a polyester plaid fabric. This skirt is a size 4. You will have to find a skirt that the bottom is wider than the top of the basket and the length is deeper than the depth of the basket.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vintage Button Find

Today I visited a very cool antique store in Grand Ledge, Michigan. It is two floors of antiques, the lower level is Lamb's Gate Antiques, and the upper level is The Salvage Yard. Everything in the store was very neat, clean and organized. I enjoyed both levels but The Salvage Yard was a little more trendy if you are into the vintage thing. My find of the day was a jar of vintage buttons for $10.

I separated out a few of the more "blingy" buttons here because I am making Christmas ornaments and women's accessories.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Homemade Applesauce

I made applesauce last year and it was delicious.  My mother-in-law taught me how.  We peeled and chopped the apples and cooked them on the stovetop with a few tablespoons of water.  It was great and we didn't have any complaints.  But, I really hated to lose the nutrients in the peels.  So, this year, I skipped the peeling step.  I wasn't sure exactly how it would turn out.

Most of the peels cooked down well enough, but some of them were pretty large.  For most applesauce I wouldn't mind, but my son is still a toddler and I didn't want him choking on the peels.  So, I put it in the food processor.  Problem solved.  My husband likes chunky applesauce though, so I did a second batch without peels and added it to the peel-on no-chunk applesauce.  We got a 1/2 bushel of Northern Spy "Utility" apples from The Country Mill.  We also had some Macintosh apples on hand that I mixed in.  Applesauce is always better if you use a variety of apples.

It smells amazing and it tastes so much better than store bought applesauce.  I just read that apple butter is made from applesauce, so I'm going to try that next!


Handmade Accessories to Wear

This is yet another collection of items made using fabric and buttons. The large flower is made from an upcycled wool dress.
This is the accessory set I made to wear last weekend. I wore a purple velvet blazer with jeans and found this little grey wool purse in the back of my closet. The flower pin makes it feel like something new. I made a tiny flower and attached it to a ribbon covered alligator clip with hot glue. I made the black velvet brooch from a skirt. The plaid fabric is also from a vintage wool skirt.

I strung some grey pearls and a button I covered with vintage fabric on a piece of 5mm elastic to make a ring. I added a few drops of strong glue to the top two pearls to stabilize the button.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Decorating Crafty Style on a VERY small budget

I monogrammed these euro shams at the top so you could see it when there are smaller pillows in front. I got them for $12 each at Pottery Barn Outlet. I saw the idea to monogram them this way in the Pottery Barn Bed & Bath catalog.

This is a vintage dresser that belonged to my mom. I painted it a buttery cream color and added dark brown brass drawer pulls. It holds a lot of clothes!

I painted an argyled stripe in my kids bathroom. It is such a narrow bathroom that you can't hang much on the walls, so something painted works well.
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Red winged blackbird ornament

I saw these little bird ornaments with twine wings in a catalog today. They inspired me to make this bird with ribbon wings and a few button embellishments.

Here he is sitting in a tree. I'll add an ornament hook to the little loop I sewed on the top with embroidery floss and he's ready to adorn my tree.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kanzashi - A Repost of Sorts

This was originally posted at but I thought you might enjoy it too!

So Sister Diane has inspired me in all things kanzashi...I swear I've been seeing them in my sleep. My good friend Erin Debri makes covered buttons with monograms and I thought they would look great in the center of some kanzashi blooms. I had a baby shower coming up for my cousin who is having a baby girl and they're naming her Daphne...I'll show you the finished project later this weekend, but here's the beginning. I think I'm going to add a little fringe to the "D." My mind's eye sees the flowers on some sort of "stem" woven into the back of a basket...which will hold the rest of the gift. Much as I love paper, I don't like using gift wrap...throwing paper away makes me sad :( Anyway, I'd better get back to my kanzashi dreams...I've got an early morning ahead of me. Do you think she'll like the flowers?


P.S. Get Diane's book Kanzashi in's awesome!

Moving to Lucky Star Lane

Good afternoon crafty people! My good friend Erin and I are joining crafty forces. We're hoping that Lucky Star Lane can be a place to inspire you to try new things…Since Erin and I both love most things crafty, but have different talents and favorites, we thought that together we could bring you more frequent postings about more varied projects than either of us could separately. If you've gotten here from my old blog, please bear with me as I post a few projects I worked on there…If you're already a reader of Lucky Star Lane – hello! I'm very excited to be here! I can't wait to hear from all of you!

-Heather, a craftee gyrl

PS - My home on etsy is soon going to be a place for all of us who live on LuckyStarLane to bring you quality, handmade items. Check it out and check back often for new items!

Boo Award

This is the "Boo" award clipped to a pumpkin. I thought it would make a cute prize for a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. It also looks cute just attached to a plain pumpkin as a greeting.

This is the ribbon attached to a plain square orange berry wreath and hung on a door.

This shows the step of hot gluing the 1/2 inch ribbon to the cardboard circle. In order to ruffle it, you have to first glue about a 3/4 inch spot flat to the cardboard, then fold about 3/4 inch and hot glue inside the fold. (then repeat the process until it covers the edge of the entire circle. ) If you have fraying ribbon ends, use a little hot glue on the edge or run a lighter over the edge to heat seal it. When I was done with all three circles, I attached the "Boo" glitter circles to the center. (if your paper doesn't have adhesive, use hot glue) The last step is to hot glue the three finished ruffled circles to a length of 1 1/2 wide grosgrain ribbon equally spaced. I glued a small black bow to a black painted clothespin to use as a clip.

I cut out 3 slightly larger circles from cardboard. This picture shows the size of the cardboard is a little bigger than the glitter paper circle.

First, cut out 3 circles from glitter scrapbook paper. (I traced them using a circle stencil about 3" in diameter and then cut could also use a punch or circle cutter...or a Cricut machine if you are lucky enough to own one!) I bought this one sheet of glitter paper at JoAnn's and it already has adhesive on the back. Use Rub On letters to spell "BOO" on the glitter paper circles.

These are the supplies needed: circle stencil, pencil, scissors, glitter paper, about 14 inches of 1 1/2 inch black grosgrain ribbon, 3 yards 1/2 inch ribbon of your choice, rub on letters, clothespin, glue gun, cardboard.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shabby Fabric Garland

This is a fabric garland I made using fabric, lace, tulle, and ribbon. I added letters I cut out of craft paper with crocheted flowers and buttons as embellishments. I cut the fabric strips using pinking shears but it would also look kinda cool if it were torn. I think it would also look great with some fabric flowers at the height of each swag. (getting right on that)

This would be great to use as a baby shower decoration or in a girl's room. I am going to use mine as a decoration for a table.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Grandmother's Flower and a few others

This is my version of the grandmother's flower! I tried all morning to get the names embroidered on the fabric petals, but gave up and went to my trusty technique of embroidering ribbon. This is for my mom! My talented crafting partner, Heather, was the brainchild of this project. She will be contributing to the blog soon.

The black and white flower is the first one I made. HB and I found some vintage buttons at the antique mall yesterday so I could finish it.

An orange velvet and a brown houndstooth.

These items will be available to purchase soon on etsy. Check back for details, or if you need one now contact me!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Little Beane Boutique

These customizable stickers are available on Etsy from one of my very favorite sellers

Little Beane Boutique. They can really add something special to your Halloween party!

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