Friday, April 29, 2011

Recycled Plastic Jars Make Pretty Storage Solutions

I am always trying to come up with new ways of storing all my bits and pieces in my sewing area. Here is a great way to recycle plastic (or glass) mayonnaise and peanut butter jars to give you that extra storage in a very pretty way.

Aren't they pretty? Here's what I did.

First off the lids were an ugly red. So, unless red goes with your decor, paint them! Now, being plastic, there is of course a specific paint to use to make it stick. I put on a good 3 coats of spray-on Kilz brand pigmented paint. This stuff sticks to ANYTHING!  If you want them white, no need to paint any more. If you want them another color, one or two coats of regular spray paint, after the Kilz drys, will do it.

Then I wanted to pretty them up a bit so I used my water slide decal roses I had on hand. They are also available from The Decal Cottage on Etsy. Or here is a tutorial on how to make your own and a source to buy the necessary materials.

After adding the decals I sprayed them with a couple coats of Krylon Clear Coat.

Lids done....check!

Now for the jars.... I made up a label graphic that I am making available for download here. Just click the link, right click the graphic that pops up and then click "save image as" and save it to your hard drive.

Here is what the graphic looks like:

You can either print it as is and write your title on it by hand, or add text with your graphic program before printing. Then, just print them out on a sticky 8 - 1/2 x 11 label sheet (available at any office supply store). After printing, just cut them out and stick on the front of your jar. This label is sized to print out to perfectly fit a quart size mayo jar. After adding the label, I tied an pretty ribbon around the top, just under the lid area.

Jar done....check!

Then just fill 'em up with trims, buttons, laces, ribbons, beads, whatever you need to store! So pretty!!!

Don't feel like messing with the lids? Use the jars with the label and ribbon as a pretty flower vase!

That's all there is to it....... and a great way to keep those jars out of the trash! 

This tutorial is featured in the following linky parties:

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Another Great Giveaway at Heaven's Walk

Heaven's Walk blog is hosting 2 great giveaways with really cool prizes!

This is the first one:

And this is the second one:

Click here to enter

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Bloggers Pillow Party

Today I created a pillow just so I could be part of the Bloggers Pillow Party. There are so many cute pillows there, that I decided to jump in. I have been wanting to do something a little on the shabby Parisian side so I used lots of yummy tea stained and hand stamped fabrics along with vintage laces and one of my handmade flowers to create a shabby center and surrounded it by a paisley outer pillow cover.

So that's my entry into the Bloggers Pillow Party. You can check out all the entries by clicking on the button below!

Blogger's Pillow Party

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I WON!!!!!!

Woohoo!!!! I Won this fabulous giveaway I posted about!

I am so jazzed!

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Really Easy Fabric Flowers Tutorial

As promised here is a tutorial to make these really easy fabric flowers....

First you will need:

Fabric scraps
Some kind of circle template
Heavy duty thread (I use light weight fishing line)
Glue gun (or your glue of choice)
Some kind of button or jewelry piece for center

Lets get started:

The first thing to do is cut out 5 or 6 fabric circles (it works for a 5 petal or a 6 petal flower...your choice). There is no specific size so just keep in mind your finished flower will be approximately the same size as the circles you cut.  I used a ribbon spool for my circle template.

Next take one circle and fold in half with right side of fabric on the outside.

Then fold in half again.

Now thread up your needle. Make sure you use some really tough thread because you will need to tug on it really hard without breaking. That's why I use the fishing line.

Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge (the rounded part) making sure you catch all the layers.

Hint: Make sure that you start and stop your stitches with the fabric edges both the same way on the needle (does that make sense?) (maybe the pic will help...either both corners up or both corners down on the needle)

Slide it partway down on the thread. Repeat with all of your circles and you should have something that looks like this:

Now take the ends of your thread and tie them together and pull hard until the flower is really tightly closed. Then tie the thread 3 or 4 more times to make a really secure knot and trim threads off.

Now either glue or sew your center on and you are done. You can use a covered button in matching or contrasting fabric, use a regular button, use an earring or just about anything you have on hand to make the center.  That's it kids. Wasn't that about the easiest and great looking flower embellishment you have seen?

I used the same technique to make "leaves" for the fabric rose in the first picture too. Maybe try layering a smaller set made with lace on it before adding the center. The possibilities are endless.

If you have any questions on this tutorial just comment and I will try to answer.

If you don't want to make your own, you can buy some of these in my etsy shop

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Easy Peasy Handmade Fabric Flowers

I made these really really easy to make flowers today and tomorrow I am gonna post a tutorial on how to make them so check back tomorrow!

If you don't want to make them you can buy these in my Etsy shop here

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Another great Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is another great giveaway.....head on over to French Charmed Blog for all the details...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Great Flower Tutorial

Here is another great flower tutorial found over at Dear Lillie! Click on the photo to view the tutorial!

I know I will trying this one VERY soon!  Looks so easy!

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Become a Goddess

For those of you who may not have discovered this wonderful blog ...... The Goddess Guidebook blog is nothing short of WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you lack the mindset to make a business out of your hobby, this is the answer to your problem!!!

Click here to to head on over and check it out.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

In a White Mood Today

Here is some white eye candy to enjoy....some of my favorite white things:

Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters

Gorgeous photo courtesy of   Eddie Ross

Photo from Country Living Magazine

Vintage Painted Cottage Chic Shabby White Full Double Bed BD130

Painted Double Bed from Painted Cottages Etsy Shop

Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living 

Gorgeous Bedding from Cottage Chic Store

Fabulous Chandelier from

Those are just a few of my favorite things :-)

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Fabulous Giveaway

Check out this great giveaway at SewChristine....

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Glass Yard Art

Making gorgeous yard art out of garage sale glass is so easy and inexpensive. Not much to it but collecting the perfect pieces and attaching them together.

The most important thing is the glue. I use Clear All - Purpose Silicone Sealant from WalMart in the "caulk-like" tube and a caulking gun. It's pretty much self-explanitory. Just put a generous bead of sealant around the edge of the piece your are attaching, press together and let dry. Just keep sealing and attaching pieces until you get the look you want.

I made a boat-load of these and sold the heck out of them at a local farmers market for $25.00 a piece. I probably had maybe $2.00 total invested in producing them. Good money maker!!!! And they attracted a LOT of attention with people wondering what they were!

Here are photos of just a few of mine to get your imagination flowing!

Aren't they beautiful?

So get to those garage sales and flea markets and snatch up those 25 cent glass peices and build a few of these for your yard!!!!

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Fat quarter giveaway

Every Tuesday is Fat Quarter Tuesday over at the Pink Chalk Studio Blog. Head on over there and get in the winning. Fabulous fabric bundles are given away EVERY Tuesday!!!!!!

Check out last weeks bundle :

Don't miss out on these great weekly giveaways! Also check out their one-yard wonders sew along!

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