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Projects inspired by my pins on Pinterest

Now That’s My Kind of Knitting…..

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I have never been fond of knitting.  I am self-taught under duress.   When I was a senior at Drexel University, I decided to design sweaters and a knit skirt for my senior collection.  I was able to use a knitting machine for the sweaters (which I loved!), but the yarn for the skirt was just to curly and loopy to work on a machine.  So I bought a book and spent many hours knitting and unraveling and knitting again.  I finished the skirt, but decided that knitting was not for me.  That was until I discovered this on Pinterest.  It is called arm knitting and you use chunky yarn.  I made a scarf and actually had fun doing it.  The total project took 20 minutes.  Fun and fast?  That is a win!

Original pin scarf

Original Pinterest inspiration

chunky yarn

Chunky yarn

casting on

Casting on

adding rows

Starting the rows

making progress

The knitting progresses….

finished scarf

The Finished scarf

on the model


Good Thoughts Jar 2013- That’s a Wrap!

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At the start of 2013, I knew I was facing a challenging year.  Just how challenging it actually became was a complete shock to the system.  By committing to the Good Thoughts Jar, I knew I would have to come up with one good thought every day- even on those days that seemed impossible.  As I read through all 365 thoughts today, it made me smile, chuckle, a bit sad (with some reminders), but mostly I felt loved.   When you have physical evidence of the love and support you have felt throughout the year, it is difficult to feel sorry for yourself – no matter what is going on.  I have stumbled and even failed at things this past year, but most importantly I have grown.  I have learned valuable lessons.  I have realized that your mind is very powerful and when you start to focus on the good, you instinctively continue to go there.   I still have a challenging hill to climb, but I am committing to the Good Thoughts Jar this year and each year thereafter.  Here’s to continued good thoughts in 2014!

I discovered several recurring themes while reading through my good thoughts:


-Creative Pursuits

-My Moves (I had to find places to live and move twice in 4 months)

-Happy Thoughts About Others

-Self Reflection and Care

-Reset/Refresh in Nature

-Support of Family and Friends

Some of My Favorites….

going out

happy for others

nature refresh


support and love

sparkly headband

January Jar


February jar


March jar


April jar


May jar


June jar


July jar


August jar


September jar


October jar


November jar


December jar


what 365 thoughts look like

What 365 Good Thoughts look like

starting fresh 2014

Reset for 2014

And the lesson is….drink more wine!

While wine tasting in the Dundee area, my friend Dana and I noticed these candles made from cut wine bottles.  I figured there must be an easy DIY approach to the project, so I set out to peruse Pinterest.  I pinned a link for DIY bottle cutting that used simple things from home – yarn, nail polish remover, and a candle.  After many, many, many unsuccessful tries using this method, we gave up and took to the internet to find a solution.  That solution was the Generation Green Bottle cutter.  With a few clicks on Amazon, we ordered the bottle cutter and set out on a different path.  After reading the reviews, we knew that there would be some failures and it would take some practice, but we moved forward optimistically.  The process starts with scoring the bottle and then alternately dunking it into boiling water and ice water until the bottle breaks along the score.  We triumphantly cut the first test bottle and set forth with the actual wine bottles.  We had success with 3 wine bottles and then it was downhill from there.  We suspect that the thickness of the bottles may have had an effect on the success rate.  After 9 subsequent failures, we decided to move on to candle making.  We bought a block of wax because it was a good value.  However this created a lot of work for us because we had to break it up into smaller pieces.  Using a hammer, we took turns smacking the block of wax until we had small enough pieces to melt.  Once the hard work was complete, the act of melting wax, adding scent, and pouring was a snap.  Lessons learned – 1.  use jars that are already the size you want (you can always decorate them)   2.  Purchase wax that is already chipped into smaller pieces   3.  And finally, DRINK MORE WINE!  If you are going to cut your own bottles, you will need a lot of them with a failure rate of 75%!

bottles ready to go

Bottles ready to go

soaking yarn in remover string and candle

Yarn soaking in nail polish remover and string/candle ready to go

generation green bottle cutter

The Generation Green Bottle Cutter

scored bottle

First bottle scored

hot and cold dunk

The boiling water/ ice water dunking set-up


Successful break along the score

the thicker the glass

Unsuccessful break of one of the thicker bottles

getting wicks in place wicks ready

Setting and prepping the wicks

melting the wax

Melting the wax to the exact temperature

first pour

First pour of the hot wax

let the set begin

Wax setting

finished finished 2

The finished candles

drink up

So drink more wine!  Cheers!

Decorative Letters

While exploring Pinterest, I came across a lot of different ideas for making decorative letters .  Michael’s Crafts has wooden finished and unfinished versions for a few dollars, so I picked up some letters to try my hand at making my own.  I decided to wrap them in variegated yarn and decorate with felt and buttons.

button letter twine letter

The original inspiration pins

letter c prep letter o prep

Letter prep with materials

letter c ends letter c yarn wrap start letter o yarn wrap start

First, I covered the exposed ends of the letter “C” and then began the wrap.  With “O”, wrapping presented its own challenges- pushing the yarn length through the tiny center opening

letter c yarn wrap complete letter o yarn wrap complete

The completed yarn wrapped letters

letter c ready for bow letter o ready for bow

After adding the decorative buttons and felt

letter c complete letter o complete

The completed letters “C” and “O” – the decorative bow acts as the hanger

Crafty Coasters

You know those cardboard coasters that many people collect from different bars?  Before tossing them into the recycle bin, I wondered if there was something I could do with them.  Pinterest to the inspirational rescue.  I discovered two different ideas and kind of morphed them into my own take on it.  I didn’t have decoupage, so I checked out Pinterest and made my own. I grabbed some interesting papers and those cardboard coasters and decoupaged away.

coaster pin inspirationoriginal pin coasters

Original inspirations from Pinterest

decoupage diy

DIY decoupage

materials ready to go

Decoupage, coasters, sponge applicator

prepping the papers

I shredded the papers to apply to the coaster

starting to decoupagesaturate the coaster

I had to thoroughly saturate the coaster and paper to ensure adhesion

fully glazed

four completed

prop them up on cardboard scraps

I propped the coasters up on scrap cardboard to dry so they didn’t stick to the work area

trim the excess paper

After they completely dried, I trimmed off the excess paper along the edge

completed coasters

The four completed coasters

coaster in use

Coaster in use

pretty presentation

Tie them nicely with ribbon or yarn and they are a great handout at showers or weddings

(or simply a nice handmade gift for someone)

From boxy tee to rocker tee (an homage to the 80’s)

I bought a really cheap graphic tee at Old Navy.  It was extremely boxy and shapeless, but I knew I had pinned a bunch of ideas for cutting up tees.  So I went to my Pinterest Board- Fashion and found a few ideas.  I decided on one that is cut up a`la 80’s rocker style.  The LA summer print on the tee turns into strips of colors along the front.  I know summer is over, but fall is the layering season so this can easily be layered over top of a long sleeve tee or paired with a tank and a jean jacket.

original cut tee pin

Original Pin

the boxy tee

original graphic tee

cutting the strips

cutting the strips

cutting the hem

cutting the hem

cuttng the sleeves

creating a raglan-like sleeve

cutting the neckline

squaring off the neckline

final product

final look

Customizing IKEA

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I am moving into a new space and realized that I needed more storage and counter space in my bathroom.  I wanted something affordable, but didn’t want it to be cookie-cuttter.  Off to IKEA I went to search for a chest, shelving, or storage.  I found an affordable shelving option that would fit into the space nicely.  Then I needed to find bins to hide all of my stuff.  The bin I zeroed in on was the most expensive.  After adding up the total cost for 4 of them, I realized the bins would cost almost double the price of the shelving unit itself. So, I decided to get creative with the cheapest version.  I bought the cheaper bins and decided to use paint and a stencil to customize them.  I got the idea from this original pin on Pinterest:

original bin pin

Original pin inspiration

        the products

the shelf  and bins – ready for assembly

starting assembly

the shelf assembly begins

it's always the last screw

It’s always the last screw that gives you trouble

shelf assembled

The shelf assembled and put in place

aqua shimmer paint

Adding aqua shimmer paint with a stencil

aqua shimmer paint complete

Aqua shimmer paint complete

adding bronze shimmer paint

Adding bronze shimmer paint on top

bronze shimmer paint complete

Completed look

my helper

Little helper supervising the drying process

finished shelvingfinal in the space

The final shelving in the space

Recycle Glass In An Artful Way – Part 2

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I really enjoyed creating the different looks and combinations for the original yarn bottle projects.  There are limitless possibilities that one can achieve by using different yarns and embellishments.  I was inspired to see if I could use a combination of yarn and some of the decorator fabric samples I got at SCRAP.  I started with a spaghetti sauce jar and used 2 different yarns with 4 different fabrics.  I am really happy with the way the flower embellishment pulls it all together in the end.


The material and yarn combination

fabric start

Setting the fabrics first

chunky yarn

Topped with the chunky yarn

thin sparkly yarn

Completed the skinny yarn part

completed yarn wrapping

The final yarn/fabric wrapped bottle

finished product

And just a little flourish to pull it all together

up close of flower

Flower detail – 2 fabrics with 2 braided yarns wrapped in the center

Flowers from Egg cartons (a la Anthropologie window display)

I saw this original Pin on Pinterest and fell in love.  I thought these would be lovely cascading down in front of a window.  They could be used as tie-backs on curtains, positioned along the curtain rod, or draped on the corners of a four-poster bed. You control the colors (sort of) – at least you control the tone of the colors.  The saturation is completely up to the interaction of food coloring with the egg carton material.  This would be a lovely project with friends or children.  As you will see, a single egg carton doesn’t go very far.  So patience or a team effort would really help this project along.

original pin

Original pin – from an Anthropolgie store window

Basically you start with egg cartons and remove the lids.

egg crate

You need to cut them apart to create “cups”.

cutting apart 1sectionscutting apart 2

The outer shape of the cup is completely up to you.  I followed the blog link from the original Pin, but you could easily keep the edges squared off like the Anthrolopogie window display.

cut corners 2cut corners 1rounding corners 1rounding corner 2

The next step is to dye them.  I used food coloring with water.  I wanted a more saturated look, so I used a higher amount of food coloring.  The color combinations are up to you.  I would suggest prepping all the flower cups first and then dying all at one time so that you keep color consistency.  I also recommend wearing gloves to prevent dyed skin.

wear glovesletting egg flowers soak

I dried them on a paper towel with wax paper underneath to avoid any transfer to the counter surface.  While the flowers are still wet, you can add food coloring direct to the flower and allow it to saturate and spread out.  You can also “paint” the food coloring on as well.

drying time

After the flowers are completely dry, you can start to string them.  The spacing and placement is completely up to you.  I used a green raffia covered wire to string the flowers.  I twisted the wire around a pencil to create a spiral to hold the flowers in place.  You could easily use twine, yarn, real sticks.  Be as creative as you’d like.

ready to assemble

I created 3 strands of varying lengths using the 12 cups from a single egg carton.  To get the effect I would like, it seems I’ll needs at least another 4 egg cartons.  You can add leaves as well using the leftover material from cutting apart the egg cartons. So many possibilities, yet so little time!

finished garland stranddetail of garland

Not everything turns out the way it looks in pictures….

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

-Scott Adams

original painted vase pin

Original inspiration from Pinterest

I was inspired to try this enamel painted vase technique on an interesting shaped bottle.  I followed the instructions and noted any differences with the enamel paint that I was using.  I coated the interior of the bottle with the paint.  I turned it upside down to allow the paint to “settle” and the excess to drip out.  According to the instructions on my paint, you place the glass in a cold oven and preheat to 350 degrees.  Once heated, you bake for 30 minutes.  After the baking is done, you allow it to cool in the oven.  Sadly, when I opened the oven to see the “masterpiece”, I discovered that the paint pulled away from the glass in many areas (see photos below).  Luckily I could just cover it with yarn as I did in one of my earlier projects.  I really think the way the variegated yarn colors randomly created the stripe on the “fixed” vase is quite lovely.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  There is a life lesson in here somewhere…..  Not everything will turn out the way you had hoped.  But just taking the chance opens your mind to new possibilities.


the supplies

starting to paint

Starting to paint the interior

coating the interior

Almost fully coated

fully covered

Allowing the excess to settle and drip out

after baking

after baking 2

The failed “masterpiece”

fixed vase

And the “fix”