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Bleach pen graphic tees (attempt #2- success!)

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Back in January, I attempted to follow a Pin I found on Pinterest.  The Pin showed how to revitalize old tees by adding bleach graphics to them.  The first attempt at three different t-shirts failed.  I have since discovered that only the Clorox Bleach Pen for WHITES works.  The other bleach pens are not strong enough to bleach colors.  This time I only attempted one t-shirt to see if it would work.  The bleached out color was a surprise, but it did work.  Now I can use this technique on other things – old canvas bags, placemats, tablecloths, etc…

original pin

Original Pin inspiration

bleach for whites

Clorox Bleach Pen for Whites

prepping tee

Prepping the tee using paper & wax paper underneath

design in bleach

Drawing the design

design bleaching in

The bleach doing its work

in water bath

Water bath to stop the bleach

after rinsed off

Ready for the washing machine

and out of the wash

out of the wash…

finished product

Finished t-shirt

Tin Can Transformation

Every time I open a can of veggies or soup, I think about the many project ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest.  After collecting a bunch of cans, I thought it was time to give one of the projects a try.  I was drawn to the visual on one pin I found.  However it didn’t have a project associated to it.  So I made up my own version based on the inspiration.  The finished products can be used to store office supplies or make-up brushes or anything you can think to store in them.

Supplies:

  • cans in various sizes (or all the same if that is the desired end result)
  • decorative papers (or tissue paper)
  • Glue
  • sponge applicator
  • Rub’n Buff in antique gold
  • metal brads (if desired- or any other decorative items)

original pin can

Original Pin inspiration

supplies

Cans and the papers to cover them

glue

Use the sponge applicator to apply glue to can

base paper

Cut paper to size and wrap around can- I used a two-handed twisting motion around the can to ensure that the paper adhered completely & applied extra glue at the overlap seam

paper stripe

Adding the center band

paper completepaper on all 3

The brown center band applied

adding gold

Applying the antique gold Rub’nBuff – I love this stuff!

gold accents on can

Adding the metallic finish to the top and bottom edges and blending on the paper

gold paper flowers

I made paper flowers that are finished using the antique gold and metal brads

small can complete

I glued the paper flower direct to the finished can

cans complete

The completed trio

cans in use

The completed cans in use

medium can complete

Bleach pen graphic tees (attempt #1 failed)

As I was perusing Pinterest last week, I came across a project to revive old t-shirts (or at least give them a new lease on life and maybe wear them again!).  The premise was simple – use a Clorox Bleach Pen to draw graphics on the t-shirts, rinse off and wash/dry.  I found 3 t-shirts that I almost never wear and rolled up my sleeves to get to work.  I decided to draw them freehand after making some doodles in my sketchbook.  I was really happy with the two bolder looks and let them sit to supposedly bleach away.  When I checked on the progress 15 minutes later, I was sad to see that there was no change in color.  So I let them sit another 15 minutes.  After more than 30 minutes, the bleach still wasn’t working.  I thought perhaps the content of the t-shirts may have something to do with it.  Two of them were mostly cotton with a touch of polyester, but one was 100% cotton and should be affected by bleach. I decided to rinse them off and chalk this up to a lesson.  But I’m still trying to figure out the lesson….t-shirt content?  Bleach strength?  Color of dye?  This will require a trip to the store to look at the different bleach pens to see if there is one specifically for whites (and therefore a higher concentration).  To be continued……..

 original pin

Original Pin

supplies

Supplies

brown tee start

Prepping the t-shirt with waxed paper and newspaper

brown tee dots

Simple first design on brown tee

orange tee pattern

A little more creative on tee #2

green tee tree

My favorite design (that sadly washed away….)

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

Ta-dah!

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:

-Outings

-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

travel

support and love

sparkly headband

January Jar

January

February jar

February

March jar

March

April jar

April

May jar

May

June jar

June

July jar

July

August jar

August

September jar

September

October jar

October

November jar

November

December jar

December

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

success

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