Wednesday, March 30, 2011

{Yo, Yo!} How'd You Make That Shirt??

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So, today was stormy and rainy--the perfect kind of day to craft! And that's exactly what I did. I decided to embellish a t-shirt with yo-yos. I have a whole bag full of them, just waiting to be used. If you want to make a shirt like mine, the only other supplies you'll need are some thread, a needle, and some buttons. Here's what I did:

I went through my closet and found a t-shirt I never wear. This, my friends, is the neglected shirt. Sad, I know. But there is hope in his future. . .

I then dug through my bag of yo-yos and found the ones I liked. I used varying colors and patterns, 'cuz that's how I roll. I placed them along the neckline of the shirt to get an idea of a pattern I liked, like this:

I then began sewing them on. As I was attaching them, I sewed a button in the middle of each yo-yo. I just randomly selected buttons. I dig randomness--it's easy and it looks cool. Just sayin'.

Drum roll, please! And here's the finished product!

And here's a picture of some random girl wearing the shirt. . .

I should really pay her in chocolate for modeling the shirt for me, don't ya think? I mean, it's only fair!

By the way, if you haven't figured it out yet, "random" is the word of the day. So, go grab yourselves some random yo-yos, a random t-shirt, and randomly go to town! Have fun, peeps!

I'll be linking up this project here:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My First Giveaway!!!

Here it is, folks! My first giveaway. Ever. This headband is from the jewelry and accessory business owned by the Momster and I: Poetic Culture. Do ya dig it? Well, you can WIN IT!

Here's How to Enter:

1. Click the "follow" button on this blog's home page.

2. Comment on this post and tell me why you dig this headband.

3. Eat a cupcake.

4. Just making sure you are paying attention. . .

5. That's it! Your name is now entered in the giveaway--even if you didn't eat a cupcake (but, why would you pass up an opportunity like that?)

A winner will be selected on Friday, April 8, 2011!

And the winner is. . .

akscanlon99, who said "I dig this headband! It brought to mind my dad-in-law saying that there is nothing prettier than a girl with a flower in her hair. Made me smile! :)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Jazz Up an Ordinary T-Shirt

Want to add some style to your wardrobe but unsure of where to start? Well. . . everybody’s got a t-shirt in their closet, right? I’m not talking about the t-shirt you bum around the house in—you know, the oversized, boxy one with the gross soy sauce (and Lord only knows what else) stains? Nope. I’m talking about the nice and fitted t-shirts you own. If you don’t own one, go out and get yourself one! Okay, here’s a super-easy way to jazz up your t-shirt. You can use a solid-color shirt. If you’re feeling more adventurous like me, use a patterned t-shirt. Start by choosing three of your favorite brooches. They really don't even have to match--in fact, it's almost better if they don't. Pin them to your shirt in a cluster like this:

That’s it! Pretty cute, huh? Not to mention simple!

While you’re at it, go ahead and add some leopard print. Meow!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Goodwill Hunting

The craziest thing happened to me yesterday. It was like any other day. I was driving to the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions, when suddenly; my car automatically turned on its blinker, turned into a strangely familiar parking lot, and parked itself. When I looked up, this is what I saw:


Okay, okay, this isn’t exactly what I saw. However, this IS how Goodwill looks in my dreams—all bright and glowing, with angels floating around singing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” So, has YOUR car ever driven you to your favorite thrift shop, restaurant, or store? I thought so. Alright, back to reality. The Goodwill in my neck of the woods is nice, but it’s definitely not this swanky. But, hey, it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Yesterday wasn’t a pee-in-your-pants-because-I-found-the-coolest-thing-ever kind of day, but I did find this little jewel:

I just love this quilt! It looks so “vintagey.” It was $1.99. Can I get a holla? By the way, I picked up that nifty chair a few months ago at the GW for $2.50! Booyah!

Today I went perusing some yard sales with the Momster (not to be confused with monster). Again, I didn’t find anything earth-shattering, but I got some cool things that I’m going to make over, and some I’ll use as they are. Here are a few of my treasures:

I really like this frame, but I love the mat because of its unique circular cut-out. Yep, gonna jazz this baby right up!

I love this frame, but the picture of the creepy kid’s gotta go. Nothing a little paint can’t fix!

Ah, the twin bird bookends. No, it’s not an optical illusion—the bird on the right is missing his beak. Ouch.

I just love old books. These will probably go under a lamp or on my mantle. Decisions, decisions. . .

This cute teacup is actually the Momster's, but it accidentally ended up in my bag. Oops. (Insert evil laugh here).

There you have it, folks. Pretty soon my thrifty finds will have brand new looks. I’ll keep you posted. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spice Up a Spice Rack

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Well, this is it. After several months of pondering the idea of starting my own craft blog, here I am creating my first post. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved making old things new again and finding unique purposes for everyday stuff. Lately, I’ve been working on the daunting task of organizing my craft studio. It’s so incredibly messy that I’d honestly be embarrassed for a burglar to break in and see it. But even if someone did break in, they’d think somebody had already beat them to it once they took one look at the mess! So, in my attempts to begin organizing my supplies, I decided to convert an old spice rack into a bead organizer. I wish I could tell you I came up with this nifty idea on my own, but I gotta give my Mom the props. I came across this jewel at a yard sale and knew it was perfect for my project:

Do you see the price sticker? One. Stinkin’. Dollar! It was definitely in my budget! However, the style was a little, um, er, Brady Bunchish, and the plastic eagle at the top of the rack didn’t exactly make me feel all warm and fuzzy, if you know what I mean. So, first thing’s first. I performed an “eagleectomy” and cleaned this bad boy up. He was covered in nastiness—a lovely mixture of grease and dust. I wiped down the rack and threw the kiddos (glass jars) into the hot tub (sink of soapy water) to soak for a spell. Check out Rosemary and Ginger hanging out—those two are inseparable.

I decided to paint the rack turquoise since it’s my second favorite color, right behind green. Here are the two shades of turquoise that I used:

 I used a “dry brush” technique, which means I dipped my brush in the paint and blotted a good bit of it off. I then painted the rack with a light hand to get a “hit and miss” effect. I mixed the two shades of paint together in some spots to get a mottled look. I allowed the original wood to show through in some places for a rustic feel. Finally, I painted the knobs on the little drawers at the bottom of the rack a shade of red. Please disregard my disgusting-looking painting towel.

After drying the glass bottles, I filled them with beads and placed them on the rack in my craft studio. Pretty sweet, eh? Nifty organization for $1, some paint, and some elbow grease. You can’t beat it with a stick! Holla!

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