Friday, November 2, 2012

This Little Light of Mine... a thrift store lamp redo

Earlier this week I went to a local thrift store to look for something to use for my own last minute halloween costume, on the way in the door I saw this lamp. It was still on the porch, hadn't even been brought in to be checked over or priced. I've been wanting to try spray painting a lamp, so when I found out that it worked & was only $5, I bought it.

I had to wipe off all of the dust and then took off the shade & harp (I wouldn't be re-purposing these... at least not for this lamp). I used some masking tape to cover up the top where I didn't want it painted. 

 Then I was able to tuck the whole cord up into lamp to prevent it from being painted on (otherwise I'd have put it in a plastic bag & used tape to keep it from being painted  too).
This was when I noticed for the first time that there is an extra socket to make the base of the lamp light up too... however I'm pretty sure that this additional light would make the marks from being spray painted more visible so I'm not going to try it ... or hunt down an extra night light bulb to try it, well at least for now). ;) 


I feel like the lamp had some pretty details on it. 

 Then it was time to paint. This was after 1 coat of paint. I ended up using the whole can. :)

Here it is in our living room on the sofa table behind the couch.  I found a cute lampshade at Wal-Mart for $12 (this was perfect - ended up being cheaper than buying a new plain on and recovering with fabric).

 The paint didn't completely cover the brass on the top & bottom of the lamp, but that's ok. I probably would've bought some sort of antiquing glaze to give it that look on the metal parts anyway. :)

I'm super happy with the results. And can't wait to do my next one... I just need to decide on the color. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

How I salvaged my floor register vent covers... for $7

Do your register covers look like this? Or worse (some of ours did)...
This is how I took care of the problem for $7!
We have lived in our house for about 2.5 years now. During that entire time the register covers for the floor vents have always bothered me. In the master bedroom they were pink (yes pink!) even though the carpet had been replaced with a neutral tan, next to doors they had scratches & rust, and the kitchen ones were even nasty brass (but rusty in spots)... 
Needless to say I've always wanted to replace them... but well every time I'd go to Home Depot & start loading up my shopping cart with new ones (even the boring tan metal ones) the cost would add up so fast. For our main floor alone I need 11! And when I wanted the ones that were atleast $15, well now you know why 2.5 years later I still had gross/blah looking register covers. ;)

 Then other day on pinterest I saw a pin that described how the person used spray paint to clean theirs up. And I thought to myself, "WOW! What a great idea, I need to do that." Then today while at Home Depot I found some Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered spray paint, that is the Dark Bronze color with a Hammered effect. OMG! I love this stuff! It was on sale for $6.97 and I only bought 1 can, but now I need more because I was only able to get 7 covers done and I still need to finish the other 5. 

All I did was pull mine out, was them off (then vacuum out the vents -eeewww it was gross... just one of those tasks I never really think to tackle), layed them out on newspaper & started spraying. It dried fairly quickly between coats and I love the texture that the Rust-Oleum "Hammered" gives.
Now for some before & after pictures

The  Dark Bronze cover is finished and the other 2 are prior to being painted. 
See the little bit of texture? I like it!
Upclose a finished cover vs the rust, chipped finish cover. Ick! Wasn't that gross?

Sooo much better! Thank you Rust-Oleum!!

And I realize that it's going to cost me another $7 to do the rest of the register covers on the first floor, but hey $14 total to get all 11 done is a heck of a lot better than the $170 I was looking at to replace them all!

I've been having LOTS of fun around here with chalk paint & spray paint, so keep an eye out for a few more posts soon! Tomorrow I'll be ready to post about my "new" thrift store lamp project and consignment store sewing table!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Time to cowboy up!

well ok, not really...

We were recently invited to a good friend's little boys 3rd birthday. My friend goes all out with her parties for his birthday, seriously she does amazing parties for him. Like everything that I see on Pinterest/Etsy and love, but am too cheap or lazy to get around to doing it (b/c I tend to procrastinate on these things) she does. And they are big parties too, not just 6 or 7 little kids. My hat's off to you (well I guess her hat, since as part of the party we brought home 3 straw cowboy hats). ;) Great party! Maybe next year I'll you plan my kids birthdays!

But I digress...

I new that she was going to go all out for the theme of the party so I wanted to have something fun & theme appropriate for my daughter to wear.  I've also been waiting for the right inspiration to make a horse themed set for her, but didn't want to make something that would only get worn for 1 or 2 times. I'm so glad that I waited. I had the 2 Joel Dewberry fabrics since last winter, but only recently found a pony print fabric that I liked at a local quilt shop.

For my skirt pattern I used the free tutorial from Dana Made It (link here) luckily her measurements were the same as what I'd need for a 2/3. I made a couple of changes though- I didn't add pockets this time, but might some other time and I just serged the bottom layer and left it plain (didn't turn up the hem). I liked it like this and frankly it was easier (there I said it)... sometimes finishing the hem can be the reason I don't finish a project (just ask the almost completed reversible jumper dress hanging in my basement!)

Well enough chatter, here's the finished result...

See I love it so much I had to put 3 almost identical pictures on here :)

Foofa? What's a Foofa?

I had a friend contact me in early July about making a Foofa shirt for her daughter's 2nd birthday party. I was like "uh, what's a Foofa?" ... Apparently there is at least 1 toddler show that my kids have never managed to watch often enough for me to know that Foofa is a character from Nick Jr's show,  Yo-Gaba-Gaba.

Well, okay then. Yes I can make one of these. I think, I hope, I tried it. It turned out pretty cute. My own daughter 2 year old daughter certainly loved it & wanted it when she found me hand sewing on the little eyelashes. ;) 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Now on Facebook!

A couple of weeks ago I started a facebook page because I'd begun getting quite a few requests for shirts via my personal page. So now this way I hope its easier to keep up with what I've been making or to order. I still plan on doing my blog though, because I'll still like to share not only my sewing but other crafty type projects as I get them done around here. :)

Here is the link to my facebook page! Please feel free to Like it & share with your friends. :) Or just click on the logo image above.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More Ninjagos

I had another order for Ninjago shirts... this time they got shipped off to Canada yesterday! Kinda makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside to think I have international customers. :) Kai and Jay shirts for one lucky boy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

A rockin' first birthday

A family that is very special to us has  little girl who turns 1 today. She needed this for one of her birthday parties. :)  She wore this with a red ruffled diaper cover and was just adorable.

Fashionista Applique

A while back I had a sweet momma message me to make a ninjago shirt for her son, but she also wanted a shirt for her daughter that could coordinate with some of her pieces from her new Matilda Jane Co. - Serendipity Line favorites. Luckily she already had the perfect color of tshirt that she sent to me along with a few of the mesh bags that MJC likes to package their items in, one of them from the line last fall even had a nice button on it that I was able to use. I already had all of these fabrics here - one is a great match for the line (its the blue that's the main part of the purse) and the shoe fabric is one of my all time favorite fabrics too. I love the sweet result of it & hope she does too!

And here is the "Jay" Ninjago shirt for her little boy too! 

Thanks for your order! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Upcycle that Applique!

We are a family that LOVES the St Louis Cardinals. My husband and boys have almost entire drawers full of cardinals shirts, but my daughter has 1 girly cardinals t shirt and its almost too small (well she has a few hand me downs from the boys... but she doesn't leave home in them). :) 
A while ago I started to attempt to make her an upcycled dress out of recycled cardinals shirts from my husbands pile of shirts that might have a hole or small stain on them - the beauty of upcycling one of his shirts is that chances are really good that I can just cut around the bad part. Weeeeellllllll.... summer is really here and I just haven't found the time, energy or confidence in myself to finish this dress. 
But I was looking at this one section of it that had an applique on it vs a screen print tshirt. I also knew that I had purchased a really cute, but simple navy and white stripe tank top from Old Navy this spring, but hadn't figured out what it pair with it or to applique on it. Yesterday it struck me to put the two items together. This is the result! I love it. :) 

What I did is just cut a piece of fusible webbing, ironed it on to the back of the applique, cut out the shape I liked, laid it right on top of the tank, ironed it on w/ the steam setting and then used a straight line stitch around the edges to hold it down. :) I also used some fray check to keep the raw edges nice. 
It took about 30-45minutes. Quick & easy. MUCH simpler & faster than any other appliques I've done for about the last year! 
GO Cards!

Now I still need to make that dress & have that baseball fabric I mentioned before to do something with too. Oh well, she does have a pair of super cute red, ruffled shorties to wear with it too. 

More fun custom appliques!

I had a couple of fun requests lately for customs. 

The first is a set of Big Sister/Big Brother shirts for an old friend that's going to be announcing her 3rd baby soon. Congrats again friend! We thought it would be fun to have a bit of coordination in the shirts but since she has 1 daughter and 1 son, well we'd give them boy/girl options. So I used the same green/white dot fabric and then the turquoise & red gingham's are the same vintage fabric different colorways.  I've been hoarding the baseball fabric for something for my daughter... but thought I'd share a little corner of it for this sweet little boy. :) 

Then I had another customer whose planning a trip to Disney. She bought the cutest Minnie ruffled shorties from Loves Me Not Clothing Co. see HERE and wanted something casual to wear with them. I was able to put this together for her daughter and then we did a Mickey for her son too. I used my cricut expression with a Mickey cartridge to cut out the shapes and letters. The best part is I was worried at first about how to get the size ratio of the letters to mouse correct, I'd totally forgotten that there are options for each letter to be cut into the mouse. Worked out perfect!
I hope they have a magical trip next week!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lalaloopsy Birthday Shirt

I recently had a friend contact me and ask me if I could make a shirt for her little girl's 5th birthday. She's got a cute Lalaloopsy Theme - complete with a Lalaloopsy costume picked out for her, BUT... just in case it was too hot or she gets tired of it my friend wanted something for her to wear that still went along with the theme. I was thrilled that she asked me to make something for 2 reasons - # 1 I love to do these & help people find the right shirt, #2 because I think Lalaloopsy dolls (big, mini, soft, medium... all of them) are so darn cute. :)
Here's what I came up with after she said she wanted something with a doll holding a balloon & some buttons on it. She mentioned that one of her daughters favorites was the Sugar Crumbs doll (if you've seen some of my other Lala appliques you'll note that in the past I've just put fabrics together that I liked) so this time I did a pretty close remake of the original working with what I had on hand & could find. I did use real buttons & hand stitched them all on + hand stitching for the mouth - all of which prompts me to really recommend a wash on gentle & line dry (which I always recommend anyway). 

I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A little something for the boys...

I have posted before how my boys are obsessed with the new Lego Ninjago series... well I'd been promising them Ninjago Shirts for a while, so I finally got around to making them... which then has resulted in some more orders of them.
I'm finding that the little details on these, combined with having the kids home for summer (no preschool) is making it take a bit longer to get my projects done. But I'm starting to get back into a groove.

Here are the ones I've done so far...
1.) Jay (my son)

2. Kai (my son)

3. Zane (customer)

4. Jay (customer) 

I've got some more orders for more Jay & Kai - those seem to be the favorites of all the kids. :)

My boys request to wear them multiple times per week - looks like I need to find time to make more for them too!

If you'd like to order one - here's a link to my custom information, though I currently charge $20+ship for these because of the extra little details on them. :) CUSTOM SHIRTS