The Bow Bag

I don’t recall exactly when I joined Pinterest, but I do recall that this pin was one of the first ten I repinned. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to make one right away. Unfortunately, I did not have the same luxury as the writer of the tutorial–I did not have a coupon for a faux leather fabric. So I waited. Then a week or so ago, after at least a year of looking for discounted material, I finally found a large enough remnant. At last I have my bow bag.

WP_000635PhotoCrop_2013-05-07_04-02-11-PM  It was worth the wait. Already, I am scheming to make a matching wallet. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial! I didn’t follow it exactly, but it’s great. And don’t get scared when you see that her blog is in French; the tutorial is available in both French and English.


Ukulele Makeover

You may have seen my guitar and bass makeover posts. Now I’ve added a new one to the collection–a ukulele! Design ideas were tossed around (pineapples, hibiscuses, etc.), but nothing seemed right until the Japanese print artistic style popped up in conversation. This is what it yielded.

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I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, but tell me what you think. What would you have done differently?

The Lighter Side of Laundry

Scenario: My brother bought a new laundry bin for school.

Problem: The new bin is the same color as his roommate’s laundry bin.

Solution: Apply distinguishing feature to bin. This is where I come in.

My mother asked me if I would do the honors; she expected I would be able to do something creative with it. I was not as optimistic. You see, the bin he got is one of those pop-up mesh jobs; I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to design on mesh. Regardless, I agreed to try.

First I needed a good design. Something simple that would show up well. A number of cartoon characters popped into my mind. And then…I saw an opportunity for some humor.

If you’ve never watched classic Disney cartoons, you really must. You can watch tons of them on YouTube, but for now, just watch this 1956 gem. It is necessary for the joke to make sense.


This is one of my family’s favorite cartoons. We sing the song and do the little dance. I also do a mean impersonation of the park ranger. Anyway, it’s a fitting cartoon to reference on the laundry bag, since it’s about tidying up and it’s called “In the Bag.” I couldn’t get a good picture of the park ranger (Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore), so I just went with an image of Humphrey, the lovable bear.

HumphreyDidn’t that turn out so well? I couldn’t believe it. And it still looks good when the bin is full.

HumphreyAre you curious about how I did it? Here’s how:

1. Find your desired image. Remember that you are working on mesh, so it can’t be too detailed of a design.

2. Print it out in the size you want it to be on the bin.

3. Place and tape the paper on the inside of the bin with the image facing out. To be safe you should probably tape the edges from both the inside and outside. It is critical that the design stay put.

4. Trace the design in marker. I used waterproof markers to be safe; sometimes washable markers rub off or fade. (I used my brand new Faber Castell markers my brother got me for Christmas.) Don’t get carried away with coloring. Less is quite likely more. RESIST THE URGE TO PULL THE PAPER AWAY TO SEE HOW WELL YOU’RE DOING AS YOU GO. You run the risk of not putting it back exactly where it was before and making your design look all disproportionate. Just be patient.

5. Pull off the paper and reveal.

This project is perfect for the college dorm and the child’s bedroom!

Time: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: ♦ ♦  This project doesn’t require an excessive amount of dexterity, but it does require forethought and patience.

Cost: ♦  These mesh bins can be purchased for as little as $1 (The Dollar Tree) or bigger/higher quality ones can be found at higher prices (at places like Target).

Happy Holidays

I did it! I graduated from college (a couple weeks ago)! I didn’t get back to blogging right away, though, because I had lots of secret Christmas crafting to do. You will see the results of that soon. I have all kinds of ideas for blog posts bouncing around in the old noggin. In the meantime, I just thought I’d share with you a picture of the present I gave to my dad.

A watercolor painting of my grandma:

Wasn’t she lovely?

See you again soon!

The Sleeve Weave

Coming to you live (or at least something akin to it) from finals week! Still got things to do, but last night I found the time to fit in one quick refashioning project.

A few years ago, as happens to so many girls, my younger brother got taller than me. It was an irritating process–at first, “Look, Bex, my feet fit perfectly in your shoes!” Later, “I’ll have to go put my shoes on to get the mail…Becky’s shoes are too small for my feet anymore.” Yes, brother, I get it. You are bigger than me. I don’t care. Please stop trying to make me care. Eventually, he did. And eventually…I started getting his hand-me-downs–wahoo!

I’ve been recycling his regular t-shirts for a couple years now and only in the last few months have I branched out to polos and other fabrics and cuts. Last night, I decided to do something with an old one of those great cotton baseball shirts–you know, the kind with where the sleeves and the body are contrasting colors. I’d show you a “before and after”, but because I wasn’t particularly optimistic about this project, I didn’t take a “before” picture. I’ll just let you use your imagination and tell you that it was a masculine cut that was a just little too large on me and not too flattering.

I decided to use a cool technique which I found the instructions for here (the directions are in the pictures under the large primary picture at left). With said instructions, I created this.

Sleeve WeaveDoesn’t that sleeve look awesome? Doing this definitely made the sleeves more fitting and feminine. And if you’ve looked at the instructions already, you know the best part–it’s no-sew! Hard to believe, huh? Let me know if you try it and can’t get the hang of it. I’ll make an actual tutorial of my own. (Sometimes it helps to just see or hear things in a different way, I know.

I called this post “The Sleeve Weave,” obviously, because the sleeves are woven, but you can use this technique to achieve other effects in other places. You can expect to see more from me in the future, tweaking this technique.

I’m BAAAAAaaack!

Hello my friends! I told you I’d have a new post soon and a little later than sooner, here it is! I’m going to blame my tardiness on one of my friends.

You see, this summer, while I was in Colorado for my internship, one of the other interns there had a birthday. I decided I should make him a gift. He is a fan of all things Coca-Cola, so I wanted to do something along those lines. Then that thought had a brain-child with another: neither he nor I are native Coloradans (I am from the east coast and he is from the Great Lakes region). I thought it might be nice to commemorate our time in Colorado.This was the result.

There’s my friend wearing his new shirt with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

Actually, as I was designing the graphic on my computer to make a stencil, I knew I was going to want a shirt for myself, so I went ahead and made two while I was at it.

Here’s me wearing my shirt…with a much less epic background.

Anywho, I thought it turned out really well. Oh, and the reason it’s my friend’s fault that I didn’t post ’til now, is that his birthday was in early August, and he didn’t get his picture to me until yesterday, in the middle of October. (Truly, I have no excuse, though, for not posting about something else. Unless you count the fact that it’s my final semester before graduation and school is keeping me busy.)

I do intend to be posting more regularly again, so stay tuned!

Making Books Come Alive

I finally did something today that I’ve wanted to do ever since I saw one man’s brilliant work a little over a year ago. Thomas Allen is an artist that creates amazing work out of books.

Clearly, this man is rather brilliant. I will include the link to his site, but with the warning that a fair amount of his content is for mature audiences only. A lot of it is more than a little risque. Even his website header. I try to run a clean, family-friendly site–so you’ve been warned. thomasallenonline

I created my own book art out of a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s Captain Courageous, printed in 1963. (It was originally published as a serial in McClures in 1897.)See what I did with it!

Pretty neat, huh?