Thursday, December 29, 2011


A majority of my inspiration for our made Christmas gifts came from Pinterest.  This place is where time goes to die.  Seriously you will log in at 8 and next thing you know it is 11 o clock.  There is soooo much “crap” in one place its unbelievable.  

I found many things that I tried to make for gifts and they just didn’t make it.  One of them is  the recycled can covered in a tie  transformation into a cute little bracelet. 
Picture via Pinterest

Ya well as cute as it is in that picture I couldn’t for the life of me make it work.  Once I got the can cut and glued the tie on the cuff became huge and unwearable.   
Next up on my unable to create list would be these beautiful roses.
Picture via Pinterest

Take a good look at them....they are coffee filters??!!! Ya looks simple enough to recreate.  Off I went to the store and picked up some coffee filters sat my little helper down and we painted some filters. Then mommy cut and rolled like the pictures showed and there was no possible way the mess in my hands was going to magically turn into those pretty things.  
Ahhh... thankfully it takes A LOT to make me discouraged and I tried yet another of my pinned items.  
Picture via Pinterest

These cute little stools caught my eye and I couldn’t stop thinking about them.  Because the link on Pintrest led me to a site from another country that I couldn’t read I decided to wing it.  My husband found small legs at a local thrift shop and attached them to circles he cut from random wood we had from construction projects.  I took a vintage sheet ripped it into strips and used that as my crochet thread.  I was very happy with my results and so was mommy when she opened them on Christmas morning.  

Stay tuned,  I had more projects that turned out nicely then I had bomb.  ;) 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Twine Cowboy Lamps

A friend at work sent me a link to a site that made twine lights. I thought I would give it a try and make them gifts for Christmas.

What you need:

Twine: There are two kinds of twine. The cheap stuff for a dollar and the polished twine for five dollars at Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart twine is open stock which is nice because you know if you run out they are always going to carry it. What is nice about the polished twine is it is easier to work with and with the twine lights I noticed that the polished twine dries harder. The twine for a dollar I found at my local Dollar General store. This stuff is thinner and is not polished...more of a rough feel. However, it does not dry as hard as the polished twine but it does instead have a more finished look to the lamp when it is complete.

Glue: I used Tacky Glue and I would like everyone who buys this to get it at Wal-Mart. It runs about three dollars cheaper than Michaels or JoAnns charges.

Balloons: I used cheap balloons from the Dollar Store. The bad thing about balloons are it is hard to find a perfect round balloon. This sucks if you are making more than one lamp (light fixture perhaps?). You can also use a round ball from the kids section of Wal Mart. They sell these balls for about a dollar and they are a perfect round shape.

Next you will need to dump some glue into a bowl. Blow up a balloon to your desired shape or size. You will then moisten the twine with the glue. I just dipped my fingers in the glue and then ran it along the twine. This helped with there being no excess glue clumped all over. Wrap the balloon with the twine. When you like what it looks like stop and let the balloon dry overnight.

To make sure the balloon dried without sticking to anything, I hung it on a hanger to dry overnight.

I left a small opening at one end of the balloon for placing a light bulb/light fixture.

After 24 hours take the balloon and pop it. If you use a balloon this is easy because after the balloon is popped it will then be easy to remove. If you are using one of the child toy balls it will be harder to remove the ball.

Now your twine ball is ready for a light! I upcycled an old window light (friendship light/candle) and placed the twine ball on top of it. This made a nice table lamp. I also used my twine balls to replace old lamps on a lighting fixture I had. You can also see that picture above as well. The candle table lamp was made with the polished twine and the ceiling fixture was made with the unpolished dollar twine.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Gifts, Christmas, and the lack of a camera.

Hello!  We have been gone for a while, a long while.  I have no reason for it really, mostly because I forget to take any pictures when I make something.

MOVING on, Christmas is close, yes it is only the 2nd, but this year we are doing things a bit different in my family.   Our gifts we are giving are all going to be made and or upcycled, well except for the gifts Santa leaves. :)

Im going to try to share as many as I can on here, before Christmas so maybe you will wanna try some too.   Some will have to wait so that all members of the family won't see their gifts. :) I have to tell you this has been the most fun I have ever had shopping for Christmas.  There is real thought going into each and every item.  Our weekends are filled with thrifting at second hand stores and our weeks are filled with construction.

I have been scouring the internet getting ideas for many many gifts and together we work through them.  Some we scrap even though they look great on other peoples sites, when we try it and rework they just don't work.

Today I am going to share 2 items, the first is an infinity type scarf I made for my mom's birthday.  I again didn't take any pictures  but the site I will post has nice ones and my project turned out exactly like hers aside from the color.  I used lion brand thick and quick in an eggplant color.  This was a very easy pattern and I think even a beginner could make this.  I highly suggest this as a gift or for yourself!

Picture and pattern from The Crimson Owl. Great site go visit!
 Ok so next up is something I really wanted to work but just didn't.  I found this project on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it.  The site has a great set of instructions that make it look so easy.  Its so hard to believe that those cute flowers are q-tips!  YES Q-TIPS!  I have found other sites that recreated these little numbers with no problem so I am thinking it was just me.   My q-tips kept falling out.  Im pretty sure I am going to give this one another try because I really really like them.  AND even though I am having problems with mine, I still suggest this one to others!

Picture and Instructions from Homemade Ginger, check them out!

Well that is all for today.  Ill be back in a day or so with some things I am making using vintage sheets!  Im excited! Fingers crossed that what is in my head turns out just as great!

Happy gift making!