Craft

More Curtain Panels For The Refashioning Pile!!

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So my wrap skirt from the shower curtain refashion went over a treat and it has gotten me back in the refashioning state of mind.  I went out the other day and got some more curtain panels for some future refashioning projects.

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These black and white flowered curtain panels were each priced separately and differently; one was $3.99 the other was $7.99 but the lovely clerk at Value Village gave them to me both for $3.99 each.  There is lots of fabric here and I am thinking of making a swing dress with the panels.  Pockets of course!!

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This panel is a shower curtain in a lovely blue, green and cream pattern which I can envision as a lovely top or, I know, another dress.  How many dresses does a girl need?  But I do donate and rotate my closet regularly so I am not overloading it.

Keep tuned for future refashions with these beautiful curtain panels as they become new clothes for me!  Cheers, Michele

Learning To Turn A Wooden Bowl With My Dad Part 2!!

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So my beautiful bowl is finally finished, and I can cross this challenge off my bucket list.  The last coats of friction polish are now on it and it is packed in my suitcase ready to take home to Ottawa.  I had a wonderful time learning how to turn wood on a lathe with my dad and will treasure this bowl for the amazing memories of this time we shared as a tangible reminder.

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This is what we started with on the lathe.

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Here is the inside of the bowl, I think the dark brown wood grain looks like a buffalo running across the prairie, which is appropriate since I was born in Manitoba, which is Buffalo country.

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This is the outside of the bowl.

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Here are the three bowls made so far out of the four chunks of cherry wood that a friend of my dad’s gave him.  The one on the far right is mine, the other two were turned by my dad.  What do you think of my newly learned craft?  I am absolutely delighted with the results.  Cheers, Michele

Shoe Refashion!! Painting With Fabric Paint!

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I purchased these shoes, at a shoe outlet store, for only $20 for both pairs.  So not technically thrifting, but thrifty.

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I already have this exact same style in black and nude faux leather and love them so much.  They are the most comfortable flats ever and I get so many compliments on them.  These are in a light blue denim but I am going to change all that.

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To change these shoes, I used masking tape, fabric paint, a sponge brush and the shoes.

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I carefully masked off the soles of each shoe with the painter’s tape.  And then began applying a thin layer of paint to them.

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I let them dry for 4 hours and then removed the tape. Ta da!!  Brand new shoes in a beautiful bright red and  bright blue.  Two colours which I think I will get much more use out of and I will be adding these thrifty hand-painted shoes to my collection.  What do you think?  Cheers, Michele

More Sparkly Things!! Another Jewelry Thrift and Refashion!

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These earrings and pendant were purchased for $5.99 at Value Village.  I loved them for the dangling beads and pendant pieces.

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So what I used were two gold shepherd’s hooks, and two pairs of round-nosed jewelry pliers and the earrings.

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First I used the pliers to open the ring holding the pendants to the earrings.

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Then I just attached the shepherd’s hook to the rings and closed them up.

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It took me about 5 minutes or less to make and now I have some pretty sparkly earrings to wear in the summer with a pretty dress.  I have used the smaller rings of red beads to make other earrings in the same manner.  What do you think of my little refashion?  I still have tons of parts left from these pieces to make more earrings.  Cheers, Michele

I Love Sparkly Things!! Another Jewelry Refashion!

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I got these beads a long time ago at Value Village for $1.99 in a plastic bag mixed with other beads.  I sorted these clear and slightly smokey crystal beads out and with some smaller smokey crystal beads I already had, I decided I needed to make a new necklace to go with some of the thrifted dresses I have gotten recently.

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This is what I used; beads, wire cutters, flat nosed jewelry pliers, some coated jewelry wire, crimp beads and a magnetic clasp.

I got so excited while making this that I forgot to take pictures, so I will just have to talk you through the tutorial.  I placed a crimp bead on one end of a 3 foot piece of coated jewelry wire and crimped it (I always give myself lots of extra wire in case).  This will be a temporary stopper to keep the beads from siding off.  I added 20 of the small smokey beads and then all the clear crystals.  Then I added 40 more of the small smokey beads and the large smokey crystals.  I finished it off with 20 more of the small smokey crystals.  Then on the open end of the wire, I added 2 crimp beads, looped the wire through the loop on one side of the clasp.  Then I ran the wire back through the 2 crimp beads and with a 1 inch tail, crimped the beads closed.  Then I moved all the beads down, making sure to slide the long end and the tail through the beads, making them all snug.  Then I cut off the temporary crimp bead and did the same thing on the other end with the 2 other crimp beads and the other end of the clasp.  After feeding the long tail about 1 inch into the beads, I pulled everything tight making sure the beads were all snug with no gaps.  Then I crimped the crimp beads and cut the tail off.  Hope this explanation makes sense.

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Luckily I had enough beads that I can wear it long.

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Or loop it around twice.

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Here is the detail of the clasp area with the crimp beads crimped closed.  I quite like my new necklace as it has a vintage Austrian Crystal feel to it.  What do you think of this inexpensive refashion?  I already had all the other materials in my jewelry making kit, so the necklace only cost me about 20 minutes of time and about $0.50 worth of beads as I still have lots of beads left in the bag.  These may appear in another refashion.  Cheers, Michele

The Shoe is On The Other Foot!! A Shoe Refashion Part 2!

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I thrifted these very simple slip-on flats at Value Village a little while ago for $6.99.

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They fit great but are just a little blah.

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So I decided to spiff them up a bit with some left over scraps of patten faux leather from the A Shoe Refashion Part 1.

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Using Liquid stitch glue, I carefully glued the plain strap over the seam on the front of the shoe.

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Using sewing pins, I carefully pinned down the ends after trimming them to length.  Once they dry, I will remove the pins, and Ta da, another pair of up cycled, refashioned shoes.  Hope you like this extremely simple and not very exciting refashion, Cheers, Michele

Souvenir Travel Jewelry!! A Coin Refashion!

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I like to collect souvenirs of my travels through life.  Over the years I have collected many coins from various different countries.  This necklace was made by me from some of those coins I have collected.

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I just drilled a hole at the top of the coin, added a split ring and attached them on to a chain at equal distances.  An extremely simple refashion and upcycle of coins into jewelry.  It is a great piece to use my souvenir coins.

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Here are some examples of the coins I used.  Hope you like this reuse and upcycle of some collected coins.  Cheers, Michele