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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Bottle bird feeder on: Today at 01:56:26 PM
Thank you! Please do and share it! I'd love to see other versions! I used nails, don't do that, though, it's pretty instabile. I will add screws for the safety of bird's heads...
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Bottle bird feeder on: July 31, 2015 10:27:22 AM
When I saw this https://thechickenstreet.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wine-bottle-bird-feeder/, I really wanted to make one! So I did! Everything is reclaimed from the wood pile. We redid the deck and had a lot of scraps lying around.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Choir scarves and old jeans legs to big bag on: July 29, 2015 03:23:52 PM
Last year, I told my brother I  wanted a recycling challenge for my birthday and that he was supposed to find old t-shirts of his and gift them to me. He then got some t-shirts, a moth eaten wool sweater and a ton of old choir scarves that seem like they have never been worn... Probably because of the strange color combination. Blue, pink, purple and ugly yellow. From three of those and the rest of another recycling project I made a bag which has faithfully traveled overseas with me and can carry a lot of weight. The button is from my stash - I made a hole through the wrong layer when I attached the snaps and covered it with the green button.

Inside lined with jeans . There are two pockets, one for my wallet (see picture) and one for my phone.

Good for thrift store shopping! Today's finds:

I will go again tomorrow an actually take the bag along for more uninhibited shopping :-D
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: An old chair is now bright and fun! on: July 26, 2015 01:32:07 PM
I just noticed you and this project have something great in common: the fabric! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433825
Maybe this fabric sends out vibes that say: Use me for a chaaaaaair!!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crotchet hook making on: July 24, 2015 12:37:23 PM
Since I would like to do this:http://www.kingsoleil.com/upcycled-crochet-rug.html, I need a big crotchet hook. Which I suppose would be expensive. I did't even look it up because I had this crazy idea of making one. So I looked for a stick, found one in the stable and set to work in grandpa's old garage.

Now to find some old sheets to crotchet with... Grandma said she had some old ones, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow!!!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny from old sweater on: July 19, 2015 04:59:05 AM
When I saw this (http://www.purlbee.com/2013/02/17/mollys-sketchbook-soft-woolen-bunny/)  as I browsed through purlbee projects, suddenly I remembered my not so nice anymore white sweater.

It then became this in one day (had been sitting in my stash of ages):

Using knit fabric instead of felt changed the form a bit and I also forgot to cut less seam allowance for using the serger. Its a bit bigger than it was supposed to be.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pretty ugly fav slipper mending on: July 17, 2015 10:17:34 PM
I just love mending and refashioning!!! Maybe my friend Carole's work can inspire some more thought. And if you're based near LA, you could even join her sometime at sewing rebellion! I wish I could, but Germany is too far away...
I did a refashioning project week at school just now. The young girls had fun! I really wish I could have inspired some boys, too, but well...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lobster!!! Screen printing for the poor on: July 17, 2015 03:21:20 PM
I always wanted to do screen printing, but was afraid of all that went with it. Enter this fab tutorial: http://mycalicoskies.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/52-week-challenge-10-diy-screenprint.html

It didn't turn out so bad. First one is not very clear, I think I killed it with the ironing. Second one wasn't ironed.

I actually did this as a test for a project I wanted to do in project week with pupils, only to find out the next morning our school only has HUGE hoops. No screen printing for the kids  Undecided The did fine freehand, though, and I have two lobster tanks. I love lobsters.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pretty ugly fav slipper mending on: July 17, 2015 03:07:51 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words! I enjoyed Tom of Holland, there is so much I have to learn. I'm repairing stuff all the time and I thought I could darn... until I saw his work. Wow! :-D
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty ugly fav slipper mending on: June 27, 2015 12:15:06 PM
Maybe this was a hopeless case, but since they were (are) my favorite slippers my grandma gave me, I gave them another chance. They sure didn't get prettier, but we all know: it''s what's inside that counts. In this case, that would be my feet  Grin
Before (as you can see, previous attempts at rescue have been made!):

Just cut out the soles and sewed on the inner sole:

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