I've had this spice rack for years and years and it never really got much use other than taking up precious counter space in my tiny kitchen. I was planning to toss it when I realized it could be beautiful with just a little help.
I painted it and covered the jar tops with AMAZING glitter sticker paper. It became a great home for all the tiny craft accessories that were usually hard to find. Now I always know where all of my googly eyes are - what a relief! Plus, I can see where everything is and access it easily because the rack spins. The pop of color is so much fun in my crafting space!
I'd toyed with the idea of painting/decorating an old purse for a while when I found this simple black vinyl bag from Savers for $1.99. Based on the shape, I knew that I wanted to create a V-shaped stripe situation with a pop of color on the purse's peek-a-boo lip (or whatever you might call that little section). Experimenting ensued and positive results were had! The hardest part was making sure the stripes were even and straight, but this project was basically a snap to create.
When I noticed my ring collection had gotten a bit out of hand, I was shopping around for a simple ring holder and inspiration struck! Using upcycled materials like old sponge curlers, a shoebox lid and trims I had on hand, I was able to make a fun and seriously (seriously!) cheap ring holder with a little more personality than what I was able to buy online.
This year I finally made my life long dream of dressing as corn on the cob a reality! Because I had the undying urge to also wear a miniature top hat and a bow tie, I became a Broadway Dancing Corn on the Cob! Here's the final product:
You can also see my corn husk back piece here.
The inspirational mini top hat and bow tie!
I had "butter" on my shoulder dripping down my arm.
Closer view of my fancy dancin' cuffs with a corn cob holder used as a button, corn colored manicure and dancing cane.
I handmade or altered everything except the shoes, tights and bow tie. I drafted my own pattern for the dress and cut/painted/glued styrofoam balls for the "kernels". The butter, corn husk back piece and cuffs are all felt, with the cuff buttons made from corn holders with the prongs removed. The dancing cane is a painted dowel.
but figured I could just make them myself (and then they stopped selling them, so I actually got around to doing that!)
I started with cheap gray shows with a small wedge heel:
And then I added the face and string of pearls:
I made the eyes from felt, the lips from red vinyl and I strung the craft pearls on stretchy plastic string and looped through a tab I also made from the vinyl. They seem to be holding up well for now. Let me know what you think!
This year I went as a set of Russian nesting dolls! These are also known as matryoshka dolls and babushka dolls, but they are the dolls which fit inside each other from small to large. The entire costume is handmade from felt. On with the pictures!
I've had this pink rhinestone hair clip since junior high for some reason, but I've never even worn it. When I was on an anti-clutter rampage it was destined for the trash until something about it caught me eye and I realized it was the exact perfect width for a knuckle ring.
Here is the front and back before - it was just a basic clip with those pinchy prongs:
I pried off the prongs and sanded some edges to keep it from cutting up my hand. I just added a couple of adjustable rings that I had on hand and I then had a sparkly new intimidation tool! As intimidating as pink rhinestones can be, that is...
The rings go on my index and ring finger because putting the ring on my pinkie made it so that I couldn't really move my hand. Now it just rests over all my fingers and stays securely.
This year I knew I wanted to be an octopus, but I also wanted to make it wearable because I've spent soooo many Halloweens in costumes that I couldn't sit down or easily get through a doorway in. This is what I came up with. I made every part of the costume myself, mostly on my sewing machine and partially by hand (my machine HATES sequins apparently). The dress is made from a stretch fabric, a satin fabric for side panels and a sequined fabric and I didn't use a pattern for the dress. I also made a tutu style skirt for underneath the dress. The legs are stuffed and attached to a belt which is tied in the back. Each leg is made of sequined fabric and has wire on the inside so I could pose and adjust them as I wanted. On the underside of each leg and the sleeves of my dress I attached "suction cups" cut out from stiff felt. Here's the finished product:
An overall view:
Closer view of my arms (serving as 2 of the octopus legs) with "suction cups":
A better view of the "suction cups" on the underside of the bendable legs:
I made everything you see except the shirt, but I embellished and altered that a lot from it's original state. For the shirt I added tassels to each sleeve, scrunched the neckline, and made a blue satin and gold trim to line the sides. I made the skirt and the peacock feather trim around the bottom of it. The gloves are stretchy with blue satin trim and feathers lining the outside seam. The headpiece is made with plain black feathers and more peacock feathers. The backpiece is made of cardboard covered in green felt with peacock feathers layered all over. I also made a belt with feathers to add some more detail, and of course, my favorite part: the bird feet. I just cut them out from felt and sewed in velcro and stitched a seam so they'd stay creased. Ok, that was a lot. On to the pictures!
close up of headpiece/backpiece and makeup.
here you see the skirt layers, trim, and feet a little better.
I made this kitchen set for a friend about a year ago, but whoops...I am just posting it now. I've been busy, ok? I embroidered simple lines on black towels and potholders that I bought as a set for cheap $$.
I was going to make a cheesy joke about robot love and 'sparks flying' but I guess I'll just post pictures instead.
Whole set (there is also a towel with the boy robot's face to match the girl one, but it got cut from the pic for some reason):
Back of potholders:
Comments/questions/feedback welcomed. Thanks for looking!