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1  Cute but too-small top upcycled into a bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Hollie Hobbie on: August 20, 2013 06:24:56 AM
I had this really cute top I found at a thrift store, but it was really too small for me to wear. I loved the print on it though, so I bought it anyway.

One day, I decided that I needed a "new" bag to carry around stuff, so I decided to recycle that top with the cute print.

This is the lining and the outer part of the bag. The pocket in the lining is made from the sleeve of the top.

I combined the lining and outer part, made a strap with the scraps, and added an old zipper from my stash:

And this is the finished product:

Another picture of the finished bag:

Comments welcome Smiley
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2  Sample of Backyard Produce 2013 in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Hollie Hobbie on: August 20, 2013 06:08:17 AM
This is a sample of some of what I grew this year in my very small yard.
The corn is a mini-hybrid called Blue Jade that one can grow in a container. It was pretty good.
There are English Peas, Cherokee Beans, Pole Beans, Onions, Apples...
Later I will have Tomatoes, and Butternut Squash.
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3  Christmas/Yule presents for some furry friends:) in Winter Holidays by Hollie Hobbie on: July 28, 2013 09:57:52 AM
I decided to make some stockings with goodies for a few of my furry friends -2 dogs and 1 cat - last Christmas/Yule season and just got the chance to post them:)

They are home made from fabric scraps I had laying around the house.The stockings are lined with the names sewn on the front.

The leopard print is for a kitty cat friend:)

A close up of the embroidered name:

The Doggies and Kitty loved their presents and treats, and gave me 3 paws up:)
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4  First attempt at melted wax egg dying:) in Easter by Hollie Hobbie on: July 28, 2013 09:49:00 AM
Hi there. I found a tut here on using the melted wax for dying eggs for Easter and thought I would try it last Easter (Yes, I know it is now July, but I was busy...)

So, here is the finished product:

and this:

and a few more. These are supposed to be a flower and a bunny:)

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5  Upcycled Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Juice containers to little garden planters. in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Hollie Hobbie on: July 28, 2013 09:40:51 AM
I had quite a few plastic Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Frozen Juice containers that I wanted to do something with instead of adding to the landfill. So, I thought, why not plant a mini-garden on my steps using them as planters!!?Huh

This is what I did:

Poked drain holes in the bottom:

Sanded the plastic to give the paint something to grab onto:

Then painted them with some enamel I had hanging around the basement then let it dry really well:

Then Bingo! A little micro garden on my steps which cost me almost nothing to do:)
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6  Closet Holder for Knitting and Crochet Needles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hollie Hobbie on: November 06, 2012 06:09:49 PM
Hi There!
Not sure if this belongs here, but feel free to move if you have too.

I needed something to hold all my knitting and crochet needles and accessories to keep them organized and handy to use at the same time. Some of them are quite long and did not fit into any box or anything that I had.
And since I am pretty much a cheap skate, I decided to make something.

This is a picture of what I came up with:

It is made out of an old duvet cover and scrap fabric and a regular plastic hanger. This way I can hang it up in my bedroom closet and just grab what I need and put it away just as easily.

It has 2 sides of little pockets to put needles in. There are also "ties" to tie on circular needles.

Here is a close up...sorry for the picture quality. It is dark blue fabric.

And here is a picture of it hanging in my dark scary messy closet!

What do you guys think? Comments welcome:)
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7  Old cardboard box into new nifty storage box. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hollie Hobbie on: November 06, 2012 05:19:55 PM
Hi there.
I wanted to make a new storage box for my living room. I have a pile of extension cords, some heating pads, and different things that need a place out of the way. So, I wanted a storage box but didn't want to spend any money to buy one.
So I took what I had around the house.

I started with an old carboard box I found down in my basement. Some Mod Podge I had from a project a long time ago. And some various sheets of scrapbook paper I had given to me. I didn't have the same pattern, but the colors matched pretty close.

I cut the sheets of paper in strips about 3 inches wide and used Mod Podge to attach to the sides of the box. Then coated the top with Mod Podge.

The finished product with stuff in it:

This is a picture of the storage box in place and looking much more organized!

What do you think? Please comment:)
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8  Van Gogh Pillows Part II in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hollie Hobbie on: February 05, 2012 04:41:15 PM
Hi There. I posted a home made pillow a few weeks back. It was inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers made out of old t-shirts.
Recently, I finished 2 more. They are inspired by Starry Night, and Irises.
Sorry if the pictures are blurry Tongue
This is the Iris Pillow:

And this is the Starry Night Pillow:

Again, I used fabric from old t-shirts. Hope you like.
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9  My take on Van Gogh's Sunflowers in Pillow Form in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hollie Hobbie on: January 08, 2012 03:44:13 PM
Hi. I wanted to share what I have been doing to combat some winter boredom.
It is a sunflower pillow.....

I was shooting for Van Gogh's Sunflowers but this is how it turned out. Some of it was machine sewn and some hand sewn applique.
I pretty much recyled an old pillow that was falling apart by taking it apart and using the stuffing. I made the "pillow" part from some fabric from an old duvet cover that we dont use anymore. The flower part is actually a pillow cover so I can take it off and wash it.
T-shirt knit fabric is great. It doesn't unravel and it is really easy to work with. It was also free as I have a ton of old t-shirts to use. I am in the process of another pillow and will keep you posted.
Hope you all like it.
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10  Garden Challenge Entry Re-organized Back Yard garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Hollie Hobbie on: July 24, 2011 09:04:44 AM
Hi. I wanted to show you what I did in my backyard. I love to garden and produce as much food as possible, however, we have a very small yard as you will see.
I planned to make my small garden bed bigger and reorganize in the process. The following pictures are before:

The messy area on the right are apple trees. and blueberry bushes that I had to get rid of as they don't grow well here...oh well, live and learn.

The area on the left is a bed in the process of being enlarged. I started to replant some bulbs and made a pathway which is an idea I eventually scrapped.

The size of the backyard is pretty much what you see in the pictures--very small.

The following pictures are after:

Garden stones are placed in curving lines and bed has been extended. I did not realize what I was creating until I was finished, but the curving lines sort of make a womb shape  So in honor of that I planted some red blooms in that area  
Self watering planters on far end of yard. Other than flowers, I planted tomatoes, onions, herbs, carrots, peppers, and peas.
We planted grass over the far area which had woodchips on it.
As you can see, we planted grass which now needs to be cut
Also, the apple trees have branched out nicely and are full of little green apples:

The blue and purple plastic cartons are home-made self watering planters with peas growing in them. I actually got the info on how to make them from here on craftster and they really work !!!!!!

So, that's that. Next is the front yard whew!
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