Friday, August 13, 2010

Wall Art Made From Old T-Shirt

Do you have any old shirts that you just can't get rid of? I'm in the middle of a t-shirt quilt, but this shirt was too gorgeous to just throw it in with the other ones. So I decided to wrap it around an old canvas. And then I made a mistake. Let's take a look.

Isn't it pretty?
The glue leaked through the shirt, and there's nothing that I could do to fix it! I am so frustrated.

I'm trying to figure out what to put on top of it. On the plus side, it'll have some texture now. On the other hand, I liked the simple look of just the phoenix.

I'm not sure how many of my eight (8!) followers are actually reading along, but if you are, I'd love some advice as to what to put over it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sneak Peak of Decoupaged Vintage Trunk

So this trunk project is taking up a bit more time than I expected. I've finished decoupaging the top, and am almost done putting new contact paper on the inside, but now I'm left with the dilemma of replacing the handles. I'm probably going to end up using rope, but I'll leave that for another day! For now, here's a sneak peak of the top.


I just want to sit and stare at it for hours.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Recycled Credit Cards Mosaic

Since I have clearly been slacking with my upcycling, I thought I'd show you guys a great project that I saw over at


Isn't this great? It's made out of old credit cards and empty gift cards. I know I'm going to start scouring my house for old plastic cards!

Click the link below to be forwarded to the free tutorial at Fine Craft Guild!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Salvation Army Find and Thrifty Ways to Save

So about a month ago I was going through my local GoodWill looking for clothes to wear to work (going from working at a daycare to an office requires a big wardrobe adjustment!) when I came upon this great old trunk.
It needs a LOT of fixing...the top has writing on it, the handles are broken, and the inside is, for lack of better word, GROSS.
Yeesh. I am currently in the process of putting contact paper inside, but am having trouble working around the hinge. I'd rather not have to take out the screws completely, but it looks like I'll have to.

And now some thrifty options!

Search & Win is a site that rewards you 'points' just for using their search engine. I have it downloaded in my toolbar, so my computer uses it automatically. I just joined about a month ago and already earned enough points for a $5 Amazon giftcard!

Search & Win
Swaptree is a nifty little website that allows you to trade books, DVDs, CDs, videogames, and other types of media with people from around the country. All you do it enter the ISBN number above the bar code of any items you have laying around that you no longer want. This creates your 'Have list.' Then you type in the names of any books, CDs, etc. that you want. Any time what your have and want list corresponds with someone else, you receive an e-mail telling you how to make the trade. All that you have to pay for is the shipping of your package. I traded away one of my books in exchange for Chuck Palahnuik's Invisible Monsters.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I am a terrible blogger

Seriously, the absolute worst! However, in four days I'll be home from college for the summer, and I just have so many ideas in my head and projects bookmarked on my computer, and I CAN'T WAIT! I always feel so unproductive while I'm at school, because really, I can't exactly take all my craft supplies with me. And I'm pretty sure I'd get some odd looks if I started sewing something in the dorm...thus my craftiness remains a secret, haha. Can't wait to get home and start blogging again!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A little more about my little dinosaur!

I added a little bow to my burlap giraffe to cover up the heinous sewing job! A little more about the teal giraffe- the fabric for the belly was from an old pair of velvet pants, and the teal was from a pocketbook I made in 5th grade! The whole thing is so fuzzy and precious. So far I've finished three stuffed animals without having to buy a thing! Repurposing is perfect for the broke college student. =)

One of these things is not like the other one!

So I've finished my teal giraffe and I daresay, it looks more than a bit out of place. (I'm a little in love with giraffes-those are just a small sampling of my collection) But hey, it was a request! And my friend can't complain that it looks like a dinosaur, because she asked for teal!
One of the four pieces that are going on that blank wall in my bedroom. The bird is made from magazine cutouts, the wire was just laying around somewhere, and the ribbon is left over from the project below! I got 4 frames on sale at Michaels for $4.99 each!
I know, I know. This is not upcycling. When I began my room re-do ohh about two years ago, my mom bought a second duvet cover to make curtains for my windows...needless to say I have a ton of extra fabric, so I covered an old corkboard that I had.

I'm linking this to
Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden