This project was expected to be a typical chair makeover but it was fun to find carpet (yes, carpet) and straw instead of foam inside the chair. This is a family heirloom for a long time friend. I'm happy to keep the piece alive and in a good home.
I love spring because it means I will spend countless hours at garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores due to spring cleaning. Here are some features of great finds and also my tips and tricks for thrift store shopping.
When I'm thrift shopping and shopping at estate sales, I am always drawn to lace and doilies. I've been waiting to showcase just a few projects that you can create with them and I can't wait to hear what you think.
Doilies or lace
Start by cutting your design out. I was inspired to create an asymmetrical necklace. Next, using a paint brush apply fabric stiffen to both sides of your design. I let it sit for about 30 minutes and could tell a difference in the strength. You can also mix the fabric stiffener with acrylic paint to dye the color. Lastly, using needle nose pliers and tweezers I chained together my design.
Lace or doilies
Use the fabric stiffener as listed above, wait til it dries and then open the earring clasp to complete your fabulous new earrings. These are great for bridesmaid gifts!
Last option, use fabric glue and fabric stiffer to adhere a beautiful lace design to a boring tank top or t-shirt. I would also recommend sewing a few stitches around the edges to secure.
There are countless ways to create beautiful Easter eggs, and I couldn't pick just one option to feature. I made quite a mess but it was worth it.
For traditional pastel eggs use water with your dye, for medium tone use lemon juice and for bright colors use vinegar with your dye.
1. Use sharpies to decorate your eggs with patterns, phrases, names, designs or just plain doodles. Sharpies come in so many great colors that it's very inspiring to think of the possibilities.
2. Ombre eggs- using your typical egg dye continue to dip your egg into your dye to create the very on trend look.
3. Mod podge your heart away! I used magazine clipping but feel inspired to use fabric, glitter, or just about anything you can mod podge.
4. Marbled eggs- Add a tablespoon of oil to allow a very texturized and organic look to your eggs. Each egg will truly be unique. I recommend just one or two quick dips into the egg bath for the best results.
5. Tie-dye with nailpolish. Drip a few drops of any nail polish color into a water egg bath to create a funky crazy look to your eggs.
6. The golden egg- I dipped the left egg into gold paint and let it drip dry and used mod podge for the second and rolled it in a glitter bath.