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Monday, October 29, 2012

Last Minute Halloween Costumes


If you've found yourself (like me) waiting until the last minute to create a Halloween costume, then you have come to the right place. I found all of the items to create the following costumes from items in my house.

Where's Waldo?
I love this costume because all you need is a stripped shirt, santa hat and some glasses. I also think it would be really fun to sneak into people's photos at a party.

Travelocity Gnome

Who can resist the cute gnome. I recreated this costume by wearing navy and black, large belt and red cone hat. 
Identity Theft
The easiest and cheapest to create is the identity theft costume. No instructions needed. This is for the lazy husband who begs not to dress up.

Of course this is my favorite. I love all things Pinterest. So simple and I love that it's old-school, what we did before Pinterest. 

Rosie the Riveter

I like the idea of being an iconic feministic character over something sexy. Rose the riveter is so simple, just a navy top, red lipstick and a red bandana and you have your look completed.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Create your own record bowl

Record Candy Bowls (Under $1 and less than 30 minutes)

Record bowls are great for Halloween candy but can be the perfect statement piece or gift item for the music lover.  This repurposed project only requires a baking sheet, bowl, oven and record. Goodwill has hundreds of records for about $1 a piece. I picked up five and created these great bowls in an afternoon.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Once your temperature is set, place your bowl upside down with the record on top of the bowl. As the record melts it will curve into the bowl. Bake your record for 20-25 minutes. When the timer goes off you have about two seconds until it dries. Quickly take your melted record and place into a sizeable bowl to dry. If the record isn’t soft enough to conform to the bowl, just place back into the oven to soften. It’s just that easy!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Latest Project: Barstools Makeover

 I am so proud to showcase my latest project. Thank you Lisa for letting me do this makeover. SAhe found these barstools on Craigslist for next to nothing and had to vision to restore them. I love the ikat fabric and the color scheme.
We tried to salvage curtains into upholstery fabric but it wasn't strong enough to be durable. It was worth a shot but we then ended up at the fabric shop.
After opening the seats we had to also invest in new cushions. I recommend Foam and Fabric Outlet on Broadway in Knoxville, TN.

It took 30 minutes to remove the staples and leather from each piece and at least 30 minutes to cut, sew, and staple the new fabric.
The four stools consisted of 8 pieces in total making my project time 8 hours.

Leave a comment about your thoughts!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

20 for 200

I am celebrating the 200th blog post with my top 20 favorite projects. WHEW! This has been so much fun, thank you to my great followers! Log on and get inspired.

Transfer Images onto Wood

Create a dress from a t-shirt

Buffet into Media Stand

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Transfer Images and Photos to Wood

I found this on Pinterest, like most of my projects, and I just had to try. I found it hard to believe that you could transfer images onto wood, but I am here to report that it is TRUE and EASY!

Winthrop chronicles
Rockin Robin

Items Needed:
Photo or image (printed on copy paper, not photo paper)
Wood piece, unpainted or stained
Gel medium (found at art supplies and craft stores)

Layer an generous coat of gel medium onto your wood piece. Place your photo or image face down onto your wood and rub out any bubbles and excess gel. The smoother you make your image the quicker it will dry and the better transfer coverage. Let dry over night and in the morning rub off the paper while the ink remains on the wood. I used a couple drops of water to get the paper loose. If you'd like a protective shiny finish, end with a coat or two of Mod Podge.