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Embellish Plain Shoes {with recycled purse leather/hardware} Be sure to check out my review of the Personal Microdermabrasion Device. This tool is pretty cool to have so that you can exfoliate, rejuvenate, and brighten up that face (and other areas) of yours, on your own. So cool! Ooooh, I love me some shoes. And there are some seriously lovely shoes in the stores. When I want to feel fancy, I kind of have a thing for a few rhinestones on the toe, a bit of fringe, maybe a crushed fabric flower. So forget overpaying and gather a few things to glam up your own shoes (or as shown here, for a little girl). And since I found the purses at the thrift store, it only cost me a few dollars to fix up these little beauties. Pretty quick and easy transformation. And if bows aren’t your thing, try making some ruffles, or some fringe, or even a flower of some sort. You may start finding reasons to decorate all your old shoes in your closet. Would you like to transform your plain shoes into glam shoes? Then I cut the buckles off the silver purse. Related posts:

Rollie Pollie! - StumbleUpon Looking for hours of entertainment? Meet, The Rollie Pollie bean bag chair. It’s a chair, it’s a toy, it’s your favorite pillow. Made of durable cotton twill or soft vinyl, each bag is actually a slip cover (with another Rollie Pollie inside) then filled with mounds and mounds of soft cluster stuffing. Now, pick your favorite…. Drag it around, Dive right in! Or take a little nap. Build a Rollie-Pollie-man: kick off your shoes: Or do what I love best….find a yummy treat, and just relax, watching your favorite show. Who said you were a couch potato? Handmade Fabric Origami, Origamis with Fabric | Handmade Jewlery, Bags, Clothing, Art, Crafts, Craft Ideas, Arts and Crafts Blog Since most of the handmade goods are one-of-a-kind and made in small quantities, I do not have to worry about having a friend show up to my party with the same dress I am wearing. Random Facts About You? 1) I am a fabric maniac 2) I love folding Origami 3) I make a mess all over the house with my craft habit, but the outcomes are totally worth the mess!!! What got you started crafting? I have been making small things out of fabric as long as I remember. What is your source of inspiration? I grew up around my mom's sweat shop back in burma. What have you made recently? I have made a tsumami kanzashi using silk and cotton fabric. Where do you sell your crafts presently? I started my etsy store in december. Why are handmade crafts important to you? Growing up in a sweat shop, I have seen how mass producing co-operates can influence in factory worker's everyday life. Lack of quality in mass producing market is always a frustrating thing.

Scratch-Off Save-the-Date How-To You won the lottery when you found each other, so send this cheeky save-the-date card to let guests share in your luck. After scraping off the paint with a penny, they'll hit the jackpot: your wedding date! Tools and Materials White card stock Fine-tip pen or marker Clear packing tape Freezer paper Metallic acrylic paint Liquid dishwashing soap Foam brush Craft knifePennies A2 or 4-bar envelopes Scratch-Off Save-the-Date How-To Download our PDF file and replace the placeholder text with your own (you only need to do this in one box; the form will automatically fill in the rest). Note: A card backed with decorative paper will fit in a size A2 envelope.

DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From Rolled Recycled Book Pages} I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. Now, to create this 5 strand braid……..you’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right. But let me explain a little better. And that’s it.

Centsational Girl & Blog Archive & DIY: Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror - StumbleUpon My friends, if there ever was a bandwagon, this carefree DIYer is jumping right on it. For months, I’ve seen fabulous versions of the sunburst mirror pop up all over the blogosphere. And for weeks now, with every stop in the paint department, I couldn’t help but notice how those paint stir sticks might just make a very cool version of this decorative favorite. I couldn’t figure out how to stack them nicely enough around the center to make it worth my effort, but that little road bump didn’t stop me from snagging more than my fair share of free stir sticks at a time, like 8 or 10, over the course of a month. When I read how Danielle used an embroidery hoop, that convinced me to make my own version too! Those free stir sticks led to this latest creation: How to Make a (Paint Stir Stick) Sunburst Mirror Paint your embroidery hoop. Some paint stir sticks have a small curve in them, so I simply trimmed mine with my compound miter saw. (quick Photoshop examples)

Magic Boxes Due to popular demand, I am doing a tutorial on the Magic Boxes I showed off in some previous posts. To begin, choose your paper. You need six sheets of matching paper (preferably a heavier weight). Choose one for your outside, budgeting for a contrasting one for your lid, and 4 to create the inside boxes. Outside: 6 x 11 3/4ths Lid: 8.5 x 8.5 4 inner boxes: 8 x 8 The only challenging part of this project is creating the lid and inside compartments. 1. 2. fold the tips of your paper in so that they meet at the center. Fold in all four sides, and then unfold. 3. This fold gives you the sides of your box. 4. I have also colored four triangles. 5. 6. Do the same thing on the other side. 7. Repeat this process on your 8 inch and 8.5 inch papers. Now for the outside. 1. 2. To put the boxes in, first adhere one to the very top right corner, making certain that you are flush with the corner of the outside paper. Adhere the next one to the bottom left corner, once again flush to the edge.

DIY Ribbon + Chain Bracelets from #MAGICLV Here’s the second DIY I led with with BurdaStyle direct from the MAGIC floor. We did these bracelets on Wednesday, the final day of the show. It was a perfect project to wrap-up with because it was fast and easy. I think we were all feeling a little bit like the walking dead after spending the 4 days running around Las Vegas 20 hours a day. Photo courtesy BurdaStyle The supplies are simple: chain + ribbon. For each bracelet you’ll need about 6″ of chain and 16″ of ribbon. Sidenote: Do you guys know about Fray Check? The last step it to clip off the (fraying) ends of ribbon at an angle and apply Fray Check. One more MAGIC DIY to come next Tuesday: Faux turban fabric headbands! Tagged as: bracelets, burdastyle, chain, diy, magic, wwdmagic

How to Make a No-Sew Rag Rug Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. If you like what you see, please check out OUR BOOK. I thought that with all of the emphasis on recycling and reusing these days, a no-sew rag rug post would be more common. However, in my own internet research, I find that it’s something of a unicorn. It follows the same principle that we all used in making those funny cotton loop potholders–under, over, under, over. See? No-Sew Homemade Rag Rug (Or trivet, potholder, centerpiece, place mat, what-have-you.) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Depending on your material, your rug may not want to lie flat if you turn it too quickly, so you may not get to tuck EVERY strand into the original braid. 6. 7. You can’t see, but there’s SIX strips now. Intermission: WHEW, this is way harder to explain than it is to do! Let’s also pause to learn how to join (slip-knot) strips to each other: Cut a hole in the ends of both strips you want to join. Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial… 8. 9. 9. 10. Ivory Like this:

Make your own custom notepads Jo and I have recently discovered a special type of glue that you can use to make your own notepads. It’s called padding compound and it’s a simple adhesive that you apply to a stack of paper to turn it into a notepad. We have had endless fun making custom, personalized notepads and doing various fun projects with it, and are still coming up with new ideas for more. Take a stack of paper — any color, type, or size you want — and tap it on the table so that one side is as flat as it can be. (You can also add a sheet of plain white paper on the top and bottom of the stack if you want to protect the notepad from glue drips, as we’ve done here.) Now take a small brush and apply the padding compound liberally along the edge of the pad. And just like that, you’ve made your own custom notepad! If you’re as intrigued by this stuff as I was when I first found out about it, you’ll want to know where to get it! The possibilities for these notepads are endless!

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