Running with Scissors…

…just a few of the things I’ve been toying with, in between renovations, life, working, volunteering and everything else…

I needed a laptop sleeve, so I pulled out an old sweater and made a cozy….while I was at it, made a matching sock for my iphone.

Then I pulled out an old jacket and made a travelling pack for my phone…

And #1 son loves skateboarding brands but Mom and Dad are not so thrilled about the price tags on those things, so we decided to make one of our own using REVERSE APPLIQUE.  What a fun thing to do – I am sure we will be making more things using this technique….here’s how it works:

Using an embroidery hoop, we traced out the design we wanted to use using a washable marker:


Then we cut out a circle of what we wanted our background fabric to be, and stitched around the logo…(next time I will not choose one quite so took too much thinking!)

Then we started thinking about which parts we wanted to keep and started cutting away the parts we didn’t:

tada….!  It looks even better now that it has been washed and the edges got a little ratty….not bad for a thrifted $1.49 t-shirt!


Today I did some cleaning in the studio, and it doesn’t usually take long in there for me to get creatively inspired…..I’ve been looking at Anthropologie’s site and think that I can do a whole lot better for a whole lot cheaper!

Check out my repurposed Doily Bib necklaces!

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Made using a vintage Ten Commandments Charm Bracelet - see more photos at


Upcycled Travel Bag

I’d been seeing these things around the blogosphere, so I thought I had to try my hand at modifying an old travel bag.

This one was an off white color, made by Samsonite, and in quite good condition.

A few strokes of my Sharpie, and I think I might travel in style the next time I board a plane!




I didn’t take any before photos, but basically I added the free-hand tree drawing plus the black stripe.

Have some fun looking at some other possibilities here!  Look through their whole shop – it’s pretty fun!



Repurposing a Window blind – part II

I also had this roman blind sample kicking around….it had gotten pretty dirty, faded and just started looking yukky on display, so I brought it home and subjected it to my scissors…


There will be 6 other ladies from across Canada with me at a Sales convention in Dallas next week, and since we all spend alot of time in our cars, I made one of these for everyone!


I found 6 different vintage buttons, so they are all a little bit different, but useful just the same!


Repurposing something old into something new

Here’s a quick little project I threw together using two old sweaters and some scraps of fabric leftover from making two boys’ robes last Christmas.


Quick and easy, I just pieced together the sweater squares and sewed a strip of the camoflauge fabric on the backside.  It is super soft and very warm…!

So look around your closet, any old sweaters needing a new lease on life?  You could do this without a sewing machine!

A Repurposed Garland

I was inspired by Nesting Place to work on some things around my house for Christmas.

I am so done with cheap ‘evergreen’ garlands like this:


I’ve attached lights, I’ve doubled them up (the one in the picture is actually two twisted together), I’ve put ribbons through them, I’ve nested ornaments in them….and never been happy.

So when Nesting Place featured her updated version, I thought to my self, “self, that’s something YOU CAN DO!”

I stopped off at my local dollar store ( that’s not really a DOLLAR store, but I guess since everything ends in $.00 they can call it that), and picked up these:


After a few snip-snips ( with my good paper scissors I might add….yikes), I ended up with this:


I’m pretty happy!  When I dig out my white lights, I’ll add those too, and I’ll see what else I have kicking around the house, ’cause you know, I hate to go BUY anything….I wanna first see what I can use from around the house.  (disclaimer:  yes, I did spend $4.50 on the picks that I cut up for this….I figured that was alot less than buying new garlands!)

I’m pleased, very pleased….



here is something else we put together last night while watching ‘Survivor'(…poor Randy, he had it coming…)

tree1 tree2

…easy peasy….

Thrifted Sheets


Here’s a great shot of that little pink dress I made from a thrifted sheet.

My niece squealed when she saw it – she loved it!

This weeks’ Repurposing

I’m not getting to my blog nearly as often as I’d like to….I think it’s just a function of a busy time in life….

I still work at creating something every day…being conscious of the creative in every day has been fun! I take alot of pictures, most of which, never appear here. I guess it’s easier to create and click then to create and document..!

I have seen alot of neat ideas for repurposing old t-shirts, and I practiced it here:





I practiced my homesteading with this:


which became this:


which ultimately became this yummy, decadent , naturally sugar free applesauce!



I sold some really cool stuff on etsy like this rad 70’s boho hippy belt;


these retrolicious granny boots;


this sweet shabby hall light;


and this 70’s retro Fleetwood Mac belt buckle.



We did another ‘fashion shoot’ and ended up with these great shots:

Disco-dynamite – 100% polyester jumpsuit:


Indie Mod Gingham Rockabilly Button up shirt;


Grunge flannel buffalo plaid super comfy shirt;


and this purrrrrr-fect snow leopard overcoat!


Lots more to see over at….that was just the beginning of our fun day…! Don’t I have a swell niece (not to mention BEAUTIFUL???)

We’ve had to creatively deal with another batch of snow. Yes snow. At the end of March. Me thinks winter will never end this year. Global warming what???

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