Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DIY: Shoe Clips

What you’ll need:

- 1/2 yard of white or ivory lace (can do variations with any style/color fabric, or purchase vintage lace tablecloth)
- Thread and needle
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors
- A little bit of white or ivory felt.
- Vintage earrings or brooches
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Any pair of shoes that need a little dressing up!

Step 1: Cut the lace into pieces that measure approximately 3 inches long by 2 inches wide. You can play around with these sizes to make fabric flowers bigger or smaller, as desired. You will need about 6 of these per flower, 12 total.

Step 2: Fold the pieces in half and tie some thread around the middle and secure with knot.

Step 3: Take one of fabric pieces and place on top of another one, middles together, and perpendicular to each other, forming an X. Take needle and thread and put a could stitches through where the middles meet. Once you’ve got it secure, add another fabric piece in the same manner, filling in the holes, and add a few more stitches. Do this until all fabric pieces are used. Fluff the newly formed flower. Repeat for second flower.

Step 4: Take the scissors and trim the edges of the flowers, creating a rounded shape. Trim off any stray pieces.

Step 5: Cut out two pieces of felt about the size of a quarter, and glue to the bottom of your flowers, for extra hold.

Step 6: Use the needle nosed pliers to remove the back fasteners of the earrings. The ones I used were clip on’s so I had to remove the clip part. If they are regular earrings, you may have to clip off the point. Be careful not to damage the jewelry too much.

Step 7: Put a nickel sized dollop of hot glue on the back of the earring, and place firmly in the middle of the fabric flower. Hold for a few seconds, and then set down face up to make sure it dries in the right place. Repeat for each flower.

Step 8: Glue each flower to the top of each shoe. Press firm, let dry. Once the glue is dry, you can put a couple discreet stitches through the flower into the shoe, for extra hold. Be sure to start from underneath, so the thread knot doesn’t show.

{Find it on Ruffled}

Silhouette Family Tree

{find this on Design Mom}

Monday, April 12, 2010

DIY: Vintage Books

Okay... So, I have always seen old books made into something
really neat...
So, I decided to do the same! And, this is what I
came up with...

(and yes I painted/re-did that cabinet)


-Old hard back books
-Buttons or something like that
-Super glue (E-6000 is what I used)
-Button shears

What to do:

1. Cut the back off of the buttons.

2. Glue the buttons onto the binds of the books. Let dry overnight.

3. Place in a very cute and visible place in your home. Viola!

And I also wanted some flowers for my home...
and so what did I do... I went outside around the neighborhood
and cut some trees down to get these beauties! :)
(sad that they are dead now!)


How cute are these!?
Find them here on Etsy and her blog...

DIY: Paper Bag Lanterns

what you need:

1. white paper bags (3.5” x 6.5” we found these , paper bags online on amazon)

2. bone folder

3. pencil

3. stencils and/or stamps and white stamp pad

4. x-acto knife

5. small piece of cardboard

6. 22 gauge wire, cut in to 17” segments

7. grommets and grommet pliers

8. tea lights

9. long matches or long lighter

What to do:

1. fold over about 1” of the top of the bag. this was a little tricky but after ripping a few, we got the hang of it. start slowly, moving in a circular motion and going little by little. when you have the entire 1” folded over, pull out the gussets on both sides and use the bold folder to make the top that you folded over a clean fold.

2. slide the small piece of cardboard in the flat bag, so you have a surface to cut on without cutting through the other side of the bag

3. using a pencil, trace your stencils and use an x-acto knife to slowly cut out the design. (or, we used our rubber stamp collection to stamp on the bags in white, let dry and cut around the stamp. this way if you are not exact in your cutting, the white ink blends with the bag, leaving room for a few mistakes!)

4. on the middle side of each bag put a grommet about 1/2” down from the top. 5. use the cut wire to form a “handle” by looping it through each grommet and twisting it up to secure on both sides.

{find this at Design*Sponge}

Cake Wrapper

Cupcake wrappers, such as these are so amazing...
but having a cakestand wrapper is even BETTER!
So cute and can be found here...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery

SO... When I did the Alice in Wonderland for my friends
at The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery, Meg (the owner) came up to me and said she loved what I did and wanted to hire me as a
designer for her and her stores.
As you can imagine... I was in true BLISS!

So a couple weeks later she had an event coming up
that she wanted me to do! I was so ecstatic!!
My dreams were coming true...
It was "Ladies Night" (during the priesthood session of conference).

So this is what it came out to be!
Meg was SO SO SO happy with it all!
And I'm so glad it all turned out, since I stayed up till 5:00
in the morning! SHEESH!
I hope to be doing a lot more events with her!

So let me know what you think...