Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thrifty Tuesday #19

5 Great Finds ALL under $100

#1 -  Owl Cosmetic Bag Large zipper Cosmetic/accessory Pouch-Sale

#2 - Valentines Day Sale - Jade Ring In 14k Gold - 10mm Faceted Gemstone , Gold Ring , Green Ring , Vintage Ring , Classic Vintage

#3 - CLEARANCE SALE - The Marilyn

#4 - SHOP CLOSING SALE - Quilted Kaffe Fassett Pillow Cover

#5 - Vermeil Branch Ring SALE

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Monday #1 - Tank Top Dress

#1- SHOP of the DAY - ohsolovelyvintage

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Red Black Fabric Bib Necklace, sexy, flower and antique gray bead, unique valentines gift, personalized design...

Tutorial for today involves my first attempt at "recreating" someone else's tutorial while inadvertently adding my own twist. You call them mistakes I call them just being creative. At least that's what my mother taught me. The only thing I have sewn previous to this would be my curtains. So bear with me as I attempt fashion....

Original Blog post / Tutorial Click HERE

Reasons I like this tutorial:
1. Easy (if you know basic sewing - first dress =  would be a medium level)
2. Cheap - use an old tank-top (free), elastic ($3) and fabric (2 yards - about $5-8)
3. Fits all sizes (no matter if you expand or not)
4. Great to practice your sewing - you will still feel accomplished!

My result:

Things I learned:
1. Color of thread matters (it hides your mistakes)
2. TYPE of stitch matters (zig-zag keeps the elastic stretching - other stitches NOT so much)
3. Jersey fabric is the devil. NOT a good starter fabric
4. It's hard to keep a straight line on a circular dress (still working on that one)
5. The elastic and fabric need to go on the inside...
6. This actually was pretty easy/ a great tutorial.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tutorial Thursday #16 - Feather Mobile

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - Sealmaiden

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - GRAZIA Rhinestones, Pearls, Feathers, Bridal Headpiece

I really love feathers. This must be explained by the fact that I had a Pocahontas barbie when I was younger. I love just around the riverbed. You bet. But I love how they are so soft and earthy and make me feel like I should be friends with an old tree and a singing raccoon. If only life were like Disney movies.

There isn't much of a tutorial that goes along with this - But I think it may be pretty easy to figure out. My GUESS is if you got one of those stitching circles, either string or fishing string, and feathers.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why Didn't I think of that # 9

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - MySelvagedLife

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - BABY BIB organic mod sheep red and white for eco friendly baby boys girls (ready to ship)

For your weekly DUH moment - here ya go. Tension Rod under the sink - holds all your bottles. I can see the organization already. Maybe next they will bring someone to USE all those bottles...

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thrifty Tuesday #18

5 Great Finds ALL under $100

#1 - 20% OFF SALE - Scarf necklace - loop scarf - infinity scarf - neck warmer - hand knitted - in gray-beige with flowers (WAS 60)

#2 - Sale, Hoops Earrings Simple Extra Large Earrings, Hand Crafted In 14k Gold Filled Modern Classic Design, Holiday Sale

#3 - 2 pcs. Bogo sale wholesale lot bulk resale vintage Master key Lion necklace steampunk found object old n18

#4 - SALE pretty leather clutch bag with ruffle, small

#5 - SALE - Gold Smokey Quartz Ring - Teardrop - Stacking Ring, Hammered Band

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Monday #1 - Scrapbook Paper Collage

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - Jumahi
I must have one of these!

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Vintage Mid Century California Tablecloth

My new blog post of the week - My Monday's. My goal is to either make up a tutorial or test out another tutorial and give you the scoop. I've kept myself really busy just for you guys and this first one is actually quite fun AND i made it up myself. Don't worry the ribbon is already on the wall. I also like to do things cheap - thanks to my new coupon / hoarding addiction - so I'll also break it down by the dollars as well plus any coupons you could use. Hope you like!

Super Cute Scrapbook Paper Art.

Level - SUPER easy.
1. Vintage Stack Scrapbook Paper ( on sale at Michaels - OR use 40% off coupon for a great deal!)
2. 6 Ikea Frames - 11 by 14 = 1.99!
3. Scissors
4. Pencil
5. Strong Fingers

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Step 2: Choose Favorite Paper - Get ready to cut!

Step 3: Remove paper and cut to size

Step 4: Place paper into frame and use those super strong fingers to manhandle the clips - worst part.

Step 5: Enjoy as a great table top picture or hang as a collage!

This is my craft room!

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Trying it Out.

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - lovintagefinds

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - pottery heart bowls nesting dishes miniature small ceramics pottery 4 inches ready to ship

I'm going to try something new on Mondays. My OWN tutorials. Yes. I am going to see if I can not only find / make up cool stuff but actually try to accomplish it and give you the REAL truth on how easy it is. I cannot tell you how mad I get when they say "OH this is SOOOO easy!" Than I look at my project and cry than eat chocolate because I never got past step one. Anybody with me? SO I will search pinterest galore and have a whack at some amazing "crafty" finds. Or just make them up myself. I live life on the edge anyway. Wish me luck. And wish my husband his sanity.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tutorial Thursday #15 - Sequin Headphones

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - Devereauxday

#2 - ITEM of the DAY -  Lola swings...knitting canvas

Sequin Headphones. WHY....have I not thought of this yet?? I will be the hit of the airport, and any public transportation. Bam.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why didn't I think of that #8 -

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - ViolasBoutique

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Valentine Love Birds Brooch - Hand Painted Red Heart Wood Pin, original artwork, gift under 25

I am not a believer in rulers or measuring. This will become very apparent when I show you my sewing technique. It's working out fairly well I must say. But most of all I HATE measuring for picture frames and or trying to find those itty bitty hooks to hang my pictures. So down a Dr. Pepper and off you go with this handy little trick. You may need to drink 3 just to have extra. Always good to be caffeinated and safe. 

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Take that 13th!

Lucky Coupons for an unlucky day - boo yah 13th.
So awesome news. I have a great coupon for the weekend. If you LOVED this:

or this

or this

Then you will LOVE this. 20% off ANYTHING by typing TEXAS in the coupon code.

Thanks Stories and Divinations

Click HERE to get shopping!

Happy Friday - Natalie

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tutorial Thursday #14 - Porcelain Plate

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - Sewn Natural

#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Girls baseball shelf by Midwestclassiccrafts

This tutorial totally spoke to me because I love plates. Antique plates, weird plates, fun colored plates, and definitely ones that don't match. I have never been a matchy matchy type of person. Sorry Martha but something about the garage sale, grandma's house, old barn furniture style just speaks to me. And you don't  have to be rich - another plus. So when thinking of a homemade gift - THIS is a great idea. Birthdays, Weddings, or even a whole fun set. Personal and totally NOT expensive. Your pocket book will thank me later.

Happy Thursday!