Seems like everywhere you turn you find these Elastic Hair Ties- I am addicted to them myself but they can get pricey!
Now you can make them for a fraction of the cost and it couldn't be simpler even if your not crafty.
Now when you see them at the store for 5 for $5.50 you will laugh
because you can make them for .14 each!
The link to buy the elastic is 20 yards for $11.50 and you can make 80 hair ties with 20 yards!
All Ready for Gift Giving!
"Queen of Upcycling"
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Well I seem to be in a Creative Funk.
All I want to do is Read & not make :(
Sure I have ideas swirling in my head and I say tomorrow I will get on those then tomorrow comes and I can't get it together in my head so I read instead! I need to find a happy medium between books & making stuff.
I did however manage to make these slippers in the last few days!
I have a slight obsession with slipper patterns.
But every time I whip a pair up they tend to be too small. I don't have an overly large foot ~ size 9 but I guess in the slipper world I am a giant! I found this pattern on Pinterest. First shot at it I knew they weren't going to be big enough so the second go I upped the hook size and used a very bulky yarn for the sole~ plus you were to make 2 soles and sew them together so I figured that using the bulky yarn and doubling it up I didn't have to make 2. For the top I used 3 yarns so I could deplete some half used yarn. Now they turned out a bit to big!!! I think next go I might follow instructions for the biggest size. They still fit and are easy to slip on so not sure when I will get to making another pair.
If you want the pattern go to my pinterest account and look under the board Crochet Love!
I am lucky enough to be apart of The Industrial Chic Blog Hop!
I was sent a few goodies in which I was to make something with at least one of the items.
This is the one that Inspired me!
I of course had to make it Repurposed some how so I made a bracelet with an old button up shirt!
You can get the kit with a DVD & written instructions in my Etsy shop.
This is the line up after me!
Traci Bautista kollaj.typepad.com
Others before me!!
Cindi Bisson fatcatcreations.blogspot.com
Gretchen McHale readingartworks.com/beta
Jenny Barnet Rohrs crafttestdummies.com
Suze Weinberg suzeweinberg.typepad.com
Tami Bayer tamibayer.com
Theresa Cifali theresacifali.com
Seems I missed last weeks Weekly Whip up!
I had a show on Friday that I had to leave the house at 5 am & it was a hot hot hot weekend so I think I lost my mind a bit from all the sweat I lost :)
I finally got the T-Shirt Bracelet Kits done!!
I am still working on an online version but for now you can get one
with a DVD & enough stuff to make 2 bracelets!
These are a great project that you don't have to go & spend a lot of money on!
Great for Party Favors
Just because you can gifts!
The other day I took off my Pop Tab Bangle Bracelet & was enjoying a refreshing Wood chuck (hard Cider) when I put my Wood Chuck down in my Bangle-----an idea was hatched!
I couldn't make it fast enough but when I had to assemble it my initial idea wasn't working so I had to walk away then come back & all worked out! I even put a bottom on it but not sure it even needs one. It's a snug fit my my be loved Wood Chuck will not slip out!
Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!!
It occurred to me today to make some scrappy hair ties~ all while sitting in a pile of T-Shirt scraps!
Why didn't I think of this before?
I think I will make some up for my show this weekend to sell for $1
Weekly Whip Up's
At the beginning of the year Stitched 2012 was released.
I am teach an online workshop called "Bohemian Bags"
Which I show you how to transform Acrylic sweaters into a purse.
This Stitched is complied of 20 workshops that you can take at your leisure from your home in your pi's!
The cost was $89 for 20 workshops which is a steal in itself.
Now that it's half way through the year the price has been lowered to only $40!!!
if you were on the fence before now is your time to jump on this you will have until 12/31/12 to watch and download all the pdf's from Stitched!
Here is the Bohemian Bag Workshop Photo's!
Now I also took the concept that I teach in the Bohemian Bag workshop & applied it to T-Shirts!
I also had a request for some Natural yarn to make Doll hair!
I also finally after wanted to do this for years now sat down released a hat pattern that
my friend Tawnya Romig-Foster wrote for me for my handspun yarns in which
I added to it a brim option, Ear Flaps Option & Mohawk!
Now you can make your own!
Have a Great Long weekend!
I will be at a show on Sat & Sun in Tawas Michigan!
"Queen of Trash"
Finally my Monday's are no longer Clogged up with going to Court with my Son.....Long Story
but all is good now.
Seems I was on a Purse-Tote Kick this week.
First up is my New Addition to thePurse-Tote Line.
Ex-BoyFriend Purse to go with the Ex-Boyfriend Scarf!
Made from a Men's button up shirt.
I'm Totally in Love with this new Purse!
Well I challenged myself to RePurpose a Mouse Pad this week.
You can see the Bracelets & a brief how to on my post yesterday.
I got a reposnse from that post from Shirley Maki giving me the idea to make a cell phone holder.
Here's what I came up with . Pretty simple but does the job to keep my phone
safe in the bottomless pit I call a purse!
I have been saving Can's (just the middle part) for some time now.
I make Butterfly magnets with them but I had wanted to make some flowers.
I finally sat down to actually do it when I realized I must have thrown out the handle to my Sizzix!!!
So I went to the hardware store & the gentleman there helped me find just want
I needed to make a handle!
Not sure what more I will do with them other than make magnets.
These one's aren't lined & Smaller.
Great for Lunches, crayons & coloring books, Shower caddy &
recently brought to my attention Bingo supplies!
These Totes (This is the size of my purse!) are lined with Eco-Felt (felt made from water bottles).
I am loving the Protein one!!
"Queen of Trash"
My Best Friend sent me a package the other day full of Goodies
& these two less than desirable Mouse Pads.
I couldn't figure out why she sent me them as they were, well ugly,
& I did not have a use for a Mouse Pad!
They sat on my Kitchen table for a few days when it dawned on me that I needed to make something with them. I should have known she wouldn't send me Ugly Mouse pads for no reason.
Well this is just the thing I needed to get my wheels spinning~
I was getting worried my wheels were stuck in the mud!
I only took less than a day to dream up a new use but a day to actually
get my butt in gear to make my vision come to life!
This one I cut a "base" piece of the Mouse Pad then added snaps to the ends.
I cut 3 smaller strips of the Mouse Pad & with a needle and Embroidery floss I secured the floss to one end & wrapped it around the pad then secured it to the other end. I did this with each small strip. Then I sewed each end to the base pad & also put a stitch in the middle. Then I took some more floss and wrapped it around the end to give it a more finished look.
Mouse Pad Bangles.
The length of the mouse pad wasn't long enough to fit over my hand so
I added another strip of pad with an eyelet.
I wrapped a fabric strip around one & secured it with thread & add a few beads.
The other 2 I added beads all around.
This one I cut about a 2 inch base piece of the Mouse Pad adding snaps to the ends. I then added eyelet to the middle part leaving the ends free of eyelets until after I add the smaller strip. I cut a smaller strip of pad added eyelets then secured each end to the base with eyelets. I then added a few more eyelets to the base at the ends.
Here's the Mouse Pad in all it's Ugliness but it really transformed into some cute Bracelets!
Ideas are really endless. Just make your "base" bracelet then trick it out as you see fit!
This leads to my other idea.
I seem to get stuck in the mud every now & again.
I thought it would be cool if you had something that you don't want or can't imagine could be used for anything that you could send me so I can try to transform it.
This would help me get my wheels out of the Mud & your prize would we one of the things I create with what you sent me!
If your interested in this challenge email me RadicalRecycks@gmail.com
"Queen of Trash"
I use a Net Bath Sponge to get myself all clean
& since they are all over the place I am assuming a lot of folks use them as well!
Well did you know they work wonders on cleaning soap scum?
Don't ask me how I found this out ~ ok I can't keep things to myself~ I clean the shower while I shower. Sounds weird & unhealthy but I don't use cleaner usually just an old net sponge or a Magic eraser to get the soap scum off while the conditioner seeps into my over processed hair.
Now the thing with the old net sponge is I don't want anyone to use it by accident to clean themselves so I have Repurposed the old ones that have fallen apart into "Scrubbies" !
They can be used to clean Soap Scum, Scrub your dishes or even Scrub yourself!
First and Foremost throw your Net Sponge in the laundry with a load of towels you
will want to get all the leftover soap & Dna out!
The Net Sponges I had were 240 inches long.
They had a good long life then the tie that kept them together broken!
Now you could retie it or you can Repurpose it as instructed below but
let's do what we can to keep them out of the landfill!
Get your Crochet Hook out!
I used a size P but a Q would have been a little better (less fighting with the netting)
In second stitch from hook single Crochet to end (7 stitches)
chain 1 and SC across
I think I only got 4 rows so go until you can't go anymore (as long as you make it to the end of a row)
Now I also didn't cut anything off. (I will get to this a few photos down)
All done with the Netting.
But it just doesn't look pretty now does it?
We want to make sure we don't throw any of the netting away to fill up the landfill right?
So now get some cotton yarn.
I used Lion Brand organic cotton for the Pink one & some other cotton out of my stash that had no label.
I used the hook that the one with the label said to use (J) but
went to a K for the Blue/Gray one (it was a bit thicker yarn).
I attached the new yarn with a slip stitch then single crocheted 3 times in each opening of the scrubbie.
When I got to the corner I sc 3 chain 1 then sc 3.
slip stitch to the first stitch once I got all the way around.
Chained 1 then sc in each stitch around just to make it a bit more polished.
"Queen of Trash"