New in thee Shop: Upcycled Denim + Mexican Embroidered Dress Tote Bag and Crossbody

I had this lovely vintage Mexican floral embroidered dress that was at least 30 years old. It had signs of wear and tear on the backside but as for the embroidered front it's in great shape. I thought it was perfect to cut up and turn into bags. So here they are!

The tote measures 16"L x 4"W x 13"H. It has pockets inside and out with a magnetic snap to keep the bag closed. I have added a blanket stitch to the straps, used a striped belt to the sides to add more color and adorned the center top with a leather tassel I made.

The crossbody/messenger measures 10"L x 2.25"W x 11"H. It also has pockets inside and out with a magnetic snap to keep the purse closed. All brass gold colored metal components. I used remnants of a caramel leather clutch in this bag as just like the tote plenty of jeans.

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Upcycled Solar Lamp Posts

Robin @ ReDo It Yourself Inspirations has post segments called "Cut the Cord". She provides so many clever ideas for outdoor lighting solutions sans conventional electricity.
A while ago I had seen a photo on Pinterest from her posts. Later I took a trip to a local flea market and found these lamps without shades that were perfect for this project.

I had not realized how almost identical they are to the ones used in the inspiration photo. Pretty close right?

So I did the same thing. Took out the wiring, electrical components and cut the cord! Then I spray painted them black to match the solar lamps. I used Rust-Oleum Spray Paint, in Satin Canyon Black.

I didn't glue the lamps on though. They actually fit right into the post so I don't think the glue is absolutely necessary. If I see that they get affected by wind then I'll glue them down. They turned out really cute though and make excellent front door accents.

I hope you give this a try too.

Solar is the future and the future is now!

New in thee Shop: Upcycled Denim Bucket Hats

Upcycled denim bucket hats are available in thee shop, here

Having never made a hat before, I borrowed a hat in the same style I wanted and went off  of that. It's a simple pattern because it's a pretty simple hat. Not only were blue jeans incorporated into these hats but also a pair of black jeans and khaki cotton cargo shorts ♲

I was only going to make two but decided on a third and I'm glad I did. Now there's only one left in the shop. Hope to add more soon!


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