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Monday, July 11, 2016

Upcycled Cookie Tin Turned Craft Supplies Storage Carrying Case

Re-use cookie tins by using them as storage bins for art supplies (or any other kinds of craft supplies). The round ones in particular are perfect for holding a round palette! Paint tubes fit, even brushes fit.

Specifically, I use this cookie tin for my watercolor supplies. This colorful artwork by Isabel Alvarez made me want to paint something and I easily took out the supplies I needed. All that was left to get was water. Seriously, the tin becomes a convenient little carrying case.

The tin I used was full of Christmas cookies and had an allover red with snowflakes theme going on. So I spray painted over it, nothing fancy though like I've seen some people do. I just didn't want to see the holiday theme. I spray painted it with the lid on and because of that there is still some of the old design showing when the lid is off. Doesn't bother me too much, it's closed most of the time.

If this cookie tin had been a vintage tin with a lovely vintage design, of course I would've left it alone. Just check out these fabulous upcycled vintage tins...

DIY Project: Ashley's Vintage Tin Candles
Craft Studio Organizer Caddy from Vintage Tin Canisters by Seelamade
Vintage Container Succulent Planters by House by Hoff
Upcycled Vintage Cookie/Candy Tin Bird Feeders by JUNKMARKET Style
Repurposed Vintage Tin Bangle Bracelets by Nostalgic Summer
Cookie Tin to Coffee Bin by Carolyns Homework
"Polly Wants A Margarita" necklace by Emily Hickman, Tin Moon Jewelryworks

Monday, June 20, 2016

Refashion: Vintage Floral Maxi Dress

I bought this dress at a thrift store. I love the simplicity of the allover floral print and the type of material. I usually seek out this kind of fabric. It keeps really well, it's durable and hangs nicely. The dress also has side pockets, it's awesome. The brand is called Virgo II and it also has an ILGWU or the International Ladies Garment Worker Union tag.

So this dress is from 1974-1995 based on the colors of the tag. "In 1974 the labels were changed to a red, white, and blue color scheme. This was in conjunction with their efforts to urge Americans to not buy imported goods: Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own. The ILGWU remained active up until 1995, when they merged with another union, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, to form UNITE." (Vintage Fashion Guide)

I didn't mind the sleeves on the dress but since I was going to take in the top part anyway, I took away the sleeves too. I used the sleeves as bias tape for the new armholes. It feels much less stuffy since it is high neck and long length. Doesn't it look a little more modern as well? I don't know but I like it. As always I just layer a long sleeve over it when I get chilly.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Upcycled Painter's Purses and Painted Wooden Plank Photo Backdrop

Recently I've been making painted bags. I had painted on bags I made in the past but not like this. They're my upcycled purses adorned with acrylic abstract artwork. Like "painter's jeans" but purses. If you follow my instagram you know that's what I've been working on.

I don't usually use patterns but I really wanted to make a bag that involved little to no hardware (and I didn't feel like figuring it out myself lol). I came across the Laney Hobo bag by Swoon and gave it a try.

The first upcycled painter's purse I made, available here. At first I wasn't really sold on the shape but it has grown on me. It's a really practical bag, spacious and comfortable.

Paint splatter can get a little messy but it's fun.

The one upcycled painter's crossbody / messenger bag so far, available here. The button is vintage and just perfect because it looks like a glob of gold paint.

This is the second upcycled painter's purse I've made, available here.

I had also been wanting to make a new backdrop for picture taking. My dad found some old wooden planks and I had him come up with this.

The condition of the wood is pretty good. We're not sure how old the wood is or what it was used for but since I was going to paint over it, it didn't matter too much. I did sand out some spots though because I didn't want splinters.

Lol so dumb, I wore gardening gloves to paint...the paint seeped through the cloth. It really sucks washing off oil based paint from the skin.

Finally, the new backdrop works great! In the future if I want to extend the wall to the floor I can easily add more planks. Most, if not all, my bags aren't very long though so for now it's fine how it is. I'm still undecided about using a decorative wall hook (like in the pictures above I used this floral wall hook I have). I like to keep things simple and let the bags speak for themselves but I don't know I'll probably keep doing both with and with out.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Vintage Finds | Simplicity 5082 Sewing Pattern from 1972 "Super Jiffy Wrap and Tie Pantskirt"

I posted this picture to my Instagram a while ago...

I was excited because I had found a wide leg pants design I liked for this vintage floral fabric. The excitement didn't last. According to the pattern, I don't have enough fabric. You need like 4 yards and then some. I sincerely thought I had a lot of that floral but it's only enough for like three leg parts. Sure, I could make the shorts version but I was really set on the pants.

Anyway at the same time I bought that pattern, a vintage pantskirt kept popping up in my search. It looked so cool. The best of both worlds. It looked really easy too and I was tempted to just make it by observing the picture provided on the pattern envelope. I went ahead and bought it though from While The Cat Naps, an Etsy seller of vintage and modern patterns.

How to put it on is quite the interesting process. Sucks having to use the bathroom though. Like a jumpsuit or romper you basically have to take it all off.

So I got 3 yards of this printed rayon fabric.

I don't think it gets easier than this.

I think I nailed it.

It's pants inside a skirt. Super Jiffy Wrap and Tie Pantskirt!