Friday, April 17, 2015

3 Step Kimono DIY

Danielle has been bugging me to make a kimono video and we finally got around to it.  This one is made with two faux pashmina scarves that I bought for $5 dollars each.  Check stores like Marshall's and Kohl's for these kinds of scarves which are always on sale for not very much.  The more pattern the scarves have, the better your kimono will look!
Have fun and big hugs,  Mark
Danielle showing off her new Kimono in our magic garden 
This is a great way to add a little boho chic to a plain outfit
Watch the short video tutorial here!
2 long "pashmina" scarves
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Straight pins
Measuring tape
Lay the scarves face to face matching the design
Mark the 1/2 way point on one side of the scarves
Pin the scarves together up to 5" before the 1/2 way point
Stitch them together using 1/2" seam allowance
*This is your center back seam
Fold one scarf in half lengthwise (right sides together)
Measure up 19" on the open side (the side you didn't stitch)
Measure 9" across the bottom
Connect these two points with pins in a curve as shown with the little black dots
Stitch along the pins and cut out leaving 1/2" seam allowance 
*This will create your sleeve and side seam
Now repeat on the other scarf: 
Fold the other scarf in half right sides together
Place the cut pieces from the first side on top for a guide
Cut along the shape and pin together
Stitch using 1/2" seam allowance
 Keep the cut edges from fraying with E-6000 Fray Lock

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Thurs-DIY! 9 Colorful Projects For You!

Happy #Thurs-DIY everyone!  This week we have 9 colorful projects ranging from sparkly cocktails to colorful organizers!  Hop around and say hello to our new members, PLA and Vicki!
Tell them I sent you, OK.  Now go get inspired!

Margot Potter shares her favorite breakfast pick up......A Raspberry Champagne Cocktail 
called the ChamWow!  
PLA (our newest member) shares a colorful rainbow lazy susan organizer....
If I could only be that organized! 
Cathie Filian makes a perfect sweet treat gift for your favorite teacher:
Megan Andersen Read makes a healthy Beet Cake that also looks just beautiful!
I took a discarded headboard and turned it into a colorful bench for my back yard!   
Cathy Attix rocks a new BELIEVE graphic tee and I think Cher is going to want this!   
Tell Love and Chocolate makes the cutest paper fan drink stirrers......for your colorful cocktails!   
Vicki O'Dell takes me back to my childhood with a Porcupine Quill Necklace DIY! 
 I have always loved porcupine quills!    
Made by Carmona makes the perfect natural wood cut letter holder!  This is serious stuff here!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


My friend Tiffany Windsor, Heidi Borchers and Savannah Starr just released a book 
called Creative Scarves!  It's colorful, festive and filled with inspiration from cover to cover.  The thing I like most about this book is that their techniques could be used on almost any piece of clothing!  They just happened to put these fabulous ideas on scarves.  There is seriously something for everyone in this book and it's worth a gander!
Creative Scarves
20+ Stylish projects to craft and stitch 
Tiffany, Heidi and Savannah
This chain stitched scarf is
one of my favorite projects from the book.  I think it looks 
like a piece of art.
If you're up to it, you can also learn how to finger crochet!
This heart embellished scarf is right up my alley!
Easy to follow, step by step photographs and instructions
for every project!

I'd recommend this book for your craft library
as it is filled with inspirational ideas that can be 
incorporated into every aspect of crafting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Roadside Rescue! From Headboard to Bench!

Not too long ago I found an amazing headboard on the street and dragged it up 3 flights of stairs to my house.  Yes, my neighbors looked at me AGAIN with those judging eyes, but I had a plan!  I was going to turn this headboard into a colorful bench for my yard and that is exactly what I did....
It was a much easier project than I thought it would be, too!  I still have to find a few matching pillows, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far!
My beautiful bench sitting under my favorite little tree
With my woven outdoor blanket on the seat
Watch the short video tutorial here
The sad, lonely, abandoned headboard
An old headboard
20" x 80" x 1" birch plywood (seat)
*80" was the width of my headboard so measure accordingly
2 pieces 1" x 4" x 80" pine board (to frame seat)
3 pieces 1" x 4" x 20" pine board (to frame seat)
4 pieces 2" x 2" x 18" pine board (legs)
1 box of 1 3/4" long wood screws
Screw the 1" x 4" x 80" pine boards to each side of the 20" x 80" birch ply seat
Slide the 1" x 4" x 20" pine boards on each side of the seat and screw in place
Slide the 3rd 1" x 4" x 20" pine board 2" away from the center of the seat and screw in place
*This is for support
Put screws on the sides and on the top of the bench to keep everything in place
Next we are adding 3 legs on the front of the bench
Screw the 2" x 2" x 18" pieces on the inside corners of one side of the seat
Screw a 3rd 2" x 2" x 18" in the center of the first two 
Screw the 4th 2" x 2" x 18" leg in the center on the other side
*You will have 3 legs on one side and 1 leg in the center on the other side
Flip the seat upright on it's legs and screw the headboard to the side with one leg
For my bench I mixed red and blue chalky finish paint to make a deep purple 
I painted the outer frame, legs and bench face purple
I painted the details and seat in two different colors of orange

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's ThursDIY!

It's #Thurs-DIY and we have everything from simple party lights to mixed media envelopes!
Margot made some awesome Sculpey Jewels and Cathie Filian makes us all
want sugar with her fab sea salt caramel recipe!
Hop around and say hello to these awesome DIYers!  
Here we go!
Cathy Attix makes a perfect ruffle tube top perfect for spring!
Make some beautiful Sculpey Jewelry with Margot Potter!
Look like you just stepped of the runway with this upstyled blazer!
Turn it into a military style jacket with paint and glue!
Aunt Peaches makes everything look festive!  Love these painted cup lights!
Vicki O'Dell makes the cutest Spring Grapevine and Pom Pom Wreath 
Cathie Filian rocked my sweet tooth with this fab recipe for Sea Salt Caramels!

Megan Andersen Read celebrates the opening of baseball season with
these terrific dryer balls!
Cheapishly makes the cutest tassel necklaces from embroidery thread: 
Lia Griffith makes beautiful stamped paper flowers for little boxes of candy:  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Couture Military Jacket DIY

I love vintage military style.  All of the gold embroidery and big beautiful brass buttons look so chic! Military style jackets look fantastic with everything from jeans and basic tee to a floral sundress.  Just take a peek at last month's Vogue magazine.  Now, you can make yourself a beautiful military inspired jacket from one of your old blazers...and guess what....there is hardly any sewing involved!  The only thing you have to sew on is the buttons.  You'll look just like you stepped off of the runway.
Danielle rocking her vintage military style blazer!
Perfect with jeans and a basic t-shirt
Watch the short video tutorial here!
Black blazer
Heavy black fabric (cotton twill)
(or gold puff paint)
Gold buttons
Gold Ribbon
Needle and thread
Print out this pattern (or create your own)
 Trace the pattern on the black fabric and draw a line down the center
Fill in the feather with the Allure Metallic Gold and let dry
*You'll need 14 feathers
 Remove the buttons from the blazer (and on the cuff, too)
Press the lapel flat with an iron
Cut out the feathers and figure out the placement on the jacket
Glue on the feathers with E-6000 Fabri-fuse and let dry
Using needle and thread, stitch on the buttons at the base of each feather
down the center of the jacket
Apply gold ribbon to the cuff with more Fabri-fuse
Pin in place until dry