Friday, July 22, 2016

Mark and Julie's Shoe Makeover Challenge!

Julie and I challenged each other to a shoe makeover and this is what happened!  I gave her boots a couture mixed media makeover and she rocked my Vans with some of my favorite images.  Have to say, she did an amazing job AND I like them so much I don't even want to wear them.
Remember, recycle, make messes and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Julie rocking her new couture boots
 Love these!

See how I gave Julie's boots a makeover!
Watch how Julie rocked my Vans!  
Heavy cotton fabric (like denim)
Andy Skinner Stencils (or stencils you like)
Metallic spray paint 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No Sew Rag Rug Pillows

I'm all about NO SEW projects since so many of my friends out there don't have sewing machines.  I love figuring out ways to make pillows (and everything else) with as much ease as possible and these rag rug pillows were such a breeze to put together.  Just use my favorite glue, E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and you're good!  This stuff is washable and dry cleanable AND also has stretch.  Think of the possibilities.  Remember, have fun, use color and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Another colorful addition to my outdoor space
I love that they will match ANYTHING!
The perfect floor pillows......They are rugs after all!
Watch how easy it is to do here!
Rag rugs
Heavy cotton fabric
1. & 2.   Measure your rug and cut a piece of fabric the same size
3.  Optional:  Fray the edges of the fabric by pulling the end threads
4. & 5. Place the fabric on the rug and squeeze a generous line of E-6000 Fabri-Fuse around all of the edges leaving a 5" gap on one side
6.  Place some books on the fabric (so that the glue is sure to get in every crevice of the rug) and let dry overnight
7.  Stuff the pillow starting with the corners and edges first, then the center
8.  Add more Fabri-Fuse to the opening and clip closed with metal office clips while it dries

Friday, July 15, 2016

No Sew Sequin Boyfriend Jeans

Yup, that's right....NO SEW!  Grab your boyfriend's old jeans and give them a makeover with a little bit of sequin fabric and you'll have an amazing summer wardrobe piece.....perfect for day to night.  They're comfortable, too!  BTW,  I'm starting to get addicted to E-6000 Fabri-Fuse.  Perfect for 
No-Sew projects.  Remember, have fun, UP-style and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Julie makes everything look good!

See how easy they are to make here!
Butcher paper & Scissors
Old jeans
Sequin fabric
1. Place paper over one leg of the jean and pin in place
2. Using a crayon or tailor's chalk, rub around the shape of leg along the seams
3.  Perfect the lines with a marker
4.  Pin the cut out pattern to folded sequin fabric and then cut
5.  Place on the jeans and cut around the belt loop if you need to
6.  Glue all around the edges with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Time to rock your new jeans!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bottle Cap Boho Mirror

A few months ago I made a bottle cap coffee table and coated it with resin.  This is a project that's been done 1000 times but I still wanted to try it, so I did.  I posted the video below just in case you don't know what I'm talking about.  When this project was done, I had about 1000 leftover bottle caps and I've been gluing them on everything ever since!  That's how this Boho Bottle Cap Mirror happened.  I have another version made with cardboard you should check out, just in case you don't have 500 bottle caps hanging around!  Remember, have fun, make messes and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
Decking out the living room!

See how I made it here!
The reason I have so many bottle caps in my craft arsenal!
Round or oval wood base
1. & 2. Paint the wood oval with the Americana Decor Metallics and let dry
3.  Center the mirror and figure out your bottle cap design
4.  Glue them on the wood base with E-6000 and let dry
5.  Paint the bottle caps with more Americana Decor Metallics
6. & 7.  Glue the glass chips inside of the bottle caps
8.  Once the bottle caps are filled with glass chips, glue the mirror in the center
*Hot glue ribbon to the back for an easy way to hang your masterpiece

I'll make the next one with colored glass marbles!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Papier Mâché Anatomical Hearts

BIG fan of papier mâché here!  You can do ANYTHING with it.......Make furniture, jewelry, home decor objects.....on and on and on.  Since I was filling my curiosity cabinet with, well, curiosities, I thought these might just be perfect.  They're odd, colorful and, of course, a bit curios.  I may make a batch of them to give away on Valentine's day next year.....Who knows?!  The best part is that they're made from recycled materials.  I'm talking old plastic bags and newspapers. Remember......make messes, recycle and always Make Your Mark!
The heart sees all...
See how to make the entire Curiosity Cabinet here!
Watch how to make the hearts here!
Wood Blocks and Kebab Skewers
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Plastic Bags and Newspaper
Americana Decor Metallics in Antique Brass
1. Create a fist sized ball with a plastic bag
2. Mix Americana Decoupage with a splash of water and use it to decoupage strips of newspaper around the plastic fist
3.  Wrap a large straw or create paper tubes with more newspaper and decoupage medium
4.  When the tubes are dry, cut them in 2" lengths with one end of each cut at an angle
5.  Glue them to the top of the fist with hot glue and add more paper over the hot glue
6.  Paint the hearts with Americana Acrylic in red
*If the newspaper is too dark, paint the hearts white first before the red
7. & 8. Cut out the vintage images, clip around the edges and decoupage them to the painted hearts
9. & 10.  Add shimmer to the hearts with the Metallic Lustre and then dot around the image with the Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf
11.  12. & 13.  Glue the skewers into the wood blocks with E-6000, paint the tops and skewers black and the sides in gold
14.  Optional:  Edge the blocks with a metallic gold pen
15.  Pierce and glue the hearts on the skewers  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Curiosity Cabinet DIY

I've been obsessed with making a curiosity cabinet for a while, but had no idea where to start.  Should I start with an Ikea shelf? Maybe a simple bookshelf?  I was stumped!  Finally, a few weeks ago on my morning run I saw an estate sale and dragged my sweaty self in there to poke around.  There it was.... a rickety cabinet they could barely give away!  This cabinet had broken glass, loose doors and 20 layers of paint....It was PERFECT!  Now even though this makeover took several days to complete, I truly enjoyed every minute of it.  My favorite part is the plastic dollar store mirrors turned into decorative corners!  Who knew?!  Remember, make messes, hit yard sales and always Make Your Mark! 
Almost ready to drag into the house!
Not quite filled with everything, but getting there!
Found the drawer handles on a discarded dresser!  (I keep a screwdriver on my keychain)
See how I went from this!
Watch the entire process here
Old cabinet or shelf
Ornate plastic mirrors (got mine at the 99c store)
Sander, Jigsaw & Dremel
12" x 24" 1/4" thick plywood and 1" screws
Book pages
Americana Glazing Medium and Americana Acrylic color you like
 1. 2. & 3. With your jigsaw, cut out the front panels and carefully remove old handles and glass
4.  Sand the entire piece to remove cracked paint and warping
5. 6. & 7.  Create a pediment pattern for the top, cut in 1/4" plywood, sand and attach to the top with 1" long wood screws
8. & 9.  Remove the mirror from the plastic frames, cut into 4 equal pieces and clean rough edges with a craft knife
10.  Glue them in the corners with E-6000 Glue and tape them in place while they dry
11. & 12.  Stir the Maxx Gloss and paint the entire face and sides of the cabinet (not the inside)
 13. 14. 15. & 16.  Coat the inside with Americana Decoupage, mist the book pages with water and apply to the cabinet walls and sides.
17. 18. & 19. Using a soft cloth, add the Metallic Luster to the ornate corners and new drawer handles
20. & 21.  Edge the cabinet, drawers and details with a metallic gold paint marker
22.  Add the new drawer handles
23. & 24.  Mix the Americana Glazing Medium with equal amounts of water and about 15% acrylic paint and then glaze over the decoupaged book pages.
Fill with curiosities!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pleated Lampshades DIY

I've always wondered how to make pleated lampshades and I could never figure it out!  BTW, I still haven't figured it out.  Instead, I devised my own special way of doing it that's fool-proof!  Yup, I'm the fool who had to invent another way to make pleated lampshades.  Turns out, I'm just fine with this technique because it's seriously hard to mess up.  The best part is there is absolutely NO sewing!  None!  Just a little ironing and some glue.  I'm all IN.  Remember, make messes, invent new solutions and always Make Your Mark!
My cluster of pleats

Watch how to make them here!
Lampshade with wire base 
Glue gun
1. & 2.  Remove the cover from the old lampshade and scrape off any glue with a craft knife 
3. Fold the fabric on a diagonal matching the straight edges
4. 5. & 6.  Measure 1" lines from the diagonal fold and then cut the fabric in 1" wide strips
*Cutting on the diagonal is also known as cutting on the bias which is why it's called bias tape
7.  Thread the 1" bias strips through the bias tape maker and iron as you pull it from the tip
*This is how you make bias tape
8. & 9.  Hot glue the end of the bias tape to the rim of the wire shade and start wrapping from top to bottom overlapping every 1/4" to 3/8"
10. & 11.  Optional:  Trim the shade by hot glueing the edge of piece of bias around the rim.  Finish it by folding over the raw edge 1/4"
12.  Glue the other edge of the bias on the inside of the shade 
Make a pendant or add them to a fun lamp base and you're done!

Pleats please!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Birds and Butterflies Under Glass

Part 2 of my Curiosity Cabinet series is here!
I love the Museum of Natural History in NYC.....LOVE IT!  Not only is it suggested donation only, you can easily spend an entire summer day in there escaping from the brutal heat.  Not bad for a buck, right?  I often find myself imagining what it would be like to live in a room filled with the birds, bugs and butterfly specimens.  Something about how they're displayed makes me feel like I'm stepping back in time.  You can easily make your own versions of these displays with simple supplies that you can find anywhere.  Don't feel like forking over the cash for the feather butterflies?  Just print some out on your home computer.  Yup, they look just as good.  Remember, have fun, use your imagination and 
never forget to Make Your Mark!
My tiny version of the Museum of Natural History
Fill glass jars with printed vintage bug images......DONE
Next week we'll tackle how to make a cabinet to house your curiosities

Watch the video tutorial here!
Glass Jars and vases
Faux flowers
Faux feather birds and real twigs
Wood disks
1.  Paint your wood disks with the Vintage Brass Americana Decor Metallics
2. Glue twigs in the center of the disks
3. A simple straight twig for the butterflies and fuller for the birds
*Make sure your glass vases easily fit over the twigs
4.  Paint the twigs with more Vintage Brass
5. & 6.  Glue the faux birds and flowers to the twigs and then glue the mouth of the glass to the base
7.  Glue printed and feather butterflies to the long, straight twigs 
8.  Glue the tall thin vase over the butterfly twig
9.  Print out vintage bugs, place them in upside down glass jars and then glue a large shooter
 marble on top

Create different heights by using candle holders