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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Neck Tie to Camera Case

My favorite color is yellow and my favorite flower is the sunflower.  It just seems so HAPPY even when the flower seems to be hanging it's head down, the yellowish/orangeish flower makes me think it is happy about something.  

I found this AWESOME men's necktie at Goodwill and had to have it.  

Sorry about the colors, not sure why one seems darker.  Anyway, I knew I would be able to make SOMETHING from this fabulous tie.  

The first thing I did was take some really sharp scissors and split the tie up the back seam.   The tie opened up to a pretty good sized piece of fabric.  

 I LOVE the way it turned out.  The little yellow "tabs" you see are the ends of the black handles, that is where I sewed them together.  That is the worst part of the project, but wasn't sure how else to secure the ends.  I think I'll have to take another look at the situation!  The black handle is from my dog's broken retractable dog leash.  It was pulled all the way out and wouldn't go back in.  When it happened I put the leash away in a closet knowing I would be able to use it for something.  It worked out perfectly for this project. 
My camera fits perfectly in the new case!  Love it.  



There is even enough room for my accessories in the case.  

Can't wait to try this type of project again.  

Thanks for looking.  
Cathy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nesting Baskets as Birthday Gift

My mother in law's birthday is coming up and I wanted to give her something from the heart.  I love making these types of fabric baskets as storage and because they are just plain cute!! I used Whitney Sews tutorial (check it out here)to make my own baskets.  I made my own dimensions for each basket.  The smallest one with pink interior, has final measurements of 7 inches deep, 9 inches tall, and 9.5 inches long. 




The middle sized one, with blue interior, measures 8 inches deep, 11 inches tall and 11 inches long. 




And, the biggest one measures 9 inches deep, 12.5 inches tall and 13 inches long. 



They are perfect sizes for nest inside each other. 






All 3 baskets were so easy to make, finished them in about 1 day. 

The final part of her present is getting a bunch of her favorite goodies and snacks and fill up the basket!! 

Hope she likes them. 

Thanks for looking. 
Cathy



Friday, August 14, 2015

Easy Change to an Old Basket

I found this super cute basket at a second hand store and wanted to update it a little. 
I liked the shape and the handle on the back of the top.  It is easier to hang on a wall with a handle attached on the back side.  
 
 Loved the basket, but not the weird bow and colors. 
Of course I had to use up my favorite color of spray paint!!  Grabbed my trusty can of yellow spray paint and went to work. 

First had to take off the bow from the front.  It was easy, just slid right off the basket.  


Next just sprayed the basket until it was completely covered.  

Finally I created a liner for the newly painted basket.  Used some scrap of fabric to make the top part of the liner and then just a small piece of white to finish off the liner.  I ran out of the flowered fabric!!  


 Not sure if I LOVE the polka dotted flower on the front, but it seemed to fit in with the color scheme!  And, as I look at it now I like it even less!!!  Fortunately for me, I only put a couple stitches on the flower to hold it into place.  Makes it easy to change.  

Thanks for looking.
Cathy


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sunglasses done MY WAY

I found these sunglasses in 5 BELOW and liked the shade of the lenses.  They seemed to be darker than some of my other glasses.  I know I'm a sunglasses hoarder, but these seemed different than the other pairs that I own.  Had to have them.
 The only part I didn't like was the design on the sides.  It looks textured but that is just painted on design. 

So I thought I could just add my own little bling to the glasses.  My opinion is that there isn't anything that a little spray paint can't fix!!  


I dug out my can of trusty YELLOW paint and went to work..... 

 I covered the lenses with aluminum foil and brightened up the glasses.  Very easy peasy!  The foil is easy to shape and completely cover the glasses or anything you want to spray paint.

I love the finished product.  


They turned out pretty nice.  

Sorry about my wet hair in this picture, but I'm happy with my new glasses. 

Thanks for looking. 
Cathy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Flag Bag

At the beginning of each summer I get the itch to make something that is related to our amazing FLAG.  I think it is because school ends and then the 4th of July is right around the corner. This is my project for this summer. 


The only part of this project I needed to buy was the inside fabric.  I had all the red, white and blue and the buttons.  To make this I just initially cut the dark blue fabric and then made the red and white stripes based on the size of the blue.  The blue behind the buttons is denim from a pair of jeans.  The same one from this bag.  Wanted to break up some of the blue and use a different shade. 


There are only 35 buttons for the states!!!  Not sure which states are NOT represented, but I had to evict 15 of them!!  Tee hee hee!  Just kidding, I got lazy with the buttons, guess I could have added more, maybe I will someday. 


I love the stars on the inside.  Makes it a little brighter and fun. 

Overall pretty easy project and useful!!  Love taking it to the store so everyone can see it. 

Thanks for looking and have a great day, 
Cathy

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Found some extra Jeans - so I made a BAG!!!

While cleaning up my bedroom I found some old jeans that I don't wear any more.  Thought about donating them to Goodwill, but then, hmmmmm, I could create SOMETHING from them!!!  
Checked out YouTube for something to inspire me, and came across a Quilt as You Go video.  This was the first one to get me thinking, and this second one shows how to start with a piece in the center of the project and work around it. 

I started with the pocket and worked out and around that shape.  It isn't perfect but the final project is ok.  
This is the back view.  Wanted to make it different from the front.  

Handles.  

Finally, this is the inside of the bag.  Looking at it now, I don't love the fabric I chose to line it. 


Thanks for looking, have a great day, 
Cathy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

50 Cheers for 50 YEARS!!!

My bestie turned 50 this month and I wanted to do something special for her big day!!  So I made her a cake we could DRINK!!!!  I wanted to keep it!   We have been friends for more than 20 years and have had some wild days in our youth!!  This was the perfect cake for her!  

I'd like to say I came up with this idea myself, but I'm pretty sure I saw it on PINTEREST and filed it away in my brain and some how thought of it for her birthday.

It was pretty much a guessing game of how many cans of beer to get.  I bought a 36 cans of beer to start with and a bottle of wine.  Knowing the bottom layer was the biggest, I had to use the most cans there.  

I started with 21 cans of beer.  Seemed like a good number.  BUT, I forgot to keep in mind that I have a bum arm and can't lift much weight!!  21 cans of beer weighs A TON to me!!  FYI - if you need to transport the beer cake to a party it needs to be built in layers on trays.  And, on this picture you can see I forgot to add the cardboard circle under the cans - GRRRRrrr!!  From the picture of the final cake you can see that I cut out cardboard circles to support each layer and covered the circles with aluminum foil to make them look nice.  

The middle layer had 9 cans in it.  I added the cardboard in the middle so that one can wouldn't move around when transporting.  

 Finally the top layer had 6 cans and a large bottle of wine!!  I changed that later because I ended up buying some small bottles of wine as accents. 


  I added ribbon to each layer. 
And made some easy ribbons to decorate.  
Cute! 

Final cake!!!  The lifesavers on the table were supposed to be confetti!!!  

 Besties!!! 

It was a huge hit!!! She loved it. 

Thanks for looking, 
Have a great day 
Cathy

Friday, July 10, 2015

Casserole Carrier

A little while ago, I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers (is that an actual word??), The Crafty Gemini, and she was showing how to create a casserole carrier.  Check out her tutorial here.  It was so cute, I loved the material she was using.  I thought - Cathy you can do that!!  

So I gave it my best effort.  I used the measurements she gave and her exact directions.  It didn't turn out quite as nice as hers, but it is OK.  I think I may try another one to see if I can't make it a little better.  





Not sure if you can tell or not, but mine is also reversible.  But I still think her fabric colors are much cuter.  

It was fairly easy to make, pretty sure it took me less than an hour to complete.  I didn't do all the quilting that she did but on my next one I will add those details.  

Thanks for looking.
Cathy