Monday, October 3, 2016

Aperture Laboratories

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. ~Edward Teller

So #mymangoboy wanted to be a scientist for the above mentioned lab, so we found an old lab coat at a Goodwill store. I stenciled in the logo he sent me using contact shelf paper, the one you use for drawers and kitchen shelves. I tried to use freezer paper, as Pinterest suggested but failed that one!

Anyway, this one turned out pretty good.









Saturday, September 5, 2015

Upcycled Boho Bangles

There is no such thing as "away". When we throw anything "away," it must go somewhere. ~Annie Leonard


I've been mocked for saving stuff having our place looking like a mini-SCRAP but I really do have creative ideas to make the things I save but time is always an issue. I can't really "Save the World" by up cycling but if I could do a little, it won't hurt. I just need to be more organized so I'll have more time to be more creative. I'd love to create/make projects with others while bonding and sharing stories. But like I said, I need to be more organized! That's the key--for me, anyway. I have been donating several items to SCRAP and I just found a place to donate fabrics for St. Anthony where the ladies come together and sew things for the less fortunate. That's another alternative to my bins of fabrics and yarns.

In the meantime, here's a project by Mark Montano I made out of the following. Click on the link to see instructions. (Note: I have all these items at home already. All I need was time!)
- old electronic cords of any size (he used zip ties)
- old swimsuits and fabric scraps
- scotch tape
- pliers / scissor
- assorted beads
- jewelry wire








You could make a lot of them. Usually a set of 3 is a a great gift. Made this set for #mykiwigirl's former swim coach. It was perfectly made with my girl's old (thoroughly washed) swimsuits!

Now go make some and share them with me.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Projects that I Want to Make

Come, let's make these together! 











Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hooked!

KEEP CALM
AND
CARRY
YARN

It's official! I really like crocheting more than knitting. Never thought I would ever learn (never say never!) how to crochet. Thanks to YouTube! It's so easy to follow. My mom crocheted intricate patterns (she doesn't do it anymore,) and I just recently learned how! So yeah, I have a couple of bins of yarn that I can use up. Here's just some I've made these past months during my sparest of spare time. 
 
I like making a piece of string into something I can wear. ~Author Unknown

Friday, March 22, 2013

Time...

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. ~Gandalf, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring
So yes, time will always be an issue. My issue. I need to learn to use it wisely.

Decoupaging, just one of my favorite craft activities. Here's a vintage vanity luggage with magazine cut-outs of watches. I made this when I didn't have kids yet and it's still intact! I hope to make more soon. Just wanted to share.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

our little green CHRISTMAS tree

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hills

Finals are over (yay!), hubby's off from work for a week (hurrah!), Christmas music is filling the room (yes!) We just need a tree! But I wasn't going to buy a tree. I was determined to be "green" altho' I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to pull it off, and if the kids will like it. I had something else in mind but that didn't work out. So bummed. So I had to think fast. For some reason, I only get ideas in the spur of the moment. It drives me crazy. It drives other people crazi--er!

I've been in the process of purging, storing, giving away, etc. It's a long process...especially for a pack rat who thinks she can upcycle everything. Well, books are all over the place...the hallway, the living room, the bedroom, even the restroom. Aiya! 

Yes, a solution came to mind (I've seen it before but keep forgetting.) A Christmas tree made out of books. Yes! That's it. Why not? Still not sure if it'll work.

First I stacked them by size. We have this old 3-inch dictionary and a 2-inch concordance. They are actually very good but nobody uses them anymore. Thanks to technology! So why am I still holding on to these? For this very purpose! Stack them books up to desired height but not too high. Wrapping the lights around it sort of helps stabilized it.
Oh look, I spy a Surfing book =.) A lot of these books are illustration and photo books.
We kept wrapping the lights around it, found the old star the kids made many years ago made out of cereal box with assorted strings painted with gold. Placed it in a photo holder stand. So far so good. Here's Mary & Joseph & baby Jesus right on top of the tree.
 Found our favorite ornaments!
 Did more wrapping around the tree with whatever we can find in our Christmas bins of ornaments & garlands.
 TaDa! Done in less than an hour! You can't tell from afar that it's a stack of books, can you?
We didn't spend a cent! And it looks great. Even I'm so proud of this improntu tree. And the kids actually like it. Just perfect for our cozy living room.

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Later than evening...

tomato: Mom, I can't find my Civil War book. Did you put away things in our room? (This is before she saw the tree--she was busy herself working on a Christmas project in her room.) 
me: (thinking what is she doing with a Civil War book---later she said it's a surprise. hmmm.)
tomato: (after seeing the green tree, she was a little worried) I hope you didn't it put in there! 
(no, it wasn't in there =.)

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son: this is our Tree of Knowledge.
(LOL!)

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Merry Christmas, everyone!
Let's make it more meaningful and purposeful.

Check out this CLIP.
This is how Christmas should be $pent.

But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman...into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father." ~Galatians 4:4,6

Monday, November 5, 2012

iPad case cover

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

The extra hour gave me extra energy to make an iPad case cover for my Tomato. I asked her to draw her signature icon so I can add it onto her case. Oops, I forgot the "highlight" =.)
  I used old jeans to make the case, fabric scraps (from an old Spiderman tee) and green felt for the tomato itself.
  At first, I only used batting (the ones quilters use) for padding but it's so flimsy that I have to rip it open to add bubble envelope to make the case stiff. It works!
 I've had this tomato print forever. I've made her a pair of pajamas that she's LONG outgrown and a pillowcase which she still loves. There was just enough scrap to use as lining for this simple project. I covered the button with it, too. Really cute!
  I didn't do anything fancy to finish up the edges because that will take way too long. I simply serged it for a clean finish. Sturdiness is my main concern with this project.
I LOVE SEWING. I just don't like the mess I make when I'm sewing, and the time it takes!
 But my homegrown Tomato is so worth it all.

Here's some iPad case DIY projects you can make, too. I'm sure there's more out there. If and when you make one, please share, ok?

Top 10 DIY iPad projects
DIY iPad case project from a bubble mailer envelope

Have a fun day with your homegrown fruits of labor =.)