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Create a Winter Sweater Tote From an Old Houndstooth Sweater

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:


New Year’s Eve is on the way.

Ring in the new year with this adorable DIY winter sweater tote.


Along with all of the self-improvement resolutions you make this New Year’s Eve, be sure to include a declaration to make a new sweater tote to go with your winter outfits. If they all turn out this cute, it’s a resolution that’ll be easy to keep.


All you need is an old thrift store sweater….

winter sweater tote before

a couple of wooden handles and some cute fabric for a lining.


It’ll take you less than an hour to make and when you’re finished you’ll have a cute winter tote perfect for carrying your laptop and your favorite book. ;)


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Easy DIY Chandelier Makeover


I have been wanting to do this for a long time now, thanks for the post.

Originally posted on alyrhea:


“IIIIIII want to swiiiiing from the chandeliE-E-ER!”  I sure hope my daughter does not attempt that act with this cute one I re-did for her bedroom!  It was really easy and is definitely something that can be done in a day!

My parents did a swap with us when we replaced our dining room light fixture. We got this new from World Market:


We gave them our old light:

Mom and Dad's

And they gave us their old light:


My mom was a little surprised that I wanted it. But I had a hunch that my toddler who is all “princess this, princess that,” would love a fancy light in her room! Just not with those glass shades or 80’s/90’s brass.  How about some PINK!

I encourage anyone looking for a quick, inexpensive light fixture update to give this a shot. Almost any old light will do… You just have to find one that…

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From Sloppy To Stylin’: How To Wear Sweatpants For Any Occasion (PHOTOS)

Originally posted on Global Grind:

How To Style Sweatpants: Casual

Can we level with you for a second? Sometimes, clothes are hard. Sometimes, you just don’t want to put any on, let alone worry about whether this top goes with these pants. Because there’s not enough time. Because it’s too cold outside. Because of laziness. Mostly because of laziness.

The good news is that it’s socially acceptable to leave your warm, comfy house in sweatpants. But that isn’t an excuse to carry on looking like a disheveled mess, my friend. More good news: you can keep cozy on just about any occasion, like for a night out on the town or when you just need to run some errands.

We agree that there’s no need in getting all dressed up to run to the supermarket, right? Well, you also don’t want to look like you woke up like this. And by this, we mean in your raggedy ol’ T-shirt…

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Make a Fabulous and Super Cozy Infinity Scarf in 30 mins!

Originally posted on ShinyHappyMorePlease:

This looks absolutely luscious and cozy warm –and scraping frost from my windshield this morning made it even more appealing!

Here are the instructions from Audra at The Kurtz Corner:

12 stitches wide
20-25 links long

Brand: Lions Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Super Bulky #6
Colors used: Lighter scarf – Oatmeal
Maroon/Red scarf – Spice

– 2 skeins of yarn are necessary
– The tail goes around your thumb as you are casting on and will get shorter as you go which is why we start with a really long tail.
– You can use 2 different colors!
– My scarf was 12 stitches wide and about 25-30 links long
– You can use less bulky yarn, but to achieve this look you will need #6 bulky

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Six Ways To Tie Your Belts

Originally posted on The Fashion Foot:

Not all of us are fashionistas, and when it comes to completing an outfit with cute accessories some of us may be left standing there by the mirror scratching our heads wondering what to do next. Of course, there is nothing wrong with rocking the basic look. Jeans and a shirt, high-waisted pants and a tucked in blouse, or skirt and a sweater. However, there is nothing wrong with taking it up to the next level and adding just a touch of pizzazz.

belt 1

In the past belts were used only for utilitarian purposes. That means you put it in to hold up your pants, and that was it. The fashion world has taken the belt and made it an accessory, it no longer holds up your pants but compliments them. A belt can completely change the way a dress looks on your body. There is an infinite amount of ways…

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How To Felt Basics, and Felting FAQ Part 1:

Originally posted on Stale Bread into French Toast:

What is Felt, and How Do I Get Started Making it?


felted hats with patternA hat I made early in my felting experiments (top) and a commercially felted hat.  The hats are sitting on the pattern I used to lay out the wool . . .

As I mentioned in the post about my magic purple mittens, felting is probably the fiber technique I have the most claim to be an “expert” on, and, until now, I haven’t posted much about it here at all.  Most of my deep explorations into felt happened before I started this blog, and as I’ve been digging into my research and photo archives, compiling what I want to say as an intro to felting, it’s clear there’s enough material here for a least two posts.

I’ve organized this roughly as a list of felt FAQ.  I could go on at length from any one of these…

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How I: oxidize sterling silver w/ eggs

Originally posted on Inspiration MYCreation:

How to: oxidize sterling silver w/ eggs   Oxidizing jewelry is something I find myself doing a lot lately. I find it fun and easy. Simply follow along with the photos and simple steps. Step 1: Buy a couple dozens of eggs (I used way too many eggs for my project in the beginning.. I recommend not wasting food). Using boiled eggs can be hard work but it is rather safe than some of the other chemicals used for oxidizing jewelry. In another post I will show you how I oxidize by using Liquid of Sulfur. For this project I used 2 eggs for about 6 rings, two Ziploc medium sized bags, two paper towels, a small size sauce pan for boiling the eggs, string, scissors, and foil. Step 2: Boil the eggs in about 2 cups of water for about 15-20 minutes. Put the eggs in the pot before you add the water to avoid…

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DIY: Add Texture To Your Necklace with Studs & Rhinestones

Originally posted on Cinnamon Spring:

It has been a while since I last posted a ‘Project Revamp’ post, as most things I now make from scratch! However, revamping things was what really got me started in DIY-ing. I love looking out for old pieces of trinkets, and figuring out ways to update its look to suit my taste.

I was at the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival (KLVF) a few weeks ago and scored some cheap accessories – though I only bought them because I had ideas of adding my DIY touch to it!

This revamp I’ll be showing you is simple – all you need is a little patience and steady hands! I wanted to add a little more depth and texture to a plain triangular necklace – the idea was to give a rougher look to it and one of the ways to achieve that was to add spiky stuff! It’s true…I am still…

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