Saturday, November 7, 2009

Upcycled soap bottle tutorial

Here it very first tuuorial! I wasn't planning on making one so soon, but inspiration hit me and I ran with it!
This is a super simple project that anyone can do and results in a great way to fill the water on you iron. I saw a tip in a Handyman magazine that said to re-use old dish soap bottles to fill your iron. I loved the idea but hated the idea of looking at the original label. So I decorated the bottle a little with some paper scraps and Mod Podge!

Soap Bottle finished

Here is the super-easy tutorial!

Supplies needed:

Empty dish soap bottle
Mod Podge
Paintbruch to apply glue
Scrapbooking paper scraps

Step 1:

Aquire your empty soap bottle and thouroughly clean all soap out

Soap bottle

Step 2:

Peel off all labels. Don't worry about getting all of the icky sticky stuff off; your decoration will cover it.

Clean bottle

Step 3:

Choose your paper scraps, label or whatever you want to decorate your bottle. I chose a vintage bias tape wrapper.

Tag for soap bottle

Step 4:

Layer your label on top of coordinating scrapbooking paper to give it more dimension...and it looks cute too!


Step 5:

Apply Mod Podge to your bottle where you would like you decoration to go. Lay the paper down and coat the whole thing in Mod Podge, smoothing it as you go.
Let this dry and apply an additional layer of Mod Podge.

Mod podge

Step 6:

With a clean towel and some water, rub away any excess glue dried on your bottle

Clean off glue

Step 6: Fill with clean water and you are done!

Soap Tutorial

And a blurry action shot! Makes filling your iron easy!


So there it it! Sorry about the blurry phots; my camera and I


Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Wow, I cannot believe it has been two months since my last blog! Where does the time go? Winter is fast approaching and I am working hard on Christmas projects. There are so many things on my to-make list and I hope I can get them all done!

Here are some things I found recently, some things I have been drooling over and some things I have been thinking about:

I took a trip to California to visit my family in September and found this great vintage fabic at a thrift store. Its so kitsch and so much fun!



It might just be some of my favorite fabric I have ever come across. I found quite a bit, which is good. Ever find only a little bit of great fabric and never want to use it?

I also found these in a thrift store in town. Believe it or not I have been searching for a set like this for a couple of years now.

Wooden spoon and fork

My great-grandmother had a set similar to it and I remember playing with them when I was a little girl. I haven't decided if I am going to paint/re-finish them yet. What do you think about them in black?

I have been drooling over quilting in general and wishing I had the time to devote to learning how. I plan on taking some classes after Christmas.

Wonky Zoo Pool Quilt 3

Audrie over at Blue is Bleu is a great inspiration to me. Her quilts are so creative and whimsical. I just love her style!

I have been thinking a lot about blogging some tutorials and recipes of things that I have made. I have yet to do it, but I am at least thinking in that direction.

I am also planning on blogging on a more consistent basis. I found these awesome printable Blog Topic Lists through One Pretty Thing. Here is the link to the free download at Vale Design.

Hopefully these will help me get back on track!


Friday, August 28, 2009

Totally thrifty finds!

Stopped by the thrift store this week and found some goodies!


Pretty vintage fabric that makes me smile


Cute little birdies that are just for fun


Cool vintage glitter bottles



And some new ribbon!

Lots to do this week! Madison and I are headed to California to visit family in about two weeks, and I have lots to sew. Crib bedding to finish, Christmas gifts to make and then packing!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

As promised...

My newly re-organized craft space!

I love to organize almost as much as I love sewing and crafting. It is so calming to me when everything is in its place. I had a blast working on this...even though there were a few mini meltdowns when things didn't work. But I pushed through and got to a point where I was satisfied.

I printed these super cute embroidery thread cards from Craft Chi and taped them to pieces of Manila folder. I thought it was a great idea, especially for my small amount of floss.

I used my Great-grandmother's sewing box to store my small collection of embroidery floss.

These wooden thread bobbins belonged to my Great-Grandmother. I inherited her collection of sewing supplies and fabrics. I love the mixture of colors in this!

I needed a spot to keep my ribbons, so I made this! I have seen many tutorials on ribbon storage so I modified this Ribbon box. I used a box that had Christmas cards in it and was very sturdy.

I decoupaged the top only because the bottom was a cool blue. I used knitting needle to hold the ribbon for lack of a better solution. I am going to get a wooden dowel eventually...but I kinda like the effect of the needle.

My sewing cabinet that I found on craigslist! I love it because it folds up, allowing me to sill move around the room.

I love the pegboard storage inside the cabinet because its perfect for my scissors and rulers.

I put and old CD tower in the cabinet and I am going to sew fabric boxes for each cubby

The ceiling was so bare! So I hung up some fabric that inspires me. The good thing about doing this...I can change the fabric whenever I feel like it!

There is still a lot I want to do to this area. I love my solid wooden chest of drawers, but I need more jars for the top of it. I also want to decoupage the mail holder and maybe paint the chest of drawers? What do you think?

My fabric stash in a semi-organized state. Eventually I would like to have it in bins or Fabric Organizers

And them some simple decorations. I haven't knit in ages, but I love my needle collection!

Embroidery hoop art

I saw this embroidery hoop display tutorial over at So Lovely Creations, and I just had to give it a try. I love it and now I want more!

So that's my work in progress. All in all I only spent about $10 doing this! I bought a couple shelves and embroidery hoops. There is so much more I would like to do!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Enter this giveaway for a blog design!

Hey guys, just wanted to write a quick blog telling you about a giveaway that I am entering. It is to win an amazingly cute blog design by The Design Girl ! I have, as you know, been trying to work on my blog. I would love to win such a cute layout!

Go here and enter the giveaway!

Etsy It Up

Also, I will be posting new pics of projects soon. I am in the process of re-organizing my craft/sewing area and I will share when I am done.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Learnin' some new skills

Well, its been a busy week around here. I have been sewing as much as possible, but that is proving more and more difficult with Madison getting more active. He likes to move, sing and watch his Your baby can read videos. I do get lucky sometimes and he will take a nice long nap and then its sewing time!

I have been working on the blog and teaching myself how to edit and customize it. So you should be seeing more changes as I learn more html editing skills. There is so much information available on the subject, and trying to sort through it all makes my head spin.

This week in my sewing, I concentrated on diaper clutches and learning to applique better. The clutches came out good after some tweaking of the pattern. The appliques were fun to experiment with and I am working on sketching out some more this week. I need to work on sketching patterns and ideas, as well as, planning my theme/direction. The only problem is that I have very rudimentary skills in drawing. Just one more thing to work on and teach myself to get better at!

Here are a few of the things I have been working on. Apart from learning new sewing and computer skills, I am also determined to learn how to photgraph my creations. With a little help and advice from my sister over at Robin's Eye Photography, I have been honing my skills.

Here are some of the things I made this week:


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Setting out on my voyage

So this is my very first post on my very first craft blog. I am feeling pretty intimidated. I have spent many months ogling great craft blogs on a variety of subjects by very talented people. I have learned much from their tutorials and have envied their lifestyle as crafters. I recently gave birth to my son Madison, and have since then become a stay at home mom. What better time to become one of the crafters I have so long wanted to become.

The past week has been very busy. I have decided to try my hand at the local holiday craft show in November. This is a chance for me to get seen and to launch my name into the market of indie crafts. I have been making countless prototypes of items I want to sell and re-working patterns with my own personal touch. For this show I am concentrating mainly on crafts for babies and kids.

This year I am determined to do the things I set out to do. To finish the projects I start and to follow through with selling my creations. Easier said than done. Between the baby, housework and errands, the time to craft can be hard to find. But I am going to do be a professional crafter.

Madison's nap spot in mommy's craft room