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I posted this at Tracy’s Homemade today.

I saw this tutorial in a beading magazine; they used gogga-ma beads and Pandora beads. I simply fell in love with these sugar spoons! I haven’t seen anything like it in shops or at markets, and I knew ICTMT (I Can Totally Make That).

Here are some pics, including ones that didn’t make it into the post.

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This would probably only take a weekend to make, but it took me about 2 months. So long actually that I can’t find the first lot of pics I took when I had a brain fart to modge podge (or mod podge, depends where you live 😛 ) the entire thing.

I saw someone making a kitchen play set from an old side table – Very cool idea if you actually HAVE an unused side table. (some might call it minimalist, I call it frugal) I hunted the local second-hand shop; they had one for R500. That’s what a brand new, plastic, maybe not quite Fisher Price, kitchen set will cost me from Toys R Us. So I googled home made kitchen sets to get a feel for what they should look like. This one is by far my favourite.

Right, on with how I made one my toddler!

Christmas came early at the lab and the IT department showed up with some new PC’s to replace our abacuses (abaci? more than one abacus). The boxes they came in are super sturdy, so I claimed them. I used a narrow short box that was almost the exact length on of one the PC boxes; turned PC box on its side so the flaps can act like an oven door… kinda. I cut off the bottom flap and used it as a shelf inside the box. Handy Hubby had to help with this bit to reinforce the shelf so it will last more than a week. My plan for the second PC box was to turn it to a washing up area, again placing the box on its side so that the flaps become cupboard doors.

Then I had a brain fart about modge podge. I had a lot of leftover unprinted newspaper, so I thought the best way to cover the logos printed on the boxes is to cover them in said paper.. and podge them! I failed horribly at this and the box ended up with a lot of wrinkles and now I own the biggest pot of podge in town.


Spray paint is easiest

Lili chose the shade of yellow. Granted she chose it about 2 months ago, if she had to choose a colour now it would undoubtedly be pink. As per the instructions on the can, use in a well-ventilated area (like outside). We had a mishap the first time we spray painted the fridge. Also learned that with a little elbow grease and some good old sunlight soap you can remove anything from the kitchen floor, wall and door – including post office red spray paint.

Safer to do it outside

I’ve had that shirt since I was 14. And I’ve been using it as a painter’s jacket since I was 15.

Cut a hole for the bowl/basin

Handy Hubby cut the hole for me. I got a metal bowl from Crazy Store for cheap-cheap. Also got some dish cloths, sponge and a plastic basket from Pep, some wooden spoons and a play pot set.

Modge Podge the doors

I podged wrapping paper on the doors. It didn’t quite fit, tried my best to make a seamless fix.

Is there a term for this picking/tearing at paper?

I set the play kitchen up and did something else for a bit. Enough time for Lili so start picking at a few rough paper edges and tearing lots more off. *sigh*. She picks at EVERYTHING. Page corners of cardboard books, decorative stickers on toys, peeling paint, noses (yes plural – mine isn’t safe either). Nothing is safe.

The many uses for empty toilet paper rolls

I realised that the kitchen needed some lift. I cut a few toilet paper rolls in half (I have half a gazillion of them) and glued 6 each to the underside of the boxes with a glue gun. I also fixed the torn paper from the cupboard doors, this time I couldn’t match the pattern as well as I had run out of paper. Last step was to paint a black circle with poster paints so it will look like a stove plate.

Easy, cheap kitchen

Lili loves playing with it. I got her some play food that is halved and joined with velcro so she can cut it with a play knife. So come cooking time she helps out in the kitchen at her own station. Although before the play food she got creative with the cat food.

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I sorted out Lili’s old/too small clothes the other day. I kept everything (who knows when another little Myburgh might come along) but I wanted to try and revamp some new shirts. Her clothes are mostly bright colours so they all sort of match. I picked a few plain shirts that were way too small now and teamed them up with new T-shirts. So this will be a series of Toddler T-Shirt Revamps. First up is Ruffles. I followed a tutorial on Tea Rose Home – hers is for an adult shirt, but it doesn’t matter; principle stays the same.

How many shades of pink are there?

I used 3 shirts in different shades of pink.

Broke my heart to cut these up

The hardest part (for me) was actually cutting up the old shirts. It felt almost sacrilegious. Same feeling you get for accidentally writing in a library book – THAT feeling. But after removing the sleeves and seams I felt more comfortable.

Layer the strips and trim

I used the back panels of the T-shirt and cut strips lengthwise  – 3 of each colour. The lighter pink strips I cut a bit narrower. Then placed the lighter strip on top of the darker. {The stripy, heart, psychedelic background is actually Lili’s placemat. Reckon I can’t cut on my table cloth – needed a non-fabric surface}

Lili is always there to lend a helping hand. Can you see where I sewed the strips? I used that purple thread on the bobbin though

Using the widest stitch on my sewing machine, I sewed down the middle of the layered strips.

Pull a thread and gather.

Carefully pulled on a thread and gathered up the fabric to make a ruffle!

Pin the ruffles

I trimmed 2 of them to be a bit shorter – they will go to the sides of the centre one. The shirt isn’t as wide as an adult one, so I think 3 ruffles will do.
It ttok me almost the whole day to make, so this pic was very dark; needed lots some Photoshopping.
Actually stitching the ruffles wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be – it was the EASIEST part!
Thanks to Sachiko for writing such an easy tutorial!

Ready to wear

This was taken a few days later after a wash. Lili slept in her shirt that first night when I asked her to try it on. She refused to take it off, lol!

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I am going to try and start a new meme for Tracy’s Topics – I made it Monday! I have so many little thingies that I’ve made, so I reckon if I have a schedule to stick to for posting them, maybe I’ll actually get around to posting them. Right?  Right.

I even made a button for it!

Since I live in the southern hemisphere, we get to have Spring now. So I wanted to make something for Spring Day, (1 September). Waaaaay back I linked up to a themed link party for empty toilet paper rolls. That’s where I saw this cute project from Let’s go Fly a kite.

Some girls grow up dreaming about the Dress, and the Cake and the clothes-all-match-even-the-undies-twins. But I had a list of items/traditions/values that I wanted to one day have in my home.  One of these was a wreath on my front door. It might sound a simple item – but I wanted one so that I could decorate it for holidays and seasons and special occasions. I found a nice sturdy one a few years ago, but only decorated it a few times. I’m trying to get more in the habit now of making an effort. And having fun with it too!

I made these at work… during lunch… and tea break. (We weren’t THAT busy ok)

I used bright spring colours - and mixed some if I didn't have the perfect shade

Did I mention I have a mountain of empty tp rolls? Well, I do. But I still only made 3 flowers for my own wreath. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing, just make a focal point. And I made some extra for our gate at work as well.

Ready for Spring

The materials I used were recycled too! The tp roll is obvious, but the elastic I used to attach to the gate; collected from packages we receive. The centre isn’t tissue coloured paper like in the tutorial, it’s used hand towels. Now before you go thinking how disgusting that is, they were my own after I thoroughly washed my hands. And I wore gloves while painting and assembling it. And it’s just water that was on them – so it’s not ‘eew’ after all.

…And for my door…

Love Spring

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I made this one for my collegue. You like?

I made these a few weeks months ago. But I’ve been a bit slack with updates. Very hard to find a few mintues for posting from the pc, not just my htc.

I know the original link where I got the idea from is more kids art, but I wanted to make these myself. I can’t remember ever making them at school either. I had some nice scrapbook, wrapping and crepe paper, ribbon and a glue gun. I also have a huge stash of toilet paper rolls.

This isn’t an official tutorial, but I’ll share my pics of what I did and how they came out.

What I didn’t take pics of: I glue-ginned  the decorated tubes together keeping their bases level. Then traced the base shape onto scrap cardboard from a box. Cut out the new base and glue to the bottom of the tubes – again I used my glue gun.

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I found instructions to make similar rings in issue 24 of The Bead Book.

I’ll share with you how I made mine.

I used:

  • Memory Wire ring size from The Bead Shop
  • ± 70 3mm seed beads in charcoal
  • 25mm Silver Rose button
  • round nose pliers, needle nose pliers and side cutter

Method:

  • Start by making a small loop at one end of wire. (I was caught off guard at how hard this wire is – be careful with slipping your pliers)
  • Thread half your beads onto the wire; about 1 and a half loops if you want it symmetrical and not too tight.
  • Next thread on your button (I love the rose buttons I got from our haberdashery!)
  • Thread on the rest of your beads. If using the memory wire rings that I used, then you will have about a whole loop of wire left over: Trim leaving enough wire to make a closing loop.

I have kind of thick fingers when compared to the rest of the ring wearing population. (Think my wedding ring measured S or T) So after making one I pulled the loops apart and stretched the loops a bit so that the ring fits comfortably. This means that one size will basically fit all!

The other three I made in the same style are for sale on my bid-or-buy page.

 

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So chuffed with myself; I made Lili a felt kabouter hat. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked on the internet. Also, the only felt I could get in town was pre-cut squares. Of course, I use the term square very loosely; none of the sides were the same length and none of the squares matched – basically had to use the smallest for the common denominator.
No matter how I placed the pieces, I knew I had to use 2 squares and sew them together. I wanted a tall pointy hat that will flop down, but the squares were too short. I made another plan. The design itself will have a curly point… with a bell on. And the brim will be in a different fabric, folded back and be all zig-zaggy like a real elf/pixie/kabouter hat.

Here’s how I made it:

You Need:

  • Enough felt (I used 2 x pieces, roughly 22cm x 25cm) in colour of your choice
  • Extra piece of fabric for the brim
  • Silver bell
  • Needle and thread in matching colour
  • Pins
  • Paper and pencil for design
  • Scissors for paper and for cloth

Method:

I played around with some shapes and settled on one I liked. Then cut out the shape.

Pin your pattern to the felt and cut out 2 shapes.

With right sides facing *snicker* sew all along the edges of the hat, but not the brim (where the head goes). I used double thread and sewed by hand; so I managed to sew relatively close to the edge, and I think the curl would have been too tricky for my sewing machine (at least for the monkey working it).

Carefully turn it out and check for holes. Use a pencil to gently shape the curly bit.

Here’s where I hit a snag and nearly RUINED the hat. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to attach the brim. Sewing isn’t my forte. But I figured it out.
Turning the hat back inside out (but I left the curl as it was, just don’t crease it too hard) measure and pin the brim to the hat – you’re going to have to look at the image above to see how I mean what I’m going to explain next: Place the cut edge (that’s not going to be the zig-zag part ) of the brim fabric along the edge of the hat that is still open – right sides facing – all around the hat.
Sew this edge together (Might be common sense to some, but I’m new to this – I aligned the seam of the brim fabric and the back seam of the hat)

Turn the hat right side out, fold the brim up, and press lightly using a damp cloth.

Sew the bell on the tip of the hat.

I thought the metallic fabric might fray if I cut it too soon, so I waited until the night before to cut the zig-zag shapes. I was too lazy didn’t want to go through all the effort pressed for time to hem the zig-zag pattern, but the fabric held it’s shape and didn’t fray at all!

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Alternate title:

#34 –  Sew 3 items for Amelia (3/3) Completed!

Huzzah! Another goal achived. I really enjoyed sewing things for Amelia. It’s not THAT hard. And with a whole wide web full of a gazillion ideas – I can’t help not being inspired to get busy.

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