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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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My Monday is winding down and almost coming to an end.

Today I’m sharing this easy brooch with you. I was stuck with what to make Lili for Casual Day. I took a look at my craft/sewing/junk table and saw I had the perfect ingredients for a flower brooch.

Here is what you will need:

  • sewing needle, scissors
  • fabric scraps to cover button
  • felt for back of brooch
  • yarn to crochet flower (or circle in my case), and crochet hook
  • embroidery thread, sequins and beads to decorate
  • safety pin

This is what I used to make the brooch

How to make it:

  • Cut the felt into a flower shape. Mine started out nice and big, but turned out smaller cause I trimmed it so much. I used red felt cause that’s all I could find in my fabric stash. Using embroidery thread in matching or contrasting colour, sew blanket stitch all around the felt flower. I used pink thread.
  • Crochet a flower that will fit on the felt base. I used pink stretchy yarn because the colour matched the fabric I had in mind for the button. I tried making the flower from memory, but failed horribly. It became a circle. So feel free to use you own pattern. Found a step-by-step picture tutorial here, and a video one here.
  • Make a covered button with fabric of your choice. I found a tutorial on how to do that here.

You make three 'layers' - now to assemble

Here is where I apologise for the bad quality pics. It was late at night and the lighting was horrible.

Centre the crochet circle flower on top of the felt flower. Then the button on top. Secure the layers with a few stitches looping through the button hook; then position the safety pin at the back and sew the whole lot together.

Sew a safety on the back

I only secured the pin in the middle, but you can catch it on a the ends as well. (For an unexplainable reason I only had darning needles, so fine work was tricky at best)

Add some sequins and beads for bling

Sew some sequins and beads to the crochet circle flower; then pin it on your favourite shirt / dress / toddler.

Some more I've made since posting

I’ve made some more since posting this mini-tut. And I’ve managed to get the crochet flower right too!

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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 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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A few weeks ago I started making {another} a list with some crafts I want to attempt. These washer necklaces are one of the items.

Follow the complete tutorial from Not So Idle Hands.

Amelia loves wearing her washer necklace.

While visiting on the farm about a month ago, I mentioned that I want to get some of these letter stamp sets – Father-in-law said that he still has his old set that they used to ID the sheep. Henk tried to convince me that they actually stamped the sheep’s ears {I’m not THAT gullible} – Dad used to stamp little metal tags which were attached to the sheep’s ears.

The letters are a bit bigger that the size mentioned in the tutorial, but free is free right! Henk brought me some washers from work and I set off hammering. The hammer I got was obviously too small {Henk snickering at it didn’t help much}, so my first attempt was for Amelia and as you can see in the image, the letters aren’t very deep so the ink doesn’t stick in the groove.

Next stop was at Henk’s work where he gave me a some space at a workbench, a 4 pound hammer, and a practice bit of sheet metal. {darling} I found their stash of washers too – wish my kitchen was as organised as their stores.

I struggled a bit holding the letter and hitting it with one hard, swift blow and NOT hitting my fingers; so Henk lent me a shifting spanner as well to hold the letters with. Having the right tools worked a lot better, even though  it came out upside down 😉

I made some for Amelia’s friends and cousins, as well as a few non-personal ones.

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We have this patch of river stones in the garden. After watching Lili take a shortcut across them, only to slip and fall on her bum for the umpteenth time I decided to make her some pet rocks. Hopefully she’ll ignore the garden ones now 😉

Tutorial

A quick tutorial on how to make your own pet rock

You will need:

  • smooth river stones/pebbles
  • craft paints
  • sealer, like modge podge {It goes by many names – Love this site for ideas}
  • cartoon bubble eyes
  • craft glue that dries clear {or a hot glue gun}

Get some smooth river stones

I chose 3 smooth differently shaped stones with relatively flat surfaces: An obvious face side. Give them a good scrub in warm soapy water and leave to dry.

White primer

Paint the rocks with a basecoat – I used white.

All the pretty colours

Then paint them in whatever colours you like. I used the same colours Lili’s door letters.

It gets messy

I used a few coats of modge podge to seal the rocks; lightly sanding between coats and painting every coat in a different direction

I see you!

Finally glue eyes onto the stones and allow to dry completely – I left them overnight. Now you have pet rocks!

!! Pet Rocks !!

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