Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flower-Wrapped Favors



Flower-Wrapped Favors or stocking fillers 



Flower-Wrapped Favors How-To

  1. Fill a 3 5/8-inch-high acetate cylinder with candy.
  2. To make flower, cut a 9-by- 30-inch piece of tissue paper. Fold, accordion style, in 5-inch-wide layers. Cut petals in smaller end; unfold and lay on flat surface.
  3. Place cylinder on paper with bottom about 1 inch from uncut end, and roll; tape sides and bottom with double-sided tape. Tie ribbon above top of cylinder.
  4. Gently peel petals down to open flower. If you use a shorter cylinder, reduce height of paper; for a multicolored blossom, wrap a second layer of paper around cylinder after first is secure; secure with ribbon.
Thanks to
Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2001

How to Clean between Oven Window Glass

Step 1: Remove the drawer from below the oven.


Step 2: Build a cleaning contraption.  Luckily I had saved a wire hanger from the dry cleaners, for just an occasion like this!

 I straightened the hanger and then attached a cleaning wipe to the hook on the end.  Use a rubber band to secure the wipe, to make sure you don’t lose it in between the glass!

Spray windex onto your wipe or cloth or use windex wipes

Step 3: Lay down on the floor and look under the door of your oven.  You will see slots between the oven door and the  window glass, that look like these. Some ovens have these slots on the top of the door

 Step 4: Slide the cleaning “contraption” up through the slats.


 Push it up between the oven window glass, cleaning from side to side as you move it up, farther into the door.



 Step 5: Pull the cleaning “contraption” out of the slots when you are done cleaning between the window glass.  If your glass is really dirty it might take a couple of wipes to get it all clean.  I was surprised to see how dirty mine was!

 Step 6: Enjoy your clean, streak-free oven door!

Thanks to Anna for the tutorial

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recycled dog shirt collar


MATERIALS:
Recycled Collared Shirt
Craft Glue
Seam ripper (thread unpicker)
Optional embellishments (fabric trim, ribbon, studs…) - 

Start by measuring your dog's neck and finding an old collared shirt with the approximate size of your dog’s neck. Either raid your closets or check your local thrift store for great bargains on shirts of all sizes.  
- See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
Start by measuring your dog's neck and finding an old collared shirt with the approximate size of your dog’s neck. Either raid your closets or check your local thrift store for great bargains on shirts of all sizes.  
- See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
 
Start by measuring your dog's neck and finding an old collared shirt with the approximate size of your dog’s neck. Either raid your closets or check your local thrift store for great bargains on shirts of all sizes. 
 

Unpick the collar from the shirt at the neckline. You can also cut off the collar but if you go this route you will need to sew a hem around the cut edge to prevent it from fraying. Alternatively, you can finish the cut edge with decorative trim using a fabric glue like Tacky Craft Glue.


And that’s it! Simply button the collar around your dog’s neck and await the compliments from friends and neighbours alike. Note: it is not recommended to attach your dog’s lead to the shirt-collar as it may not be durable enough to withstand the strain. 

Thanks to J Bushman for  the tutorial


And that’s it! Simply button the collar around your dog’s neck and await the compliments from friends and neighbours alike. Note: it is not recommended to attach your dog’s lead to the shirt-collar as it may not be durable enough to withstand the strain. - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
MATERIALS:
Recycled Collared Shirt
Craft Glue
Seam ripper (thread unpicker)
Optional embellishments (fabric trim, ribbon, studs…) - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
MATERIALS:
Recycled Collared Shirt
Craft Glue
Seam ripper (thread unpicker)
Optional embellishments (fabric trim, ribbon, studs…) - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
MATERIALS:
Recycled Collared Shirt
Craft Glue
Seam ripper (thread unpicker)
Optional embellishments (fabric trim, ribbon, studs…) - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf
MATERIALS:
Recycled Collared Shirt
Craft Glue
Seam ripper (thread unpicker)
Optional embellishments (fabric trim, ribbon, studs…) - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-recycled-dog-shirt-collar/27955#sthash.dnOjbOxl.dpuf

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book purse

All you'll need, in addition to the book itself, is half a yard of fabric, a $4.99 handle kit, some ribbon, a button--and a free afternoon.


Step 1

Remove the book's pages and binding with a utility knife. Open the cover and lay it flat; measure its length and width. Add an inch to both, then cut fabric to these measurements to create your purse's lining. Pin under 1/2" of fabric on each side and iron flat. 
 
 

Step 2

Stand the book, cover open at a 45 degree angle, on a sheet of paper. Draw a triangle by tracing around the cover and sketching a straight line across the open front. Add 1/2" to each side and cut out to create a template for the purse's side insets. 
 
 

Step 3

Fold a second piece of fabric in half. Pin the inset template to the fabric, lining up the triangle's base with the fabric's folded edge. Cut around template to create a double-faced triangle. Seal edges with fabric glue; iron flat. Repeat for second inset. 
 
 

Step 4

Loop two 4" lengths of ribbon through a bamboo handle's hardware and hot-glue the ribbon to the book's interior, so the handle sits centered on the long side of the front cover. Repeat to attach the other handle to the back cover
 
 

Step 5

Cut two 8" pieces of ribbon; form a loop with one piece and hot-glue so the loop is centered between the handle hardware on the front cover (this will be part of the button closure). 
 
 

Step 6

Thread the second ribbon through a two-hole button and make a knot underneath it. Center the ribbon on the long side of the back cover's interior; hot-glue so the button can slip through the loop when the purse is shut. 
 
 
 

Step 7

Pin under 1/2" of fabric on all sides of the triangles you made earlier; iron flat. Leaving the book open, hot-glue just the tips of these insets to either end of the spine. 
 
 

Step 8

Cut two strips of cardboard or card stock the same size as the book's spine. Hot-glue one piece to the spine for reinforcement, covering the blunt tips of the triangles. 
 

 

Step 9

Now attach the insets to the short sides of the cover: Remove any pins, then apply hot glue to the 1/2" of fabric you folded under in Step 7. Press the fabric along the covers' interior edges; let dry. 
 
 

Step 10

To attach the lining made in Step 1, remove any pins and apply hot glue to all four of the fabric's folded-under edges. Press the lining to the covers' interior, starting at the top edges and working down toward the spine. 
 
 

Step 11

Wrap the second strip of cardboard you cut in Step 8 with fabric and hot-glue. Press this piece into the interior of the spine, smoothing down the lining; attach with hot glue. Let dry, then grab your purse by the handles and go! 
 
Thanks to

Barbara McNamara for the photos and tutorial

 

Mosquito spray

Mosquito's do not like LISTERINE so next time you are outside and the mozzies are around spray them with a little mouth wash and they will disappear


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

sock wrist warmers

Transform socks into warmers 

 



This is a simple tutorial how to transform socks into wrist-warmers.

You need a pair of socks.
Cut off the toes part.
 
 

 Turn the sock with the heel part upwards.
Gather the part where the heel is, pin it and hand stitch it.

 

 Add a decorative button.

 

 

Add some lace or ribbon.
This is important.
You have to insert a tailor's ham inside before you stitch the lace.
If you don't have a tailor's ham insert another pair of socks or a small pillow.
Something that will expand the sock. Then (hand) stitch the lace.
Or use  large plastic drink bottle
 
 
 Your new, fabulous wrist warmers.
 
Thanks to Tiny Treasures for the photos and tutorial

 
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scarves and curtains

This is such a great way to use old scarves and makes op shopping a little more interesting, scarves make great throws and or curtains when stitched together 


ZIP ME UP


ZIP ME UP.
Want to know what to do with your old Zips ??????? then try this

1.draw a picture of what ever you want, in this case it is a butterfly,
2.get an old zipper and stitch it around the outline of the drawing
3. felt this wings in what ever colours you like and when all done cut the excess felt away and you have the most wonderful hand crafted broach or necklace


HOOK ME UP

A bit of strong glue and some op shop cups and saucers and you have the most amazing kitchen hooks,

LOVE THIS


Fungal plant Remedy


Aspirin is the remedy for fungal plant problems, Black spot, powdery mildew, and rust are a terrible trio of fungi, which can attack and destroy your plants. Scientists have found that two uncoated aspirin tablets (325 milligrams each) dissolved in 1 quart of water and used as a foliar spray can thwart these diseases.

Up Cycle your trampoline

Up Cycle your trampoline  and make this cool sunshade




coffee pod racks

want to know what to do with those stupid coffee pod racks well this is a pretty good idea and a pretty cool way to store eggs