Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shoe Makeover-Downton Abbey Style!

The ladies of Downton Abbey have discovered the Spectator Pump and today I'm showing you how to get the same look with just a little bit of paint and a pair of shoes in need of a makeover.  It's easy with some Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and a couple of ribbon bows glued on with E-6000!
Spectator pumps are the most popular shoe ever created (besides the sneaker) and reached their height of popularity in the 1920s.  Since then we've seen a version of this shoe in every fashion season since.  Try this project on a pair of white sneakers if you're not a fan of heels.  Have fun!
The "Lady Mary" Shoe
Classic Spectators for men and women
Here's the step-by-step video
Basic shoes 
Permanent marker
Ribbon bows
1.  Draw the design on the toe of each shoe
2.  Draw the design on the heel of each shoe
3.  Fill in with an Americana Multi-Surface Paint in a color you like and let dry 

 4.  Mark with a pencil every 1/2 inch around the edges of your painted areas
5.  Paint black dots over your marks as shown
6.  Draw in your stitches with a permanent marker on both sides of the painted dots
7.  Glue small ribbon bows on the toes of each shoe with E-6000 glue so that they are 
permanently adhered and you're done!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dyed Fabric Boho Cuffs!

If you follow me anywhere on the internet you know I'm a fan of boho style.  Anything colorful, beaded, wrapped, embellished, you name it, I'm all over it.  This week I finally conquered my fear of dying fabric and created these boho style dyed fabric bangles.  I used Rit Liquid Dyes and it was like painting on cloth with watercolors.  I loved it!  Rit has tons of different colors so pick your favorites for this project.  
My niece, Ani!  

Here's the how-to video!
Rit Liquid Dyes in colors you like
1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Glue gun
Wood bangles
1. Fold your fabric at an angle
2. cut it on the fold and then cut 1" wide strips
3. Lay them in newspaper
4. Spray them with water
 5. Paint them with Rit Liquid Dyes as shown
*You can layer the colors and let them bleed together
 6. Leave them on the newspaper and put them in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds
7.  Rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear
8. Microwave them again for 45-60 seconds or until the strips are dry
9. Glue one end of a strip to the inside of a bangle
10.  Wrap at an angle showing about 1/4" to 1/2" of fabric as you wrap
11.  Glue down the end of the strip and start again until the entire bangle is wrapped
You're done!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Happy Thurs-DIY, Possums!  It's been a busy week in crafty town and my friends have some FUNderful projects to share.  Hop around and see what they've been up to and make sure to tell them I sent you.  Big hugs!     

The marvelous Margot Potter makes DIY Atlas Pendants with a mile of style!

Cathie Filian makes Easter Brunch Decor that you're going to love!

Kathy Cano-Murillo makes beautiful Cascarones!

Jader Bomb makes chocolate dipped fruit and now I'm hungry!

Make beautiful dyed fabric boho bangles with Rit Liquid Dye.....So fun!

Debi Beard makes a seashell necklace that Ariel would flip for!

Cathy Attix makes whimsical Animal Rings.....She's so cool!

Heather Mann decorates for Easter with this Chicken Wire Cloche:

In case you miss Downton Abbey, why not make these Mrs. Patmore's Canisters for your kitchen?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mrs. Patmore's Canisters DIY

Miss Downton Abbey?  Need a little reminder in your kitchen until next season starts?  Why not make a set of Mrs. Patmore's canisters?  I have to say that she is, hands down, my favorite character on the show.  The best scenes are when she's being motherly with Daisy....They always make me choke up!  For this project I used Americana Chalky Finish Paints for Glass from DecoArt.  They are dishwasher safe, have a beautiful matte finish AND for this project they worked perfectly as a chalkboard finish.  I love this paint!  I also used power tools to create my lids from scratch.  You don't have to create your own lids from scratch, there are plenty of canister sets out there in need of a makeover!  Have fun.
One for Lady Edith, Daisy and Lady Mary
The lovely Mrs. Patmore
These are now in my kitchen
See the video right here!  
Ceramic containers OR a set of ceramic canisters
Contact paper
Accent stencils (I used Botanical Garden from DecoArt)
1/4" thick plywood
Wood knobs
Sanding blog OR sander
2 yards 1" wide ribbon
Chalk (optional)
1.  Trace the rim of your container on the plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw
2.  Sand the edges with a sanding block or a sander
3.  Trace a smaller circle (one that fits inside the mouth of the container)  This will secure the lid so that it doesn't slip off.  
4.  Cut it out and sand it like you did the first lid 
 5.  Using E-6000, glue the smaller circle to the underside of the larger circle
6.  Glue the knob to the center of the larger wood circle and let them dry for about an hour before you start painting them
8. When dry, tie a 14" piece of ribbon around the knob.
9.  Cut out an oval about 3 1/2" wide
10.  Trace it on some contact paper and cut out
11.  Apply it to the container and then fill in with the Americana Chalky Finish Paint for Glass
  12.  Remove the contact paper and place your accent stencils on each side of the painted oval
13.  Fill in with paint and let dry and then remove the stencils
14.  Bake the containers at 325˚ for 30 minutes, let cool and bake again.  This will make them dishwasher safe
Write whatever you like with chalk and display with pride knowing Mrs. Patmore would be very proud of you!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rocket Ship Stencil DIY

Every kid loves a rocket ship (especially this big kid) and this stenciled t-shirt and pillow couldn't be easier to make!  I used FREEZER PAPER.  Yup, you heard me......plain old Reynolds Freezer Paper. It has a plastic coating and can be ironed on fabric to create a crisp stencil in which to fill in with paint.  You're going to LOVE this technique!  Use Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints from DecoArt (which are washable) and you're ready for blast off!  Try different shapes and have fun!

Ready to blast off!
Here's the how-to video

You'll need:
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints in Orange, Blue and Grey
White cotton fabric (1 yard)
Pillow stuffing or pillow form
Sewing machine with matching thread
 Draw a rocket ship, fold it in half and cut it out so it's symmetrical
Fold another piece of paper in half and cut out some flames
Fold some freezer paper in half and trace your cut out pieces on to the fold
 Carefully cut out the shapes in the freezer paper
Iron the freezer paper on the t-shirt OR on your pillow fabric
Fill in the shapes with the Americana Multi-Surface paints and let dry
Peel off the freezer paper and enjoy your new Rocket Tee!
 For the pillow, repeat the process for the t-shirt and then cut out some stars in the freezer paper
Fold your paper in half and then half again to create 4-point stars
Repeat the process from above for the rocket ship and flames
Peel off the freezer paper when the paint is dry
Fill in some stars with gray paint for the pillow
Stitch the pillow together using 1/2" seam allowance and fill with stuffing
Stitch the pillow closed and you're done!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

No Sew Sequin Tee DIY

Everyone needs a little sparkle in their wardrobe, don't you think?  Sometimes you want to dress up a casual outfit without totally going for a runway look.  This sequin t-shirt is the perfect way to feel flashy and casual all at the same time!  The best part about it is that it's a NO-SEW project!  I used my new favorite product from E-6000 called Fabri-Fuse.  You're going to love how simple this project is to make.  Oh, and special thanks to my niece, Ani, for modeling for me.  I was going to wear it, but thought it looked much better on her.

 Make it casual with a sweatshirt and skirt!
Here's the how-to video

1 yard of stretch sequin fabric
1 black t-shirt
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Large sheet of paper OR large newspaper
Fabric crayon or chalk
 1. Lay your shirt flat 
2. Place the paper over it
3. With your crayon, rub the shape of the shirt on the paper making sure not to move the paper or shirt underneath
4.  Trace around the rubbing with a marker and cut out your pattern
5.  Place the pattern on the shirt to make sure it's perfect
6.  Pin the pattern to the sequin fabric and carefully cut it out
7.  Place the sequin fabric on top of the shirt exactly where you want it placed 
8.  Grab your E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
9.  Carefully glue all the edges of the sequin fabric to the shirt using a thin bead of Fabri-Fuse
10.  Let dry flat overnight and you're ready to rock!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Metallic Painted Pillow DIY

Metallics are HUGE in home decor right now!  Everything from pillows to wall coverings look like they've been fashioned from gold or silver.  I wanted a touch of it in my home so I decided to create some throw pillows with Dazzling Metallics Paints from DecoArt.  I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of pigment in the paints and how easily they covered even black fabric in one coat!  These paints are a must have.  Now for this project I used plain old masking tape, bit if you're a fan of stencils, I say GO FOR IT!  

The how-to video

Metallics are popping up everywhere!
You'll need:
Sewing machine with matching thread
1 yard black fabric
Dazzling Metallics from DecoArt
18"x18" pillow form (or stuffing)
Masking tape
Cut two pieces of fabric 19" x 19"
Draw a line 1 1/2" from the edge all the way around one square of fabric
Place masking tape all the way around the outside of the line you just traced
Draw a line 1 1/2" inside of the masking tape square
Now tape on the INSIDE of the lines you just drew being careful to keep the corners at a 90˚ angle. 
 Keep repeating this process until you get to the center
Fill in between the tape with Dazzling Metallics from DecoArt. I used Venetian Gold
Move the brush away from the tape as you paint.
 When the paint is dry, carefully remove it from the fabric
Pin the other square on top of your painted fabric and pin all the way around
Stitch the squares together using 1/2" seam allowance and on one side leave an 8" long hole
Clip the corners so that they're crisp when you turn your pillow right side out
Turn your pillow right side out
Stuff your pillow form inside
Pin the opening closed
Hand stitch the opening together and you're done!