2014-06-17

Flower hair pins, using only salvaged materials.


  Step three on my big DOILY PROJECT: Making something fun and new out of old doilies, ( check out the lion-doily here). (and the sparkling ombre doily pillow here).

I love old doilies and their crisp and fragile appearance, but they have a way of just lying there in a drawer, collecting dust. Don’t they? 

Instead of hiding them from the world, my mission is to find some practical (and beautiful) uses for them. 
Once in a while you might get your hands on some really tiny doilies.  I don´t find them very often, but when I do, they are a real mystery to me… What were they used for? What were they main purpose in life? Besides looking cute.

I still don’t know their purpose, but here’s how I made some new use for them: 

Flower hair pins, using only salvaged materials. (Following my mantra Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose.)

I used the flower petal of an old, broken  flower light chain, that looked like this:

Detach the petals and  you are ready to go.  






Here is a quick how to:



Bring out your needle and a small piece of fabric.
Sew true all the layers.
Attatch the pin.

And you are done!

2014-06-16

Vintage photo album

Found two old vintage photo albums on a flea market this weekend. Started filling them with photos today!








Stone weaving on Molly moo


Have you seen my latest contribution to Molly Moo Crafts, I am there to share a ‘stone weaving’ idea – wouldn’t these make gorgeous gifts for birthdays, christmas and for teacher appreciation!! go to the beach to gather some nice smooth circular stones, and try this thing

Check it out over here: 

http://mollymoocrafts.com/stone-weaving-crafts/
I'm also one of 18 creative ladies who is working with Michelle on the publication of the first MollyMoo ebook, due to be published after the summer. Hardly can't wait!

2014-06-09

My week in pictures

 Monday: This is what kept me busy.
 Tuesday: Planning the month in my journal.
 Wednesday: Milk, sandwich and yes, a fish!
Thursday: Taking photos for the stone weaving tutorial.

Friday: Exploring more ideas using doilies

2014-06-08

One of a kind hand painted Koi Fish Bag.



One of a kind, hand painted Koi Fish Bag that I made the other day, my own pattern. In my favorite color combination: yellow, orange and pink! Hand painted with textile color, back side in vintage fabric, lining in gold. Drawstrings with a hook and small fish attached. Made to hold toys for children.



2014-06-04

Ombre doily pillow - Rainbow color.





Step two on my self-chosen project: Making something fun out of old doilies, ( check out the lion-doily here). 

I love old doilies and their crisp and fragile appearance, but they have a way of just lying there in a drawer, collecting dust. Don’t they? 

I´ve noticed they are easy and cheap to collect in flee markets too. But my heart breaks over the low prices, when I think about all the hard work that is put in to each one of them...

So instead of hiding them from the world, my mission is to find some practical (and beautiful) uses for them. 

What you can do, that you might never have considered, is to paint the doily. Yes, it can be done! And it is all quite funny actually. Let me show you, in this simple step by step tutorial:





For this project I used fabric paint.




I used tape to make the triangle pattern.



Then you just paint the doily, I’ve used a strong color at the edges and a lighter color in the center, to get that ombre effect.

I also tried to save some white in between the ombre colored spaces.

Let it dry, and then sew it on a white piece of fabric. 

The pillow case should be approx. 1 inch (2cm) outside of your doily.

Sew around the edges. Turn. Fill with soft materials.

And you are done.
Use it as a pillow and rest your head or use it as a display and put strange things on it!