Friday, January 30, 2009

Practice Purse

I have been wanting to make a hobo purse for ages. Bought the pattern a year or two ago. Never have done it because I'm intimidated by the thought that I'll have to completely decipher the pattern myself! (My sister is the sew-er, not me!)
I decided to look for an easy and well explained pattern on craftster, and found a purse that I thought I could do. Then, since I was still not sure of myself, I decided to cut up a skirt that was in the trash heap in my room. (I played What Not To Wear last weekend with a friend and cleared out my closet!) This was the result:

I used an old bedsheet for the liner and the floral print is the old skirt fabric. Both were very flexible/flowing fabrics, so I ended up with a purse that is quite floppy. I decided to tie the handle, instead of sewing the top together, like the pattern suggests. Maybe it's not quite my style with the big florals, but I think I'll start to look for a different fabric and try this again. I will plan to make the strap longer though....

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Jewelery Frame

I admit it. I am a ripper. I love to rip pages out of magazines to save for ideas. I have folders of garden ideas, folders of holiday ideas, folders of ideas for certain rooms of the house. I have been looking through the ideas for some fun projects to do, and this one caught my eye this week.

I took an old frame someone handed down to me (Yes, I admit to being a pack-rat too!) and spray painted it this hammered silver color. Then got some little screw eyes from my husband's shop and put 6 of them (3 on each side) on the inside of the frame at equal distances from the top. Then I strung a wire between the screw eyes and twisted the ends.

Then just put two nails in the wall over my jewelery box, and hung on some of my dangle earrings. I love it because it's functional, and it shows off the baubles that usually sit in a drawer. I also think it will inspire me to wear them more....and I definitely think I look better with earrings on!