T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-Shirt

I’ve been wanting a lace-y top for some time now. About a month ago we headed to the fabric section of our local big box store and picked up a yard of beautiful black lace fabric and a couple of plain t-shirts. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do with my new stuff. I had a few things pinned on my Pinterest board(s) but I wasn’t quite sold on one exact style. This is what I ended up with:

Monkey & Squish | T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-shirt
I’ve had my sewing machines for about five years now, but I’ve only used it a handful of times. Majority of the things I’ve sewn has been dress-up clothes for Monk. In the end I do like how it turned out. I wished my thread was a bit darker so my stitches wouldn’t be so noticeable, but I do like that it’s still a t-shirt with a bit of fancy detail. I didn’t take any photos while I was doing this project because to be honest I expected this project to be a complete flop. Anyhow, I can’t wait to wear my new t-shirt out and about.

Have you re-fashioned anything lately? Are you a fan of lace?

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog!
-XOXO Lysa

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Brooch Necklace

It has been a many months since I’ve picked up my pliers and crafted any jewelry.
This Friday of course is Valentines Day, and I wanted a statement piece to wear with my planned outfit. We’re heading out to the Thinkery in Austin for a fun family day. Here in Harker Heights, it’s really laid back. You don’t see many people wearing statement pieces. I wore my crystal bow necklace yesterday when we took the kids to the park and felt a bit out-of-place with that much sparkle. In Austin, however you can get away with lots of things I wouldn’t normally wear, for example this necklace that I made earlier.

Brooch Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
That brooch was given to me by a dear friend a few years ago. I have loved it since the day it arrived in the mail. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, I hated seeing it sit on my shelf collecting dust. I used vintage jet black glass beads and of course that beautiful vintage rhinestone brooch. I believe the brooch is made out of acrylic rhinestone, even then it’s still a pretty heavy piece. I love using vintage beads! When I was still making stuff for my etsy shop, majority of the components I used were vintage glass beads & vintage glass rhinestone. Anyhow, here is what the necklace used to look like.

Pink Chrysanthemum Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads, Pink Resin Chrysanthemum
I liked it but after trying it on several times, I felt it needed more beads, but all I had were the ten used in the necklace. I decided to re-work it to incorporate the brooch. I took off the chrysanthemum, added a jumpring to the center of the beads and then added the brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Back) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Brooch
I don’t remember if the pin that secured the brooch to your garment was already broken, or if I took it off. Anyhow, I secured the jumpring to the back of the pin via the clasp that held the pin closed using a “S” type hook that I made from an eyepin. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I feel the beads add just a bit of sparkle without taking the attention away from the beautiful brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Worn) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
This is a link to my favorite vintage jewelry supplier:
Bumbershoot Supplies
Now go and create something fabulous!

What are your thoughts? Too much sparkle?
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Tutorial: Cabochon & Felt Flower Brooch

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower Brooch

Today I’m going to show you how I make this super cute little cabochon and felt flower.

Resin Rose Cabochon

I first ordered these little rose cabochons to use in making my ribbon bookmarks. You can pick up these pretty little cabochons at Dime Store Emporium. If there is a specific color you want make sure you mention it to Terri in the “note to seller” part, otherwise her company will randomly choose the colors you receive.

Pink & BlueSeafoam Bookmark

I had a bunch left over so I decided to use them to craft flower brooches/re-usable bows.

Ready for Gifting001

First I grab a cabochon and decide what color felt I want to work with. In this case I’m using black and hot pink felt for this pastel pink rose cabochon.

Cut a Circle

Using the cabochon as a guide, I cut the felt into a circle leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between each layer. I have one small circle and one larger circle for each flower.

Ready for Petals

 Next, I cut little “V” slits around the circle to make petals. I usually cut out five little v’s per circle.

Stacked Felt PetalsFelt Petals

Once all my petals are cut, I head on over to my nifty sewing machine to attach the felt layers together. I use my sewing machine because I HATE sewing by hand.

Sewn Together

I just stitch them together going over back and forth several times to make sure they’re secure. I stick to center of the flower so that the stitches will be hidden once I glue the cabochon onto it. Once I have secured the petals, it’s time to finish the backing of the brooch.

Rectangle for the BackSafety Pin Opened

I cut out a rectangle that is big enough to hold the safety-pin in place. Short enough to fit inside the safety-pin, but long enough to have sufficient space to glue the felt onto the back of the flower.

Hot Glue the Safety PinFinished Backs

Using a hot glue gun, I attach the safety-pin and rectangle to the flower. I apply hot glue on one side of the safety-pin and attach that to the flower, then apply more hot glue to the other side of the safety-pin and press to secure. The backing is now finished.

Sand the Backs

Using sand paper, sand the backs of the cabochons. I do this so that the glue will adhere to the cabochons and secure it to the flower.

Bring in the E6000Add Glue

Next, I use my trusty tube of E6000 to secure my cabochon to the felt flower. Just a dab on the back of the cabochon and then attach onto the felt flower. Let it sit undisturbed overnight so that the glue has time to dry.

Glue Overflow

This is what happens when I used too much glue. It seeps out the sides.

Glued, Let Dry Overnight

Once dried, I attach them to the boxes that I send out to my customers. Whenever a customer orders an item from my shop, I always wrap it up. I think these little pretties adds a sweet touch.

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower BroochReady for Gifting

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why so many methods of attaching the flowers?” Well, I used to just sew the felt together, then secured everything else with hot glue. One time, the hot glue didn’t hold the cabochon onto the felt, so that’s when I started using the E6000 glue. You probably could just use the E6000 glue for all the steps to secure, but it takes time for the glue to dry. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So thus the many different methods of securing the flower together.

You can re-use the flower for gifts, or wear it as a brooch to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. It’s my first tutorial, I apologize if something doesn’t make sense. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.

Day 11-Something Blue

Today is Day 11 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

“Something Blue” is the challenge for today.

Day 11-Something Blue

This was a project that I made a few years ago.

I picked up a framed picture at Goodwill for a little over $3. After I Googled the print to make sure it wasn’t worth anything, I discarded the print and the glass. The frame measures a little over 24″ tall by 20″ wide. It was a basic wooden frame. I sanded it down and painted it with bright blue acrylic paint. I then attached a branch that I found in my yard to the frame using a hot glue gun. I cut out some letters out of cardboard and wrapped them with hemp twine, again using a hot glue gun to secure the twine into place. The last thing I did was suspend the letters from the branch. I spent about $7 total on this project. This hangs on the back wall opposite of the front door. It’s the first thing to greet us when we come home and the last thing we see as we leave the house.

Visit Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life for their takes on “Something Blue.”

Challenge for tomorrow is “Sunset.”

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Day 4-Something Green

It’s cold and dreary this morning. We’ve been graced with grey skies for the last couple of days. Today’s challenge is “Something Green”. I found this little family of owl hand warmers that I made for Monk this past December, when I was picking up all the toys and putting things away this morning.

Family of owl hand warmers

I used a vintage pillow case and scraps of an old olive green t-shirt. Stuffed with uncooked jasmine rice, just place the whole family on a clean plate and warm them in the microwave for 60 seconds. They will keep your hands warms for a little while. Of course I had to warm them up after I took a picture so they could keep us warm this cold morning. You can also stick the rice bags in a clean Ziploc and throw them in the freezer and use them as cold packs for bruises. The Ziploc is to keep the rice bags clean, the last thing you want is to get blood or other icky stuff from the freezer on your little bags.

Check out Two Everyday Divas to see Jen & Chrissy’s “Something Green” click here.

Flower Faerie Lives Life is also joining in the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge, to check out her photos click here.

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Day 3-Clouds

So today is Day 3 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

It’s been raining and storming all night and most of the morning. The rain has been coming in waves. So thinking that I wouldn’t get a chance to get a good picture of the rain clouds, I decided to make some of my own. This was a project that I had pinned on Pinterest for awhile now. It took me all morning to make these clouds. If you know me, you know that I HATE sewing by hand. I first tried sewing the clouds with my sewing machine, but it wasn’t doing what I want. It’s not as neat as I would like it to be, but for the most part, I’m happy with it. My back up plan was my tube of E-6000 glue.

Then I thought, well is it cheating since it’s not real clouds? Luckily the rain stopped for a bit so I took my little rain clouds and found a nice spot so that I could capture the white rain clouds in the back ground.

Soooooo, here is my entry for Day 3-Clouds!

Day 3-Photography Challenge "Clouds"

For the record, it was a pain to try and get this photo. It was windy, so I kept getting blurry images, then every time the wind would die down enough for me to get a good picture a car would pass by and I would get bits of the car in the photo. The challenge says entries must be unedited. The middle cloud flipped around in the wind so my rainbow rain drops are a bit off, but for the most part I’m happy with the picture.

To check out Jen & Chrissy’s entries for “Clouds”, click here.

The challenge for tomorrow is “Something Green.”

Thanks for visiting and checking out my blog.

Bookmarks with Charms

I’m so excited about my first batch of bookmarks. This is a ten piece set reserved for a lady down in Missouri.

Charms for bookmarks

Charms for Bookmarks

I’m just waiting on the ribbon clamps to arrive so I can finish them off. I used a combination of new and vintage trinkets to create each bookmark. My bookmarks range anywhere from $12-$18 in my Etsy shop.

Bookmark Charms

Close-Up of Charms for Bookmarks

If you would like one custom made for you or someone you love, or if you are a retailer and would like to purchase my bookmarks at wholesale price, please feel free to contact me via Etsy or Facebook.

Bookmark Charms

Reserved Listing for 10 Bookmarks with Charms

Here are a couple of examples of what the bookmarks look like once completed.

Velvet Bookmark with Spring Charms

Spring Fever

Pink and Blue Bookmark

Pink & Blue

These will definitely add a little sparkle to your favorite book.

Bookmark Charms

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

I am still waiting for the velvet ribbon I ordered so that I can finish this bookmark and get it listed in the shop. Adorned with vintage rhinestones, vintage glass beads and cabochon, and vintage charms, once completed this bookmark will mark your page and add a little sparkle to whatever you are reading.

I first saw ribbon bookmarks in a post from Whipperberry.  Those bookmarks were created by Christina from Intimate Weddings using trinkets from a line of customizable jewelry called Styled by Tori Spelling. Super cute as those trinkets are, I knew that my own bookmarks would be created with vintage charms. I love being able to give new life to something old and probably forgotten. Inspiration for my own bookmarks came from Andrea Singarella. I absolutely adore her creations.

I have always loved crafting. Making things with my own hands is so much more special and satisfying than going to a store to buy something that everyone else can easily purchase. I remember making colorful paper banners out of a string of hemp twine, a hot glue gun with a couple of sticks of glue and a Land Of Nod catalog. For a few cents and a little time and effort, I have beautiful banners gracing the kiddos play room and also a couple in my little craft corner. They are bright and cheerful and always bring a smile to my face every time I walk into both those rooms. What I love most about crafting is that I’m constantly learning something new or finding new ways to improve my skills. I’ve learned everything from origami, to sewing party favors, & dress-up clothes, to painting personalized professional looking signs. Making my own brooch bouquet is one of my favorite crafts until now. Making jewelry and bookmarks is one of my favorite things to do while the kids are napping.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

You never know what you can do until you try.