*If you missed the Scraps result post you can find it here*
How many of you have a pile of stuff with grand plans to overhaul it all and dazzle everyone with your ingenuity? I have a pile like that. Only my pile fills our storage unit. Much like this…
I’ve moved that stuff from the west coast to the east coast (literally), but never gotten around to it. I do have big plans for it all though (I’ve even been working on some of them!) and those plans have a big announcement that I’ll share with you all in the next little bit. I’m super excited about it!
These ladies have gone a long way to giving me the motivation to Upcycle some of my stuff into great things. The poll, just like last time and the time before that, will be in the sidebar and open until Friday night.
Craft #1 – Tea Table and Stools - Kimberly @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. & Me
… the empty kitty litter boxes in our basement! That combined with the theme this week was enough to kick me into gear. When I was finished, I had Tea for Two: Tea Table and Stools.
Everything on the table (and decorating the stools) was thrifted/recycled/upcycled for a chic little tea party. The “stools” were spray painted and upholstered with pieces from a vintage sheet, which was pleated on all sides and trimmed with vintage lace. The attached cushions are comfy AND cute, and fortunately don’t affect the overall functionality of the stools – storage! They flip up from the side and snap down tight. The old end table got a facelift and a LITERAL lift – a stabilizing new base – and the top was hand-painted in a soft gold. (An added touch for the party – all of the china, trays, vases, etc. were thrifted, cleaned and some were sprayed with paint to match. The dessert tray was created with two saucers, some large wood beads and E6000. Even the little hostess is dressed in vintage attire!)
The stools came together well, so I couldn’t help but make a third, just in case another guest dropped in unexpectedly. When you’re all finished with the party, cleanup is easy – just whisk all of the fixings into a stool! Another stool can hold a few beloved tea party goers (don’t know about you, but stuffed animal storage is sorely needed around here…) All in all, our hostess thinks this upcycle is a huge hit!
Craft #2 – iPad Case - Angela @ The Wray Sisters
Craft #3 – Skirt to Purse - Brittany @ BK’s Craft Blog
I’ve had this skirt for a year now; donated by a friend who thought I’d be able to do something with it. I have been looking for a new sack purse to carry all my summer goodies and just couldn’t find anything that was quite right. Plus I’ve been looking to down size all my craft stock for a move so this theme came at just the right time. I made this fun summer sack purse out of a skirt with three patterns on it.
Craft #4 – Patio Umbrella - Wendy @ Craft Goodies
Craft #5 – Fresh New Wallet - Amanda @ Simply Homemade
I have to tell you, this theme for some reason, had me running around in circles all week. I seriously started and abandoned 2 different projects and thought of a handful more. By Wednesday I was in a panic, so I meandered around my craft room hoping for some inspiration. I dug around my “to re-purpose” box and found an old houndstooth skirt that was dying to become a pretty hand bag…..but I made wallets instead.
I’ve been meaning to draft a wallet pattern for a long time. It turns out this was just the push I needed. Each wallet has card pockets, a spot for cash, and a handy dandy zippered pouch! I sort of love them, and may turn some of the Husband’s jeans into wallets as well….shhh! Don’t tell.
Craft #6 – Summer Dress - Jama @ Cool People Sew