So how was all y’alls weekend? My little family and I rode the train into Boston to finish up the 2nd half of the Freedom Trail that we started a few weeks ago. I also took a side trip to Newbury Street (a shopping/fashion district type place). As I was walking along, we passed the most amazing window display. It was wall to wall, ceiling to floor, old singer sewing machines. There must have been over a hundred machines. It was awesome.
But anyway, onto the main event. This week was another fan favorite…Repurposed week. Remember that voting closes a day early this season, so make sure you have your vote in by Thursday night. And if you want to craft along, remember there’s the I’m Crafty! Linky Party every Thursday as well.
Craft #1 – Spray Painted Canisters – Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum
For this week’s theme, I had a really tough time making a decision. I mean, when you can take ANYTHING and turn it into ANYTHING ELSE it is a pretty broad scope of choices! I finally decided to transform some empty laundry detergent tins into some cute canisters.
I have a whole bunch of these that I have been hoarding saving. I had put them to good use in organizing my craft supplies in my craft cupboard, but they are not much to look at. Add a bit of spray paint (and some designs using hot glue) and they at least a bit more crafty to suit their new purpose.
Craft #2 – Manly Pillow Covers – Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy
This week I re-purposed my husband’s dress shirts that he can no longer wear into manly pillow covers.
I have been trying to figure out a great way to reuse my husband’s dress shirts. One had ring around the collar and the other a small grease stain that wouldn’t come out. The shirts are made of great material and I just couldn’t throw them away or donate them to charity. So, this was the best idea I came up with.
This was probably the easiest sewing project I have done in a long time. I cut out a rectangle, the size to fit a travel pillow, turned them right side in, sewed it and trimmed the edges with pinking shears. There was no need to sew a zipper or other enclosure because the button down front of the shirt was already there.
Now I have some very manly pillows, to sit on very manly chairs in a very manly room of my home.
Craft #3 – Door Knob Wagon – ChiWei @ One Dog Woof
Craft #4 – Piano Bench – Crystal @ Crystals Craft Spot
It started with this broken chair and ended up with an adorable bench for my piano (okay its a keyboard but piano sounds better)
It took some hammering, pulling, sanding, painting, and stapling. It was well worth the effort. I love the end result. The paint, padding (an old egg shell mattress cover), and fabric were all from my stash. Love when that happens.
So no more having to haul our big kitchen chairs to the living room. We can just sit on our pretty bench and play pretty music. P.S. I just might need to invest in some earplugs.
Craft #5 – CD Case Greenhouse – Meg @ Mega Crafty
I’ve had the idea to make a cd case greenhouse for a long time. When I saw that “repurposed” was one of the themes for this season I knew it was the project I wanted to make for this week.
All my music is digital now, but I’m not ready to get rid of my cd’s just yet. Since they take up a lot of storage space I’ve started putting them into plastic sleeves to save room. But… I have tons of cases leftover. For some reason all the empty cases looked like old glass tiles to me, and that gave me the idea that they might have a second life as a mini greenhouse.
Since the cases are all a standard size it was easy to build a structure out of them. The walls and roof are empty cases glued in a variety of configurations. To form the peak I cut cases to fit the angles. In the center where the case is whole, I left the disc holders inside because their pattern reminded me of fans. The sides of the roof flip up for easy watering or ventilation. The entire thing is set on an old slate roof tile.
While it’s still warm outside- I’ll use this inside to keep the cats from eating my houseplants. At the end of summer when the nights turn chilly this will protect tender outdoor plants. Next season, when it’s time to start seeds, I’m envisioning lots of little seedlings snug and cozy in this little nursery.
Craft #6 – Play Parachute – Alicia @ The Creative Vault
Craft #7 – Vintage Lace Dress – Nancy @ Nancy’s Couture
with this weeks theme.
for a long while now.
combine the two. The result was a gorgeous girls dress.
bodice and the bottom of the dress.
photos, church, or just dressing like a princess.
Craft #8 – Book Page Art Gallery Wall – Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations
Craft #9 – Sweater to Lace Wrap – Chrissy @ There are UFO’s under my stairs