Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Hello!  I have an awesome project for you today!  Let me preface this by saying that this is a gift for my little sister, who absolutely LOVES anything Tim Burton.  I make most of my gifts for her.  She is hard to buy for and it's just easier for me to make something than to think for hours on what I should buy her. 

Over the years I have made her a Nightmare Before Christmas zipper pouch. She loved it.  Jack Skellington ornaments, a Jack Skellington candle using my candle tutorial, you can find it here.

As you can see there is a pattern.  I have done all I can think of for Nightmare Before Christmas so I thought I would move on to her other favorite Tim Burton movie, Beetlejuice.  

I loved Beetlejuice when I was a kid.  I could not believe that was Michael Keaton, my Batman, as Beetlejuice.  I love the movie even more as an adult because now I can understand most of the jokes.  Ran into that with Wayne's World too.  

So, here is my project for the day.  A wooden Handbook for the Recently Deceased. 

Here are my supplies: Images ( I pulled them from Google), a wooden book ( Hobby Lobby $1.99), Modge Podge,  brown and white paint, scissors, assorted brushes, and some felt.

Start by painting your entire book the brown color and cut your felt to fit the secret compartment in the book spine.

Next, paint the "book pages" a cream color. I achieved this color by mixing a touch of the brown paint in with the white.   I don't have a great picture of that because honestly I forgot. 

Next, take your images, cut them out and using Modge Podge put them into place.  

Go over them with the Modge Podge to make sure they're on there good.  ( Just so you know, I am not the best at using Modge Podge.) Make sure to smooth out any blemishes and bubbles. 

You're done!  I love how it turned out and I know my sister is going to love it. 

Hope you all liked my tutorial.  Also, if you are my sister and you are reading this, stop by and pick this up when you can :)


Friday, May 8, 2015

Reuse and Recycle

Hello all!  Hope you have been having a great week.  It's been so cloudy and rainy here for the last week.  I am hoping after this next storm moves out this weekend we can finally have some nice weather before it gets super hot.

I have a tutorial of sorts for you today.  I recently purchase a new wallet. I haven't had a new wallet in 8 years!  I wanted a wallet that was sort of a wristlet too.  I am going all the time and needed something that I could just grab without having to take my whole purse.  Well, I found that wallet at Maurices and fell in love!  The only problem is that it didn't have a place to put my cards.  So, I decided that I would reuse and recycle my old card slots from my old wallet and make it work for my new one.

( Let me begin this by saying sorry for the poor photo quality.  It did not occur to me until after I started to do a tutorial so, I just grabbed my phone for the photos.)

Here we go!  Here's my new wallet:

And here's my old one:

I know it's a sad sight but when it was new, it was very nice :)

First, I started by seam ripping out the card slot I wanted to use. 

Then I cleaned it up a bit and had to shorten it.  To do that I cut a bit off the top and then I just stitched it back together using my sewing machine.  I would not hand stitch this.  It was a little tough.  

Next, I took my card slot and found a fabric that I liked.  I ended up using this beautiful blue damask fabric.  It matched the brown really nicely.  I cut the fabric down, with a half inch seam allowance on all sides. Then I folded it in and ironed it into place.

Next, I started sewing.  I did a back stitch where I started my seam to give it a little strength.

I really like how it turned out!  It fits the wallet perfectly and I am able to hold all of my cards.

I hope you like my tutorial and if you have any questions just let me know.  Remember, if you can recycle something old and turn it into something new and fabulous, always go that route.  It's better for you, saves money, and better for the planet.

Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend!