Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Magic Swaddling Blanket is done!

This homemade blanket is made from 1 yard pieces of fabric. One cotton yard is the top, one flannel yard is the bottom. Both are quilted together with NO fiberfill in between. I finish off the ends with a large satin blanket tape.
I call it a magic swaddling blanket because this style of blanket was extremely helpful to swaddle my infant daughter and coax her into going to sleep! I used similar swaddling blankets like this in conjunction with a book called The Happiest Baby On The Block. The book tells how to swaddle and "shush" a fussy baby to go to sleep.
This blanket is also the perfect size for a growing infant.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Life to Old Wire Hangers

My grandmother saved newspapers from the 1960s. My father had a paper route back then. Whatever he didn't deliver, they stored in the basement.

It always seemed like such a waste to me to hang designer clothes on ratty wire hangers. You know the ones in the closet that the white paper is tearing from use after use?

So I upcycled my old hangers and gave them new life with these 1960s fashions found in the old newspapers. It's a great way to look at the artist drawings every day, and perfectly functional!
This was pretty simple. I tore off the white paper from a hanger, opened it up, and used it as my pattern. The key to using newspapers is that the pages have to be double wide. The hanger is too long for a single page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Still Decoupaging!

I created a Barbie box to house all of my daughter's Barbie accessories. The pictures were part of a brochure intended for customers who might buy the high end designer dolls. I never bought a doll, but I kept the brochure for over 15 years!
The second picture is of a travel photo album that is currently for sale on Artfire. The cover was decoupaged using Marie Claire magazine pages.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Latest Decoupage Projects

I love to decoupage. I've recently come to this conclusion.
Decoupage feels like the grown up version of the elementary school art class ritual of cutting and pasting magazines.
It also seems to me the decoupage is an eco friendly craft because I'm recycling my fashion magazines into something a little more useable.
I also have labeled decoupage "the poor man's craft" because it's so cheap to do!
Just about all of these projects will end up in my Etsy and Artfire stores.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Barbie Poster Decoupage Project

This is my real first attempt at decoupage. You'd think I would have chosen a simpler project. In my mind this was real simple....but it's getting more complicated every day!

The bubbles and creases were nerve-racking. Some of them faded out, others have stayed in. Fortunately, in these pictures you can't tell.

This is a plain purse that I decided to try to decoupage. My decoupage medium is Aleene's Tacky Glue, Elmer's Glue and a little bit of water. Once the poster is glued on nice and tight, I'll switch to just Elmer's glue and water to do the top layering.

Stay tuned!