Category Archives: recycled

Cupid’s Arrow

For Valentine’s Day I recreated a lost treasure. A few months ago I gave my special someone an antique lapel pin. It was a silver arrow covered in rhinestones. It was real cool, not too girlie but masculine enough. He put it on his lamb’s wool sweater and somehow some way it was lost.

Around the holidays I was in Urban Outfitters and spotted almost the exact same arrow, only it was on a women’s necklace. I scooped it up anyway and put it aside, thinking I’d do something with it for Valentine’s Day.

I started by detaching it from its chain. I bought craft wire and filled the holes in with creative knots. I used Krazy glue to attach the arrow to a silver pin. And voila! I managed to re-create cupid’s arrow in time for Valentine’s Day.

necklace

The necklace I found at Urban


necklace

close-up of arrow on chain


craft wire at Home Hardware


The Arrow


the arrow is back where it belongs

Note: Accidentally while gluing the arrow to the pin, I glued the pin to my finger. Krazy glue bonds to skin quickly. But without panicking I soaked my finger in nail polish remover containing acetone. It worked like a charm.

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A beloved shirt becomes a new Christmas Stocking…

I have a dear friend. I loved his plaid shirt – it was oversized, cozy and reminded me of the laughs we shared while on our travels together. We met while working the press junket a few years ago and became fast friends.

He came to visit me in Toronto one year and left behind his plaid shirt for me. It was a nice surprise to find it nicely folded under my bed.
Although I loved the shirt, I never wore it.

What to do with it? Well, I decided to create an oversized stocking for my boyfriend. I think it turned out fabulous. I kept one side buttoned, and maintained the collar too. So I was able to create this great Christmas Stocking AND keep the memory of this shirt alive and make it part of a special time of year. It’s fun, it’s friendly and it’s got a lot of room for lots of stocking stuffers.
I think my good buddy would love what I made of his shirt. In a funny way.

Back

This is the back of the Christmas Stocking

front

This is the front side of the Christmas Stocking

the stocking hanging

This is Mike's Stocking hanging

New pretty things I’ve been working on . . .

I’ve been working on some new accessories! Gearing-up for my next show in November Craftapalooza!

Crochet chickadee ornament

Crochet chickadee ornament

Crochet flower pin

Crochet flower pin

Adorn your hair with these fabulous clips!

Adorn your hair with these fabulous clips!

Adorn your hair with these cute little flower hair clips

Adorn your hair with these cute little flower hair clips

Brown owl applique pin

Brown owl applique pin

Pink crochet heart applique pin

Pink crochet heart applique pin

Free with purchase!

Free with purchase!

Just for the fun of it - I buttoned up my old black sweater!

Just for the fun of it - I buttoned up my old black sweater!

The Pre-Loved Varsity Floor Mat in 8 Steps

When I lost my mom to lung cancer 4 years ago, I wanted to hold onto some of her t-shirts and golf shirts but knew I’d probably never wear them. So I thought of cutting them up and reusing them in other ways, like creating groovy shaggy floor mats! And since they’re made from cotton or cotton-blend, you can easily toss them into the washing machine! This is an example of the Varsity floor mat I just made for my cousin heading back to University! 😀

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Grab an old t-shirt you’re not going to wear anymore

    Any old t-shirt will do

    Any old t-shirt will do

  2. Cut it into 1-1.5” thick strips
    Use sharp scissors to get the job done easier

    Use sharp scissors to get the job done easier

    It doesn't matter how long or how short your strips are

    It doesn't matter how long or how short your strips are

  3. Roll it into a ball, tying the ends into knots

    This will make it easier for you to crochet later

    This will make it easier for you to crochet later

  4. Using single-crochet stitch, crochet until desired size is obtained

    Using single-crochet stitch will create a tighter mat with small holes

    Using single-crochet stitch will create a tighter mat with small holes

  5. All done! Now give it to someone to love again!

    This is what your mat should look like

    This is what your mat should look like