I’m excited about this post! Before getting started, in my last post (t-shirt rug) I forgot to put the # of strips I used for my t-shirt rug….393 to be exact. Just FYI.
Ok, here we go! After making washer necklaces for a church camp, I decided to use up the extra washers for something. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them. But after a few weeks and a bunch of other projects, I got my bright idea….to make washer earrings!
Below are the supplies that you’ll need to complete this project.
I hope the picture isn’t too big. I want to be sure you can easily see all the materials needed. Here’s what you need (from left to right):
1. Scrap pieces of paper. Be sure it is heavier than printer paper. Designer paper is best because it’s not as thick as card stock. Card stock works too.
2. Glue or adhesive, namely Mod Podge and Diamond Glaze. The Mod Podge is to glue the paper to the washer and the Diamond Glaze provides a raised clear coat on the top.
3. Scissors or exacto knife is fine too.
4. Wire of choice. For this project I used silver plated wire. I think this would also look great with a copper or darker wire. Be sure to use thinner wire (higher gauge) because it’s pliable and easier to work with.
5. Tools – Bent nose pliers, round nose pliars, flat pliars, and a wire cutter. Not sure if those are all the technical terms. Hopefully the picture is clear enough for you to see the difference in the tools.
6. Ear wire of choice. In this case I have silver plated.
7. Washers -¼” washers from Home Depot. They came in a pack of 25 & they’re very inexpensive!
8. Pencil (not pictured)
Ok, you’re ready to go! Keep in mind that this project takes a few days to complete. It needs time to dry, twice before you can get creative wrapping it. The good thing about it is that it’s a blank canvas you can create on. Anyways! Here are a few of my samples…
My first one
Cool huh? Well, I think they are! Try it & let me know how it turns out!!
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your day!
Up Next: Dyeing Stuff
Have you heard of a t-shirt rug before? I found this idea on Pinterest at least 5 months ago and finally thought I’d give it a try. Click here to visit the site I got the idea from.
I got some shirts from my mom and sister-in-law. I chose 7 shirts and started making strips using my rotary cutter. I cut strips that were 5½” long by 1½” wide. I kept one shirt for the base of the rug. I used the front and back of the shirt for a strong base. Then I serged the perimeter of the base. I measured 1″ in each corner and marked it with a colored pencil (for material). Then I measured ⅔” between markings. I only measured 1 row. I folded the shirt up and started to snip. I used the slits for the previous row as a guide to make the next row. Make sense, right? I did that until I reached the marked corners…the end of the shirt. In between the rows, I made a ⅔” space. I knew I would need to add rows to make my rug fluffy. Here is my rug:
Here is the view of the back:
The website where this idea is from, suggested putting it in a lingerie bag to wash it. I don’t have a lingerie bag nor do I want to purchase one. So to be clever, I sewed each row down…that way, none of them will get away. Lol. Here is the back again, up close!
Cool idea, huh? I think it took me about 6 hours to complete, which includes all the measuring, cutting, and sewing. Watching TV helped pass the time. Ooh, and just a a side note, I didn’t do it all in one day. I spread it out over a 2 day period. Another good thing…it’s a very inexpensive activity & possible gift for someone, or for yourself! 🙂 Enjoy!
Try it out & let me know!
Up Next: Washer Earrings
My initial idea for this post was to share 1 completed sewing project at a time. But as I looked through my closet and my craft/sewing room, I realized, this could take forever! So, I’ve decided to share a few instead.
Over the past 4 months I have a lot of time to do what I want to do. It’s been great and I think I’ve accomplished quite a bit during that time. It seems like I have so many endless projects, but in actuality, I just have a lot of projects. I’ll start one project and before completing it, I’ll start another one. I’ll juggle at least 3-4 projects at a time. When I finish one, I’ll start another…that’s probably why it seems like my projects are endless. Well, it sure keeps me busy.
Anyhow, here we go…
I bought an XXL dress from Old Navy in Waikele for $2.47 + tax. It’s super bright and way to big for me. It obviously doesn’t fit so I thought I would bel clever and take it in to fit me. I took it in so much that I used the extra to make pleats for my sleeves and hem. Here is the before and after.
I actually bought 2 of this same dress for $5. I cut up the 2nd dress but I haven’t finished it yet. Not that I can’t, I’ve just been rotating projects. 🙂
Another sewing project I’ve been getting into is making skirts. I’ve probably made at least 8 skirts in the past 4 months. Here are a few of the skirts I’ve made.
The top left picture is one I took from the Down East catalog. I liked how the skirt looked so I made one, pictured on the top right. I know, I probably should have used polka dots, but I didn’t have any so I just used what I had.
The bottom left skirt is made using the wrong side. I used a pattern for that, Simplicity E2410. I made it using the wrong side because the right side is too loud and bright for my taste. It’s actually a little bit too big for me, I think it fits on my hips. Lol.
The bottom right skirt is a teal material with a striped lace over it. I modified one of my mom’s patterns. It’s actually a wrap around skirt but I changed it to be 2 pieces and added a zipper.
That’s it! 🙂
Up Next: T-shirt Rug
Hello! I’m going to make this brief. I like to think that we all have things we enjoy. Jewelry is one of those things for me. Doesn’t mean I’m a professional, but I can make it. I have more pieces to share. Here we go!
These pictures are of pieces I made for myself, well the last 4 are. All are made using SS. The last 2 rows show the pieces I’ve made for me. You can tell I’ve worn them because they’re tarnished and I need to clean them. First is the earring and necklace set with Swarovski pearls. Second is a dangly earring with blue Swarovski crystals. Third are hoop earrings with Swarovski pearls and teal glass beads. And last is a triangular piece with amethyst Swarovski crystals.
Check out my gallery! 🙂
If you’re interested in any of the pieces, you’re welcome to contact me! 🙂 Enjoy & THANKS for viewing!
Up Next: Sewing
A few months ago revisited a hobby that I enjoyed in high school. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made jewelry. I took a refresher class at a store nearby, my skills quickly returned and I remembered how much I enjoy it. It’s been about a year since I’ve gotten back into it. It’s definitely been fun.
I’ve made a bunch of earrings and a few bracelets. I’ve tried my hands at a couple of different bracelets. Here’s the fun I’ve had so far:
For my mom’s birthday last year, I made her these 2 pairs of earrings:
Her favorite color is pink and she likes dangly earrings, so I tried my best to suit her style. The red earrings are FWP (fresh water pearls) with SS (sterling silver). The pink earrings are also SS but have Swarovski crystals in the shape of cubes.
A couple of months ago, a family at church moved to the mainland. I made the following earrings for the mother and one of her daughters. I was sad to see them leave and wanted to a piece that would remind her of Hawaii. So, I found these silver slippers to be great. My round-nose pliers weren’t big enough to loop the wire and create a nice wrap. Instead, I made a short coil to help connect the rest of the piece. The beads are made of glass. The earrings turned out better than I thought. Sometimes I have an idea in my head but it doesn’t always correlate with the finished product. Lol.
I made this piece for her daughter. Don’t worry, it is a pair. These beads are also made of glass. From top to bottom, the colors are gray, purple, and light purple that almost looks pink. I like that this piece is light weight and smooth…meaning the colors go great together. 🙂
Just recently, another family is preparing to move. So, I made these earrings for 2 teenage sisters. Here they are! Both earrings are FWP with silver plated findings. You’ll notice that the one on the left uses the same beads from my mom’s earrings. The one on the right is cool because they’re a metallic purple. Well, that’s what it looks like to me. Just a little side note, I like to package my jewelry using designer paper I have available.
Ok, we’re going to take a little break from the earrings and check out some bracelets. When I first got back into making jewelry, I took a wire wrapping class. I know how to wire wrap but it had been a long time. So, in class, I made this bracelet:
I went home that night from class to practice my skills. I used Swarovski pearls and SS.
It’s great that both bracelets are adjustable, especially when you make gifts for friends or sell to customers.
So, just for fun, I made this bracelet. The Swarovski pearls are a cream color as well as the bicone Swarovski crystal at the end of the chain.
Another fun method for making bracelets is through knotting. Below are some of the bracelets I’ve made using this technique. The bracelet on top is the one I made in class. The rest I made at home. For me, this is SO fun!! The second bracelet is much like first, using Swarovski pearls and I lengthened it a little. The 3rd and 4th bracelets are made with FWP and smaller silk thread. The 5th and last bracelet is a combination of Swarovski pearls and various glass beads. So FUN!
I really enjoy making jewelry. Creativity is a obvious and everything is unique! More jewelry to come, soon! 🙂
Up Next: More Jewelry
Since I got laid off a few months ago, I’ve had a lot of time to strengthen my talents and hobbies! Besides sewing, crafts, & jewelry, I’ve tried my hands on reupholstering. I’ve seen so many different terms to describe this: recycled, refinished, upcycled, repurposed…the list goes on. I’m not going to go through all these terms, in fact, I think I’ll just stick with reupholstered. Lol
A friend gave me some chairs that were pretty bland and heavy…
I had 7 of these chairs and took them ALL apart…
1st – I unscrewed 8 screws in each chair and then used a flat head screw driver to remove all the staples. Oh my, that’s a lot of screws in one sentence. Lol. Just in case you’re wondering, whoever makes these chairs LOVES staples & finds it necessary to put an unlimited number of staples in each chair. I wasn’t in a rush to finish this project so I took my time. Honestly, I have not idea how long it took me to remove all the staples. I would estimate that it took 3-4 nights. I spread it out so I wasn’t overwhelmed by all the staples & so my hands could rest. Lol. I removed staples while I watched TV, which helped.
2nd – I needed to decide whether I would keep them or sell them. Since I had 7, I decided to keep 3 & sell 4, as a set. Then I searched, chose, & purchased the fabric. This part is fun for me. I like looking at fabrics and envisioning the finished product. I used the old leather that covered the chairs, as pattern pieces for the new chairs & determined how much fabric I would need. I chose a cotton hawaiian print fabric and decided to use vinyl on top too.
Once I had all the materials, I cut everything out. I settled on a brown & teal fabric for my 3 chairs. Here are some pictures.
The chair back before stapling the bottom
The frame – before (L) & after (R)
And of course, you need matching screws. I just spray painted the tops.
The final product! Success!
The pictures don’t tell you how many hours were invested in this project. So, that was the chairs in a fast forward mode. I did my chairs first to work out any kinks and make mistakes so that when it came to the 4 I planned to sell, I would have some experience and they would be perfect! Well, that was my hope.
For the other 4 chairs, I liked a couple of blue fabrics. The problem was one was too bright and the other was too light. Go figure. Lol. So, I went back in search of a better fabric choice & luckily I found one. Here is how it went…
1. Reupholstered the seats and backs
2. Spray painted the frames
3. Put the screws in
4. Trimmed vinyl under the chairs
5. Ready to sell!
Actually, I did all the chairs simultaneously, one step at a time. After everything was cut out, I serged the edges of all the seats. Then I serged the backs of the chairs so I didn’t have to using my sewing machine too. Here we go!
I laid the fabric over the vinyl. The vinyl is a little difficult to see in this picture but it’s there.
I put the padding and wood piece on top then started to staple it in place.
I started with the corners and then worked my way around. I wanted it as tight as possible so I put my knee on it and pulled before stapling. Also, I stapled the material first and then did the vinyl. With one of the brown chairs, I tried to to do both at one time…didn’t like it. For me it was harder to get the smooth look I wanted so I did it separately. Just a little suggestion.
At times I had to take breaks because Nala thought it would be fun to get in on the action. Lol. Not a problem but I did use a lint roller to remove her hair, which you can see, she’s has a lot of. She’s my inspector – she smells everything that comes into our home. Lol.
Here is the finished seat! Yeah! I have to apologize, I just realized I forgot to take a picture of what it looks like underneath, after it’s all stapled. Sorry. On the plus side, you get to see the vinyl. Lol.
One thing I forgot to mention about the stapling is…make sure you buy the right staples for the task. I purchased a cheap but durable staple gun (DeWalt). It was perfect for my project and it was <$30. I say cheap because there are some very expensive staple guns available. I used 5/16″ staples which cost <$4. I got it all at Home Depot & these are Hawai’i prices. Anyways, just a note.
Now for the backs! Like I mentioned earlier, I serged the backs. Here it is.
All of the chairs had a board, padding, and a thin sheet of plastic that covered the padding. A few of the plastic sheets tore and were unusable. I didn’t want to purchase new ones so I improvised. I had some plastic bags – the ones you get from the grocery section. Like this.
I made sure it fit, which they did. Yeah! I cut out one side
and then slipped it on over the board and padding.
Now it’s ready for the material!
I slid the material on and then wondered about the vinyl. I purchased thread for upholstering so I was ready. Only one problem…I’ve never sewn vinyl before. Well, I may have attempted years before, but I don’t remember any projects at the moment. Anyways! I didn’t want to mess up my vinyl & have to cut more, so I looked for some tips on how to sew vinyl. Thankfully, I found this website:
She shares a tip that helped me…tape! I know, I couldn’t believe it. So simple but very effective! I am definitely grateful for that tip! It totally worked!
Ok, back to the chairs! Using the website, I was able to successfully sew the vinyl. I found it easier to keep the tissue in between the folded vinyl. It helped when I turned it right side out.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that step. Next, I spray painted. That was fun!
You’ll notice just a slight difference in color. Left is before, right is after. Since all the seats and backs were completed before I spray painted, I had time to think about the frames. I liked how the blue looked on the gray frames, it just needed a little brightening up.
I used a drill to return the screws to their proper places. Once that was complete, I trimmed the vinyl under the chairs, and they were ready to sell!! Woo Hoo!
Here they all are!
& my brown chairs!
I think it took me 4-6 weeks to complete. That was quite the project! But it was SO fun! I’m glad I did it.
Up Next: Jewelry Time!
If you’re like me, some of the clothes you have and wear, you’d had for a long time. I’m talking, more than 5 years! Trends in fashion appear to change frequently. In attempt to have something different in my closet, I searched for a simple skirt that worked for my figure. If you’re thinking everything would look good on me, you’re wrong. Clothes can help or hinder your figure, and ya, some people may look good in anything they wear…that’s just not me. Lol.
So, lucky me…I found a DIY skirt on Pinterest and made my own! 🙂
Here is the website for the tutorial. www.thisbigoaktree.com/2012/04/high-waisted-sash-skirt-tutorial.html
I chose to use a hawaiian print material instead of the stripes. Beware, a lot of pictures coming up!
The measurements for this skirt are easy. There are 4 pieces of material used, 2 for the skirt, 1 for the belt, and 1 for the sash. I cut the material to fit my measurements, then pinned the sides for the belt. See below,
Then folded it in half and ironed. That’s the belt.
I didn’t want to keep turning the iron off/on so I did all the ironing at one time.
Then I did the same for the sash seen below.
Folded it in half, ironed and sewed it.
Since this tutorial requires a zipper, I measured where it needed to be and sewed.
I ironed the seam open.
Then I worked on the hem. I pinned the bottom up.
and then again. Then I sewed the hem.
Then I loosely stitched 2 rows for gathering.
I pulled the stitches to fit the belt/waist band and pinned it. So, it looks like this…sew!
Next is the zipper! Pin & sew!
I’ll admit, zippers are not my fave. Lol. I pinned the sash near the zipper and stitched it to the belt/waist band.
That’s it! Here it is! 🙂
This is a very abbreviated version! Hope you like it!
Up Next: Furniture Fun!
Hello All! Change of plans! I was going to show you a skirt I made using a tutorial I found on Pinterest….BUT I changed my mind. Hope you’re ok with it!! 🙂
In the past week, I had a couple requests for this recipe. First, for a local church newsletter. I forgot I signed up for that. Lol. So, to avoid stress and craziness, I decided to submit a recipe for corn bread. Second, my parents were visiting and my mom got a call requesting the corn bread recipe.
Last night for dinner I made chicken curry and corn bread to go with it! What I love about this recipe is that’s EASY & DELICIOUS! Just as a side note, I grew up with this recipe. I’m not exactly sure who gave it to my mom, but I know it was a lady from church.
Preheat oven to 350℉
2 C Bisquick
¾ C Sugar
¼ C Cornmeal
½ t Baking Soda
¾ C Oil (Corn or Veg.)
1 C Milk
Put dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix and make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pout in the wet ingredients. Mix until all dry ingredients are wet. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan for 25 minutes. Melt some butter or margarine over the top when done. Serve hot!
Other tips for this recipe:
- Mix with a wooden or plastic spoon. Don’t use a mixer – it fluffs up the batter too much and it doesn’t turn out the same.
- Make sure to smooth out most, if not all, the lumps before pouring it into the pan.
- If you use a glass pan, bake it for 25 minutes and then look at it. You may need to bake it a little longer. For example, last night I used a glass pan & baked it for 29 minutes. (I’ll show you a picture soon.)
- Cut a tablespoon of butter (or so) and put it on the hot corn bread soon after it’s out of the oven. Using a knife, move the butter around the pan, allowing it melt on its own. Use more butter as needed. Don’t melt the butter first and then pour it on.
- Cover cooled/left over corn bread with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps to keep the corn bread from drying out over night…so you can enjoy it the next day!! I prefer to pour a small glass of milk, scoop the corn bread and dip it half way into the milk. It’s SO good!
I think that’s all for tips! Time for pictures! Lol. Here is what the corn bread should look like…
Here it is up close!
Try it & let me know what you think!! Enjoy!
Up Next: DIY Skirt
Poi Mochi is not the healthiest food item but it is quite yummy! I remember a little kiosk outside of Kmart, at UH football games, and a few other places that would sell poi mochi. It was a newest craze at one point but then it died down. I was one of the late ones. A few years ago, I tried it for the first time…not at a game or from a kiosk, but from a recipe book.
A few years ago my husband went to Kamehameha Schools’ Maui Campus and brought back this recipe book.
As I browsed through the recipes, I came across a few good recipes that were tempting to try! Here is the Poi Mochi Recipe…
I haven’t tried it with cinnamon and sugar but I have tried it using Taro brand poi. To me, it comes out the same…delicious! The Hanalei poi is already mixed and it’s more expensive. Costco sells both brands of poi. Last time I bought the Hanalei brand it was close to $6 for a 1lb container. The Taro brand is $14 for 3 lbs, I think. You have to mix it yourself but it’ll save you money.
Try it! 🙂
In case you’re not able to see the recipe clearly, here it is again…
Hanalei Poi Mochi
1 lb container Hanalei Poi
1½ C. Sugar
18 oz Mochiko flour (1¼ box)
1½ – 2 C. of water
2 C. Canola oil (for deep frying)
Paper towels (for the mochi to drain)
Mix and blend poi and sugar together. Add Mochiko flour slowly while adding the water. Continue adding water until the batter is like a THICK pancake batter. Heat oil in a wok or pan until hot. Drop a spoonful or small cookie-scoop full of batter into hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Continue this process until batter is gone. Let the poi mochi drain on paper towels and serve warm. This will make approximately 30 pieces.
*sugar and cinnamon mixture can be sprinkled on the poi mochi for added flavor.
Thanks for reading!
Up next: DIY Skirt