Thursday, May 28, 2009

Book Bag

We needed a library bag for books. After scavenging the house in search of something to use, I decided to make one out of an old tank-top that I no longer use. I love repurposing, and I've seen lots of cute things made out of "old"stuff. This project couldn't have been easier. If you can sew a simple straight stitch-you can make this bag.

Simply turn the tank top inside out and sew a straight line across the bottom edge of the tank top. Then flip back right side out. Viola! Its done.Its a really stretchy bag so it will hole books of all sizes and perfectly hangs on my stroller handle. I thought that it needed a little something so I cut out the words "I love books" from blue felt. and sewed it on the front.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hello Gorgeous!

I want you all to meet the most beautiful treasure I found at our local thrift store.
She was burried under smelly junk. No, really-she was. (someone please tell me why they don't spray some febreeze!) I spotted her from across the store and knew she had to be mine...even when we couldn't pry her open to check her insides-I knew that whatever she came as I could fix. Kudos to my husband who bravely tried to bargain down the cashier. I was proud of him, even if she looked at him like he was a lunatic and said "..uh we don't bargain prices..." That's ok. $10 for the most beautiful toy/blanket/storage chest? Sold. I haven't decided on what direction I am going to take the transformation...but stay tuned. Its sure to be good.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Patchwork Skirt

I made this super easy, super cute skirt this week. I have had this b*e*a*u*t*i*f*u*l* fabric (the kind that is so pretty you don't dare cut) sitting in my craft room for a few months, I finally bit the bullet and got to work! In an hour-wa-la! I didn't use a pattern-just eyeballed it and when it ended up too short I added in the trim lace. The top has an elastic wasteband so no messing with zippers, it was very simple it took me about an hour to get it right. I like how the lace compliments the heavier look of the patched fabric and gives it more of a summer-y look.

The Cost for this project:
Old fabric lying around-free
Elastic-I took this from another project that was um....dead. Free
Lace to bottom skirt-2$

Floral Window Treatments

I made these cute floral window treatments to dress up the windows in my living room a little bit. It was super easy to do and I made the arrangements myself-Of course my dear husband hung them up for me--(I hate hanging things above my head!) If you are looking to make something like this--the big flowers end up looking the best, they have more "bang" and are usually more detailed and draw the eye. Love it!
The Cost of this project was:
The baskets were 50% off at Hobby Lobby and came to $4.00 each
The Flowers (also 50% off) came to around 10.00
Styrofoam adjuster was .75 cents
Total cost: came to $10 a basket.

It didn't end up being as cheap as I was hoping for--I think I picked some more expensive floral sticks...but it was definitely cheaper than purchasing the pre-made arrangements. I love Hobby Lobby. The first time I went I think I drooled a little...but there is no need to buy anything there at full price. If you are patient the price will come down for you, I promise. The sales there rock!

Cutesy Coat Hangers

If you are looking for a cute and *cheap* way to dress up an entry wall-these coat hangers were super easy and fun to make and cost me $3.50! I bought the board, and knobs at my beloved Hobby Lobby, at 50% off. I think they turned out totally loveable. I simply painted the boards, used a spray adhesive to put the scrapbook paper on, and drilled holes for the assorted knobs.
The top picture I made to hang my purse/diaperbags on at the back door. I love it!
My baby girls room is cream and purple and I hung this up by the door for her jackets, but she likes to put her necklaces, bracelets, hats, socks, purses and dress-ups on it. The possibilities are endless with a little bit of imagination and a lot of girly things ;)

Opening day of Pretty Please

Welcome to "Pretty Please"! For some time I have been thinking about starting my own "crafty blog" to catalog my guilty pleasures and stay at home creations. I love making things beautiful...and love that beautiful means something different to everyone. This blog is all about the things I love, and things I love to do! To see the people I love, visit my family blog. Here at "Pretty Please" you will see a little bit of crafting, a little bit of sewing, a little bit of painting, a little bit of restoring and a whole lot of pretty!