Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 20 - Dress to Apron


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From thrift store dress ($1) to a new apron.

Here's how:


Cut the top part of the dress off just under the arm pits.


Cut up the back of the dress. If there is a seam cut it out. Depending on the size of the original dress, you may want to cut out a few extra inches. You should then have a big square-ish piece of fabric.


Figure out how wide you want the top of your apron to be (mine was approx. 10 inches) and where you want the waist to fall (mine was approx. 11 inches from the top). Fold the piece of fabric in half lengthwise and place a pin at these points (1/2 the distance over at the top because the fabric is folded in half)
Cut a straight line between these two points.
Hem all of the raw edges.


You should now have an apron shaped piece of fabric.


To make waist ties:
Cut 2 strips of fabric 40 inches by 4 inches (you may have to sew 2 pieces together to get enough length)
1. Iron in half lengthwise
2. Open up and iron each side in to the center point, lengthwise
3. Iron in half lengthwise (your raw edges are now enclosed and you have a 1 inch strip)
4. Stitch lengthwise down each side
Sew to waist of apron.


To make the neck strap:
Cut a strip of fabric 24 inches by 5 inches
1. Iron in half lengthwise
2. Cut a rounded edge on one end
3. Stitch lengthwise, leaving the flat end open for turning
4. Turn right side out.
5. Iron and top stitch around.
6. Stitch the flat end to one top side (on the inside) of apron.


Stitch a button to the front of strap and a hidden hook closure.


Optional: Embellish as desired. I opted to write a quote from Julia Child on the front of mine using a Sharpie pen (then heat set with my iron).


Total cost - $1


Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
Day 18: $1.00 Giant Snowflakes
Day 19: $2.00 Vintage Tool Tray Centerpiece
Day 20: $1.00 Dress to Apron
___________

Total: $18.90

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 19 - Vintage Tool Tray Centerpiece


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Next time your at your favorite thrift store, don't forget to check out the hardware and tool section. You can find some really cool stuff. Like this old tool tray:

$2.00

It makes a great winter centerpiece:



The tool tray I found was really grungy so I gave it a good cleaning and then a light coat of silver spray paint. The spray paint didn't totally cover all of the wear but that was ok with me - I wanted it to look somewhat worn.
Then I filled it with pine branches and pine cones from my front yard.
Pretty and it smells so good!

Here are a few more cool ideas for vintage tool trays:

fill with flowers (via Laughing with Angles)


make a coffee or tea station (from Classic Casual Home)


or use for thread storage (Sew Many Ways)

Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
Day 18: $1.00 Giant Snowflakes
Day 19: $2.00 Vintage Tool Tray Centerpiece
___________

Total: $17.90

Monday, November 28, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 18 - Giant Snowflakes


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This is another idea that I discovered on Pinterest - giant snowflakes made from popsicle sticks:






Made from this bag of popsicle sticks that I picked up from the dollar store -

from this bag I was able to make 4 giant snowflakes

See the full tutorial for making these on Craftynest


Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
Day 18: $1.00 Giant Snowflakes
___________

Total: $15.90

Friday, November 25, 2011

Small Business Saturday


I am hitting a few Black Friday sales (although I'm going later in the day after all of the crazy people have hopefully cleared out) but I really love American Express's Small Business Saturday campaign. You can find out more about it here, here, and of course on Facebook. So check it out and support your favorite small businesses tomorrow, Nov. 26.

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 17 - Inexpensive Artwork


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You can often find inexpensive picture frames at thrift stores. The finish may not match your decor, but that's an easy fix with a can of spray paint. For example . . .

. . . this lovely little frame, picked up for 50 cents. Wasn't lovin' the brass finish, or the harp-playing cherub picture.

So the cherub picture was removed, and the frame got a coat of dark turquoise spray paint:




The picture was a free download from The Feed Your Soul Free Art Project - one of my favorite places to find fun, unique, free printable art.

As soon as I saw this picture I knew I had to have it because it reminds me of my little Cousteau:

Isn't he cute??!!

Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
___________

Total: $14.90

Thursday, November 24, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 16 - Scribble Stitch Gift Tags


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It's hard to believe it's time to start the Christmas shopping and present wrapping process - but with Black Friday looming this week, I guess there's no avoiding it.
So, take a break from all of the craziness and make some little handmade gift tags to go with those gifts. They're easy, and the best part - I didn't spend a penny.

Supplies Needed:
cardstock, cut into tag size squares or rectangles
hole punch
yarn or twine
brown marker
yellow buttons
scalloped edge scissors (optional)

and a free motion quilting foot for your sewing machine:

This little guy allows your to sew forwards, backwards, and any which way (or "scribble")


And here's how to make them:


1.) Thread your machine with green thread and scribble on a tree shape (basically a triangle)

2.) Use your brown marker to scribble a tree trunk

3.) Glue a yellow button to the top of the tree

4.) Punch a hole and tie a bit of yarn or twine through the hole

5.) Optional: Use a scalloped scissors to trim the bottom edge of the tag



Total spent today - zero dollars
And here's the breakdown so far:


Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
___________

Total: $13.90

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 15 - Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornaments Plus Tons of Bonus Ornament Ideas


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I picked up this little bag of Scrabble tiles from the thrift store the other day - 50 cents-

It didn't include the board but that's ok, I only wanted the tiles anyway.

Perfect for Scrabble tile Christmas ornaments:




These are really easy to make.

You will need:
**Scrabble tiles
(Can't find Scrabble tiles? Try these printable tiles and adhere to cardboard or wood blocks)
**popsicle sticks
**a strong clippers (I think mine is a wire cutter)
**hot glue
**ribbon


Lay out Scrabble tiles to spell out a word, then, using the clippers, cut the popsicle stick slightly smaller than the length of the tiles.


Hot glue a bit of ribbon to the middle of the popsicle stick. Then glue the Scrabble tiles over the top - so the ribbon is sandwiched between the popsicle stick and the tiles.
Optional: Add a tiny ribbon or other embellishment.



Bonus Ideas:
A few other ideas using thrift store supplies:


From a pack of styrofoam balls:


Use pins to attach sequins.



or wrap in twine or yarn



From a pack of clear glass globes:


drip alcohol ink inside the globe (hint: use compressed air to move the ink around)


drip acrylic craft paint inside, then roll around to swirl


or combine layers of alcohol ink and acrylic paint - this was wild plum alcohol ink plus copper acrylic paint


or if you don't want to mess with paint, simply stuff an artificial flower inside


and finally, from colored glass globes you can make . . .



polka dot ornaments - dip the end of an eraser in acrylic craft paint and dot on


or add letter stickers to spell out a word, spray paint, then peel off the stickers

Ok, that should give you a few ideas.
And here's the round-up for 30 Days For 30 Dollars so far:


Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
___________

Total: $14.40