Today I am heading to Los Angeles for the Winter Craft and Hobby show. It's cold and snowing here, but I am heading to 80 degree weather and sun! Yipee! But before I go get some rays, I wanted to share with you this weeks thrifty finds and a DIY project I know you are going to think is wacky but pretty fun! lol
My first set of finds are totally random I know. One is a fun summer dress (brand new mind you).. that was too small for me.. but would make the most adorable set of pillows for a fresh spring makeover or a fun gift for friend for her birthday! I picked it up for $2.00. The next is a vintage china plate.. that is great to use in a bathroom with scented candles on. It was $.50. The last piece in the picture is an old wooden plaque featuring two adorable little girls in vintage attire. I originally got the plaque to recycle. I was planning on painting over it and doing my own artwork on it (a cheap alternative to buying a new piece of wood). But honestly the print on it is so cute, I think I might have to keep it and maybe spruce it up a bit. It would make a really great baby shower gift!
here is a closeup of the dress and plate.. yum!
okay.. so as you probably already know I LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage clip-on earrings! I love using them in a lot of jewelry I create. I am going to be teaching a mini workshop at Donna Downey's Inspired event in May!. and we will be making the leather cuffs I showed you last week in this post. So I am collection vintage earrings now.. so my students will have plenty to choose from! I got these little baby's off ebay! Gotta love ebay! Most of them ranged from $1.50- $2.00 a pair.
I don't really wear striped sweaters.. and especially ones in these wonderful patterns.. but when I saw these.. I KNEW I had to have them for a DIY project I was dying to try out! I have posted it below.. but these babies cost me $3.00 each.
I made this cute little Hand/Arm gloves out of the sweaters featured above. They are perfect to keep me warm while I am working at my computer or working in my garage while creating my art.. or even just going out with!
The first thing I did was cut the arms off each sweater. I cut mine about 8-10" in length (depending on if I will roll up the ends or not). Kids sweaters are PERFECT for these, because you want them to be a little tight. Not Loose. If they are loose, you can simply sew them on your machine, to make them fit better.
and stitched around the outside edge of the cut side.
ANd that's it! Simple DIY project you can do in literally minutes! You can also add buttons, ribbon or even a flower to the arm mittens to pesronalize them!
PLUS you have the entire body of the sweater left that would be perfect for a handbag, a pillow, or even a matching scarf!
So the next time you are thinking about getting rid of some old sweaters. Think again! They are so fun to re-cycle and make new again!