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March 21, 2019
Upcycle from Notes from Studio B

SAQA put out a call for a show called Upcycle, using repurposed items. The call went out last fall and the 31st of this month is the deadline for entries. I knew immediately what I wanted to use, but not how to use it. I saved 13 used Starbucks coffee filters that were in a bag of grounds that they give away for compost. These filters have been around my studio for a very long time just waiting for their opportunity become art.

The filters have been visible in the studio for several months now, I've come up with ...

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December 6, 2018
Savio the Memory Bear from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Since I got out of the habit of blogging, there is so much that I haven't documented here. So today, I'm sharing Savio the Bear. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember him. Have you ever made a memory bear? Or a memory stuffie? Or quilt? A little over a year ago, I made my first memory anything really. I had decided that I'd like to make memory stuffies for my nieces/

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July 23, 2018
Birdseed Bag Totes from From My Carolina Home

When going to the grocery store or pharmacy or department stores, I have made the decision stop using the single use plastic bags.  As much as possible, and it is very possible to do this on every visit to every store, I will refuse those store bags in favor of my own reusable bags.   Even if I forget to bring in a bag, I’ll still refuse those plastic ones, like I did recently at a big box store.  I just had the clerk just put the items back in a cart and then I packed the bags standing at ...

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July 11, 2018
Creating Yard Art from From My Carolina Home

Gardens full of flowers are a joy to behold.  Sometimes it is nice to have some art pieces in with the flowers to add some interest when they finish blooming, or before the blooms appear.  Something to add a bit of charm to the flower bed like this miniature rusty bicycle.

Yard Art Project at From My Carolina Home

So, with that in mind, I wanted to do something with these doves.  They were our bridal cake topper when we got married, in the 70s.  It has been stored away in my cedar chest for years and years.

Yard Art Project at From My Carolina Home

The piece is plastic, with a lot of yellowing on ...

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June 1, 2018
Upcycling an Iron Birdcage from From My Carolina Home

Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost.  Both needed some work, with the birdcage in really sad shape.  It was that 80s Wedgewood Blue, (a color I cannot tolerate anymore) and had a lot of rust.  So, it needed a makeover.

Thrifting Fun at From My Carolina Home

The rust was more apparent on the underside of the base.  Setting it in the grass, I hosed off the dirt and grime before getting down to the hard scrubbing.

Thrifting Fun at From My Carolina Home

Cleaning it as best I could with a wire scrubber, most of the rust was knocked off.  Then I ...

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May 28, 2018
Today's Project from Rana Quilts

A friend has a number of embroideries done by her mother. She gave me this one:

And asked me to make her a tote bag. I had these:

Design opportunities presented themselves, like using the waistband for a strap and adding a pocket to the inside.

The finished product, a very usable tote bag, which made my friend happy.

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April 4, 2018
6 Products Inspired By Earth Day from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

With March bringing us Spring, we open the door to welcome April and the spirit of green things that brings Earth Day. Since 1970, this annual event has been celebrated on the 22nd day of this month to show and demonstrate the support for environmental protection. For this reason, we wanted to contribute to the spirit of preserving the environment and to remind everyone how lucky we are to be witnessing nature every day. For this reason, we've put together a list of projects worth doing to honor this event!



1. Reversed Applique Flower Pillows

Colorful accessories make way ...

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January 10, 2018
Let's Talk Fabric: Up-Cycle Lamp Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi DIYers!

Here I am with another episode of Let's Talk Fabric. If you haven't heard of this series at AGF, it's a section of our YouTube channel where we feature videos showcasing DIY Home Decor projects- involving fabric of course! We try to always keep them as simple and hassle-free as possible, because like YOU, we understand how lazy one get can after work or over the weekend. So make sure to scroll down to watch the video and follow this step-by-step tutorial where you can recycle your old curtains rings into a cool new and ...

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January 8, 2018
Przezroczysta kosmetyczka / Vinyl zipper pouch from Szycie Uli

To jedna z rzeczy, które nie czekały u mnie długo na realizację, jakieś 24 godziny, a szyłam mniej niż godzinę... Przeglądałam rano Instagram z moją 10latką i to ona zauważyła przezroczystą kosmetyczkę a oficjalnie vinyl pouch. Na blogu Natalie Hungryhippie Sews znajdziecie prosty przepis na uszycie takiej kosmetyczki i jeszcze innych świetnych vinylowych saszetek i podbijających świat saszetek z brokatem (brokatowa saszetka jest kolejna na mojej liście).
Yesterday I made my very first vinyl pouch and it was super fast project! You will find super easy tutorial on Natalie's sewhungryhippie blog! When my daughter saw Natalie's vinyl keepcases ...

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September 13, 2017
Miracle Grout Cleaner from Road Home Quilting

I was saving up for professional steam cleaning of my kitchen grout.
And you can see why....

Here is a close-up. [close your eyes if you are squeamish]
Then, I discovered a miracle grout cleaner.
Best of all, it is very AFFORDABLE.
[Don't ask me how I know this.
...Ok, I will tell, but it will cost you a pitcher of margaritas.]

No scrubbing required!
Just leave the bowl cleaner on the grout for one hour. It wipes right off. EASY!
Ta Da!
Sorry pro floor cleaners, I won't need you after all.

My ...

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