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Guest Post — How to Re-purpose Items in Your Home!

4 Apr
Hello! My name is Amanda from the blog “Be Sweet”.
Thank you so much Jen for having me. 🙂
 Be Sweet is a blog/ journal where I keep track of current craft projects, home renovations, what’s going on in our life, and the ups and downs of motherhood. 
(Pay no attention my daughter- she really does like me.) 
My
husband and I recently bought a small fixer-upper. This small fixer-
upper has turned into a larger fixer-upper than we planned.
 ( Isnt that always how it goes!?) Ha. The extra projects have cut into our decorating budget. 
( Yes, I say “our” since my husband thinks he is the next Nate Berkus and has a decorating opinion on everything!)  
SO
I have had to get creative. Here are a few ideas of things I have used
around my house to help it feel more like home and not so much like ”
we just moved in.”
1. My Dad gave me this old wooden ironing board he saved a while back.
We took off the old green cover, gave it a quick wash down and now it
has new life as a bulletin board in our laundry area. I love how it goes
with the theme of the space but is also functional.

2. I bought this yard stick at a Antique store for 3 bucks. I glued on
some clothes pins and now it displays my daughters art work in her
playroom. 
*
Notice the poor cupcake’s real sprinkles are all gone?? More than once I
have caught my daughter licking the paper… awesome. 
I also re-painted this frame, added some wire, vintage playing cards and you’ve got yourself some art work. 🙂 
Her playroom is a vintage Dick and Jane theme so they match well. 
3. We turned old gardening crates into display shelves in our kitchen.
All we had to do was shake out the extra dirt and wipe them out with
soap and water. I love how they are different sizes to display all kinds
of treasures. 
4.
I dont think their is such a thing as too much storage. We don’t have a
home office so the solution to this has been great. We use an old
dresser
in our living room to set our TV on. The drawers provide tons of
space for printer paper, envelopes, ipods/ chargers, magazines, DVDs
etc. Plus its a unique piece that people constantly comment on when they
come over. 
Lastly,
some smaller things are a vase for my utensils,an old soda box for a
bar catch all ( does anyone else’s bar seem to be a magnet for anything
and everything??), a towel rack and shower curtain hooks to hold
scissors etc, and a step stool as a plant display.  
Hope these spark some ideas of your own to re-purpose items in your home! 
Stop by “Be Sweet” for a chance to win 10 vintage playing cards for your own art work! 🙂
Thanks again for having me Jen!
 Thanks Amanda — wonderful ideas!!
I love up-cycling and re-purposing!! 
Some other great ideas that I love at Be Sweet are: 
Be sure to stop by Be Sweet and enter her giveaway — 
you will love following Amanda along in her thrifting adventures!!
xoxox

Guest Post — How to Re-purpose Items in Your Home!

4 Apr
Hello! My name is Amanda from the blog “Be Sweet”.
Thank you so much Jen for having me. 🙂
 Be Sweet is a blog/ journal where I keep track of current craft projects, home renovations, what’s going on in our life, and the ups and downs of motherhood. 
(Pay no attention my daughter- she really does like me.) 
My
husband and I recently bought a small fixer-upper. This small fixer-
upper has turned into a larger fixer-upper than we planned.
 ( Isnt that always how it goes!?) Ha. The extra projects have cut into our decorating budget. 
( Yes, I say “our” since my husband thinks he is the next Nate Berkus and has a decorating opinion on everything!)  
SO
I have had to get creative. Here are a few ideas of things I have used
around my house to help it feel more like home and not so much like ”
we just moved in.”
1. My Dad gave me this old wooden ironing board he saved a while back.
We took off the old green cover, gave it a quick wash down and now it
has new life as a bulletin board in our laundry area. I love how it goes
with the theme of the space but is also functional.

2. I bought this yard stick at a Antique store for 3 bucks. I glued on
some clothes pins and now it displays my daughters art work in her
playroom. 
*
Notice the poor cupcake’s real sprinkles are all gone?? More than once I
have caught my daughter licking the paper… awesome. 
I also re-painted this frame, added some wire, vintage playing cards and you’ve got yourself some art work. 🙂 
Her playroom is a vintage Dick and Jane theme so they match well. 
3. We turned old gardening crates into display shelves in our kitchen.
All we had to do was shake out the extra dirt and wipe them out with
soap and water. I love how they are different sizes to display all kinds
of treasures. 
4.
I dont think their is such a thing as too much storage. We don’t have a
home office so the solution to this has been great. We use an old
dresser
in our living room to set our TV on. The drawers provide tons of
space for printer paper, envelopes, ipods/ chargers, magazines, DVDs
etc. Plus its a unique piece that people constantly comment on when they
come over. 
Lastly,
some smaller things are a vase for my utensils,an old soda box for a
bar catch all ( does anyone else’s bar seem to be a magnet for anything
and everything??), a towel rack and shower curtain hooks to hold
scissors etc, and a step stool as a plant display.  
Hope these spark some ideas of your own to re-purpose items in your home! 
Stop by “Be Sweet” for a chance to win 10 vintage playing cards for your own art work! 🙂
Thanks again for having me Jen!
 Thanks Amanda — wonderful ideas!!
I love up-cycling and re-purposing!! 
Some other great ideas that I love at Be Sweet are: 
Be sure to stop by Be Sweet and enter her giveaway — 
you will love following Amanda along in her thrifting adventures!!
xoxox

Repurposing Old Jewelry — with burlap!

4 Mar
 I got to go back to Studio 5 again today to do another segment. This time we talked about burlap bracelets. It was so fun! I thought I would share the bracelets and instructions in case you want to make them!
You can use any bangle or cuff that you have lying around. This is a great way to repurpose old jewelry. You take your bracelet and cut a length of burlap or any other sort of fabric that is wide enough to wrap around the bracelet and meet in the center of the inside.
I found some old bracelets and some new ones in the Dollar Section of Target. Run a line of hot glue in the inside of the bracelet, then gently press each of the two side together so they meet in the middle. The glue is hot, so be careful. I also gave the glue a few seconds to get tacky. Keep doing this until you get all the way around the bracelet and are meeting the other side of the burlap. Trim the burlap so that it overlaps just a little. Then run a line of hot glue under the flap and press down. Now go around the whole inside of the bracelet pressing as hard as you can to make the glue flat and give the bracelet as much room as possible. After that glue has dried, put another line of glue on top of that inside seam of burlap — all the way around. Then attach a ribbon to the inside. This makes the inside smooth and the burlap will not be able to irritate your skin.
If you are recovering a cuff, see the instructions below. And if you are doing a very thin bangle, you can use a thin strip of burlap or ribbon and wrap it around the bracelet — the same way you do with a wreath.
Once you have the bracelets covered, now the fun begins! You can pick out the brooches/embellishments/buttons and ribbons. Have fun with it! There is a great selection of brooches at Michaels right now. Some are even on clearance for $1.99. And the regular priced $3.99 ones can be bought for less if you print off a coupon before leaving to use.
Organza bracelet:
Apply the ribbon to the inside of the bracelet using hot glue. Take two pieces of rectangular organza in two different sizes. Make cuts around all sides of both pieces. Take a lighter or hold each one over an open flame until the organza shrinks and makes petals. Layer the larger piece on the bottom and the smaller one on top. Put a dot of Hot glue in between each layer. Apply the brooch by putting a big dab of super glue on the bottom of the brooch, and a layer of Gorilla Glue. Do the same thing to the bottom of the first organza piece — this will stick the brooch embellishment to the burlap bracelet. Let dry overnight.

Paris Bracelet:
 Apply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. If you are using ribbon that will show above the bracelet, make sure it is applied very straight. Take some thin ribbon, approximately 4 feet. Wrap the ribbon around your hand, all four fingers. Then take a small, 3 inch section of the same ribbon, tie it in the middle of the loops you just made. Then fan the ribbon circles out. Put some hot glue on the back of your Paris brooch (Michaels) and attach your ribbons — make sure the center tie is lined up with the center of the brooch. Let cool. Apply a large dab of hot glue on the burlap bracelet, surrounded by a circle of Gorilla Glue. Attach your embellishment to the glue mixture. Let dry over night.
White Flower Bracelet:
 APply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. Then cut out a 4 inch burlap circle. Attach the burlap circle to the bracelet using a glue gun. Take another circle of burlap and layer some off-white material on the top of the circle, followed by a couple layers of tulle. String some beads in the middle of the circles, going through all the layers. Then hot glue the flower onto the bracelet. Another option is to make the flower into a pin and then just pin it onto the bracelet. That way you can use the flower for other things like wearing it on a coat or shirt.
Silhouette bracelet:
Attach a ribbon to the inside of the bracelet. Take two 4 inch circles (I cut them out with scalloped scissors). Fold the circle in the middle, so the circle becomes an oval. Take the other circle, cut it in half and trim the sides so that it is a little smaller than the first oval. Put a small 3 inches of thin ribbon in the little opening at the top of the brooch. Attach the silhouette brooch (Michaels) with hot glue and Gorilla Glue. Once dry, attach hot glue and Gorilla Glue to the underside of the embellishment and attach it to the bracelet. Let dry overnight.
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Art Deco Bracelet:
Get a length of decorative ribbon or trim. I used upholstery ribbon about 3 feet in length. Make loops in the center of the bracelet. Hot glue one end in the middle, then make a loop – coming back to the same spot. Hot glue that and make another loop, continuing until it goes all the way around. Then attach the art deco brooch (Michaels). This is a pin, so just pin it on the bracelet. Then if you want to use it on a jacket or something, you can take it off.
Burlap and Silk Cuff:
If you have a cuff you would like to cover, take a piece of burlap and a fabric pen. Trace the edge of the bracelet, and then trace the bracelet all the way across the burlap – tracing it with the pen. Then cut out the pattern. It should fit the cuff exactly. If it is a little big, you can trim it. To make the burlap stick to the metal, use super glue — I used Gorilla Glue’s super glue because it takes a couple minutes to dry and gives me time to make any readjustments. Run a line of the super glue all the way around the edges of where the burlap is going to go. Immediately press the burlap onto the cuff. Press for a few minutes. It’s also useful to roll the cuff on a hard surface to make sure it is sticking.

Now you can make your embellishment. You can do anything you like. On my cuff, I made a flower using silk. I cut a 3 inch section of silk, approximately 20 inches in length. I used my iron and pressed it at the center INSIDE OUT. Then I opened it up and folded each of the side of a\sides so they met at the center. Then I pressed it down flat. After that I folded the sides back in so that the edges were tucked up inside of the silk material. Then I sewed a button up through the inside of the material on one end — so the button is sticking up. Then I folded the material around the button one turn and hot glued it. Then I wrapped the ribbon around the button, turning the material 90 degrees as I turned the flower and hot glued it all the while. At the end I tucked the end underneath the flower and hot glued it in place. I attached it to a 3 inch circle that I cut out of the same material. And did this two more times — so there are a total of 3 silk circles. I hot glued each of the circles together and hot glued the flower to the silk circles. Then I used hot glue and Gorilla Glue to attach the embellishment to the cuff. Let dry overnight.


XOXO

Repurposing Old Jewelry — with burlap!

4 Mar
 I got to go back to Studio 5 again today to do another segment. This time we talked about burlap bracelets. It was so fun! I thought I would share the bracelets and instructions in case you want to make them!
You can use any bangle or cuff that you have lying around. This is a great way to repurpose old jewelry. You take your bracelet and cut a length of burlap or any other sort of fabric that is wide enough to wrap around the bracelet and meet in the center of the inside.
I found some old bracelets and some new ones in the Dollar Section of Target. Run a line of hot glue in the inside of the bracelet, then gently press each of the two side together so they meet in the middle. The glue is hot, so be careful. I also gave the glue a few seconds to get tacky. Keep doing this until you get all the way around the bracelet and are meeting the other side of the burlap. Trim the burlap so that it overlaps just a little. Then run a line of hot glue under the flap and press down. Now go around the whole inside of the bracelet pressing as hard as you can to make the glue flat and give the bracelet as much room as possible. After that glue has dried, put another line of glue on top of that inside seam of burlap — all the way around. Then attach a ribbon to the inside. This makes the inside smooth and the burlap will not be able to irritate your skin.
If you are recovering a cuff, see the instructions below. And if you are doing a very thin bangle, you can use a thin strip of burlap or ribbon and wrap it around the bracelet — the same way you do with a wreath.
Once you have the bracelets covered, now the fun begins! You can pick out the brooches/embellishments/buttons and ribbons. Have fun with it! There is a great selection of brooches at Michaels right now. Some are even on clearance for $1.99. And the regular priced $3.99 ones can be bought for less if you print off a coupon before leaving to use.
Organza bracelet:
Apply the ribbon to the inside of the bracelet using hot glue. Take two pieces of rectangular organza in two different sizes. Make cuts around all sides of both pieces. Take a lighter or hold each one over an open flame until the organza shrinks and makes petals. Layer the larger piece on the bottom and the smaller one on top. Put a dot of Hot glue in between each layer. Apply the brooch by putting a big dab of super glue on the bottom of the brooch, and a layer of Gorilla Glue. Do the same thing to the bottom of the first organza piece — this will stick the brooch embellishment to the burlap bracelet. Let dry overnight.

Paris Bracelet:
 Apply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. If you are using ribbon that will show above the bracelet, make sure it is applied very straight. Take some thin ribbon, approximately 4 feet. Wrap the ribbon around your hand, all four fingers. Then take a small, 3 inch section of the same ribbon, tie it in the middle of the loops you just made. Then fan the ribbon circles out. Put some hot glue on the back of your Paris brooch (Michaels) and attach your ribbons — make sure the center tie is lined up with the center of the brooch. Let cool. Apply a large dab of hot glue on the burlap bracelet, surrounded by a circle of Gorilla Glue. Attach your embellishment to the glue mixture. Let dry over night.
White Flower Bracelet:
 APply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. Then cut out a 4 inch burlap circle. Attach the burlap circle to the bracelet using a glue gun. Take another circle of burlap and layer some off-white material on the top of the circle, followed by a couple layers of tulle. String some beads in the middle of the circles, going through all the layers. Then hot glue the flower onto the bracelet. Another option is to make the flower into a pin and then just pin it onto the bracelet. That way you can use the flower for other things like wearing it on a coat or shirt.
Silhouette bracelet:
Attach a ribbon to the inside of the bracelet. Take two 4 inch circles (I cut them out with scalloped scissors). Fold the circle in the middle, so the circle becomes an oval. Take the other circle, cut it in half and trim the sides so that it is a little smaller than the first oval. Put a small 3 inches of thin ribbon in the little opening at the top of the brooch. Attach the silhouette brooch (Michaels) with hot glue and Gorilla Glue. Once dry, attach hot glue and Gorilla Glue to the underside of the embellishment and attach it to the bracelet. Let dry overnight.
https://i1.wp.com/www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/15/156d1efe-de63-4a1e-8ea0-c982518ec19c_300.jpg
Art Deco Bracelet:
Get a length of decorative ribbon or trim. I used upholstery ribbon about 3 feet in length. Make loops in the center of the bracelet. Hot glue one end in the middle, then make a loop – coming back to the same spot. Hot glue that and make another loop, continuing until it goes all the way around. Then attach the art deco brooch (Michaels). This is a pin, so just pin it on the bracelet. Then if you want to use it on a jacket or something, you can take it off.
Burlap and Silk Cuff:
If you have a cuff you would like to cover, take a piece of burlap and a fabric pen. Trace the edge of the bracelet, and then trace the bracelet all the way across the burlap – tracing it with the pen. Then cut out the pattern. It should fit the cuff exactly. If it is a little big, you can trim it. To make the burlap stick to the metal, use super glue — I used Gorilla Glue’s super glue because it takes a couple minutes to dry and gives me time to make any readjustments. Run a line of the super glue all the way around the edges of where the burlap is going to go. Immediately press the burlap onto the cuff. Press for a few minutes. It’s also useful to roll the cuff on a hard surface to make sure it is sticking.

Now you can make your embellishment. You can do anything you like. On my cuff, I made a flower using silk. I cut a 3 inch section of silk, approximately 20 inches in length. I used my iron and pressed it at the center INSIDE OUT. Then I opened it up and folded each of the side of a\sides so they met at the center. Then I pressed it down flat. After that I folded the sides back in so that the edges were tucked up inside of the silk material. Then I sewed a button up through the inside of the material on one end — so the button is sticking up. Then I folded the material around the button one turn and hot glued it. Then I wrapped the ribbon around the button, turning the material 90 degrees as I turned the flower and hot glued it all the while. At the end I tucked the end underneath the flower and hot glued it in place. I attached it to a 3 inch circle that I cut out of the same material. And did this two more times — so there are a total of 3 silk circles. I hot glued each of the circles together and hot glued the flower to the silk circles. Then I used hot glue and Gorilla Glue to attach the embellishment to the cuff. Let dry overnight.


XOXO