Friday, May 31, 2013

DIY Maxi dress

I Bought this pice of fabric some time ago without knowing what I was gonna do with it! But hey, it was less than a 1$  (10 pesos!!!) so no hesitation!!
I store it with my future sewing projects clearence fabrics I don't know what to do with!
Last week, I came across Sweet Verbana blog and found this easy maxi dress tutorial, perfect sewing project for this fabric!
I follow her tutorial but  I had to find a solution because I didn't have enough fabric, so I add fabric pieces to make sleeves. I love the final result. Even if strips doesn't match on sides. I also make a lining because the fabric is a bit transparant! Easy project perfect for summer time!
Happy with my 1$ new maxi dress! What are you gonna sew with your clearance fabric coupon?


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recipe#3: Yogurt Cake

 Many administrative things to do this week,so not much time for a new tutorial!
But I still want to share my
never fail cake recipe with you!

You gonna need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup yogurt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1 ts yeast
1 ts baking power
1 ts cinnamon or vanilla (last time I made a mistake and I used nutmeg...not bad)

Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease cake pan lightly with baking spray or oil, and sprinkle flour over.
Put the flour in a recipient
and add little by little the yogurt, melted butter, eggs, sugar, yeast, baking powder and vanilla. Stir until no lumps remain.

Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, covering with foil at the end if the top is browning. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and let it cool.

Then you can add what you want (jam, cajeta ...). I already try the homemade nutella topping .... mmmm ... very good!

 Bon appétit!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY Straw earrings

Summer is here...35°C ( 95°F ) at noon, It makes you just want to jump into a swimming pool and drink a cocktail! Too bad we don't live near the beach!
So a little summer tutorial (or to bring summer where is still cold weather) to recycle your cocktail straws into nice earrings!
You gonna need: Staws, glue, jump rings, earring wires.
Cut neon straw into small pieces. Make 2 holes with a needle, pass a jump rings into it and fix earring wire. I drew a circle on paper to make the shape and glue straw pieces together. I used super work good but smell very bad, might have been preferable to use a glue gun!
I've made another pair with painted straw.
Cut and glue straw pieces together, spray paint them. When it's dry, fix earrings wires.
Hope you enjoy this tutorial, have a nice (sunny?) day!


Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY Coat hook

Tell me if I'm the only one to find perfume bottles and especially caps are too nice to be thrown away?
So I found a way to reuse them...well at least the caps....Making coat hooks!!!

It's so easy, you gonna need:
 Start cutting bottle corks so they can fit into caps:
Make a hole in the wall, place the plug. Make a hole in the cork and place the screw.
Fix in the wall, don't over tighten the screws as this may break the cork.
 Place the cap on top and voila!
 I used silver geometric caps, so it gives a quite modern result, but it should look very nice with colorful or crazy shapes caps !


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY Tote bag

I'm supposed to start a part-time job as a French teacher ... but I'm still waiting for my schedule!  
As far as I remember my favorite part of going back to school was the new stuffs you get: pencils, pen, markers, schoolbag ... it was always so fun!  
So to start, I needed a new bag to put my lessons and books (which I still haven't).
And because no one need to get back to school to have a new bag, I made a tutorial for you!

You gonna need faux-leather, thread, and 4 eyelets. If you want a funky version I'm pretty sure oilcloth fabric will work! So let's start the tutorial:
Pass a ribbon or a strip of faux leather between the eyelets and close with a knot. Et voila!
Perfect for toting books and magazines. I think I'll use it as a handbag in the meantime! And then I would have to stop making bags ( bag, bag and bag ) for now, I run out of storage!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pasta necklace...again!

I know....this is the third post (for those who follow) with pasta necklaces ... I can't stop
We went to Belgium a few weeks ago to visit family but also for my cousin wedding! My sister had a nice long green dress and she wanted a gold necklace to go with! Of course I offered to make her one!
I found inspiration on BuzzFeed! A few months ago one of my necklaces was featured in this article 13 DIY Ideas Straight From New York's Runways. So I took the idea of the necklace from Creatures of Comfort, and made ​​a spaghetti version of it!

If you want to see previous versions is here and here.
Let start with the tutorial: 
Cut a piece of faux leater like the first picture. 
Glue spaghetti up to half on recto side, and other spaghetti up to the half on verso side.
Pass the chain in the middle of this piece and fold in half.

I glued first, and tried to pass the chain after...not a good idea! So believe me it's gonna be easier to put the chain at this step.

To finish, just paint with acrylic. I used a gold color.

Result is very chic, but you have to be careful with this version of pasta necklace, spaghetti are not glued all over the fabric, so they are more fragile.
I also made a pair of earrings to match!
 And once I had finished my daughter, 3 years old, thought it was a good idea to play hammer on the necklace .... aaaarrrggg! I know... I should have put away my stuff!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Flowers for Mother's Day

Mother's day is coming, what did you have planned for your mom? What surprise do you wish to get?
If you run out of inspiration take a look a these DIY!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DIY vase

Here is an easy idea to display flowers! I get the inspiration from the  Vase d'avril of Tsé-Tsé designers.
I used tequila glasses and embroidery thread, it took me only 15 minutes to make this project!
I took 6 tequila glasses, you can use more if you want, and two different color embroidery thread.
Make a node around the first glass.
Pass threats around glasses, one way and then the other.
Make several turns until you have the desired thickness of threat around glasses. Cut bits of yarn and tie a knot between each glass to keep them together.
That's it! Put some flowers and enjoy! If you do it with more glasses, you gonna be able to gather the glasses together to form a circle, a wave or whatever you want.


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