My Fancy New DIY Tutorial Index

My groovy upcycled, refashioned tutorials are now even easier to navigate thanks to my fancy schmancy new tutorial index!

Simply click the graphic above to head over to the individually organized tutorial index for each category, hooray!

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A Doctored Thrifty Copycat

Long ago in the faraway time of the 80’s I was a latchkey kid who spent too many after school hours parked in front of the TV. One of my absolute fave shows to do homework in front of was that fabulous British import: Dr. Who.

I got my daily dose of interdimensional sci-fi from the fourth Doctor (portrayed by Tom Baker) and thus salute that most favourite of after school programs with a Thrifty Copycat:

Just a couple of kooky Doctors and few evil Daleks!

Vintage Umbrella (inherited) €0 – Hat (thrifted & refashioned) €1 – Scarf (handmade gift) €0 – Cord Coat (thrifted) €3 – Blouse (thrifted & refashioned) €0 – Trousers (had for years) €0 – Vintage Suede Loafers (had for years) €0

Total copycat outfit cost: €4

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Get my Ikea Hack Attack for free!

Just in time for the holidays I’m giving a free PDF download of my Confessions of a Refashionista: Ikea Hack Attack book as a warm fuzzy Thank-YOU to subscribers!

To get your complimentary copy simply subscribe to Confessions of a Refashionista using the simple form at the top of the sidebar & I’ll personally send you the download link a.s.a.p + you’ll have all of my adventures in upcycling delivered straight to your inbox! Hooray!

We all know that Ikea is a haven of reasonably priced funky furnishings & home decor but were you also aware just how easy it is to transform those superb Swedish items into groovtastic new gear?

My Confessions of a Refashionista: Ikea Hack Attack shows you how to recreate everything from outgrown baby furniture, boring beds & kitchen bits to well-worn lamps + loads more into snazzy, unique decor & accessories!

 18 step-by-step tutorials to get your hack on!

Subscribe with the simple form at the top of the sidebar and get your free copy today!

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This is 40 (one) + a natural make-up routine for any age

A pic for each year on my 41st birthday!

I honestly haven’t a clue why aging and birthdays are supposed to be scary events that should be dreaded after you leave your 20’s behind…with each passing year my confidence in myself has grown and my varied life experiences enable me to make much more intelligent decisions than I did in my younger years (most of the time).

Sure, I now have some bits that have started to wobble & a few smiley lines that stick around my eyes even when I’m not grinning like fool but would I combat these signs of a life lived with injections & scalpels? Nope. (although my opinion might change drastically in 10 years or so…)

For now a sunny frame of mind + a bit of help from my fave bargain cosmetics is all I need to feel great about my appearance…and so without further ado may I present my basic face painting routine for looking fab at 41 (+ a few tips n’ tricks I’ve learned along the way):

 

Grab your make-up bag and give yourself a Happy-Birthday-To-Sheri makeover!

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The Great Thrift Outfit Swap

Ariane (my fellow Canadian frugal fox & creator of the brilliant Thrift Outfit blog) and I challenged each other to create a funky look out of the thrifted bits of awesome we received in our international swap…

are you diggin’ that glittery poncho she sent as much as I am?

Crocheted Beanie (Gift from Belle Monde Handmade) €0 – Vintage Sunglasses (thrifted) €0.20 – Earrings (flea market) €0.50 – Poncho (from Ariane) €0 – Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – T-skirt (refashioned) €0 – Leggings (thrifted) €1 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Chunky-heeled shoes (had for years) €0

Awesome Ariane also sent me the gorgeous embroidered tunic that I had coveted from her Inspire…expire post:

…but what looked fabulous on her appeared as if I’d been playing dress-up in an elementary school costume box on me.

a chop + a bit of elastic & a quick hem =

a delightful new skirt!

Earrings (handmade gift) €0 – Vintage blouse (thrifted) €1 – Skirt (refashioned) €0 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Geisswein galoshes (ebay) €14  & my solution for saving my bottom from being unintentionally flashed as I walk up the stairs in a skirt: a pair of boxer briefs

and a fantastic vest top!

Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – Embroidered vest top (refashioned) €0 – Belt (thrifted) €1.50 – Jeans (had for years) €0 – Schweden Clogs (had for 17 years – now that’s quality!) €0

 Merci Beaucoup Ariane!  J’aime mes nouvelles choses de “Thrift Outfit”!

Head on over to Thrift Outfit and check out the amazing way Ariane styled the thrifty Berlin gear I sent + a wee bit of an interview with yours truly…

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#ThriftStyleAugust with moi

Wheeee! I’m (finally) on instagram and thanks to the quick delivery of my fancy new android smartphone I even managed to take part in most of Zhenya’s #ThriftStyleAugust challenge!

Head on over & check out my #ThriftStyleAugust themed outfits + take a peek into my daily life…

I’ve come up with an ongoing challenge for my fellow refashionistas and upcycling gurus: share your groovy recycled DIYs on instagram using #ConfessionsOfaRefashionista – I’ll pick my faves each week and post them over on my growing Refashion Nation!

YOU Decide the DIY!

I scored this absolutely amazing 2m x 1.80m length of vintage fabric at the flea market for a mere €1.50!

I haven’t a clue what it’s composed of but it’s super soft, has A LOT of stretch & is semi-transparent with a fab waffle texture.

The question is: Just what should I create with this groovy find?

Vote below for your fave idea & I’ll choose the most popular, get makin’ and share the how-to:

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misadventures in Egypt or Hur(don’t)ghada

Filth, horrific food poisoning and threats of violence were what were waiting for us when we unwittingly booked our last minute trip to Hurghada, Egypt…

Join me as I paint for you the picture of our holiday of huge mistakes & unfortunate events…

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A Double Feature!

That right my lovelies, today I’m featured on not one but two fabulous sites! Wheee!

Nikita & Vesper Kick Ass Women

I’m a Kick Ass Woman on Nikita & Vesper!

Head on over and check out the fab feature for the tale behind my refashionista-origins + my top tips for fabulous, affordable, unique style without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced “fast fashion”!

Crafty City Guide Berlin

Planning a visit to Germany’s capital?

I’m sharing my Crafty City Guide to Berlin on Cut Out + Keep!

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Ali’s Brocade Kimono Jacket

A few weeks ago I posted this fabulous 1980’s Mikado Ribbon Tank Top  knitting pattern on my facebook page & asked if anyone wanted to create one for me in exchange for some me-made grooviness…

Awesome Alison answered my call and in trade for her knitting talents requested that I make one of my purty kimono jackets – in a simple, unembellished fabric of deep red if possible…

I discovered the perfect light brocade fabric in the form of a vintage table cloth at my fave charity shop & gave it a bath in dark red dye…

the result was even better than I had expected! A lovely deep red hue with a subtly elegant brocade pattern.

The completed kimono jacket is gorgeous & now in its new home in sunny Spain

I can’t wait to see Alison wearing it and eagerly await my fabulous retro tank!

Wanna swap with me? Here’s how!

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