During a recent stash re-organize I discovered a box full of vintage hankies (57 to be exact) and although I have a few project ideas bouncing around my refashionista brain none of them are really jumping out and demanding to be created.
Any inspiring suggestions?
I absolutely don’t need to use all of the hankies in a single project so every idea, not matter how small, is welcome.
Let your imaginations fly and leave your groovy thoughts in the comments below!
I am crazy thrilled to be sharing one of my biggest Totally Smitten With crushes, although I’m quite positive this phenomenal DIY guru needs no introduction!
Mark Montano (squee!) the fabulous fashion designer, television personality, blogger, author extraordinaire and craftastic YouTube star!
Take a gander at how Mark’s online channel began + snag his top tips for refashioning & DIY:
Start your Monday morning with a bit of mirth and visit the Nudinits – the world’s first all-knit animation!
In a cosy corner of England live the nudinits, the quirky inhabitants of Woolly Bush, a village bursting with Britishness but there are a couple of things the villagers are far too polite to mention: Everyone is naked and there’s a huge double entendre in the room!
Enter the hilarious world of the Nudinits below:
The awesomeness of Yin’s creative corner of blogland, Pretty Quirky Pants, absolutely needs to be seen to be believed. Each new upcycled project is more imaginative than the last and her refashions are wickedly stylish!
” I have always loved plaid and tartan and have worn my fair share of flannel shirts and tartan school skirts. However, whenever I see pictures of other bloggers or models wearing copious amounts of plaid, I think it looks awesome, but always get too scared to try it out myself…”
Discover the origins of Pretty Quirky Pants + learn Yin’s top thrifting & refashioning tips:
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…
How absolutely thrilled was I to be paired with the marvelously stylish Miche of Buttons and Birdcages for this blogger swap?
Purty damn thrilled!
Let’s take a peek at my fabulous Miche-haul:
As I’d been an admirer of the amazingly artistic Johanna of Basteldibix for some time I was absolutely ecstatic when she got in touch to do a swap & knew instantly what to request for the exchange…
a fabulous family portrait and…
an amazing logo for my new thrifty series!
Read on to see the entire quirky contents of the groovtastic package I received & what I created for Johanna in return…
Any idea why I’m grinning like a fool?
…because my ultra fabulous personalized jewellery hand created by Silvia With Love has arrived!
I am completely thrilled with my order & firmly believe everyone should own Silvia created accessories, so head on over to her incredibly reasonably priced shop & get yourself a groovy gift!
*I’m thinking I need a “Refashionista” bracelet & one of her adorable button-bike necklaces…ooh…& maybe a robot brooch too! I just lurv everything she makes!
…and isn’t that bit o’ bamboo the cleverest ring packaging you’ve ever seen??
Remember Nadine from NadelBernds Nähkästchen (& the Zaubersäckchen)?
Well, as she was smitten with my Hand Warmer and I was smitten with her Tatortschal we decided a fabtastic swapsie was in order…
I absolutely adore my delightful Dr. Who-esque scarf!
Vielen lieben dank Nadine! Du bist Super Toll!
Head over to Nadine’s blog for loads of groovy projects & charmingly delectable cupcakes!
Check out what Nadine thought of her fancy schmancy Sheri-made gear here.
When the lovely Nadine of NadelBernds Nähkästchen invited DIY bloggers in Germany to join her Zaubersäckchen I signed up immediately!
…and just what is a “Zaubersäckchen”?
Why, it’s a little sack filled with crafty bits n’ bobs that travels from blogger to blogger…each marvelous maker selects a few items from the bag & then replaces what they take with odds n’ ends from their own stash before sending the Zaubersäckchen on its merry way.
Unfortunately an explosion of glitter greeted me when I opened the sack…aaaargh! Absolutely everything in the package (as well as yours truly) was covered in those pesky sparkles of annoyance…
The culprit? A vial of irksome glitz that had been previously added to the sack but sadly not sealed properly…I cleaned up as many of the crafty bits as possible but unfortunately some of the items were simply unsalvageable (new info I discovered: removing glitter from yarn, feathers & pompoms is frustratingly impossible)
I snagged a few funky scraps of fabric, a stylin’ crochet hook, purty paisley border, 2 mini tassels (perfect for earrings) & a bit of leather cord
I added 4 vintage hankerchiefs, a 1960’s necktie (& links to my groovy tie-tutes), some adorable painted buttons, a selection of Great Auntie’s handmade lace appliques, ribbons, fabric bows, mini pompoms & a length of pompom yarn.
I repackaged everything up (separating the cleaned yet still somewhat glittery items from the new additions), signed the travel log and sent NadelBernds Zaubersäckchen onto the next lucky DIY Diva!
*I was thinking of hosting an international version of the crafty travelling sack in the new year…anyone care to join in?
*The most important rule? No Glitter Allowed!