Jan 122012
 
How to Felt a Scarf

This scarf is my first attempt at nuno felting, or felting into fabric. I’m showing it off and telling you how to felt a scarf like this one because I think it’s simple enough for an auto detailer to do. In fact, this kind of felting is especially suited for an auto detailer because the

Dec 272011
 
DIY Millinery: Fascinators

I was telling a friend of mine about the felt hats that I learned to make (look up millinery craft), and she said I should try my hand at fascinators. I’d never heard the word fascinator, much less knew what they were. She said to Google Kate Middleton, and I’d see lots of pics of

Nov 282011
 
Faux Melted Silver Ore Earrings

You are seriously going to laugh at how easy and inexpensive it is to make these look-alike melted silver earrings! It took me probably 10 minutes to set up and finish a pair of earrings. The “molten silver ore” is nothing but hot glue drizzled into a cup of ice water. After that, all you

Nov 182011
 
How to Make a Felt Hat

I’ve been working on a “ten things you can make for Christmas gifts” list, so when a friend gave me a huge piece of heavy gray wool fabric, I decided to try making felt hats for the list (shrunken wool = felt). I watched at least an hour’s worth of millinery (hat making) videos, took

Nov 182011
 
How to Make a Felt Hat (2)

Did I mention felt is fun to work with? Every bit of scrap can be used for making interesting designs on or around the hat!   Next steps for making the hat above: 5. Place the dome back on the head form. Take another piece of felt or faux fur and pin it around the

Nov 182011
 
How to Make a Felt Hat (3)

  You can go overboard with hat decorations. I prefer to have a clean profile with a punch of WOW on one side of the hat. It makes people watch you just to see you turn your head around to reveal a different look.   Here is the final step for making the hat above:

Nov 072011
 
Wine Gift Idea for the Holidays

This post is for the business-minded holiday shopper. Wine gift baskets are traditional gifts given during this Christmas/Hanukkah season, but they can be expensive. If you’re on this site, it’s probably because you’re running a tight budget and need to find high-ends gifts for your friends or clients without spending too much money. Here is

Aug 092011
 
Upcycled Beaded Cuff Bracelet

Savvy Practicality challenged me to come up with a beaded metal cuff bracelet. This is my response to the challenge. Since I’m always working on irrigation issues around here, I’ve got plenty of PVC pipe lying around. This beaded cuff bracelet is a piece of PVC upcycled with stainless steel paint to look like a

Jul 192011
 
Renew Old Leather Shoes

I was working on an Obama coffee mug project with porcelaine paint, and, as usual, got curious about where else this porcelaine paint could be used. I looked down at my grungy leather clogs and decided to experiment. I painted cool swirlies directly onto the faded leather, and as a result got a new pair