Wednesday, 23 October 2013

"Petites Etiquettes De Cadeau" or Small Gift Tags

Turn a retro 1970's French children's cookbook into beautiful individual gift tags with a vintage music score and a bit of glue. This is an easy project and ideal for Christmas. To get a nice finish use scrap booking scissors to cut your circles. I also used a big roll of tape as my circle cutting template.
So I started with The French Chef Cookbook, but any retro children's book will do. 

The illustrations are divine.
Lalalalaaaaaa......this musical book dates back to the 1920's

This little miss is my favourite. 






Individual and sweet gift tags ready to be used with twine tied in a bow.



Sunday, 20 October 2013

"Christmas Cometh Before You Knoweth" Snow Dome.

Oh nooooo it is only two months before Christmas. Hmmm it sounds like ages away however "Christmas Cometh Before You Knoweth" so it is time for me to start thinking Christmas flourishes. I run away the week before Christmas and head down to the coast as I like to escape the crazy commercialism that has become Christmas. I hate the voracious shopping frenzy to buy meaningless gifts that make big business rich and us poorer through our insecurities about the meaning of Christmas. Instead I plan ahead and start to think of individual gifts that I can make for the people that are special to me. I like all things kitsch and snow domes fall right into the category. Recently I have been on the hunt for retro Christmas decorations at the thrift stores. They usually come bundled up in freezer bags so generally it is a surprise as to what you find inside. It is not hard to make your own snow domes, which make a cute kitsch gift or just have them displayed together around your house at Christmas.
First step is to grab an old jar. You have to make sure that the item you glue to the lid will fit in the jar. Not too long and not too wide otherwise there will be tears as I found out with a too wide item.

This freezer bag full of retro kitsch Christmas decorations was purchased for .99 cents at the local thrift store.
For this project I used super glue as it needs to be strong enough to hold the Christmas decorations while they are immersed in water. This is little 5 year old Ollie's effort. He wanted to ensure that Santa had a chimney to descend down. Place the super glue on the inside of the inverted lid and then add your Christmas decorations.

Once the glue is dry fill the jars with water and glitter. On the inside rim of the lid I placed super glue around the circumference. I then screwed the lid in place. Let this dry before you turn your snow domes right side up. To hide the lids I attached vintage lace.
This little cutie is my favourite. 

The "Christmas Cometh Before You Knoweth" Snow Domes are easy to make and low cost using recycled materials.



Sunday, 6 October 2013

Kelli's Altered Couture Cure Bag.

Of late I have been in refashioning wilderness and have not been in a position to be creative. A couple of weeks ago Charlotte rang me to say that Kelli loved my Anthropologie style bag (as seen below) 

and was interested in having a tote made for her. I sort of put it on the back burner but I did have a shopper tote in mind that I could use. I now would like to announce that I have emerged from my creative wilderness and found my cure through this altered couture project. 
I found this shopper tote in a thrift store and paid a couple of dollars for it. It is obvious that it was originally a gift with purchase probably from a department store. While I like the colours in the bag, I dislike the branding....it has to go.

This is vintage lace that I found in one of my favourite thrift stores yesterday. This is just a small part of what I found sealed in a bag, which I paid $1.50 for. In this project I will use the top bit of lace.

Another thrift store find going back a few months. Someone must have got a whizz bang sewing machine and put it to good use. I found a box of these sample patches and I picked out the ones that I liked the most. 

Leftover plastic type fabric leaves from another project. These are just what I need.

Thrift store fabrics. I think that I am going to use the bottom one called Country Floral.


At this point I have started to put all the elements together. There is no right or wrong with this work flow. You just keep adding stuff where you think it will fit. Note the beautiful floral braiding which I purchased new(but it is seconds stock) from a Paper Emporium.

Hey Kelli.....here is your bag. Surprise!

In the far right corner you will see the pretty blue bird is frolicking through the leaves which disguise the branding.

Kelli's Altered Couture Cure Bag.