Sunday, March 17, 2013

Up-Cycling or Re-Cycling Clothes


Up-Cycling and Restyling


I have been seeing blogs all over the internet where folks are refashioning clothes and I just love some of the ideas! There are some really cute ideas out there! So they gave me some ideas as you will see.

Now I WISH I’d took a before pic of this dress on me but I don’t do sleeveless clothes so it would have just been hanging on a hanger. I MAY have taken a pic of it when I bought it from my favorite thrift store and I hope I did so I can post it when I find it. I only paid .50-1.00 can’t remember which. I don’t wear dresses much so I haven’t even worn it in all this time I have had it. Took it out of the closet to donate to the Goodwill.

It was a long dress with a tank top style on the top of it. I knew when I bought it I would have to wear a  blouse under it since it had no sleeves. I knew that would be HOT in this humid summer weather we have here in the deep south! So I decided to just donate it and really did have this dress IN my car for a week now I know to donate to the Goodwill. Never made it there yet and yesterday we were tending to some business in town when it hit me, this would make a cute blouse and I could cut it off and make me some sleeves with the tail end of this long thing! So that’s JUST what I did and I dearly love it now!

So while thinking about how I wanted it to be I decided I wanted a rounded tail on it, what we used to call a taper tail. Don’t know WHAT they call it now a days. I have always LOVED tapered tails so that’s what I decided to do with it. Tapered tail/rounded tail and then put in some sleeves. After I cut it off I walked into the bathroom to see in the mirror if I needed to trim off more before I hemmed it. Hubby was sitting in the living room and says, that looks nice. It wasn’t even hemmed yet. lol I did it all in about an hours time so not bad for my little investment huh? I have a lot of clothes with black in them so I can do a lot of stuff with it, wear it with a skirt, or a pair of slacks or blue jeans. Dress it up or dress it down.


My daughter and I have always said we need to start a designing business for large ladies because the larger the lady the larger the prints seem to get sometimes. I liked the print on this one because I love flowers and black to AND the print is smaller. So I’m so glad I thought to do this because I needed some clothes that fit me because I’ve lost weight and most of my clothes are too large now.

So I might just get in the designing business after all. Winking smile

When I wear it maybe I can think to get a pic of me in it so I can post it on here for you to see.  So if you have a long dress you don’t wear, you can do something with it as well so you can wear it to. Now I have a nice summer blouse that will be cool to wear.

Edited to add a pic of me in it. Smile 




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Redoing Furniture


This is what I am doing now. I worked on it some the other day trying to get the rest of the veneer peeled off it. I had filled in all the cracks in it with some wood putty but am afraid that will harden and pop out in the future and once I’m done with it I want to be done with it. So I have decided to TRY and get that out and fill in the cracks with some sawdust and glue so it will stay in there and not come out later. I am going to get the paint off the top of it and stain and varnish the top and then paint the rest of it this color. That’s my plans for right now anyway. I really really like this piece!



This is how wide the cracks are in the top and then some are in one of the doors. This was before I put the wood putty in it.


This is a close up shot of the front of it. I have got all the veneer off it now and got it sanded down as well.


Now to get the wood putty out and fill it in with some sawdust and glue to hold it.


I really like this piece on it. I can’t wait to get it all fixed up.


Here’s a pic of it without the drawers. I took the top off it so I could fix it.


This ones where I was getting the veneer off.


Top off it.







Back inside until another pretty day so I can work on it some more. I’m thinking about putting some different knobs on it but not sure yet. I NEED some knobs on the doors that will match these that was on it.

Anyway figured you guys would like to see the project I am working on now. I will post more pix later as I work on it.