Category Archives: I made this!

Recycled Paper Christmas Tree

I love it when I can make something that is completely recycled. This little tabletop Christmas tree is one of those projects.

If you have an old book or newspaper laying around that has those lovely yellowed aged pages, this would be the perfect project to use them on.


~Old frozen pizza box or cereal box

~Old newspaper or book

~Glue gun


~Optional – Glitter & Scrapbook supplies

1.Roll your frozen pizza or cereal box into a cone. I glued the edge down and then stapled them at top and bottom to stay.

2. Pull out two pages from a book and fold in half. My pages measured 6X10.

3. Tear the page in half.

4. Lay the two pieces on top of each other and fold in half.

5. Cut into the open side of the papers, making sure not to go all the way through the paper. Then bend the folded side in about a 1/4.

6. Crumple the ends, scrunching all the way down. I made a whole bunch before I started gluing.

7. Starting at the bottom, start hot gluing the paper onto the cone.

8. Continue glue pieces all the way, winding as you go.

9. Finish the end at the top, making sure to cover the cone completely.

10. Make the top of the tree by using another strip of cut paper and rolling it into itself.

11. Add glue to the top and insert inside the hole.

12. Decorate and your done!


DIY ~ Add Sparkle to your Gloves

Sequins are so hot right now, especially at this festive time of year. I found this shirt at the goodwill with a band of sequins around the bottom and decided to update a pair of new gloves. So I bought some cheap gloves from Target and made my own sparkly gloves. I love how they turned out and I hope you do too.


~A pair of Gloves/Mittens

~Sequin band of material(you can buy this at a fabric store)

~Sewing Machine

~Needle and Thread

1. Cut a piece of sequin material to the size of the glove opening when its spread open.

2. Using a sewing machine, sew the right sides together, making sure there is enough room to sew without hitting the sequins but also close enough so that the seam is hidden.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew to the inside of the gloves. I used a large bangle bracelet inside the glove so I could sew on the sequin extension. Its very important that the glove be stretched when sewing because the gloves need to stretch open to put them on.

Enjoy as your own or give as a gift!

DIY Rose Ring

This is super easy and super fast and pretty cheap if you can find some plastic rings on clearance.


~Plastic Ring (I found mine at Target, halloween clearance 90% off)

~1 1/2″ wide X 11″ length piece of fabric

~1″ round piece of velvet

~Glue gun

~Needle & Thread

1. Fold the fabric in half and sew along the raw edge with the widest stitch. Gather by pulling only one of the strings.

2. Starting at one end, roll up to make a rose and sew together.

3. Using your glue gun put glue on the back of the rose and press the plastic ring into the glue.

4. Cut two slits in the round velvet piece to fit around the ring and glue into place, making sure to cover any raw edges of the flower.

5. You can add a pearl or some other little decoration or leave plain.


Simple Ruffle Kitchen Towels

I had good intentions to get this post written this morning but I didn’t sleep last night due to some strange painful spasm in my neck that kept me awake all night. When I got up I made my way to the acupuncturist to get some relief.

Anyhow I have been trying to get my gifts done for the holiday, earlier than later is my hopes so I wanted to share with you all something I made recently, these simple kitchen towels with a ruffle. Perfect gift for the cook in your life.

All you need is a kitchen hand towel(or you can use a hand towel for the bathroom) and a ruffle of some sort. oh and of course a sewing machine. I used ruffles from this dress and just pinned them on and then sewed them on.

Super easy! Give it a try!

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 7 ~ Playing Cards Garland

I love this idea and how awesome is this that most people have a deck or two that are missing cards and no longer get play time. This was first seen at Anthropologie and it is so easy to make that I thought I should share this with all of you. Great garland for trees, fireplaces and anywhere you want to hang this.


~Playing Cards (2 decks in two different colors)

~Sewing Machine

~Scissors (Large Circle punch, in which case you wouldn’t need the pen or glass)


~Glass (or circle stencil)

1. Trace your circle onto your card.

2. Cut each circle out of the playing cards. It would be much easier if you had a large circle punch.

3. Sew the cards together using a straight stitch, until all cards are used.

4. Hang it up (I can’t to use this on my tree).



12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 3 ~ Easy Bead Necklace

This is a super easy necklace and it turns out so pretty. This is a great way to recycle an ugly old bead necklace. This necklace is meant to slip over your head. You can modify it by making this tie at the back of the neck so you can make it a smaller choker type necklace.


Ribbon (I used a velvet type of ribbon)

Needle & Thread

Old bead necklace

1. Cut the end of the necklace and pull the beads off.

2. Thread your needle and knot the end, then pull through a folded over piece or ribbon. Leaving enough ribbon to tie a bow when you are done beading.

3. Start by pulling a bead through the needle & thread and then pulling the needle through the ribbon, alternating beads on each side of the ribbon. (Its easier than it sounds)

4. Once you are done threading the beads onto the ribbon, knot the end of the thread. Tie a knot at the end of each side so that the knot covers the tied end of thread.

5.  Tie a bow on near the end of one side of beads and make sure and put some fray check on the ends of the bow where they were cut, so that they don’t fray.

Wrap up



A Little Holiday Broach

Remember how I was telling you that I made about 30  flowers with my grandmas vintage scraps? Well now I am trying to make them into some fantastic treasure. I made a few broaches to start off with and I wanted to share one of my favorites with you.

It reminds me of a snow flake.

Wouldn’t it be perfect on a black wool coat?

Vintage Fabric Ruffle Bib Necklace

Last week my mom gave me a box full of vintage fabric scraps. She didn’t realize how much I would love those scraps, in fact she told me if I didn’t want them I could just toss them in the dumpster. I tried to explain that these scraps are too beautiful to be dumped in a dumpster. I spent a day machine and hand sewing 30 flowers from the scraps. They make the most beautiful fabric flowers. When I called to tell my mom thank you, I asked her where the scraps were from and she said they were my Grandmothers, which makes them even more special to me. I am excited to make a special broach for each of my sisters for Christmas out of our Grandma’s fabric.

This bib necklace connects near the flowers with a vintage button and loop. I gathered fabric for a ruffle and backed it with some velvet so its soft against your skin and attached rhinestones to the ruffle for some sparkle. The 3 flowers have a piece of flowered lace behind them.

What are your thoughts?

Flowers and Lace Bracelet

I love the library, not sure why, maybe the relaxed-ness(is that even a word?) of it all. About every 3 weeks when my daughters books are due we take a trip to the library, I usually sit reading and looking through magazines for ideas and of course to find out about the latest makeup and best skin care for my skin. Tuesday night we got to take a trip to the Library and I found this add, where the lady was wearing a bracelet and necklace(she was wearing it as a belt) and I loved the flowers and lace. So I got the name of the company that made the jewelry, Marquis & Camus, and went home and had a look online. They have an eclectic array of beautiful yet fun jewelry.

You can click here to see their bracelet that I made mine after.

As I laid in bed, awake again, I remembered this gold chain belt my friend was getting rid of and asked if I wanted, I love it as a belt but thought it would look great as a bracelet, so I did just that, I took it apart and put it back together as a bracelet and as they say, the rest is history.