You have probably already packed up all your Christmas decorations, but here is something that you can use all year long!
After hearing of a receptionist’s desire for a purple and gold themed Christmas, but not having a big budget, I thought I would surprise her by making some napkins and napkin rings for her dinner place settings.
The napkin rings were made along the same lines as the rope bangles (I’m definitely getting a lot of mileage out of the rope from Canadian Tire!!). The napkin fabric was bought from Fabricland. This was my first time making mitered corners – it definitely takes practice to get the points pointy! Even with some decent tutorials online, it’s definitely something I have to keep practicing to perfect.
Overall, I’m so happy that my friend loved the napkins and napkin rings. I’m also so relieved that I got the right colour purple (the pictures don’t do the rich purple justice)!
I think it’s about time I bring out a DIY home project! Girls, we all know the same story – you’re looking for that one eye shadow and you can’t find it… it has to be somewhere in your bag (keep rummaging) and it’s always your luck that you keep taking out each item one by one and that eyeshadow you were looking for, of course, has to be the last thing you pull out! Or you’re getting ready for work in the morning and you’re too lazy (or rushing to get out the door) that you end up putting your hand in the bag and whatever you pull out is the colour you will magically wear that day. True story, every day.
This got me thinking… what if I could SEE everything that’s in my bag? I have heard of these high tech (and probably expensive) make-up cases that professionals have that keep things organized, but let’s be real, with all the hair products, etc that girls have, who has room in their bathroom for a suitcase of make-up? Have no fear! Here’s the answer! Magnetic make-up board!! Excitement, yes?!
I made this gem in September 2012. It also just coincided with my boyfriend coming over with a picture frame with the glass broken that a coworker had given him (he told his coworker that he knew I could end up using it somehow)… little did he know how perfect this would be! I went straight to Home Depot (one of my favourite places) and bought a piece of sheet metal, tin snips and spray adhesive. I used leftover fabric from my curtains for the background. The little containers are actually medicine bottles wrapped with the same fabric and I put a button on each bottom to make them more tidy. Bought some magnets and used some really sturdy glue (that is also moisture-resistent… definitely important for items in the bathroom!). Tada! Make-up problems are out the door, along with my old dirty make-up bag!
Last year, a sweet elderly neighbour handpicked one of her Christmas ornaments from her tree and gave it to me. I thought it was so thoughtful and thought I’d reciprocate the favour this year and make her a Christmas ornament. This circular wintery white ornament was similar to making a rope bangle, except for making a little rope loop at the top for the ribbon.
I have a continually growing collection of necklaces (not even getting to earrings or bracelets). They were all kept in separate ziploc bags and filed in tupperware containers and shoe boxes. Not very exciting, plus it was so hard to find anything. Out of sight, out of mind! I rarely wore necklaces because I just couldn’t bother going through my assorted boxes in my closet.
I had a blank wall in my bedroom and thought… Why can’t my jewelry be artwork? I got 1x4s, wood glue and paint from Home Depot. The super cute cabinet knobs are from Anthropologie (they were a little pricey, so I waited to go down to the States where they were a bit cheaper). I had a lot of fun making it and gained more practice using my drill and trying different drill bits! I can definitely say that having my necklaces on display allows me to wear them much more often. Even though I have more necklaces than space on the board, I can always rotate them around to change things up =)
I made this reversible make-up bag for a friend’s birthday in July. She’s one of those people who has flawless skin, so she rarely uses makeup. Recently, she’s been experimenting with her eyes, so I thought a make-up bag to hold her new goodies would be useful!
This was my first time ever making a bag, so it was a bit of an experiment. The dark purple is leftover material from my curtains and the patterned fabric is from Walmart. I wanted to give the bag some sort of body, not let it be super flimsy, but I didn’t have any interfacing. Being resourceful, I used leftover blackout fabric from, again, my curtains. Not really a super cost-effective way to line a bag, but it worked! The hand-beaded and braided little inside detail gives a glam touch. Of course, the button is from my button box.
I apologize for the lack of picture quality. I took this way before I decided to document my projects, but you get the idea =)
There are six metallic wine charms in each set – silver, gold, purple, blue, green and red. I used memory wire, so they will not bend out of shape. All are kept on a hand-painted spool and packaged in a tin container.
The tag has a note on the back:
“A little wine charm IDEA: Untie the bow, thread ribbon through the spool and tada! Christmas ornament!”
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order them as gifts… or for yourself!! Buy one set for $15 or two for $25! Happy charming =)