Rippin’ and Braidin’

So in my quest to be ever craftier and try new things (and having the massive urge to braid) I decided I was going to take an old bed sheet that I picked up at a consignment store and do a little reconstructing. The beauty of an old bed sheet is #1 they are super soft #2 they tear into strips so unbelievably easy (with a little snip to help of course) and #3 the little frayed edges are adorbs and hard to create otherwise. So anyways, there was a full night where I watched my programs and tore the flat sheet into strips, which would eventually be uses to braid… can you dig? And so begun my process… the braiding…

Once I had braided ever last strip into, well, a braid, I then decided I was going to sew them all together to make what you would assume would eventually become a braided rug (here you are wrong). I sewed each piece to the next, using only one side of the braids… you know, to keep things clean. I tell you that it took the biggest needle that I had in my battalion to combat the BRAID.

So anyways, after many evenings of work on this creation, we finally come to a stand still… what should I do with this braided flat piece of braided braid chunk. Yes, I said braid multiple times yet braid is the recurring theme here, yes? Anyhoo… I let this creation sit for many weeks, this is no lie… you ever just lose the motivation mid-project? And now I am stuck.

What should I do?! (and don’t say “have direction before you start a project”)
Rippin’ and Braidin’

New Way of Saving

You know when you love something a lot and you just don’t know what you are going to do with it but you know that eventually you will do something with it so you keep it? Well, I am trying to keep the “hoarding” to a minimum but I still keep certain things.

Well this is the story of one of those things…

My sister gave me a Christmas present in this awesome star shaped box. It’s sturdy and is meant for keeping but trouble is that it’s silvery and blue with snowflakes on it. It doesn’t really fit with every season of the year. So I devised a plan.

I was going to make a piggy bank, without the pig. Yes, I have a real adult type savings account and all that jazz but I do like to keep my change forever and ever so that I can eventually bring it to Coinstar and make bank! One of my goals this year is to attend The Creative Connection Event and that isn’t free ladies. Obviously what I save in a piggy bank won’t get me there but it will certainly help with my meals!

So you are wondering now what I did to transform a Christmas themed star box into a year round savings bank? Well, take a look. Here is what I started with:

I cut a change hole so that I could… you guessed it! Put change in the hole! Yay!

Materials Needed in addition to the box?

  • Pinking Shears
  • Fabric Shears
  • Tacky Glue
  • 1/4 yard of Clearance Fabric
  • Scrap of matching fabric
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Needle

Can you see where I am going with this? That’s right, I am gluing the fabric to the box. I know, I know… I’m a genius! I used my fabric shears for precision then used the pinking shears on all the edges so that I could just glue and not have to worry too much about fraying.

Once I covered the entire box with fabric and had all edges glued down, I let my baby dry. While it was drying? I did a little hand embroidering with that scrap and came up with a little design for the top of my new piggy bank. My finished product you ask?

New Way of Saving