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Snow Bunny

How to be the cutest snow bunny when you hit the slopes

With these cold winds blowing, I thought it was a fitting time to get out my parka. I have some extra time on my hands, and I thought my parka was too plain… so it seemed the perfect time to spruce it up!

I will run you through the steps to show you how to decorate your parka.

What you will need:

  1. Parka
  2. Chosen fabric
  3. Cotton
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Iron
  7. Sewing machine

Steps:

1. Choose your fabric and iron it

You need to iron it so it’s easy to sew. Plus you won’t be able iron it once it is on the parka!

2. Cut out the fabric piece and hem the edges. This will stop future fraying.   Then, I would spray the piece of fabric with scotch guard. This will protect the fabric from liquid, dirt and stains.

3. Work out the best placement for your piece of material on the parka, and pin it in place. 

Try the parka on to make sure it sits alright on the parka. If it’s perfect, you can start sewing!

4. If you want more features, you can sew some of the material on the front as well. Follow the same steps above!

I am pretty happy with the final product. What do you think?

I hope I have inspired you to refurbish your parka. Send me photos of your finished product, I would love to see!

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Hot Diggity Dog

While staying at home, I have been doing a lot of craft and sewing. I recently purchased a denim vest for my dog and decided to spruce it up and add a rockabilly twist!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Dogs denim vest

2. Patches, buttons or cool fabric οΏΌ

3. Scissors

4. Thread

5. Needle

6. Iron

Find patches, buttons or fabric that you want to attach to the vest. You can get these from items laying around at home, on eBay and Etsy or vintage market stalls. Before attaching, lay your accessories on the vest to work out the best positioning for them.

Once you have worked out the best layout, taking a photo is a good way to remember! Then you can finally iron on patches, sew on your buttons or fabric swatches.

To make your iron-on patches secure, I highly recommend sewing them on! Dogs can get rough, and you will want this cute denim vest to be durable and last.

If you are extra creative, you could also choose to embroider on the vest or paint designs with fabric paints.

I would recommend only decorating along the back of the vest, that way nothing will irritate your dog or be likely to fall off. Also, it means all your creative work will be always visible!

As you can see below, your finished work will help your dog be the coolest dog in the park. πŸ˜‚

I hope my blog has inspired you to create a cool dog vest for your four legged family member. You could go for any theme or colour scheme you wanted… Go wild! Send me photos of your dog in his/her vest. I would love to see them!

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Earrings as Art

I have a creative and practical way of displaying and storing my earring collection!

I will show you the the steps of how to make this earring holder artwork. It is easy and only takes a couple of hours.

Materials you will need:

  • Picture frame
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Spray paint
  • Chicken wire
  • Small screwdriver
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Spray adhesive
  • Pinking shears

 

 

 

Instructions:

1. Discard the glass from your photo frame, and remove the backing board. 

2. Spray the frame in your desired colour. I chose a similar colour to the fabric I am using. Leave to dry.

3. Cut the fabric slightly bigger than the backing board using the pinking shears, which helps stop fraying. Spray the backing board with spray adhesive. Lay the fabric upon the board flat, being careful to press out any bubbles. Leave to dry for a few minutes.

4. Cut the chicken wire with the wire cutters slightly bigger than your frame.

5. Lay the chicken wire over the backing board. Using the pliers, bend the overlaying wire around the backing board pulling firmly so it remains taught. Once that is completed, I went around all the corners and edges with the hammer to flatten them to ensure they are tight. Cut off any excess wire behind the board with the wire cutters.

6. Undo the rope that holds the frame up. Just pull the staples out with your small flat screw driver on one side only. Now you are ready to place the backing board back into frame. It will be a tight fit, so do one side at a time.

7.. Then re-staple your rope for hanging with the staple gun.

8. Cut off any excess fabric or wire. Your earring artwork is ready to hang your earrings on.

I hope this inspires you to make your own earring holder. Send me photos of your finished artwork. I would love to see it!

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You’re invited to a 1950’s BBQ!

I recently hosted a 1950’s style BBQ and invited some friends. Let me tell you how I went about preparing for my 1950s themed event!

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Firstly, the dress code was 1950s style. This made for excellent themed photos and great memories!

  • The men dressed in jeans with rockabilly shirts or t-shirts. They rocked slicked hair and pompadours. They all put in a great effort!
  • The woman all wore 50s full skirts or dresses, petticoats, gloves, scarves, brooches and cat eye glasses. They wore quiffs , flowers and victory rolls. Everybody put in such an effort!

 

For the setting, I used long tables with white table clothes and white chairs to accentuate the colourful 1950s tableware accessories I used. These included vintage dinnerware set and bone handled cutlery. I also used brightly coloured retro items and bowls to hold different items like salads, fruits, and lollies. Each person was given a glass mug with a retro striped straw.

I also created a photo wall to take some great individuals photos. I purchased a vine wall from Kmart and hung strands of fake red roses upon it. In front, I placed a flamingo and  laid some red carpet. As you can see it looked great in the photos!

Yes, I even dressed up my dog with a red scarf.

We played 1950s music through my jukebox!

We tried to find some 1950s recipes to cook for the BBQ. For entree we made salmon mousse canapΓ©s, devilled eggs and cheese balls. For the main meals we had a normal BBQ with meat, sausages and salads. For dessert, we had a delicious gelato cake! On the outside layer, it had individual cones with a scoop of gelato and the inside was made of layers of gelato. It was such a cool cake, and so delicious!

It was purchased from Pure Gelato!

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The day was a great success. Everyone had a wonderful time.

I hope my ideas and tips help to inspire you to hold a 1950s themed BBQ. I am sure you will enjoy it. Let me know how it went. I would love to hear!

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How to Cover a Chaise Lounge and A Cushion

This blog shows you how easy it is to cover any lounge. You can cover it all if needed or you can cover only part, like I have done, if that will suit the look. It is a cheaper alternative to up cycle a lounge and recycling helps to save the environment and reduce your carbon footprint!

Tools Required:

  1. Fabric
  2. Matching cotton
  3. Scissors
  4. Curved Upholsterers Needle
  5. Staple Gun

Steps:

  1. Place the fabric over the area you wish to cover and tuck into any crevices where possible. For example, where the back rest and arm rests meet the seats. Double check that it is all straight along the seat top.
  2. Where there is wood you can use a staple gun and staple the fabric to the lounge. Be careful to pull the fabric taught and make sure there are no creases or lumps. The easiest step for the corners is to twist the fabric as you pull it tight then staple it while holding it. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Make sure to staple all the sections so that none of the covering comes loose.
  3. For the sections without wood, you will sew it onto the lounge using the curved upholstery needle. You will need to do this mainly on the seat area. The curved needle makes it easy to pull through to the other side. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Once again make sure that you sew all the sections so that nothing comes undone.

7. If you are only doing part of the lounge like I have, you will need to tuck in the fabric edge where the back rest meets the seat. Sew along the entire edge, opening up the edge so that the sewing can remain hidden and extra tight within the crevice. This will stop the fabric moving when the seat has been sat on. Otherwise you will be forever tucking it in to tidy up the seat!

Now you are done! If you are covering the whole lounge, then you can repeat the steps for the remaining parts. Good luck!!

Cushion

Now I will show you the simple steps to make a matching cushion

  1. Cut out the fabric about 5cm bigger than your cushion.
  2. Sew it using a sewing machine with right sides of the fabric facing. Sew all sides but on the last side leave a gap wide enough to squash your pillow through.
  3. Now turn the right side of your fabric through. Push your cushion through.

6. Close the opening of the cushion by turning in the edge and sewing both sides together to sew close the edge. Your cushion is complete and ready for use on your lounge!

Good luck with your project of covering your lounge. I have covered a few in my time as I love doing it for myself and friends. Revamping a lounge and reducing your waste is a great project. Send me an email if you have any questions or photos of your finished product, I would love to see them.

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DIY Retro Oven Mitt and Hot Pad

If you have been wanting to replace your old oven mitt and hot pad then why not make your own! I am going to help you through an easy step by step guide to making an oven mitt and hot pad in your favourite retro fabric to suit your retro kitchen. It is an easy project and takes very little time to make. You can use left over fabric and the only cost may be the heat proof insulated wadding, which you will need 1/2 a metre of, depending on its width.

What You Will Need:

  1. Insulated wadding
  2. Retro fabric
  3. Matching Ribbon
  4. Matching cotton
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Paper & pen
  7. Scissors

Mitt

1. To begin with, trace around your hand on a piece of paper. Do an over exaggerated trace as I have done in the picture below. This allows for any size hand to use the glove and also ease to pull on and off.

Cut around the trace.

2. Use this as your pattern for cutting out your fabric piece. You will need 4 pieces of your retro fabric for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. I used 4 pieces of fabric as I prefer the inside of the glove to be fabric rather than wadding as I do not like the feel of wadding on my hand.

3. Next, cut out all your wadding. You will need 4 pieces of your wadding for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. This will give you extra padding from the heat.

4. Now grab two pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of your wadding and pin together matching up all sides evenly and having the correct side of fabric on the outside and wadding on the inside. Sew close to the edges on all sides leaving no openings.

5. Do the same with the remaining two pieces of fabric and two pieces of wadding. Once again, pinning together, matching up all sides evenly and sewing close to the edges.

6. Now you can pin the two sewn pieces together leaving the bottom piece open, as this allows your hand to enter. On one side before you get to the end of the seam add a ribbon loop along the seam (do the loop on the inside as we will be turning the glove through so the seams are on the inside & the hoop will then be on the outside ) This loop will allow you to hang your mitt, see picture below.

Once sewn turn the glove inside out so the seams are on the inside (not showing)

7. Now you can hem the bottom or use the remaining ribbon to hem, like I have done below.

Hot Pad

This is a really easy process:

1. Cut out fabric 2 squares & 2 wadding squares. It is usually recommended that you do a square 17.5cm x 17.5cm, but it is really up to you.

2. Place fabric pieces right sides together and wadding on the outside, then sew all sides together leaving a 5cm gap to pull it through to the right side

3. When you have pulled it completely through to the right side. Use a knitting needle or something similar to push the corners to check they are through completely. Then you can finish sewing the seam closed. As you sew the seam closed you can use ribbon to make a loop for easy hanging.

4. To tidy it up, I like to stitch around the edges.

Your kitchen mitt and hot pad is now complete

Let me know how you go, I would love to see your finished product!

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DIY Denim

Do you have pairs of jeans or denim jackets, and find that you aren’t wearing them as often anymore? I decided to make some changes and up-cycle my denim to portray more personality. Here are some different ideas to make your denim extra fancy and express yourself!

1.Denim Jacket with Tulle Hemline

I purchased this jacket already like this, but this an easy DIY project. This denim jacket has tulle added to the bottom and bling badges pinned. All you need to do is purchase tulle and sew it to the inside of the hem of the denim jacket. You can sew on as many layers of the tulle depending on the look you desire or you can gather the tulle and sew along the hemline.

2. Painted Denim

If you are a talented artist, or know someone who is, then you can paint on your denim! Make sure you draw your image first, using fabric pencils. Then with fabric paint you can go ahead and paint your desired image. You can do basic images or fancy depending on your preference. Be careful to never iron straight on the paint.

3. Iron on Transfers on Denim

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If you’re not too artistically skilled, another option is to purchase an iron-on transfer. You can find many excellent retro inspired designs online. Follow the instructions, but most just require ironing upside down onto the fabric. Be careful to never to iron straight on the transfer, when ironing your denim, as it may melt!

4. Patches on Denim

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You can purchase retro patches and sew or iron them onto your denim. Patches are an easy and affordable option to decorate your denim, and there are so many designs to choose from online, at markets or sewing shops.

5. Embroidered Denim

Embroidery is a super fun DIY if you already have the skills, or are willing to learn! There are plenty of online videos and tutorials making it easy to learn. I am planning on embroidering cherries on a pair of denim capris, so check out my blog in the next few weeks! Some sewing machines also have embroidery functions.

6. Fabric on Denim

Retro fabric can be sewn onto your denim, for a fresh look! To make it look professional I like to sew the fabric along the sewn sections of the denim, such as collars, pockets or the back seam of the jacket, like above.  Place the fabric over the area you want to sew it on, and cut it about 2.5cm bigger. Pin it to the area while tucking the edges under, for a tidy edge. Now you’re ready to sew! Try sewing as close as possible to the fabric edge. With excess fabric you can also make matching headbands, scarves or bags.

Double denim was big in the 1950’s, and I have achieved this look by sewing the same fabric on denim pants and jacket!

I hope this inspires you try up-cycling your old denim items. You can even purchase second hand denim from op shops, markets or vintage clothes shops to try out your DIY ideas. Send me photos of your finished products, I would love to see them.

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Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,Β  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.Β  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-Β  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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How to Create a Retro Bedroom

Bedroom decor has changed over the decades. I love the look of mixing retro items with some modern day necessities, while keeping the retro feel to my decor.

Below are some examples of bedrooms through the decades to use as an influence.

1950s style bedroom

1960s style bedroom

1970s Style lBedroom

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For my room I have decorated it in a vintage inspired retro style.

JH Lynch & Johnny Cash artwork & 50s wall vases & retro ornaments

50s bedroom chair that I covered in retro fabric and left the grey fabric on the skirts, flamingo light & retro style mirror

Some retro ornaments on shelves that we made by cutting into the wall

My moulin rouge style bedroom light on a hat box that I made into a bed side table by adding retro furniture legs, sourpuss tattoo print umbrella, sourpuss pillows & Sailor Jerry tattoo print quilt that I made by sewing the fabric to the centre of a black quilt (and my cat 🐱)

Vintage suitcase set stacked up which is useful for extra storage, vintage hairdryer, vintage sewing mannequin, Jolley Big eye prints, and reproduction circle shelves, retro style matching frames that I placed Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, which I purchased as an old movie poster book from a Salvos store.

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For my daughters room, she wanted it decorated in a retro tiki vibe.

The quilt is a modern tropical theme with flamingos, palm trees and pineapples

I accentuated this peacock chair by painting it white then added flowers to go with the bedroom theme

Pops of colour through the room add the the look. I made an old suitcase into a bedside table by painting it and adding retro wooden table legs

More pops of colour

A round beveled edge vintage mirror, flamingo, tropical print & surfboard, bamboo tree and more colour add to the theme

A Cuban print and Barsony lampshade and to the accessories of the room

And a retro tiki room would not be complete without a kitch hula doll

Coconut containers with flowers attached, that I found in a St Vinnies store are handy containers for hair ties and clips

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There are many options for creating a vintage bedroom. Here are some ideas for that retro feel:

  1. Use vintage lighting
  2. Use vintage textures and patterns
  3. Do a feature wall in retro wallpaper
  4. Get your hands on vintage artwork or prints and place in vintage frames
  5. If you don’t have a vintage style bed then make a statement bed head
  6. Add an ornate vintage mirror
  7. Buy some vintage furniture
  8. Get some vintage ornaments
  9. Get some vintage Manchester or create your own in a vintage style using florals, gingham or retro fabrics

Whatever retro style that you go for in your bedroom, you have endless options in creating it. I hope I have inspired you! Have fun creating!!

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How To Revamp a Cork Memo Board

I mentioned before that I would show you how to revamp a memo board…. This is a quick and easy project and can be useful artwork in your room!

Here are two that I created. For both,Β  just purchase a cheap cork memo board in whatever size you require.

1. Cork memo board in a frame

I made this cork board to match all the other frames in my bedroom.

The two frames in my room that I put Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, and my mirror

Here are the steps:

  1. Take the mirror or picture out of the frame. Take the cork board out of its frame and trace the mirror/picture shape onto your memo cork board.

2. Next get a jigsaw or knife and cut out the shape.

3. Place the memo cork board into the frame. It is best if your frame has the metal clips to bend back into place. If not, you could hot glue it into the frame. If it is a wooden frame you could use small nails to keep it into place.

4. Voila! You can put your new memo board up and start using it.

2. Cork memo board covered in fabric

I made this cork memo board for my daughter as her room is retro tiki inspired. Here are the steps:

  1. Pick a fabric and iron the piece, as it works best with no creases.
  2. Take the frame off the memo board, carefully, as you will still need to use the frame. You should be able to take it off by opening only one corner.

3. Next carefully staple the fabric onto the cork board at the back. Carefully pulling the fabric tight at all times, prior to each staple, and fold over corners tidily.

4. Place the frame back onto the cork board. Use a staple gun to close the one corner that you opened.

5. Your frame is now ready to use!

3. Some other ideas are:

Example 1

This example is just a cork board divided into 9 sections with each section decorated individually. You can paint them with normal paint or blackboard paint, or cover it in fabric, or leave it plain. Decorate in any style you prefer!

Example 2

The above example is a piece of wood covered in fabric and stapled on the back, then ribbon crossed over and again stapled to the back. In each X section add a pin for decoration & for sturdiness.

Example 3

This example is a vintage frame with chicken wire stapled to the frame back. You could use fabric or an artwork on the back for a different look. Memos are held on with small pegs, that you can pick up in a craft store.

I have given you some ideas…. but the possibilities are endless! Let your creativity go wild. Show me your creations, I would love to see them!!

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