creative

Wreaths

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I love a good wreath! I made these here for gifts, from base to finish.

Just a few twigs from a willow tree and pine cones. I twisted the branches to make the wreath base and then went wild with my glue gun. A pretty bow and a few tiny bells, et voilla!

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New wreath for my bed-alcove.

Made from the clematis vine outside my bedroom window.

Tutorial? well..

  1. Cut a bit of clematis vines off. The length depends on how big you want the wreath to be in the end. If you want a thick wreath, grab more than just a handful of vines.
  2. Then have someone hold one end, while you carefully twist the other end, to make it slightly more compact.
  3. Now just close both ends to round, use some nice ribbon to tie it all in place. (you could use packing string, or anything else you like… Bakers twine? Why not!)
  4. Once you have your desired shape, start “cleaning” it a bit. By that I mean deal with the little twigs and stuff that stick up in places where you don’t want them to stick up. You can either clip them of, or try and work them into the wreath.
  5. if you want a bit more stiffness to your wreath, because you plan to hang heavy things in it, then I suggest you find some fresh willow branches to twist together with the clematis. They are nice and pliable, but not as slinky as the clematis. Make sure they are fresh branches, as they bend better without breaking. Use as many or as little as you like/need to make your wreath as stiff as you like/need.
  6. You can also use an old dry cleaning hanger to wind your clematis around. This way you can have all kinds of shapes to your wreath, other than round. Just bend the wire to the desired shape first, then cut clematis and wind them around the wire. Tie in strategic places and presto!
  7. Now decorate to your hearts content.

Refashioned Dread-wranglers

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It’s summer and I love to keep my hair off my neck when it’s hot out. I am sure a lot of you do, too. To top it off, i have dreadlocks, they seem to be even hotter than “regular” hair. So I tie it up a lot, or have my locks in a bun. Well… t gets boring fast if that’s all you do, so I figured a few headbands are in order. One still has to tie the hair up in a pony tail, messy bun or other up-do, but the headbands make it look different and fresh and fun. One can use a bunch of things for such hair bands. Anything from the obvious Bandanna to vintage scarves and lace shawls, or ribbons. hand made ones are the most fun and can be pretty price conscious, in a pinch. (I usually want things when I don’t have the cash in my budget to actually buy them. Does that sound familiar to you too?)

I do have vintage scarves, but a girl wants options, no? So I went through my stash to figure out how I can make these things for myself. I have a BUNCH of T-Shirt material, that I scavenged from our own old Shirts and from thrift-shop and yard sale buys. I use them to make all kinds of things, as you have noticed, if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time. Now they get turned into hair bands! (I like to call them Dread-wranglers lol) I already have ONE made. Out of striped T-shirt fabric. I love stripes!!! Honestly? This one was just the leftover from another project. It went on my nerves, as it was left out after the project was done and all the stuff put away already. So there it was and I glared at it and then it hit me: Tie it! I just cut it open (since it was still a loop) and ted it around my head and VOILA! It was close to perfect!

It goes around my head once, crosses in back and then ties. I am looking into making more just a wee bit longer, so I can wrap them twice and then tie it. I also want a few wider ones. Why not, right?

If you want to make your own:

Measure your head, then measure the T-Shirt (or fabric you want to make the wrap out of. I like T-Shirts, since you don’t have to sew anything) Make sure you have twice the head circumference, plus about 20 inches for tying (approx. 10 inches of tie on each side, or longer, if you want to tie it in a bow, rather than just a double knot). Find a T shirt wide enough to give you that measurement by only cutting off the bottom part. If you want both sides to look alike, cut off the hem of the shirt as well.

It’s best to find a T-Shirt without side seams. I don’t mind the seam in t, but if you can find one with out a seam, it will give you a continuous strip of material and some people might mind the look of a seam in the middle of the wrap. Take the T-Shirt and measure the desired width of your head wrap up from the hem to the underarm and mark it, then make a straight cut right at the mark. Take the resulting loop and cut it open on one of the side seams, Presto. Done. If you like you can make the |tie| parts pointy, but I like them blunt.

In the top picture you can see the uncut section of T-Shirt, the loop, in the light blue and the striped fabric is another T-shirt already cut open. I did cut away the entire seam, since I didn’t like the way it looked hanging off the end lol.

One could go and get yardage for this project, but where is the fun in that?

You don’t have to tie them, you can just tuck the ends and make it stay that way. Use a few bobby pins to hold the wrap on your head, if you feel it’s not secure enough (mine stay on just fine….) and go have fun in the sun.

So with a few of these I will be good for the rest of the year, or will I????

Honestly? Did you think I could go without a knitted one in my collection? NOPE! So I am working on one right now as well.  I love it. here are a few pictures of it, fresh off the needles. Very lacy, very cute, very stretchy! The yarn has elastic in it! How great is that?  I let you all know when the pattern is done and out.

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If you make any of these wranglers, let me know! Send me pictures! I want to see them! <3

Wishing you a great summer!

Hugs,

Bridgett

 

My Foo

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My fiend Jennie makes handmade plushies. She calls them FOO’s (how utterly adorable is that in itself???)

Well, Jennie found out that I have to undergo surgery and decided to just make me a foo to go along and keep me company! SUQEEEEEE!

Sadly my gallbladder was not playing by the rules and had me emergency admitted and in surgery before the appointed time. So my foo was not ready. But today, when I came home from the hospital (had to go back with complications), the mailman delivered him.

I am so in love with him! He has a secret little pocket for notes and for the little heart to store in. I am melting from the cuteness.

All Jennie’s FOO’s are handmade. Every single little stitch you see! This alone has me vibrating with omgilove!!!! I love handmade things. LOVE THEM! And Jennie does such an amazing job.

She is working on getting some of her work in a Magazine! I think she deserves to be! I will let you all know when that will happen.

If you want to melt someone’s heart with cuteness and your own Foo, please do contact Jenni FooFoo on Facebook (she is still working on her website), or me and I will happily get you together.

No internet = lots of time

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I don’t have internet at home at the moment. This means I get less distracted by shiny things being posted by friends on the weekends.

This, in turn, means I have way more time on my hands and that means I get more sewing and knitting done.

I have finished my husband’s shirt this weekend (no photos just yet) and finished and ripped back the same sock three times as well. I also made a skirt for myself (machine sewing) and started a new dress (hand sewing).

I only have a few pictures of the skirt at the moment.

Specs: 2 yards of fabric (@ $1.50/yard) and a pair of old shorts I never wear (can’t remember how much they were. I had them for at least 6 years)

What do you think? A bit 80’s inspired. a bit swishy and shoowshy and fun and light and airy for summer. I love it.