Vintage Suitcase made into a Table

I saw a post on Craftgawker for this idea months ago and was so inspired by it, I just knew I had to have one of my own! So I was soon on the hunt for some old vintage hard case suitcases. I was lucky enough to find a small 19″ one at a consignment store downtown in the antique and textile district.

I also found this awesome trunk! I knew right away that I would use the small suitcase for a hall table/side table. And the trunk I plan on using as a coffee table. My grandfather had extra glass lying around that he was nice enough to cut into 3 pieces for me that I will put on the top of the trunk as a bit of protection. I haven’t decided yet if I will be adding small legs to the trunk or leave it as is. And I plan on lining the inside of both with fun material. I haven’t got to the lining yet but I will eventually!

Here it is before I painted it. I can’t lie I didn’t do much of the hard work myself. My grandfather did. He lined the bottom of the inside of the case with wood so that there was something solid and sturdy for him to drill the legs into. The legs are staircase pegs! My mom’s husband had some extra ones lying around from a job he had done. And Grandad had a scrap piece of wood he used for the base/shelf. I could tell whoever had owned the case before had painted it this cream colour. I was very disappointed they painted over the hardware! I much prefer the look of the silver/brass/metal. But I made it work.

I painted it this grey colour. My mom had leftover paint from when they did their family room. I’m so happy I chose to leave the hardware the cream. I love the look of it! I did 2 coats of paint and then did a sealing coat with polyurethane. In the end the only thing I had to buy for this DIY project was the suitcase! 🙂 I love it when you can up-cycle old stuff into something new and unique! I love this project and can’t wait to make another. Once I get the inside of the cases lined I will post pictures of that as well. ~H.

Follow this link for my inspiration on this project: diy-vintage-suitcase-table.html

How to Make Watercolor “To-Go” Pages

Just came upon this great idea from “Lemon Zest”. I happen to have water colour paints that I picked up after Christmas from Michael’s for about $.12!!! I can’t wait to make water colour paints for the car and let my daughter paint away with Q-tips.

I even have some water colour pencils that I could use to scribble on colouring book printouts. Abby’s favourites are from Disney Junior (www.disneyjunior.ca). Then she can paint them like I used to with my old school water colour colouring books.

Fantastic idea!

Amigurumi Owl II

I needed a pin cushion and a place to put my “in use” crochet needle to keep from losing them or poking myself. With all the craft supplies lying about I could stock my own Michael’s store. But surprisingly, I don’t have a pin cushion.

Here’s a quick owl I did that’s an amigurumi (little stuffed toy) that is doubling as my pin cushion.

I’ll soon learn how to write a proper pattern. But in the meantime, here’s my pattern.

Size G/4mm crochet needle
Yarn – body and wing of your choice, white for eyes, orange or yellow for beak, black for eyes or use buttons

EYES (2)

R1 – magic ring 6 single crochets, pull loop closed. How to make a magic ring
R2 – 2 single crochet in each stitch around (12)
– 1 slip stitch, leave end long to sew to body

BEAK

R1 – chain 5
R2 – single crochet across (4)
R3 – turn over and single crochet across (3)
R4 – turn over and single crochet across (2)
R5 – turn over and single crochet across (1)
Leave end long enough to attach to body

WINGS (2)

Same as beak to make a triangle shape.
R1 – chain 10
R2 – single crochet across (9)
R3-R10 – turn over and single crochet across until row 10 is only one single crochet
Leave end long enough to attach to body

BODY

Chain 10

R1 – In front loops only single crochet (10), do not turn row just continue around doing single crochets in the back loops(10), this will create the base for the top of your owl’s head.

R2-R17 – single crochet around (10)

R18 – single crochet first stitch, skip a stitch, around (5)

Attach all pieces to the body. Use black thread for center of eyes or sew buttons for eyes (as shown).

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DIY: Tile Coasters

The original idea for this post came from http://thecottagehome.blogspot.ca

This tutorial has made many rounds on the internetz, so many of you have probably come across it in some way, shape or form. But obviously, this one is best because I sweat over it, and take the highest quality iPhone photos. I should have instagrammed every photo to increase the target market. Rats! Next time.

For this project you will need:

-4″ x 4″ tiles
-Modpodge
-sponge paint brush
-3.5″ x 3.5″ squares of paper
-3.5″ x 3.5″ squares of felt
-clear spray paint

1. Cut your pieces of paper. You may want them to match your decor, or not. It’s a personal choice. You could also use pictures if you feel like it. (Print them on regular printer paper though).

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2. Apply a layer of modpodge to your tile, so that you can adhere the paper to it.

3. Glue down the paper. Make sure it is smooth with no air bubbles. Let it dry and then apply a layer of modpodge on top of the paper.


Do this layering process a few times. I did 3 layers of modpodge on top of the paper. Make sure that you let it dry COMPLETELY before going ahead with the second or third layer. If you jump ahead before it’s dry, it will make the paper bubble up. Be patient! Modpodge dries really quickly anyway.

4. Once the top layers of modpodge are dried, take the clear spray paint and apply a layer or two. Same goes for this step, let it DRY before adding the second layer.

I did my spray painting outside. You need the ventilation, and it dried much quicker!

5. Once the tile is dry, add the felt backing on the bottom. I used felt pieces with adhesive on the back already, I just had to peel and stick like a sticker. You can use regular felt if you want, and just use a strong glue to adhere the felt to the bottom.


VOILA! You have a beautiful set of personalized coasters to use in your home!


The cost for this is super cheap, too! I bought the tiles at Home Depot for 30 cents each. You probably have modpodge and scrapbooking paper lying around already. You might just have to buy the spray paint!

Enjoy!

Amigurumi Snoopy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little guy I made a few months ago for my friend Jessica. 🙂 You see she is a VERY big Snoopy fan and when I found a free pattern on http://www.amigurumipatterns.net for him, I just knew I had to make Snoopy for her. Needless to say, when she received Snoopy on birthday she was shocked and very happy! Brought a tear to her eye! (Which was never my intention.) But I am happy she loves him so much! This Snoopy is much whiter compared to the one she had as a kid and has never washed! Tsk tsk Jessa! 😛

Anyway, this pattern is fairly easy to follow. The hardest part is definitely the mouth. Mine ended up being a little wonky but I figured since its underneath it doesn’t really matter. (It killed the perfectionist in me not to fix it.) I also made a minor tweak to the pattern…instead of doing a red collar I made it a red scarf. When I visualize Snoopy I see him sitting on top of his dog house with the aviator goggles on and his red scarf blowing in the wind! I just crocheted a long strip of SCs and measured around his neck as I went, when I was happy with the length I turned my row and went back across. I think I did that 3 or 4 times until I was happy with the width. Its easy to eyeball. And for the tassels I just thread small bits of wool through holes in the ends and looped them back around. (Hope that makes sense!)

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This link takes you to Part 1 of her pattern. You can find parts 2 and 3 on her blog as well. It may seem like a really long pattern but it really isn’t. Just follow the pattern exactly and you will have your own awesome Snoopy. 🙂 Happy crocheting! ~H.