27 February 2011

RECIPE FOR $25 CHAIR REVAMP


STEP 1: HUNT DOWN ONE TIRED OLD CHAIR WITH HIDEOUS FLORAL COVER (remove and discard with disdainful expression)



STEP 2: MAKE SURE TO BARGAIN CHAIR DOWN FROM $5 TO $4.50 (kidding)

STEP 3: REPLACE FOAM WITH HELP OF NICE MAN FROM CLARK RUBBER

 STEP 5:  LET THE HUNT FOR HOME DECOR FABRIC BEGIN!

I chose Kristen Doran hand-screenprinted cotton / linen from Habitat Textiles ($19 ish) www.etsy.com/shop/HabitatTextiles


TAA DAAAAA!!





IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE TO TEST COMFORT FACTOR USING YOUR TODDLER'S BARE BOTTOM
Phew, it passes!


25 February 2011

Flying Solo Sock Owl


Archie's mate Hoot, flies over his bed. This little guy is about the size of a grapefruit and personally I like the idea of a mobile featuring one big bad-ass owl. Pattern is by Claire from Craft Schmaft and her ingenious sock animals will literally knock your socks off if this sort of thing excites you. Her sock owls are easy and fun since you get to hunt for cool socks and co-ordinating fabrics for his / her wings. I've used some navy hippo fabric from my japanese stash. Next project from Craft Schmaft: absurdly- cool -pull -along -sock -weiner dog!

Le Petit Touriste



 Usually quite happy to dance around like a wally in front of the camera, this petit touriste was obviously experiencing severe jetlag. Still, a little encouragement and the 'token' silly face made an appearance. For this one I used the 90 minute shirt tutorial once again (expect inundation of these babies ) and the original shirt is from  The Bold Banana, my destination for new vintage style men's shirts...to hack up of course!

Wild THANG!

I totally appreciate the sentiment behind 'upcycling' men's shirts but buying a few glorious new ones is way too fun! This T-shirt started life in the men's section of K-mart, a mere $5, was refashioned into a sleep suit for Hudson before it was hacked up all over again for the big dude. Still going strong though...

24 February 2011

Monsieur Moustache



I am totally utterly addicted to the 90 minute shirt tutorial from http://www.dana-made-it.com/ . Dana, you're my hero! The best part about this tutorial is it teaches you how to make your own pattern from a onesie. I had put this project in the 'maybe one day I'll be ready' pile and look how awesome it is!! Made from some destash jersey and felt scraps.