These Back-to-School Eraser Mini Signs were made using the felt erasers given to me by a crafting friend.
The tutorial can be found here.
These rustic signs were a special order for a client. They were done using a reverse stenciling technique.
The tutorial can be found here.
I was in a painting mood the other day, so I transformed this purple wheel barrel (or is it wheelbarrow?). I basically dry brushed gray/green over the purple and then wiped on a walnut stain.
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Triple digits again!
I knew we were going to have another hot day, so I decided to do a little bit of fabric dyeing. I don’t like drying these dyed fabrics in the dryer because of the residue it is sure to leave behind. I decided to take advantage of the heatwave we are having. I hung the fabric on the line and they were dry in no time.
This was my basic procedure for dyeing a white chenille bedspread.
Mix two packets of unsweetened orange Koolaid, one packet of unsweetened strawberry Koolaid and one cup of vinegar with 2 quarts of water.
I precut smaller pieces of the bedspread, wet them down with water and submerged as many as would fit comfortably in the dye bowl. After moving them around until I was sure they were well saturated, I put the bowl in the microwave and heated for 10 minutes on high. I then let the fabric sit in the dye for 20 minutes longer.
I rung out each of the pieces and hung them on the line to dry. Note: I did not rinse them before drying. From previous experience with Koolaid, the color will drain out during rinsing. The pieces were for craft projects, so I wasn’t too concerned about bleeding later on. Btw, it is also probably a good idea to wear rubber gloves for this process. Uhm…yep, I’ll admit it, I didn’t have any and decided to go ahead anyway. BIG mistake. I think my skin is oranger (I’m pretty sure that’s a word) than the dyed fabric.
During this heatwave, I tried to work inside as much as possible. I also completed this box of primitive Halloween cats. They were made using wool from old suits from the 50s. Ya just gotta love cheap craft supplies.
Again, when the articles/tutorials are published I will post the links.
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Just a couple of my recent projects and tutorials I thought you would enjoy.
Light Bulb Wall Vase
I was a little skeptical about accomplishing this, but it was surprisingly easy.
This one is so versatile. Just by changing the size, it can be a bench, stool or dining table.
Hello! And welcome to my new adventure! Since my children are all completely grown (last one is almost there), I have decided to raise another baby. Ahem!…I really should knock on wood or something after that statement. Let me clarify. I do not want to change diapers or revisit the terrible twos (or the terrible teens for that matter). So…what I mean is…this is the official birth of Restyled Junk.
Hopefully it will be a place to share and inspire creative ideas using castoffs and secondhand junk. Everything is fair game and I am up for the challenge. I have been designing and writing about my trash to treasure transformations for several years, but never for a blog. I enjoy so many great craft blogs and the fabulous ideas and camaraderie that’s shared is amazing. I have always wanted to join the various weekly craft parties, but I didn’t have a blog to link to…until now! I really want to play a more active role in this wonderfully creative blog world, so I would love it if you joined me.