Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Using Peanut Butter To Take Off Sticky Residue

I just found the best tip ever on how to remove the annoying sticky glue from labels on mugs, cups, plates, etc.  PEANUT BUTTER.

See the label peeping out from the left near the rim?

I bought a cherry blossom mug from Chinatown today and was annoyed the label didn't come off entirely so I took to the 'net to find a solution.  I saw this post from Milehimama about using peanut butter.  I tried her easy and quick method and it worked.  No scrubbing, peeling, or scratching involved.  Just spread the PB over the residue, wait a few mins and then gently scrape off with a plastic bread tie.
If you're allergic to PB, I guess this won't work for you :(

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Mavericks Refashion

 I just love transforming regular t-shirts and making them into something different.  This is The Mavericks shirt I redid that I got at the last show I saw them at in L.A in April. 

Here's another quick redo I did with this Mavericks shirt.  My original plan was to turn this around so the V was on the back but I liked how it looked better in the front as it is supposed to be.  Just a simple refashion where I took in the sides and added in the banded bottom.  I kept the sleeves on and took it in a little to give the shirt a more feminine feel .

Before the redo.
The back of the shirt

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

I Didn't Mean To Make This: Jack Skellington Refashion Tee

I totally did not intend for this recon shirt to come out the way it did.  Originally, it was supposed to be a simple resizing recon.  The original shirt was given to me by one of my best friends years ago and I wore the heck out of it.  Color fading, a hole in the shirt and a stain is an indication of how much I love shirt.  However, over time, I wore it less and less because I didn't like how short it had become or how boxy it was (although I still wore it occasionally).

My plan was to take in the sides and sleeves and to lengthen it.  Well, I did all I had planned except the sleeves ended up being too tight so I ended up taking out the sleeves but still wasn't happy with it.  I wanted to make something different from what I normally make.  So I went back to my computer to do some research on how to add sleeves.  Like zippers, adding in made-from-scratch sleeves intimidated me.  But intimidate no more.  Like putting in zippers, once i got the hang of it, it was easy peasy.   In fact, putting in sleeves is a lot easier than putting in a zipper. 

This simple recon ended up taking a few hours because of the sleeves and the collar hem.  Not to mention, the striped fabric was being ornery.  In the end, I won.  I shall now be wearing this shirt until the sleeves fall out.

Here are some more pics...

This shows how boxy and short the original shirt was.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

"Frozen" Inspired Elsa Dress

I would not have attempted to make a Frozen inspired Elsa dress if my friend hadn't asked me to make one for her almost 4 year old daughter.  And when I agreed, I already started constructing it in my head even though I haven't seen the movie yet.  Once again, I've surprised myself.   There's definitely some improvements I can make, but overall, I think this came out pretty darn cute and I think the said little girl will like her new dress. 

The dress had many components.  Normally, I would be intimidated but I didn't really think about it and just dove right in.  (It did help that there was a little girl on the opposite of the country waiting as patiently as she could for her dress).  I couldn't find anything with snowflakes on it (very surprised by the lack of considering how big Frozen is right now) but I did manage to find some sparkly material for the cape and snowflake buttons that I sewed in by hand.  I also added in a sparkly tulle overlay to make the dress more Princess (er, Queen) like.  To top it, I found a very inexpensive blue crown that happened to match so I glued on some extra snowflake buttons to make it more snow queen-ish.

The back of the dress with attached cape.

The snowflakes were sewn by hand.

The Queen is not complete without her crown

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Superhero Magnet Set

I have a few friends who love my magnet creations and tend to keep me busy and challenged with custom orders.  This superhero (and super villain) set is no exception. I think my personal favorite is Wolverine although I love how they all came out. 

I'm Batman

Iron Man




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Monday, March 24, 2014

NUNJA! Felt Art

What do you get when you cross a nun with a ninja.  NUNJA!

Yeah.  Ba Da Bum.

On a whim, I decided I want to create a piece of felt art for my friend for her birthday.  She has an obsession with nuns and with my warped sense of humor, I decided to stitch her a Nunja.  You know, cause I'm weird and quirky like that.  Turns out, she loved it!  Winner!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kawaii Sweets Magnet Set

I made this super duper cute Kawaii Sweets magnet set several weeks ago.  It stemmed from a request of a pastry tart and then my mind started wandering and the next you know, a new magnet set was born!  The best thing about this collection that includes a frosted pastry, a chocolate chip cookie, an ice cream cone, a doughnut and a cupcake is that it contains ZERO calories!

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