Friday, April 24, 2015

Cinderella's Glass Slippers DIY

Who doesn't love Cinderella?  This girl has a fairy godmother and an awesome pumpkin carriage....She rocks!  Not to mention the glass slippers.  
Who doesn't want a pair of those even just to display?
Today we're making a wearable version of the glass slippers featured in the latest Cinderella movie which are perfect for cosplay, Halloween or your own perfect little princess.  
Huge thanks to and
Enjoy!  xo, Mark
A wearable glass slipper!
The original from the latest Cinderella movie
They wouldn't be complete without the butterfly shoe clips!
Watch the short video tutorial here!
White heels (Got these at Payless)
Minwax Polycrylic
Small piece of faux suede
Paintbrush and scissors
 Make sure your shoes are clear of dirt and dust
Cut the holographic tape into different sized triangles
Artfully stick them to the shoe with a small space in between each triangle
When you've covered the entire shoe, apply two coats of Minwax Polycrylic and let dry
Add sparkly crystals around the shoe opening with E-6000
 Cut 4 small circles the size of a quarter from the faux suede (you could use felt or thick fabric)
Glue two circles to each side of the flat part of the clip on earring findings
Slightly bend the butterfly upward so it's not flat
With more E-6000, glue the other metal part of the clip on to the back of the butterfly
Let dry and clip on the front of the shoes

Make sure to leave one behind for your prince!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Thurs-DIY!

My favorite day of the week (that ends in "Y")
Happy Thurs-DIY everyone!  Check out the funky fun stuff we have to inspire you this week.
I'm in LOVE with the potato print aprons and the dollar store doll storage by PLA.
Have fun and make stuff!
xo, Mark

Margot Potter makes a perfect DIY Happy Banner!
Step out in style with this easy to make 3 Step Kimono
Cathy Attix shows us how to make a sparkly braided bracelet!  
Vicki O'Dell shares a perfect upcycled project for earth day!  
Make beautiful metallic beads with recycled tyvek envelopes from the post office!
Cathie Filian make Mother's Day baby blocks....just perfect!  
Pla makes the cutest rainbow doll storage containers....Perfect for any little girl's room (and mine)
Hello Wonderful makes the cutest aprons with potato stamps!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beautiful Metallic Tyvek Beads DIY

I get tons of Tyvek envelopes in the mail and one of my favorite things to do with them is make beads!  Just cut them into long triangles and add some heat....It's that easy!
Plus, you can make them in almost any size and color.  Wrap them with wire and beads and you have something truly wonderful for your jewelry projects.
Have fun!  xo, Mark
I got a little carried away making these! 
A close up of my wire wrapped beauties 
Watch the short video tutorial here!
Tyvek envelopes (Fed ex and USP use them)
Heat gun (or very hot hair dryer)
Wood skewers
Wire cutters
Straight pins
Cut your envelopes in 6" wide pieces
Paint them with several different colors of DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paints
Cut them in long triangles that are about 1" - 2" at the base
Roll them around a wood skewer and pin in place
Heat them until they start to melt
Cut 6" wire pieces with wire cutters
Add beads and wrap around your beads 
*Make sure to bend in the sharp ends

Friday, April 17, 2015

3 Step Kimono DIY

Danielle has been bugging me to make a kimono video and we finally got around to it.  This one is made with two faux pashmina scarves that I bought for $5 dollars each.  Check stores like Marshall's and Kohl's for these kinds of scarves which are always on sale for not very much.  The more pattern the scarves have, the better your kimono will look!
Have fun and big hugs,  Mark
Danielle showing off her new Kimono in our magic garden 
This is a great way to add a little boho chic to a plain outfit
Watch the short video tutorial here!
2 long "pashmina" scarves
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Straight pins
Measuring tape
Lay the scarves face to face matching the design
Mark the 1/2 way point on one side of the scarves
Pin the scarves together up to 5" before the 1/2 way point
Stitch them together using 1/2" seam allowance
*This is your center back seam
Fold one scarf in half lengthwise (right sides together)
Measure up 19" on the open side (the side you didn't stitch)
Measure 9" across the bottom
Connect these two points with pins in a curve as shown with the little black dots
Stitch along the pins and cut out leaving 1/2" seam allowance 
*This will create your sleeve and side seam
Now repeat on the other scarf: 
Fold the other scarf in half right sides together
Place the cut pieces from the first side on top for a guide
Cut along the shape and pin together
Stitch using 1/2" seam allowance
 Keep the cut edges from fraying with E-6000 Fray Lock

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Thurs-DIY! 9 Colorful Projects For You!

Happy #Thurs-DIY everyone!  This week we have 9 colorful projects ranging from sparkly cocktails to colorful organizers!  Hop around and say hello to our new members, PLA and Vicki!
Tell them I sent you, OK.  Now go get inspired!

Margot Potter shares her favorite breakfast pick up......A Raspberry Champagne Cocktail 
called the ChamWow!  
PLA (our newest member) shares a colorful rainbow lazy susan organizer....
If I could only be that organized! 
Cathie Filian makes a perfect sweet treat gift for your favorite teacher:
Megan Andersen Read makes a healthy Beet Cake that also looks just beautiful!
I took a discarded headboard and turned it into a colorful bench for my back yard!   
Cathy Attix rocks a new BELIEVE graphic tee and I think Cher is going to want this!   
Tell Love and Chocolate makes the cutest paper fan drink stirrers......for your colorful cocktails!   
Vicki O'Dell takes me back to my childhood with a Porcupine Quill Necklace DIY! 
 I have always loved porcupine quills!    
Made by Carmona makes the perfect natural wood cut letter holder!  This is serious stuff here!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


My friend Tiffany Windsor, Heidi Borchers and Savannah Starr just released a book 
called Creative Scarves!  It's colorful, festive and filled with inspiration from cover to cover.  The thing I like most about this book is that their techniques could be used on almost any piece of clothing!  They just happened to put these fabulous ideas on scarves.  There is seriously something for everyone in this book and it's worth a gander!
Creative Scarves
20+ Stylish projects to craft and stitch 
Tiffany, Heidi and Savannah
This chain stitched scarf is
one of my favorite projects from the book.  I think it looks 
like a piece of art.
If you're up to it, you can also learn how to finger crochet!
This heart embellished scarf is right up my alley!
Easy to follow, step by step photographs and instructions
for every project!

I'd recommend this book for your craft library
as it is filled with inspirational ideas that can be 
incorporated into every aspect of crafting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Roadside Rescue! From Headboard to Bench!

Not too long ago I found an amazing headboard on the street and dragged it up 3 flights of stairs to my house.  Yes, my neighbors looked at me AGAIN with those judging eyes, but I had a plan!  I was going to turn this headboard into a colorful bench for my yard and that is exactly what I did....
It was a much easier project than I thought it would be, too!  I still have to find a few matching pillows, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far!
My beautiful bench sitting under my favorite little tree
With my woven outdoor blanket on the seat
Watch the short video tutorial here
The sad, lonely, abandoned headboard
An old headboard
20" x 80" x 1" birch plywood (seat)
*80" was the width of my headboard so measure accordingly
2 pieces 1" x 4" x 80" pine board (to frame seat)
3 pieces 1" x 4" x 20" pine board (to frame seat)
4 pieces 2" x 2" x 18" pine board (legs)
1 box of 1 3/4" long wood screws
Screw the 1" x 4" x 80" pine boards to each side of the 20" x 80" birch ply seat
Slide the 1" x 4" x 20" pine boards on each side of the seat and screw in place
Slide the 3rd 1" x 4" x 20" pine board 2" away from the center of the seat and screw in place
*This is for support
Put screws on the sides and on the top of the bench to keep everything in place
Next we are adding 3 legs on the front of the bench
Screw the 2" x 2" x 18" pieces on the inside corners of one side of the seat
Screw a 3rd 2" x 2" x 18" in the center of the first two 
Screw the 4th 2" x 2" x 18" leg in the center on the other side
*You will have 3 legs on one side and 1 leg in the center on the other side
Flip the seat upright on it's legs and screw the headboard to the side with one leg
For my bench I mixed red and blue chalky finish paint to make a deep purple 
I painted the outer frame, legs and bench face purple
I painted the details and seat in two different colors of orange