Pickle Jar Remix – Frosted Glass Jar
Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase – Pretty much every time I throw at jar into the recycling bin I feel a little bit guilty because I keep thinking I should do something with that jar. I wish I could say I’m uber excited to save the environment or something altruistic like that but it’s a little more simplistic than that… I just like to create things. A couple of weeks ago I found some frosted glass paint. I didn’t have anything in mind when I picked it up but thought it may come in handy some day. Well, that someday was yesterday when I went to toss a pickle jar into the recycling bin. I was holding the jar in my hand thinking about what a beautiful size and shape it was when I realized it would make a sweet little vase if done up nicely. So I tracked down some white paint, the frosted glass paint, some thin tape (washi tape in this instance) and a smallish pouncer. This was a really quick project about 20 minutes all in, not including the drying time.
One last thing before I get to this DIY tutorial. I LOVE PEONIES! We used to have huge bushes of them where I grew up in Ontario and I loved picking them for my mom when I was a little girl. I had grown a bunch at our old house that we moved from last year. Just this Spring I planted a number of peony tubers but then about a month or so after I planted them, my husband had a guy come over to weed all our gardens and didn’t tell me. The guy he hired “weeded” all of my peonies. What kind of gardener doesn’t know the weeds from the plants… deep breath.
Anyway, after that incident I’ve been in peony withdrawal so I went back to our old house and with the tenants permission (friends of ours actually) I picked a few peonies for the lovely bouquet in this photo… ah, all better now. Look at how gorgeous those flowers are!
- Glass paint – Americana Frosted Gloss Enamels – Frosted glass paint in white (from Michaels)
- Craft paint – Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (from Michaels)
- Small to medium size pouncer
- Tape (I used thin washi tape)
- Soak jar in warm water to get the label off the jar and then wash it to make sure there is no paper or sticker residue left on the glass. Dry glass thoroughly.
- Place your tape into the position being careful to make straight, consistently spaced lines.
- Using your pouncer, gently sponge on your solid colour paint (white in my case) in between the tape. Carefully go around the outside until all the space is filled in. Allow to dry for an hour or two, then remove the tape.
- Now, using your frosted glass paint, dab on using your pouncer starting at the bottom and move to the top until the entire jar is covered. I found that if I went over it again (about 5 minutes later) with a sparse second coat it had a better “frosted” appearance. Allow to dry completely.
- Fill jar/vase with water and beautiful flowers.
Felt Flower Design iPhone Case
Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial – A few weeks back I came across this gorgeous pin of Felt Flower Sachets by The Purl Bee. I totally fell in love with the design but to be completely honest, I’m not really a sachet kind of gal. It did however, get me thinking – I had been trying to come up with a design for a iPhone case and preferably something out of felt… bingo, the felt flower design but on a phone case. I went into my Adobe Illustrator program and started drafting a template for the design. In less than an hour, I had completed my beautiful new iPhone case and I just love it! I used a gorgeous charcoal grey for the body of the case because I don’t think it will show dirt easily but use any colour you prefer. I’ve also made a couple variations with pockets but you can add any extra’s on that you’d like – a button for a closure or the middle of the flower would look cute too.
- Download template above. I’ve also included a variation to add a pocket if you’re so inclined.
- Cut out template, trace design with fabric pen onto felt and cut out.
- Take your long, outer piece of felt, fold in half (pin the outside edges into place) and use a ruler to find the middle. Lay out your larger petals from that mid point towards the outside so that there’s about .25″ left between the tip of the petal and the outside edge of the case. Lay out the other 3 petals in the same manner.
- Take your glue and put a thin strip along the middle of one petal from tip to tip. Place back onto case into position. Repeat with the rest and then do the same with the smaller petals on top. Really, I just eyeball it to make sure it looks even. Let the glue dry.
- Remove pins, unfold felt and sew the petals from the outside tip of one petal across to the second petal. Repeat with the other two petals so that essentially, you’ve just sewn an X in the middle of your case. *If you’re making the case with the added pocket this is when you’d pin then sew the top edge (closest to the flower design) of the 2 long felt pieces together with a 1/8″ seam.
- Fold in half so that the short side (which will become the top opening) are perfectly even and pin edges of case, sew with edges from the top downwards with a 1/8″ seam.
- Trim off any stray threads, grab your iPhone and insert into case and admire! (please note that if you already have a protective case around on your iPhone that’s quite thick you may not be able to fit your phone in this case – you’d have to make the template slightly wider to accommodate for the added case thickness ).
Easy-peasy crochet beanie.
Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie – In an earlier post I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn. The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit. This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl. It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle. I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbour offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting! Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting. It’s faster, requires a little less attention than knitting and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.
So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie. It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbour gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):
- A bulky yarn. I used Bernat Roving in cream that I purchased at Michael’s. If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second colour.
- One 5.5 – 6mm crochet hook.
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- Button if you choose to add a flower
- Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
- 12 double crochets into the ring.
- Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a childs hat skip to step 7)
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch. Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
- Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
- Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.
When I was done, I added in the second yarn colour to create the swirl design. I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.
If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World