Cacti Art Upcycle

Hey everyone!

I have a not so typical upcycle to share today!

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I found this 3Dish art piece at a thrift shop a bit ago… the fact that it was featuring cacti meant I had to buy it…. it was only $15… but I wasn’t a fan of the pinkish brown frame it came in. It made it look way too pastely, and I also felt like it needed a little something else added to it.

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After some thought, I decided I wanted to add a subtle geometric border to the piece. I picked shapes that were already in the piece, and a light silver color so it wouldn’t over power the original part.

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I then spray painted the frame white. I feel this really freshened the piece up, and kept the focus on the actual art.

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What do you think??

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I like it much better!

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-The Whale

Giraffe Top Refashion

Hello hello!

I haven’t done a refashion in quiet some time. A long time. I’m working on it, okay?

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I’ve had a small pile of items sitting on my desk that I have intended on refashioning for a few months. I actually picked up this giraffe dress in the fall sometime… maybe even the late summer. When I first bought it, I didn’t have plans of refashioning it at all, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked the weird scribbly part at the bottom.
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The fit was fine, and I was really into the giraffe print at the top, so I eventually decided to just be rid of the part of the pattern I wasn’t too keen on, and turned this dress into a top. This is a first for me. I am a huge dress fan, and normally would never choose to ruin a dress, but those scribbles…. I couldn’t deal with it.

I gave this dress a huge chop, and the new top a hem. Super simple.

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Now there’s only the nice giraffe print left! Of course it’s mid winter and freezing cold here in Cincinnati… so this won’t be out for a few more months… unless I’m lucky.

I hope everyone is enjoying their 2015!

-The Whale

Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

So I completed a small project over the weekend that I want to share with you guys!

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I’m pretty into houseplants. Mostly succulents and cacti. This weekend I went into ‘get stuff done mode.’ This resulted in me re-potting all my house plants and cleaning up my little cacti gardens. I’ve had this vine type plant on my windowsill pretty much ever since I moved, and I had been thinking it would make a good candidate for a hanging piece! I had picked up a small basket I enjoyed at a thrift shop a bit ago, and had been trying to decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. It worked out perfectly for this project!

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First thing I did was spray paint the basket white. I really wanted to keep the fresh, clean look of my apartment going on.

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After the paint was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite mint colored yarn, and crocheted ‘straps’ directly to the basket. If you were trying to recreate this look, but don’t know how to crochet, you could easily braid some yarn and achieve something similar.

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I crocheted a consistent loop over a doorway to my living room so that there wouldn’t be a knot on the top.

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After that all I had to do was add the plant! I kept it in a plastic pot I also painted white, so that no dirt or water would leak through the basket.

Pretty cute, yes?

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-The Whale

Is It Warm Yet? (Dress Refashion)

Hello!

New upcycle today!

I’ve had major spring fever lately… looking out my window puts a damper on my day when I see all the snow and ice still out there… will it ever end???
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So I’ve had this dress in my ‘to work on’ pile for months now. I knew it would be a simple fix, but it was winter… not much use for dresses like this in the winter… Anyways, I finally decided that I needed something to make me forget about the cold and snow for a minute, so I grabbed this dress out of the pile…

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I really enjoyed the fabric pattern, the lace back, and the cute little buttons down the front of this dress… but what I didn’t enjoy was the layered ‘frilly’ look and the length. I’ve never been much of a maxi dress girl.

To make this dress acceptable to me, I simply cut off the bottom ‘frilly layer’ and hemmed it up. I know I’m lazy. I probably could have done a lot more with this, but I found it to be satisfactory, and actually pretty cute!

After:
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Agree???

So that’s my ‘spring please get here now!’ plea to the universe. I have a new dress to wear once it’s warm!

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-The Whale

Black Chiffon Shirt Refashion

Hey, everyone!

I know I’ve been MIA lately… I have no excuse besides the fact that I’ve been being lazy…. it happens right? So anyways, I have a new upcycle today!

black chiffon shirt

I finished this shirt a bit ago… longer ago than I care to admit…
Just take a look at the before picture I took when I bought the shirt in it’s original form…
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It was still warm enough out for me to wear a chiffon shirt with just a cami… I’m such a slacker.

Anywho, as you can see, this shirt was wayyyy too big on me, but i really liked the fabric. I’ve also recently decided my closet is seriously lacking anything black.

Easy fix. I chopped off the sleeves and took in the sides. Pretty standard for me (as you are most likely aware if you’ve seen any of my past upcycles). I felt that it needed a little something extra though. Lately I’ve been rather fond of gold. This fondness resulted in my decision to paint the buttons of this top gold. Perfect.

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So what do you think?

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Alright, well…. no promises, but I’m going to try and post more regularly again!

-The Whale

Mint and Flowers

Hey there!

I have a new upcycle today! I’m not going to lie… its similar to a few of my other ones.

Mint and flowers

I didn’t do anything too interesting with this… my usual cut off the sleeves and take in the sides. The shirt was an XL to start with.
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I adore the pattern of this shirt! Thats 100% the reason I bought it. It’s my favorite color, and the flowers look so pretty! Take a closer look:
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See? Lovely.

After:
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I love this top. I’m quite pleased especially considering if I saw something like this in a store I would have bought it!

-The Whale

Chiffon Polka Dots

Hello!

I have a new upcycle today! It was a simple one, but I love the results!

polka dot ciffon top

I found this shirt at my favorite Cincinnati thrift store a bit ago (along with some other things you will see on here shortly!) I do believe I’ve mentioned my love for chiffon on here before… but in case you missed it, I LOVE chiffon! Well now that that’s out in the open, I’ll get on with it!

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This top really didn’t need much. I already liked it, except for one thing: the sleeves. I hated the weird elastic part that tightened the ends of the sleeves to my arms. So, for this upcycle I simply trimmed off the said elastic part of the sleeves and hemmed it all up. I also took in the sides a tad. It was so easy. I almost feel like I’m cheating you all for not having done something more impressive… but I love this top!

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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-The Whale

Thifted Oxfords

Hey there!

Today I have a new thrifting find to share with you! I’m super pumped about this one!
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I found the most perfect oxfords and for only $4! I had been on the search for these for some time, so when I spotted this pair on the shoe rack at a Goodwill I was ecstatic. I was even more ecstatic when I tried them on and they were a perfect fit! Its too often of an occurrence where I’ll find the perfect pair of shoes only to find that they are far too small… (always too small!) I swear 99% of the people who donate shoes to Goodwill are size sixes.
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I googled the brand (Xanadu) of these shoes, but I couldn’t really find anything useful. There were a few Etsy listings for some vintage shoes of the same brand so I’m thinking these most likely are vintage. I absolutely love them!

-The Whale

Denim and Lace: Vest

Hello hello!

This post is a bit late… I know. I’m slacking. Oh well. Its here now!

I have a new upcycle to share! It is probably one of my favorites so far!

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I made a vest! That’s a new one for me. Does anyone remember the denim and crochet shirt I did a while back? Well, to make this vest, I used the back from that shirt which I had cut out, as well as some thrifted lace curtains (which I found for $6 unopened not long ago and snagged to use as fabric!)
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To construct this vest, I traced the denim part I had onto the lace and then cut that in half to create the two sides of the front of the vest. I then sewed it all together on my trusty sewing machine.

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…and a side view:
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I still felt as though it needed a little something extra… a little more personality. I then decided to add a denim pocket to the front. I had a denim dress in my pile of stuff to work on that had pockets on it, so I simply took one off of the dress and attached it to my vest. Simple. I love when things work out like that…

Yet it still was missing something. I dug around in my random things box for awhile and came across some studs I had pulled off of an old belt I had in high school (I know, don’t judge me…) I decided these were exactly what I was looking for! I attached three to each shoulder and then three to the pocket. Presto.
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I really love this new vest!

-The Whale

Ombre Top Upcycle

Hello, Everyone!
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I have a new upcycle today! I had bought this men’s button up at Goodwill a bit ago. It didn’t really take long for me to decide what I wanted to do with it.

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It was obviously huge one me (an XLL) but I loved to fabric and the buttons! I know I always cut off sleeves… but I did that again, and took in the sides enough to fit me. I also cut off a lot of length in the front, but left the back the original length. I like that look and its been popular lately. I still felt that this top needed something different, so I decided to try and go for an ombre dye! I picked out a pale pink and used this tutorial to accomplish what I wanted!
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I really like it!

What are your thoughts on the ombre look?

-The Whale