Cacti Art Upcycle

Hey everyone!

I have a not so typical upcycle to share today!

cacti art

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.

after

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?

Giraffe top

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.
before

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.

after

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

Floral Romper Refashion

Hey there!

I finally have a new refashion post!

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So I acquired this romper from my mom’s closet awhile back. She didn’t want it anymore, and I really liked the print, so I snatched it up. At first I had no intentions of refashioning it. I felt it was alright as it was, but after I dug it out this past weekend, I noticed my feelings towards it had changed… thus a refashion was born!

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I don’t really know why I liked it (for anything other than the pattern) before. I didn’t like the sleeves with the little bows, or the long, flowy shorts that make it almost appear to be a dress. All of this needed to change!

To start off, I shortened the shorts and took in the sides a bit to make them more fitted. After that I removed the sleeves and hemmed them up. I was decently pleased with how all of this went down, but, as usual, I felt it needed an extra dose of personality… this is when the lace pocket was added!

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I paired this with a belt to break up the pattern a bit, and some cute little thrifted booties! I then wore this out to an interesting evening with some friends. My friend Calli and I were romper friends!
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Such fun!

Doing this refashion kind of got me back into a sewing type mood. I’ve been in a bit of a burn out from it lately, so hopefully this is what I needed to refuel the flame!

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-The Whale

Mini Magnetic Wine Cork Planters

Hello all!

Today I want to share a quick little project with everyone!

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I made mini wine cork planters! These are so unbearably cute and easy to make!

You Need:
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-Wine Corks
-Magnets
-Exacto Knife
-Tiny Plants (I used mini cacti!)
-Planting Soil (like a tiny bit)
-Tacky or Hot Glue
-Paint Markers (optional)

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First thing’s first, you must hollow out a small hole for the plant to go in. I used an exacto knife to carve out the tiny hole. I carved about a half inch into the cork.

Now if you want to paint your planters, it is time. I painted about half of them just to keep it interesting. Basically just on the more ‘boring’ corks.

Once the paint is dry (if you painted), go ahead and glue a magnet to the back of each one. After the glue is dry (and I learned the hard way: waiting for the glue to dry is important) add a pinch of soil and a drop of water to the hole you carved out, then go ahead and add the tiny plant!

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SO CUTE! Mine are hanging out on my fridge for now, but I think it would be cute to have some on my dry erase board!

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-The Whale

Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

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

basket planter

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

Easy Cat Shirt DIY

Hey, everyone!

I haven’t done a DIY in a while… it’s also gotten rather warm here in Cincinnati. Both of these things inspired me to come up with this little project just for you all!

Cat shirt diy

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty into this whole cat clothing trend… I’m not ashamed to admit I own about sixish cat related clothing items. I don’t really plan on preventing it from expanding either. That’s just me though. Maybe you’re not crazy like me.

Anyways, I started out with a simple white t-shirt (like one of the ones that come in a three pack at Walmart) and some fun fabric. Of course you don’t have to make a cat shirt. It can be anything really. I made something similar using a heart shape last summer!

You need

You need:
-T-shirt
-Fun Fabric
-Thread
-Pins
-Scissors
-Sewing Machine (unless you feel like sewing by hand!)

One:
cut neckline
First thing you need to do is cut a new neckline. I wanted my shirt to be kind of off the shoulder, so I cut it wide. I also wanted shorter sleeves, so I cut those as well.

Two:
pin hems
Pin down a hem for the neckline (and the sleeves if you’re cutting them!) Make sure you do this with the shirt inside out.
Three:
hem
Now use your sewing machine to stitch down the hem!

Four:
draw and cut
Draw the cat (or other shape) on the back of your patterned fabric, and then cut it out.

Five:
pin cat
Pin the cat to your shirt! Make sure you only pin it to the front layer of fabric.

Six:
stitch cat
Now it’s time to stitch on the cat. I used a zig-zag stitch and went around the entire shape twice. This will make sure your cat is definitely secure, and keep the fabric from unraveling too much.

DONE!:
all done!
Gaze at your work in awe!
cat shirt

I love this shirt a lot, and not just because it’s cat related. I love the breezy and laid back fit it has to it as well! If any of you make this DIY I’d love to see the results!

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-The Whale

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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???
floral dress upcycle
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…
before
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

Bench Refashion

Oh hello.

I have a new project to share with everyone!
bench refashion

I came across this cute little bench at a flea market over the summer for only $8! For months it sat in my parent’s garage as I waited to find the time to make it into what I had envisioned.
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Finally I found some time, so I proceeded to paint the bench a nice off-white. I planed on putting the bench in my kitchen, and I wanted it to be neat and fresh. After the paint was applied and the bench was transported to my kitchen, it was buried under odds and ends and mail as I waited to find the time to sew up some appropriate cushions. I had the perfect fabric already…
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Lovely vintage fabric! I love the color and the print!
So a month or two after being moved to my kitchen, I have finally completed it all!
after
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I really love the result! No more acting as a storage table; the bench now serves as a quiet little sitting area by my window. It’s a rather nice place for coffee and a bagel in the morning!

-The Whale

Summer Top DIY

Hello hello!

I actually have a DIY for you all today! I don’t often do those… Mostly because I don’t post a lot of things that work well as a DIY.. well except recipes… but you know what I mean!

This DIY is for a really simple (but really cute!) summer top!
Summer Top DIY

You need
I used thelace curtains I thrifted a while back for my fabric, but you can use whatever you like!

One:
measure
First things first, you need to take a few measurements. Measure both around your waist and then from your shoulder to your hips (or however long you want the shirt to be). Add about 15 inches to your waist measurement so the shirt will be loose. Double that amount and measure out a rectangle of your fabric. (Your waist +15 then x2 for one side and then the length of your torso plus a few inches for the other side).
Measurements

Two:
fold
Okay now fold that rectangle in half (hamburger bun style not hot dog style!) and cut it in half.
I guess I could have just told you to cut two rectangles from the beginning… but I feel like this is easier. Less measuring and what not.
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So now you have two rectangles of fabric!

Three:
pin
Now it’s time to pin the two pieces together. If your fabric has a print on it make sure the printed sides are facing each other. Pin the sides together being sure to leave gaps for arm holes. Then pin the top together just a few inches from the outsides. Make sure to try it on with the pins before you sew!
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Four:
sew together
Sewing time! If you have a machine, stitch the sides together making sure to leave the arm holes open so you don’t have to rip out the stitches… (I definitely didn’t have this problem…) Then stitch the few inches you pinned at the top. If you don’t have a machine then this part isn’t much fun… just hand sew it all. That takes a long time, but don’t fret, it can be done!

Five:
neck line copy
After you’ve sown the top and sides it’s time to cut out the neckline. This is simple. Just cut a swoop from the beginning of each of the seams on the top. Do this on the back too. I made the back swoop a little less though.

Six:
Hem
Now comes the time to hem everything up! Pin and hem the neckline, the sleeve holes, and the bottom. Use either your machine or hand sew! After that you’re all done!

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So pretty and so easy! I hope you guys liked this DIY and found it easy to follow!

-The Whale