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.

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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

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Chiffon Polka Dots

Hello!

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

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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!

ps: Follow me on Instagram if you’re into that sort of thing!

-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

Tea For One.

Hello hello!

Today I actually have some new thrifting finds to share! It’s been awhile since I have posted about anything thrifty. About time I change that.

So, first up is a lovely corduroy jacket I got for $6. It’s originally from the Gap, and I love that the inside lining is a pretty fabric!
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Next I have a mini upcycle. I was super stoked to find this 1990 Reds World Series sweater for only $1! The only problem was it was an extra large and swallowed me… It was simple enough to take in the sleeves and the sides a bit though!
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My final find I have to share with you I one that I am very pleased to have found! I have begun a recent obsession with loose leaf tea. Its fantastic. (My favorite place to buy it is from here) Anyways, this find was perfect timing. It’s a ‘Tea for One’ set! The set is complete with a mug, a little teapot, and an infuser for loose leaf. I only paid $4 for this set, and I was very excited when I looked it up online and found that its $32 here!
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I must say this little set gets a ton of use!

Well that is all of my current thrifting finds worth mentioning! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

-The Whale

Crochet and Denim

Hello, Hello!

I have a new upcycle today! I’m pretty excited about this one! Mostly because it was a lot of work…but also because I’m really pleased with the results!

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I had been on the prowl for a denim shirt in the thrift stores for some time now. I had the idea for this upcycle and so finding the perfect candidate was important. I finally found one I considered worthy a few weeks ago!

Before:
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For this upcycle, I cut out the back of the shirt and used the cut out part as a template to crochet a design. I really wanted it to be somewhat lacy. After I had the crochet part done, I sewed it in the place where the back had been cut out. Done.

After:
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I’m really happy with the pattern I chose to go with! I like how its both a bit geometric and lacy! I also am a huge fan of the combination of denim and crochet! I did an upcycle for crochet shorts over the summer and they were a huge hit!

What do you think of the denim/crochet combination? Love? Hate? I’d like to know your opinion!

-The Whale

Suede Shirt Upcycle

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Well hello. everyone!

I have a new upcycle today! I found this (faux) suede shirt at Goodwill a bit ago. I had been playing with the idea of suede shirts ever since I saw a few at Forver 21 in the fall. I wanted one. I knew this. I just didn’t like any of the ones I found in the stores enough to purchase… so when I found this shirt, well, I figured for $3 I could pretty easily make it into something that suited me!

So anyways, here it is as I bought it:

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I really love the pattern:

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Basically I cut off the sleeves, (maybe a reoccurring thing for me but what can I say?) and attached a fun and colorful pattern to the existing collar. I still felt, however, that it was missing something… so I ended up painting the buttons! I feel that was just what it needed! I used an acrylic craft paint and then went over that with clear nail polish… Hey, it works!

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Nifty yes? I love it.

Also, if you didn’t notice, I’ve attempted to up my photos on here a bit… I feel I’ve been kind of lazy (okay not kind of…) photo wise, so I’ve set a personal goal for myself: no more bad photos in bad lighting. It’s going to happen.

-The Whale

Hexagonal Upcycle

Hello, friends!

I have a new upcycle to share with you today! It’s one of my recent thrifting finds! I got this chiffon (I absolutely LOVE chiffon) button up at a Goodwill one fine afternoon. The color and nifty hexagonal pattern caught my eye. Of course the fit and the style.. well not so much.

Before:
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It came equipped with these lovely shiny cuff links as well!
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So to make this work out better for me, I took in the sides a bit, chopped off the sleeves, and then turned the cuff links into more buttons on the front. (The shirt has hidden buttons behind the strip of fabric down the front.)

After:

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Much better yes? I think so!

On another note, I recently got a Tumblr so if you would like do follow me! Also, check out my Etsy shop if you like pretty things!

Until next time,

-The Whale

Clutch Upcycle: Trying out Leather Paint

Hello everyone!

So today I have a new upcycle for you! I have been intrigued by a product I heard about over the summer (probably on Pinterest called ‘leather paint.’ Well I somewhat forgot about it until I came to acquire this cute little clutch.
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While it was cute as is, I couldn’t help but feel it needed a bit of a pick me up. While thinking of ideas of what I could do for this little number, I remembered the leather paint! I went into research mode right away and found some here and ordered a few different colors.
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As soon as they arrived (rather quickly too!) I got to work on painting the clutch! I decided to make the main body of it a sort of shimmery champagne color, and then, to add some excitement, I painted the trim a pretty teal blue. I’m quite pleased with the results!

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Now I have an itch to go to some thrift stores to find a few leather purses to spruce up!

-The Whale

Floral Dress.

Hello all!

So today I have a brand new upcycle to share! I’ve had this dress for quite awhile. I got it from Goodwill back in August or so and was super enthusiastic in the beginning… unfortunately I can’t find the before pictures from way back then, but I promise you it was awful. Think something along these lines:

I just really liked the feel of the fabric and the floral print. Anyways, I immediately developed an idea of what I wanted the dress to look like and got to cutting. After awhile, the dress wasn’t really turning out how I envisioned, so I became discouraged and ultimately stashed the dress away in the bottom of my ‘to be worked on’ pile…

A few weeks ago I was going through said pile, and came across it again. I decided to give it another go with a new idea, and I must say I wasn’t disappointed this time!
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I ended up turning it into a halter with a deep back. I feel its a nice and breezy dress for a hot summer day (just like the ones we’ve been having!)

-The Whale