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.

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What do you think??

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I like it much better!

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-The Whale

5 DIY Gift Ideas from TWE

Hello, everyone!

Tis the season. If you’re looking to save a bit of money this holiday season, or maybe you’re just into giving things with a personal, heartfelt touch, give one of these DIYs a try!

easy adjustable loom diy
Make an adjustable loom and create unique weavings for friends and family!

color block cover
Create cute color block bracelets.

Custom flask DIY
Everyone could use a custom flask in their life!

DIY Studded Hair Pins
Any girl would love studded hair pins!

Cat shirt diy
Cat shirts are always a win!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

-The Whale

Color Block Bracelet DIY

Hello, everyone!

I have a jewelry DIY for you all today!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of geometric and color block things as of late. I’m rather fond of it all, so I wanted to create something of the sort!
You Need:
you need
-Wood Strip (I had one lying around)
Head Pins
Jewelry Tools
Jewelry Wire
Tacky Glue
Paint Markers
Jewelry Crimps (not pictured)
-Beads
Lobster Clasp(not pictured)

One:
paint
Use your paint markers to paint the wood strip. I decided to go with a bright pink for more color block pop, but I left the paint layers thin enough to show some wood grain.

Two:
bind
Use your jewelry wire cutters to cut three equal lengths of wire, then use your pliers and crimp to secure them together. Cut off any excess.

Three:
braid
Braid the three wires together. Crimp the other end together as well.

Four:
curl
Use your round nose pliers to curl the end of two headpins into a loop.

Five:
glue
Place whatever beads you’d like (if any) on the headpins before using the tacky glue to attach them to the backside of your wood piece. Allow this to dry for a bit.

Six:
connect
Use another head pin to create a loop and attach the wood block to the braided wire on each side. Cut the braided wire in the middle and fit it to your wrist. Cut off any excess and secure with crimps.

Seven:
clasp
Use another headpin loop to attach a lobster clasp to the end of your braided wire. Attach yet another headpin loop to the other end for clasping to. All done!

hand

back

color block bracelet

-The Whale

Quick Adjustable Loom DIY

Hey there, everyone!

So, I have recently picked up a new hobby. I came across this weaving class series on one of my favorite blogs, and decided to give it a try. One thing about me: I don’t like spending money on something that I’m not sure I’ll like or use… Weaving requires a loom. Since I wasn’t certain I would even enjoy weaving, I didn’t want to make the commitment of purchasing a loom I potentially would barely use.

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There are a ton of DIY Loom projects on Pinterest, but most of those also required me to purchase something or another. I wanted to use only things I already had. Here’s what I came up with!

You Need:
you need
-A box with a lid (such as a shoe box)
-Nails or screws (I used screws because that is what I had)
-Hammer
-Measuring device
-Marker
-Box cutter

One:
make even
Cut the box so that it is the same height as the lid. I simply put the lid next to the box and traced where to cut.

Two:
dots
Use your measuring device to mark dots 1/2″ apart on one side of each component of the box.

Three:
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Insert a nail (or screw) where each dot is. Leave about 1/2″ of the nail raised above the surface.

easy loom
diy loom
You’re done and ready to get weaving! The great thing about this ‘loom’ is that it’s easy to adjust it for most any size weaving. Just place the two components as close or as far apart as you desire!

I’ve made a few weavings now, and I must say that I do enjoy it! While I probably would not have regretted purchasing an actual loom (and I may still do so with one of these: looms), I am glad that I tried it out beforehand.
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-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

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!

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

Crochet
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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Fun With Hair Chalk

Hey there, everyone!

So one thing that has made me particularly sad lately (besides the fact that we just received ANOTHER snow storm after I thought it might be over!) is seriously missing my tealish ombre hair! I was in love with that hair… but I was only able to keep it for a month or so before I acquired a more professional job… and thus had to opt out of just regular brown to blonde ombre hair…. which don’t get me wrong, I love my hair that way too, but the teal was just so much more fun!

Hair chalk
Anyways, I had known about hair chalk for some time now, but it wasn’t until I watched this video on hair chalking with normal soft pastels you could find in pretty much any craft store that I became VERY interested. I instantly headed to the nearest crafting store (Michaels in my case) and grabbed up a 36 pack of soft pastels for less than $4! I was pretty stoked.
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Hair chalking with the pastels is super easy! Just make sure you brush out your hair before you start. The video suggests using gloves; I didn’t, and it was fine, but it probably depends a lot on the color you choose.

To get on with it, take a small section of your hair and dampen it with some water. Also dampen the pastel you’ve chosen, but not too much. We don’t want it to turn to mush.
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Now apply the pastel to the section of dampened hair moving it in one direction from the top of the section you want colored to the tips of your hair. Repeat this on sections of your hair until you’ve applied the color everywhere you want it to be.

Now that that’s done, blow dry the damp, colored parts of your hair. Once its all dry, apply hair spray. This kind of seals the pastels in place. After that you can go ahead and style your hair normally with a curling or flat iron! Avoid brushing as much as you can though as the chalk will come out some every time you do. Now enjoy you’re fun colored hair!

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Don’t worry, it washes out pretty easily. I’m pretty excited to try a bunch of different colors for different occasions! Maybe I’ll do a green for St. Patrick’s day or something!

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-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.
before

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
Bench

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