DIY Paper Flowers- my gift to the house

paper flower
We are redoing our living room space. Again. I feel like we’re always tweaking it around, but I think this time we’ve got the right plan, which all started with an eagle lamp. And this painting. It’ll all make sense soon. Hopefully.

Holiday Ornament DIY From Costume Jewelry

Holiday Ornament DIY
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. This holiday ornament DIY is from plain old costume jewelry I found at the thrift store for next to nothing. First I picked out some necklaces, brooches, and earrings that were extra sparkly. Back at home, I cleaned them up, and did a little disassembling. Using some tools we have around the house, like needle nose pliers and metal cutters, I broke or cut off any parts I wouldn’t be using. Then I used some 20 gauge artistic wire to fashion a loop to hang it on the tree. On some of them I added satin ribbon for a little color.

A Fabric Scrap Christmas Ornament DIY

Christmas Ornament
Making Christmas decorations is always so fun for me! I have made so many holiday decorations through the years, so much its really impossible to get them all out each year. These days, I’m trying hard to use materials I already have on hand, and these simple DIY ornaments are made with fabric scraps, craft paint, and wooden beads. I made these early in the season, and wasn’t quite ready to go with full-on holiday colors just yet, so I grabbed some non-Christmasy green and blue craft paint for the beads, and some equally neutral fabric scraps.

DIY Striped Flower Vase

Flower Vase
I think I’m still celebrating Cinco de Mayo, or at least wish I was. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so inspired by a beautiful serape blanket we have. I love how the colors in it are bold, summery, kind of off beat, yet work together so well. My love for these colors kind of surprised me. Isn’t it funny where we get our inspiration from? I thought it would be fun to recreate the stripe patterns with yarn on thrift store, mismatched glassware and turn them into flower vases.READ MORE

Buying and Cleaning Vintage Linens

How to Clean Vintage Linens
I am nuts for vintage linens, needlework, embroidery, fabric, and similar textile pieces, I think I’ve made that clear. One of my favorite things to do is shop for it, either online or at secondhand stores. For me, cleaning vintage linens goes hand in hand with buying them, and its what I’m thinking about when I’m deciding whether to buy it or not. I begin with the same basic process for any vintage fabrics and linens I buy, and wanted to show using an actual example. READ MORE

Upcycled Curio Boxes DIY

Upcycled Curio Boxes by Wise Craft Handmade
I have a weakness for dollhouse furniture and have collected pieces over the years. The funny thing about that is, I don’t have a dollhouse to put them in! The DIY seed for this upcycled project planted while flipping through a recent Martha Stewart Living. Her version had a cluster of boxes hung together on the wall, used to store and display all kinds of things. My version uses mismatched boxes and shelving pieces from the thrift store. A little wood stain to unify them, a little decorative paper to mimic wallpaper, glued inside the backs, and now I have a place to store not only my dollhouse trinkets, but some other favorite things that had no real place before. These would be great to display things like those favorite Lego builds or bedside books. 


Fabric Scrap DIY Heart Valentines

Scrappy Heart Valentine
I’m having fun dreaming up projects to utilize scraps lately. I like the unexpected results it can bring, and lord knows I have enough fabric. Although this DIY fabric scrap project is just in time for Valentine’s Day, the basic method to make these hearts, which is called foundation piecing, can be used for all kinds of patchwork projects.READ MORE

Valentine DIY: Embroidered Boxer Shorts

Valentine underwear

I like Valentine’s day to be a little unexpected , a little fun. A simple reminder of how much I love my favorite people. And, well, I think that a pair of embroidered boxer shorts will put a smile on any Valentine’s face. I gave an embroidered pair of white boxers to my husband Peter many years ago and it’s one of the few Valentine gifts we actually still remember.
These are a cinch to make, so no need to panic, there’s plenty of time to make these before February 14!


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