The WWII canning guide which I had promised I would post is now posted on my other blog, Vintage Homemaking. The first part can be found here: Canning Guide
A few months ago I mentioned this great tutorial from Ooh Leela! for a way to package lemons. I’ve been so eager to try to make my own version of it, but I haven’t had much call for gifting lemons lately. However, while organizing my buttons, I found a reason to use my own take on this idea! It was cheap, it was easy, it looks SO cute and I just HAD to share it with you! I found myself with several piles of buttons after I was finished downsizing my personal hoard. I separated the ones that I figured I would sell into three lots of 120 buttons and one of 200 buttons (btw if you are interested, they are listed HERE). I hate the way they look so messy just thrown into a ziplock bag, but I also don’t like containers that you can’t see through like boxes of cloth bags. I try to package my Etsy store/flea market items so that they are pretty to look at as well as easy to organize. I hope this tutorial is as useful to you as it has been to me!
First you need to gather the supplies. For this project you will need a 12 X 12 sheet of decorative scrapbooking paper, scissors, a pencil, some scotch tape, a ruler (not pictured), a bone-folder (optional) and the see-through window from an old bill envelope. I love this version of the craft because I’m able to use the windows out of mailer envelopes and then the rest of it can be recycled! I like to use these BIG windows, usually they come with our home owner’s insurance statements, lol. I also was able to use up those pieces of scraping paper that I always end up with from a bulk stack that I won’t ever use for their intended purpose. I have a whole rack full that I usually use to wrap books that I am mailing off, but after years of doing that I still have tons of them!
The first step is to fold the 12X12 sheet exactly in half. It doesn’t matter which way, it comes out the same no matter what because it’s perfectly square. I use the bone folder to make sure that the fold is crisp. I then separated the paper on the fold line. I simply pulled it apart, but you can use scissors if you’d like.
Take one of the now 6X12 inch pieces you just separated and fold it twice with the decorative side facing out; one fold will be 5.5 inches from one end and the other fold will be 1 inch from the opposite end. Use the bone folder to make your folds sharp.
Now on both open sides of the package, make a 1/4th inch fold toward the side where your closure flap faces. Once you have the fold crisp, cut along the edge fold line to the center fold line on both. This removes some of the unnecessary bulk where you will be sealing the sides. I chose to round off the remaining edges of the side folds and the closure flap so that it looked neater. You should really be able to see your basic envelope shape forming now!
Don’t tape anything down yet! You have to cut and install your window first. On the front of the envelope (the side that faces away from your closure flap) use the ruler to figure the placement of your window. You do this by measuring your window and then marking the edges of where you would like it with a pencil. Always make the “frame” a fraction of an inch smaller than your viewable window so that you won’t see the edges of the original paper envelope that it was salvaged from. I leave the edges on so that the tape will hold better.
Now just cut along the lines you made! I make my windows slightly to one side so that I can write on the envelops down the one side or across the top later. Don’t forget to go back with the eraser and clean up any pencil marks that might remain.
Place the window over the opening you just cut, line it up straight and then tape it down completely on all sides. The last thing you want is for a part of it to come loose and for all of your buttons to spill out!
Finally fold the edge flaps over onto the back of the package and tape them down completely, again you don’t want any of this to come apart or you will have a real mess.
Your packaging is done now! Just write on it, label it or decorate it however you’d like. Fill it with your buttons and seal the closure flap. I used tape, you could use stickers or something cute too, it’s up to you. As with most of my project tutorials, I like to make it very opensource so that you have the freedom to customize it and really make it your own. This can be made smaller or larger if you’d like, you can change the pattern of the paper (just make sure it’s cardstock weight so it won’t tear), the size or location of your window, you could put another window on the back too, how you label it, what you use it for, you could even make it thinner and taller… possibilities are endless!
One of my favorite seductresses of the silver screen is Veronica Lake! She had great sexy style and beautiful sultry hair. My hair isn’t very thick, so at times the closest that I could get to a 40′s do was to mimic Lake’s trademark “witch locks”. She did eventually change her hair though and switched to something more like the Victory rolls during WWII. I posted a vintage “PSA” of sorts about it in 2008 as you might recall. I rounded up some links and photos to introduce you to her if you don’t already know who she is, and to re-inspire you if you do! Enlarge images by clicking.
Last night I got something far better for my contest win than being on the Today show or winning a $50 gift certificate to the NBC store, lol, I was featured on CRAFT magazine’s blog! I know it’s not national TV, it’s a blog, but I figure that more people who are actually interested in crafting see that blog than watch the Today show! I’d much rather have 20,000 people who care see my project than 100,000 who don’t care. I’ve checked out the web and it’s bee re-posted, linked to, shared, liked and tweeted so many times I lost count! This really hasn’t turned out to be SO bad for us, we’ve gotten a lot of page views from it! We haven’t sold anything out of the shop or anything, but I don’t produce the dog sweaters for sale. Today I’m going to be working on adding a lot more items to the shop, including a handmade skirt and some really neat stuff for spring.
We were also lucky enough to be included in an Etsy treasury of the top ten finalists (those with Etsy shops anyway) that was made by fellow finalist Jessie Katz. I am so glad that she did this and that she didn’t leave us out!
For more places that we have been mentioned/featured/posted recently, check out our press page! Thank you to everyone who takes that extra time to type out my name and include me in a post, I really appreciate it VERY much!
YES! Even though they did NOT feature my project on the show or announce me as a winner in any way, shape or form publicly, LOL, I DID get an email confirming me as the third place winner in the Art of ReUse contest. I am so pleased because this item was something that I threw together at the last minute. I only had about 12 friends who voted for me, so this means that I must have had a decent number of honest to goodness EARNED votes! That makes me feel good, that people went and the selected it because they liked it, even though they had no idea who I was or anything about me. Then of course there was the whole saga where I was told that my project did not “best represent” what the contest was about, which resulted in me being the only finalist that they refused to mention on the Today show. Needless to say I was SHOCKED to find out that I had placed at all!
I’m not sure WHY they didn’t think my project represented the recycling principle, the entire thing was made from a trashed out sweater that would have been thrown out other wise because it wasn’t even fit to donate… I mean, for Jeeby-Chreeby’s sake even the DOG is RECYCLED! LOL. I even recycled the paper I used to make the pattern; it’s an old calender they gave us at the Chinese buffet for New Years!!!! The thread was going to be thrown away by someone else who gave it to me instead! LOL After all is now said and done, who cares about the Today Show. Who are they to treat anyone like I was treated, or worse yet to publically mock the contestants that they DID feature? This is the first crafting contest I’ve ever entered and they have seriously given me a bad experience. Being on the show was the best perk being given to the finalists, I’ve been to Universal Studios before and I don’t think I could come up with two people to take with us anyway. Hubby, being military, can’t take a vacation when the contest would tell him to; he’s gotta go by when the Navy allows him to. Second and third prizes were about equal in my eyes, she gets a gift basket of stuff from the Universal store worth $250 and I get a $50 gift certificate to the store. I’d much rather have a lower dollar amount and actually be able to pick what I want instead of them selecting it for me any day. I can get the pink Biggest Loser t-shirt and hubby can get a Schrute’s Beet Farm t-shirt and be done with it! lol. **UPDATE** We did get a mention HERE in a press release that is all over the place and HERE on ShelterPop, although they attributed Jessie Katz’s credit card earrings to me falsely.
My whole goal in entering this contest was for fun, to see if I could even measure up and of course so that my Hero of Heroes, Martha Stewart would see my project and my crazy dog pictures. Just knowing she looked at them, even for a second, makes me happy. Do I feel bad that they left me out of the other good stuff? Of course I do, but in the end I got what I REALLY wanted and they just showed themselves for what they really are.
I would also like to congratulate Jill Morrison, the creator of the Claw-foot Bathtub Couches (below) for being the Grand Prize Winner!!! You can check her out via a myriad of methods on her website: http://www.ruffhouseart.com/
I’m naming the doggie sweater that I entered in the Art of Reuse contest “The Brooni Sweater” because she inspired it! You all know she doesn’t have a ton of hair, and what she does have is sparsely scattered over her head and back mostly, so several months out of the year she needs a sweater. If she doesn’t have one on, she shakes unless it’s the height of Summer. I used to buy $20 sweaters for her and when that became too expensive, I would sort of willy-nilly piece sweater scraps together. I can’t crochet and I just can’t get the hang of knitting, so I had to find a better way. I used her as a dress form and after a lot of marking and cutting and agitating her to no end, I worked out a pattern for a long-sleeved turtleneck dog sweater like the one below!
The pattern is really easy, only 3 pieces, and it takes less than 20 minutes to make it, including cutting the pieces! The great thing about this sweater is that it has infinite possibilities. You can shorten or lengthen any part of it. You can change the collar or leave it off completely. You can use any knit fabric, sweater or sweatshirt that is large enough and you can embellish it in a myriad of ways. I always have sweaters that hubby damages in the wash or that get lord knows what all over them, lol I also pick up a bag or two at thrift store sales or the Goodwill Outlets where you buy them by-the-pound.
For Construction, I place the collar, “wrists”, and the back flap along the ribbed finished edges of the original garment for a more finished look that requires less sewing. I put it together with the pieces facing each other so that my seams are all nice and neat on the inside. I also use a locking stitch because it is a sweater afterall and I don’t want it to unravel on me. Assemble the cut pieces according to the image below. You can find the full instructions HERE on the Green is Universal ReUser’s Guide! You can embellish and alter it how ever you’d like! All the images here can be enlarged by clicking on them!
- As I mentioned in the post below and as you will see in the sidebar, Universal Entertainment is running a two fold contest under their Green is Universal initiative called The Art of ReUse. The first aspect of this contest (now closed to entries) was to enter a ReUse project of your own into one of 5 categories. These projects will be voted on, the top ten projects will go on to the panel of judges and a winner will be selected. The SECOND (and still currently running part) is that one registered voter will be awarded a $500 Etsy shopping spree! Who wouldn’t love $500 to blow on Etsy?! I think that prize is honestly better than the prize for the best project! LOL. The process IS cumbersome and confusing I’ll admit and they don’t seem to have any plans to fix it. THIS POST explains how to register and how to vote. Even if you aren’t interested in the contest or in voting, there are TONS of great upcycling projects with instructions (free) on the site, no registration necessary to view them all!
Earlier in the week I worked out a simple pattern for dog sweaters because even though it is starting to warm up here, occasionally it is still too cold for the Brooni and I wanted her to have some new sweaters. As with most things, I didn’t want to pay much for them! LOL. I made two right off the bat with some old sweaters that I had laying around and she loved them. I was online poking around the eco-friendly sites and I came across Green is Universal. A green initiative run by the Universal entertainment company. As I read their Facebook wall, I saw that they were having a contest called The Art of ReUse in partnership with Etsy! The deadline for entries was midnight on the 8th, so I spent the next two days fine-tuning my project, getting good photos of it and constructing it. I entered the 20 Minute Dog Sweater under the pets category on Friday night just in time for the cut off! Basically my project is a very simple and very customizable dog sweater made out of an about-to-be-discarded sweater.
Isn’t she adorable!? If any of you are feeling neighborly, I would greatly appreciate your vote (and so would Brooni)! You can do so by clicking the image above or HERE and registering to vote via the instructions on the top of the project post. Once you fill out the form you’ll receive an email with your password (check your spam box!) After you login with this password, you can vote once per category (we are in PETS) and you will be entered to win a $500 Etsy shopping spree! The vote box is located at the bottom of the specific project pages, liking it on facebook does NOT count as a vote. Like I said, I would seriously appreciate the vote! I don’t care if we win, but I would LOVE to be one of the ten with the highest vote count that goes on to the final round with the guest judges… one of which is my HERO, the one and only Martha Stewart! Just to have her look at something I made would make my YEAR! I think the voter prize that is up for grabs is much better than the contest prize anyway! I’d much rather have $500 to blow on Etsy than a trip to Universal Studios! LOL.
For decades, Lauren Bacall has epitomized the strong, beautiful, no-nonsense woman. I’ve always loved her voice and her elegant relaxed style. I also really like her hair! If mine was a little thicker I’d try it out, lol. I love it when I see her in modern movies; she is still so beautiful, even after so many years.
Internet Movie Data Base: Lauren Bacall
Wikipedia: Lauren Bacall
Turner Classic Movies: Lauren Bacall
The Pin-Up Girl History Project: Lauren Bacall
Movie Maidens: Lauren Bacall
Is There Anyone Like Lauren Bacall?