27 August 2018

Turning a Basket into a Bag

Hi guys, thanks for stopping by!

Today, I will turn this basket from blah to TADA! and my inspiration is Jane Birkin.

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Jane Birkin is a British actress, singer, model, and her name is also associated with bags. The iconic and coveted Hermes Birkin bag is named after her. Prior to the success of the Birkin bag, she toted around a lidded basket. In the 1970's, she carried this non-traditonal bag everywhere, with any outfit, not just to the beach or market where you'd expect it to be used. She was often photographed with it making it her trademark accessory with the nickname "Jane Birkin basket".

The Jane Birkin basket had a resurgence this year. Many versions have come out in the shops like this one by designer Clare Vivier and there are more affordable ones on Etsy, too.

And because I have this basket, I'd like to play on the trend. I got it from a little shop in the Philippines. I meant to use it as a care package container and fill it with small presents. But maybe its calling is to be a fashion piece?

I found this sash in my closet...

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes
And twisted it on like they do the Twilly scarf on bag handles

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes
I finished with a tight knot.

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes
I think it makes my basket look more modern...TADA!

Here's another version:

I'm using an airy scarf this time (also found in my closet).

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes
I lined the basket with the scarf, put my stuff inside it, and tied the ends.

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes
This style is less exposed and keeps my stuff secure.

repurposing baskets, other uses for scarves and sashes 
I hope this has inspired you to reuse any baskets or scarves that you own, either for fashion or gift wrapping purposes. TADA!

20 August 2018

A Bundle of Fun

Hey guys! Today's craft is inspired by these little bundles:

They're filled with all sorts of fragrant and luxurious bath products. Perfect for gifts because they're already wrapped!

TADA! Here is my version. 

I used the Japanese art of furoshiki using a bandana. A vintage handkerchief is another option, too.

When it's unwrapped, here's what you'll see inside.

I followed a Japanese theme. There's a face mask, a very useful book that I want to pass along, green tea, some panda-shaped biscuits and a chocolate bar. TADA!

I hope my friend who receives this will agree that it is a bundle of fun!

13 August 2018

Used Postal Stamps

I've waxed romantic of my love for snail mail. What's not to love? An envelope arrives in your mailbox and inside it is a carefully chosen card or stationery, with handwritten words from someone who cares about you! And then it's taken to the post office...just the start of this letter's journey. 

I love snail mail so much that I've even kept the postage stamps! These are little pieces of art, a snapshot of history, and currency all rolled into one. Without them, the letter or package would never arrive.

Today, I'm using some of these stamps for something practical and extends the life of these cancelled stamps. 

First up, an empty plastic box.

Lay-out the stamps on top of the box and once you're satisfied with their placement, carefully stick them on using all purpose glue.

Allow this to dry.

The Simpsons, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Very Hungry Catterpillar, Spiderman, Plastic Man, Gingerbread House, Aladdin
I added a layer of dimensional magic glue for a glossy and raised look (this is an optional step).

And here is what the box looks like. It's ready to store desk supplies or small fashion accessories...TADA!

06 August 2018

Travel Tags

August. It's summer where I live and it's travel season!

I saw this at an airport and I thought it would be a cute craft idea:

These are travel tags or ID tags for your luggage. I think it would be easy to recreate using an ID sleeve. Just tuck in a favorite photograph with your contact information at the back (in case your bags get lost) and TADA!, instant luggage tag.

Here's a version I made:

I would use wire rings so that the tag is more sturdy given all the abuse luggage goes through getting from the ground to the plane and vice versa.

I found an excuse to rifle through my stash of scrapbook paper. 

I choose this cheerful lemon print.

I cut it to size, added my information, and put them inside the plastic sleeves.

I'll be able to spot my luggage from far away. Kids can use this on their bags for back-to-school season, too.

Old ID badges now have new life. TADA!

Happy travels ya'all!