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Buttoned Up

As a jewelry designer, Martha Stewart’s button necklace tutorial caught my eye. It looks rather simple and the outcome is a pretty necklace that would go with just about any color outfit. You could, of course, mix it up and make it bright or however you wanted depending on the buttons you use.

In the comments section below the tutorial, one commenter wrote that you can get a bag of 60 abalone-shell buttons at JoAnn Fabrics for $3.50.

buttoned up

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Art Inspired by Literature

As a book lover, I’ve been taking notice of a lot of book art on the web lately.  There have been pieces cropping up including sculpture and jewelry.  Here are a few of the pieces that have caught my eye and my interest.

Rich Neeley Designs on Etsy sells Iphone chargers made from classics. I want one of these! Here’s my favorite made from The Great Gatsby:

Great Gatsby Iphone charger

Daily Danny has a lovely little birdhouse made from classic children’s books and also a tutorial from the Today Show on how to make it. It actually looks fairly easy, but then again a lot of these tutorials squeezed in-between commercials on morning talk shows always look like a slap-dash good time. The tutorial also has instructions on how to make a book clock!

For bookish birds

Paper Statement on Etsy is a shop that sells sculptures and jewelry made from books. One sculpture that really caught my eye is called “Double Book Sculpture“. It would look good on the fireplace mantel.

Book statement piece

This piece by book sculptor Guy Laramee is pretty incredible. It’s a book carved with a nature scene in the middle, proving there really is a whole world inside each book.  The detail in this piece is unbelievable. Be sure to check out his other pieces on his webpage.

A world inside of each book

There’s a tutorial over at Mandipity on how to make this lovely book page necklace. It’s certainly giving me some great ideas!

Wear the words around your neck

And last but not least is the trendy book purse. Here’s one of the brightest and most fun examples I’ve seen in a while: The Chicago Manual of Style by Rebound Designs.

Grammar on the go

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Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern Hits Target

Designer, Todd Oldham has brought his new kid’s craft line called  Kid Made Modern to Target. But because they’re from Todd Oldham, they’re not your usual crayons and drawing paper. Instead, they’re unusually fun and quirky, making them very appealing to grownups, too. There’s something called a “crazy crayon”, which boasts 64 colors in one ten inch stick.  Other highlights include a sew-it-yourself elephant pillow, duct tape art projects, a space stone jewelry kit,  and a comic book making kit that includes markers, stamps, and stencils. Lucky for me, I live about a block from Target. I’m going to go check it out for my five year old, of course. Uh yeah, definitely for my five year old.

Todd Oldham for Kid Made Modern

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Do You Have Baggage?

Repurposed vintage suitcases have been all the rage lately. Here are a collection of the best redos I’ve seen.

The first one is a love seat whose base and back are made from an old suitcase. It even has wheels! The makers are junktion and their other repurposed peices are truly incredible. You can check them out here.

suitcase love seat

roll away love seat

 

Next up on my list is this vintage suitcase boom box from The BoomCase Store. They have a large array of boom boxes made from vintage suitcases that are pretty jaw-dropping. This one is called “The Titanic II”.

The Titanic II

The Titanic II

 

This next piece is an ottoman made by a blogger named Meghan. In her post, she writes that it only took her an hour and a half to create. She gives a tutorial on her site if you’re interested in making one like it.

suitcase footrest

 

The next find is a pet bed made from a relic suitcase by Salvage Shack on Etsy. It looks like this particular bed is no longer available, but the owner now has a cute dog bed posted made from salvaged wood.

purrrfictly suitable for any kitty cat

purrfectly suitable for any kitty cat

 

While I was visiting the Salvage Shack shop, I noticed this cute table for sale.

luggage end table

 

And last, but certainly not least, is this stand-up bass made from vintage baggage. It’s made by a guy whose blog has a post on his “bass project”. In it, he shows exactly how he made this fantastically creative piece.

suitcase bass

suitcase bass

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Incredible DIY Solar Lamps

I love Modge Podge. I use it a lot when making my jewelry. Recently, I found this incredibly easy and money-saving tutorial for DIY hanging solar lamps at The Hand Me Down House. It’s magic ingredient? Modge Podge, naturally. Normally, similar “sun jars” or “solar jars” go for about $30 a piece. These work about to be about $3.50 a jar. The project requires: mason jars, outdoor Modge Podge (you can find it on Amazon), food coloring, small solar lights, and some wire.

In a nutshell, mix the food coloring of your choice with the outdoor Modge Podge and paint it onto a mason jar.

Painted-on outdoor Modge Podge in green

Then let it dry overnight.

Jar with dried outdoor Modge Podge

Next, take the top off a small solar light.

solar light

Add the top and some wire to the mason jar.

Mason jar ready to go

Wallah! You have your own sun/moon jar.

Wallah!

(All photos belong to Amanda at The Hand Me Down House)

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A Literally Green Idea

Like most good DIYers, I’m all about recycling. If I can make something pretty at the same time (and do it quickly), all the better. So when I ran across this seed starter idea over at Made, I was immediately taken.  All you need is some shredded recycled paper, flower seeds, cookie cutters, and water. In a nutshell, you take shredded paper (I think newspaper would look really great) and wet it down, put it into cookie cutters (or just roll into a ball), and then sprinkle seeds on top. After the shapes dry, just plant them and watch them grow!

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