No-Sew Wizard Costume DIY (so simple it’s almost magic!) – the Cloak

Ever wished you had a Wizard at hand? I know I did! So I took matters in my own hands et voila – a cone hat and a cloak are traditional attributes of any respectable wizard.

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 The whole costume took less than an hour to make. Begin with the magic fabric:

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The cloak will be as wide as the fabric (usually 54 or 48 inches). The length is up to you – it can be as long or as short as you wish, just measure the wearer 😉 Mine was 14 inches long.

To make a collar, fold 2 inches along the width. (If you want a higher collar, you can fold 3 inches, but I would not recommend going more than that – the collar won’t stand up right). Then make 0.5 inch cuts along the fold. I suggest make an even number of cuts and don’t space them too closely. Here’s what you need to get:

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Now take a ribbon, attach a safety pin to one end and thread it through the holes. Tip: start from the outside. Like this:

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  And you are done! Seriously 🙂

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I’ll be honest, making a cone hat that fits your wearer’s head is a bit more tricky and involves some mathematics. So, I’ll leave it for a next post 🙂 Meanwhile, go admire your brand-new DIY Wizard Cloak! And don’t forget to share your pictures!

Happy Halloween!

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Make an Extra Pocket in 20 minutes – Instructions

As promised, here is a (more or less) step-by-step how-to for the pocket. Or a wallet. What’s best to call it?

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I wanted this to be real simple, without complicated measurements.

To know how much fabric I need, I simply wrapped the devices I wanted to fit inside in my fabric.

For the width, the fabric should cover HALF of the height on each side, plus half an inch for seam allowance on every side. Like so:20151013_122118

Same technique for the length – wrap, make sure fabric covers half the height of the devices. Now here’s the trick that makes it a really quick and easy project: multiply your length by 3 and then add 0.5 inch seam allowance. This is what you should get – one long strap the width of your devices combined:20151013_125639

We also need a separate piece of fabric, the size of your largest device, plus seam allowance, no height. This is the divider inside the pocket.

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I hemmed the top and bottom of both pieces. No need to hem the sides. I chose to sew, but feel free to use the Iron-On or anything else you prefer.

Next step is to fold the fabric. Fold it GOOD SIDES TOGETHER, with the divider piece in between, like you would a letter in an envelope (see the picture above!). Sew on one side. Turn inside out. Put your devices in the pocket and mark where the seam on the other side should be and sew. This might get tricky and may look uneven. But trust me – it’ll look just right in the end. Here are pictures to help:

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After you sewed it all together, clip the bottom corners a bit and turn the pocket inside out. Put your stuff in it to make sure everything fits. Hopefully it does 🙂

The last thing is to attach the strap (rope, ribbon, tie – you pick!). Take a small piece of fabric and sew it to the inner side of the pocket cover. It’s clearer from the picture:

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Now turn the pocket good side out, put your possessions in it and tie it around your thighs (looks way better than around the waist!) 20151013_122448

How did your pocket turn out? I’d love to see it – do share in the comments!

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An Extra Pocket DIY

I’ve always been a pants and flats kind of girl, I take comfy over fancy any time, thank you very much. Best thing about pants? Pockets! For phones, wallets, napkins, keys and hands. Yes, all of that in one pair of pants. I’m telling you – pockets rule!

Recently I’m experiencing painful lack of pockets. Due to obvious lack of pants – pants are not the most convenient of clothes to wear around in the house in the desert heat. But as we well know, lack of something is only noticed when said something is in need. My need for a pocket gradually grew so pressing, that I decided to make a pocket. After all, why do I have My Pressshs if not to rescue me from such dire circumstances?

The whole project took about 20 minutes. And from this:20150926_124631

To this is went in a breeze: 

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That’s right, I needed a pocket to carry my phone and another very important device on me at all times without constantly missing one or the other or both! Now I tie the rope around my waist and enjoy a hands-free-always-on-me freedom.

Instructions will follow shortly 🙂

Laundry Window Treatment DIY – Roman Shade and a Valance

There’s been a time when our laundry room window looked like this:

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Pathetic, I know. Now it looks like this:

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I have been hunting this particular fabric for a couple months. It was love at first sight. But just like in any good romance, there was a most serious obstacle in the way. The price. $29.99 per yard. My only option was to wait and hope. Which I did. And just like in every good fable and fairy tale, patience paid off. I got a 52″ x 84″ curtain of this fabric for $10!

Roman shade was what I wanted and with the help of tutorials from the faithful Pinterest (here and here), I have something to admire:

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 As a rule, a DIY project is always a unique experience, no matter how perfectly one follows a tutorial. So, here are some tips that came up during my Roman Shade DIY.

1. Hang your Roman shade INSIDE the window frame, ONLY if a window is framed. Hang the shade OUTSIDE the window frame if a window is unframed.  DO NOT DO LIKE I DID. Unfortunately, I realized my mistake too late. Learn from it. You will be rewarded with a better look – you room will feel fuller with less bare walls.

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See what I mean?

 2. Avoid gluing fabric over and around the top lock bar of the mini shade. The fabric glued around the bar will not allow the lock to “click” completely and fix the shade in place securely. Also, learnt the hard way. My shade can fall down altogether if I pull the cord too hard or too quick. So, keep safety in mind!

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DON’T DO THIS – for your own safety

 3.  Valance. Better longer than even a bit too short. Just trust me on this one. Even 1 inch makes a HUGE difference when it comes to valances. Originally, mine was 8 inches long, which is OK length for a valance. But in my room it looked like those pants too short for a boy. One added inch made the whole thing look nice and pretty.

 4. The most useful tip: use hot glue. If you screw up, you can always scratch it off the fabric and plastic once it dries. I had to do it a couple times during the making of my Roman shade 🙂

Bottom line: DIY Roman Shades are awesome, easy to make and a money saver, all 3 goodies in 1! Can’t beat that. Look at the before and after if you need more evidence:

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BEFORE and AFTER

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DIY Hobby Lobby Inspired Antiqued Scone

While looking for a demi-lune shelf or a console table for our entrance, I saw this cute wall scone on Hobby Lobby website:

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It hit me – I can DIY! And I have just the right thing for it.  Since I got this real heavy (3.5 pounds!) fella from a thrift store for $2.50, it’s  been sitting and waiting for a little TLC.

Before CollageNow it’s time to shine has come! All you need is an ugly scone, an old hairy paint brush, Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic Pint ($2 at Wallmart will last you for ever), a damp cloth and 10 minutes of your time.

I cleaned the scone with a de-greasing window cleaner and let it dry. Then I just took my old and hairy brush, dipped it in a tiny bit of the metallic paint and brushed it all over the scone, in horizontal strokes. Why  horizontal, when the ornament is naturally vertical? Turns out, horizontal strokes produced a better “antique” effect. Guess, it’s because vertical strokes gave a perfect polished new look to the project which was a bummer in my case. After glazing, I wiped the paint with a damp paper napkin here and there for a distressed look.  And ta-da! A Hobby Lobby inspired wall scone for $5 (FREE for me as I had all the supplies on hand!)  instead of $30!

After collageWhy am I not showing the bottom (or the top, to be exact) of my newly antiqued scone? Because it’s a part of whole other project which is still due 🙂

But here is a sneak peek: Hobby Lobby wall shelves that inspired my next project:

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It’s Alive! – Dining Room Gallery Wall Reveal

As we did not go travelling over the Memorial Weekend, I used the time off to catch up on some projects I had been itching to start and complete for a while. One of such was to add life to our dining room. It is a large practically useless completely lifeless space in the middle (well, almost) of the house. Why useless? Because being a family of two young adults, we could not care less for eating in our dining room! However, it is a room we walk through every day and it has all the potential to be an eye-candy, if not particularly useful. This is our poor dining room in its lifeless misery:

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I have been itching to add personality to it since we moved in 6 months ago. But as you all know, decoration projects do not come easy. By the way, the story of that plate is here.

Easter gave me a wonderful opportunity to add some color and life:

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I think, one of the most tested and proven ways to add life to any space is a gallery wall. And this is exactly what I set up setting up this past weekend! It took a bit of frames collecting and a lot of Pinterest browsing.

Staging the gallery wall required a practical approach. This is what the process looked like, stage by stage:

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Guess, which of the layouts is the winner?

Then there was cutting and sticking. Cut the shapes of the frames out any paper (or even plastic bags!) and stick them (with a painter’s tape, no pins or scotch tape!) to the wall in approximately the layout you have chosen. Stick, take a step back, observe and absorb. You have got to find the perfect distance between the frames in proportion to the wall and the room as a whole.  I got to the point of satisfaction in about four attempts of shifting the stuck papers-frames closer or further from each other.  20140525_212026

And here is the great reveal:

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The next step is adding custom drapery!

A couple of tips that I found helpful (some of them might be ridiculously obvious, but nevertheless):

1. Contour the frames on a piece of paper to have an ideal imprint to work with.

2. If you have different frames, I suggest write a name/mark on every paper-frame, otherwise you will quickly loose track of which goes where.

3. To make your orientation easier, mark the center of your entire wall. I have also drawn thin pencil horizontal and vertical lines dividing the space exactly in the middle.  It helped a lot to position the frames on equal distances from each other!

4.  Proportion creates a real classy look. Even half-inch deviation from the chosen ideal spoils the effect. Measure the distance between the frames carefully and stick to it after you have chosen your layout.

Enjoy the effect a simple change has on our surroundings!

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Bon-Bon Delights

As Easter is fast approaching (as well as my other project which I am not going to disclose now in underway), I am suffering from DIY urge attack. Where do I turn for a cure? Pinterest, of course! Here are some irresistibly awesome and easy-to-make paper boxes for your Easter delights.

Some are elegantly sophisticated, others delightfully yummy, polka-dotty and simply delicious:

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Enjoy you little DIY and don’t forget to share the results!

Did I mention that all the above come in free printables? 😉