Ain't nothin' but a hound dog...

...with a flower on her collar!

I  experienced a fashion emergency this week: a trip to Vegas was approaching, and because Matilda always gets so much attention when she walks through a casino, I decided to add a pretty accessory to enhance her star quality.

I made the cute collar flower from two waiting-to-be-repurposed items I had been saving for just such an occasion.  (Both from the dollar store.  I am very predictable that way.)

The DIY:

I cut two flower shapes from the fleece glove, and two simple pieces from the metallic silver placemat:

I layered the four shapes, and sewed them onto the collar.

This little box - formerly a grocery store cheese container - holds an awesome homemade gift for a kid!

That's right, people, you can make a super fun, easy, crafty kit for some lucky child.  All you need: a handful of beads, a bit of craft wire, and a Sharpie.  A great project for girls and boys - snakes are cool for everybody.

Check out the quick-as-a-wink DIY.

Begin with a piece of craft wire, between one and three feet long.  (Some kids prefer loooong, crazy mismatched snakes.

Here's a pair of lovely, lengthy earrings - along with a little mystery.

Can you guess which inexpensive item I took apart, altered and reworked to make them?  Now, don't be hasty!  We are playing on the honor system here, so don't scroll until you have a guess firmly seated in your brain pan.

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Hint: I found this item at the dollar store, a favorite haunt of mine.

I surprised myself with this project.  Never having tried fake stone before, I was unsure.  Could I pull it off?  Using Crayola air-dry clay from the kiddie craft aisle?

But golly, I love how these turned out!

I've thought of a bunch of ways to use my lovely Easter Island heads.  How about:

Mounted grouped in a shadowbox frame.

Turned into way cool Xmas ornaments.

Embellishments for decorative boxes.

Slightly insane statement rings.

Brooches or hat adornments.

Hi, all!  Here's a mystery for you to tackle.  Take a look at this big, bold upcycled necklace:

Do you like it?  Me, I am superduper pleased with how it turned out.  Now for the mystery part.  Who can guess the origin of that crazy, swoopy black focal piece?

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Hello hello!  I have something small and fun to show you today.  First take a peek at these sweet necklaces - the pendants are made from sewing bobbins and vintage buttons.

If you want to make a bobbin bauble - an oldie but goodie, from way back in the history of this blog - here's the original tutorial.

To create a necklace, all I did was add two beads up the center of the bobbin, with loops on both ends.  One loop got a tassel, the other got a beaded necklace.

Hello, my people!  Thought I'd show you this interesting lamp makeover, which looks pretty fancy but cost just a few bucks.

I started with an old cowboy-themed lamp from a yard sale.

I ripped apart a broken lampshade and attached the upper part of the shade's underwire to my lamp.  Not easy to spot: I attached it upside down, which for some reason looked more interesting.

I added an Edison bulb, knowing it would be on display, not hidden at all.

Dude.  Look at these fleurs!

Some of you have no doubt guessed the upcycle: these inexpensive, brightly colored plastic Q-Tips.

I put together a big bunch of the flowers without really knowing what I wanted to do with them.  The fun was in the making!

Then I assembled some miniature vases for dollhouse decor:

After that it was time for jewelry, of course.  A charm holder-style necklace with a floral cluster:

And some single dangle earrings, a cute trend right now.

Okie dokie!  Here's something fun and strange and cute.  Check out these bright multistrand bracelets:

Pretty, yes?  Would you have guessed they're made from upcycled Q-Tips?  Yep, I went there.

Now don't go all prissy on me - if this makes you squeamish, go ahead and use pristine, virgin Q-Tips if you need to.  But I am happy to harvest the awesome plastic centers before tossing those used cotton swabs.  They come in the prettiest colors and I just hate throwing them out.

Hi again!  Today, a fun, kinda weirdo upcycled jewelry idea.  What do these pendants have in common?

They're made from erasers.

The flower ones are from the dollar store - four for a buck.  That awesome peapod came from the gift section of a Japanese grocery.  (Kawaii rules.)  There are fabulous erasers everywhere, some of them nothing less than works of art.

To turn an eraser into a pendant, you need a hole.  I wonder if you have ever tried making a hole in an eraser?  It's tricky.