Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Okay, so I said that I would never make a tassel. I said that I didn't care about tassels. So I was wrong--go ahead and throw something at me! I was inspired by Mandi when she posted her tutorial on Edie's blog this week. Now the project wasn' t without its challenges, but like I said, "I'm nothing if I'm not clever." You may remember that I love being clever.

First I bought these darling medium-sized birds from Dollar Tree. Yes, they were one dollar. And I bought the wooden flowerpot-looking things from Hobby Lobby. How convenient that they are in the same parking lot. Add the fact that Pier One is there also, and you just about got the makings of heaven on earth.
I glued those little pots to the medium bird with hot glue. It was then that the onlookers from the peanut gallery reminded me that there was no hook in the top of the bird. I had forgotten that all important step of drilling through the ceramic with the *special* drill bit. Oops! I am not easily deterred, so I forged ahead knowing I'd figure it out.
I dug out my industrial strength glue and searched through all the junk drawers for something that I could thread a ribbon through. I really wanted a washer, but could not find one. Go figure. I did, however, find some bobbins that I bought in error for Tessa's sewing machine. It was worth a try. I will repeat that I'm nothing if I'm not clever.
I threaded that ribbon through and plopped on the industrial strength glue and hoped for the best. What did I have to lose? If it didn't work, I could always buy the drill bit. I am so impatient that I just had to try something.
I don't know about you, but I am pretty impressed.

This here is how I'm going to prove whether or not that E6000 is really industrial strength. That bird will hang there with towels beneath it in case it isn't.
Another project this week was this metal cart--like my grandma used to have--that I bought at Goodwill for $10. Yes, I know I overpaid and that it would have been $5 if I had just waited a few days. Unfortunately, it probably would not have been there if I had waited.
It was sprayed warm yellow and now holds my printer. I wish I had a nicer photo to show off the finished project, but the fact of the matter is that my office area is being renovated so I'm stuck in a corner of my bedroom. It's quite cozy, but the end is near. I love that the stand has a plug on it--very handy.
With the leftover paint, I did my drawer organizers (muffin tins).
Aren't they lovely? These are definitely not for baking anymore.
My jewelry is easily accessed from here during the morning rush.



Mimi said...

AWESOME projects!!!!
I won a tassel-ed item at our AZ bloggers luncheon a few weeks back!!!!
Love the lesson from you!!!!

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

I am officially blown away!!! I love all your projects here. Please post them at my linky party on Wednesday, "The Boardwalk Bragfest". Do not be humble. Come on over tomorrow and show off those things. Also -- you cannot be in your 50's, and you definitely are not old.

edie said...

Oh I love your tassel. I am going to have to break down and try one myself. And the muffin tins---a stroke of genius!

Jane said...

These were great projects. I love how your tassel turned out, great idea using the dollar tree birds. And I LOVE the yellow card and drawer organizers...you are good with the spray paint!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Patti said...

I LOVE your tassel...and love your "CLEVERNESS"...isn't it surprising what we can come up with when challenged?

Karen K said...

Cute, cute tassel! I am headed to Dollar Tree tomorrow to see if they have those cute little birdies. I'm not 1% as crafty as you are but I love me some birdies. I'll find something to do with them.

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

Thank you so much for linking to the boardwalk bragfest! You are a talented, creative lady and everyone over there has just been raving about your projects! I'm going to go refill the punch (with what you may ask haha), and we'll carry on with the boardwalk party, but I just wanted to thank you, again, for linking. Same time next week? You can bring some friends, if you want. Everyone is invited!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Awesome tassle. I have made tons of them to sell and yours is so beautiful. I love the printer cart and I actually held up some muffin tins today at the thrift shop- saying to myself- self could you use these in the craft studio? Now I know I can.


MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

the muffin tins for holding jewelry brings clever to a whole other level! LOVE IT.

and your tassel too!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Love this idea, thanks for the tutorial! Cindy

Alina said...

I hope you won't find me silly, but honestly, that metal cart has made me teary eyed bringing back so many happy home memories...thanks! Beautiful Blog and great ideas.

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