Project 13. . .

The good wife gives?

So Monday 1st October was our first wedding anniversary. Yay. So last week I combined the gift with my project, but I’m going to say up front, whilst the actual design and materials used to create it were things I already had or borrowed, I did pay to have it mounted and framed. However this was a gift and not for my own personal gain so I haven’t broken any rules but I still wanted to share this with you . This is what I came up with for the traditional paper gift for a first anniversary.

Ingredients

Red felt

Vintage Estelle Lingerie Catalogue

A lot of patience

Method

Usually I post tonnes of photos to explain the method. This time it would ruin the effect, so instead I’m just going to give you a  brief idea and let you marvel at the print in all its completeness.

First I cut out about 20 red felt hearts

Then I cut out 20 felt hearts within the hearts already made

Then I faffed for hours and hours trying to lay them in a heart on rainbow paper.

Then my very honest friend told me it looked like a gay pride flag, which is awesome, but not the look I wanted for my 1st wedding anniversary gift to my husband.

Then I got my hands on the centre page of an old lingerie catalogue and decided to combine the two, photograph it, frame it and present it to my husband. I told him that good wives give p*rn. He laughed and told me it was quirky. I think he liked it.

Hope you enjoyed this mildly naughty project!

See you tomorrow for the 3rd instalment of the project marathon weekend

xox Jess xox

Project 12. . .

Before I start an apology, things have been a bit manic over the last few weeks and though I've been doing my projects I haven't posted them. Instead of posting all at once, I'm having a weekend posting marathon instead, starting with. . .

Heartbreak Clutch Bag

My favourite going out bag. A 60’s chainmail white clutch. It’s a decent size unlike a lot of the modern ones, with a sexy slimline shape with an envelope style fastening. It broke. Which broke my heart. bad times. So how did I mend my broken heart (I mean bag), read on dear chums to see . . .

Ingredients

One beautiful but broken clutch bag.

An old pair of black beaded clip on earrings

one large art deco black button

one shiny diamond shaped button

I hope you enjoyed my heartbreak bag project, see you tomorrow for project 13 

xox Jessica xox

Project 8. . .

Organic Fuzzy Pig

This week I taught myself how to make felt from some natural insulation I had. Combined with a need for a new pin cushion, I bring you  the 100% homemade pin cushion (from totally re-loved materials of course)

First I pummelled my wool in a hot sink of water. Then I compressed it to get all the water out & realised that I would need to repeat this process many times to turn it into felt! I think it was six times in total, but it was a joy! Sadly I did not manage to take pictures of this bit as I was a bit enthralled & forgot (sorry.) But here’s the gallery of how the rest of the project progressed – enjoy!

Ingredients:

Handmade felt from organic wool insulation

scraps of felt from old projects (purple & navy)

needle & thread

Handmade stuffing made from organic wool insulation

Hope you enjoyed this week’s experiment, see you next week for Project 9!

Jessica

xoxo

**** newsflash – I am now selling these on etsy due to popularity, click here to order****

Project 6 . . .

Jute alors

PRINT + FABRIC = JOY.

I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.

The image used in this project was downloaded from The Graphics Fairy

See you next time

Jess X0xo

An ebay revelation

So one of my favourite things (I used) to do was stalk ebay for vintage bargains.

The thrill of placing the bid, watching how well you do & if you win, oh the magic feeling of joy & wonder. Then you forget all about it until it gets delivered & the joy starts all over again.

BUT I can’t enjoy this magical experience as a personal buyer for the next 12 months. I’m not struggling at all so far with not buying stuff I don’t need but I am a bit sad about ebay especially when I accidentally stumbled across a beautiful vintage laura ashley dress . . .

Then it hit me, I can SELL on ebay. SO I had a big old clear out of my wardrobe & I’ve listed just 5 items to begin with. All starting at 0.99 with free shipping (because frankly I couldn’t quite figure out the postage rates) And so far 3 of them have bids. What a rush! Now I’ve found a new way to enjoy something I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of & hopefully Ill make a little bit of cash to put in the savings.

**Hurray**

See you sunday for Project 4

Jess xoxo

Observations

So the other element to this project malarky is an experiment in retail. . .

Since the 1/07/12 I haven’t bought a single non essential item. It’s only the 11th July so this hasn’t exactly been much of a challenge yet. But other people’s observations about Re-Loved 52 have been really interesting.

There are definitely two camps of opinion. The first thinking that I am “mental, eclectic,insane.” The second thinking this is “brave, inspired, brilliant.”  I would probably agree with all of the above.

Regardless of people’s opinions on me undertaking this project, there is a common opinion amongst all that it will be impossible to keep this up for the full 52 weeks.

I disagree, but then I guess that’s why I’m the one attempting it! I wonder if it’s a mark of the materialistic nature of our society that means people cannot imagine going without something they desire for a prolonged period of time? This started out as a personal project but 2 weeks in & I already feel like there is a wider issue here. I am no sociologist however so I’ll leave that debate to the more academic of you out there! My personal conclusion so far is that clearly I am no sheep (baaaaaah) I shall go back to project 3 now which will, of course, be posted up on Sunday.

Tara for now chucks

Jess xoxo