Thursday, October 30, 2014

8 Last Minute DIY T-Shirt Halloween Costumes

Tomorrow is October 31st which means it is Halloween! Is your costume ready to go???  If you put off getting your Halloween costume ready early this year, we are here to save the day! Here are 8 Halloween costumes that all revolve around t-shirts. Yep, t-shirts. These are super clever and easy to whip up. Most of the costumes you can make with other items you probably already have. So, no excuses! Now, get going; the clock is a ticking!

1. If you have ever wished you were a contestant on The Price Is Right (I mean, who hasn't?), now is your chance to make that wish (kind of) a reality! This costume is amazing!


2. If you have a striped t-shirt in your closet along with some black pants, you basically have a Halloween costume. With these two articles of clothing, you are on your way to the easiest bank robber costume ever!


3. Are you a huge fan of sushi? If so, you can easily transform into your favorite sushi roll with a little help from a white t-shirt, paint, and some felt!



4: This Deviled Egg costume doesn't get much easier! Add some yellow paint or felt to a white t-shirt and pair it with a devil horn headband and you are Halloween ready!


5. Easiest. Costume. Ever! Needed: White t-shirt and black marker. Simple and clever! 



6. Feeling a little wild? Why not spring for this cute feline costume. Just grab a white t-shirt and some electrical tape and you are, meow, ready! 



7: This t-shirt transforms into a spooky skeleton ribcage costume with just a few snips from your scissors! 


8. Pick your favorite t-shirt, grab some name tags and jot down names on your tags for an instant identity thief costume. Add some sly sunglasses and a hat so you stay incognito!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When Blitsy and thredUP Come Together Plus a GIVEAWAY!

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I am so excited to be teaming up with threadUP today! In case you don't know, threadUP is the easiest way to save money on great Women's and Kid's clothing brands and sell clothes for cash. They are like a consignment store, but simpler. On thredUP you can refresh your entire wardrobe online without ever leaving your house! 

When it comes to fashion, I am a huge fan of upcycling clothing. I love having the ability to turn a consignment store find into something more personal, breathing a breathe of fresh air into it. I searched thredUP's website and scored some adorable kids clothing. I got a red sweater, cream scarf and purple hat. I thought these were perfect since the chilly Fall air is upon us. The items I bought were cute plain, but I decided to take them one step further with a little DIY action! 

I took my plain, everyday red sweater and added black yoyos and crystal buttons to the collar. The sparkle addition transformed my sweater into a holiday ready top! For my hat, I added a layered felt flower, because, why not?! To jazz up my scarf, I added some super fluffy pom-poms. Pom poms make everything better!

Are you in need of a new Fall/Winter wardrobe? If so, you are in luck! We are teaming up with thredUP for an amazing giveaway including clothing AND crafting supplies! Enter the giveaway below and start jotting down ways you can create a one-of-a-kind wardrobe!
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If you want to get shopping ASAP, make sure you check out thredUP to snag some new clothing and don't forget to head on over to Blisty to grab some supplies so you can customize it!

Here's what you'll need:

Sweater Makeover:
- Sweater from thredUP
- Black Cotton Fabric
- Needle
- Black Thread
- Dill 19mm Buttons (6)
- Clover Yo-Yo Maker
- Scissors

Scarf Makeover:
- Scarf from thredUP
- Clover Pom-Pom Maker
- Coats ans Clark Red Heart Yarn
- Scissors
- Yarn Needle
- Yarn

Hat Makeover:
- Hat from thredUP
- Felt
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Needle
- Thread
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Sweater Makeover:

Step 1: Create 6 yo-yos.


Step 2: Sew your button to the center of your yo-yo. Repeat this step with all of your yo-yos.

Step 3: Sew your yo-yo to the center of your sweater. 

Step 4: Next, sew one of your yo-yos to the end of your collar. Center your other yo-yo between your two yo-yos.  Repeat this on the other side of your sweater with your three remaining yo-yos.


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thredUP, upcycle, giveaway, clothing makeover

Scarf Makeover:

Step 1: Make 6 pom-poms.

Step 2: Leave the two strands of yarn that you used to tie your pom-pom.  Trim any long pieces of yarn. Put one end of your yarn strand through your needle and sew to the center of one end of your scarf.

Step 3: Once through, tie a couple of knots in the back with your other piece of yarn.

Step 4: Sew a pom-pom on each side of your center pom. Repeat on the other side of your scarf with your 3 remaining poms.


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Hat Makeover:

Step 1: Grab your felt and cut 6 circles about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Cut a felt circle that measures about 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Take one circle and fold it in half.


Step 2: Fold one side in toward the center.



Step 3: Flip your felt over and fold the other end of your felt in, forming a 'S' shape.



Step 4: Put a dab of hot glue on the inside of both sides of your felt petal. Repeat Steps 2-5 with your other felt circles. Put glue on the end of one petal and glue it to your smaller circle. Continue gluing petals around your smaller circle.



Step 5: Put glue on the bottom of your remaining petal and stick it in the center of your petals so it is upright. Use your hands to fluff up your other petals.



Step 6: Sew your felt flower to the side of your hat. Make sure you sew the ends down.



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thredUP, upcycle, giveaway, clothing makeover
thredUP, upcycle, giveaway, clothing makeover

Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy Updated Canisters

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Sometimes plain just won't do. Leave it to Martha Stewart to have a product that can totally change the look of something in just a few minutes!

The Martha Stewart Paintable Clings are so easy to use. The best part about the Paintable Clings is the design is already set for you. All you need to do is fill in the designs with your favorite paint combos. Think of it as a fancy adult coloring book. After the paint dries, it has a lovely stained glass look to it. All you do is peel the cling off of your sheet and slap it right on to your canister. It looks like you hand painted your canister! If you change your mind, you can simply remove your clings (no need to commit!). I love that you can transform your canister in minutes! No complaints here!

Check out all of the Martha Stewart Clings here and the Liquid Fill here.

Here's what you'll need:
- Martha Stewart Paintable Clings
- Martha Stewart Liquid Fill Paint


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Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Lay your glass cling on your table and begin filling in your designs with one of your glass paint fills. 


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Step 2: Fill on the rest of your design with your other color(s). Let your paint dry.


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Step 3: Continue filling in all of your designs. Once your glue has dried completely, peel off your cling and place it on your container. You can use multiple clings to create one-of-a-kind designs. 


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martha stewart, clings, paint, home decor, updated kitchen canisters
martha stewart, clings, paint, home decor, updated kitchen canisters
martha stewart, clings, paint, home decor, updated kitchen canisters
martha stewart, clings, paint, home decor, updated kitchen canisters

Friday, October 24, 2014

Inside Blitsy: We Are Stuck on Stick-it!


Tim Holtz Distress Marker Giveaway!

Who is ready for another crafty giveaway? This time we have a set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers up for grabs! Woohoo! These markers are A-MAZ-ING! We have them at Blitsy right now, but that deal ends tonight. If you want your chance to win them be sure to enter below! If you just can't wait, check out the deal here.

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Last week we were giving away $50 to spend on anything you want at Blitsy. Congratulations to our friend, Berina Febin, whose name was randomly drawn! Berina, we have sent you an email to claim your prize.


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Ten Minute DIY Necklace

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Okay, I may have gotten carried away with this DIY project. We received a ton of Craft Fantastic samples. As I went through all of the jewelry findings and elements, I could not stop making jewelry! I was sitting at my desk making one piece after another since it took no time at all to create my jewelry. I couldn't stop!

I love when you can create your own customized jewelry in less than 10 minutes. Now, this doesn't happen all of the time so when it does, I am all over it! All of the jewelry elements and findings from Craft Fantastic are, well, FANTASTIC! They really make it super easy to create your own jewelry. They have different shapes and sizes of their pendant trays. Their jewelry also comes in different finishes. You can add different charms, papers, and even a photo if you wanted. There are so many option to customizing these jewelry elements!

You will be able to buy all of the Craft Fantastic items when our sale launches today. Woohoo!

Here's what you'll need:
- Jewelry Pliers
- Scissors
- Tissue or Q-tip

Let's get crafty!



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Look at all of the fantastic jewelry pieces I made! I made a couple of necklaces, a pair of earrings and a bracelet!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

3 Ways: We R Flower Punch Board

It's no secret that we are totally in love with ALL of the We R Punch Boards. These punch boards make it super easy to create flowers, boxes, gift bags, and more! One punch board I fell in love with was the Flower Punch Board. You can make an entire stash of blooms with this board, and trust me you will. The good new is, there are so many fun uses for all of the fantastic flowers you make! 

You can pick-up your We R Flower Punch Board here.

For inspiration, I headed over to We R Memory Keepers Blog. They have so many projects showcasing all of their awesome products. I found three easy projects that will get you started with your Flower Board Punch.  Make a wreath, banner, or a gift topper! If you end up making all three, I won't tell anyone. ;)

1. Flower Punch Board Wreath

2. Flower Punch Board Garland

3. Flower Punch Board Party Favors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Mini Infinity Scarf

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Remember when I said our intern, Maya, was leaving us but we would see her again? Well, she's BACK!

Maya is our guest blogger today! When she interned for us over the Summer, we asked her what we ask all of our interns/employees: "Do you craft?". We knew Maya was one of us when she said she has a love of knitting! I was so excited about her knitting skills because this is one area I have zero expertise. Maya and I had talked about her doing a knitting project for us over the Summer, but time flew by and her internship was over. 

I am super excited we were able to get her on our blogging calendar. The timing of her projects is! Maya shows us how to knit a Mini Infinity Scarf. I love the slight twist she added to it. Enjoy!
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In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a Mini Infinity Scarf! This scarf is a bit smaller than a normal infinity scarf, which makes it ideal for wearing indoors as an accessory or for tucking under the collar of your coat to keep you warm as winter approaches. I really like this project because it’s stylish, comfy, and super easy to make, even for beginners. It’s knit flat and sewn together at the end, so if you can knit a rectangle, you’re good to go.

I made my scarf with Lion Brand Heartland, which is a worsted weight yarn with a little bit of a heathered or tweedy flair. I picked the Hot Springs Colorway for a rich eggplant purple. I was excited about the color, but the best part turned out to be how soft this yarn is! It’s 100% acrylic, but it feels super smooth and has a little bit of a spring to it, so it’s very easy to knit with and makes for a really cozy scarf. I had about half a skein left when I finished my scarf, so you will probably have enough left to start on your next project—maybe a matching pair of fingerless mittens?

For this project, you’ll need 100-150 yards of a worsted weight yarn, a pair of size 10 knitting needles (I like Clover Takumi bamboo needles), a tapestry needle, and a pair of scissors. You might also want a ruler or a measuring tape, or you can use the one printed on the inside of your yarn wrapper. Let’s get started!

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Step 1: Cast on 21 stitches, leaving about a 6-inch tail to weave in at the end. You can vary the number of stitches if you want your scarf to be a little bit wider or narrower.

Step 2: Get knitting! You’ll be doing garter stitch (knit front and back) until your scarf is long enough to wrap comfortably around your neck with a little bit of wiggle room. Note that the ends will be sewn together when you’re finished, so this will be a lot shorter than a traditional scarf. I went to about 20 inches, but I would suggest going a tiny bit smaller if you want a snug fit.

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Step 3: Bind off, leaving a long tail. You’ll use this tail to sew your scarf together in a later step, so I’d suggest leaving yourself around 18 inches—you can always trim it at the end if you don’t end up needing all of it. Using your tapestry needle, weave in the 6-inch tail from the cast-on. When that’s finished, thread the needle with the long tail from the bind-off.

Step 4: This is the only part that’s a little bit tricky. Lay your scarf flat, then fold the ends so they are lying on top of the scarf itself. Take one end and turn it so that there’s a half twist in the fabric. You only want a half twist, not a full twist. 

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Looking at the picture, this means you want to join the underside of the blue edge from the left to the top side of the red edge on the right.

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Step 5: Sew the ends together using a mattress stitch, being careful not to accidentally sew through the rest of the scarf. Tie off the end, then weave in the leftover yarn. If you still have a very long tail (more than 6 inches) after tying off, you can weave in part of it and then cut off what’s left. If you’re like me, and your seam is a little bit messy, you can turn the whole scarf inside out to make it look neater. Now, give yourself a pat on the back. You just made a Möbius strip, which is basically like doing math without realizing it. And you have a really spiffy scarf!

Step 6: Put on your scarf and rock it! The seam should rest at the back of your neck, and you should be able to adjust it so that the half twist makes a stylish crossover cowl at the front.


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diy, infinity scarf, wool, lion brand yarn,

diy, infinity scarf, wool, lion brand yarn,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This To That: Wooden Ball Wreath

When I stumbled upon this Ah-Mae-Zing Candle Holder/Wreath I knew I had to click on the image. Um, this wreath is made from different wooden balls! What an easy project with a HUGE impact! All you need to do is glue your wooden balls to your wreath, mixing up different sizes.

You can get wooden balls on sale at Blitsy! The Lara's Value Pack Wood pieces are unfinished, solid wood. They are great for painting and staining, and you can make endless projects by using several different individual parts to make unique and fun new creations! 

Check out all of the Lara Value Pack Wood Pieces here!
Check out Julia's blog bildschoenes.blogspot.com for her full tutorial.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Feather Pen

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What happens when you pair a pen, feather, and glitter ribbon tape together? You get a whimsical feather pen! Because sometimes just a plain old pen won't do! 

When you see feathers, you probably think of Halloween costumes and kids crafts. Well, think again! You can take Indian feathers and turn them into fancy pens to use at a wedding, any special event that has a guestbook, or you can use it everyday! You can whip these lovely pens up in less than 10 minutes! Since I used purple glitter ribbon tape on my pens, they would be a great Halloween party favor!

Check out all of the Midwest Designs Feathers we have on sale! All of these would be perfect for your pen! 

Here's what you'll need:

- Midwest Designs Indian Feathers (I used the Black Indian Feathers)
- Pen
- Glitter Ribbon Tape
- Washi Tape
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut the bottom of your feather in half.

Step 2: Trim the bottom of your feathers down a 1/4 inch.

Step 3: Start wrapping your washi tape around the area where you cut your feathers.

Step 4: Continue wrapping your washi tape down your pen until the end of your feather is completely tapped to your pen.

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Step 5: Wrap your ribbon tape around the top part of your pen, over your washi tape.

Step 6: Continue wrapping your ribbon tape down your pen, all the way to the bottom.

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feather pens, feathers, midwest designs, weddings, wedding decor,
feather pens, feathers, midwest designs, weddings, wedding decor,