Saturday, May 28, 2011

Crate and Barrel Basket Knock Off

The Crate and Barrel catalog is one of my favorites. Right before I got a stroke, I was working on this knockoff.

The liner is $6.95 plus shipping if you don't have a CB nearby it
is close to $30!! Now if you want to have several of these it can quickly add up and become REALLY expensive.

Let me show you how I made my own large wire basket using cookie cooling racks from the Dollar Tree!!

First you need to buy 5 wire cooling racks. As I mentioned above, I got mine at the Dollar Tree. Since they come in packs of 2 I had one left over. Total cost for the 3 sets $3 :)

Then I had some 26 gauge wire on hand and used that to "sew" them together. This is really a very simple, no brainer process. Simply wrap the sides of your future basket with the wire. As you add the rest of the sides make sure they are lining up at the top so that it doesn't come out crooked.
I tied a piece of wire sort of loose on the top to hold it steady.
Now you will notice that there will be two sides that will be longer and stick out at the bottom. Don't worry because you will be trimming off those ends with some wire cutters. Trim off the ends about an inch and a half, enough to curl it up around the rack. After trimming off the ends, you will take some pliers and curl them around the bottom end of your basket. Close them tight, so as not to snag or scratch surfaces.

 See the longer side sticking out?
 sorry about the glare (as usual I was working at night)
You will clip that off with some wire cutters and then fold over tightly.
That's it!
Now if you want a cool basket liner you can make one yourself. I bought two dish towels from the Dollar Tree to make my own liner.
Using fabric glue or by sewing make a template on a cut out brown paper bag.

Leave about 4 inches all the way around so you can fold over the basket. I didn't and I had to improvise and ADD the extra on top after the fact AGGHHH Don't make the same mistake.
It measures 13X9 inches

Isn't this a great basket? You can use it as a gift also for a new mom and fill it with baby accessories and toiletries. Plus she can use the basket to organize baby's things :)
Or how about for a teen girl? Fill it with make up and toiletries, hair accessories, the list is endless.
Ooorrrrr how about for a teacher gift? I'd say he/she'll be most appreciative to use this basket to organize books, puzzles, food packets of gravies, mixes, etc.

I love my new basket and it came in handy when I came home from the hospital to put all my bathing and showering essentials within reach when I had to sit for my shower.
Fill it with washcloths, toothbrush, cup, toothpaste, brushes, etc for a nice gift for someone in the hospital!!
Total cost for this basket >>>>>$5.00
Wire racks $2.50 (I had one left over)
Fabric Dish towels $2.00
Extra fabric for bottom .50 ( I had a scrap)
Flower with burlap backing Free (it came in a wedding invite!)
Wire I already had free

Go on and make some!!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer's Here! {Almost}

It seems like I've spent most of Spring
cooped up inside either in the hospital or in my bedroom. A couple of nights ago I actually felt well enough to craft this cute bunting/banner.
I know it's almost summer, but around here things are still blooming. Hence this little project I whipped up:

I designed it on my Gypsy and cut it with my Cricut. But you don't have to own these machines to make it :)
Here's what you'll need:
Tie the Knot Cartridge-Cricut Scallop shape 10 inches-qty 5
Alphalicious Cartridge "Bloom" phrase 3 inches both in shadow and short stack features
Potpourri Basket Tree shape -shadow 10 inches -qty 5
3 small lunch sacs
hole punch
glue gun

 The only color I had was blue cardstock so I went with it.
You can actually draw a triangle out with a pencil and just use it as a stencil. Make it as big or small as you want. You can also use pinking shears to cut or use a scallop border punch.

I then cut out the triangles. Since I don't have a cartridge with just triangles I used one with a tree shape with the shadow function on. I thought this paper looked kinda fun :)

 Take some paper lunch sacs and cut out some small pieces to make mini lunch sacs. I glued around the three sides leaving the top open for stuffing.
 I then cut out the word Bloom with the Cricut in both short stack and shadow shapes so I could stack the letters one on top of the other.

I added a colorful ribbon around the triangle edges to make it pop.

 I punched holes in the corners and added some embellishments such as jewel dots and paper sac fans etc. that I made by simply folding scrap pieces back and forth like an accordion.
 Pardon the "glue gun hair" I hand't cleaned it up before taking pics.
 I added some small flower cutting (silk of course) to the mini sacs.


How are you welcoming in the Summer?

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Really Cool Tutorial Coming Up

I am out of the hospital and on the mend. I will be back soon with some very cool tutorials (from the Dollar Tree) that I was working on before I had my stroke.
Thanks be to the LORD that the doctors said I should have no long term effects from this episode. I was in the hospital 9 days and now I am home but talk and walk like a drunk!
My brain functions seem fine to me, but my Neurologist confirmed that my brain swelling has not gone down enough for me to walk very well. Needless to say I can't drive or walk outside without assistance.
Through all this my sweet husband has been by my side taking good care of me.
He feeds me his delicious food every day and even took me out for a wheelchair ride the other day to the mall. What a treat!!
If you'd like to learn more about this condition that they call stroke (it's actually a sub arachnoid hemorrage) you can go here
or here

I thank everyone for their prayers, gift cards, plants, get well wishes and your love.
The neurologist said that I should be doing well by week 6. Slowly but surely, I'll be back to my old self again.
I'm already thinking about cute things to make with dollar store finds since I'm so bored just laying in bed.
I miss blogging and can't wait to get back to crafting. Like I've said before crafting is my equivalent to a nice glass of merlot ;)


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