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Spool Bunnies Made From Vintage Wooden Spools Of Thread

I love the adorable spool dolls made by Erica Daley.

Her dolls inspired me to make these cute bunnies just in time for spring.

“For you.”

“Thank you; I love it!”

Floppy-eared bunny: Violet.

I cut out ears, paws, and tail from a piece of felt. I used a vintage wooden spool of thread as the body. The face was hand painted on.

A violet for Violet.

Resizing A Skirt: Down Sizing Made Easy

Here is a simple way to re-size a skirt that is too big.

Use a seam ripper to open up the seam (on the inside of the skirt), near the top. Open the seam on the other end as well. Many skirts have a band around the top. This band will become a channel for a cord. Use a safety pin to thread the cord (or ribbon or shoe lace…) through the channel. Use a few small stitches to tack the cord to the channel about midway along. This prevents the chord from working its way out when washing. The chord can be tightened to fit perfectly to your waist size.

The bow should be on the inside of the skirt once zipped up.

I admit that when I’m at thrift shops and second-hand stores looking for items to re-purpose, I sometimes find a fun skirt (often too big) that I like. This skirt is one such find.

Skirts are comfortable to wear when the weather is nice and I like having some that I can wear in the garden or on the beach and not care about getting dirty.

This is useful if you lost weight or you got some nice skirts from a friend…

Furniture Redo: Plain Table 2 Fabulous Mirror Top Table

Add sparkle to a plain looking second-hand table by painting and adding a mirror top.

This is the table after I put on the primer. I forgot to take a “before” picture.

How to tips: This table had three small pieces of wood attached to the top; these pieces kept items from falling off the back and sides of the table. Anyway, I took those pieces off; they were attached with screws. I sanded the table and then I painted on some primer. Later, I painted the table with silver spray paint.

I used tile grout and small (1 inch x 1 inch) mirror tiles to cover the top. If you want to be more eco-friendly, you can repurpose a salvaged mirror instead. I was going to use a solid mirror but we decided on the tiles because my daughter has a mirror ball in her room and this table top looks great in there.

This is a great idea for any preteen that likes sparkle.

Awesome, right?!

I didn’t make this picture frame but I’ll show you how to make your own fabric covered frame in another post.

Fun In The Making Won Kreativ Blogger Award

I am honored to have received the Kreativ Blogger Award.

The Rules of Acceptance are:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the award.

Thank you so much Deb from

How sweet of you to include on your creative favorites list. I’m flattered.

2. Post a photo of the award. (see above)

3. Share 10 things about yourself your readers don’t know.

A. I’m from New England. (NH)

B. I love to rock climb. Mostly in a gym but occasionally on real rock.

C. I love flowers but don’t have a favorite. -Or rather I have many many favorites, Lilly of the valley, hydrangeas, lilacs…

D. I don’t have a  favorite color. Again -lots of great colors.

E. I don’t like white chocolate or blue cheese.

F. I like history.

G. I like vintage things.

H. I can use power tools but I will not use a chainsaw.

I.  I enjoy learning about and making historic costumes.

J. I love seasons. There are things to look forward to in each. Winter is my least favorite but there are things I like about it too.

4. Choose six people to present this award to.

In no particular order:

Blue Velvet Chair: recycle reuse relove

Shares neat projects from around the web as well as showcasing her own cool projects.

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

“The goal of Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle is to bring you the best upcycled crafts from all over the blogosphere.”

Look for inspiration here as well.


A way to connect with local folks to request or give away (free) stuff. Don’t just throw away: give away!

Crafting A Green World : the home for eco-friendly crafts

Great minds think alike. This site has similar content to my site but more. Check it out!

How can I recycle this?

Loads of ideas for reuse.

Green UpGrader

More “green” ideas can be found here.

It’s fun to be “green”! Have fun surfing.