An easy way to “Plarn”!

I know that plarn may sound like a magical land, but in fact, it is plastic yarn!

You may have heard that method of cutting a plastic bag in even strips, and that’s all well and good. But if you’re like me, when you get an idea for a project, you just want to get started immediately.

So, here’s how you get quick plarn:

Yep, a VHS!

All you do is: unscrew ALL the screws (there are 5 of them) and push the button on the side to open them up.

the button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that, you just pull out both spools, make sure it’s all wound to one of the spools, then cut the tape off of the empty spool.

the gauge is about a J hook. Enjoy!

 

 

I love Upcycling. <3

See? Getting shabby.

I had some heels which I got about 5 years ago, and recently they’ve been looking pretty shabby. So, I was thinking about throwing them out, and I saw a picture online that someone had decopaged a pair of wedges to breathe new life into them. They looked cute, so I decided to give it a try! At the very worst, I was already going to throw them out anyway.

So, I got a bottle of decopage, (which was dusty and sitting all alone in a cupboard, it’s been so long) a cheap foam brush, and some pretty fabric scraps. I put them on top of a cardboard box to keep the sticky gunk off of  anything relevant, then I got to work! It took a while, but what I came up with was this:

before and after. Original shoe on top, original fabric on bottom, and finished shoe in the middle. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

It was super fun, but if you do it, too, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • For the tighter curved areas (back of the heel, edges of the toe area and ankle, or any bows, buckles, etc) use smaller pieces. I know it sounds obvious, but it really helps.
  • What sort of texture you want. You can arrange the fabric bits you decopage on in a specific pattern, maybe even do some ridges. Cutting the pieces of fabric into uniform shapes is really key in making it look nice. 🙂
  • Feel free to accessorise with a stripe of ribbon, yarn, etc. Let me know how it goes, too, I’d love to hear it!
  • the thickness of the fabric can effect the color, depending on the original color, but you may want to do this on purpose. The lovely new color of my heels was a happy accident, but one I’ll remember for the future.
  • Remember that this is super messy. So if you’re worried about your clothes or your workspace, put down some newspaper or something. However, if you get it in your clothes it rinses right out. It just feels nasty until you do.
  • The applications of this are nearly limitless! You can match a shoe to a prom dress or bridesmaids’ dress easily, or even a wedding dress. That way, if you find a shoe that’s the perfect style, but the wrong color, all you have to do excersize some craftyness and you can have it exactly how you want it. How cool is that?!?!? Especially for a wedding party, everybody can bring a pair of nice shoes they already have and decopage them all with the same fabric to match.
  • Enjoy! <3

 

Loooovely. Hello, new shoe feeling. For free! 😀

 

 

Simple Pudding Tarts <3

I had a potluck valentine’s party to go to, and I had the idea to make these tarts. Basically, you make a tart shell out of sugar cookie dough, and fill it with instant pudding.

 

This was excellent, in theory, but what actually happened was that the cookie dough “tart shells” formed themselves into little cookie muffins. Which were pretty delicious.

Not to be deterred, I made two boxes of instant pudding, (pistachio and chocolate) and put them in seperate ziplock baggies. (I’m not sure what size, but it’s the size you could fit a sandwich in. Holds the whole box worth.) I refrigerated them for a bit while the cookie muffins cooled, then snipped off one corner of a baggie, and piped litte dollops of pudding atop each cookie muffin. Half were piped with pistachio, half with chocolate, leftover pudding put in the fridge for later, and tarts put in the freezer to make them extra yummy. 😀

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Sugar cookie recipe

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup margarine or butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (it suggests whole wheat flour as another option)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cream powdered sugar, margarine, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar together, then add to the wet mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, until the cough is firm. Heat oven to 375*. Bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 9 minutes.

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Pretty good! I know I’m not the only one who gets a litte tired of chocolate by Valentine’s day, so I hope you all like the pistachio addition. Of course, since it’s just instant pudding, you can get whatever flavor you like. Maybe strawberry, in favor of something pink? 😉 Enjoy!