You Amaze Me, Thomas Wold

How have a just learned of Thomas Wold? His background in visual arts and furniture design have led him to create colorful, funky, wonderful pieces of furniture-art (I am officially naming a new genre). His pieces are everything from suave to outrageous, and they’re all really cool. Seriously, he has such a cool style!

He manages to combine so many variations in color and texture all into a cohesive design. He does everything from side tables to complete kitchen installations. Each piece fits well into its surroundings, yet stands out as a piece of art. Several of his furniture pieces feature reclaimed or recycled materials, too.

Good Hotel Lobbyrock candy

Plaid Credenza

Mushroom Table

mixed breed media credenza

san rafael kitchen

For your innovative style and cool use of color and material, you amaze me, Thomas Wold.

Check out his stuff: Blog | Portfolio Store | Tumblr

Quick & Easy Cushion Tutorial

Chase on his new dog bed

I made mine to be a dog bed for Chase, but this could also be a floor pillow, a bench cushion, or a million other things – the possibilities are endless!

Supplies:

  • Large pillow case (or fabric, folded) [Mine was $2 on clearance at Ikea!]
  • Fabric scraps and/or stuffing
  • Sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors

Now for the instructions!

Cut seams2 squares and 2 stripsSew strips togetherPin sides to square

  1. Cut your pillow case in half to form a square from the closed end (or cut 2 squares from your fabric). Turn inside out; remove side seams and cut fold so you have 2 squares.
  2. From remaining pillow case (or fabric), cut 2 strips along the cut edge – the width will be the depth of your cushion.
  3. Cut one side seam off each piece, so that they are strips instead of circles (each should now be the length of 2 sides of your square – the seam in the middle will be a corner).
  4. Pin the 2 strips right sides together. Sew each end. You now have the 4 sides of your cushion, forming a square.
  5. Pin the sides to one square of fabric, right sides together. Sew around.
  6. Now pin the second square to the open sides. Sew, leaving a 4in. gap.
  7. Turn and stuff! [I used fabric scraps I’ve been saving forever!] Sew gap closed.
  8. Place in a cozy place and add sleepy dog (Optional ;))

Sew, right sides togetherLeave 4" gap for turningStuff with fabric scrapsscrap-eating monster! nom nom

I tried to make this really simple, so I hope it makes sense for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions! Now go make and enjoy your quick & easy cushions 😀

Sleepy dog on his new dog bed

A Tasty Upcycle

Typewriter Waffle Iron

Designed by Chris Domino in his Typewriter Series, a seemingly useless item has been given a new life as a typewriter waffle iron. As noted on Treehugger, this represents an ideal reinvention since it has minimal modification. Recycling the typewriter would be good, but upcycling it saves the energy of recycling and keeps the soul of the original product alive! Plus it puts a new and fun twist on a loved product :) Looks tasty!

Handmade Gifts: Ideas

Here are some ideas for gifts to make and give this holiday season :) [Click the photo to go to the tutorial!]

Holiday baked goods: Cookies, brownies, bread…it’s all golden! Just make sure to package it beautifully :) [I’ll be uploading a delicious holiday bread recipe later today!]
Easy Gingerbread Friends Recipe
Mixes in a jar. Layer dry ingredients for cookies, soups, bread, etc. in a Mason jar. Attach the recipe with a ribbon and a handmade card. Add a wooden spoon or measuring spoon for an extra touch. It’s a great, old-fashioned gift!
Cowgirl Cookies
Terrariums in vintage containers (or ornaments!). A little plant brightens up any room :)
terrarium party favorsterrarium ornaments
Reusable fabric shopping bags. Everyone goes grocery shopping – why not spread the environmentally-friendly love? Choose interesting fabrics, or upcycle old cloth into useful bags!
Quick fix grocery bag :: a tutorial
Accessories. A girl can always use an extra headband, bracelet, scarf, or ring. (At least I think so ;)) Whip up a little cutie for each of your friends!tutorial: fabric flower ring