Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hello fellow craft-lover lovelies! It has been a busy month for us ohdontcha's full of graduations, new jobs, etc. But we have been keeping busy with some projects as well! Here's just a little taste of the newest koozie addition to our Punk Rock Flea Market line-up! You can see this little koozie doozie, others, and US at the Punk Rock Flea Market next Sunday (ma's day). We will be there with our very own table full of vintage goodies and crafted items. So come say hi and visit all of the vendors (all 250 of them!) who will be participating this time around!

Venue Information:
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Sunday 5/13
$3 entry


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Magazine Magnets by 52 Weeks Project

Today 52 Weeks Project is going to bring you an easy DIY magnet made from magazines. I (Jill) have known Mae for almost 6 years now! I met her in Philadelphia during my time at the Art Institute. Mae is based now in the charming city of Portland, Oregon! I am so excited that she has started her blog about crafts.  Her blog is revolved around making 1 craft a week. I think it is a neat concept, because it keeps you doing a craft every week! She also has an etsy store called We the living devoted to her handmade cards. Her cards are adorable and I suggest you pick some up! Enjoy! 
What you’ll need:
1. Clear glass
2. Diamond glaze (or another glass glue)
3. Magazine of your choice
4. X-Acto Knife
5. Magnets

1. Trace around the glass with an X-Acto knife- pop out the desired section.

2. Using a brush, apply glue to the glass, then apply the paper. Once dry, you can apply your magnets.

Thank you Mae for this great craft! 
Happy crafting,

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thrifting Favorites: Segment 3

Hey ya'll, its Mia here with my segment of Thrifting Favorites. Over the past few days us girls here at Oh Dontcha Sew have been sharing a few of our favorite thrifted goodies. I know I can speak for all of us when I say we have so many loved pieces its hard to narrow them down in to one post. So I wanted to share with you all my favorite spring-ish pieces. Hope you enjoy <3

Here I have some of my favorite odds and ends. 
First on the left is a tiny milk glass vase. I have been collecting milk glass for a few years now and hope to some day have a entier hutch filled with it! Second to the left, is my favorite little owl trinket. Behind my little owl is a mug holder that I had purchased and repainted to transform it into a jeweler holder which was a fun functional little revamp. Lastly is this vintage Moran's Beverage bottle. This is a recent purchase of mine. I am a lover and collecter of vintage packaging. Vintage bottles are perfect for floral arrangements and add that little bit of extra character to any room or centerpiece. 

What screams spring more then bright and pastel floral patterns!?

Lastly 2 of my favorite wall art purchases.
The one on the left I purchased at my local goodwill for only $2! SAt the time it was a heinous sky blue with a vibrant crayon looking application of color on the flowers. But I knew I could save it (nothing a little spray paint and elbow grease couldn't cure!). On the right is a lovely hand embroider piece I also found at the goodwill for $4. I just love the idea that someone put time and love into something and that is one of the main reasons I love thrifting!

Untill next time!

DIY Fruit Signs

Happy Easter! ( If you celebrate!) Unlike most, I spent the weekend working! It was a busy holiday for us working at a hotel. My mind spent most of the day planning projects in my head. This one included. I think when I work too much, my brain starts to wander in making other projects. I really can't help it! I have been thinking about making a vegan chicken salad for my other blog as well. I wasn't ever really a fan of chicken salad, but for some reason I have been craving it! This post is about fruit signs however and I will tell you how I made these signs! 

I am not sure how many of you indulged in fruit stampers as a kid. In kindergarten, we started with fruit stampers. SO with that being said, I was excited to try this as an adult. I thought it would be cool to make some signs that could hang in your kitchen. 

Paint, sponge brushes, fruit, paper! (If you decide to try out forks/ knives/ and spoons like I did, then very carefully, you need to hammer the spoon and fork flat before dipping in paint.) 

I decided to use wood letters for stamping! You can make your own stamps, OR buy stampers. These stampers were on sale at Michaels, and I liked the font, so I went with these. 

Dip your apples/ avacados/pears/ whatever fruit you use, in paint, and stamp away! I would choose fruits that have seeds. It will give it more of a shape on the paper. If it is just flat, with no holes, it will make it hard to tell what kind of fruit you are using!  I think even doing a fruit like starfruit would be a neat look!  I really liked this canvas type paper I found, it gave it more of a rustic look.

Finished product! 

Happy stamping! 
Miss Jillybean

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thrifting Favorites: Segment 2

All of my thrifted items are special to me. I believe that anything you search for, unexpectedly come across, alter, salvage, or bring back to life will bring you more satisfaction than any run of the mill item ever can. That being said, here are a few of my all time faves..

This. This thing right here. I came across this at my local salvation army and was immediately smitten. I don't even use it to hold anything substantial (hence its use as a rubber-band holder), but the floral pattern is to die for. This is actually the pattern I intend to get tattooed on myself in the near near future.

This shirt right here was reincarnated from the life of one poor ugly dress that I came across at the sazz vintage warehouse (which you must must must visit). I am obviously a sucker for floral print, and this one was too good to pass up. I cut the dress in half, made the top into a crop top and I am currently converting the bottom half of the dress into a skirt.

Lastly, whenever thrifting I always keep my peepers open to awesome fabrics. Even if that fabric happens to be constructed into the most horrendous, boxy, ten times too large pair of overalls, it can be recycled into something awesome and more flattering. Fabric is killer expensive, but buying an article of clothing containing awesome fabric from a thrift store is not. Here's a few of my faves that consist of a boxy button up, a too long velvet dress, and old curtains.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Thrifting Favorites

I wanted to share some thrifting favorites of mine on this Wednesday. Wednesday is a large thrifting day mainly because most places are 1/2 off! So who wouldn't take advantage? The girls will also be sharing their special picks throughout the next couple days!

This skirt I found for a dollar and think about often cutting off the top so I could make it shorter. The pattern on the bottom is too good to cut off. Also: the seafoam green and pink is such a great color combination. 

This shirt I found for 3 dollars. It has teapots on it? I know! How weird? But neat. The label on it says "Weathervane". I wondered if it was from that store the Weathervane that used to be in most malls. I feel like its a little too off the wall to be found in a weathervane.  The scarf next to it I found for 50 cents, and I love! The shapes on it are perfect along with melon color. 

These aprons! I found these with Mia at a Flea market, but I have to talk about them. We plan on doing a DIY project with our aprons in the near future. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that! It will be super cute!

This skirt I found for 1 dollar! The pleats and polka dots are so great! I wear it out alot when I go out for drinks or dinner at night! 

These three items line my vanity, and a shelf that my grandfather made my grandmother hanging on my wall! The Beligan Creme's box holds notes, and letters (even some cute love letters) I have received over the years! The Diane Pins were a find that Mia and I came across in a flea market. We shared the pack, and she was sweet enough to let me keep the box!  Even though using them in my hair is quite hard, I do try! If I had more of a bouffant all the time it would be great to use! I have been into collecting old perfume bottles lately. If you click on this picture you can see that there is a rose that sits on top of the bottle. Its so cute! It's actually broken but I couldn't pass it up!

Ah! This bag! I found at Goodwill, and I loveeee love the bridge on it! I really do not use it quite often mainly because I don't wear too much brown, or neutral shades. The only time I ever used it was when my sister had her baby! ( I stocked myself full of games for the long wait!) But I will most definitely use it more. 

Thats all! Check back for Mia and Kay's favorites!

Miss JillyBean

Friday, March 30, 2012

DIY Lace Sash Belt

I have created a quick DIY lace belt that I wanted to share with you!                               

 Supplies you need:
- Lace Fabric (I purchased mine from Jo-Ann fabrics for 9 dollars!)
- Thread (Preferably a kind that matches your lace)
-Sewing needle

1. I bought my fabric in a yard length. Now, I really like the way the scallops were on the top and bottom of the lace. So, with that said, I measured the lace around my waist to see how much I needed. Since, I wanted the top and bottom of the scallops to line my waist. I cut off how much I needed for my waist, and cut the fabric in half. I sewed the two pieces of fabric together!

2. After sewing the two pieces of fabric together, create an accordion effect on the end and sew closed ends.

3. Next, cut out your sashes for the back. You can cut as long as you choose. I wanted to be able to tie a bow with the sashes or just tie a knot! Also, I cut two v's into the ends of the sashes.

This project was a DIY while I was stuck in house trying to rest! I took some pictures out of on the bridge today wearing it!  It was warmer out then I expected! I think the lace popped with my red dress!

 Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Us Oh Dontcha Sew-er's are proud to announce our upcoming presence at this years Punk Rock Flea Market! For those of you unfamiliar, or not from the Fillet-o-delphia region, this is a bi-annual flea market/craft show/record sale extravaganza! We will have our very own table selling vintage goodies, tasty foods, and crafted goods. All items from my Etsy store will also be up for grabs (feel free to grab a sneak peek here). We look forward to meeting as many fellow crafters as possible and having a grand 'ol time! 

Venue Information:
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123


Sunday, March 18, 2012


Most skirts that I buy tend to be of the granny length, cost one dollar, fray and then get thrown out. One day this all changed via the discovery of the most striking floral skirt I had ever laid my eyes on. Since I was home for a few days celebrating my birthday, I asked my mom to help me hem this special skirt (since it was unnaturally long). I feel as though hemming is a lost art and even though this may be a skill that some of you are familiar with, I know that it took me 23 years to learn it, and maybe I can expedite this process for someone else! Also, feel free to share any tips that you may know on hemming with us, we would love to hear them!

  Step 1.) The skirt was very long and already had an existing hem that was done by hand so we cut off some of the excess to make it easier to work with. We turned the skirt inside out (to allow pen markings) and measured up 6 inches from the bottom of the skirt making  marks along the way to assist in creating a straight cut. This cut is very important since future measurements will be taken using the bottom of the skirt as a guide.

Step 2.) After cutting off the excess, I then tried on the skirt to pick a proper non-granny length. I folded the skirt bottom up to match the length I wanted and placed a few pins to hold the fold so I could remember where it was when I took the skirt off!

Step 3.) Turn the skirt inside out once again and pin all the way around the skirt to match the fold length you made while wearing the skirt. Be sure to measure from the bottom as you are pinning to keep a uniform length.

Step 4.) Sew along the hem using a similarly colored thread. This was the part I was unsure about prior to my momma showing me, and I am glad that she was there! The trick is to go through all of the fabric from the fold and then sew through only a few threads from the inside of the fabric to connect it. You never want your needle to go through to the front of the skirt and you literally only need to attach it to a few threads.

You can see in the picture above that the needle literally only goes through a few pink threads from the inside of the skirt.

Step 5.) Continue sewing around the skirt to finish the hem! And rock what your momma hemmed ya!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's birthday month!

Bring out your party streamers, kazoo's, etc! ! It's a month of birthdays! Kay and Mia's birthday are both in the month of March! Happiest Birthday to two of my best friends! (And crafty partners!) I am so excited everyday to keep track of our projects on Oh Don't Cha Sew since day one with them!  These two talented ladies have taught me so much already! Love them! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

At home beauty tips!

I am always on the hunt for at home skin tips! I recently stopped in at Heaven and Earth Salon and Spa, in Pottsville, PA. I got a chance to sit down with my favorite skin specialist Helene, the Spa Director at Heaven and Earth. I have been going to Helene since high school, and she has always been so sweet to help me out!  She answered some of my questions, and offered some fun tips!

Whole Milk + Honey
Vegan version (Since I'm not a huge fan of milk!) = Silken Tofu+ Agave Nectar
    -1 C Milk  + 2 tsp Honey/ Agave Nectar
    -I left on for 10 minutes! Then, rinse off with warm water!

Steel cut oats + Water
    -1 C steel cut oats + 1 C water
    -Scrub gently into skin.  Rinse off! (This is perfect to use on legs as well to get rid of winter dryness!)

Under Eyes 
Chamomile Tea Bags
    -Put two teabags with hot water in fridge overnight, until it reaches a chilly temperature. Wring out teabags and put on eyes for 10-15 minutes.

1 tsp Baking Soda + 1 tsp water
    -Dab on pimple before sleep!
    -Also, Helene mentioned putting toothpaste on your pimples as well! This may seem a little crazy but it will dry out the pimple!
Redness on pimples! 
Visine + Q-tip
    -Dab on troubled area!

Extra Face Tips!

  •  Remove any/ and every ounce of makeup off of face at night.
  • Always wash your face at night! (The make up will seep into your pillow and stay there, creating bacteria!)
  •  "Make-up will only look good if your skin looks good!" Taking care of your skin is key!

There you go! Some quick tips with at- home items!
A little bit about our friend Helene! (Featured with hair stylist, Bonnie!)

Helene started her beauty journey about 15 years ago! She was going to see Scott (Now, Heaven and Earth Salon and Spa Owner) to get her hair done. Unhappy in her sales and marketing job at Nexxus Hair Products, Scott explained he was starting a salon and spa, he encouraged to her to take classes and become the spa director! She attended classes to be an esthetician and has been at Heaven and Earth ever since! Also! Stop over here at The Painted Ladies for Helene's friend's blog. They offer fun and different eyeshadow, and special makeup tips.

Thanks, Helene!

If you ever get a chance, to go to Pottsville, PA make sure you stop in to Heaven and Earth Salon and Spa! It's right down the street from the wonderful Yuengling Brewing Company! Heaven and Earth is filled with lots of lovely art work, and neat projects. I am truly at amazement every time I go in with all the different art projects that line the walls, and hang from the ceilings!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY Bowtie Flats

It's Jillybean, and I am here to bring you a simple DIY to jazz up your flats!
This DIY brought me back to my years as a ballerina. (I admit I wasn't good, but I had fun!) During the later years, split sole ballet shoes were a more serious ballet slipper. But you had to sew your own elastic straps on them! This DIY is kind of the same thing!

Things you need:
1. Pair of flats. (I bought mine at K-mart for 13 dollars!)
2. Pretty fabric (You will need 2/ 8x5 squares + 2/ 1x5 inch strips, I got a half of yard at Jo Ann's for 2.50!)
3. Scissors
4. Leather Sewing needle
5. Sewing Machine
6. Straight Pins
7. Sewing Ruler
8. Thread to match your choice of flats, and your choice of fabric!

1. Measure your elastic across the top of your shoe (with your foot inside!) Cut your strips to your size. (Remember, you are going to want to make this a bit tighter, loose elastic isn't comfortable, or not that great at holding your foot inside!) I wanted a perfect line across my flats with my elastic. So, I marked off with straight pins, and a sewing ruler.  Plus, this gives you a marking for later, when you need to keep the elastic in place.

2. (Dos! Deux! Whatever!) Measure your fabric for the bows. I used a tape measure, to cut out 2/ 8x5 squares. Reason for this: You will cut the fabric in half, and sew the two pieces together! Snip, Snip, Snip! You will also want to cut out 2 strips of 1/5 inches. This will be for your top of your bowtie. 

3.  Prepare your sewing machine! Thread your bobbin, etc. etc! Sew around the edges of your fabric. Make sure they are back to back, on the top side. Sew! Sew! Sew!! 

4. Show off your new sewed pieces to your mom, or get her to hold yours up for you and show them off. (I think my mom was thrilled at how well I picked up using a sewing machine!) 

At this point, you are so close to wearing your new flats out! So take a snack break if you choose or hang out with your lovely furry friend for a second, and carry on! 

5. Get your two piece of fabric to use for your top of your bowtie, and wrap them around your square piece of newly stitched fabric. (Little Jill Note: Fold your fabric over and under like an accordion to create more of a effect, and it also will make it easier to wrap the fabric around.) 

6. After you wrap the two around the fabric, take the pieces to your sewing machine. Sew right across the fabric. 

7. Take your elastic strands, and slip through the back of the bowtie. (Little Jill Note: I sewed a quick x- shape across the back to hold the elastic and the wrapped fabric in place on the elastic strap. But this step is completely up to you!) 

Now! You should have two elastic straps with bowties attached! Cute right!?
8. Thread your special leather sewing needle, and acquire your thimble. Keep your straight pin in the side of the shoe as long as you can to prevent the elastic from slipping, and not making a straight line. 

Repeat on the other shoe, and boom! A totally new flat!
Feel free to perfect your dance moves like myself or just wear them out!  Hehe enjoy!

Happy Crafting!