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I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image


And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo


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Now y’all know I really enjoy a great thrift store find, right? It’s true- and what defines a “great” thrift store find doesn’t always equal its monetary value. Sometimes it’s just how much I simply love it- and let me tell you- this skirt was love at first sight!

Just seeing the print made me happy. I didn’t know why at the time, it just did. But I didn’t buy it. Well, not THAT day.

I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t my size, and happy as it made me to meet such fun on a hangar, it’s just silly to buy something I will never wear.

Or is it?

A few days later it dawned on me: THIS is why I loved the skirt: it reminded me of my 1960’s era Yellow Submarine lunchbox (with matching Thermos, thankyouverymuch!)

The pink is THE pink.
The orange is THE orange.
The yellow is THE yellow.
The teal? Oh yeah. It’s THE teal!
And that’s why, fit or not, I needed to go back and rescue that skirt from the size 10 thrift store rack!
So I did.
And it made me HAPPY



And you know what I did next?
I cut it up.

Oh yes I did.
And I made THIS out of it:

Here’s another shot of my Happy Yellow Submarine purse: (I’ll tell you about that wall in the background a little later.)

Did someone just say, “SQUEEEEEEE!”?
Oh, sorry, yes, that was me. I’m still pretty happy over this whole skirt-doesn’t-fit-but-I-bought-it-and-made-a-stinkin’-PURSE-out-of-it thing.
If you wanna try to make one, here’s the recipe:
Shop the fabric – not the sizes- in the thrift stores. (Note: I also shop the buttons & lace parts of thrifty clothes!)
Bring it home. (You don’t have to wait for pleasant childhood memories to lure you back to the thrift store, where *GASP* someone may have bought it!)
Cut it as you wish. I cut the fabric about 1/2″ longer than the depth I wanted in the purse. I also cut a strip to serve as the shoulder strap and I cut the flounce off the bottom. If you happen to have a “flouncy” bottom on your skirt, just cut about 1/2″ above the ruffle so you can sew it back on later.
Once everything was cut, I took a deep breath. As much as I love the fabric, I didn’t want to be disappointed if my project didn’t work out! I decided that I could enjoy the fabric as a little pillow for the car, or maybe a scarf, or at the minimum, a pin cushion for my sewing table.
Once I figured out all-is-not-lost, I began sewing.
I happened to have some webbing in my stash, and it was just the right length for a shoulder strap.


I had to trim the fabric down a bit. Let me just mention that I really winged this whole thing- there was no “exact” measuring and when I cut the fabric, it was often uneven. This wasn’t a big deal since I was going to be happy regardless. (See car pillow, scarf, pin cushion above.)

I top-stitched and poof! We have a shoulder strap.

I needed a closure of some sort so I dug these out of my hardware stash:


And sewed them inside what used to be the waistband. I used a scrap of ribbon for added support. Oh, and that metal doohickey that goes on the back of the magnet? Yeah, I lost one. It’s probably in the carpet somewhere, but I was too busy being HAPPY to stop, drop and search, so I forged ahead!
Next, I actually had to UNDO this because my magnet was not strong enough to connect with fabric covering it.

It was time to add the shoulder strap. I decided I wanted the zipper on the side and since it’s nylon, I could sew over it. This would keep it closed.

I added the ruffle – flounce just below what was the waistband but is now the top edge of my purse. I simply sewed up the bottom of the bag and VOILA! Momma’s got a brand new bag!
Happy? Oh yeah. It’s got happy written all over it!

Here it is in a different pose:

And here it is at church: (we went to Saturday night service. We love the option of Saturday church!)

A few notes: this was simply a fun project. I didn’t sweat out stuff like accurate cutting or seams or fancy, clean finishes. I wasn’t sure any of it would work out but since it did, I’ll enjoy using such a fun bag!
Note also that the fabric puddles- it’s a poly blend and very slinky so the bag doesn’t have stability. I’ll use a zipper bag inside to keep the little stuff from spilling out.
Final note: that wall. Talk about things that make you happy?! My daughter and son-in-law faux-finished this for me as a Mother’s Day gift several years ago. I blogged about it HERE
Thanks for stopping by! God bless, thrift on and be happy!
Kathy Bo

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Here’s another super cute notepad! Supplies came from my stash, and most is Stampin’ Up. Though some is discontinued, you can make it too! Just dig out some of your favorite papers, embellishments and maybe print some imagery from the web!

Here’s a link for the basic tutorial









Check out my Stampin’ Up! page! $99 and you can join my team!

I enjoy making these and sharing with friends and family. What a neat, creative and useful gift!
Thanks for visiting! God bless!

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I have this thing about lace. I love it. While I prefer the exquisite (go figure!) I’m a sucker for pretty much most every lace I’ve come in contact with.  So there was this dress that someone gave me a while back, which was too small and also circa 1980’s.  I didn’t like the fashions of the 80’s, not even when I was wearing them, so the only saving grace for this dress was that – it was lacy – and would make a nice wall decoration in the bedroom.  And so it was.  I hung it, shoulder pads and all, from a large rack that is also the home for scarves and an assortment of hats.  The little vignette was girly and dainty, its centerpiece a dress I would enjoy but never, ever, wear.

And then I cut it in half.

Last night.

Yeah, I did.

This was before:

Note the shoulder pads. Why we ever bought into that fashion accessory, I'll never know.

Note the shoulder pads. Why we ever bought into that fashion accessory, I’ll never know.

It’s a whole dress – as you can see. Until. This. Happened:

It was a crazy, radical thing to do. But wait... it gets better.

It was a crazy, radical thing to do. But wait… it gets better.

As you can also see, the top is now separate from the bottom as well as separated from its beloved shoulder pads, which we have already established is wrong, whatever generation one is from.

Once I cut it in half, I left it to ponder.  I don’t think the dress pondered a single thing, but I did.  I pondered how I would turn the skirt into a skirt.  Would I insert a zipper? (spoiler alert: NO!) Would I make a nice little V shaped thingie with a button on top? (Spoiler #2: NADA!) Would I perhaps make a waistband with elastic? Ohhhhh yes, I would.

I did not follow the Rules of Elastic Inserting - if there are such things. I figure once you cut a dress in half, you can do whatever you want.  And so I did.

I did not follow the Rules of Elastic Inserting – if there are such things. I figure once you cut a dress in half, you can do whatever you want. And so I did.

The elastic was nice and wide, so it would be stable as a waistband.  I blew past so many “rules” of sewing it’s not even funny.  Well, it really is… because A: I did not make a proper casing because I was a rule breaker after all.  B: I didn’t sew the edges of the elastic, allowing it to float in the casing (see the line about being a rule breaker) and C: Well, I don’t really have a C, but if I did, it would probably involve something wild and crazy like using white bobbin thread and ecru spool thread.  Ok, I did that too.

So here I have 1/2 of the dress on the sewing machine and the rule breaking elastic insert method happened to work out wonderfully.  One would almost think I’d done it before… which maybe I have… that’s a memory question and I only retain water.

Speaking of retaining stuff, I tried the dress on before cutting it up and having lost 50 lbs, it fit.  Though I have no idea of when / where I will wear it, I am also a bit of a rogue when it comes to “appropriate attire” and might just toss it on to go grocery shopping – if it’s a lacy kind of day.

And here it is:

I pulled a lot of lacy stuff to see how it all would work with the new skirt. The hat had to come along since it's been BFF's with the dress and they have hung out for ages now.

I pulled a lot of lacy stuff to see how it all would work with the new skirt. The hat had to come along since it’s been BFF’s with the dress and they have hung out for ages now.

Voila! The skirt that used to be a dress is upcycled to something I will totally enjoy! Now I just have to find a spring tea - or a shopping trip to pick up milk and bread - so I can wear it!

Voila! The skirt that used to be a dress is upcycled to something I will totally enjoy! Now I just have to wait for a spring tea – or a shopping trip to pick up milk and bread – so I can wear it!

Hope you enjoyed my upcycled / recycled skirt!  Know what’s next? Yep – the top.  I already have lots of plans for it… will share after I ponder it a bit more.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Kathy Bo

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