Totally Smitten With Onelmon: Crafting Experiments

Onel has a fabulous runaway imagination that just won’t slow down! The delightfully creative upcycled projects she shares on her Crafting Experiments blog will capture your attention for hours and the best part? Onel has DIYs for every ability + a groovy Under 5 Minutes category for those needing a quick maker fix or a last minute gift!

“On my blog I share all of the random crafty experiments I made over the weekend.”

Get to know this clever creator and learn her top upcycling tips!

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Totally Smitten With I Love Green Grass

Ilona of I Love Green Grass is a master of geek-approved upcycled gear! Her quirky recycled projects and ability to think completely outside of the box make her blog a must-see for we refashioning DIY nerds!

Get to know this environmentally friendly creator & discover her groovy DIY tips…

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Gone Thrifting…

Are you a thrift & charity shop junkie? Do you love vintage & second hand? Does DIY give you the tingles? Have you kicked unethically produced fast fashion & decor to the curb?

If you’ve answered yes to the above questions then join my fancy new “Gone thrifting” group on facebook and share your love for all things thrifty & upcycled!

Gone Thrifting is a place to spread the second hand love, share upcycling & refashion projects, ideas + a healthy dose of thrifty style inspiration!

Feel free to post a brief decription & links to your latest refashions, DIY decor, thrifty outfits & style tips – snag advice & interact with other members – or simply lurk about & enjoy the thrifty goodness!

Share your second hand style each week with the Thrifty Thursday outfit & decor challenge!

The Thrifty Thursday Goal: To inspire others to shop second hand & prove that fabulous, affordable, unique style can easily be achieved without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced fast fashion & decor.

How to take part in Thrifty Thursday:

– Style an outfit or share a decor item based on the themes seen at the top of the Gone Thrifting group wall.

*Outfits & decor must be put together from items you already own, have thrifted, DIY’d, swapped, inherited, gotten second hand, dumpster dived, etc…

– Post your Thrifty Thursday pics & a brief description (or a link to your Thrifty Thursday blog post) on the Gone Thrifting group wall.

– Be Inspired!

What are you waiting for? Pop on over and join in the thrifty lurv!

…gone thrifting: it’s all about potential

Welcome to the first in my brand new series of Top Refashionista Tips for Successful Thrifting Tips!

*This premier episode explains the ins & outs of how to discover the refashioning potential in garments while thrifting.

click the photos below to be taken to the tutorials I revisited to make each fab creation

the Not My Style Dress tutorial

the Dowdy No More tutorial

collaborate with kollabora!


Have you discovered the awesomeness of Kollabora yet?

This fabulous New York based online maker community is chock full amazing creators, projects & inspiration…head on over, join up, make some new friends & share your own diy goodies with the community!

While you’re there be sure to check out my Fashion Manifesto Challenges & give them some “Heart” love!

My groovtastic new autumn jacket created from Tante Uschi’s 1960’s brocade blanket and…

my funktastic polka dot raincoat…can you believe this beauty began life as a shower curtain?

save the date!

Grab your calendars guys & dolls and mark this weekend with a bright red circle because….

My second fabulous e-book, Confessions of a Refashionista: Bewitched Bedsheets, is now available worldwide for Amazon Kindle & tablet readers and will be completely free to download this weekend! Yipee!

3 whole days of free-ness begins when the clock strikes 12:00am (PST) on Friday August 30 & continues straight through to midnight (PST) on Sunday September 1/2013!

Simply click on your local Amazon download link below to get your free copy…and be sure to leave a fancy review on Amazon…

United States     Canada     United Kingdom     Germany     Italy     France     Spain     Japan     Brazil     India

*Don’t have a Kindle or tablet? Me neither, I simply use the oh-so-convenient-&-absolutely-free Kindle App on my computer…

Hooo’s a big girlie?

Here’s a super quick fix for that never-worn-but-sadly-outgrown munchkin gear:

Let’s get makin’…

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the grungy zig zag…

I’ve been wanting to try a bleach pen refashion for ages but as the pen in question has yet to make it to German shores I figured I’d have to (impatiently) wait…but then inspiration whapped my little head once again & I figured out how to create my own for free:

…once I had my fancy diy bleach pen creating a groovy life on the zig zag shirt was a snap!

Here’s how to make your own:

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saved by a scarf…

Yay! I scored a fabulous blouse for €1 that actually buttoned up nicely over my bountiful bosom…

Boo! It had those ridiculously annoying chest pockets that do nothing but stretch wonkily over said bust…removing them resulted in this bit of foolishness:

…holes…permanent seam ghosts…weird snap indentations…an unmendable mess?

Nein, mein Lieblings…thanks to a brilliant idea from the completely marvelous Gypsy Sister I now have this piece of gloriousness:

Here’s how to fix your own in about 20 minutes…

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thrilled to the gills & a squeee!

My glorious skirt, created by the ludicrously talented Lisa of Cucicucicoo, has arrived, bringing with it much joy & a brilliant surprise gift for my munchkin:

How funkilicously fabulous is that?! Words cannot express how absolutely awesome my new skirt is…I freaking lurv it!

Can you guess what genius lurks in this adorable kidlet roll that kept my skirt company on the exciting journey from Italy to Germany?

Meine Güte, ist das toll?! An über clever travel chalkboard complete with eraser & chalk! Ingenious!

…and here’s another look at my groovy skirt – paired with my multi-button-cuff sweater, tights, army boots & fabulous new birthday hat (courtesy of the munchkin)

A massive Grazie mille! to Lisa + a huge Canadian bear hug & sloppy wet German kiss!

*Pop over to Lisa’s blog for fab’ refashions, kidlet crafts, upcycling ideas, quirky humour and a generous dose of spicy Italian!

…and here’s what I created for her (& her scrumptiously adorable kidlets)