Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bird seed

 I usually work doubles Monday-Friday but to I got lucky and just have to work tonight! So over a cold beer I decided to make a little mini bird feeder.

What you’ll need:
  • Some sort of glass or ceramic or wooden (whatever) container that can be hung with wire and have an opening that is accessible to birds
  • Wire of your choosing (I used copper)
  • Birdseed (or a candle! this would look just as lovely as a hanging lantern for your porch) 

All you need to do is attach some sort of hanging mechanism to your chosen container and then attach a reinforced hook to the top of that. I found a container that had pre made holes in it, which made it easy to hang. My little ceramic trinket thing is probably meant for candles, but I make lanterns so often that I thought this would be nice! 

Anyways, It’s best to reinforce some part of the wire you use to hang it. In the photos you can see that I wrapped the wire around itself in a few places to ensure that it wouldn’t bend too much with the weight of the container when it’s hanging. Now find something to hang it on and that’s all!

Go bird watching of something, there’s a book for that.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Deep Conditioner

This week I’m trying to brace myself to bleach my hair. I used to have lovely white blonde hair that I could dye pretty colors, but since it was incorrectly bleached and re bleached so many times it was just terribly damaged. So I let it grow out and then hacked it all off again so i’ve sort of started anew. Still, I thought it wise to give it a little extra nourishment before I bleached it again. I’m sure there a billion other girls out there with gross damaged hair who can’t afford an outrageously priced conditioner, so listen up.

What you’ll need:
  • one over ripe avocado
  • half cup honey
  • third cup extra virgin olive oil

All you need to do is mix it all together and smush it until it's creamy and slap the nastyness on your head. It smells a little funky but try to deal with it for 15-20 mins.

Focus the majority of the mixture on the ends, your roots tend to be healthier and not require as much moisture. Once you’re ready to rinse, use a mild shampoo (make sure to really lather your roots to prevent them from getting overly greasy or oily) and warm water then condition like you normally would. 

Hopefully you’re hair won’t feel like a broom anymore. Mine’s nice and silky for now :)

please don’t try to eat this. It’s not food. If you do, don’t email me and blame me because you did something dumb and it made you puke.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Facebook Fan/Tumblr Follower Giveaway!

First off….congrats to Emily Johnson, the winner of our last giveaway! The lovely Emily won a vintage gold accent floral ceramic necklace (which sadly will not be pictured) and a pair of T.U.K. black leather creepers! 

This week, starting today, we are kicking off another giveaway in collaboration with Repurposed Remade Vintage! The rules will stay the same: when you follow us on tumblr, reblog us on tumblr, like the facebook page, follow our blogspot or RR’s blogspot, or recommend the facebook page to a friend, your name will be added to the raffle. So, you have multiple opportunities to get your name added for a chance to win! The prize (or prizes) could be anything from vintage bags, shoes, clothes, or DIY items! Guys and girls alike are encouraged to enter. Good luck, the winner will be announced on Friday evening at 6pm Pacific Time! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Letter from the editor

Begrudgingly, I have decided to join the dark side. DIYDS will now be posting on Tumblr. In the interest of my blog I have decided to expand to another website in addition to blogspot! All the posts on each site will be the same for the most part, this is just to make it more convenient for those of you who do chose to use Tumblr and would like to be able to follow us there. Also, it seems like the best way to get the word out about DIYDS and the Repurposed Remade Vintage boutique.

For now, the tumblr is basically just cycling through our previous posts from here on blogspot. So for the next few days the queue will be periodically posting all our old DIYs.

Click through to follow DIYDS on Tumblr!

Don't worry! We're not leaving Blogspot! This will still be updated as frequently as the Tumblr to don't feel the need to check there, it's purely up to you all.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Last time, honest.

Ok I promise this is the last time I will spam this blog with my many other exploits, but I made a "website" type blog dedicated to the Repurposed Remade Vintage store. See if you'd like :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Camel shoes

So back in the day, companies like Marlboro and Camel cigarettes offered prizes to their customers who smoked a certain amount of their product. Marlboro famously offered branded cowboy boots (obviously) and embroidered denim jackets. Camel did some of the same including the desert boot style shoes that I found recently. Kinda neat in my opinion.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Facebook fan giveaway!

Starting today I am doing a giveaway from my new online vintage store! This will go from today until next Friday morning. Basically everyone who fans the new Facebook page for the store will be entered into a raffle to win something DIY or vintage! Guys and gals alike are eligible! You can have your name entered more than once if you recommend the page to your friends and they become fans as well! Send me a message via the Repurposed Remade fan page with the names of the friends of yours who have fanned in case I don't catch it. If you ask me your odds seem pretty good to win....go!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I am doing a dip dyed denim jacket as well! I ran out of bleach today so it's not quite done yet, but I will have it posted by thursday, scouts honor.

DIY denim or DEATH

Ok, I must admit I am pretty stoked about these two things...DIY studded denim. The vest I did quite a while ago, and it's just too cool to leave sitting sad and alone in my closet. I found the denim vest at American Vintage in Fullerton, CA and brought it home and bleach washed it to get it to a soft lighter blue denim. Then I basically just started shoving pyramid studs in it. It was super frustrating for me to find studs the first time around, by the way, so don't even try to find them in your local craft stores (the only thing they sell is those silly iron on "studs"). The best place to go it to Studs & Spikes. They have a huge selection at wholesale prices. Anyways, here's the vest, modeled by the always lovely Rachel Clisby.

What you'll need: 
  • old denim of any sort (leather if you're feelin' crafty)
  • four prong studs of your choice
  • patience!

This next one is basically just an assortment of ridiculous studs thrown onto a rad bomber style denim coat i found. If you decide to make your own studded jacket, I would suggest getting a stud tool from the website mentioned above. It's not necessary, I studded these without one, but it would have been nice to have. The prongs on the backs of the studs start to hurt after the first ten or so.

They are both available for purchase on my online store. Check them out, happy bidding!

Monday, September 10, 2012

My apologies

So I know my posts have been few and far between as of late so I'm working hard to change that! Tomorrow I am hoping to get a few posts out since I have the day off after class in the morning. You can expect a DIY dip dye denim jacket post (which will be up for grabs after!) and HOPEFULLY at least a little mini beer blog post. I'm sorry beer fans! October will be a big month for the blog though, I'm having a beer swap party at my house and then visiting the amazing Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA for my birthday! So at least there's something to look forward to.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shopping time!

Alright guys! My shop is up and running just in time for Back to school...sort of. Well there is a ton of new neat stuff up and even more to be posted later today as soon as the lovely Lindsey from Portland comes over to be a hanger for all of the lovely vintage clothes I will have for sale. Right now I have an assortment of handmade, vintage handbags, denim, and shoes available for purchase. You can keep your eye out for jewelry, dresses, cardigans, etc, that will be posted later today and maybe even more tomorrow! Everything starts bidding at 99 cents so you don't really need to be a big spender either. Here's a little preview! GO HERE

Go get em while they're hot~

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Store Grand Opening!

This Friday I will be having a grand opening of my etsy shop! I will be stocking it periodically in the next two days to be prepared for it's internet debut!

I hope that you will all come check it out. It will feature things like vintage dooney & bourke bags, other vintage bags/wallets, handmade accessories (flower crowns and head chain wraps!), vintage and retro clothing, and much more!

Check back on Friday sometime for a link to Repurposed Remade: Recycled Rags & Reworked Vintage, owned and operated by yours truly.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to the sewing machine

I've been wanting to get back into buying and altering vintage clothes from thrift stores and selling them on eBay and I'm starting with this project; a dress for my birthday. I'm starting with a rough beginning with a dress from a local thrift spot. I have to take in the existing dress, hem it, and add cut out panels as well as sleeves. You'll have to bear with me on the following photo, I was attempting to sketch my vision for how I want it to look when it's finished since I haven't drawn the pattern yet. Sort of like some of the cute dresses for sale on Nasty Gal right now. But anyways, I'll definitely post photos and comments on it all once I've finished the dress. Hopefully not too long from now.

P.s. since I'll be drawing up an entire pattern for the dress, this dress will be available for purchase (by order only) customized to your liking!