Vintage Lamp Update

Vintage Lamp Update | Life in the Making(s)This project has been a long time coming! I’ve had this lamp in storage for a couple of years (it used to be my grandma’s) with the idea for this makeover, and I finally finished it!
Vintage Lamp Update | Life in the Making(s)The base just got a couple of coats of matte black spray paint.Vintage Lamp Update | Life in the Making(s)I found the white drum shade at Goodwill for $5.99. It had the metal circle in the center that fits over the socket, but this lamp has a mogul socket (i.e. a really big socket), and an adapter to use a regular light bulb, and the shade didn’t work with it. So I pulled the circle part out, and stuck the wires in where the screws held on the old glass shade. I used a dab of hot glue on each one to hold it in place:Vintage Lamp Update | Life in the Making(s)I love how it turned out – just how I’d pictured it!
Christa

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Plantain Tee

Plantain Tee | Life in the Making(s)

I downloaded the free Plantain Tee pattern from Deer & Doe a long time ago, and finally made it up! This is the same fabric I used for this sleeveless top a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I hadn’t prewashed the fabric for that top, so it shrunk a lot, making it unwearable. The rest of the fabric has been washed a couple of times since then (once after the shrinking incident, and once after I moved out the apartment and realized that everything I own smelled like smoke from all the smokers in the complex), and I have washed the completed top with no shrinking, so it should be fine now!

Plantain Tee | Life in the Making(s)

The pattern is fitted at the shoulders, and flares out at the hips. I wanted an extra loose, flowy top, so I graded up a size at the hips, and added some length to the bottom with a curved hem (longer in the back than the front). I also added 3/4″ to the length of the long sleeves, and left off the elbow patches.
Plantain Tee | Life in the Making(s)

You can tell in the back view that the fabric is a little sheer. It’s nice and lightweight, and I love that the sleeves are loose enough to be able to push them up (a feature I appreciate in all my long-sleeve shirts; it makes them much more versatile, and you can avoid getting them wet when you wash your hands!).
Plantain Tee | Life in the Making(s)Overall, this is a great pattern. It’s quick and easy to sew, and the fit is great! I’ll definitely keep this pattern in my stash for the future!

 
Christa

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New Camera Bag

I recently upgraded my DSLR camera. I found a good deal on a Canon Rebel T5, and took the opportunity to upgrade to a newer, lighter, faster camera. I decided to make a new camera bag to go with it. My old camera bag was a purse that I made some foam inserts for, but I wanted to sew the whole thing this time. I looked around online, but didn’t really find anything like what I was looking for, so I made this up as I was going. (It’s loosely based on my dad’s camera case.)
I used some fabric that was left over from making purses a couple of years ago. I was a little worried about how the black vinyl would sew up, but it worked out fine (the layers just got a little thick in a few places). So there’s a vinyl hand strap on top, and a longer adjustable fabric strap attached with D-rings. I put a zip pocket in the back to keep small things accessible (like the lens cap).

The top flap has a magnetic clasp. There are vinyl flaps underneath with a velcro closure to keep everything secure.

 

 

The inside has two small pocket in the back to hold accessories, like the battery charger.

Camera Bag | Life in the Making(s)Here it is with the camera inside. It’s hard to see, but it fits really well! I also made a new matching cross-body camera strap using my tutorial!

I used a couple of pieces of plastic in the front and bottom for stability. It is padded with some 1″ foam on the bottom, and the other pieces have layers of leftover blackout curtain lining and batting.

 
Christa

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Birchbox Upcycle: Drawer Unit

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

I have a bunch of projects I’ve made over the last few months that I never got around to blogging, so I’m going to work on getting them all up soon! This one I made awhile ago, and I didn’t take in-progress photos, but I’ll walk you through it the best I can!

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

I’ve been subcribed to Birchbox* for over a year now, so I have a bunch of these boxes. They’re a great size, and useful for storing lots of things! I used three of them to make this drawer unit.

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

The outer box is made of foam core, and covered in scrapbook paper to make it pretty. I cut the front sections out of the (upside down) box lids, and hot glued them to the foam core as shelves for the drawers. I used a bit of decorative trim to cover up the edges.

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

The decorative knobs (make sure you get ones that have a removable screw) are hot glued to the front of the drawers. The silver one is kind of heavy and fell off after a couple of days, so I used super glue to stick it back on the dried hot glue, and that worked great!

*Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, you get 5 beauty samples in a great little box. The best part is that you can review your samples for points to redeem in the Birchbox shop (which is like getting $5 back every month). If you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can subscribe here. The boxes are colorful this year instead of the kraft boxes shown here, but they’d still work for this project!
Christa

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