Easy DIY Elastic Band Sunglasses Case – Free Pattern

My favorite way to welcome summer is to buy a new pair of (cheap) cute sunglasses.  There’s just something so fun about a new pair of sunnies to wear when you’re hanging out at the pool or just running errands in the bright summer sun.  Of course, this year I had to get actual glasses – bifocals, no less – so no cute summer sunglasses for me this year! But…. for those of you lucky enough to get to wear cute sunglasses, I’ve got a free pattern for making a sunglasses case to carry them around … [Read more...]

How I conquered the cords in my sewing studio

Between my sewing machines, serger, and iron, there are a LOT of power cords in my sewing room.  Oh, and let's not forget the embroidery machine, the speakers for my iPhone, and my Silhouette machine.  They all need to be plugged in to work.  The result is a mess of power strips and extension cords strung in and around my sewing table and workspace. Yes, that's a cat sitting  under the table. A couple of weeks ago I spied this worktable at the Goodwill outlet. (sorry for the … [Read more...]

My latest craft fail and why it’s not a fail at all

Craft fails are crushing.  Your idea, so expertly designed and perfectly executed in your head, turns out to be a big hot mess.   All that time and material wasted!  Not to mention the bruise to your ego that your mind could conceive of something that hideous! I’m going to be brave here for a minute and share my latest craft fail. First, the context.  This project was for a Goodwill fashion show, where artists/designers would alter a Goodwill jacket that would then be modeled by local … [Read more...]

Upcycled Leather Belt Bracelet – TUTORIAL

DISCLAIMER:  I received free products from Goodwill of Arkansas in exchange for writing this post.  Though this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. I think I may have found my new favorite thing to do with old belts, and that is turn them into awesome new jewelry. The leather on an old belt is so thick and supple and luscious.  Think about how much it would cost to buy a new bracelet from high quality distressed leather!   One Goodwill belt can yield as many as three bracelets, … [Read more...]

Tutorial: DIY bird feeder from a plate and bowl

DISCLAIMER:  I received free products from Goodwill Industries of Arkansas in exchange for writing this post.  Though this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Spring is here, time to spruce up my yard.  What better way than to make a bird feeder to hang in my front yard?  Better yet, why not make up a bunch of them so I can hang one in my yard and give others to family and friends? I’d been wanting to give the bowl & plate bird feeder a try for a while, and this weeks’ … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Vintage sheet dry erase board

I teased you last week with a peek at the random collection of Goodwill items I’m using in today’s Goodwill craft. An ugly art print, a vintage pillowcase, and a tall shot glass. And what did I make? A vintage pillowcase dry erase board!  With a little cup glued to the frame to hold your dry erase marker. Here's what I started with. What can I say… I am so in love with my new message board!!  I originally planned this to be a message board by my back door, but the colors and … [Read more...]

What can you make from…

What can you make from an ugly framed print, a vintage pillowcase, and a shot glass?  I'm working on the first of my Goodwill crafts for National Craft Month, and I couldn't resist a little teaser. The three items look so totally random together, don't they. Ha! I'm putting the finishing touches on the mystery craft tomorrow.  I'll be back on Monday with finished photos and a tutorial! … [Read more...]

I wasn’t looking for a new sewing machine

Some projects are the result of brainstorming and hours of planning.  And others just present themselves, happy opportunities just waiting to be seized upon. That's what happened the other morning on the way to church.  We'd made it about a block from our house when he says, "Sewing machine on the curb."  And then he looks at me.  "Should I stop?"  But of course he wasn't waiting on an answer; he was already making the turn to go back and pick up the sewing machine on the curb. He knows me … [Read more...]

11 Craft and Sewing Supplies You Can Get From Goodwill

Wow, where did February go?  I feel like a blinked an entire month just swept by.  But no worries, because March is a good month.  It’s National Craft Month – and it’s also a special month here at Orange Bettie. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I love me some Goodwill.  Most of my clothes – and many of my craft supplies – come from Goodwill.  It’s like a sport for me.  So I’m super excited that I’ll be partnering with Goodwill of Arkansas to feature Goodwill craft posts all month … [Read more...]

Quick way to clean up your threads and tiny scraps

It's been a few week sins my last post. Man, life got busy all of a sudden!  But I'm here today to show you my new favorite way to clean up the stray threads and bits left on my sewing table after a project. After Christmas my daughter and I stopped into Container Stire and saw their stocking stuffers were half off. Container Store stocking stuffers are already kind of a weakness for me. And half off... We HAD to stop and see what we could find. And what we found was this desk top vacuum - … [Read more...]