February Blogger SWAP

We did it again, we swapped! I love doing blogger swaps and this time around I actually made sure I mailed everything in a timely manner. It’s just so hard to go anywhere when it feels like 30 below outside! Trust me, even going to work is challenging for me in these temps! Where is July?

This time my partner was Feier from Dash of Rose, she has a beautiful DIY and lifestyle blogger, and I loved getting to know her through the swap, because before that I’ve never heard of her blog. (That’s probably the number one reason why I like swaps so much! I get to meet new bloggers from new places!)

Putting the package together was really easy this time around, here is what I sent Feier:

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And here is what she sent me:
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As you can see we both sent each other hand made clutches, and I absolutely loved the travel size of  my favorite Oscar Blandi dry shampoo! And look at all these zippers! Love them! I am also planning on hanging that elephant trinket up on my Christmas tree this year, meanwhile it’s hanging out by the window in my dining room!
Have you ever done a swap? Did you like it? Would you be interested in doing one in the future?
Here are all the other bloggers who swapped, check out their posts, I know not everyone is posting today, but it’s always good to find new blogs to read 🙂

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DIY Clutch #2

Remember that purse that I turned into a clutch? Well I had enough material to make another clutch out of what was left over.

1. The material before I turned it into a clutch. This used to be the front pocket of the purse, and the zipper – well I found it among my Grandpa’s treasures!

 

2. I am sorry I didn’t take any pics in between, but once again I used my linoleum trick, so that the clutch held its’ shape! The lining is the same fabric I used for my chair and my curtains! I also made the tassel, to give it a tassely look 🙂

Linoleum Inside (DIY clutch out of an old purse)

I love DIY, and I love clutches, just like any girl. I also get extremely attached to my purses, but they get old, and need to be thrown away. Luckily for my purses, they often get a second life. This is a clutch I have recently made in my spare time!

So follow the steps to find out how to make this

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First decide on the shape and size, then make a pattern

I made my clutch out of the side of the purse, there is still plenty of material left for a wallet or another clutch! The best part is the suede! I pinned my pattern down and cut out the shape. Luckily for me, there was lining attached to the material already, I separated it, and in order for the clutch to hold its’ shape, I put some linoleum inside!

Now you are probably wondering where in the world I got linoleum, well there is basically everything you need and don’t need at my house. And linoleum was used to upholster doors.

Next I started sewing the sides up (by hand)

Then I attached a magnetic clasp, it came with an old purse.

Super glue is your best friend, always remember that!

Now it’s time for my favorite part, the making of the suede flower! I cut out 3 circles…

And made a fringe along the rims, then put them one on top the other…

Added some beads, sewed it all together…

Then attached it to the clutch itself

The final step was to sew it all together. And make it look like this.

I hope you enjoyed my little DIY! Have a good day everyone!