Monday, January 20, 2014

Fixing My Tote Bag! Another Up-Cycling Project

Hey Y'all Folks! I'm back again with another upcycling project. This is not really a make-over, but more like a little creative repair.

For those of you who have followed my blog long enough, you may remember seeing this bag from an article I did in January (2013)

I had done a bit of traveling at the end of last year for the holidays, and this bag didn't do too well getting put under the seats in planes. Luckily for me, I always travel with more than one bag at a time, so that I can make sure that my outfits are properly accessorized (wink). Anyway, I had no idea where the pin had fallen out. I only realized that when I picked up the bag at the handles and it was hanging lopsided.
The round end on the pin that held the handle to the body of the bag fell off.

When I got back home, I looked everywhere to find something that would work to connect the handle back to the bag. I found nothing! Other than the handle falling apart, the bag itself is in excellent condition.

This is what I came up with....
Fanueil Hall Tote by Just Fab

It actually cost me nothing, since I already had these items at home.  This is what I did:

  • First, I ran the thin ribbon through the holes and handbag strap using a super large-eyed needle to connect it, then tied a knot leaving the excess ribbon that will later become ties.
  • Then, I made a bow with the thicker ribbon, wrapped the thin ribbon around the bow and tied another knot. That's it!

I didn't want to throw away the bag because it is so roomy and I like it a lot, in addition to the fact as mentioned before - it is in great condition.

I think the little bow on the side gives the bag some added cuteness, don't you think? - Well that is if you like bows! LOL! 

Yes indeed, a good working old thing, is better than a new something. If it can be repaired, then get creative and fix it!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hot Shot Tools Appliance Caddy by Helen Of Troy

OMG! What the hell is going on here, you're probably asking yourself?!! From this picture you can clearly see that I was in dire need of something bigger to store all my heat styling tools. All of them couldn't even fit in here!

I had renewed my Sally's card for the usual $5, which is then issued as a voucher for a $5 discount - so in essence my card application/renewal is really free.

I didn't really need anything from Sally's at the time, so I held on to it (it has an expiry date, please note). God knows I didn't need any more hair products! LOL! However, I had realized for a while that I needed something to contain all of my heat styling tool in a neat fashion, so that all the cords wouldn't be a tangling mess. I cannot tell you how many times I reached for one and three came out at the same time, not to mention having to untangle the cords!

I looked at Sally's online and saw that they had this appliance caddy. The Sally's that I usually go to didn't have it, so I had to go to another one which is about 6 miles away, but they had lots in stock, and I was able to put my discount voucher to use.

The caddy is made of a heavy drill cotton fabric that has 3 pouches that are lined with a heat resistant material, for storing recently used heat styling tools. Depending on the barrel size, you can fit more than one in each of the pouches.

There are four pouches on the sides that are designed to hold combs, brushes, styling products, etc.

It has a large pouch ideal for hair dryers and other beauty accessories, and a sturdy handle for ease of portability.

 It holds all my heat styling tools, and there's still room for more!

As you can see, it fits into my closet nicely and everything looks neat and not crazy like it did before. LOL!

You can find the Hot Shot Tools Appliance Caddy by Helen Of Troy at your local Sally's Beauty Supply, but I recommend that you call them first to find out if they have in stock, or you can simply order online.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

We made it! YAY!!


Thank you for all your support in 2013. I truly appreciate it. Let us welcome 2014 with open arms and make it a fabulous year!!!