Month of Makeovers Day 27: A craftsman remakes a worn out jacket

When we came up with the idea for this Month of Makeovers I knew I had a perfect project to delegate to a real craftsman. We met Jared DeSimio, Maker at the Vintage Bazaar in June. He had an impressive display of totes and bags he had made in his workshop in Brunswick, Maine. I thought of him when I was trying to decide what to do with this battered jacket that used to belong to my father. The sleeves were worn so badly it couldn’t be donated; it would have to go in the trash. Or get remade.

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Month of Makeovers, Day 26: The lingerie model gets a makeover

She’s sleek. She’s slender. She’s svelte. She’s smooth.


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Month of Makeovers Day 25: I get by with a little help

Have you been sitting on the edge of your seat just dying to know what happened with the massive Empire dresser I abandoned in melodramatic despair on Day 15?

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It’s finally gotten a makeover with a little help from ManRay–aka Mr. Janeray.
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Month of Makeovers Day 17: Thursday Hack Flashback with Crullers

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” was how the 99% lived during the Great Depression. That’s why my favorite cooking spoon was shaped from a scrap of stainless steel. My grandfather, who was fortunate to have work as a machinist for USSteel, cut it out, hammered it into shape and ground the edges smooth.

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Month of Makeovers Day 15: Painted furniture FAIL

This should be a simple DYI post. I have furniture. I have paint. Put them together and it all looks great! (You, too, can try this safely in your own home!)



This is the painting day where some things turn out right and some things get left for another day.

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