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Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

Wilde Does Stuff: Old Pants, New Tablet Case

You guys! I made a thing! Okay, here's the part where I confess that it isn't a fancy thing or a complicated thing or a thing I think you should copy as is. But it's a thing! And it worked!
I realized when I was preparing to go to All-Con Dallas that I needed a case for my tablet. I didn't want anything fancy, just a little something to keep it from getting dirty or scratched in my tote bag. My solution? Old pants. You see, I've had two pairs of corduroy pants that don't fit right but that were far too nice to get rid of. Naturally I hoarded them and have continued to hoard them for a couple of years. As it turns out, there was a reason.

In what is probably the least insightful and most obvious creative move ever, I chopped off a section of the pants that was the right size to fit the tablet (with a little wiggle room), cut one side to make it more snug, and set it all together. I then sewed on ribbon and a button so that the top could be secured. 
As you can …

Pardon Our Dust

Over the next couple of weeks, my wonderful computer engineer husband and I will be doing some updating and alteration to the site. It shouldn't affect your experience much, but I didn't want anyone to be caught off guard if things look a bit wonky or just a bit new here and there. If you have any major problems, let me know ASAP and we'll work to get it back to normal!
The best part of this updating is that when it's over, not only should the site be more attractive, we should have a much more functional mobile version of the site, which we've been wanting for a long while. 
P.S. Wilde Features will be back next week, so apply now to get in on the action! Sorry for the unplanned hiatus, but I'm afraid the site updates have me a bit distracted ;)

Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

Wilde Does Stuff: Easy Scarf Storage

Another thing I inherited from my husband's grandmother was a lot of scarves. See, I kind of already had a few. And I kind of tend to buy them whenever I see something even vaguely fun at a garage or estate sale. They've been folded up in my drawer for a long time. I tried to make a storage system of my own with cardboard tubes, but as it turns out? I have too many scarves for that to be super practical. 
I saw this pin and knew it was the right way to go. When hubby and I ran to the Dollar General for groceries, I got a few tubes of shower curtain rings ($1.25 a piece, just so everyone knows) and then my husband spotted something to make it even more awesome: a swing-arm hanger. And it was on clearance!
That night my husband, toddler and I piled onto the bed and they helped (by helped, I mean my toddler wallowed in the scarves while we worked) me get everything set up. I'm thrilled with the outcome. The scarves are easy to access, and it's so much nicer finding what …

Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

Wilde Does Stuff: Embroidery Hoop Earring Storage

When my husband's grandmother passed away, I got her craft stuff, which was pretty epic. Some of it is for crochet and knitting, and I'm still looking for new homes for it. Some of it was awesome stuff like tons of lace ranging from new to vintage. I've slowly been finding new projects, and looking at pins like this and this finally settled me on the "big project" for a large swatch of lace.
I admit that it didn't fit perfectly. There are small open areas on the sides - but it's on a white wall for now, so it doesn't show. All I had to do was take a big embroidery hoop (also a hand me down from Wes' grandma) and stretch the lace across. Then I used a rotary cutter and scissors to shear it off around the edge, tied a ribbon to the top, and voila! 
I also added another small swatch of lace on the side for some dangly pairs that had posts instead of just hooks to make them more accessible. So how do YOU organize your earrings?

Wilde Feature: Wendy Myers of Inspired - Art Jewelry

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What inspired you to open a shop? 
Metalsmithing is my passion. After completing my Studio Art Degree at IU with a concentration in metalsmithing and enameling at the age of 58, I decided it was time to combine my passion with business.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? 
There is a tie for my favorite item in my shop at this latest piece from the beginning of my Spring Collection... most likely because it is my newest child! AND Leaves of Gold also an enameled piece.

What is your favorite quote? 
"Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life......Pablo Picasso

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Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

Wilde Does Stuff: Diaper Box Storage Update

As is often the case, I've found a better way to upcycle diaper boxes! You can see my previous efforts by clicking here. Instead of gluing the paper on, which can create bubbling depending on the type of paper and the type of glue, on my most recent round of diaper box upgrades, I used duct tape to secure the paper.

Not only did this work just as well, it allowed for a nice contrast of the patterned or colored duct tape with my paper of choice. You'll note that I could have made the "handle" area more streamlined and nicer by taking more time on it. Buuuuuut I didn't. Honestly any method that lets you stick a new design on over the old one will help. You could even cut out all the "middle men" and just use Contact paper for the whole darn thing.