36 In DIY Projects


http://annedickson.co.uk/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://annedickson.co.uk/books/reconnecting-with-the-heart/ Jane and I have decided that this summer we would focus a lot on DIY projects.  We have no travel plans–thank goodness, so lots of long stretches of time to work on being creative.  Here are a couple of projects just finished…..

http://offsecnewbie.com/old Grafitti chair 

I bought this chair at a consignment store for around $200.  I had it recovered in plain canvas for $100, then the amazing Sam from StyleSwoon took the chair home and spray painted it with graffiti, then I put two coats of clear acrylic on it.  This chair now resides in Jane's room.  It was a great inexpensive DIY project that added a lot to her bedroom.  I totally redid her bedroom while she was in Italy, and I will post pictures soon.

I made this cat claw muffler from an old leopard faux fur coat purchased at the thrift store.  


The cat claws are from spikesandstuds.com.  It's a great site, and they have great customer service.  

Cat claw close up 

Claw close up 2 

I'm going to do some more work with these claws, and I will post a tutorial.  Making the scarf was easy, but the claws are a little tricky.  More later…..


  • Prêt à Porter P
    July 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Very cool chair. To me it reminds me of a mix of Galliano with touch of Dolce & Gabbana, but maybe I am being swayed because I just watched a youtube featuring Dolce. I wish I had a talent for DIY. They usually result in me ruining something.

  • Kimada
    July 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my gosh!!!
    I love the chair AND the scarf!! I’ve bought studs from that sight before, it’s great. LOVE the claw, it adds a lot to the scarf!

  • Artemis
    July 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    The chair is beautiful. Vintage with a modern twist, and the scarf is beautiful. The claws trul give it character.

  • Jamie-Lee
    July 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I just adore the claw scarf you made, can’t wait for the diy post!

  • The Photodiarist
    July 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I love seeing the results of your creativity. The chair is wicked! And you can come with me on my travels any time!!

  • Leia
    July 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

    LOVE the claw scarf!

  • Kiki
    July 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Looking forward to your DIY post!!
    And the muffler is really great!

  • Hana
    July 9, 2010 at 5:46 am

    So happy to see that you are going to post a tutorial of that scarf! I really love DIY projects, so I am excited to copy that (loved it when I saw it on Jane, so unique!).
    Your interior is so inspiring…I love minimalism but really enjoy all your projects, nice to see a differing perspective!

  • Athena
    July 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I love the grafitti chair!! The claw scarf is so fun, looking forwrd to the DIY. Have a great weekend!

  • Style Odyssey
    July 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    clever, both designs. what a luxurious chair. i may have to try that…
    i had a look at that link studsandspikes. some great stuff.

  • Sarah M. Winchester
    July 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    That chair is wonderful. I am going to the Brimfield Antique & Flea Market Show next week and can’t wait to find some treasures. Don’t worry…I will totally do a blog post on the trip. It is suppose to be the largest in the country held three times a year! This is my first time going and I can’t wait.

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    July 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Sarah–Can’t wait to see what you find!!

  • revital
    July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    great diy!! very inspiring!!

  • HelsBells
    July 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    It’s not DIY when somebody else does 99% of the work for you, now is it?

  • Style Odyssey
    July 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I disagree w/ HelsBells: Both Sam and Judy took part in the chair DIY project. Read text at the beginning of the post.

  • Sabina
    July 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The chair turned out well, loving the clash of styles in it!
    I could look at these claws for hours <3

  • Nat
    July 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    300 big ones is not inexpensive. Gain some perspective please.

  • Gracie
    July 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    That scarf is HOT.
    I agree with Helsbells though that the chair project doesn’t seem too DIY to me. But it looks great regardless!

  • Michelle
    July 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I like how the chair project turned out, but I certainly don’t have the budget for such a pretty antique right now. The joys of being a poor graduate student!

  • brooke serson
    July 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    the chair is excellent, and the clawed muffler is incredibly creative and whimsical. thank you for sharing. can’t wait to read how you made it!

  • ven
    July 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    love the scarf. the claws are fantastic! however, i agree that the chair doesn’t sound very DIY. the only thing judy did herself was buy the chair, pay someone to recover it and have her designer decorate it. it’s cool though, regardless of who did the work 🙂

  • michelle
    July 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

    i love your DIYs!!! more pls! m

  • meg
    July 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    kind of random, but i NEED to know where jane got her cardigan!

  • guccihandbag
    July 12, 2010 at 12:48 am

    the claw scarf scares me!

  • Dan
    July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    i think the chair is kind of over the top and gaudy… i loved the way your house used to look- rustic yet glamorous! i think that you’ve over-decorated a bit.

  • Rebecca Gronsdahl
    July 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I like the chair, it is a very unique and fun piece but I think 300$ is ridiculously expensive for a DIY project. It is expensive for a trendy piece DIY or not.

  • Cassiopeia
    July 13, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Maybe round their parts DIY doesn’t actually stand for ‘Do It Yourself’
    You should all give her the benefit of the doubt and not just jump to the conclusion she’s a complete moron!

  • Van
    July 14, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Wow!! These are fantastic, I can’t wait to see your other projects! I’m sure they will be nothing short of amazing.
    xx Vanessa

  • Lola Re
    July 14, 2010 at 8:07 am

    omgz the scarf and the claws, so good LOLA RE

  • Annie
    July 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    i love this claw scarf!!!! i really wantt to learn how to make one!!! i have a perfect fur for it!!

  • Kate
    July 22, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Oh my goodness this scarf is fabulous!
    Love it to pieces

  • krystal
    July 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    this is genius!! i want one so bad!!!! great work J

  • Plumbing Raleigh
    August 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love the claw muffler… I wish to do it one for me.

  • ugg knightsbridge
    August 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I love that drawing! It reminds me of that old TV show (might still be going actually..) in North America called The Big Comfy Couch. Definitely need on of those at home!

  • Isa
    August 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Have you been inside their house? Really, what do you know about it? She said the chair was for her daughter’s bedroom anyway.

  • Shawn Jaimes (replacement windows houston tx)
    September 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

    “Very cool chair. To me it reminds me of a mix of Galliano with touch of Dolce & Gabbana, but maybe I am being swayed because I just watched a youtube featuring Dolce. I wish I had a talent for DIY. They usually result in me ruining something.”
    LOL, that’s how most of us usually start. Art takes talent but some part of design can also be developed.
    Try practising your DIY skills on less expensive furnitures so you won’t worry too much on messing it up. When you’ve got the hang of it then you can move on to greater projects. Who knows, one day you can even be doing your entire house 🙂