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Restyled Old Sweaters

Instead of going out and buying a new sweater I decided to restyle these old ones.   I was no longer wearing them but I wanted to hang on to because they were in great shape and used to be cozy favourites.  So I decided to dig out my sewing machine and do a little tweaking to these pieces. Now I should have taken some before and after photos but I didn’t think of it until I was working on top number 3.

So, top number 1 is a blue gray cotton sweatshirt that I’ve had for years.  It’s a comfy shirt but the sleeves were too long and I would roll them up and it was a sloppy look. So, I cut them off and now have a loose sleeve look that I’m more comfortable with.  I now wear this top with my jeans and usually a long necklace or scarf when doing errands.

sweater refashion

Top number 2 is another top that I’ve had for a long time. It’s a one size fits all tunic that was always huge on me because I’m petite but the sleeve length was way past my fingertips so the rolled up cuffs were really big and always falling down. I was constantly rolling them back up again and it became annoying so I stopped wearing it.  I restyled it by making the sleeves ¾ length and I’m very happy with the result.

restyled tunic


Top number 3 is a black sweatshirt that I’ve had for over 30 years. Yep, that long……I found a scarf at the thrift store that has a tie dye sort of look to it and blends nicely with my faded sweatshirt. I added a panel to the bottom to make it a tunic length and made cuffs for the sleeves. My sweatshirt now has a cool grungy look to it that I like.

black sweatshirt before being restyled   restyled black sweatshirt

I feel that I’ve given a new life to these tops. There was no need to part with them. A little modification was all that they needed and I’m wearing them again.

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Copper Tree of Life Pendants

So, I’ve made a few more copper Tree of Life pendants.  The last days have been cold, so I’ve stayed indoors with a cup of green tea, copper wire and beads listening to the radio and having fun making more jewelry, which, eventually I’ll post either here on this website or at our Etsy shop.  I made a few more with gemstone ships and one without, it’s just wire.  A bare tree.  It’s a look that I like and that I will be experimenting with more in the future.

copper tree of life pendants

And, more copper rings.  Some are adjustable, some with gemstones, some are just wire.  It’s been a lot of fun.

handmade copper rings

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The mystical, magical tree of life…..

…..dates back to ancient times. I’ve wanted to make a Tree of Life pendant for a long time and since I have a stash of stone chips in my supply cupboard that I haven’t worked with for a long time, I finally got busy. Stone chips are perfect for making a Tree of Life pendants.

Yesterday, I made one with fluorite chips and I’m happy with the results.

Today, I made one with smoky topaz chips.  Here are my other supplies.

7” of 12 gauge copper wire

3” of 20 gauge copper wire

5” of 24 gauge copper wire x 10

supplies for tree of life pendant

Here’s a photo are both Tree of Life Pendants. I think I’ll be making more of these but I will not be adding chain; instead I’ll suspend the pendant from either waxed cotton or leather for a more casual look.

fluorite and smoky topaz tree of life pendants