the convertible roller

Today is Jeanne’s birthday! Yaay!
She is an awesome person, bright, energetic and so much more! la mujer I’ve been bonding with since highschool.

So among the many things she’s given me, there are these pink satin fabric she used for her Hello Kitty inspired Halloween costume last year. So I decided to make a quick and simple gift out of it.

Say hello to the Convertible Roller. This convertible is fashioned from the brush roller tutorial from secretlifeofabionerd, I used a contrasting fabric from my stash. This would be my first time handling a satin fabric and I tell you it is slippery!sewing it doesn’t want to be sewn! hehe I kid. But the fabric is so smooth and light, you would want to put your head on it.

I call it convertible because even though it’s designed to hold make-up brushes, you can make it hold anything. Okay, maybe not every type of thing but instead of just a brush roller it can be converted to hold your pen, eye liner if you have one, paint brush, candy or you handy dandy cutter, alright that one’s mine ;}


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So here you go Jeannie, I hope you make the most of this and I surely have more ideas for those pink satin fabric.

Have a happy birthday!

Love, Szara


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Remember paper mache? well I recently finished a paper mache vase…hurray?! Considering I haven’t done the technique for years…it was oh so so messy.

A really useful tutorial for this project though is this video from on wheat paste. It is versatile, cheap and cheap. I also used up an empty rice milk tetra because it is waterproof and sturdy.

Instead of tossing Tetra- Paks into the bluebin, jazz them up and reuse them! and who knows, maybe that whole Tetra-Pak recycling problem can be solved! here are some of the articles I found from my research about the topic: 1 and 2 and by that I meant G o o g l e d it up.

For style, I followed the marbelizing tip from this site, which really transforms the texture of newspaper underneath.

I think it turned out great and fancy!
Ok so it’s not really that exciting and maybe it won’t solve the Tetra Pack problem…but now I have a fancy ruler container that can be turned into a flower vase*