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DIY Leather and Gold Bracelets

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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It's time to start thinking about what Christmas gifts you want to buy and which ones you want to DIY.  I 'm loving delicate jewelry right now and I thought it would be fun to try to DIY some. I had an old gold necklace that I deconstructed, combined it with some leather that I cut into geometric shapes and viola: a modern yet delicate bracelet that any girl would love to have in her stocking. 

You will need some simple jewelry tools for this project. Borrow some if you don't have any or use a coupon to buy some at the craft store. They are inexpensive and great to have around for repairing broken necklaces and earrings!

You will need:
A Gold Chain (You can purchase one at the craft store or use an old necklace)
Round nose pliers
Awl or Sharp tool
Gold clasp
Gold jump rings

First, cut your leather shape. Then, using the awl, make 2 small holes on either side.

Attach your jump rings to the leather.

Cut chain to desired length and attach to the jump rings.  Using 2 more jump rings, attach the closure.


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8 Ways to Display Photos During the Holidays

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall is over and Christmas is around the corner which means that all of those fall family photos are waiting to be printed, displayed and gifted for the holidays. I always struggle to know what to do with photos or how to display them, so I came up with 8 different ways to do just that!

We set up our tripod and took some photos a few weeks ago when the leaves were still pretty. I was pleased that a few of them turned out well despite the fact that we took them ourselves. These are 2 of my favorites:

I know I wanted to send out photo Christmas cards. In the past, I've made them myself on Photoshop but I would love to get some printed through Minted.  If you have no idea what Minted is, where have you been? I love everything from there.  Here are just 4 of my favorite Holiday photo ideas from Minted:

1. Joy to the World Card. You can customize the colors on most of these cards. This is one is so pretty.
2. Watercolor Bunting Card. I love the watercolor detail in this one. So beautiful.
3. Holiday Ornament Card. These are just genius! A card and ornament in one? So cute.
4. Winter Brights Holiday Minibook  This would be the ultimate holiday photo card. It would be great just to print a few for Grandparents. Absolutely adorable!

There are also millions of DIY projects involving photos which make the best gifts. I have rounded up 4 of my favorites!

1. DIY Waterless Photo Snowlobes / The Gold Jellybean.  These look super easy and just the cutest!

2. Sewn Instagram Garland / I made this a few months back and it's still a favorite!

3. Homemade Photo Ornaments / The Crafting Chicks.  I'm thinking of making these this year. They are super cute!

4. Christmas Holiday Card Display / Lolly Jane.  I love this so much. I would be adorable sitting on a mantle or an empty wall. Much better than just throwing all of those beautiful cards in a stack somewhere.

There you have it! Hopefully you have some inspiring ideas to go put to use this weekend.

Make a Tablet Cover From a Reusable Shopping Bag

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I do not have a laptop, my iphone is very old and we have never owned a tablet. I'm of course so blessed to have our desktop computer but I know blogging could be a little more convenient with a tablet or laptop. So, when Intel sent me a new little tablet I was thrilled! I didn't have a cover for it, so I came up with a very easy and fast way to make one out of reusable shopping bags!

I found these little reusable bags for $1 and thought they would make the perfect tablet cover. The beauty of using these bags is that they already have a built in soft "lining", they don't fray like fabric so you don't have to worry about finishing seams and they are somewhat waterproof.

Cut your bags down to size, you want to make 2 rectangles about 1 inch bigger than the width of your tablet and one rectangle should be about 1 inch shorter. You also want another smaller rectangle for the flap.

The dimensions of my 3 pieces were:
5.5 X 8.5 inches
5.5 X 7.5 inches
5 X 5.5 inches (flap)

First I sewed the flap on the taller rectangle, right sides together.

Then I simply top stitched around the 2 rectangles, sewing them together. I also top stitched the seam of the flap down so that it would lay better.

I decided it needed a closure, so I sewed on a button as well as a little loop of elastic to the flap. I put another button on the front rectangle a few inches down. If I planned ahead better, I would have sewn this button on before assembling the cover, but it still worked.

I love my little cover for my tablet and I can't wait to make more! These would make the easiest and cutest gifts or stocking stuffers. Or if you are planning on gifting an Intel tablet to someone, make a cute cover to go along with it. I love the size of mine. It's small enough to stash in my purse but big enough to get some real work done on it!

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DIY Gel Manicure

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm definitely not a gel manicure expert my by any means especially considering the last time I got a manicure was when I get married and the gel kind didn't exist back then.  But, I'm type of person that paints my nails and it lasts maybe 2 days. Usually it's 1 day.  So I did a little Pinterest research and came up with a DIY gel manicure that lasts about 5 days for me!

If you aren't as hard on your nails as me, yours might last longer. I found this gel manicure method  from A Beautiful Mess on Pinterest and tried it out. I loved that it didn't chip, but the nail polish peeled off all my nails in one giant piece. Maybe I did it wrong, but I decided I needed a different base coat. So, this is the method I came up with!

Step One: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat - I've tried a few different ones and this is by far the best. And it's cheap!

Step Two: One coat of Gelous nail base coat.

Step Three: One coat of your nail color. I used Essie's Chinchilly in these photos.

Step Four: One more coat of the Gelous Nail.

Step Five: One coat of nail color.

Step Six: One coat of Gelous Nail.

Step Five: One coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

Yes, that's a lot of coats. But it goes fast.

Try it out and tell me how it goes!

Geometric Painted Wooden Earrings

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lately I've been interested in jewelry making. As if I need another thing to DIY, right? But I came up with these little wooden stud earrings that I thought would make a fun stocking stuffer idea.

I saw these little wooden buttons at the craft store. I think they are supposed to go in the nail holes of wooden furniture, maybe. I thought they were the perfect retro earring size. I grabbed some stain that I already had on hand and painted them.

After the stain was dry, I used some painter's tape to tape off straight lines.

I layered on different colors of acrylic paint and various geometric shapes. When everything was dry, I painted a clear coat of varnish over the earrings.

After glueing on some earring backs, they were done!

I would love to do a varnished wooden geometric necklace pendant. How cool and modern would that be?

DIY Marbled Dish Towels

Friday, November 7, 2014

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

For my handmade gift idea, I decided to try my hand at marbling some dish towels. I've already done some marbled pumpkins for fall and thought it was time to try again with a different method. It was so easy and I can't wait to experiment with more color combinations!

I have seen this method of marble dying fabric with shaving cream and thought that sounded just crazy enough to try. Here's what you will need to make your own:

Shaving Cream
Fabric Paint
Flour Sack Dish Towels
Trash Bags

Squirt out a bunch of shaving cream into a large pan (or directly onto a trash bag if you are dyeing a large piece of fabric)

Dot some fabric paint onto the shaving cream. I found that using different shades of the same color work best.

Using a toothpick (or the handle of a paintbrush in my case), swirl the colors together.

Lay your dish cloth on top of the shaving cream and press lightly.

Lift up and you will start to see the marbled effect.

Using the back of a large knife, or any other straight metal object, scrape off the shaving cream.

Now, I ended up not loving the black and I also didn't choose a large enough pan. So I did it again by using lighter colors and putting the shaving cream on a larger surface to dye the entire dish cloth. When you are finished scraping, heat set the paint after it is dry by laying a cloth on top of the dish cloth and ironing. Then you can wash it as normal.
I made one with blues and another one with blues and grays.

To package them up, I used some Rowlux illusion film and cut them with a craft knife from Westcott. I wrapped them around the dish cloths and tied with ribbon then stuck in a cute kitchen utensil.

I can't wait to see what everyone else is making for their Handmade Holiday gift idea!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

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I can't believe it's November and Thanksgiving season is upon us! This time of year always sneaks up on me. I always have the best intentions to make gifts or hand out thoughtful notes to people in my life but I'm usually playing catch up and fail to carry out my plans. This year I was thinking about how I rarely do anything special to say "Thank You" to the people in our life that work so hard, specifically teachers...let alone around Thanksgiving. Wouldn't it be a great tradition to start finding small ways to thank the people in our lives for simply doing an excellent job? So, I created this fun printable that you can give along with some Extra gum.

It's the perfect "just because" little gift to hand out to anyone! I decided to make the printable a little coloring book tag that kids can color to personalize it. I had my 6 year old help with coloring a few and she loved it. I know she will love thinking of a few people to help me hand these out to. I know I mentioned teachers earlier, but what about the people who probably never receive a "thank you"? My daughter and I thought about the mail carrier, firemen, the workers at our local YMCA, trash collecter, grocery store clerk and police officers. There are so many other people that we come into contact with everyday and probably don't even know their names. 

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