Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sleep Mask Tutorial

I've been sleeping in a sleep masking since I was 16 years old.  I used to be a really light sleeper.  Now, I sleep like a rock thanks to sleep masks (and ear plugs).  The thing is though, I'm picky about my sleep masks.  So many times, I don't like the material they're made out of or the elastic is too tight or too loose.  Luckily, sleep masks are super easy to make.  So I make my own to make them exactly how I want them.  Make your own sleep mask and sleep well!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Farmers Market Tote Bag

I love going to Farmers Markets, and here in the South we still have a few more months of fresh produce to look forward to.  Also, as fall rolls around, apple picking season starts.  I love all this fresh produce, it's wet and you can still see the dirt on it.  It is so much better than the sterile grocery produce.  My main problem is, that wetness and dirt that I love causes all my green bags to get dirty!  Even my washable ones have mud stains on them.  I set out to create the perfect farmers market and produce picking tote that wouldn't get dirty.  This mission was successful!  Here's how I did it:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shell Necklaces

My family has been going to the beach during the summer pretty consistently my entire life.  I have jars and bags of shells all over.  Yet, every time we go, I wander up and down the beach and collect more shells.  I can't help myself.  I decided to finally do something with my beach found treasures.  In my previous blog post, Memory Picture Frame, I used some of my beach collection to decorate a picture frame.  However, some shells are destined for another purpose.  When I saw this piece of sand dollar and this shell,  I knew they needed to be made into separate necklaces.

I pass so many shells with large holes in them on the beach.  They are perfect of making into necklaces.  I never thought much about either of the necklaces I made them into until I got a ton a compliments on them at work.  So, find a shell with a good size hole in it and enjoy the compliments you'll get.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Memory Picture Frame

During most trips, you pick up little trinkets. You have no idea what to do with those things when you get home, but while you were at the beach you were certain you needed that pretty sea shell you found or that patch from the national park you visited.  Instead of letting those trinkets sit in a drawer and eventually get thrown away, you can turn them into a work of art.  I take the small things I collect on trips and decorate a picture from with them.  Then, I place a picture from that trip inside.  Hang it on the wall and it is an instant work of art and a great way to remember your trip.

Even if you scrapbook, this is a great project to do with all those times that aren't flat so they don't fit in the scrapbook.  Also, when you have guests over they might notice the frame on the wall and it gives you a great excuse to bring out your scrapbook and show it off.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Flower Dog Collar Detachable Attachment

After the popularity of the Dog Bow Tie, I wanted to make something that was a little less formal but just as much fun!  Also, I know many of you don't use sewing machine; this project was completed using hand sewing only.  The flower attachment is detachable, so you can add it on and off your dogs existing collar any time you'd like.  It's perfect for any day you want to make your dog look more adorable than he or she already does.

This project is a great scrap buster if you have small amounts of fabric lying around that you want to use.