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DIY Monogram Belt Cuff

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)






I purchased the letter charm from a Party City in my local town for about $2.50, but I did search for these on Party City's website and was unsuccessful (although that may be just the website and is still sold in your local Party City, but if you are unsuccessful, the same style is also available here for full alphabet, for around $16.00 or you can get just the single letters for $ .64.  Below is an example of each letter.






















































By the way, ALL of these belts were purchased at a thrift store for under $2. bucks a piece!


Recycled Magazine Envelope Tutorial

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)




























Looking for More Magazine Upcycling Ideas?  Click Below to Sift Through my Pinterest Board to See Projects Featuring Crafts Using Magazines, Books, and Maps!





Hair Hack: Updo Without Tools or Pins

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)










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You can also see her featured in this Buzzfeed DIY post:

26 Lazy Girl Hairstyling Hacks (click image)


(A great list to check out lots of great "I don't feel like messing with my har" tricks!)




Click Below to Check Out My Pinterest Board Featuring ideas on How to Get Awesome Hairstyles!


Sharpie Wedding Gift Plate DIY

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)



























































Update:

I recently visited the blog The Gold Jellybean, that tested the quality of a variety of sharpies.  She ran several tests to prove if it could really hold up to the handwash.  The regular Sharpies failed the test but she tried "Oil Based Sharpies" and they passed!  Do keep this in mind when shopping for your materials!





Below is an image if found on Pinterest of the package. 

So you can see the selection of colors.


(image via Scribbles from Emily who also tested out the markers)






Paint Stick Flag Tutorial

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Paint Stick Flag

Show your true stripes – and stars – with this easy-to-make Americana flag. Kids will love the hands-on techniques; Mom will love the price tag!

size: 7-5/8"x12"

Materials

• Wooden items: 4" star cut-out, Loew Cornell™ Woodsies™ Wood Slat, paint stir sticks, seven

• Sawtooth hanger, 1"

Tools

• DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Uniform Blue, Warm White, Burnt Umber, Black

• DecoArt® Americana® Gel Stain Medium

• Adhesives: craft glue, glue gun

Basic Supplies

ruler, pencil, paintbrush, palette, painter's tape, sanding block, soft cloth

Directions

1 Measure four stir sticks and tape off at the halfway point with painter's tape.


2 Paint left side of each taped stick Uniform Blue; let dry. Apply second coat, if needed; let dry. Remove tape.


3 Paint star and one remaining stir stick Warm White. Paint two remaining stir sticks Country Red. Finish painting two half-blue stir sticks Warm White and two Country Red. Let dry completely.


4 Heavily sand edges of star and each stir stick to remove some of the paint.


5 For an antique effect, as shown in second photo, mix Gel Stain Medium and Burnt Umber paint according to product directions. Apply to painted wooden pieces with a brush and allow to sit for a few minutes. The longer the stain remains on the wood, the darker the antiquing will be. Remove excess stain with a clean, dry cloth.


6 Center sawtooth hanger at one short end of wood slat; attach with hot glue gun.


7 To assemble flag, apply a generous layer of craft glue over front of wood slat. Line up painted stir sticks facedown on work surface, using photo as placement guide. Press glued side of wood slat facedown onto center of stir sticks. Weight with heavy book, if needed, and let dry completely.


8 Use craft glue to attach star to center of blue field; let dry.




All info found on Crafts 'n Things

project by Meggan Maravich

Snow Vase Tutorial

Posted on January 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM Comments comments (0)



This tutorial may be a little late for season but it's still
snowing somewhere right now!

Even so, I absolutely love this project.  More than anything, I love that it's simple and effective when completed.  The pic I took of the ones I made came out pretty lousy so I borrowed from Living with Lindsay.  You can go there for the tutorial or just see the bottom of this post for all the pics I took during the process.



Here's What You Need:


Each item above {except for the Mod Podge} came right from
Dollar Tree and was $1.00!  And there was enough
Epsom salt and glitter to make many more.






Step One:
Grab a bin and pour enough Epsom salt to fill about 1/2" of the bin

Step Two:
Shake a preferred color of glitter in {optional} and shake around.

Step Three:
Wash your vase.  The Mod Podge mixture will adhere to clean items better.

Step Four:
Using the foam brush, apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to bottom half of vase.  {I messed up the first time by not putting enough of this so make sure you apply pretty thick.

Step Five:
Dip vase in bin and roll around.  You may not get a thick enough coat on the vase so, at this point you can use your hands to pick up a handful and sift the salt on the vase or pack it like snow.



Thank you to Living With Lindsay for the
inspiration for this tutorial!


Other Blogs Posting Epsom Salt Projects:


Uses For Epsom Salt:


Framed Fortunes

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 2:29 AM Comments comments (0)
















{Not Pictured}
Scissors, Ruler, Glue Stick, Thin Cardboard & Spray Paint




Step One:
Remove glass from one (or more) frame(s) and prep them for spray painting.

Step Two:
Spray paint color of choice.  I used several (about 3) coats to make sure the wood grain didn't show through.

Step Three:
Cut a piece of thin cardboard (like in step 9 of this post) and spray mount it to the back of a piece of fabric of your choice. and trim 1" larger than the board. Then snip the corners close to the corners of the board.

Step Four:
Apply glue stick to back edge (like in step four of this tutorial) and fold the flap back.

Step Five:
Grab your fortunes and a ruler and line them up in a row vertically.  This step is entirely up to your taste.  I chose the OCD route. Then mount with a glue stick.

Step Six:
Do the same to the remaining boards. (if any)

Step Seven:
Clean the glass and set on top of the mounted fortunes.  Then when frames are completely dry, install the art into them.

Step Eight:
Hang on wall and enjoy.

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (1)
Paper Pumpkin Display Tutorial


Michelle over at Alittletipsy.com has featured a very unique idea that is soooo easy and it only takes about 5 minutes! All she did was take a pumpkin shaped doilies that can be purchased at Dollartree and with a gluestick and green foiled-wire or ribbon, and made a nice little autumn centerpiece for next to nothing!...
That gives you a little extra to make that pumpkin dessert!
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Head on over to her site to check out how her tutorial.

Burlap & Wire Lamp Re-vamp

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)



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Once upon a time, I was having a

"Tim-Gunn-Make-it-Work" moment {see video at bottom}

with a cylinder-shaped tabletop lamp I was fussing over.  I was thinking it was destined for the circular file for sure.  I didn't quite know what to do with it as it was not complimentary with the house any longer. {sorry, no 'before' pic} It was a color that had expired with me and had a base that wasn't necessary so I grabbed a pendant kit that I once used for a rice paper lamp that tore.Then I went rummaging through

my fabric box and went to town. 

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All you need is:

Lamp Shade

Pendant Lamp Kit

{Ikea... dirt cheap!}

A little bit of burlap

Scissors

Coiled wire or Floral Wire

{desired gauge}

Wire Cutters

Glue Gun or Spray Adhesive

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Step One:

My lamp shade had twine of complimentary colors wrapped around it so I stripped it down {cue burlesque music} to the shade base. 

If you have a traditional lamp shade then you will start with that.  However, this step is just as easy as purchasing a shade at a thrift

store or finding one in your garage... {you know? The one you wore it on your head at that unforgettable party?}

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Step Two:

Using the shade as a guide, roll it onto the burlap and cut to the desired size.  It's ok if it frays.  That's the beauty of the burlap.  It comes with it's imperfections.  You may even want to do this on purpose.  If so, take the scissors and play with the edges by snipping haphazardly to give it a natural look.  Or just ruffle it up with your fingers.

You can do this before gluing or after.

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Step Three:

Using glue gun, apply a line of glue lengthwise on one side of the shade and lay down the starting edge of the burlap and wrap around all the way and apply hot glue again at the end to finish.  Instead of hot glue, you may want to use spray-adhesive and just roll the shade up into the burlap. 

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Step Four:

Start wrapping the heck out of the wire and don't be to cute or try to be perfect because again, it is supposed to be rustic.  When the wire ends at your desired point, snip it off and loop the end piece around some of the coiled wire so it doesn't come loose.  I liked that because it was packaged round, when I was coiling it, it kinked sometimes. 

This gave it more of a abstract rustic look.

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Remember:

You are not limited to the materials listed here.  Instead of burlap you can use any fabric.  {Keeping special attention to the heat of the bulb in relation to the type of fabric for safety precautions}  Instead of wire you can wrap anything you want. 

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Good Luck and Have Fun!


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Just for fun, I thought I'd add a video of a classic scene on season 2 of one of my favorite shows, "Project Runway".  Designer Santino Rice does an impression of Tim Gunn...flawlessly, I might add.  Check it out. 

If you're a fan, you'll crack up. And If not, well... you need to be. 


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You can catch "Project Runway" Season 8, Thursday nights at 9:00p on Lifetime.


Paint Sample Matchbook Notepad

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 10:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Paint Sample Matchbook Notepad Tutorial:

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Ok, so I have a very simple project here and virtually

everything listed here is FREE

{or you have them right in your home.}

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Now that I have your attention... I picked up these paint samples {I loooove paint samples!} at Ace Hardware {another thing I love} and figured I could do something with them besides hold a spot in a book.  {I don't even read books.}  I looked at the shape and the beautiful colors and thought long and hard about what I could make and VOILA

I figured, everyone could use a little notepad in their pocket.

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So here I will show you how to make a simple notepad for zero dollars.

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Step One:

Since not all paint samples are created equal, hold the sample and pretend fold it as to make sure the text {names of colors} will be right side up once completed. 

{My first attempt was a fail in this area.}

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Step Two:

Fold one of the ends on the split line they give you between the bottom color and the one next to it.   {I chose the palest toned end for this so the darker color would be the cover and therefore, most seen.}

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Step Three & Four:

Grab the opposite end and fold it so the "tucked" end is about 1/2" from the end of the first flap.  This is to give room for the staples to hold the pack of paper.

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Step Five:

Press it down smoothly so it has a nice crease.  This is a good time to have a bone folder.  Martha is a big fan of those.  They make fold lines in paper really easy and flawless.  But if you don't have one, it's ok.  Just take your time with pressing it so you don't have a crooked outcome.

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Step Six:

Put this cover aside to work on your paper.

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Step Seven:

Grab about 4 sheets of paper.  I used kids drawing paper because

A.) It's super easy to tear when you

are tearing it out of the book.

B.) I like it's texture for writing

C.)  It's cheap

D.) I had it lying around.

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Step Eight -- Eleven:

Using a paper cutter, cut your paper about 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the width and height of the inside of the book surface.  {If you don't have a paper cutter, not a big deal, you can use scissors.  It just takes a little longer.}  I had enough to make about 24 sheets of paper for my stack.

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Step Twelve:

Stack them so they are all as even as can be and slip them into the small folded area as tight as you can and hold it there closing the large flap over the small flap.

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Step Thirteen:

Using the edge of the large flap as a guide, staple about three to four times along the bottom, making sure you have the paper within the staples.  The large flap assures that you wont staple too far up and it also helps in lining up the staples in a row better.

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Step Fourteen:

Insert the large flap into the small flap.

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Step Fifteen:

Since the staples can seem unsightly, add any embellishments desired to cover this area.  On the blue one above, I hot glued a bow with a complimenting color to the notebook wrapping it around to the back.

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On the pink one {pic 16} I added a little sign that reads "notes" and trimmed in gold marker for depth.  On the mini green one {slightly in pic 16} I also added ribbon and rounded the corners with my handy-dandy corner punch. It's pretty important that the staple backs get covered as they can be dangerous and/or catch on something in your purse.

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These are great for quick party favors where you can just add a "thank you" label around them and a golf-game-sized pencil.  Or you can make a colorful set and they can be added to a stationary gift set in a basket or tin with pencils
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Faux Porcelain Frame Tutorial

Posted on September 4, 2010 at 1:49 AM Comments comments (0)

"Drab to Fab"
Faux Porcelain Frame

Ya' know?  I got tired of seeing beautiful "porcelain" looking tabletop frames in stores that had the nerve to be soooo expensive.  I love texture and detail, yet simplicity. So, what did I do?  I grabbed a Dollar Tree frame, paint, and a can of clear coat spray and took matters into my own hands!
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If you don't know already, orange is my second favorite color.  If you don't know my first favorite, then you don't know me at all.  {shame on you.....it's pink
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The colors in my master bedroom are Tan, brown, orange, and aqua.  I wanted so bad to have a frame sitting on the nightstand to bring interest and color next to the bed.  Frames are one of the most perfect accessories to add.
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You may find this tutorial to be a little "beginner" but my goal, wasn't only to have a tutorial on how I did it but to inspire with the idea.  So, for you "know-it-alls" out there,
check out the photo below, get inspired,
then proceed to the next entry.
{Do not pass 'GO'  and do not collect $200.}
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Here's how it's done:

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Step One:
Remove Glass from frame and set aside.  {Gee, that was easy!}
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Step Two:
Using a nail file or sandpaper, sand any loose pieces on the surface, inside lip and on outer edges as best as you can.
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Step Three:
Paint a primer using spray paint or acrylic paint.
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Step Four & Five:
Paint desired color.  The more layers you use, the darker and deeper the color.  {Don't forget to get into any crevices}.  The frame I chose wasn't a wood frame.  It was a pressed particle board frame so it was quite porous.   So, the more I kept painting, the more I felt like the frame "soaked" up.  So, I just kept going back and applying layers.  I think I did about five to six layers.
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Step Six:
Apply 3-5 layers of clear acrylic gloss spray for a glossy shine.  This step is very essential if you are trying to achieve a "porcelain" shine.  Again, if I had chose a wood or resin frame, the surface would've been a lot smoother and would've been much more realistic.  But, nonetheless, I am satisfied with the outcome.
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Step Seven:
Hey... is that John Hamm from "Mad Men"I see in
the article under my frame? 
Why... yes it is.  He is promoting his season four of my favorite show!   
"...and how can I catch this interesting show?" You ask.
Don't miss "Mad Men" on Sunday nights at 10:00 on AMC. 
{hee hee... they don't even pay me for that.♥}
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Step Eight & Nine:
Insert family photo of your choice {add any desired embellishments}
and place gently on nightstand and gaze before falling into a sweet sleep.
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"No, you can't have my stand-in family illustration.
...are you kidding?  Go get your own." 
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I'm a "Wrap" Superstar!

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Fabric Wrap Tutorial

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This is a tutorial I've been wanting to do for a looong time.  It's soooo easy to do this at home and you don't even need alot of materials to do it.  I work in a custom picture framing store so the training came from that but when I started doing them at work, I began to think: 

"Omg..."   {well, you know the rest.}

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It's actually a very quick project and allows you to upcycle items you

probably have lying around.

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Here's what you need:

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Fabric

{anykind will do}

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Precut mat

{you can find these at any

craft store or even Wal-mart}

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Spray Adhesive

{not shown:  you can get

at Wal-mart}

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Glue stick

{on hand}

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Scissors

{on hand}

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Tape

{on hand}

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Embellishments

{In the above pic, I have felt for flowers,

scrabble letters and a magazine ad illustration

that I thought was cute just for the tutorial, but

you can use a photo.}




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Step One:

Lay the mat on top of the fabric as a guide and cut at least 1" bigger than mat.  Then cut the corners at a 45 degree angle on the corners.  You can cut to the corner if you want but just to be safe, give yourself about 1/8" past the corner so there is no risk of seeing the mat peek through.

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Step Two:

Using the spray adhesive, spray the face of the mat.  {outside, of course} and lay it down on the wrong side of the fabric. 

Now just so you know,  you can wait to make any cutting until after you do this step if you want to be more accurate. 

I would advise you to do this as a matter of fact, just to be sure.

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Step Three:

Cut an "X" in the center of the mat to about an 1/8" to the corner.  Again, don't cut all the way to the corner.  If you do, you will see the mat peek through.  Then cut the excess inside except for

about 1" to inner edge of mat.

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Step Four and Five:

Using a glue stick, or whatever you have on hand {not hot glue} apply to the back of the mat at the inner edge and fold the inner fabric back taut.

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Step Six:

Do this on all four sides.  Making sure that the corners are pushed in with a toothpick or Q-tip. 

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Step Seven:

Do the same thing with the outside of the mat.  On the outside, you need not be as perfect on the corners if you are putting this in a frame. 

{which you will most likely be doing}

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Step Eight:

Now tape all the edges of the fabric down.

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Step Nine:

Add any desired embellishments to the corners or you can leave it alone and add another mat under or above.  For a nice dimentional look,  try wrapping 3 different size precut mats.  This will give your framing presentation a really interesting look!  I also tried these scrabble tiles that say "YUM" thinking I could hang it in my kitchen {she's holding a tomato}:

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... but I felt it was taking away from the femininity of the illustration.

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Step Ten:

I rummaged through some magazines for a cute picture to put in mine and found an advertisement for McDonald's salads.  I love the relationship of the green mat and the green dress she's wearing and her orange hair.  {Hence the felt roses I added to the bottom corner.} Now, if you decide to put this mat in a frame with glass, embellishments wouldn't be practical.  So keep that in mind when planning this.  You wouldn't want the glass to either smoosh the embellishments and/or risk breaking the glass.

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This project literally only took about 10 minutes.  And it looked professional when completed. I almost threw away this mat when I came to my senses and decided to do a fabric wrap with it.

{What was I thinking?}

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Good luck and don't forget to send pix!

How To Make a Bathmat out of Towels

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)




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Momma's got a brand new BAG!

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 3:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, so... I don't think I have ever been so excited to try a project than now.

Don't you just love how you turn on the TV and your timing is perfect?  Like it was meant for your viewing pleasure... it was sent to only YOUR television?

Well, that happened to me Wednesday... no, really! 

I turned it to Martha Stewart show and they were just coming back from a commercial.

And who do you think I saw? 

JODI KAHN!



I knew who she was because her name had been thrown around in a few blogs here and there.  But hadn't really seen anything demonstrated, or read her book for that matter.  I couldnt believe my eyes, when I saw what she made with Martha.

Check out these preview pages...  I can't wait to get my copy!

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{source amy sly}

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This is Jodi demostrating a tutorial on how to

make a tote bag out of a t-shirt:

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{source: youtube}

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Here is her book that feature the projects above.

You can purchase it at amazon.com

 


Here is her tutorial on Martha Stewart Show



Show off your work!

Let me know if you make a tote so I can post it in the "projects" section.



Project Cost:

Fabric: $2.00/yd {& you don't need any more than that! - Wal-mart}

Duct tape: $3.27 {Wal-mart, comes in awesome colors}

Vinyl Shower Curtain Liner: $1.00 Dollar Tree}

Canvas Strap: $1.00 {I got one from a bag at Dollar Tree}

Scissors & Stapler: {on hand}

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Project Total: $7.27






 


 

 

ABC's ... Your Way!

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:34 PM Comments comments (0)

ABC's ...MY WAY!

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Ok, so... I'm a sucker for the novelty of alphabet magnets!

It adds personality to your kitchen and I like leaving

random cool messages to myself daily.  But even though colorful ABC's is beautiful, I wanted to make the alphabet my way. 

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For those who don't know me, I have a nutty obsession with the marriage of pink and orange.  I'm not sure where it was conceived.  Possibly when I purchased a poster for one of  my once favorite singers, Bjork.

http://onealbumaday.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/bjork-post-album-cover-bjork.jpg" width="130" height="130" /> http://i532.photobucket.com/albums/ee330/yohikaru/bjork_-_post-back2.jpg" style="WIDTH: 129px; HEIGHT: 129px" width="129" height="101" />

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So I began buying items that embodied this combination. 

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Step One: Spread all the letters out and separate them by color and take two sets of letters out of your choice and put them aside. (Obviously, mine were pink and orange) 

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Step Two: Place all other letters on a piece of cardboard or hard surface.  I used a box top from staples printer paper.   (note: In case you noticed, I left the pink "E" in for the message: Time 2 spray... and then oops... I left it in, oh well) 

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Step Three:  Using spray paint, (I used Rustoleum spray paint for plastic) spray a coat at a time every 20-30 mins.  Don't try to do it all at once.  It'll make tons of runs in the paint.

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Step Four: Make sure you pay close attention to the sides and insides of each letter.

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Wait until the next day for the last coat to dry just to be on the safe side. 

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OMG... Now you have your very own

customized alphabet to accessorize your fridge!

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Project Cost:

Magnet letters: $1.00 each {X2} = $2.00 {Dollar Store}

White Spray paint: $2.00 Dollar General}


Total: $4.00!

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