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My New Fall Paper Cone Wreath

19 Oct

2017 Fall paper wreath

I just finished this new Fall paper wreath.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  I made my first wreath for Christmas several years ago along with these paper cone wreaths I made.

Katie and Daves Last Name Initial Wreath

I made this last name initial wreath for my daughter and son-in-law’s family room…sorry about the background, I took it after taping it to a makeshift board for wrapping.

KTs wreath and LR pic

Here’s a picture of their family room that I used to select the color and patterns for the wreath. 

Sylvias wreath

This is my favorite wreath.  I made it for my great niece, Sylvie (Sylvia).  I just love the bright colors, patterns and the cute little flower above her name.

Sylvias wreath and bedroom pic

Here’s the picture of her bedroom that she shares with her sister, Mykah (pictured) that I used to pick the colors for the wreath.  Don’t you just love the tent bed? Their grandmother made it…lucky girls!

Ambers wreath

I didn’t make this one, my daughter Chrystal did for her step-sister and husband. It’s pictured hanging on their door. I like the natural elements she used for the center, which definitely represents her step-sister and husband’s lifestyle. 

These wreaths aren’t hard at all to make even though they look like it.

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Shopping Cart Grocery Bag Sewing Pattern

6 Jun

In Shopping Cart

I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS Grocery Bag! 

I designed it to use at the new ALDI store that recently opened in our area. This grocery store requires you to bag your own groceries, so this Shopping Cart Grocery Bag does the job wonderfully, and the large size helps get the groceries into the house a whole lot quicker too!

The bag quickly and easily attaches to a standard shopping cart and has a large and small front pocket to hold a notepad, pen, coupons, your purse/wallet and so much more.

Made from durable Outdoor Pro-Tuff Fabric (sold at Walmart), this bag is nice and strong.  The backside (bag interior) of this fabric is 100% PVC, so it’s easy to clean and eliminates the need for a lining.

When not in use, simply fold and store it in your car or truck so it’s available when you need it.

cart_truck_home

For more photos and information about this Craftsy sewing pattern, click here.

UPDATE:  

The other day I got caught in the pouring rain leaving the grocery store. Boy was I happy I used my Shopping Cart Grocery Bag!!!

Shopping cart bag Caught in the Rain1

Shopping Cart Bag Caught in the Rain2

Here it is after I brought it in. It was filled with 5 plastic grocery bags plus four (4) 2 litters.  It was heavy, but I just heaved it out of the cart and into the backseat. Thankfully it only took a few seconds. My hair and shirt didn’t far as good…I looked like a drowned rat when I got home. LOL!

The rain never soaked through the Grocery bag (because of the PVC backing), and the rain that did get inside was easily wiped dry with a towel.

Ohio State Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

Here’s an Ohio State one I made for my daughter from the grey Pro-Tuff fabric. I printed the side logo on dark iron on transfer paper.

USA  Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

And, here’s one I made from the Blue Pro-Tuff fabric. With the Fourth Of July just around the corner, the blue went perfect with the red, white and blue ribbon trim on the handles and front pockets.

DIY Microwave Heat Pack

28 Nov

HEAT PACK photo

If you’re looking for an easy sewing project for holiday or any gift giving occasion, this Microwave HEAT PACK instructions and labels is the perfect solution.

It’s made with cotton and flannel fabric and filled with rice which can withstand repeated heating in the microwave.  There’s sewn in ties to keep the Pack nicely folded for easy storage, and labels that can be printed on card stock and tied onto the Pack or printed on iron on transfer paper and ironed on (as pictured).

It’s a great way to use up your scrap fabric.  You could also make a larger one and use it as a heated lap cover for the cold winter months.  This would be perfect for older seniors.

I have a rice pack I made over 10 years ago!  I store mine in the freezer.  My husband uses it to cool down in the summer, and we microwave it when we need it heated.

 

DIY Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

16 Nov

DIY holiday-scented-air-fresheners

A couple of years back I gave away four sets of these 1 ounce bottles of air fresheners.   With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would share the recipes for these wonderful smelling room sprays so you can make some for yourself to enjoy or give as gifts.   The recipe makes 1 ounce, but you can easily adjust the Oils to make more.

I am also including the labels I used which can be printed on paper and taped on or printed on a 8 ½” X 11” label sheet.

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander Air Freshener Recipe

The aroma is sweet and warming like orange and clove pomanders.   It’s perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

20 drops Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Clove Essential Oil

2 drops Pine Essential Oil

1 drop peach/orange coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe

This smells just like candy canes, nice and pepperminty!   It’s uplifting and rejuvenating…perfect for getting through all the holiday shopping, baking and decorating.

18 drops Peppermint Essential Oils

4 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

1 drop red food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree Air Freshener Recipe

Smells like freshly cut pine trees!   Spray the room before decorating the Christmas Tree or any time during the Christmas season.

23 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil

2 drops Clove Essential Oil

1 drop green food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Here’s the HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER paper labels (pdf), that also includes my Sweet Dreams label…here’s the recipe:

DIY Sweet Dreams Air Freshener Recipe

This is perfect when you need to relax after a hectic day of shopping or when you need to fall asleep.  Spray it on your pillows and bedding.  You can also spray into a tissue and inhale deeply.

18 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  2 drops Clove Essential Oil

  3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

  1 drop purple or any color of food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Happy Holidays!

My Craftsy

3 Jun

If you’re looking to improve your craft or learn a new one, be it sewing, knitting, quilting, cake decorating, paper crafting, woodworking, gardening, painting, jewelry making etc., then you need to check out Craftsy.com.

What or who is Craftsy you ask? Craftsy is an online crafts education company offering free and paid video and downloadable courses and workshops on a whole range of craft categories. The courses/workshops range from $20 to $50, and there’s some free ones as well. I recently purchased a free video course on Bag-Making Basics, because I wanted to improve my purse/bag making skills. I learned a few new techniques, which made me very happy! What else is nice is that the classes never expire.

In addition to the courses/workshops, they also offer community project forums, craft supplies and kits.

Craftsy also allows you to sell your own patterns for free. I’ve purchased a few sewing patterns…there’s tons of them at very reasonable prices, including free ones!

Here’s the patterns I have in my Craftsy shop so far.

Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern

My Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern – $3.50

CRAFTSY paper craft templates

My DIY Paper Craft Templates – $2.50

Pocket Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern

My POCKET Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern – $4.00

FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern

My FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern – $5.00

angry-birds-on-seatbelt-pillow

My Angry Bird Seatbelt Pillow Pattern…this one’s Free!

Check out Craftsy.  I just know you’ll find lots of interesting things to make and learn!

Homemade Gifts For Mom

14 May

Natural room scents

I hope all you Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Rather than giving my Mom a hanging plant this year, I decided to make her a few things.

Natural Room (Simmering) Scents

I saw these several months ago on The Yummy Life and wanted to give them a try but never got around to it. Then the other day I thought about them when I saw the fruit on my table and decided I’d make them for my Mom for Mother’s Day. They were really easy and fun to make, and I just love how colorful the fresh ingredients look in the jars.

Here’s the scents, from left to right:

Pine twigs, whole bay leaves and whole nutmeg, pine needle essential oil

Sliced oranges, fresh ginger slices and almond extract

Sliced limes, fresh thyme sprigs, peppermint oil and vanilla bean pieces

Sliced Oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice

Sliced Lemons, fresh rosemary sprigs and vanilla bean pieces

To use, you simply pour the contents in a pan and simmer on the stove, or heat it in the microwave and add it to a crock pot or fondue pot.

simmering scent in fondue pot

Here’s the Lime, thyme, peppermint and vanilla one I made myself simmering in my fondue pot. Mmm, I can really smell the mint and vanilla! For my mom, I had a mini Rival crock pot I gave her because the water doesn’t evaporate as fast as it does simmering.

Tea and water bottle cozy

Tea and Water Bottle Cozy

In addition to the natural room scents, I gave her some “sleepytime” tea, because she says she has a hard time sleeping, and this quilted cozy I made for her water bottles. During my last visit she pointed out the napkin she wraps around her cold water bottle to absorb the moisture when it sweats…lol!

Paper Lampshades and Votive Holder Covers

29 Aug

lampshade and candle holdersThese paper lampshades and votive covers can be made to coordinate with your home décor or as table decorations for any special occasion. I just love the way they soften the glow of the candles.

suppliesMaterials Needed

Glass Lampshade Template

8 1/2 X 11 (scrapbook, wrapping paper, printed digital paper)

Glass votive holders

Stemmed wine glasses

Tea lights, votives or flameless candles (safer around children)

Scissors

Scoring tool

Double sided tape

Paper Lampshades

These shades measure 4” high. If your glasses are longer, try increasing the print size of the template.

Print or trace the template on the back of the paper

Cut out the template, form into a cone and secure with double sided tape.

To keep the tea light in place add some uncooked rice in the bottom of the wine glass and then slightly push the tea light into the rice.

Votive Holder Covers

votive candle coversI scored the back of my decorative paper every 1/4” and then cut long strips slightly wider than the height of the candle holders and accordion folded them.

I wrapped the strips around the holders, trimmed off the excess paper, and secured the ends together with double sided tape.

For a really easy cover, eliminate the scoring and folding and simply wrap the strips around the holders and secure with double sided tape.

Note: Do not leave the candles unattended! To be on the safe side, use flameless candles.

 

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