Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

Amy’s Notebook 02.26.14

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

lego man  clipboard display

Source: Sarah M Style

 

Displaying Lego men on a clipboard is so unique and would be an adorable decoration for a boy’s room!

We absolutely love saving money by streaming TV shows, so I loved this list of 20 must-stream shows – I found a couple we need to check out! How about you – did your favorites make the list?

Wondering what to do with your tv wall? Here are some great tips and ideas to create a picture gallery wall around your television. Definitely inspiring!

I love Greek flavored foods, so it’s no wonder this slow-cooker Greek pork is going to to top of my ‘to cook’ list!

Are you a Sriracha fan? Here are five totally unique dinners using Sriracha like savory waffles or roasted chickpeas and cauliflower.

How do chocolate-peanut butter apples with almonds & coconut sound? Yeah, pretty much the perfect after school snack my kids will flip over!

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Amy’s Notebook 02.19.14

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Amazing Appetizers

Source: Giving Up on Perfect

 

I know where I’m going to look when I need some amazing appetizer ideas! Drooling…

Mmmm, combining citrus with black pepper and mint in a salad? Sounds like something I need to try!

Eggs, spinach, tomato, bacon & feta – what’s not to love in this yummy-looking Mediterranean scramble?

If it’s one thing I like, it’s quick and easy diy projects that result in fabulous decor and gifts, so I’m totally excited to have this resource of 20+ DIY coasters to make.

This amazing family home makes me swoon – modern, yet warm!

I totally want to make a coffee-beverage station like this for my family – loving through coffee & hot chocolate!

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3 Favorite Ways to Top Off Your Dessert (Free Printables!)

Monday, February 17th, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah.

Oh, my! You are in for a big treat today because Sarah Milne, from Sarah M Style, is an amazing crafting and design genius and she is joining us each month to share her knowledge. I am so thrilled to introduce you to her today and I know that she has many fun printables and ideas for our homes and crafts that you are going to be looking forward to her featured post each month! 

3 favorite ways to top off your dessert

February and March are birthday months for the boys in my life. In February, my little guy turns two, and in March, my husband, well, let’s just say he’ll be much closer to 40 than 35.  Whether it’s a homemade waffle birthday breakfast or a donut cake, we love our desserts around here! In my very first DIY and crafting post for MomAdvice.com, I’d like to show you three of my favorite ways to top off our sweet treats.


POM POM GARLAND

pom pom garland dessert topper

First, and my most fave, is this simple fuzzy and fluffy pom pom garland. Colourful and playful, it adds so much fun to your dessert. You could make this garland with tiny to large fuzzy pom poms or even craft your own poms out of yarn.

What you need.

Pom poms. Size and color of choice.
(I purchased an assorted bag from Michaels with my trusty weekly coupon.)
Twine or thread
Large needle
Scissors
Skewers, straws, small dowels

diy pom pom garland supplies

diy pom pom garland instructions

The how to.

  1. On your crafting surface, arrange your pom poms in your desired order.
  2. Thread your needle. Begin to thread the first pom onto the twine. Be sure to leave at least 5 inches excess on the end.
  3. Thread each pom onto the twine. Space the poms a desired distance apart.
  4. Once you’ve completed adding your poms, tightly secure the twine to your stick using a double knot. Trim your twine.
  5. Tightly secure the other end to your second stick and trim.
  6. Insert into your sweet treat.
  7. Dig in!


CHALKBOARD TOPPERS

diy chalkboard dessert toppers

I love that these toppers can be reused throughout the year and for all types of celebrations from birthday breakfasts to report card day! I found these small wooden shapes for less than 50 cents at Michaels and gave them a triple coat of chalkboard paint.

What you need.

Wooden shapes
Straws, popsicle sticks, or small dowels
Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Paper towel or newspaper
Hot glue gun and glue
Chalk

diy chalkboard dessert toppers

The how to.

  1. Protect your crafting surface with paper towel or newspaper.
  2. Paint your wooden shapes using the chalkboard paint. When using chalkboard paint for crafts, I use a minimum of 3 coats. Allow for drying time in between coats. It seems to dry quickly.
  3. Attach your wooden shapes to your stick using a dab of hot glue.
  4. Draw or decorate your chalkboard topper for your occasion.
  5. Insert into your sweet treat.
  6. Dig in!


PAPER BANNER WITH WASHI GARLAND + FREE PRINTABLE

diy paper printable and washi garland dessert topper

Washi tape is a huge trend right now – and there are limitless crafts you can muster with it! My go-to topper are washi garlands. Paired with a paper banner, it makes a super sweet addition to your treat. I’ve designed two free printable paper banners in 3 colors for your next occasion.

What you need.

A collection of favorite washi tapes
Twine
Skewers, straws or small dowels
Free printable paper banner: {Click to download} HOORAY! or HAPPY BIRTHDAY

diy paper and washi garland dessert topper and free printable

The how to.

  1. Cut a 18 inch length of twine
  2. Cut your washi tape in equal or varied lengths and fold evenly over the twine, leaving 5 inches of vacant twine on each end.
  3. Print the free printable paper banner and trim.
  4. Secure your paper banner to the top of your sticks using a piece of washi or hot glue
  5. Below the paper banner, tightly secure your washi tape garland using a double knot or bow to each stick.
  6. Insert into your sweet treat.
  7. Dig in!

 Grab Your Free Printables HERE:

DIY Happy Birthday Dessert Topper

DIY HOORAY! Dessert Topper

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Amy’s Notebook 02.12.14

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

canning_grape_jelly Source: My Humble Kitchen

 

Did you know you can make and can jelly from store bought fruit juice in the winter? I didn’t – and it seems like  it would be a fun way to bring a bit of summer to these cold days!

I’m in love with this updated mid-century modern dresser – you won’t believe the before and after!

Oh, how I wish I could sew just to create one of these adorable fleece-lined kid’s robes.

Yes to chocolate cookies, and double-yes to flourless chocolate cookies!

Thinking about making a souffle for Valentine’s Day? Find out how to make a chocolate souffle here, plus 3 tips for success.

I’m finding a lot of international dishes that are gluten free – and these Indian Chickpea Crepes are also vegan with a soft middle and a crisp edge. Yum.

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How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Monday, February 10th, 2014

From our managing editor, Jami Boys.

You may not know it, but Jami, from An Oregon Cottage, has been writing on here for a year now. She handles all of our regular features like our weekly notebook, the giveaways, freebies, and round-up posts that you see on our site. She has become my right arm and I would be lost without her. Jami has a diverse background in frugal homemaking, manages her own blog, manages this blog, and is my new managing editor. How is she managing it all? I have no idea! But, I am so excited she has agreed to share her expertise on frugal homemaking with us!

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

I love vintage linens, especially linens that women have used their time and talents on to create works of art using embroidery, drawn-thread techniques, applique, crochet edgings and other needlework crafts. Since cruising thrift stores is a major pastime of mine, I have amassed quite a collection because I have a hard time leaving such treasures in a heap on a table.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

However, I’m not a purist and I recognize that since we don’t use doilies, table runners and other small linen items in our homes anymore, I need to find other ways to be able to use and appreciate these little pieces of art once again. In the past I have made cafe curtains from old tea towels, pillows and tote bags from tablecloths and attached small embroidery pieces to the tops of ready-made pillows. Reusing these special pieces is also a way to use worn or stained linens that still have useable areas.

Since one of my other favorite hobbies is knitting, today I’m sharing how I transformed two vintage linens – a table runner and a pillowcase – into rolled knitting needle holders to organize and carry both my straight and circular needles. And the best part? It’s super easy and uses only straight line sewing!

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Supplies Needed

(same for all types of linens)

Vintage linens – table runners and pillowcases for this example worked best because they were long enough for 13″ straight knitting needles (if making a needle holder for crochet hooks, tea towels would be long enough).
Coordinating ribbon – a 32″ piece of ribbon for tying in a bow. A grograin ribbon where both sides are the same is best.
Fabric marker – either vanishing or eraser style
Straight pins, sewing machine & coordinating thread

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

How To Make A Needle Holder From a Vintage Table Runner:

1. Fold linen piece with wrong sides together, using the needles you want it to hold as your measuring guide. Leave a top flap for folding over either over the needles or the other way, depending on if you want to see the tops of your needles (this example has the flap cover the needle tops, the next goes the other way leaving them visible). Pin edges where they meet.

2. Fold ribbon piece in half and insert folded edge 1/4″ into pinned edge; pin in place.

3. Set your machine to a longer stitch length (3.0) which makes a cleaner stitch for decorative sewing and doesn’t bunch as much as smaller stitches can.

4. Sew a straight line right along the edge of your linen. My embroidered runner had a crochet edge, so I sewed right where the crochet started.

5. As you come to the ribbon pinned to the edge, make sure it is straight and sew right over it, catching it in the edge.

6. Use a fabric marker to mark where the needle pockets will go.

7. Start at the bottom of the folded pocket and make marks at intervals for the individual needle pockets. For the 13″ bamboo straight needles I used here I made 1-1/4″ pockets which held sizes 13 to 5. You can make the pockets all different sizes as well for a custom needle holder (see below).

8. Use the marker and a ruler to make marks evenly up the inside pocket at about 3-4″ intervals – just enough that you can follow with the sewing machine.

9. Starting at the bottom of the large pocket, sew from the first mark straight up to the top of the pocket, using the marks as a guide. Bar-tack at the beginning and end to lock in stitches (sew back and forth one time before starting and ending the seam). Repeat to make remaining individual needle pockets.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Add your needles to the pockets. I like to organize them from largest to smallest.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Fold the flap over the needles, roll up keeping the embroidery visible, and tie with the ribbon. That’s it! Pretty easy, huh?

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

I also made a needle holder from a pillowcase that had embroidery and a scalloped crochet edging. The benefit of using a pillowcase is that it comes out thicker, liked a lined fabric.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

How To Make A Needle Holder From a Vintage Pillowcase:

1. Follow the same steps outlined above, but make sure that your pillow decoration will fold over the way you want – either covering the tops of the needles or leaving them visible. You can see above that I left mine visible as I usually have the sizes marked on the needle tops and being able to see them will make them easier to find. If you plan on traveling with them and think they may fall out, cover them with the top flap.

2. Sew right along the edge of the case to make the seams for the large pocket before marking for your needle sizes. I made this case to hold some smaller 9″ bamboo needles and some circular needles.

3. When making custom sizes like this, it’s best to start measuring from each edge the sizes you want and work towards the center, so the last center pocket can be a larger or smaller size. In my example, the two outside circular needle pockets on each side (4 total) were 2-1/2″, the next three pockets on each side were 1/14″ and the center pocket is 2″ which ended up being perfect for the size 15″ needles.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

You can make holders for all your needles – double pointed, circular, crochet hooks, or any others that you use. And wouldn’t these make a sweet gift for the crafters in your life? I know they would appreciate not only having their needles organized, but also the beauty of the original handiwork.

Vintage Linen Paint Brush Holder

Not a knitter? If you have paintbrushes to organize, you can make holders this same way for them, as this example from Jeannie Oliver showed on Instagram.

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Amy’s Notebook 02.05.14

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Crochet Hearts

Source: Everything Etsy

 

I’m simply in love with these adorable crochet hearts - I can think of so many ways to use them!

This is a super cute and simple Valentine’s Day Wreath that would be fun to make.

Here’s a fun craft to do with our daughters – make no-sew elastic hair ties and headbands! There’s even a suggestion on how to package them for gifts.

I’m completely inspired to try some of these yummy looking 11 cauliflower recipes.

My kids will flip for chocolate shortbread heart cookies – especially since they are dipped in chocolate!

Are you loving this diy mudroom bench as much as I am?

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Amy’s Notebook 01.29.14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Source: No Biggie

 

I’m loving this sweet (and free!) Valentine – or any time – printable created from a Beatle’s song printed in a heart shape.

Anyone have a glue gun that doesn’t need to be cleaned? Not me, making this glue gun cleaning tutorial perfect timing.

This diy homework and art station is sooo adorable!

I’m completely drooling over these chocolate almond butter bites – going gluten free is looking better and better!

Goodness, one pot of vegetable stock stretched to make 5 dinners? Fabulously thrifty!

Doesn’t this Broccoli Slaw with Cranberry Orange Dressing sound like the perfect mid-winter salad?

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Amy’s Notebook 01.22.14

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Source: Inspired By Charm

 

Oh, my, these wool felt ball coasters are SO cute. I.must.have.

I love a good Mod Podge craft and this list of 20 Mod Podge projects includes everything from shelf upcycles to pencil makeovers. Inspiring!

Looking for some creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s day? The 28 Valentine’s day ideas here are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen!

I can’t wait to try this black bean and quinoa enchilada bake – I’m loving quinoa lately and this fits my new gluten-free diet, plus it looks like the whole family will like it, too!

Drooling over this unique take on traditional morning glory muffins: morning glory oats. What a healthy and yummy way to start the day.

And using window CD envelopes and printable tags for Valentine treat pouches is simply genius – and so adorable!

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Amy’s Notebook 01.15.14

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Chicago Loft

Source: Design Sponge

 

Now one part of me wishes I lived in a Chicago loft with brick walls and cool vintage finds. Love.

I think this adorable rolled-up paper Valentine Wreath would make such a fun project to do with my daughter!

This black bean soup with chorizo and chicken looks so yummy – what a nice, hearty middle-of-winter meal!

Oh my, I love one-dish dinners like this drool-worthy baked salmon & vegetables that are both quick & healthy, don’t you?

This amazing weathered gray IKEA coffe table hack is genius!

Mmmm, here’s a slow cooker lentil chili that’s sure to warm you up on a cold night.

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Amy’s Notebook 01.08.14

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Heart themed party

Source: Kara’s Party Ideas

 

This is an adorable heart-themed party idea – there are so many applications for this from birthdays to Valentine’s Day to wedding showers!

I’m not sure I could actually make this, but I could sure use this diy scarf hanger – actually a couple of them!

I love this detailed tutorial on how to create a vision board, but I love the title even more: Dare to Dream. Yes.

I’m thinking with all of our cold and snow my kids would flip for this caramelized white chocolate “hot chocolate.” Who am I kidding? They’d flip for this anytime!

I’m simply drooling over these spinach and feta stuffed chicken breasts.

Here are 7 ways to eat (& drink) turmeric – nicely timed since I keep hearing about the benefits of eating turmeric!

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