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Leather Lunch Tote. I don’t bring my lunch to work as often as I should.

Leather Lunch Tote

And by that, I mean never. What if I had a cool lunch tote? It might not help… but at the very least, it’s a fun project to practice some hand-sewing and to make something interesting. Lately I’ve been inspired by a number of Japanese leather craft books… such meticulous stitching and thoughtful design. After seeing an interesting small tote in one, I knew I had to try my hand at my own design. Whether you need a lunch tote or not, here’s a project that you can modify to make something neat for your own totable needs. Wool Camera Wrap. Documents of experiments, style and craft. Three Cheers for Stylish & Crafty Living.

Embroidered Cards. I had some fun embroidering cards the other day.

Embroidered Cards

Have you ever tried embroidery? This project would be a great way to learn, making holes in the paper makes it very easy to see where you’re moving next and the general plan of your design or word. These embroidered cards would be a really special gift for Mother’s Day. Or just a note to remind yourself how awesome you are in the bathroom mirror. See the full step by step right here on Momtastic and, in case you missed it, here are my instructions for creating animated gifs like this one above. Place Setting Stones. Thank you COOL WHIP for sponsoring this post.

Place Setting Stones

I’m working with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping on a few posts about creating special family moments. I’m always trying to think of ways to get Henry more involved in dinner prep and table setting. I came up with this idea to make place setting stones, stamped with letters to spell the names of each member of the family to designate seating for family dinners. It might be fun to also create stones to spell out ‘guest’ for any dinner visitors. I’ve talked about my mini stamp kit from Paper Source that I love. At each dinner gathering, your child can help sort through the stones to spell each family member’s name and place them where ever they’d like.Disclosure: Sponsored posts are purely editorial content that we are pleased to have presented by a participating sponsor. Leather Fold Over Clutch.

I’ve been eying leather fold over clutches in bright colors like these beauties below for some time now and thought they would make a really great DIY project.

Leather Fold Over Clutch

It’s a really simple project and a great way to add a punch of color to your spring outfit. Cause it is all. about. color this season. For these final product images, I teamed up with photographer Kate Skogen of JetKat Photo who specialized in weddings in the bay area. Check out her beautiful work here. I found this great looking faux leather in the most fabulous hot pink and knew we were meant to be together. You’re done!

Handmade Clay Pots. This post is contributed by Claire of Fellow Fellow.

Handmade Clay Pots

See more of her beautiful work here. With Mother’s Day coming up in a couple weeks, these handmade clay pots are the perfect vessel to house a mini plant as a pretty and thoughtful gift. Keep reading to see the full instructions, downloadable pdf, and step by step images Here are the instructions:You will need: - Knife - Oven-bake clay - Rolling pin - Non-stick baking paper - Ruler (optional) - House template printed and cut out (optional).

Click here to download the templates I used. - Smoothing tool (or something with a long handle that can smooth the clay out) Step 1. Roll out your oven-bake clay on a piece of baking paper until it’s approximately approx. 1/8″ thick or a bit more.