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Drawstring Halter And A Line Dress. Make Jeans Tighter. Tighten those jeans in 4 easy steps Shopping for jeans is extremely frustrating. Finding a pair that perfectly accommodates your hips, waist, and leg length is next to impossible. And the thousand trips to a fitting room that has no locks don’t help the quest to find the ideal pair. Because I’m short, I always have my jeans shortened at the mall.

Yes, I could buy smaller, (hence, shorter) jeans, but my butt, hips, and waist have an aversion to size 24 jeans. So I did some research on making jeans tighter. Skinny Jeans. Elm street life: DIY: Bow clutch sewing tutorial. And fiiiinally... the tutorial you've been waiting for. This is my first real sewing tutorial - which scares me a bit, because I've never actually taken a sewing class, so I don't know all the terminology.

What I do know is that I've learned to sew lots of things by reading tutorials, so hopefully I can make this simple enough that even you beginners can feel confident making a bag. And yes, a bag with a zipper! It can be done, I promise.There are plenty of photos, so hopefully that will help. **Also, please note except where I say, "Sew close to the edge," I am using a 1/2" seam allowance throughout. Ok, let's get started! Supplies you'll need: 1/2 yard exterior fabric* 1/4 yard interior fabric (I recommend a quilting cotton) 9" zipper that matches your exterior fabric 1/4 yard #808 Pellon Craft Fuse interfacing Sewing thread that matches your exterior fabric Sewing machine Scissors Pins Iron & ironing board *I recommend a medium to heavier weight cotton for this. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

35 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets. Mega•Crafty: Woven Flower Pot- Part 2. Today I finished my woven pot project. I haven't done much weaving but it was kind of relaxing once I got into a groove. (It was the perfect TV watching project). To recap, I started with a pot that I painted a creamy yellow. Then I used an all purpose craft glue to attach some of my favorite ribbons onto the bottom of the pot. My first idea was to weave wide ribbon around the pot too- but soon realized I couldn't get the ribbon to lay flat on the tapered shape of the pot. After experimenting with a few different ribbons and strings I settled on using jute. I continued weaving the jute over and under the ribbon, pulling it tight and adding a tiny dot of hot glue every so often. Marking my starting point ribbon by putting a small arrow on the bottom of the pot helped me keep track of each round.

I only glued the jute down when I was going under a ribbon, never over, and I tried to keep the glue off the ribbon so I could pull it left and right to straighten it as I wove. 1. And 2. So I wove, DIY Chan Luu-Style Wrap Bracelet. Like this: Like Loading... Filed under Accessories, Bracelets, Jewelry Tagged as Accessories, bracelets, Chan Luu, DIY, DIY Jewelry, do it yourself, Fashion, Fashion DIY, jewelry, Runway, Runway DIY, Wrap Bracelets. Photo Tile Coasters {Using Resin}

Last Christmas I almost had a breakdown... We had just moved in to our home the month before, but I didn't want to let that prevent us from having the holliest jolliest Christmas. My intentions were good. I wanted to make Christmas special for everyone, but I learned the hard way that I should have been planning ahead!! And that's how it happened. I created a monster. Well, with this project I created an anniversary gift AND a Christmas gift. While I was in Utah, my sweet cousin Michelle showed me a couple of projects using resin.

Here's how I made these photo coasters... I started out with a trip to Home Depot. Next, I ordered some photos. Only 13 cents a print at Costco! I used a regular old Elmer's glue stick to paste each picture onto the tiles. I won't give a full tutorial on using resin because each product is a little different. After mixing the resin with the hardener, I just poured it on! Then it took them a full 24 hours to harden up! All done! Now these are stinkin' cute!! Happy Almost Birthday to Me! You guys, thank you so much for all the feedback on the giveaway subject! I cannot even tell you how encouraged I am by all your comments. Blogging can be a bit thankless sometimes (at least when you don't have sponsors, haha.), so those comments make all the difference to me. I'm so glad so many of you are enjoying the blog, it honestly just makes me want to cry. Thank you! I think I'll probably keep my eye out for special giveaways that I love, and post 1 or two a month.

Anyway! I've got a small tutorial coming up tomorrow, but while I'm waiting for the daylight to take the final photos, I did a little online window shopping tonight. Etsy beauties: (photos are linked to listings) I would wear this dress every day....and probably to bed, too. Literally clutched at my heart when I saw these: And I can see some peachy-pink toenails peeping out of these!

With all the quality time I spend with my camera, I would love to have a pretty strap like this! I love lariats right now. We belong together. No-bake energy bites. I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government.

Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And this pasta recipe is one of my all-time favs. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead.

Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more Read more Happy day, friends! Flashback: Woven Map Basket. Maps can be amazing design elements, with all their intricately drawn lines and minute details. But what do you do with a regular paper map that is starting to fall apart from use? In CRAFT Volume 05, crafter Jane Patrick suggested we weave maps into baskets, a fun and interesting way to reuse castoffs and weave a little memory into a functional item.

Check out her full tutorial here and pick up a back issue of CRAFT Volume 05, the Paper issue, in the Maker Shed.Woven Memory Basket Weave your vacation road maps into an attractive souvenir. By Jane Patrick Think of basketry as three-dimensional weaving. If you ever wove paper as a child, that’s the basis for this plaited basket. You begin by weaving a flat base, and then upturn the strips (called stakes or weavers) to make the sides, in what is referred to as bias plaiting. Materials Directions Step 1: Prepare the strips. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Step 3: Using string or thread, mark the base by twining around the edges. ~ Tuesday Tute ~ Suede Flowers. How To Mix Chalkboard Paint in Any Color. We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy!

We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint... Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!) , 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (this can be purchased at most hardware/home improvement stores, we got ours at Home Depot), mixing cup or bowl, spoon, paint brush and an object or board you plan to paint on. 1. 2.

Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. Have fun creating any color combination you like!! Zipper Bracelet | Version | Cut Out. Stuff to Make in my Old Age. Stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee) Yes, I am a nerd. I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum! " However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil. It doesn't have to be Harry Potter related. (Although it would be awesome if it was.) I learned about the joys of freezer paper back in my early college days. Basically, freezer paper is backed with a plastic coating that will stick to soft surfaces when ironed, but it peels off cleanly and easily. To make a sweet t-shirt you will need: paper & pencil a t-shirt an iron a piece of cardboard or poster board fabric paint & brush Start by drawing your design on some regular old paper.

My design kept getting bigger, so I taped two sheets together. Next, place your design underneath a sheet of freezer paper and trace it neatly with a sharpie. The marker gives your lines greater width making it easier to cut them out and paint them in later. Important: Set these shapes aside. 34 Handy Kitchen Measurement Hacks & Tidbits. Do you find yourself always scrambling to find out how much one stick of butter is? Or how many eggs you need to make a cup? Do you know how much 1 cup of uncooked rice makes? Here’s a handy chart you can print off to include with your other kitchen chart goodies (see: Recipe Ingredient Substitutions & Equivalents Chart (found at bottom of page) and Kitchen Measurements Equivalent Conversion Chart) . . . Measurement Hacks Eggs, Whisk & Bowl Kitchen Tidbits 1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup1 cup of whipping cream = 2 cups whipped1 cup uncooked rice = 3 1/2 cups cooked1 envelope Gelatin = 4 leaves = 1/4 ounce1 pkg. yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast Would you prefer a pdf download of the above?

Equivalents of Can Sizes All of the above were collected from a variety of cookbooks and private notes, some brands may weigh or size differently than others so please use the above as a guideline and note any discrepancies with your favorite product. More Kitchen Goodies. Cheap screen printing tutorial. Alright, I've finally had the time to "screen print" another shirt, so here's the tutorial... Materials needed: a t-shirt, yucky/cheap paint brushes, an embroidery hoop, screen printing ink (I use Speedball brand), a glue that isn't water-soluble (I use Mod Podge), curtain sheer material/tulle/old nylons, and a computer with a printer (or a good hand for drawing things).

Find an image you like and that has good contrast. My cow needed to be "cut out," and I've only got Microsoft Paint on this computer and it worked fine. Save the image as a Monochrome Bitmap file and it will turn it black and white. If this loses all the detail, fudge around on Paint or try a different picture, haha. Print it out so the image is the size you want it on the t-shirt (and also so it's not bigger than the embroidery hoop you spent ¢67 on). You should be able to see the pencil outline easily without squinting too hard. I hope that helps some! What paint? My printed image looks pixelated and rough; help! Maybe. Makeup Geek | Tips, Video Tutorials, Reviews, and more!


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