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Vintage postcard calendar journal. Growing up, I kept a daily journal.

vintage postcard calendar journal

I always enjoyed looking back at previous entries to see what had changed over the course of a year. These days, I can’t seem to find the time to journal, but I do try to jot down a little note from each day on my perpetual calendar/journal. The idea is very simple — flip to the current date and at the end of the day, write down something that happened. Some days it is big things like “Annie took her first steps.” Other days it is small, like “needed more than one cup of coffee this morning.” The first year is the least rewarding, but I imagine that in 10 years, it will be a daily treat to be reminded of what happened on that date over the last decade. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

I’m always trying to give new life to things I can’t pass up at flea markets. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. How to Sew a Fabric Bowl. January 14th, 2009 Email 566 users recommend Use your fabric bowl to store notions, buttons, jewelry, or other small trinkets.

How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

Linda Permann To start, cut one short edge of any fabric strip at a 45-degree angle. Once you have the first bit wrapped securely, place the end under the foot of your sewing machine. Photo: Linda Permann Sew up a sweet and soft coiled bowl to stow all your notions, threads, and more. Here's what you'll need to get started: 50 feet of 1/4-inch- to 3/8-inch-diameter cotton clothesline. The basic idea is that you are going to build the bowl by coiling the clothesline around itself by sewing each successive coil to the previous coil. When you are close to the end of the fold, put the needle down, raise the foot, and pivot your work, turning the folded end to the left. When you are about 4 inches from the end of your wrapped clothesline, stop sewing with your needle down (to hold the work in place).

Continue to sew, wrap, and add new strips of fabric as necessary. Recycled Craft Ideas - Crafts from Recycled Materials. CL contributing editor Ryan McPhail reveals his method for creating a stealthy bar from a cast-off chest of drawers.

Recycled Craft Ideas - Crafts from Recycled Materials

Step 1: Measure the inside of a dresser drawer to determine its width (from side to side), depth (front to back), and height (base to top). Step 2: To create a middle divider, use a jigsaw to cut a piece of wood that measures the depth of the drawer and slightly less than its height. To create a shelf, cut another wood piece that measures slightly less than half the drawer's width and slightly less than its height. Sand the ends. Step 3: Using our photo as a guide, insert the shelf and divider into the drawer; screw in place with a drill. Step 4: To create a drop-down door, remove any screws holding the dresser's top to its frame; then pop the top off the frame using a rubber mallet.

Step 5: Cover the drawer unit and door with a coat of primer, followed by two coats of paint, allowing two hours' drying time after each coat. DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket. What to do with all those grocery bags tucked under my sink?!

DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket

I find that there is something quite endearing about brown kraft grocery bags and the up-cycling piece of my brain has been dancing around ideas for a while. I have been seeing a few variations of woven paper baskets around the web, so weaving and Easter basket from recycled paper bags seem to be a perfect solution! Here is what I came up with. ~Lia (INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROCERY BAG EASTER BASKET) 1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (•note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam. 2) Mark 1.75 inch strips (top to bottom) and trim. 3) Fold each strip lengthwise into thirds. 4) 2 of your strips will create a handle. 5) Weave the bottom of the basket using 6X6 strips. 6) Trim 2 of your strips in half. 7) Fold the loose side strips of your basket to prepare them for weaving in the 3 long strips. 8) On 2 opposite sides of the basket, trim the 2 center strips 3 inches long.

Lia. DIY: Michigan string canvas. Depending on your canvas size (I used 8x10), print out an outline of your desired state.

DIY: Michigan string canvas

I love my Mitten and placed the heart over Holland... were I currently live. Sorry upper peninsula... you didn't make the cut. Tape the printout securely over the canvas. God bless West Michigan. Start pushing/hammering your nails around the outline in consistent intervals. Carefully remove the printout without pulling out the nails. I was originally planning on just wrapping the string around the nails. For the nails that were already permanently in there, I carefully wrapped the string around it tightly several times. So you don't lose your mind, do not anticipate using one long piece of string.

Cold Porcelain Clay Recipe. Ensure there is plenty of ventilation or wear a mask.

Cold Porcelain Clay Recipe

Take care not to burn PVA as it may be toxic. This will take only a few of minutes to form into a round mass. Mix cornflour with water until free of lumps. Stir in pva glue and oils. Blend until smooth. Stir on very low heat until the mixture forms first into a sticky glue then a thick ball. The texture should be quite sticky. I experimented with trying to recycle the rubberised mixture and after 72 hours soaking in water it softened and returned to a soft, pulpy mass. Heating Pad Tutorial  So this is a project that’s been in the back of my mind for months, but it took finding the perfect fabric to get motivated and get going on it. When I laid my eyes on Amy Butler’s LOVE flannels, I knew it was time.

I chose this vibrant, yet soothing flannel and got busy. See, there’s a particular day each month *ahem* that makes me yearn for a good, heavy heating pad, but by the time my body reminds me that I want it….well, I’m just too crabby to sew. ;) This month, though, I’m prepared. Gorgeous, right? If only you could feel, smell and pet it. I didn’t have the details for the heating pad worked out in my mind, but I find if I just start cutting fabric….it just all works out. Ready to begin? Cut two 19″ x 8″ rectangles of high quality flannel. Serge (without cutting fabric) one of the short ends of each piece. Pin your pieces right sides together. Serge 1/4″ along the two long sides and the other short end. Now you’re nice and reinforced. I think. So…there you have it. Scripture Cover. I know I made this same tutorial last year but I improved it a bit by adding a button and elastic fastener to keep it together better.

Scripture Cover

It is one of the first tutorials I created so it’s is pretty dear to my heart. It is a simple… Not a case necessarily… Just a cover with handles to make it easier to tote around. And, I think it’s pretty. :) I used an LDS quadruple combination but you can use this for any size book, bible, etc. Let’s get started. Materials: About 1/2 yard of canvas material 1/4 yard of cotton {or similar} liner fabric scissors and rotary cutter (rotary cutter not necessary but very very nice to have} iron sewing machine contrasting or matching thread pins!

1. Main cover piece: 8 1/2 inches by 15 inches I cut 1 liner piece and two canvas pieces. Side Pockets: 4 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches. They will become the sleeves that you slide the cover of the book into. Strap pieces: canvas piece 2 1/2 inches wide by 46 inches long liner piece: about 1 1/2 inch wide by 46 inches long Straps: Then sew. Thesnuglet.pdf (application/pdf Object) T-Shirt Hand Warmers. London is cold this time of year, which means my kids are too.

T-Shirt Hand Warmers

So when it takes me fifteen minutes to prep them for playing outside, I want them to play longer than I spent preparing them for the cold. Most often their gloves fall off or get wet, sending their freezing hands inside within five minutes of stepping out. A handful of hand warmers seem to hold the kids over for a while longer, and are inexpensive and easy to make when using items on hand. Scrap t-shirt material Needle and thread Rice or beans Cut scrap t-shirts into any shape. Heat the warmers in the microwave. Decorative Thumb Tack Styrofoam Balls. One of the easiest ways to spruce up the decor in a room is by bringing in small details with interest and impact.

Decorative Thumb Tack Styrofoam Balls

Decorative balls placed in a bowl or stacked in a large vase are an excellent choice for this and these thumbtack-covered balls are simple, inexpensive and visually striking. If you can’t find thumbtacks in a color you like, they can easily be painted, either before or after creating the ball. Things you’ll need:4-inch styrofoam balls Flat topped thumbtacks – about 500 per ball Spray paint (optional) Things to do: 1. Firmly push the thumbtacks into the ball, overlapping the edges slightly to create a fish scale texture. 2. 3. This Project Uses These Product(s) One Pretty Thing - DIY craft tutorials. Little guiding stars.

Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self.

little guiding stars

Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share!

Free Crochet Pattern L10644 Fiesta Dishcloths. Free Crochet Pattern L10740 Cool Graphic Dishcloths. Free Knitting Pattern L10620 Bright Stripes Dishcloths. Crochet-Covered Easter Eggs –a DIY tutorial. After finally tackling how to crochet rocks from a pattern, I got it in my brain that I wanted to create my own crochet motif for a rock. That way, I figured I could easily do an original tutorial for you all.

Then, it occurred to me, like a lightbulb, that crocheting rocks is an awful lot like crocheting on top of an egg–how fun! And just in time for easter. So, I set to work creating two different patterns for eggs. Below, I’ve photograhed a detailed step-by-step tutorial for one of them and provided a written pattern for the other. Crocheting the egg was quite similar to crocheting on a stone and all of it quite easier than I ever thought it would be. I think they provide a beautiful, natural look for Easter, though you could certainly do them in other colors as well.

I have not quite figured out how to read or create a crochet chart at this point, so I apologize to those for whom chart patterns is the way they work. UPDATE! I had a ball making these. Materials: Size 10 crochet thread. Then she made...: Word Pendant Tutorial. This post is dedicated to my dearest, life-long friend, Judy, and my mother-in-law, Shirley. These incredible women found out within a few weeks of each other that they have breast cancer - their courage amazes me every day and I love them both dearly!

Clay Word Pendant Tutorial *** If you are thinking about making these as a craft for Girl's Camp, I've addressed several questions and tips in a new post. Please go here for more details: Girl's Camp craft: word pendants Wow! What You'll Need: The Basics In general, the following items are good basics to have on hand when you are making clay jewelry or really, any clay project. Clay: Before you can make clay jewelry you will need clay. Stamps: I like to use stamps to make the designs in my pendants. Cutters: Shape cutters will help you get a perfect shape. *** - just an FYI - Sculpey is non-toxic, however, if you use a kitchen item on it, don't put it back in you kitchen to use on food.

What You'll Need: Project Specifics Enjoy! Split Chain - step by step instructions. Tat the first part of the chain in the normal way, to the point where you want the two shuttle threads to meet. Join the core thread to the base of the first ring with a lock join and leave enough thread to work the 5 stitches needed to complete the chain, back towards the last chain stitch worked. Always leave a little less thread, as this will stretch as you work the backward stitches. Using the core thread shuttle, pull a loop of thread, from the back, to the front, taking great care not to twist the loop. Thread the shuttle through the loop from the back to the front.

Gently pull the shuttle thread until the loop is much smaller and then push the loop under the chain towards the back. Pull the loop at the back, gently reducing the thread and you will see the first half of the stitch taking shape. Draw all the way until the first half of the stitch is tightly into position, taking great care not to twist the new loop that is forming. First double stitch completed. String Heart.

1,000 Hangers! How to Make Geode Easter Eggs: Make Fun and Unusual Crystal Eggs for Easter. You can make Easter Eggs full of beautiful crystals with this a fun Easter craft that could double as a fun science project. Supplies clean eggshellswatera variety of soluble solids: table salt, rock salt, sugar, baking soda, Epsom salts, sea salt, borax, or cream of tartarsmall heat proof containers (coffee cups work well)spoonsfood coloringegg cartons and wax paper or mini-muffin tins Instructions Note: Photos of some eggs from this project can be seen at the bottom of the page. When cracking eggs to save for this project, try to crack them near the narrow end so the opening is smaller and the most possible shell is saved.To clean the eggshells, use hot water and run your finger around the inside of the egg. General Information, Ideas, and Suggestions Try making up a variety of solutions; use a different colored dye in each solution.Research your solubles to find tips about how to make the best solutions.

More Eggshell Crafts. The Prettiest Family Trees (And How to Make Them Happen) Golden Horses: Photo Prop mini tutorial. Make a Yarn Voodoo Doll.