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Easy Craft Ideas - Accordion Book. Tutorial: how to make a miniature satchel. Wait, wha?

tutorial: how to make a miniature satchel

Two craft tutorials for August? Well, this was too exciting not to share. So. How to Recover a Notice Board. ScrapBusters: Two-Handed Pot Holder. Today in our ScrapBusters Series, we're cooking up a great kitchen project. Hot pads are perfect for scraps because they are small, simple shapes that cry out for mixing and matching. We 'stretched' our possibilities by making a long, two-handed version. Kind of like those 'idiot mittens' you used to have as a kid; one mitten on the each end of a string running through the arms of your coat. A Soft And Slouchy Book Bag Goes Back-To-School. Backpacks are safe and stable... all well and good for the color-inside-the-lines crowd. But if you want something comfortably soft and slouchy, go with : the wild child of school totes.

Our back-to-school book bag tutorial uses a beautiful tiny-wale corduroy, and while we use a lining – we didn't stiffen it with interfacing. I love the little gold rivets that attach the straps and the cord and button closure. Don't let its laid-back exterior fool you, this bag is roomy and tough enough to carry plenty of books and supplies. Our feature fabric is Valori Wells' Nest Corduroy in Autumn Paisley. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome DC1050 ) Untitled Document. Sewing 101: electronics sleeve.

It’s really starting to feel like fall, and whether or not that means back to school for you, fall always seems to mean new supplies.

sewing 101: electronics sleeve

Vintage-style book dustcovers. Looking at this picture, can you tell which of these books are actually hardbound?

vintage-style book dustcovers

I’m not super fussy over the books on my shelves, but I will admit that sometimes a really garish or unattractive book spine will jump out from the bunch and irritate me every time I walk by. I don’t think I would ever take the leap to cover all of my books, but I really like the idea of using these nifty deceptive hardbound dustcovers by Alex Cobbe to gussy up the real eyesores in my collection. Alex used a few inexpensive materials — construction paper, a ruler, a gold pen — to quickly turn her collection of paperbacks into a library of classics — even the Chuck Norris book looks like a masterpiece :) This would be a fun rainy day activity, and the possibilities for customizing this look are endless. Thanks so much for sharing, Alex! Diy wednesdays: door organizer. We tend to subscribe to the “a place for everything, and everything in its place” philosophy, but when it came to derek’s running-out-the-door essentials (phone, notebook, pen) we hadn’t quite worked out a solution. this fused felt door-handle organizer was a super simple way to eliminate a frantic and frustrating search from our morning routine. have fun!

diy wednesdays: door organizer

Derek & lauren CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump… Derek and Lauren’s Door Organizer here’s what you’ll need: -3 pieces of 9″x 12″ pre-cut felt -9″x12″ piece of double-sided fusible webbing -scissors circle template that measures the same size as your doorknob (we used the bottom of a drinking glass) pen or chalk sewing machine or needle & thread 1. cut out 3 pieces of felt that are approximately the same size. 2. cut out two pieces of double-sided fusible webbing that are slightly smaller than the felt. 4. square up all the edges with your scissors until all three pieces are exactly the same size.

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.

Random Tutorial Generator. The World's Healthiest Foods. 100 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating.

The World's Healthiest Foods

Links to the articles about these foods can be found below. In addition to questions about our foods, we often get asked about beverages and sweeteners. In the beverage category, water and green tea have been especially popular topics, and in the sweetener category, so have blackstrap molasses, honey and maple syrup. Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc - that you like, by all means enjoy them. Wednes-diy. UPDATE: This post originally ran on March 23 2011, but with summer winding down we wanted to bring it back up for some late summer inspiration!


A fellow fp girl sent this to me a couple weeks back and i’ve been thinking about it ever since! I can think of a million reasons why these would be awesome… as apartment décor, as outdoor party décor, and – wouldn’t they be the best thing EVER for camping in general or at a festival? Paper Flower Key Holder / Mark Montano. Difficulty Rating: Beginner Tags.

Paper Flower Key Holder / Mark Montano

Twenty Three Oh One: The Hair Bow. Puking Pastilles» Blog Archive » Free Car CD Holder / Case Tutorial. You’ll love this little piece of sunshine in your car!

Puking Pastilles» Blog Archive » Free Car CD Holder / Case Tutorial

Not only is it fabulously chic, it holds all your favorite Muse music and DVD’s. And as an added bonus, you get to use up a bunch of scraps from your stash! This free sewing tutorial was a winner of the Scrap Buster Contest over at Sew, Mama Sew! Enjoy! For the Home / Chalk Menu Board! Tutorial » Whipperberry. Re-purposed Suitcases - Vintage love - The Clothspring. The Creative Place. Welcome to The Creative Place.

The Creative Place

The Creative Place features the art and craft of me, Ashley Connelly: crafter, graphic designer, consignment shop shopper, and now (novice) gardener. I am a lover of paper, fabric and most anything vintage. This blog is a creative outlet to share about things I'm making, recipes I'm trying, bits and pieces about my sweet family and fun ideas, projects or products I've found online. It is my hope that you will find some ideas, inspiration, crafty goodness and fun(ny) stories here.

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