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Love notes {easy note cards}

Love notes {easy note cards}
This weekend I taught a lesson at church that focused on how our attitude can affect the overall feeling in our home. I encouraged the girls to leave little love notes for their parents and siblings to show love and appreciation and make their home a happy place. I wanted to give them each three cards to use, so I had to come up with about 24 cards. Yikes! I decided on this quick and easy design that is also a great paper stash-buster. They'd also make great last-minute Valentines and are perfect to have on hand for gifts! Little Love Notes {Tutorial} Supplies:*Patterned paper*Plain card stock for card base*Paper punches (I used a couple of different hearts, a butterfly, and a star)*Sewing machine and thread*Scissors 1. 2. 3. Whew! 4. But wait, here are a few more--they were so cute I hated to give them away! Related:  DIY/ CraftsDIY Crafts

Packing Tape Image Transfers | Lil Blue Boo I love image transfers. It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them. All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape. You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer: Then use the back of your scissors or the side of your fingernail to make sure the tape is adhered firmly: Next, dip the tape and paper into a bowl of water to wet the back: Using your fingers, start to rub off the paper from the back of the tape: Like magic….your image is left behind on the tape! I like to use the transfers to wrap special letters before I mail them. It’s like having custom tape: Another idea is to take a small canvas and use the images for artwork: I used a paint brush to add craft paint to bubble wrap to use it as a stamp: I just used my hand to press it down: An easy printed pattern! Then I added my packing tape transfers:

Daisy flower Our most popular posts are still the fabric flower tutorials, like the fabric rosette tutorial and the organza flower tutorial. I love that this trend is still going strong! There are more ideas out there, too--we're not done with flowers. Check out this adorable daisy fabric flower tutorial from our cute friend Melynie. These are perfect to use up fabric scraps and would be adorable in a little girl's hair, or as an accessory on a bag. . .enjoy! Fabric Daisy Flower Tutorial Can you say cute? White fabricNeedle and white threadScissorsFabric glue (I used Fabri-tac)Hair clip (and ribbon to cover, optional)Yellow brad, button, or fabric covered buttonWhite felt Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut six 2" squares. Like this. Now fold it once... twice... three times. Fold the edges down to form the petals. Clip the excess off, so it's even. Now stitch through the middle, making sure to catch all the layers. Repeat that for all six petals. Pull it tight. Now attach the center. Ta-da!

Bra to Bustier Top I've spotted bralets and bustiers - cropped and otherwise - all over Topshop, Urban Outfitters, etc. I never could find one that 1) fit me well and 2) was in a print I liked. So I set out to make my own, using a strapless bra. I almost want to call this a "faux" bustier because it's so easy - it's really just fabric wrapped around a strapless bra, in a sense. I made this top with high-waisted shorts/pants/skirts in mind, so it hits right above my waist. If you decide to make this, you MUST make sure that you're able to put on (and take off!!) (EDIT 6/12: Check the comments for an awesome suggestion by rhelm_2: "To make it easier to get off and on, you could do step seven first and instead of sewing all the way up to the top on this step, only sew until the last inch or two. Since this doesn't use a pattern, little things will vary for everyone, so here's a general run thorugh of how I did it.

MAGAZINE ENVELOPES 18K+ Well I got this idea from our friend Nina. She was making these super cute envelopes out of scrapbook paper and I really wanted to make some! So I came home and made some! They are so so SO simple and add a personal touch to your envelopes. You will need: An old magazine, scissors, an envelope, a glue stick and a Sharpie. Tear out some magazine pages that you like. Carefully pull the envelope apart. Trace the envelope on a magazine page. Cut the envelope shape out. Turn the envelope over as well as the magazine cut-out. Unfold everything and separate the magazine cut-out from the envelope. Glue the bottom flap down to the two side flaps. And you've made your own envelope! The great thing about making these envelopes our of magazine pages is that the envelopes have a character all of their own.

Make Your Own Tree Swing Our first house in Springfield had a huge Oak tree in our wild, rambling backyard so I made Sebastian a tree swing once he was big enough to enjoy it. We were so sad to leave it behind when we moved, especially since our second house had absolutely no trees large enough to support even a family of squirrels much less a toddler. Our new place came with a good-sized apple tree right in the middle so as soon as the weather warmed up I decided it was time for another swing. 1. Supplies needed: 1 - 2x4x8 piece of wood for the seat, 1 - 1x2x8 piece of wood for the top, rope long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight (just in case). The kids and I love having a swing again and it adds a lot of charm to our backyard.

>How-To: Newsprint Manicure « A Pretty Penny I saw this newsprint manicure over on The Daily Nail and thought it was adorable (especially for bookworms and word lovers like myself). I did a little Google detective work to see how to recreate it, and was surprised at how easy it is! All of the tutorials I found called for vodka or other clear distilled spirits, but we were fresh out. I used isopropyl alcohol instead, and it seemed to get the job done. I tried a quick and dirty version this afternoon to share it with you: Like this: Like Loading...

Fabric Flowers I had a request for a tutorial on the fabric flowers I've made recently. I didn't realize how tricky it is to write one of these, so if I leave any important information out, let me know. These flowers are easy to make. And quick. Materials:templates- download herefabricscissorssmall piece of felt in a coordinating colorneedle and coordinating threadpin backbutton to be covered and small amount of fabric to cover it (or any button you choose)fabric glue (optional) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. If you make any flowers, would you let me know? This finished flower is the charm on "Clara", the newest bag to go up in the shop. There are some really fun fabrics in this one. Post your fabric flowers to the fabric flower flickr pool! All my other tutorials can be found here.

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars | Designs &Ideas on... The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night. These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive. Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill.

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