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Centsational Girl Wood Handle Purse {Tutorial} Let me tell you how long I’ve been wanting one of these purses! I found one on Etsy and while totally worth every penny, I just couldn’t justify buying one when I had everything to make it on hand except for the handles. So yesterday I bit the bullet and finally made it and I am in love! The supplies: Chambray fabric, lining fabric, fusible fleece, handles (on clearance at Joann’s for $3.97-score!). Step 1: Cut out two pieces of the chambray (exterior fabric), two pieces of the lining fabric and two pieces of the fusible fleece. Step 2: Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of your exterior fabric per manufacturer instructions. Step 3: Place one lining piece right side to the right side of one exterior piece. Step 4: This part is hard to explain but fold your lining and exterior material apart on each of the two bag parts. Step 5: I used a bowl to create rounded corners on each of the four pinned off corners. Step 6: Sew around all the pinned edges right up to the stitches from step 3.

The Happiness Project Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 8 reasons why it can feel inconvenient to exercise. Right now, I’m editing my next book, Before and After, an examination of the most interesting subject in the world: how we make and break habits. (My editor is reading the draft for the first time right now, in fact, so wish me luck.) In the book, I identify multiple strategies that we can use to make it easier to foster good habits. We’re far more likely to do something if it’s convenient, and far less likely to do something if it’s inconvenient, to an astounding degree. We can use this tendency to help strengthen our habits. One habit that many people want to form? I’ve found that it’s very helpful to think very hard about exactly why exercise seems inconvenient. It’s a pain to pack up the gear when I’m leaving the house in the morning It takes too much time to work out It’s a pain to drive and park there I don’t know how to use the equipment or do the exercises

Geninne's Art Blog Diy Burlap Fabric Planter Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. We had a relaxing one filled with sunny days – I even had a chance to get my hands dirty making a planter out of the ever popular burlap. The lady at the fabric store said it’s the new satin, made me laugh. I’ve had this idea running around in my head for weeks now, and just couldn’t think of what to put it the bottom. Supplies: 1 yard burlap cut off the boltone 16″ coco liner – I bought mine for $5 at Home Depotplants and flowerspotting soil – moisture control is optimal1/4 yard of heavy white fabric – about a 9″ x 45″ piece or longer and with the ends cut in a rounded point How To Put The Planter Together Pick a space where you have a lot of room to work and lay down the burlap. Add some potting soil to the bottom of the liner. Add your plants. Now fill around the plants with the potting soil. It’s best if you have a second pair of hands for this next step, I bribed my son :). And there you have it! Destri

52 Weeks Project Bloesem Faux Milk Glass | house of earnest Materials: Glass Bottle About 6 oz acrylic or latex paint 2 disposable mixing cups stirrir (I use a chopstick) Plastic Syringe Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. After about 30 minutes, you can remove the bottle from the cup and sit upright to let dry completely. Ta-Da! *all photos by house of earnest* Susan Branch Blog | Susan Branch Blog the style files Painting the Cabinets Here are the details of how we painted the cabinets. Step 1: We removed the doors, hinges, and knobs. Step 2: We filled any holes or dings with wood putty. Once I got to this point I couldn't get this picture out of my mind. Isn't it beautiful?! I first checked to see how easy it would be to take off the existing molding from the top of our cabinets. Next I ran to Home Depot and bought two 1 x 6 inch pre-primed MDF boards and two thin pieces of trim. I don't have a nail gun (yet), so I just used Gorilla wood glue and a few clamps to attach the 1 x 6 to the tops of the cabinets. I didn't miter cut the 1 x 6 boards for the corners but you do have to miter the edges of the trim. Once we got all of that done we were back on track to paint. Step 5: We painted one coat with Zinsser BULLS EYE 1-2-3® WATER-BASE PRIMER. Here is a great video that shows how to not only paint but prep for painting: I totally trust John and Sherry from It took three coats of the oil-base paint.

How to Eat Healthy Meals at Restaurants Healthy fast food is no longer an oxymoron. Don’t be confused by Chipotle, Five Guys and other hot chains, which serve tastier food than McDonald’s but still don’t focus on health. There’s another, albeit smaller, rising group of restaurants with menus that are both tasty and healthy. These chains include Chop’t, Lyfe Kitchen, Maoz Vegetarian, Modmarket and Native Foods Cafe. At these, you can often eat a meal that has a reasonable number of calories, and a nice array of nutrients, without thinking too hard. We expect these kinds of restaurants will continue spreading, perhaps beyond the largest metro areas, as more Americans look for ways to eat right. SWEETGREEN (615 calories): Quinoa and farro bowl, with arugula, chickpeas, feta, broccoli, almonds, cilantro, olive oil and lemon juice