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DIY: Nerdy Chic Book Clutch

DIY: Nerdy Chic Book Clutch
Alright, you nerds, it's time for another 'book'torial. The whole reason I created the first two 'book'torials (here and here) was so that I could create this nerdy chic book clutch. I'm completely smitten with how it turned out. Carrying a library card never looked so fashionable. ;) Wanna make your own? Stuff You'll Need: Book Matte Mod Podge Fabric Needle and Thread Clasp (This is the one I used.) Wax paper Wooden paint stirrer Wood glue Epoxy glue (I used J.B. Note: Make sure the book you choose is big enough to hold the items you'd like to carry. Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. And that's all there is to it. So, will you guys be sporting the nerdy chic look? Related:  fashion crafts

Sewing supplies, quilting supplies, embroidery designs Printer Friendly Version Dedication: Celebrating the generous spirit of Jean Ann Harding (11/5/21 - 7/17/96), who always made time to help others. Losing your hair doesn’t have to mean losing hope—or dignity. But Nancy and I soon discovered that comfortable, fashionable head coverings are in short supply. The Creative Kindness Beret is not only easy to wear, it is easy to make. Note from NancyGail designed this beret for cancer patients but my staff and I realized that this is also a terrific project for nursing home residents, as well as the needy and homeless. Supplies Needed for Two Creative Kindness Berets 5/8 yard of 60" (or wider) soft, comfortable knit fabric, such as medium to lightweight fleece, cotton or cotton blend interlocks and stretch knits. Step 1: Cut out the fabric pieces. Cut one band piece 22" x 4" (small), 23" x 4" (medium), or 24" x 4" (large). *For the fastest, most accurate circle pattern cutting, try the Yardstick Compass. Step 2: Create the band. Style Variations

Five Days... 5 Ways: Embellished headband tutorial + Giveaway! Hello, Try-it Tuesday! Get ready to be transformed from a ho-hum day that’s too-close-to-Monday-to-like but too-far-from-Friday-to-get-excited-about into the coolest day on the calendar (my lame-o attempt at a “coolest kid on the block” reference…moving on). I am boy-less this week because my fantastic mom/dad/bro took my two oldest ankle-biters with them to Colorado on vacation (seriously, who does that? very nice people, that’s who). And believe-you-me, after a steady diet of two rambunctious boys + a baby, having just one itty-bitty, lil’ 7-month-old (today! So, last Thursday, after dropping off the boys with my mom in the hopping hamlet of Henderson (my hometown), I took the opportunity to check out a few of the new local shops that have cropped up since I’ve lived there. First stop? Pictures were not allowed, or I would have shared some of the cuteness with you here, but I did see one thing that I knew I had to replicate right away. Here’s what you’ll need: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Emersonmade Starched Flower Clone If you haven’t yet encountered the work of the incredibly talented Emerson of Emersonmade, I highly recommend browsing her site…just as soon as you get done reading about how I cloned her starched linen flower, of course. Her originals are all kinds of elegant, and I’m thoroughly convinced that she uses some kind of special, kick-tail kind of starch not available in normal stores since I used heavy starch, and mine still weren’t nearly as stand-at-attention stiff as hers. I also cut out my petals on the drive down to San Antonio during our weekend away using my memory as my guide, and when I went back and looked at the Emersonmade version, I discovered that mine were…different. But you know what? Remember this lovely movie bathroom mirror shot? Or maybe this one…yeah..that’s a little better. Well, here’s what you’ll need to make your own (in fact, making your own seems to be your only option anymore; I just checked Emerson’s website, and I can’t find the flowers anywhere). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Ruffle Skirt out of old t shirts! I am a girly girl who loves ruffles. I have always wanted a ruffly skirt/petticoat which I could wear on its own and under too short skirts/dresses. My sister has a ruffly skirt which I borrowed while visiting her last summer, I loved that skirt (I even offered to buy it from her :D, she said no off course) Anyways, I had some time on my hands last week, so I decided to make my own ruffly skirt out of old t-shirts. Here is the finished product For the base of the skirt I started out with this flowy top which I got from Target a few years ago. I carefully cut off the sleeves and the top portion off. I ended up with a skirt base Then I dug up some old t shirts, most of them were my hubby's old work t shirts which he put in the donate pile. Completely off the topic, but every summer I buy myself at least two plain white t shirts and they always end up shrunken, augh! I cut three inch wide strips I do not show you how to ruffle fabric since there are so many tutorials out there. Whew. LOVE it!

Kids' Ruffled T-Shirts {Tutorial} As you can see from this post and this post, I am addicted to making short sleeved ruffled t-shirts out of long sleeved tees and turtlenecks. This time around, I did some for my girls. I found $2 long sleeve t-shirts at JCPenney on clearance and bought 5 different colors. Since they wear the same size, they can share these cute shirts all spring/summer long. Have you made any yet?? Five Days... 5 Ways: Move-it Monday: The Skirt Challenge {#1}—Braided Bow Headband Okay, folks, I’ve got something fun, fun, fun for you guys this week. I picked up this skirt at Target several weeks ago for $5 from the clearance rack knowing full-well that a) it was about 4 sizes too big and b) I am not a fan of the whole shorter in the front, longer in the back hemline trend. What I am a fan of, though, are a) gray and b) Ikat (not to be confused with iDog). So, I figured I would issue myself: Whoa, Abbie, that sounds serious. Well, this week I will be making one wardrobe-related item per day, using this skirt’s material as a base for each one and supplementing only with materials I already have on hand…which means that the grand total spent specifically for each creation will be…wait for it…$1. Today, I’m showing you a project that would be perfect for, say, keeping your hair out of your face while doing a Move-it Monday round of the esquiva/lunge combo that I showed you several weeks back. Is it a bit girly for a workout? Maybe. Yeeeeeehaw! Plus, it’s cute! Want proof? 1.

Five Days... 5 Ways: Try-it Tuesday: The Skirt Challenge {#2}—Leather Flower Belt Okay, I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake with getting the installments posted for: But today has been a bit…different. In fact, I’m sitting here in my friend’s living room in Dallas while all three of my children hang out with their Grandma, and we’re watching footage of a tornado ripping through the area about 20 miles north of us. So far, no injuries/casualties, but all of those semis flying through the air are kind of cramping my shopping + movie plans. Okay, bad joke… But I am genuinely grateful that I spent so much time chatting with my friend that it took me way longer to get my photos than I wanted it to and delayed me from getting out the door because I would have been much, much closer to the tornado’s path if I’d left when I wanted to. Moving on… Let’s get to today’s $1 project, shall we? I used the covered waistband from my “mullet skirt” (thank you for that perfect description, Bethany)… …and added a fun leather flower for a twist. Turns out, I was right. At least, I think so. 1. 2.

Five Days... 5 Ways: Wardrobe Wednesday: The Skirt Challenge {#3}—The Ruffled Scarf Okay, so I know most of us are pretty much out of scarf season, but after yesterday’s, ahem, eventful weather, the temps around here have cooled rather drastically, which is pretty much the only benefit to arise from a dozen tornados tearing through the DFW area and landing Arlington in a “state of disaster.” So since I had already planned on making a ruffled scarf for this edition of: …I will now get to actually wear it out (at least in the morning). I promise I’ll add pretty pics later, but I posted Monday’s and Tuesday’s projects so late that I felt like I had to turn right back around and show you another one in a couple of hours, so I figured I would get this one posted with a couple of midnight shots I nabbed in my friend’s (soon-to-be-painted) bathroom and then update a little later with the good stuff. No 27-step tutorial for you today, I’m afraid, although I will briefly describe what I did: (Tomorrow, I’ll be showing how I made each of the flowers in the corsage). Who knows? v

Five Days... 5 Ways: 3 Things Thursday: The Skirt Challenge {#4}—Fabric Flowers Oh, y’all… You know when you think something’s a really great idea but know it will be a lot of work/time and think, “Boy, this could be touch-and-go, but that’s okay. I can pull it off…surely.” Yeah, that would be: Of course the super-organized thing would have been to get all my tutorials done early (like last week) and then present them to you first thing every morning with panache and punctuality. But that is so not my life right now (Baby, come hooooooooooome!). And while I will spare you the details of today, suffice it to say that nothing (and I mean nothing) has gone right. Do you have those days too? (It’s a rhetorical question; I know we all do). But you know what’s really cool? For me… One of the most selfish, easily annoyed human beings I know (on my worst days) and one of the weakest (without His strength) on even some of my best. It’s so humbling and good all at once. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I do not have “it all” together. I think most of you know that by now. and

DIY: How to use a Knitting Loom to make an Infinity Scarf Like I said in my previous post, this post has nothing to do with cooking, so look away if you’re not interested. After posting a picture on my Instagram about my recent knitting obsession, I had a couple of people ask me about knitting with the loom. There are tons of tutorials online to learn how to knit using sticks, but not as many using a knitting loom. Since I had a camera and was starting a new project, I figured I’d make my own tutorial if anyone else wanted to learn the easier way to knit. First, here’s what you need: Here are the details of my yarn if you’re into that kind of thing. Did you know about this trick? Voi-la! Start out by making a slip knot with about five inches at the end. Let’s number our prongs. Now grab your string that’s attached to the ball of yarn and put it in between prongs 1 and 3. Wrap it counterclockwise around prong 2 and bring it down in between prongs 2 and 4. Tip: There’s no need to make the string as tight as humanly possible.

Craftside Goodwill Outlet Store Locations Looking for a bargain and willing to dig? Then, try a Goodwill Outlet Store. They generally offer merchandise at 75% off of the original Goodwill retail price, and often sell clothes and linens by the pound! Here's a list of current Goodwill Outlet Store locations: Arizona Southwest Phoenix Goodwill Clearance Center 515 N. 51st Ave. Arkansas Goodwill Outlet Center 109 Markham Park Drive Little Rock, AR 72209 Phone: (877) 372-5151 California Franklin Outlet 6648 Franklin Blvd Sacramento, CA 95823 Phone: (916) 395-9023 Date Ave. Goodwill As-Is Store 86 Eleventh Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: (415) 575-2197 Goodwill Outlet Store 880 Industrial Way San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 no phone 129 South Grant Street Stockton, CA 95202 Phone: (209) 466-2311 Colorado Goodwill Outlet World - Aurora 13600 E. Goodwill Outlet World - Denver 4355 Kearney Street Denver, CO 80216 Phone: (720) 496-2195 Delaware