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Simple Winter Sewing Project: Hot Rice Bags

Simple Winter Sewing Project: Hot Rice Bags
Warm face, warm ‘ands, warm feet Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly? –Eliza Doolittle Cloth bags of heated grain are great for warming the bed or soothing sore muscles–much cozier than hot water bottles, and a nicer quality of heat. I kept seeing them in boutique shops with shocking price tags, and whenever I asked what the bags were filled with, the shop proprietors would say it was a secret. But one day a few years ago I saw one that had a suspicious little pile of rice in its packaging, and as soon as I got home I whipped up a bag for myself using rice from the pantry, and added a fleece cover while I was about it (no wonder the filling was a secret–who would pay $30 for a little bag of rice?). With a piece of standard copy paper as your pattern, cut two 8 1/2 x 11″ pieces of cotton (muslin or calico works great). Clip corners, turn, and press. Add 5 cups of dry rice. Pin, and stitch 1/4″ from the edge. It’s nice to make the bag a cover–keeps it clean, and fleece feels so good.

BLOG Feb 11 This is my newest obsession – newspaper fingernails! Recently, I was reading Little Chief Honeybee‘s blog & in this entry, I saw a photo of newspaper nails. I thought to myself, “Omg, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen! Supplies needed: ♥ Light-coloured nail polish (white, pastels, cream, etc) ♥ Clear fingernail polish for a top-coat ♥ A newspaper ♥ Rubbing alcohol & small container to pour it into Directions: ♥ Cut out 10 sections of text from a newspaper. ♥ Paint your nails with a base-coat of the light-coloured polish (I used white.) ♥ Pour some rubbing alcohol into your small dish. ♥ Take a strip of your newspaper, hold it down firmly on your fingernail. ♥ Slowly & carefully peel off the newspaper strip. ♥ Repeat process for all 10 nails & then use your clear polish as a protective top-coat. That’s it. Leave a Reply

Ribbon Flower Tutorial | Its in the Details Rib­bon Flower Tuto­r­ial By Lisa M. Pace 1. Cut rib­bon approx­i­mately 12 inches 2. Start­ing at one end of your rib­bon weave your threaded nee­dle in and out of the rib­bon as shown (I thread my nee­dle with the thread still on the spool. This way I don’t have to worry about not hav­ing my thread long enough or my rib­bon com­ing off of the thread) 3. 4. 5. 7. 9. 10. Have fun! Related Posts:

Handmade Salt Pouches For The Shower Or Bath I love salt scrubs, especially this time of year when I want to slough off the dead skin from winter, and I equally love bath salts for the skin softening ingredients in them – but more often than not I find myself in the shower. These pouches are perfect for combining both bath salt and salt scrub into an exfoliating pouch I can bring into the shower, and they are simple to make. You can go a few different routes when making these so play around with your recipes and find your favorite. 1 cup sea salt – Coarse because it holds up better in the water for exfoliating1 cup Epsom salt – Anti-inflammatory, skin softener among other things1 cup powdered milk – Skin conditioner, gentle exfoliate1 cup baking soda – My mom has hard water, this will soften it15 drops of Peppermint essential oil – She is up before dawn and needs a pick-me-up A few different ideas for a mix: Start with 6 cheap washcloths. Folded in half, cut them into thirds. Still folded, sew along each side leaving the end open.

Snow-Globe Soap Dec19 by Brenda Ponnay Stuff their stockings with something they can wash their hands with!By Brenda Ponnay What’s cuter than a button, small enough to fit in a stocking, won’t rot your teeth and leaves you squeaky clean? This is technically just “melt and pour” soap so it might be considered cheating to some hard-core soap enthusiasts but I’m not about to mess with lye or distilling vodka when I’ve got a small child acting as my personal assistant. First you’ll cut up the glycerine into 1-inch chunks. Don’t be fooled by the picture above. After you’ve poured the glycerine, let it cool just enough to form a thin skin on the top. After all your toys are arranged, you can add your snow. Next you’ll pop it in the freezer for about twenty minutes or until the cubes are cool to touch from the underside of the ice cube tray (be sure to check the middle). I used a small paring knife to shave off some of the irregularities on the bottom but that was purely aesthetic.

Free Clothes Patterns Posted on | October 9, 2008 | 7 Comments I originally became interested in patternless sewing, many years ago, because I had a hard time finding patterns in my size. Nowadays, patterns in large sizes abound. These patterns generally of three types. Skirts are very easy to make without a pattern. I came across a few patterns that didn’t fit into any other category, so I gave them their own. We normally assume underwear is too complicated or to time consuming to sew ourselves. Aprons can usually be whipped up in less than an hour. Shirts and dresses are much more complicated to make than skirts. Coats can easily be the most expensive piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Click on the first link to get inspiration. Read More : Sewing or Home Comments

Dragon Slippers I thought I’d kick off our month of boy with a tutorial for these extracute dragon slippers. Elliot is really into monsters and dragons lately. When he asks me to tell him a story at night, the usual request is for the kind I make up about “Prince Elliot and his friend Drew the Dragon.” Nothing special, just a boy and a dragon and their silly adventures, but he loves it. For awhile I’d even catch him occasionally talking to an imaginary Drew. *cute* So I thought these little dragon (monster? The little black button eyes are key to making them look like creatures: and the little tongues are pretty hilarious. Elliot got really excited about the first green pair I made him and wore them all over the house right away. Although I designed this slipper especially for Celebrate the Boy Month, I think you’ll find that other members of your family might want a pair as well. This blog is proudly sponsored by This tutorial is the intellectual property of Rae Hoekstra. Part 2: Assembling the Slippers

Bath Bomb - Chamomile This is the recipe for a Bath bomb infused with chamomile tea leaves. What you need 1 1/4 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda 1/2 cup of Citric acid 2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernel oil 1/2 tbs of Wwater 5 drops of Yellow or Orange food coloring 2 tbs of Chamomile tea leaves Makes 7 Medium sized Bath Bombs Instructions Combine the dry ingredients (except the tea leaves) into a bowl and stir until well mixed. Next drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Then add the 1/2 tbs of boiling water to the green tea leaves and add to the dry mixture. Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold, such as a bath bomb mold or a chocolate mold. Put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard.

- StumbleUpon we blessing sisters have loved notepads, notebooks and all things paper since our first wide-rule pads we bought in gradeschool. we have trouble letting go of even a single sheet of paper, lest we find a use to reuse or recycle it in the craft room! this time, we repurposed our old faxes and paper scraps into notebooks and made them useful again. we pulled out old wrapping paper, books we didn’t mind ripping pages out of, and other odds and ends to make the covers pretty. this is quick and easy to do with what you already have at home, and you end up with a stack of handy, useful pads that might even give you a tinge of back-to-school nostalgia. –bbbcraft sisters CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials: - 8 ½” x 11” scrap paper (from faxes, printing mishaps and mail) - binder clips - scraps of cardboard cut into 1” inch strips OR 2 wood paint mixers cut to size -elmers glue, pvc or a glue gun - paint brush - decorative scrap paper - masking tape and/or decorative tape

down and dirty screenprinting for under 10$ For this project, we will need some tools and supplies that are easily available, and a few that might require the tiniest bit of searching.... Recycling is key here. Most of the supplies required can be found as trash, including the ink. What isn't direct waste can be recycled from thrift stores or garage sales. Tools:Staple Gun (almost any size will do)X-acto Knife, or Utility knife (you could use a plain razor blade in a pinch)Heat Gun or a Hair DryerScissorsPlastic Putty KnifeSmall Container for mixing Materials:'Spray AdhesiveStaplesAny old picture frame as long as it is bigger than your image.

How to make a tutu Today I am going to teach you how I make a tutu. Here are the supplies that you will need: 1/2" elastic (I prefer the braided elastic)6" spools of tulle (found in any craft store, sometimes in the bridal section)1 yard of double faced satin ribbon (optional)needle and threadlarge book First, get your princess's waist measurement. My daughter is two, and her waist is just shy of 20". When I make her a tutu, I start with a 16 1/2" piece of elastic. Set your elastic aside, and get ready to cut your tulle. Ten inches is the standard length that I use when making a tutu. I am just noticing that it is a bit hard to see the orange tulle that I am cutting in this picture. Once you are done cutting, you are ready to start tying. find the middle slide the tulle under the elastic start your slip knot pull the ends through pull the ends down (this is a loose knot) this is what the loose knots for a play tutu should look like this is a tight knot Finally, I like to add a ribbon to my tutus. Go make a tutu!

Bath Bomb - Lavender Make 7 medium sized lavender bath bombs with this easy recipe. What you need 1 1/4 cups cup of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda 1/2 cup of Citric acid 2 -6 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot oil 1/4 cup of Dried lavender 1/2-2 tbs Water 5 drops of Food coloring 10-15 drops of Lavender fragrance oil or essential oil Instructions Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Mixing Ingredients If the mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water. Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold. Let it slip out from the mold and then put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard. Putting Into Mold Store them in a airtight container. Use 1 Bath bomb per bath.

delightful country cookin': homemade air freshener "Don't you get fresh with me, ya hear!" Oh, I love it when adults (especially grandparents) say that to little kids. What does it mean exactly? Does it mean we'd rather children get dirty with us? Haha...who knows? Today, I'm going to ask you to actually get fresh with me. I digress. I was roaming around on Tasty Kitchen one day when I came across a recipe for homemade air freshener. To make these little beauties, you first need a heat-proof jars (I found mine for $0.99 each at Michael's), food coloring colors of your choice, and essential oil. Into each jar, drop a few drops (I repeat...a doesn't take more than 2 or 3) of food coloring. Now for the fun part. Why salt? Get one cup of water boiling on the stove. Then, pour in the other cup of cold water and the salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved. Quickly pour the hot gelatin mixture in each of your jars, and then use a disposable stick or spoon to stir it into the oil and food coloring.

Terrarium Centerpieces&|&Indie Bliss The other week, my good friend Stephanie and I planned out a craft weekend. Our mission: Terrariums. Not the kind you keep lizards in, but the kind you can seal up and watch the moss grow. Terrariums are meant to be long lasting, so you can even make some months before the wedding and still have them thriving in time for the big day. So lets get down to the nitty-gritty of how you can actually make them: Step 1: Materials • Glass containers in whatever size you heart most. • Good dirt and rocks. • Figurines or decorative rocks to place inside. • Horticultural Charcoal. • Moss (another one of those things you can find outside, but can also order if you don’t live somewhere it doesn’t grow naturally). • Spray bottle (for misting after wards). Step 2: Wash out your containers and rocks (you never know what animal has probably peed on them outside). Step 3: Then start your layering your base. Step 4: Add your moss, and give it a couple shot glasses (depending on the container size) of water.