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{Gunny Sack Youngsters} Knotty Laces

While shopping for shoes for Vanessa, we came across a pair of slip on shoes with unique laces.  When we inspected them more carefully my kids proclaimed that they were rubber ponytail holders.  And I thought, I can do that!  How fun to have shoe laces that you don’t have to tie?
 So, I grabbed this pair of shoes that Christine decorated graffiti style ala Lil Blue Boo and stack of rubber ponytail holders in various colors.
Clip off the metal clasp.
Slip the rubber ponytail binders through the holes in the shoes and tie a knot at each hole.
Clip the rubber ponytail holders so that you only have a small tail.  Then, add some hot glue to each end to keep the colored part from unraveling.
And they are ready to go!
When I was in elementary school, I used to tie my laces on the inside of my shoes, so the bows were hidden.

Did you tie your laces in a certain way when you were a child?

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{Gunny Sack Youngsters} DIY Canvas Shoes

I was a guest over at The Silly Pearl last week and thought I would post my shoe tutorial here in case you missed it over there!
My daughter, Vanessa, bought these shoes when we couldn’t find the ones she wanted.  I told her we could paint over the flowers and decorate them however she wanted.  The first step was to tape off the soles and toes to keep them paint free!  I used masking tape but there was some sticky residue left when I took it off so painter’s tape would be better.
Next, we covered the shoes with black acrylic paint.
After letting the black paint dry, we painted stripes on the sides of the shoes with paint markers.
Then, we drew an oversized peace sign on the tongue of the shoes.
The last step is to remove the tape.  Vanessa is so happy with how the shoes turned out and has worn them every day since school started!!

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Slouchy Pumpkins

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Last year, my cousin made a bunch of these pumpkins to sell in our boutique sale and everyone loved them…including me!  So, I had to make some of my own and I am calling them slouchy pumpkins.
Pick up some crushed panne velvet in various colors.  For now, I only have orange and white but any fall colors would look great.
Cut out a circle of whatever size you desire.  This one is about 16 inches in diameter.  It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle just a loose circle shape.
Sew along the outer edge of the circle with a largest stitch length, leaving long tails so you can gather.
Gather up the outer edge as much as you can and tie the threads.  Fill the pumpkin with the desired amount of rice.  I like mine to be fairly slouchy!  I made a paper funnel to help get the rice in.  I have occasionally added some scented oil to the rice to make spiced slouchy pumpkins.
Hand sew the opening closed.
This will help keep the rice in and make a good place to attach the stem.
Hot glue a real pumpkin stem on the top.  Make sure it is glued on really well.  Add more glue to any tips that are loose.  I went to the grocery store and looked around the pumpkins to find stems that had fallen off.  Then, I went inside and asked if I could buy the stems.  They looked at me a little strange but oh well.  I also saved the pumpkin stems from my kids pumpkins when they were done with them.
It is really fun to make these slouchy pumpkins in various sizes from big to tiny!  Do not carry them by the stems or they may come off!

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{Mid – Week Munchies} Ham and Cheese Soup

Even though it is not officially fall yet, I am in the mood for soup…ham and cheese soup to be specific!  There is something about the cooler weather that makes me crave a bowl of warm, hearty soup!  This is the way my mom taught me to make ham and cheese soup.  As always with this kind of recipe, you can customize it any way you want…add more of this or omit that.
Add ham, potatoes and water to a slow cooker.

Cook on high for 6-8 hours until the potatoes are fork tender.
Add 12 oz of cubed Velveeta cheese.
 Mix in instant mashed potatoes.
Pour the soup into bowls, grab a couple of biscuits and enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Soup
by The Gunny Sack
3 cups of ham cut up
4 russet potatoes peeled and cubed
Water to cover potatoes and ham by 1 inch (or as much as desired)
12 oz processed cheese (Velveeta)
1cup of instant mashed potatoes
Put ham, potatoes and water into slow cooker and cook on high for 6-8 hours until potatoes are tender.  Before serving, add 12 oz of processed cheese (Velveeta) and stir to melt.  Add instant mashed potatoes ½ cup at a time.  DO  NOT allow the soup to boil after adding cheese or it will curdle!

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Lamp Makeover

  Hey, everyone…I hope you had a fun weekend!  Today was back to school for my kids, so I am a free woman once again!  Expect to find me sitting around eating bon-bons!
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I wanted to put a lamp that matches in my daughter’s room without spending money to do so.  Luckily, I had a lamp, lampshade and matching fabric on hand {yippee for the stash}!
I started by peeling the existing fabric off of the plastic frame.
I used the piece I had just removed as the pattern for the new piece.
To attach the new fabric, I squeezed tacky glue on the plastic frame and spread it out with a brush.  Then, I pressed the fabric onto the plastic.
To finish off the edges, I glued on black ric rac.
And now onto those bon bons the next project….
I also wanted to thank Reannah @Shaped By Grace for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award!  Reannah is a sweet mom of 2 boys, as well as a teacher!  She has some great ideas so go check out her blog!  I was nominated in May so I won’t bore you all with 7 facts about me again but you can check them out here.

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Tiered Tee

I saw a tiered tee shirt when I was shopping recently but was too cheap decided to try to make my own!
So, I picked up 2 t-shirts on clearance at Target for $3.24 each.  The only sizes they had were medium and extra-large.
I seam ripped the sides, along the sleeve and across the shoulder of the medium.
I cut off the front of the extra-large and cut in into uneven strips.  I cut off the binding on the “V”.

**LAST MINUTE EDIT:  I am wearing this shirt right now and realize that I should have made the first cut lower down because where it hits right now it keeps wanting to curl up!

Pin the strips from the extra-large onto the medium t-shirt front and sewing across the strips, along the shoulders and around the “V”.
Here is a closer picture of the sewn strips.
Then, I laid the shirt down and cut off the excess from the extra large strips and sewed the sleeves back on and down the sides, making sure to get the strips into the side seams.  I also removed the twill tape pieces from the arms.
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Painted Leather Flower Headband Tutorial

This tutorial was originally posted at the Funky Polkadot Giraffe as the Funky Friday Feature.  I wanted to share it here on my site in case you missed it!
Find 3 various sized circular objects to trace.  I found a plastic cup, a thermos lid and a medicine cup.  Trace the 3 circles onto a piece of leather.
Cut the circles out, making the edges wavy.  I left the edges of the smallest one as a circle.
Paint the leather leaving a black border.  I used teal acrylic paint but fabric paint and leather paint would also work.
This is how it looked after one coat of paint.  Let the first coat dry and then add a second coat.
After the second coat dries, light a candle and put the edges near the flame.  They will begin to curl up.
Using hot glue, put glue on the suede but only in the center.  You don’t want to completely flatten the flower layers together.
Glue a rhinestone into the center of the flower and it is done!  You can now use the flower for whatever you want to embellish.
If you want to make a headband, cut a small strip of leather.
Hot glue the strip over the headband on the back of the flower.

You can also use larger rhinestones in the center of the flower for a variation.

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Anthropologie Ruffled Pillow Knockoff

Last weekend when I was shopping with my girlfriends, we stopped by Anthropologie.  Wow….I could spend some serious cash there!!
Anthropologie – Meet Me In St. Louis Pillow
I spotted this gorgeous pillow for $98.00.  It was super soft and so adorable that I just had to make one!
I used an old t-shirt, a hoodie with a broken zipper, a pair of pajama pants and some white jersey material I had because I could find a plain white t-shirt in my stash.
Cut the material in strips that are 2 inches wide by 22 inches long.
Make cuts every 2 1/2 inches along the strip.  I stacked a couple of strips and then made the cuts to make it go faster.  Then, round the corners of the tabs.
Cut 2 pieces of material that are 14 x 22 inches long.  Sew the ruffle strips on one of the large rectangles, about every inch so they overlap.  I pinned the strips on and just held them out of the way of the one I was sewing.
Sew the second 14 x 22 inch piece of material to the ruffled pieces, right sides together.  Be careful not to mess up the ruffles inside the pillow.  Make sure you leave an opening.
Turn the pillow right side out and stuff it.  Sew the opening shut and the pillow is ready!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Stripey Feathered Bag

Less than a week until the 4th of July!!  You have your plans figured out?  We are going to have a bbq with family.  I made this Stipey Feather Bag to bring along and hold some of the multitude of supplies needed for the day!
I found red and white t-shirts and a blue jersey skirt from my stash.
I cut a 17 inch wide by 30 inch long piece from the blue skirt.  I kept the skirt seam intact so it will be at the bottom of the bag.  My piece was folded when I cut it so it was 17×15.
Then, I cut two 2×17 inch strips of felt and two 2 1/2×17 inch strips of blue for stabilizing the top of the purse.

Sew the strip on the top of the purse with the felt sandwiched between the blue fabric.
From the red and white t-shirts I cut 1 inch strips of fabric.
I folded the blue fabric in half.  Next I laid the strips on the bag, stopping 3 1/2 inches from the bottom and pinned them down to the TOP layer of fabric ONLY.  I unfolded the bag and sewed the strips on.

After I folded the bag in half, with the stripes on the inside, and sew up the sides.  Make sure the stripes lay flat!

 Make a point with the side seam, draw a line so that the corner measures 5 inches across and sew the line.

Turn the bag right side out.  The stripes look cute like this so I could have just left it but instead I decided to feather them.


Feather the stripes by cutting small slits into them.  I made this step a little faster by folding each stripe in half before cutting it.

Cut two 2 1/2×35 inch strips of blue fabric and a 2×35 inch strip of felt.  Sandwich the felt between the blue fabric and sew the sides shut.  Then sew the handle onto the inside of the bag.

The bag is ready to be filled with 4th of July goodies!!

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Saturday Sewing: {Patriotic} Fabric Laces

Way back in March, when I was just getting started on my blog, I stuffed these fabric shoelaces in my gunny sack.  I decided that now was the time to make some festive ones for Independence Day!
I had this vintage fabric that I purchased from a 94 year old woman’s garage sale.  The adorable woman was still living on her own!  I cut 2 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 31 inches long (measure the laces you already have to see how long you need to make yours).
Then, I made 1/2 inch bias tape with the fabric strips.  
Not sure how?  Check out MADE’s tutorial.
Next, I sewed along the open edge of the bias tape laces.
I cut 4 – 1/2 inch pieces of 1/8 inch heat shrink tubing.  I purchased this from my local hardware store from the electrical isle.  I bought the multi-pack because I wasn’t sure which size I would need.
 Next, I cut the ends into a point.
 
Then, I had to twist, shove and push the pointy, folded end into the 1/2 inch piece of heat shrink tubing.  It seemed like it won’t fit but eventually it did!
 Finally, I heat shrunk the plastic tubing.  I used my heat gun that I had with my scrapbooking stuff.  The tips on the right have been heat shrunk and the ones on the left have not been.
Last step?  Lace up the shoes and they are ready for fireworks!!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Family Wall Hanging

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This past week has been such a blessed time for my family and we have been fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time together.  This is such a wonderful family saying that is perfect for hanging on the family room wall….get it FAMILY room…okay so it’s not funny…but it did turn out cute!
Remember these 2 picture frames?  Well, I when I made the Framed Wire Memo Board I said that I would do a different project with the 2nd frame so here it is…
First the frame needed to be primed and spray painted.  I chose white this time.
I printed FAMILY in 345 point Garamond font.  I taped the 2 sheets together and folded the paper to find the center point.  Then, using a dry erase marker, I marked the center of the glass oval, lined the 2 center points up and taped the paper sheets to the glass.
Using a paint marker traced and filled in the letters.  In the picture above, you can see where the paint is and what still needs to be painted.
Next, I removed the paper from behind and filled in an areas that didn’t get enough paint.

I printed “our family is a circle of strength and love” in 48 point Lucinda Handwriting font.  It had to be cut into 2 strips, taped together and taped onto the glass.
Using a paint marker, I traced the lettering right over the FAMILY letters.  Some of the letters were hidden so I printed another sheet of wording to refer to.
Then, I secured the glass in the frame and it was ready to hang!

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Saturday Sewing: Bacon & Sunny Side Up Eggs

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The Pancakes with Butter and Syrup from last week really needed some Bacon and Eggs to go with them!{free printable pattern at the end of post}

Sunny Side Up Eggs
Trace and cut out as many eggs as you want from white felt.  Each egg needs 2 pieces cut out.  Next, trace and cut out the stuffing.  Each egg only needs 1 (I used a felted wool sweater but fleece would work too).
Now, trace and cut out 1 yolk for each egg from goldenrod felt.
Sew on 1 yolk for each egg with matching goldenrod thread.
Stack up 1 egg piece with a yolk, stuffing and 1 egg piece without a yolk.
Sew around the edge of the egg with white thread.  Trim the eggs edges to even things out.
Bacon
Trace and cut out the desired number of bacon strips from brown felt.
Cut out 2 thin strips of tan felt (about 1/4 in wide and 5 in long) for each strip of bacon.
 Run 2 thin lines of tacky glue along the bacon strip and attach the tan strips.  If the tan strips are too long, just cut off the extra.
Finished bacon…yum…I mean…CUTE!

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Saturday Sewing: Pancakes with Butter & Syrup

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The little kids I know are still into felt food!  I made some of these recently so I thought I would post a tutorial on how I make them.

Make a circle template 4 1/2 inches in diameter.  Trace the pancakes on tan felt…2 circles for each pancake.  Cut them out.

Make a syrup patten in a blob shape (the longest distance between points about 4 inches).  Trace and cut out 1 syrup for each pancake out of brown.
Cut out 1×1 inch pats of butter.
 Make a template for the stuffing about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.  Trace and cut out stuffing circles, one for every 2 pancake pieces.  I used felted wool.
 Sew the butter pats onto the syrup pieces.
 Sew the syrup pieces onto the pancake circles.  Then, stack up a pancake circle, a stuffing circle and another pancake circle with syrup and butter.
 Sew the pancake together.
 
Make enough so you can have a “Short Stack” of pancakes!
Adapted from tutorial at Live To Learn. 
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Gunny Sack Youngsters: Dip Its For Dads

This post is written by my daughter to your daughter or son…
Are you wondering what to make Dad for Father’s Day?  Here’s the perfect thing…Dip Its!
First you want to get your supplies and ingredients which are:
Plastic spoons
Tin Foil
Plastic Wrap
A Small Bowl
Chocolate Chips
Toppings (like toffee bits, chocolate shavings or sprinkles…if your dad likes them)
After you get your ingredients, you want to pour some chocolate chips into the bowl and melt them in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Stir and if not completely melted put back in for another 15 seconds.
Get a piece of tin foil and spread it out.
Grab a spoon and cover it in melted chocolate.  Let the extra chocolate drip into the bowl.
Then, put the spoon on the piece of tin foil.  Next, grab your toppings and take a pinch and sprinkle it on the chocolate covered spoon.
If you want to make more, continue task.  Then, let the Dip Its cool until hard.
When hard, wrap each Dip It separately in plastic wrap.  Display them in your Dad’s favorite coffee mug.
When you give your Dad this gift, say, “You can use these Dip Its to stir your coffee or hot chocolate.  You could also just eat them plain!”
Thank you for stopping by and seeing my tutorial for Dip Its! 
From:  A Gunny Sack Youngster
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Mid – Week Munchies: Mocha Cooler

With temperatures reaching 96°F on Monday and over 100°F Tuesday, we needed something cool to drink!

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat.
Add:
1/8 cup instant coffee
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup chocolate powder mix (Nesquick or hot chocolate mix)

 Stir until dissolved and allow the mixture to cool.  This can be left in the fridge overnight.

Add a 1/2 gallon of chocolate ice cream to the coffee mixture.

Stir in the ice cream until it is partially melted.

Pour into cups and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

Mocha Cooler
by The Gunny Sack

1 1/2 cups water
1/8 cup instant coffee
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream
chocolate shavings

Boil water and dissolve instant coffee, sugar and powdered chocolate drink mix.  Allow mixture to cool (can be left in fridge overnight).  Stir 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream until partially dissolved.  Pour into cups and top with chocolate shavings.

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Saturday Sewing: Abercrombie Inspired Shorts

Upcycle a pair of jeans by turning them into jean shorts instead of paying $58 for a pair from the store!
Cut one jean leg at the desired length (remember to factor in the cuff when deciding the length).  I just cut mine right at the top edge of the hole figuring that would be where the top of the knee was.
Line the 2 pant legs up, one on top of the other, with the cut leg on top.
Cut the second pant leg using the first one to measure the length.
 Toss the jean shorts into the wash and then dryer to fray the bottoms.  Clip the strings and fray more, as necessary.
Fold a cuff and iron flat.  Then, using matching thread sew a few stitches, back and forth, along the seam.

That’s it…felt good to save all that money didn’t it!

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Tutorial Tuesday: 5 Point Paper Star

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Memorial Day is next Monday and it is time to pull out the red, white and blue!  With Flag Day coming a couple of weeks later on June 14th, the decorations can stay up for awhile!
Start with an 8 1/2 by 10 inch piece of paper.
Fold it in half so that you have an 8 1/2 by 5 inch piece with the fold at the top.   Make 2 light center creases by folding the paper in half lenghtwise and widthwise.
Fold upper left corner from the top center down to the center crease line and make a crease.
Fold line AB over to meet line AC and make a crease.
Fold point C over line AB and make a crease.
(note AB is different in this photo than the AB in the previous one)
Fold line AC to meet line AB and make a crease.
Make a small mark line 1 1/2 inches from point A.  Cut from point C to the mark line.
Unfold the upper part from the cut and discard the bottom part.  A few of the star’s creases need to be folded the opposite way from what they are.  The creases on the long points need to be peaks and the creases on the short indents need to be valleys.
 After you make the first one and realize how easy it is, make a bunch more…
Hang the stars with some tape or string.  

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Saturday Sewing: Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses are not only a summer necessity but also a fashion accessory.

Keep your sunglasses looking good by storing them in a unique case!

My cases are inspired by these Thomas Paul cases that I saw in the June 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine.

I used leather to make these cases, instead of canvas.  Fold a piece of leather around your sunglasses to figure out how big the case needs to be.
Cut the leather piece and sew along the side and the bottom.  I used upholstery thread and sewed the seam twice so the stitches would contrast more.  Trim any excess leather.  I didn’t get a good picture of this step but this picture shows what I mean.

Take a picture of a pair of sunglasses or find an image online to use for your stencil.

Print the image onto a piece of paper and trace the image onto a piece of Freezer Paper with the shiny side down (you are writing on the papery side of the Freezer Paper).

Using an X-Acto (craft) knife carefully cut out the stencil.

With a low setting (mine was set at 3) iron the pieces onto the leather case with the shiny side down.  I know “they” say never to iron leather but I did and it worked fine.

Paint all of the exposed leather.  I used fabric paint for the yellow glasses and acrylic paint for the green and blue glasses.  The best choice would be to use paint that is specifically for leather.
Once the paint is dry, peel the Freezer Paper off of the case.  You can use your paint brush and paint to fix any areas that didn’t come out right or to straighten any lines.

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Saturday Sewing: Cell Phone Case

My aunt asked me to make her a cloth cell phone case similar to one she already has.  Her only specification is that it be red.  Here is how to make one for yourself!
Cut out 2 rectangles of material.  The size you cut out will depend on the size of your cell phone.  My aunt has a Blackberry Pearl so these pieces were 7×4 1/2 inches.
Fold over the top of one of the pieces twice so that there is no raw edge at the bottom.  This pieces measured 5 1/4 inches after being folded.  I purposely put the textured side in because I didn’t think my aunt would want corduroy on the outside.
Then, sew the folded piece down at the top and the bottom of the fold.
On the 2nd piece, line it up with the 1st piece to see how big the flap needs to be to still fold over the 1st piece.  Then, clip the corners.
Fold the edges down twice and sew in place.
Now fold the tip down twice and sew in place.
Next, put the right sides together and sew along the bottom and side edges.
Clip the 2 bottom corners without cutting stitches.
Turn the case right-side-out.
Mark where you want the snap to go and attach it with your Snap Punch (or use a button or Velcro)
Put a dot of Jewel It on and add a jewel.
Add a fabric flower and it is all ready for your phone!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Pom Pom Flower Sandals

 Cheerful summer sandals for a little girl!
I spotted this pair of sandals in the June 2011 copy of People Style and thought these would be great for little girls.
I found these flip flops of my daughters.
These were the ribbon colors I had on hand that worked with the shoes.
Cut the ribbon into 2 1/2 inch lengths.
Center the ribbon in pile on top of a piece of strong thread (I used upholstery thread).  Mix the colors up a bit.
Tie the string very tightly around the ribbons pile several times.
Press down one of the ends of the ribbon bundle.  
Bring the thread up to the top and tie it.  Then do it again on the bottom.
Fluff and adjust the ribbons.  Then, glue the pom pom flower to the sandals.
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Saturday Sewing: Upcycled Ruffled Cardigan

It started with this button-down cardigan that my daughter didn’t wear.  I like it but felt like it needed something added to it.  So, I added ruffles!
I had some already ruffled, cream fabric on hand.


First, I removed the buttons.
Next, I measured the length need for the ruffle.

Then, I cut the ruffle fabric into strips. in graduated widths.  I made the cut just to the right of the seams in the fabric.

I decided on using 3 rows of ruffles.
Starting with the widest fabric strip, I sewed it to the cardigan following the seam in the ruffled fabric that was the farthest from the edge.  I sewed just that one seams because the others will be sewn down at the same time as the other ruffle strips.  When I got to the bottom, I just folded the ruffle under and sewed it down.
Next, I sewed the 2nd widest strip right on top of the first fabric strip.

Last, I sewed the narrowest ruffle strip on, following the edge of the cardigan, to finish off the edge.  So, in this step, I was sewing through 4 layers:  the cardigan, and all 3 ruffle strips.

My upcycled, improved, ruffled cardigan.  Much better, don’t you think?

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Forever, For Always Wall Hanging Tutorial

Brian and I just celebrated our 16th anniversary!  We married young and, with God’s help, are still in love!  I made this hanging for us to put in our bedroom.
Here is how I made this wall hanging, so you can make one for you and your loved one!
I used a piece of old, rustic barn wood.
Using a small sponge roller brush, I painted it with a light coating of white paint.
In Microsoft Word, under Page Layout, I change the Orientation to Landscape and the Margins to Narrow.  Then, I typed the words in Courier New at 102 point font and printed them out.
Then, I cut the words into strips and laid them out on the board.
Sliding a strip of paper down, I used a black paint marker and wrote the letters copying the ones on the strip of paper.
I lightly sanded the edges of the board. Then, I partially painted 3 clothes pins…

 and glued them to the bottom edge.  Lastly, attach a hook to the back so you can hang it on a wall.

This hanging would also make a wonderful wedding gift!

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Let’s Hear It For The Boys

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 ***Thank you for all of your awesome comments!  It is spring break and we are on a family vacation.  I will post a more detailed tutorial for this NOTE-able-a-TEE next week (specifically how I made the “paper”)***



My entry for I Am Momma Hear Me Roaris…..

A washable, reusable notebook t-shirt!

The shirt starts with 2 sheets of blank “paper”.  One on the front…

and one on the back.
Draw a picture or write a note on the “paper”.
Using plain water and a cloth…
make the leg, I mean, the ink, disappear!  This NOTE-able-a-Tee can be used again and again.  Use it to tell the world about a birthday, show off drawing skills or write a note to share!
This is what I used to make the “paper”.
I used a x-large men’s shirt as material and a boy’s shirt as the pattern.
Here are all the pieces, cut out and ready to go.
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Leather and Felted Wool Hydrangea Hair Elastics

Spring is just around the corner (please, pretty please) so now is the time to start making things with flowers!  I made some hair elastics out of leather and felted wool. 
Today I will show you how to make the leather hydrangea flower.
Supplies:
Leather
Scissors
Sharpie
Circle to trace
Hot Glue Gun
Hair Elastic
Find a piece of leather in the color of your choice.  My is black leather from a coat from my stash.
Choose a circle shape to trace.  I chose a thread spool that is slightly bigger than the standard spool.  The size of the circle will determine the size of your petals.  For the felted wool flowers in the picture above, I used a much bigger circle.
Trace 10 circles onto the leather with your sharpie (even though photo only shows 8circles).  I traced on the backside so the sharpie would show up.
Cut out the 10 circles.
Fold each circle in half to make a taco shape. You can put a dab of hot glue to hold the petal shapes if that is the look you are going for.  I glued the petals on this leather flower but did not on the felted wool ones.
Then, fold in half again to make the petal shape.
Put hot glue along the bottom of the folded circle.  There should be 2 folded edges, on the bottom, to glue.  Stick it to one of the circles, for a base, with the front edge slightly hanging off the end.
For the next petal, flip the folded circle and put glue along the single folded edge.  Stick this petal next to the on already on the base.
Continue to glue 6 petals onto the base, switching each time from the 2 folded edges to the single folded edge.
Next, glue 3 folded circles into the center of the base.
Trim away the leather between the petals.
Cut 1 small rectangle of leather and put hot glue at each end.  Center the hair elastic and place the leather strip over it.
After letting the glue dry, the hydrangea flower is ready to use.  You can make these elegant flowers out of felted wool or other fabrics too.  There are many other things you could use the flower for besides hair.

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