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Simple Coaster Liner

On a recent trip to IKEA, I bought this very cute, metal candle plate.  I bought just one to place next to my keyboard on my desk.  I like to keep a glass of water or other beverage next to me when I’m on my computer.  Since the little plate was also a little plain 🙂 I decided to sew up a liner for it.  It absorbs any moisture from the glass or cup and looks cute doing so.

I made a paper pattern, then pinned it on some pretty fabric scraps that I had.  I sewed the pieces together, then pinked the edges.  I made three so that I can just throw them in the wash when needed.

Easy, peasy project.

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I made each one reversable.  The one in the lower left, (photo above) is actually sewn.  The pinking shears that I used were my grandma’s.  She died in 1960 and I have had them since then.  They are made by Eversharp.  Of course, they are not so sharp anymore!  I think I may have used them, as a child, to <gasp> cut paper.  But, considering that and their age, they still work quite well.

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Here it is in use!

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And that was my project for today.

Just a little side note:  We don’t have cable here at our house, but recently while somewhere, I can’t remember where, I saw an IKEA commercial on TV.  The CEO of IKEA what telling all about their wonderful company.  What I learned from that commercial is that I have been mispronouncing the name of their company.  I bet you all have too!  He pronounced it with a short i, not long i.  Ick ee a.  Cool huh.  I like being accurate.  🙂

Have a great day!

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Yoyo Cup Cozy/Sleeve

I have been wanting a pink cup sleeve for my coffees.  I looked in my yarn stash, but had no pink yarn. While digging through drawers in my studio, I found some yoyos that I had been making over the years.  Quite a few were pink, so I decided to make a sleeve using them.

First I made a pattern from a sleeve that I already had.  I folded a piece of paper in half and traced the sleeve.

pattern for coffee cup sleeve

Then I picked out yoyos from my inventory and lined them up on the pattern placing them in the order I liked.  I had more yoyos of one fabric than the others, but that’s okay, I wanted pink.  I allowed a few aqua to sneak in, because that is my favorite color.

Yoyos for creating cup sleeve

I began sewing the yoyos together into two single strips first.  A top strip and a bottom strip.  I made the strips curve slightly by sewing the yoyos lower on each side as I added them to the strip. The curve is very slight and not noticeable in the photo.

Now I have two single strips lined up.  At first, I was going to sew them together in line as you see in the picture below, but then decided to stagger the yoyos for a different look.

making a coffee cup sleeve

Here are the two rows now sewn together in a strip.  See how I staggered them?  Then I tested the fit by wrapping them around one of my Starbucks plastic ups.  The fit was fine, so I sewed them together on the sides and finished up.

making a coffee cup sleeve

This is the cozy or sleeve, whichever you prefer to call it, on a tall sized Coffee Frappuccino from Starbucks.

coffee cup sleeve/cozy

I always use a sleeve on my coffees, because I don’t like the condensation making my hands wet.  The sleeves are great for keeping that in check.  I carry several sleeves in my purse for myself and often a friend’s use.

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Pine Cone Swag

My neighbor has two pine trees in her yard.  Lucky me.  I gathered about 30 that looked nice and carried them home.  She loves me and doesn’t mind if I take some of her pine cones.  It’s just like me to forget to take a before picture, but you all know what pine cones look like, right?  They’re brown.

Pine cones in the Yard.

Pine cones in the Yard.

In my studio, I dug out my paints and a brush.  I put newspaper down to save the desk top and painted them all pretty like.  I saw this idea, originally, on Pinterest and they were spray painted shiny red and green.  Since that’s not really my style, I chose white with a hint of yellow ochre in it.

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

They dried overnight.  Finding some white braid trim in my sewing stash, I measured the amount that I wanted to make the swag drape twice.

Painted and ready to string.

Painted and ready to string.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached them to the braid.  Watch out for those burned fingers.  😛  I spaced the cones about four inches apart along the braid.  When I got to the end, I had four pine cones left over.  With three of them, I made a group hanging for the center of the swag.  I kept one to just place on the mantel by itself.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

I like how it looks.  Since I don’t do a lot of decorating for each different holiday, I made this to enjoy for Fall through Winter.

My newly decorated fireplace.

My newly decorated fireplace.

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Shabby Chic Pin Dish

I was out antiquing with some friends a few month ago.  Brianna told me about a fun project turning a cute dish into a pin holder.  It sounded like something I could use, so I bought this pretty little dish that day for $5.  E-6000 is a staple in my craft inventory and the magnets were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Antique dish

Supplies

It was easy to attach the magnets to the dish using the E-6000.

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Magnets glued to dish bottom.

After the glue dried, I tested it with my pins.  It doesn’t hold all of the pins if you turn it upside down.  The dish looks cute sitting on my sewing table and the pins do stay put if the dish is bumped.  In my opinion,  a shabby chic dish is much cuter than the plastic box they previously occupied.

magnetic pin dish.

Finished project.

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My New Daybed Redo

Our office daybed was purchased about eight years ago at a local used furniture store called Finicky Furniture.  The metal frame was dark brown which looked okay in the office because our desks were very old and still the original, natural walnut finish.  My husband and I have very large desks.  One we bought at a thrift store and one we found at the curb on trash day.  They are both in great shape other than their age.  Our chairs are black and were purchased new at Costco.

A few years ago, we bought two hutches at a thrift store and my husband modified them and mounted them on the wall above each of our desks.  Our office was getting more and more eclectic with one of the hutches being maple!  I started thinking that the office was beginning to look like a dump.  I asked my husband what he thought about painting the wood furniture black because the chairs were a black pattern.  He thought it was a good idea and we headed to Lowe’s for paint.

The color that we chose is called Lincoln Cottage Black in Eggshell finish.  We painted all the wood furniture in the office with this color, the desks, hutches, and bookshelf.  We also bought black spray paint and painted the bed frame.  What a major improvement this made to the office.  This was all done in 2007!  That is a long time ago.

Desks painted black

Painted Desks

The cover on the daybed has been an old burgundy quilt, that was pretty ugly.  For years, I have been looking for just the right cover for it, never finding anything that I liked.

Deciding to make the cover myself, I went shopping for fabric last month.  Home Fabrics and Rugs in Phoenix, Arizona has some fun fabrics for lower prices.  Purchasing three different patterns in black and white prints and two bolster pillow forms, I left with plenty of fabric to cover the daybed mattress, the trundle mattress, and pillows as well.

I have been sewing since I was eleven.  I don’t really enjoy sewing very much, but I truly enjoy the finished product and that is what motivates me to sew.  I sew on ‘the fly’ if you know what I mean.  I don’t really follow patterns too closely.  I measured the mattresses and pillows and then began cutting up the fabric.  With a number of breaks from sewing, heh, I managed to complete the project in about a week.

Custom cover for Daybed

Daybed

Aqua is my favorite color and I think it looks good with black, so that is what I chose for my pillows.  Two of the covers I bought at Hobby Lobby, one with sequins and the other with scrolls.  I bought fabric to make two so I would have some variety.  Here is a closer look.

homemade pillow with fringe

Pillow with Fringe.

I used velcro to close the covers, so that I can remove and wash them should there be a need.

Aqua pillow with buttons

Aqua pillow with buttons

I made new black and white valances after these pictures were taken.  They look nice, too.

The next mission for this room, should I decide to accept it, is to recover a swivel rocker that is MAUVE!  Ack.  There are other projects on my list that will come before I ever attempt the chair.  I feel good right now just having the daybed complete!

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Glitter

I do like glitter and lots of it!  If it sparkles, it makes me happy.  So, today I made the time to paint my tennies with some holographic paint.

Yesterday, I bought some Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint by FolkArt.  With no idea of what I would use it for, I bought it because it looked pretty.  Then, today, I was staring at my shoes and the paint came to mind.

It was easy peasy.  The paint is acrylic so it cleans up with soap and water.  I got a brush and set the shoes on a newspaper here at my desk.  I had one shoe done, before I remembered to snap a before photo.

Tennis shoe.This is how it looked before I began painting.  Last night, I sewed battenburg lace doilies onto the tongues.  Doesn’t it look cute?  This is a girlie thing, for any guys who are reading.

I opened the paint bottle and began painting just the saddle portion of the shoes.  I just painted one coat.  The instructions say to paint multiple coats until the desired effect is reached.  The paint cures in 24 hours.  There is no mention of whether or not it is waterproof, but it does say to clean it up with soap and water BEFORE it dries.

Tennis shoes painted with hologram glitter paint.

This is how they look in the sunshine.  The glitter has an aqua look to it.  I guess that’s good because aqua is my favorite color.  After studying them for a while, I am thinking that I may paint all of the canvas.  I’m going to wear them like this for a while to see how I like them.

Like I said above, I like anything that sparkles.  I have an aurora borealis crystal necklace.  I found it years ago at an antique store.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  When worn over a white blouse it is amazingly sparkly (if that’s a word).  I often wore it to church on Sundays and taught three year old Sunday school.  I told my little people that it reminded me of heaven when I looked at it.

Heaven is a beautiful place and each one of us, as a believer in Christ, has our own personal mansion.  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV  I am confident that all of heaven is brilliantly sparkly with Christ’s light. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:21 NKJV And I can only imagine how wonderful it will be.

Do you like to personalize your clothing and belongings?  I enjoy seeing other people’s creations.  Please post a comment, so I can stop by your blog!

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Where Women Create Take Two

Yesterday, I shared about the inspiring Spring Issue of Where Women Create and today I want to share a little about what, within it, made the most of impression upon me.  I did read every article and they are all filled with inspiration and sparks of encouragement.

The Business of the Studio is an article by Elizabeth Maxson that I believe to be well written and poetic.  She is a freelance entrepeneur whose photos and words spin a beautiful story.  She states, “I believe a good photograph either tells a story or invites the viewer to invent one, and it is very rare that a good story is told without delicious details. ”

Another was the very inspiring story of and by Kathy Davis with photography by Rachel Beck.  Kathy has a mission to Scatter Joy.  She began her journey while a newly single mom with a family to provide for as an added motivation.  Her success story is great and you would benefit by reading it.

The most intriguing article was about Rowann Wilkerson. I enjoyed her marvelously fun account of how she and her husband sold their farm and purchased a doctor’s office in a turn-of-the-century building.  I loved reading how they worked together to make a reality her dream to have her own shop.  If I’m ever in Lilburn, Georgia, I will make a bee-line to her cute shop Antiques in Old Town.

Lastly, I must tell you about the two quotes that captured my eye.  One was a sign that read “Glitter is my Prozac” found in the article about Joann Pearson.  I LOVE glitter!  The other was a direct quote from Beth Nicholls which read, “You are the most important element of your studio.  The rest is detail.”

Now that I’ve read and enjoyed Where Women Create, I am motivated and inspired to get to work creating in my own personal studio.

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Coffee Cozy

Someone asked me about the coffee sleeve in the photo from yesterday’s post.  It’s a crocheted coffee cozy designed and made by me.  I have quite a few cozies of different materials and styles.  I guess I sort of collect them.  After all, my coffee has to look pretty right?  turquoise coffee cozy cup

You can visit my Etsy Shop to see several that I have listed for sale.  Crocheting is another of my hobbies.  It’s a convenient hobby, in that you can take it with you anyplace you go and work on the project.  My favorite hobby being watercolor painting is not quite so portable.

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Iced Blended

Coffee Iced Blended

Are you a coffee lover? I do not consider myself a coffee lover, because I don’t drink hot coffee. I do enjoy the flavor of coffee cold like in ice cream and iced coffee drinks. My coffee drink of choice is a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino. Since they carry a hefty price tag, I rarely have them. So, I have developed my own home recipes for blended coffees. If I have my coffee in the morning, I make it using Starbucks Via instant coffee. If I have it in the afternoon, I make it using Folger’s decaf instant coffee. Here is the basic recipe that I came up with:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk or whatever milk you prefer
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of instant coffee (not a measuring teaspoon, but the spoon you eat cereal with.)
  • 1 teaspoon Nesquik (optional)
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer. I mix it up using turbinado, white sugar, or even molasses occasionally.
  • 12 ice cubes if you have an automatic ice cube maker, or 6 cubes if you have trays in your freezer. The photo shows the size of my ice cubes.

Place all ingredients into your blender and mix until you no longer hear little ticks of ice grinding. My blender is a Bosch. It is amazing. The ice blended is thoroughly mixed in about 20-30 seconds with a Bosch.

You might also try adding other flavors like mint or caramel.  My daughter uses Hershey’s in the brown bottle.  I can’t use it because I cannot have corn and it is sweetened with corn syrup.  Find a mix you like and you’ll be enjoying iced coffees from home anytime you like!

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Button Rings

This morning, I decided to look through my collection of craft ideas waiting to be tried.  Deciding on ‘button rings’ I went downstairs to my studio to dig through my buttons.  Also collecting my jewelry making supply tin, I headed back upstairs ready to begin.

I created two lovely rings with supplies on hand.  It was very simple and I plan on doing this with my granddaughters this summer.  You can read about and learn this craft here.

I tried making one with two different gauges of wire.  First, I tried 24 gauge.  I felt that it was too thin, so I made a second ring using 20 gauge.  I like it better. Here’s a view of my two creations.

Now, you have no excuse for not having a ring to match your outfit!  🙂  Hmmm…one more thing to watch for at thrift stores and garage sales – fancy buttons!

Happy Friday to you…