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Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging {tutorial}!!

6 Sep
I have LOVED all of the fun tutorials featuring embroidery hoops floating all over blogland lately. 
There are so many awesome projects using these humble sewing tools.  

ashley at the flaunt store

 So when my *CUTE* sister Ashley called me up asking what a trendy Fall Wreath project would be — of course I answered — “something with embroidery hoops”.
And here’s her fun and whimsical Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging!!

I love it!!

 Here’s how to make one: 

Take it away Ashley —
Supplies:
10″ embroidery hoop (or whatever size you want to use)
Linen or fabric to place in center of hoop
embroidery thread
fall colored felt
burlap garland (I found mine at Jo-Anne’s in the floral section)
  • First off, I put the linen fabric in the center of the embroidery
    hoop.
    I made it taut and left the extra fabric hanging out the sides.
    You will need to tighten the fabric again at the end.
  • Decide on what you want the wreath to say and sketch it out on
    the fabric.
    I chose the saying “hello fall” and used the two different
    fonts to make it interesting. I had to google how to embroider and used
    this website as my guide: Needle ‘n Thread. I used the
    chain stitch for “fall” and the stem stitch for “hello”.
  • After I had the phrase embroidered on the fabric, I started cutting
    out leaves and grouping them together.
    I also used some leftover fabric
    from a tank top that I shortened to make some rosettes and to add
    interest.
  • Lastly, I added the burlap
    garland around the edge as a ruffle.
    I threw in a wide stitch through
    the garland edge and pulled it tight until I had the right size. Once I
    tied it off and brought the two edges together, I turned over the hoop
    and hot glued the ruffle to the back of the wreath.
  • I love the bright colors of the design and natural textures of the linen and burlap together!

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=8349570770802367326&hl=en&fs=true

Thanks Ashley!!! 
 {isn’t her little boy the cutest?}

And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.

It is the ultimate in casual cool. 

Tell her I sent you!!!

flaunt danville

flaunt inside

And I am so excited — Ashley is going to share a monthly tutorial with us!!

Have a Happy Day!! 
xoxo



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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make {FREE} Scalloped Paint Chip Art!

9 Aug

Hello! I am so excited to be posting at Tatertots and Jello! I’m Chris from 

Jen is one of those bloggers whose workload just boggles my mind. I want to bottle up some of her energy! Alas, I have no idea how to do that—yet. Until then, I’ll remain in awe of Jen and all the wonderful things she does at her blog!
For those of you who don’t know me, you should know that I don’t like to spend money. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend money. I just don’t like to. So…when I was looking for some artwork for my bedroom, I decided to look for something free.

I grabbed some paint swatches at Home Depot (props to HD for offering free swatches!) and used a hole punch to make a bunch of circles.


Punch, punch, and then punch some more. It only took a few minutes, but my frame was pretty small. If you want something large scale, (get it? scale?) it may take you a minute.



Because I’m cheap (didn’t want to buy anything to put it on) and because I’m lazy (didn’t want to find something to cut to size, I adhered the circles straight to the glass that came in the frame. Plus, this allowed me to use the lines of my cutting mat to make sure everything stayed straight. 


I had to look on the internet to make sure I knew what fish scales look like, and I just started gluing away. A little dab of craft glue at the top of each circle is all it took. Using the craft glue (as opposed to hot glue) gave me some time to move things around if they weren’t lining up well.

 


This is what it will look like when you’re done.



I let the glue dry for a little bit, and I turned the glass over. 

Then I ran a blade down the edge of the glass to give a clean line. This way it would fit nicely into the frame.

Ta Da! I am so happy with the simplicity of it. It’s a fresh and free way to decorate, and I love that it offers some texture to the space.



When my husband was checking it out, I said, “Did you notice that I used a frame that has circles on it to match the circle design in the art?” He responded, “Circles?” Nice.
I’m not too worried, though. I’m sure you notice it. 🙂 



Thanks to Jen and all her readers for letting me stop by today! I hope you enjoyed it!

Chris!! That is just awesome – I love the circles and the scallops that they make.
First of all, I just want to say how THRILLED I am to have Chris here. Just a Girl is one of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I remember the day that Chris featured me – it was one of the happiest in my blogging life. Here are some of the reasons I love Chris’s blog—

How genius is Chris’s Art Tray? Love this!!

Her Halloween Mantel last year was fabulous!!
Another amazing Halloween project — her DIY Spider Clock.
And of course there’s the amazing decorating ideas — like this Dining Room Transformation with Board and Batten.
You will love the daily DIY inspiration at Just A Girl — be sure to go over and say hi!!
xoxo
PS — I am sharing some of my favorite Washi Tape projects over at Babble’s Home Ec today. I am loving all of the creative ideas that are being shared over there. Such a great community!!

Make Personalized Covered Button Jewelry!

4 Aug
covered button jewelry tutorial
I think a handmade gift is so much more personal and special than something picked up at a store.
Here’s a handmade gift idea that is simple, easy and inexpensive to make, yet shows that you care.
And the best part – anyone can make these.
{Ella, my 6 year old, made some}
personalized covered button necklace in box
Personalized Covered Button Necklaces
personalized covered button necklace
I know I have an addiction to pretty fabric. I just can’t get enough of it. When I order it sometimes it sits there for weeks because I can’t bring myself to cut it. And I never want to throw away scraps of beautiful fabric. This project is perfect for those precious fabric scraps. All it takes is a few inches of fabric, a covered button kit, a shank and some E9000,  Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic (optional) plus about 10 minutes of your time!
Here’s a little Covered Button Tutorial – in case you’ve never made these before: 

covered button tutorial 1
1. Pick out the covered button size you want to make.
larger circle of fabric
2. Cut a circle about 1 inch larger than the metal button.
the fabric
3. Put the fabric on top of the flexible plastic mold, right side down.
4. Press the top of the button cover onto the fabric and into the flexible plastic mold.
put the back on it
5. the fabric will bunch up at the top once you press down. Fold the excess fabric into the center of the button and press the back of the button onto the button and press down until it snaps in place.
covered button tutorial
That’s it!
Now, to make it into a pendant – pull off the metal ring with pliers. Then put a dot of E9000 on the back of the button and press a jewelry shank onto it. Let dry.
personalized covered button pendant
covered button jewelry tutorial
To  make the personalized pendant, I found some alphabet fabric and then cut out a circle with the desired letter in the middle. I made the covered button and then covered the button with a layer of Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I filled in the letter with a colored Sharpie (permanent marker). Be sure to add the Mod Podge, or the Sharpie will bleed into the fabric. After that is done, I added a layer of Dimensional Magic over the top to seal it. But this is optional.
coverd button boxes
And I saw a fun idea in Martha Stewart. To package up this project, I made some covered buttons, and then threaded an elastic band through the back. Then you can wrap the rubber band around the gift box with the button on the top. It makes a cute alternative bow, PLUS the gift receiver gets a cute covered button pony tail holder to use too!! So fun!!
covered button hair bands
And of course, you can make plain Covered Button Necklaces too!
plain covered button pendant
ella wearing covered button necklace
Share your creativity and win in a 300-page copy of Home Made Simple!! 
home made simple book

Share your favorite handmade creation!

Three Ways for Readers to Enter & Win 
Each entry requires a separate comment:

1.  Tell us about your favorite handmade creation. Attach a photo if you have one!

2.  Join Home Made Simple Marketplace on Facebook, explore the fabulous finds and handmade items, then come back to share your favorites.

3.  Have handmade items or fabulous finds to sell?  Post them for sale with Home Made Simple Marketplace via Oodle and tell us about it.

The time is now to sell, shop &idea swap in the Home Made Simple Marketplace via Oodle!

Have a wonderful day!!! 

PS — I am linking my project up to these fun parties:

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays
 



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Teresa Collins Stampmaker — Make your own Custom Stamps!! {tutorial and information on the giveaway}

1 Jul
Happy Friday!! 
I’d love to tell you about something really cool.

This was one of my favorite products I saw at the CHA show in February. 
You make custom stamps!!

{One of my goals this year is to share some of my favorite things. 
Here’s another one. 
More information on how to win a Stampmaker at the bottom of this post} 

If you are getting married, you can design a “save the date stamp”, you can make your own address stamps, or sweet would it be to make a stamp from your child’s artwork or handwriting? Or another cute idea would be to make a book plate stamp with your child’s name — the sky’s the limit!!! 

So when the the Stampmaker people contacted me and offered to send me a machine, I was so excited about the possibilities! I have just started to experiment with it, but seriously — it’s so easy to use.

The Stampmaker machine comes with artwork from Teresa Collins that is already done, as well as sheets that you can run through your ink jet printer and make your own stamps. 
I made a little plaque for my little puppy!  
She is the queen of the house, so I thought it was fitting to use the crown artwork that comes with the Stampmaker. 

Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Stampmaker: 


1. Plug the Stampmaker machine in. You need to let it warm up for a minute before you use it.


2. Open the Frame Clamps and insert one of the gel packs.

3. Then put your negative image artwork on top.

4. Shut the magnetic frame and put the frame inside the Stampmaker.

5. Leave it inside for THREE minutes — time it.

6. Take it out and cut the gel pack out of the plastic.

7. Scrub the excess gel off with soap and water.

8. Then put the stamp in the exposure tray and cover with a layer of water.

9. Put the tray inside the Stampmaker for TWO minutes. Time it.

10. Take it out and trim around the stamps. Then mount the stamps on the adhesive paper. Cut around that.

11. Mount the stamp on the acrylic stamp acrylic block.

Then use and enjoy! 

I also made my own stamp — the name of our puppy — TRIXIE. I designed the name in the software and then printed it off on the special negative film. You need to use an inkjet printer for this. Then I followed the rest of the steps to make the stamp.

I used Command hook to hang the little TRIXIE frame over her little dog bed. She loves it 🙂 

The possibilities are endless with this Stampmaker. Plus, check out the Photocentric blog where they have free image downloads so you can make even more stamps!! These are the free June downloads  — 
aren’t they cute?
 

And here are the free April downloads: 

I am so excited to use these stamps for some fun projects!!
And guess what??? 
Photocentric is giving a complete Teresa Collins Stampmaker kit away to a LUCKY Tatertots and Jello reader!!!  
Check back at the Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight where you can enter to win one of these fantastic machines. 
Here’s what it will come with: 

  • Stampmaker light unit
  • magnetic clamp
  • 5 x Large and 5 x Small
    stamp pacs
  • 2 x Emboss and 2 x Stencil pacs
  • acrylic block, small stamp
    border
  • rubber mat for emboss and stencil making
  • wash brush, post
    exposure tray
  • CD with the easy to use imagepac artwork modifying
    program and many exclusive Teresa Collins designs (ready to print)
  • 2 x
    sheets of negative film for inkjet printers
  • 2 x 4" x 3" sheets of
    Stampmaker Cling (for mounting stamp to acrylic block)
  • 8 pre printed
    samples of exclusive Teresa Collins designed artwork negatives plus
    written and video instructions

 And here’s Stampmaker video tutorial:
 

xoxo

PS — I am over at Sew Dang Cute today — sharing a Tube Top to Skirt refashion. Come on over and say hi!

PPSI can’t wait for tonight to see YOUR ideas!! I hope you will come link up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party — where I feature YOUR ideas!! The party starts at 6 pm MST.

Teresa Collins Stampmaker — Make your own Custom Stamps!! {tutorial and information on the giveaway}

1 Jul
Happy Friday!! 
I’d love to tell you about something really cool.

This was one of my favorite products I saw at the CHA show in February. 
You make custom stamps!!

{One of my goals this year is to share some of my favorite things. 
Here’s another one. 
More information on how to win a Stampmaker at the bottom of this post} 

If you are getting married, you can design a “save the date stamp”, you can make your own address stamps, or sweet would it be to make a stamp from your child’s artwork or handwriting? Or another cute idea would be to make a book plate stamp with your child’s name — the sky’s the limit!!! 

So when the the Stampmaker people contacted me and offered to send me a machine, I was so excited about the possibilities! I have just started to experiment with it, but seriously — it’s so easy to use.

The Stampmaker machine comes with artwork from Teresa Collins that is already done, as well as sheets that you can run through your ink jet printer and make your own stamps. 
I made a little plaque for my little puppy!  
She is the queen of the house, so I thought it was fitting to use the crown artwork that comes with the Stampmaker. 

Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Stampmaker: 


1. Plug the Stampmaker machine in. You need to let it warm up for a minute before you use it.


2. Open the Frame Clamps and insert one of the gel packs.

3. Then put your negative image artwork on top.

4. Shut the magnetic frame and put the frame inside the Stampmaker.

5. Leave it inside for THREE minutes — time it.

6. Take it out and cut the gel pack out of the plastic.

7. Scrub the excess gel off with soap and water.

8. Then put the stamp in the exposure tray and cover with a layer of water.

9. Put the tray inside the Stampmaker for TWO minutes. Time it.

10. Take it out and trim around the stamps. Then mount the stamps on the adhesive paper. Cut around that.

11. Mount the stamp on the acrylic stamp acrylic block.

Then use and enjoy! 

I also made my own stamp — the name of our puppy — TRIXIE. I designed the name in the software and then printed it off on the special negative film. You need to use an inkjet printer for this. Then I followed the rest of the steps to make the stamp.

I used Command hook to hang the little TRIXIE frame over her little dog bed. She loves it 🙂 

The possibilities are endless with this Stampmaker. Plus, check out the Photocentric blog where they have free image downloads so you can make even more stamps!! These are the free June downloads  — 
aren’t they cute?
 

And here are the free April downloads: 

I am so excited to use these stamps for some fun projects!!
And guess what??? 
Photocentric is giving a complete Teresa Collins Stampmaker kit away to a LUCKY Tatertots and Jello reader!!!  
Check back at the Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight where you can enter to win one of these fantastic machines. 
Here’s what it will come with: 

  • Stampmaker light unit
  • magnetic clamp
  • 5 x Large and 5 x Small
    stamp pacs
  • 2 x Emboss and 2 x Stencil pacs
  • acrylic block, small stamp
    border
  • rubber mat for emboss and stencil making
  • wash brush, post
    exposure tray
  • CD with the easy to use imagepac artwork modifying
    program and many exclusive Teresa Collins designs (ready to print)
  • 2 x
    sheets of negative film for inkjet printers
  • 2 x 4" x 3" sheets of
    Stampmaker Cling (for mounting stamp to acrylic block)
  • 8 pre printed
    samples of exclusive Teresa Collins designed artwork negatives plus
    written and video instructions

 And here’s Stampmaker video tutorial:
 

xoxo

PS — I am over at Sew Dang Cute today — sharing a Tube Top to Skirt refashion. Come on over and say hi!

PPSI can’t wait for tonight to see YOUR ideas!! I hope you will come link up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party — where I feature YOUR ideas!! The party starts at 6 pm MST.

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?