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Kids Project — make an easy Summertime Chevron (zig zag)Tote!

5 May
 
Last week I had the opportunity of participating in the I Love to Create Live event.
{My segment begins at about 1:30 into the show}


It was so much fun! 
There were a few guest designers that were sent the same I Love To Create products, and then we each made something with those products. 

Here is a picture of the cool products that they sent me: 

Since it was my daughter Hannah’s birthday the day of the show, I decided to make her a Summertime tote for her birthday. Her favorite color is yellow. I stenciled a Chevron pattern on a Hobby Lobby $2 tote and then I also stenciled her name on the tote.
I Love To Create also sent me some beautiful gold glitter paint so I painted the Chevrons in yellow and added some gold glitter over the top.
{This is the same stencil that I used on my Chevron Rug}
Then I used Mr. Tacky Glue to glue on the gems for a little sun at the top. 
And I also used Mr. tacky to glue on some hot pink ric rack to the top of the bag. 
 Now Hannah has a bag she can take to the pool or to the library this summer and tote around her summertime items. She really loved it!! 

I think I’m going to make a different tote for each of my kids to use this summer, with each of their favorite colors! 


This is a quick and easy project — you can do it in about 20 minutes (plus drying time). 
Your kids would probably love to design and paint their own totes for the summer!!

Thank you to the I Love To Create team for letting me be a part of such a fun day. I loved seeing all of the different things that the designers made with the same products!!! 
Be sure to check out the I Love To Create site for great giveaways all the time!! 
xoxo

Kids Project — make an easy Summertime Chevron (zig zag)Tote!

5 May
 
Last week I had the opportunity of participating in the I Love to Create Live event.
{My segment begins at about 1:30 into the show}


It was so much fun! 
There were a few guest designers that were sent the same I Love To Create products, and then we each made something with those products. 

Here is a picture of the cool products that they sent me: 

Since it was my daughter Hannah’s birthday the day of the show, I decided to make her a Summertime tote for her birthday. Her favorite color is yellow. I stenciled a Chevron pattern on a Hobby Lobby $2 tote and then I also stenciled her name on the tote.
I Love To Create also sent me some beautiful gold glitter paint so I painted the Chevrons in yellow and added some gold glitter over the top.
{This is the same stencil that I used on my Chevron Rug}
Then I used Mr. Tacky Glue to glue on the gems for a little sun at the top. 
And I also used Mr. tacky to glue on some hot pink ric rack to the top of the bag. 
 Now Hannah has a bag she can take to the pool or to the library this summer and tote around her summertime items. She really loved it!! 

I think I’m going to make a different tote for each of my kids to use this summer, with each of their favorite colors! 


This is a quick and easy project — you can do it in about 20 minutes (plus drying time). 
Your kids would probably love to design and paint their own totes for the summer!!

Thank you to the I Love To Create team for letting me be a part of such a fun day. I loved seeing all of the different things that the designers made with the same products!!! 
Be sure to check out the I Love To Create site for great giveaways all the time!! 
xoxo

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea — Make Personalized Tote Bags!!

2 May
teacher appreciation face bag ella
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!! 
I’d love to share what we are giving our wonderful teachers this year.
I recently saw some cute pillows on Freshly Picked and thought they were so funny and whimsical.
freshly picked his and hers pillows
I thought I would take that concept and make some tote bags for my kids’ teachers this year.
teacher appreciation totes two


I designed the face on my Silhouette machine and printed it off using heat transfer material.
{If you do this, remember to mirror your image before you print it out}
before ironing on the heat transfer
We added the teacher’s name and a little apple popping up for a whimsical touch!!

Once the image was printed out, I took off the excess heat transfer tape, leaving only the images I wanted to use. Then I ironed the image onto plain tote bags. I found a four pack of tote bags at Hobby Lobby for $6.99. So each tote bag is less than $2. Such a good deal!!

hobby lobby bags
My kids had a great time designing the tote bags with me. They think the bags are so fun! We thought it was cute to have the apples popping up from the bottom of the bag.
teacher appreciation tote blue
teacher appreciation totes on an angle
The last thing I did was make some cute little bows with each teacher’s favorite colors.

I made a 6 inch wide by 8 inch long piece of material. I sewed it inside out on three sides and then turned it right side out and sewed the last side shut.

Then I took a button cover and covered it with some coordinating fabric and glued it in the middle of the fabric with fabric glue. 


So now I have a fun bag that their teachers can use as a beach bag or to carry things in. 

Plus, I am going to fill the bag with some goodies, depending on what the teacher likes. 
Some ideas that would be fun are a beach towel and some flip flops. Or even a  
gift certificate to their favorite store or restaurant.
girls with teacher appreciation totes
Now if you want to make this and don’t have a craft cutter like Silhouette, there are two other ways you can make these totes.

  • The first is use heat transfer material and trace the image on with a pencil and cut it out. 
  • The second is you can paint the face and name on your bag —  use some paint medium along with regular craft paint.
deco art painting medium
Be sure to check out all of the great Teacher Appreciation Ideas at Skip to My Lou!! 

I also had a reader who saw this post and made her own version of teacher appreciation tote bags:

Check them out at 36th Avenue!!

xoxo 

Week of Giveaways — Giveaway #4 — This Blessed Nest Bag!

8 Nov

Giveaway #4 is from one of my favorite blogging buddies — 
Kellie at This Blessed Nest! 
Kellie has a wonderful blog AND a really cute shop — Bag Full of Posies!

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Click on the Read More button to enter this fantastic giveaway!

Kellie’s blog —  This Blessed Nest is at the top of my must-read blogs each day. 
I love her ideas!  
I adore this chalkboard wall in her home: 

 She throws fabulous parties:

She also has made Fall Decorations, like: 
And her shop is adorable. 
She sells personalized bags like: 
https://i1.wp.com/ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.175414300.jpg

How cute would this bag be for Christmas Shopping this year? 

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And I might be a little obsessed with this bag. You can personalize it with your home address or your BLOG name!! 
Kellie is giving away 
ANY Bag in her Shop 
to one of YOU!!
You tell her how you would like it personalized!!
Here’s how you can win:
  • “Like” This Blessed Nest on Facebook. one entry.
  • Go over and check out Kellie’s etsy shop Bag Full of Posies. Let me know what your favorite item is. one entry.
And if you want extra entries: 
  • Tweet, mention this giveaway on Facebook or on your blog! one entry for each.
Another handmade giveaway is coming up in a few hours!
XOXO

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Week of Giveaways — Giveaway #4 — This Blessed Nest Bag!

8 Nov

Giveaway #4 is from one of my favorite blogging buddies — 
Kellie at This Blessed Nest! 
Kellie has a wonderful blog AND a really cute shop — Bag Full of Posies!

https://i2.wp.com/ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.189842185.jpg

Click on the Read More button to enter this fantastic giveaway!

Kellie’s blog —  This Blessed Nest is at the top of my must-read blogs each day. 
I love her ideas!  
I adore this chalkboard wall in her home: 

 She throws fabulous parties:

She also has made Fall Decorations, like: 
And her shop is adorable. 
She sells personalized bags like: 
https://i1.wp.com/ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.175414300.jpg

How cute would this bag be for Christmas Shopping this year? 

https://i1.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.190132967.jpg
And I might be a little obsessed with this bag. You can personalize it with your home address or your BLOG name!! 
Kellie is giving away 
ANY Bag in her Shop 
to one of YOU!!
You tell her how you would like it personalized!!
Here’s how you can win:
  • “Like” This Blessed Nest on Facebook. one entry.
  • Go over and check out Kellie’s etsy shop Bag Full of Posies. Let me know what your favorite item is. one entry.
And if you want extra entries: 
  • Tweet, mention this giveaway on Facebook or on your blog! one entry for each.
Another handmade giveaway is coming up in a few hours!
XOXO

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Bonus Saturday {Halloween} Giveaway!

18 Sep
 The Weekend Wrap Up Party is in full swing! 
There are over 300 projects linked up so far.
I spent a few hours last night looking through the ideas and WOW – amazing!!! 
I will be doing a Great Ideas post later on today. 
Kellie from This Blessed Nest {one of my favorite blogs, btw} offered to give away one of her adorable, embellished BOO Halloween Bags. 
I knew you guys would love it! 
But first, have you been over to This Blessed Nest?? First of all — it’s such a cute blog. Kellie is so creative and has great ideas. She threw this amazing birthday party for her twins a few weeks ago. 
And she has amazing Fall Decorations that she has made, like: 

And she has this WONDERFUL Weekly Fall Party right now — Fall Festival.  

And is is SO much fun! This week she gave away this amazing Halloween goodness: 
Come link up YOUR Halloween and Fall Ideas next Wednesday. 
 You will love this party!
And today Kellie is giving away this BOO Bag!! 
I love the cute flower and how fun is the orange color? 
Here’s how you can win:
  • “Like” This Blessed Nest on Facebook. one entry.
  • Go over and check out Kellie’s etsy shop Bag Full of Posies. Let me know what your favorite item is. one entry.
And if you want an extra entry: 
Have A Super Saturday!!!
XOXO

Guest Project — Applique Tote Bag!

29 Jul
Hi! I am Missy from The little Green Bean. Jennifer from Tatertots and Jello has allowed me to do a guest post today and I am so excited! Thank you Jennifer! 
 
I like to do about any type of craft. I scrapbook, sew, paper craft, and I also have a small photography business. I love to re-decorate my home using things someone else might just throw away. I am very happily married to a man who supports all of my hobbies, he even helps me out when I need, from anything to modeling aprons, to helping me re-paint the kitchen. We also have 3 boys who are our pride and joy! 
Today I am going to share a tutorial with you on making an appliques tote bag.
I like to make things that are unique and I use all my own patterns. So here goes! 

 

Step one is to gather your fabric choices, I love to use scraps for this project.
Once you have your fabric for the applique design, iron each piece onto heat and bond, let cool.

Now, you can either create your own design, or use something like a cricut to help you out. I used the cartridge walk in my garden, and selected the leaf design for this project. You will want a fresh cutting mat and a new blade for cutting fabric for the best results.

I cut 2 leaves of each fabric, 1 1/4, and 2 inch leaves. I used 6 different pieces of fabric. 
Once you have all your pieces cut, peel the paper backing off of them and place on your front tote piece.
My tote is made from a sold medium weight fabric. I cut the pieces 12 x 13. 2 for the outside and 2 for the inside. Iron applique pieces in place. 
Once Ironed on, you are ready to sew them in place. I use the embroidery stitch on my machine, but any stitch will work for this. 

Once all the petals are in place, you can sew the stems. I free hand this, but you could lightly draw your line with a pencil. I also like to make random line stitches all over the front of the bag. 

I then apply fabric circle to the ends of all the other stems, and sew a button in the center. 
The applique part is done, you can do as much or as little as you would like. 
Now I assemble the tote, again, this is all up to you. I like pockets, so I add a back pocket, an inside zipper pocket and extra inside pockets for phones, lipstick, etc. This is all up to you. 

I cut an apply more of my coordinating fabric to the top edges of all 4 pieces. Make sure to line with a heavy weight interfacing, and sew the front and back of the outside together. For the lining, apply all your pockets, top edge, and again sew the front and back together, wrong sides facing each other. You will want to leave a 6 inch opening at the bottom of the lining to turn when finished. 
This is also where you add your straps. Pin them into place on the outside front of bag. With wrong sides together, sew the inside to the outside at the top edge. Turn right side out, then sew opening shut. 

Add a top stitch to the outside edge if desired. And you are done! 

You now have a fun new tote bag all your own design! 
Thanks for checking this out, now be sure to stop by my blog and see some of the other fun things that I like to do! 
That bag is adorable Missy! Thank you so much for sharing it with us 🙂 I discovered Missy’s blog a few months ago and was hooked. She can decoratie, she can cook, and boy can she sew!!! You will be amazed at her talent!

The little Green bean

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{Skirty Purse}
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{Hydrangea Purse}
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lhDvmFUM0Gc/S9wpcJZTiOI/AAAAAAAAC1k/r00ylptOty0/s1600/DSC05298.jpg
{Burlap Super Shopper Bag}
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_lhDvmFUM0Gc/S8ZNFVEOVZI/AAAAAAAACuk/CMb90nyYCUw/s1600/DSC05042.jpg
{Door Shelf}
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lhDvmFUM0Gc/S60Gb42O71I/AAAAAAAACp0/QxgSEhJ9y5U/s1600/IMG_9516.JPG
{Camera bag}
Ah-Mazing Projects – You will love Missy’s blog! 
Thanks again Missy!
PS — Did you have a chance to participate in the BlogFrog Froggy Hunt yesterday? It’s still going on, and there are great prizes. Click  HERE to find out more!

XOXO