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Monday, April 29, 2013

Ruffle Curtains (Circle Ruffles)

One thing I've loved about being part of the Point of View this year is that sometimes gives me the push to complete projects that have hung out on my to-do list for too long.  Like a year.

Point of View--Windows

We were blessed with some amazingly warm spring weather last week, and we know to never take that for granted around here!   With all that sun coming in through the windows, it's the perfect time to dress them up a little.

If you're needing some ideas for what to do with some of the windows in your house, check out what all the point of view projects are:


Guest DIY Divas
Me--Ruffle Curtains

We'd love to see your windows projects too--link 'em up!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Painted Tray with Washi Tape

I did this tray makeover last month for Craftaholics Anonymous after I found this lovely dollar store tray still getting packed up in our Christmas decor every year.  Now it's got a much better life I think.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Youth Activity Ideas

Awesome and cheap activities for youth groups/ mutual
I don't have a crafty project to show off today, but it's not because I haven't been working on any.  Quite the opposite really!  

Monday, April 22, 2013

Painted Ikea Luggage

You know how most people probably prepare for vacation by simply making lists and packing things they'll need?  Well, I do that too...but I also did this:

To see more of the crazy...er...cute crafty things I do that don't always earn their own post, follow me on Instagram.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Painted Polka Dot Plate

A while back I was sent some Gloss Enamel paint from DecoArt.  I've used it a couple of times now, and this is the first project I tried out with it. 

I started out with a glass cup from the dollar store and a plate from Ikea.

I picked 3 different colors and using the eraser of a regular pencil made dots all over the back of the plate.  I did the same thing with the cup but just overlapped some of the layers after letting them dry.  I made sure to paint on the back side of the plate so it's still food safe.  

The packaging says to let everything air dry for 4 days then to bake to permanently set the paint.   In a Mark Montano video I watched, he says you can get around the long drying time by just baking it twice.

So you put the items into a cool oven.  Turn it on to 325, and when it's heated set the timer for 30 minutes.  When the timer's finished, open the oven door and let cool inside the oven.  When it's back down to room temperature, repeat the whole process.

Just recently I picked up 3 different cups from Ikea to let me kids paint their own.  I'll be sure to let you see how those turn out!  AND--speaking of DIY, I forgot to send you over to Craftaholics Anonymous last week where I showed off these toy bags I made for Asher's room!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Disney Princess Necklaces

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weekend Creative Link Up

Hey everyone.  Hope your weekend is going great so far.  I'm happy to be a guest host of Weekend Creative this evening with The Girl Creative and Reasons to Skip the Housework.   If you don't already read their blogs, go check them out!  

A note from Diana and Melanie: Due to a few changes, this is the last week we are hosting the party on Saturday.  Starting this coming Thursday, April 18th, the party will be going live Thursdays at 8 AM EST.  Thanks!

If you're interested in being a co-host for another weekend, link up your blog here

Now on the the party!  Link up a couple of your favorite posts from this week, and please visit a few others too.  You love it when people check out your posts, so spread the love!


Chewy Nut Squares

This is a great recipe for anyone who loves nuts and brown sugar.  And it's super easy to make too.  The top gets all cripsy, the insides are kind of gooey--almost like a pecan pie--but not soupy!

1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together well, breaking up lumps of brown sugar

1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Mix together add to wet ingredients

Stir in 1 cup roughly chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Here's what it looks like when it's all combined; it's pretty thick.

Spread in a greased 8x8 pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Let cool completely before cutting.  Makes 16 servings.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sew a Makeup Organizer

I'm getting ready to go on a trip soon and it's going to be awesome!  (No, it's not SNAP--sniff--who wants to claim me as an honorary roommate for the event?)  

I've needed a better way to store some of my makeup and brushes and while checking out the options at the store I thought, "I could totally make something like that."   So I did.  And you can too!


  • 2 coordinating fabrics--1 as outer fabric and 1 as inner fabric  (2 fat quarters or 1/3 yards cut)  **Go ahead and cut the selvage off of the one side of your fat quarter, if you're using those....it's the finished edge usually with words printed on it.  Your final width then will be about 21 inches.
  • iron-on (fusible) interfacing 10 x 21 inches
  • vinyl fuse 10 x 21 inches...makes it so you can wipe the inside clean


  • ribbon 30 inches long...melt ends with a match so it won't unravel...please do this carefully! :)
  • matching thread

Cut outer fabric to 10 x 21 inches
Cut inside fabric to 10 x 21 inches and 8 x 21 inches
Iron interfacing to wrong side of outer fabric
Iron vinyl to right side of inner fabric

Fold 8 x 22 inch piece of inner fabric to make a long 4 inch piece.  Pin raw edges to bottom of larger inner piece.  

Measure lines on a piece of freezer paper or tissue paper to use as a guide for sewing the pocket dividers.  

Change these up as needed, but for reference, here are the measurements I used...lines at the following inches from the left:
(the tiny one is where I have my eye pencil)

Secure the paper to the inside fabric layer and sew all the lines from top to bottom, then tear off the paper.
Lay outer fabric (now with sewn pockets) face up and outer fabric face down and pin together.  

Fold ribbon in half and pin the fold into the seam on the left, making sure ends stay in the center to not get caught in any stitches.  Just as a matter of preference, I wanted the ribbon tie to be slightly above center so that it wouldn't cover up any of that pretty peacock on the front :)

Sew around with 3/8 inch seam leaving about 5 inches open.

Trim corners and turn inside out.  You can push corners out to a point or leave them a little more rounded like I did. 
Iron out flat, but remember don't put the iron directly on the vinyl inside!

Top stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge all the way around and add all your goodies to the inside, fold and tie.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Then, because I had so much fun making the first one, I'm working on a second one with some different fabric.  I'm trying to decide if I should make it available for purchase or offer it in a giveaway.  What's your choice?


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

K guys, feedback time--Do you like to see little week-in-review type posts?

I'm going to try a couple I think and see if I even like writing them-ha!  But I'd like to know if they interest you too.

Anyway, we had spring break all this week and even had some pretty good weather to start it off.

We played at the park and flew helicopters (well, watched dad do it anyway)

We walked around the lake with our exploring journals we made last summer

We took care of some errands, played Headbandz, played outside, and then the weather got yucky

But we still went to the OMSI and did lots of coloring too.  I even took care of a few projects including using up this fabric I bought (tutorial to come soon!)

I shared a whole bunch of ideas for how to use canvas drop cloth.   

This weekend we've been watching  Conference and I finally sewed these loops onto the kids towels so they won't fall off the hooks!  It only took 5 minutes (even though I've been putting it off for 9 months!)  

What have you been up to?  And putting off?


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

30 Things to Make with Drop Cloths

A canvas drop cloth is actually a fabulous craft supply. Look at all the way you can use it. Some, you don't even need to sew!

There's something about the natural and neutral look of drop cloth canvas that has attracted crafters and designers for the last few years.  I've been working with it for my next Craftaholics Anonymous post this month so it's been on my mind and I thought I'd pull up some more inspiration for you. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Closet Features

It's the first day of our Spring Break, and already we've finished some errands, walked around the lake, played freeze tag, picked up lunch from Five Guys, cleaned the guinea pig cage, cleaned out the car and spray painted a lamp base.  Phew!  

Now the kids are playing with glitter glue and I'm going to show off a few of the closets linked up from Point of View last week.

If you have a closet that needs to be organized soon, be sure to check out these posts for some great ideas!

by Mary Organizes

by Housewife Eclectic

by Cornerstone Confessions

Thanks for sharing your inspiration ladies!  Please grab a featured button.


For more ideas hop back to the Closet Point of View Link Party.  Feel free to add your posts too!  April's theme is Windows, so be on the lookout for that post in a few weeks.