Monday, September 22, 2014

Closet Makeover…Perfect for Scrapbooking

Hi everyone! Two years ago I painted my daughter Courtney's room from her favorite hot pink when she was younger to a more neutral gray that she likes now as an adult.

Here's the before…

scrapbooking closet

and after…

scrapbooking closet

The sad part now is…she moved into her own apartment.

The closet is empty, I can finally paint the inside to cover the last of the hot pink!

I've kept the room as a bedroom for when they come back to visit or for guests, but I am utilizing the closet to keep ALL of the memorabilia things I have saved for years and years. All the souvenirs, tickets stubs, vacation memories, school souvenirs and so much more.

scrapbooking closet

Come in to see if you can do something similar in your home…

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! It's that time of year where I start thinking about the change of seasons and the holidays coming up…Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You all have so many wonderful ideas on your blogs, I wanted to start my "theme" weeks again so you can share them here.

For the next 2 weeks in September, how about

  • apple recipes 
  • fall decorating ideas or crafts 
  • crockpot recipes
  • and dare I say…any handmade gift ideas we can make for Christmas ( I know it's early, but ideas would be great!)

It's not autumn yet, but I was thinking of all the new ideas for the coming months when the temperature are cooler and we need those comfort foods.

So let's get started with another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Recycled Sweatshirt Apron…One Minute of Sewing!

Hi everyone! This week, I posted a tutorial for making a scarf made from my daughter's sweatshirts that I've collected from school, dance and college. If you want to see that post, you can click HERE.

When I was cutting out the fronts of the sweatshirts for the designs, I left the pouch pockets intact. You know I love anything that's already sewn and one step away from being up cycled to something else.

Well, here's the new sweatshirt apron!!

recycled sweatshirt apron

You only have to sew 2 lines of stitching and that's it. If you don't sew, you could use an iron on seam or even hot glue it in place! Come in to see how easy…

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Recycle Your Sweatshirts into a Warm and Snuggly Scarf…

I finally did it! I finally brought out all the boxes of Courtney and Kelsie's old t-shirts and sweatshirts that I have been saving for years. I tackled the sweatshirt pile first, because there were way more t-shirts to go through. I'll save those for another day.

The sweatshirts are mostly from middle school through college and not that many from college, because they are still wearing those!  At first, I thought I was going to make each of them a blanket out of the sweatshirts, but then I realized I didn't have enough squares with designs on them. I could have alternated with a blank square cut from the plain back, but I wanted all designs.

I did have enough to make a scarf for each of them though.  As time goes by and more sweatshirts are thrown in the "saving box",  I can always make them a blanket in the future.

Here's the scarf I made…

With Kelsie working in Disney World and Courtney in her own apartment, I lost my models to show you what this would look like on someone. Coat hanger it is. I miss my girls : (

recycled sweatshirt scarf

This project was so easy and required only straight stitches, so it's great for anyone just learning to sew.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Make a Tote Bag and More...From 3 Placemats

Nothing gets my brain working more than a bargain. If I see something on sale or super cheap, I automatically think…what can I make with this?

The perfect example of this are these placemats!!

placemat tote bag

Do we use placemats? No, but for $1.00 I had to get them to make a quick sew project!

I love place mats, because the edges are already sewn and hemmed for you.

placemat tote bag

Here's what I made!

A tote bag, a wine bottle bag and a key chain.

placemat tote bag

This is a quick and easy project with just straight line sewing…

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