Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Three Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts | Michaels Makers

Now that it's after Thanksgiving - it's officially Christmas season!! For today's Michaels Makers challenge - I'm sharing three last minute DIY gift ideas!

1. Tassel Leather Keychain - what women wouldn't want one of these?! Also great as a bag charm!

Cut an (approximate) 8" x 3" piece of leather - leaving about 3/4" at the top, cut thin strips of leather make them consistent, but I opt not to measure since it gets rolled, precision isn't essential - start rolling the tassel, adding a quick drying, permanent glue (fabritac or aleene's turbo tacky are my preference) - close to the end, cut a thin piece of leather (about 1/4" and make a loop on the top of the tassel) - cut a piece of leather to wrap around the top (where you didn't cut) - cut another piece of leather (about 3/8") loop around the top loop of the keychain and the key ring - make a small hole and secure with a rivet. Images to make a leather tassel at the end of this tutorial.

2. Feather Tote Bag - with sweet potato stamp. My original plan was a different stenciled tote bag and I changed my mind at the last minute - I'm glad I did, because I LOVE how it turned out! This was super fast and easy!! 

I saw this stamped blanket on Pinterest and had to give it a try! For more instructions, head on over. To add, in order to get a faded/ombre look on the feathers, brush a thin coat of paint on the stamp, practice on a piece of paper or extra fabric - you want the stamp to be coated, but not too wet. Once you get the hang of it, brush on one side of the stamp and use the brush to lightly feather the paint to the other side - you don't want it to be the same thickness all over the stamp. Remember, just a little bit of paint! Use craft paint and add fabric medium, following the instructions (I used Martha Stewart), and iron to heat set to make it washable. 

3. Wood Coasters

I asked David to come up with one idea for coasters and this is what he came up with! Naturally, it involves power tools, but, if you have a table saw, it's still very fast! 

He took a set of 4" x 4" wood coasters from Michaels (it would be easy to cut out of wood too, but this saves a few steps!) Next, David marked the pattern on one side - from one end, mark, 1/2", 1", 1-3/8", 1-7/8. Set the table saw blade height to half of the thickness of the coaster (3/16"). Prepare to cut the space between the 1/2"mark and 1" mark - cut the section out by ripping with the table saw (see the ribs created? That's from cutting thicknesses of the blade) Once the fence is set, you make four passes - one on each side and then flip and cut the perpendicular ends. After adjusting the fence by one blade width, you can follow with the next four cuts on each piece to create the cut-out sections. For this pattern, the 1/2' section took five passes and the 1/8" section took 2 passes. It sounds a little complicated, but cutting out the 4 coasters took around 10 minutes to complete. 

Looking for more holiday ideas? Check out Michaels! Also, be sure to check out the other Michaels Makers holiday hacks to make the holidays less stressful! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Five | 11.27.15

I'm SO excited to participate in my good friends Cassie and Sarah's December sale at Sweet Clover. If you're in the Frederick/D.C. area, you MUST check it out - December 4-6! I'll be selling several things that David and I have made! Click HERE for more info. 

Here's one of my purchases from Sweet Clover :) 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Raised Copper Plant Stand | Dorsey Reno Update

My latest eHow article - how to make a raised copper plant stand, is live! 

Be sure to stop by and check it out! It's SUPER easy!

And a quick #dorseyreno update! We were planning on installing cork flooring in the closet, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and decided to run the hardwood in. Since we bought the house, I was always planning on replacing the carpet with cork flooring - the room was closed off (two small bifold doors) so the cork was an easy improvement. Once we opened up the door to one larger opening - the closet looked like an extension of the room, instead of a separate space, so I really wanted to keep that sight line open.

We were considering putting a threshold down and starting over in the closet, but having the seamless line will look better in the end (even though it's more work). The wood is a little lighter, so we'll be applying a small amount of stain so that it matches fairly well.

SO moral of the story, stop and examine your design decisions as you go, don't just assume that your original idea will work :) Good thing we are planning cork flooring in the basement, so we can use what we purchased there!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sailing With The Scotts | Recap

Hey everyone! We're back from #sailingwiththescotts! We set sail from Miami, stopped at Key West and Mexico!! Jennifer, Mallory, Emily, Jen, Cassie, and I were invited to participate in blogger panels, enjoy some fun in the sun, and of course, meet the Scott brothers!

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