Bandana Apron

This was a sewing project that I started with my MIL last spring….without a pattern!

We got stuck trying to line up the skirt, waistband, and bib so it got put on hold.

So after I got my sewing machine at Christmas, I took on the task of finishing it on my own.

After looking at several apron patterns online, I figured out what needed to be done and finished it!

The skirt is a full bandana with a half-bandana attached as pockets.  Then the bib is just the center of a bandana, while the neck strap and ties are made from the edges of the scraps.  I don’t have any special instructions other than, use your own body as your measuring tool to know how long and wide to make each part to fit you.

Bookmark’s the spot

Here is another simple project for sewing machine beginners.

Ribbon Bookmark

It was very easy and fast to make.

And I learned a little secret about my machine…

It can sew on buttons!!!!

My best tip, if you choose to make your own, is to measure your ribbon on several different sized books to make sure the hairband doesn’t overstretch and that the bookmark will be as versatile as your reading interest.

A sewing machine makes all the difference

My mom and grandmama got me a sewing machine for Christmas.  I was so excited!  Grandmama gave me a quick tutorial on threading it and how to read the book (cuz you HAVE to read the book).

So my first sewing project was inspired by this blog.

I dug out my old button-down shirts that don’t fit me anymore and got busy…

I’ll probably keep one or two, but I think I’ve found another great gift!

An Elephant Never Forgets…

An elephant might not forget, but this girl sure does!  And with the commutes I have to make to work, forgetting can be disastrous!

On Pinterest, I discovered that on this blog, the author did a 31-day series during the month of October on organizing different areas of your house.  Now, my life certainly doesn’t allow me time to do one area a day, but I did take a weekend and start on 2 of the rooms that she mentions.  I got 1 and 1/2 of them done.  Here is the project I copied from her…

It’s a “homemade dry-erase” calendar that hangs in my coat closet where I can write things that I need to remember to take with me before I leave the house.

I already had the frame (8.5×11 document frame), the photo paper (background), the clip, the marker, the hanger, and the string.  And I just picked up free paint chips at Wal-Mart.

Because it’s hanging on my coat closet door, it had the tendency to swing and bang around.  So, I went to Dollar General and bought some adhesive velcro.  I adhered a small portion of the velcro to each corner and to the corresponding positions on the door.  It did the trick!  No more swinging and banging.

The only sad thing is that I haven’t had to go anywhere that I needed to remember to bring something with me!  Well, it is the holiday season, the time will come…

Magnetic Make-up Board

Found this project on Pinterest and it made me so excited!

I could completely relate with her feelings of having make-up crowded and unidentifiable in a container and not wanting to mess with it in the mornings.  So, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby (I think Hobby Lobby is making a lot of money thanks to Pinterest!)

The outcome…

It’s so handy!  And it ends up being a motivator on the mornings when I’m like “ugh, I don’t want to get ready!”  It’s there staring at me, so I’ll think “Ok, maybe just some eyeliner so I’ll look alive while I’m at work.” And before I know it, I’m all made-up and ready to sell some drugs! (I’m a pharmacist, don’t freak out)

NOTE: Have you ever had 2 high-power magnets stick together?  They’re pretty stubborn to pull apart.  But have you ever had 1 high-power magnet with hot glue on one side stick to another high-power magnet?  Getting those magnets apart will cause you to have an aneurysm!  Use caution (and lots of open space).