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.

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).

Inspired by Martha Stewart

Ok, now we’re back to Pinterest crafts – and just in time for the holidays.

This project comes to you from Martha Stewart.

I was so proud of how mine turned out… and I even think I one-uped Martha because of the variety of colors and combos I made.

I actually made 9 of them!

(I could only fit 5 of them on the stool).

I think part of what made me so happy about how these turned out is because I had seen some reviews by other people who had intended to make this craft and got upset about the cost of the materials.

So, for all the nay-sayers:  don’t buy buttons from fabric stores for this project!  I got a several packs of multi-sized buttons of different color schemes from Wal-Mart between $1-$5 (depending on how many buttons were in the packs).  The ribbon is from Dollar General.  Not an expensive project to get 9 unique button-wreath ornaments.  Can you say inexpensive Christmas presents?

And for the record: I am not a perfect bow-tier.  I am, however, a decent, bow constructor/gluer.  Yes, that means I folded and glued ribbon to make it look like a tied bow!

Sea Shell Shadow Box

**This is not a Pinterest inspired project, but it is totally Pinterest worthy!

In October, Ken and I went to Folly Beach (records and pictures of our adventures are recorded on this blog).

We collected a basket full of shell – literally!

I had been inspired by a previous shell collection that Ken had from when he was a kid – it was just old and discolored and the shells probably would have ruined if I tried to remove them.  But I had bought the supplies I needed to complete such a project, I was just hesitant about actually starting it (aka removing old shells from old paper).

So, after our trip, my inspiration for this project was renewed.  And here’s the outcome…

Supplies needed:

– 12×12 Shadow box (minus the glass if you are going to use thicker shells like I did)

– 1 sheet of complementary scrapbook paper

– hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

– Sea shells from down by the sea shore! (I just picked my favorites – trying to get a variety of color combinations and the least cracked ones possible.)

1. Glue the scrapbook paper to the backing of the shadow box.

2. Arrange them on the paper (while it is in the frame because the edges of the paper will be behind the frame and you have to fit them all within the margins).

3. Remove the frame and glue down the shells.

4. Replace the frame and lock the backing back into place.

5.  Hang on the wall!

I don’t know what anyone else’s childhood was like but I remember loving collecting shells, and always sad that a lot of them were broken.  So, if you (or your kids) enjoy shelling at the beach but don’t know what to do with the good ones when you get home, make a shadow box!  It’s a great way to remember a terrific beach vacation with your family.