Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No Sew Appliqué Hand Towels DIY

Need a quick Mom's Day gift?  How about making some of these personalize, no sew appliqué hand towels.  I used some fun printed cotton fabric and the new Stitch Less glue from E-6000!  It's easy and you can apply this technique to t-shirts or pillow cases, whatever you want.  

I love this Frida Kahlo printed fabric
The perfect way to brighten a kitchen!
Here's the video tutorial
Printed fabrics
1.  Pick fabrics you like with fun prints
2. Carefully cut out the shapes and patterns 
 3.  Apply a thin coat of the E-6000 Stitch Less glue with a paintbrush to the back of the cut outs
4. Place them on your towels exactly where you want them
5. Iron the cut outs in place and you're done!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Color Blocked Wedge Flip Flops DIY

Summer is just around the corner and if you're anything like me, you'll be running around in flip flops  every moment you possibly can!  It's just too hot to wear socks when it's hot outside.  As much as I love flip flops, they keep you the same height God made you......and for me, that's just not very tall.  Fortunately this tutorial will help all the height-challenged-flip-flop-wearers gain an inch or two and still be comfortable.  It's so easy, too!  All you'll need is a little E-6000 to tackle the job.

They look just like a sherbet ice-cream sandwich!
Here's the step-by-step tutorial
3 pairs of flip flops in the exact same size and style
E-6000 glue
Something very heavy to place on top
  1.  Decide how you are going to layer your flip flops
2.  Remove the straps from the 2nd and 3rd pair with scissors 
3.  Using a generous amount of E-6000 glue, adhere the middle flip flop to the underside of the top flip flop with the straps
4.  Glue the bottom flip flop to the underside of the middle flip flop
5.  Place a heavy object on top.  I used a dictionary, but you might want to use something even heavier.
6.  Let them dry overnight and you're done!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nesting Easter Eggs DIY

It's that time of year when every chocolate bunny runs in fear from me!  It's also that time of year when I stock up on plastic eggs and wonder why I need 400 of them.  This year I tried something a little different with my egg and painted them like nesting dolls.  I thought it would be a fun gift for my nieces and nephews but instead I fell in love with them and decided to keep them for myself. I roll that way sometimes.  For this project, all you'll need is some Americana Acrylic Paint in a few different colors.  How creative you get is up to you!  
Comfy and cozy
Watch the step by step video tutorial
Plastic eggs in different sizes
 1. Start by painting the face with Americana Flesh Tone
2. When dry add the hair with Dark Chocolate
3. Next, add the eyes
4.  Add the cheeks directly under the eyes
5. Paint either a tiny heart or red dot for the mouth
6. With white add a dot in each eye for sparkle
7.  Decorate the face with more white dots 
8.  Start with a headband across the forehead
9. Create an onion dome shape in dots around the head
10. Finally add some dots under the chin and you're done!
A family gathering

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shoe Makeover-Downton Abbey Style!

The ladies of Downton Abbey have discovered the Spectator Pump and today I'm showing you how to get the same look with just a little bit of paint and a pair of shoes in need of a makeover.  It's easy with some Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and a couple of ribbon bows glued on with E-6000!
Spectator pumps are the most popular shoe ever created (besides the sneaker) and reached their height of popularity in the 1920s.  Since then we've seen a version of this shoe in every fashion season since.  Try this project on a pair of white sneakers if you're not a fan of heels.  Have fun!
The "Lady Mary" Shoe
Classic Spectators for men and women
Here's the step-by-step video
Basic shoes 
Permanent marker
Ribbon bows
1.  Draw the design on the toe of each shoe
2.  Draw the design on the heel of each shoe
3.  Fill in with an Americana Multi-Surface Paint in a color you like and let dry 

 4.  Mark with a pencil every 1/2 inch around the edges of your painted areas
5.  Paint black dots over your marks as shown
6.  Draw in your stitches with a permanent marker on both sides of the painted dots
7.  Glue small ribbon bows on the toes of each shoe with E-6000 glue so that they are 
permanently adhered and you're done!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dyed Fabric Boho Cuffs!

If you follow me anywhere on the internet you know I'm a fan of boho style.  Anything colorful, beaded, wrapped, embellished, you name it, I'm all over it.  This week I finally conquered my fear of dying fabric and created these boho style dyed fabric bangles.  I used Rit Liquid Dyes and it was like painting on cloth with watercolors.  I loved it!  Rit has tons of different colors so pick your favorites for this project.  
My niece, Ani!  

Here's the how-to video!
Rit Liquid Dyes in colors you like
1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Glue gun
Wood bangles
1. Fold your fabric at an angle
2. cut it on the fold and then cut 1" wide strips
3. Lay them in newspaper
4. Spray them with water
 5. Paint them with Rit Liquid Dyes as shown
*You can layer the colors and let them bleed together
 6. Leave them on the newspaper and put them in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds
7.  Rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear
8. Microwave them again for 45-60 seconds or until the strips are dry
9. Glue one end of a strip to the inside of a bangle
10.  Wrap at an angle showing about 1/4" to 1/2" of fabric as you wrap
11.  Glue down the end of the strip and start again until the entire bangle is wrapped
You're done!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Happy Thurs-DIY, Possums!  It's been a busy week in crafty town and my friends have some FUNderful projects to share.  Hop around and see what they've been up to and make sure to tell them I sent you.  Big hugs!     

The marvelous Margot Potter makes DIY Atlas Pendants with a mile of style!

Cathie Filian makes Easter Brunch Decor that you're going to love!

Kathy Cano-Murillo makes beautiful Cascarones!

Jader Bomb makes chocolate dipped fruit and now I'm hungry!

Make beautiful dyed fabric boho bangles with Rit Liquid Dye.....So fun!

Debi Beard makes a seashell necklace that Ariel would flip for!

Cathy Attix makes whimsical Animal Rings.....She's so cool!

Heather Mann decorates for Easter with this Chicken Wire Cloche:

In case you miss Downton Abbey, why not make these Mrs. Patmore's Canisters for your kitchen?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mrs. Patmore's Canisters DIY

Miss Downton Abbey?  Need a little reminder in your kitchen until next season starts?  Why not make a set of Mrs. Patmore's canisters?  I have to say that she is, hands down, my favorite character on the show.  The best scenes are when she's being motherly with Daisy....They always make me choke up!  For this project I used Americana Chalky Finish Paints for Glass from DecoArt.  They are dishwasher safe, have a beautiful matte finish AND for this project they worked perfectly as a chalkboard finish.  I love this paint!  I also used power tools to create my lids from scratch.  You don't have to create your own lids from scratch, there are plenty of canister sets out there in need of a makeover!  Have fun.
One for Lady Edith, Daisy and Lady Mary
The lovely Mrs. Patmore
These are now in my kitchen
See the video right here!  
Ceramic containers OR a set of ceramic canisters
Contact paper
Accent stencils (I used Botanical Garden from DecoArt)
1/4" thick plywood
Wood knobs
Sanding blog OR sander
2 yards 1" wide ribbon
Chalk (optional)
1.  Trace the rim of your container on the plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw
2.  Sand the edges with a sanding block or a sander
3.  Trace a smaller circle (one that fits inside the mouth of the container)  This will secure the lid so that it doesn't slip off.  
4.  Cut it out and sand it like you did the first lid 
 5.  Using E-6000, glue the smaller circle to the underside of the larger circle
6.  Glue the knob to the center of the larger wood circle and let them dry for about an hour before you start painting them
8. When dry, tie a 14" piece of ribbon around the knob.
9.  Cut out an oval about 3 1/2" wide
10.  Trace it on some contact paper and cut out
11.  Apply it to the container and then fill in with the Americana Chalky Finish Paint for Glass
  12.  Remove the contact paper and place your accent stencils on each side of the painted oval
13.  Fill in with paint and let dry and then remove the stencils
14.  Bake the containers at 325˚ for 30 minutes, let cool and bake again.  This will make them dishwasher safe
Write whatever you like with chalk and display with pride knowing Mrs. Patmore would be very proud of you!