Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strip of DIY Earrings

My niece got her ears pierced this year so I wanted to give her some new earrings for her birthday this month.

Using my smallest molds I made a whole pile of them.

Some of them even glow in the dark!

I had all sort of ideas for making a holder for them all but in the end decided to just put them on a simple strip of glitter foam.

 I cut a little 2" strip and stuck it onto some cardstock and trimmed away the excess cardstock.

On the back, I measured an equal distance and drew 2 lines.

 With my extra small hole punch I punched a series of holes down each line for the earrings to fit into.


But now, how to wrap them?!?!  I used an empty paper towel roll!

And then just wrapped it up like a giant firecracker~

I used to love getting earrings for a gift when I was young.  Now I rarely remember to put them on.  How about you?  Do wear earrings everyday?  Leave a comment below~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Giveaway WINNER!

And the winner of the SammyDress gift certificate giveaway is....

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Monday - Relaxing Ambient Noise (TNG)

You may need to be a bit of a Trekker to get this video but I think that it's beyond brilliant, which gives you a bit of insight into what makes me tick.

I seriously play this all day long in my earphones
 at work and it helps me stay cool, calm, and collected.

There are also videos of ambient sounds from other ships from the sci-fi universe as well as from 10-Forward and the crew cabins!  Perfect for sewing by...take me away TNG!

Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Sturdy Gift Bag

Today feels like a good day to pull out the Mod Podge and do some recycling!

Mod Podge, DIY Gift Bag, Sturdy Gift Bag, Recycle a box

I showed you how to make a gift bag from gift wrap paper before, but even I have to admit, those bags are really only useful for lightweight items.  This bag is heavy duty and should be able to hold almost any kind of gift you have to give.

The secret?  It's really a box!

Yes, I'll do almost anything for you guys...even eat a box of 12 fudgesicles.  (Not all in one sitting!)

Here's what you need to make your own Sturdy Gift Bag.

-empty box
-Mod Podge and sponge brush
-Pretty papers and embellishments
-Cutting mat, scissors or craft knife (or a cutting board)
-hole punch (not shown)
-optional: glue runner

1) Measure the sides of your box and add at least 1/4" to the width.  I found that the edges of my box wasn't super crisp and even.  The extra 1/4" will give you some wiggle room to make sure your paper will cover everything.

2) Once you've got your measurements, cut your paper to fit.  I'm doing a patterned paper for top 3/4 of the bag and a solid at the bottom, that's why I have extra pieces.  At minimum, you should have 2 large pieces for your front and back, and 2 small narrow pieces for your sides.

3) Use your favourite adhesive to glue down the opening (the top of your bag) to the inside of the box.

By gluing it down instead of cutting it off you'll create more strength for the handles later on.

4) Glop on some Mod Podge and set your papers in place.

You can see here where I overlapped my paper on the side.  If I had cut my paper the exact width of the box you probably would've been able to see it peek through.

Here's what my bag looks like with the paper on it.  I could stop here and just add handles but it still looks a little blah to me.

5) So now is the fun part!  You get to embellish your bag!  I used this matching sheet from the same paper pack as my other two sheets and added a cute (and glittery) little belt around where the papers meet.

6) At the top opening of your bag, measure in at least 2" from each side and about 5/8" down from the top.  Punch 2 holes on each side and thread some ribbon through and knot it on the ends.

If you don't have ribbon you can use rope, twine, or you could even braid some strips of fabric together!  I added a pretty pre-made tag to mine.

That's it!  Easy Peasy!

Now I have a gift bag ready to go for any occasion, I have one less thing in the recycle bin, and I got to eat 12 fudgesicles!  What could be better?

This is a great project to get rid of any papers that have been sitting in your closet for too long.  I bought this pack ages ago because it was cheap, but I rarely use it because it just doesn't sing to me.  I like that I'm finally using it, and I think it actually looks quite pretty now~

What will you put in your gift bag?  Leave a comment below~

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Baggage

We've all got it...


Summary (from Harriet Turner knows all about journeys. She’s arranged hundreds of them for her family’s travel agency. Now Harriet is joining her adopted sister, Lara, to lead a group through the Cornish countryside. But when Lara fails to appear at the airport as planned, Harriet finds herself in uncharted territory and suddenly alone with a busload of eccentric seniors. As the tour wends its way through the picturesque landscape, Harriet must uncover her sister’s whereabouts and confront long-held family secrets involving Lara’s arrival twenty-five years ago . . . not to mention keeping track of more baggage–real and emotional–than she ever expected. 

Review: I really wanted to love this book, but half way through I found myself skimming the pages. Pages and pages of detailed introspection by each and every character.

I did like that the so-called "Big Secrets" that were causing so much drama within the family were revealed fairly quickly. I'm glad I didn't have to wait until to the very end to find out what each character was struggling with, because for the most part, there was much ado about very little. But I suppose it's that way in real life. Everyone has something from their past that haunts them, but when it's said out loud, it really isn't that big of a deal to anyone else.

There were a couple of characters I could've done without but I understand why there were included. The bits with the busload of seniors touring the Irish countryside to relive a long dead TV program were fun, especially when the special guest arrives on the scene.

This is a cute summer read. If you're looking for something that has more depth than a stereotypical chic-lit but not super heavy and demanding, then this is a good choice.

St. Ives, Cornwall, England
Have you ever lead an overseas tour group?  Or been on a tour with seniors?  Leave a comment below (and pick up this book)~


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