(Mostly) Vegetarian Mama

Reflections of a New Mom to Twins, trying to live a healthy lifestyle

F is for Felt: A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

My daughter just got her first teeth, so while I know that this craft is a bit early, I thought that it was supremely cute.  Plus, we joke that our twins have conned us into believing that the tooth fairy doesn’t just bring money for baby teeth that are lost when they’re older, but that the tooth fairy also brings money for teeny tiny humans who have worked SO HARD to grow each of those baby teeth.  So I’ve decided that I’ll give them a quarter for each baby tooth that they cut, and it can go into their little piggy banks.

I’m so excited for my daughter.  She was SO UNHAPPY when she was cutting those darn teeth, but she’s so much better and happier now that they’re in, and you can tell that she’s having a wonderful time running her tongue along her new teeth.  My son is fascinated with MY teeth, always sticking his fingers in my mouth and playing with my teeth, giggling and laughing.

But I digress. My felting craft.  This is the pinterest pin I found, and I’m making a modification of this for their tooth fairy pillows.

I decided to do a pillow this time, so that the pillow can sit beside their head, and not under it.  The money and the tooth can go into the tooth pocket.  I’m still playing with it, to be honest.

But I bought a few squares of felt and some embroidery floss at Michael’s.  That’s it.

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I cut the large 9″x12″ sheet into quarters, so each piece measured 6″x4.5″.

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Then I embroidered them together with some colored floss:  pink (so cliche, and I’m sorry for that) for Baby B and blue for Baby A.

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For those of you who don’t know how to blanket stitch two pieces of felt together, I found this really helpful video tutorial.

I then printed out a template from the web for a tooth shape, and then hand appliqued them using the blanket stitch.

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NOTE TO SELF:  When I make the next one, I’ll applique FIRST, then blanket stitch the pieces together.  It sounds like it would be a no-brainer, but this was a mistake I made.  What a dumb thing to do!!  But yes, applique the tooth piece first, before you seam the felt pieces together.


Then, I filled the little pillows with stuffing, seamed them up, and used some fabric glue to make initials.  I’m glad that I went with a pillow instead of flat pocket-type thing, so that the kids can’t slide them UNDER their pillow, with me groping around in the dark, trying to avoid waking a sleeping child.

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I know that these are early, but I thought it would be fun to make, and I decided to give the babies quarters for each baby tooth they get, as well as each baby tooth they lose in 6 years, when that process begins.

E is for (Easter) Eggs: A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

Being a full-time professor, a full-time mommy to twin babies, and trying to fit anything else in is, well, nearly impossible.  So I DID quit the A to Z Blogging challenge as a daily challenge, but I do still want to work my way through the alphabet because I was enjoying the challenge — just not quite so quickly.  But I’ll try to catch up a bit and work ahead.  Lesson learned!  Write ahead next time and don’t sign on for one of these challenges at the last minute!

But my E pinterest craft is Easter eggs because, well, yesterday was Easter.

My hubby went old school and he handpainted very pretty designs on his share of the eggs, but being the hippie mama I am, I decided to tie dye mine.  I didn’t take many photos except for the final product.  Sorry about that.


So I took a piece of plastic wrap and placed it on the table.  Then, I put two paper towels on top of that piece of plastic wrap, and I sprayed it liberally with a white vinegar/water solution.  Then,  randomly put drops of food coloring on the paper towels (not too much because the colors will get muddy).  I placed the egg in the center of the paper towels, pulled up the corners and then the sides of the papertowels, sprayed again with the vinegar/water solution, wrapped the egg in the plastic wrap, and fastened it at the top with a rubber band.  They sat in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, I unveiled my pretty tie-dyed egg creations.  I love them!


My love-hate relationship with cold process soap…

I am having a true love-hate relationship with cold process soapmaking.  While the end product has, without fail, been wonderfully usable and satisfying (how amazing it is to use nourishing soaps that I made myself), I have to admit that the aesthetics of said cold process soaps has so far eluded me.  Seriously.

Every soap that I’ve made has been very nice, in terms of its scent, its curing, etc.  They’re just not what I wanted them to LOOK like, darn it!  It’s driving me crazy, because I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

Perfect example of my ridiculously perfectionist nature:  I went to the DMV to take the knowledge test to get my motorcycles learner’s permit.  I studied for it.  I went in, they directed me to the computer, and I saw that it was 20 questions.  Ok.  No problem.  I’m working away, getting every single question correct, when it stops me after 16 questions (all correct), because apparently I had earned an 80% on the test, which made the last 4 questions moot.  Even if I got them all wrong (which I wouldn’t have), I still would have passed.  So they marked my quiz at an 80% without giving me the last 4 questions so that I could have earned a 100%!  I was SO MAD AND FUMING!  Silly, right?  But I wanted the perfect score!  And I would have earned it too, but I guess they figured that if there was a line for tests, then it’s obvious I’m going to pass so why bother testing me further.  But I wasn’t happy with an 80%.  I whined (lightheartedly).

Anyway, I digress.  I want perfect soaps.  Even though the beauty of handmade, homemade soap is that it’s NOT perfect.  It’s handmade.  That’s the allure of handmade.  But still, I wanted things to be prettier, somehow.

Friday is my soapmaking day, and this past Friday was no exception.  I decided to do 2 kinds of soap, and a quick salt scrub (hello sandal season!)  First, the salt scrub.  This was a recipe from Soap Queen.  It’s very easy, and it looks quite pretty, though it takes forever to finally firm up into a scrub.

I did a double batch so I could fill 3 bail jars.

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Then I mixed up all the ingredients (these measurements are for a double batch, like I did):  12 oz of 76 degree coconut oil, 2 oz fractionated coconut oil, 12 oz Pink Himalayan fine sea salt, 4ml of lime fragrance oil, and 4ml of coconut fragrance oil.  That’s it.  Mix mix mix until it starts to set up.

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And place in pretty bail jars.

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I can’t wait to use this stuff.  It’s absolutely divine in scent and texture, and to be  honest, it inspired me to make a coconut/lime moisturizing cold process soap next week.  It’s THAT GOOD.

Then I moved on to the cold process soaps.  First up, a Pink Himalayan salt bar, again from Soap Queen.

I didn’t have a bar mold (this is on my wish list), so I opted for the loaf mold option (in my 5 lb silicone mold).  I followed all the directions just as indicated, and substituted cranberry/pomegranate oil and pink grapefruit oil for the two essential oils.

Needless to say, salt bars are tricky.  I normally let my cold process sit for at least 24 hours, and normally 48 hours, before I cut them.  I knew that these would firm up QUICKLY, so I kept testing them and ended up cutting at about 5 hours.  Already, they were a bit crumbly but able to be cut.

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Also needless to say, they do NOT look like Soap Queens.  Grr.  They smell lovely.  And I’m sure that they’ll FEEL lovely, but they don’t LOOK lovely.  I’m so aggravated.  But they’re curing now.  Will be done in 4-6 weeks.  *sigh* Next time, I’ll try less of the colorant, and I’ll do them in a bar mold instead of a loaf.

And finally, I made a nourishing cold process (loaded with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado butter, hempseed oil, vitamin E oil, and wheat germ oil) with some crisp Anjou pear oil.  It smells quite lovely.  And I was going for the white of a pear, with the deep red, green, and yellow of a ripening pear.  *sigh*  Again, not quite what I was going for.  It was my first real attempt at the drop swirl technique.

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Again, it’s curing and should be done in about 4-6 weeks.

Last Friday, I made a 5lb batch of moisturizing soap, cherry almond fragrance that is really strong.  The fragrance oil made the soap trace almost immediately, so I couldn’t really do much with it, and it has a few bubbles in it.  But it’s curing now, and it smells wonderful.

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Update on earlier soaps that I made and have been cured/tested:

Husband’s shaving soap:  He was REALLY hoping that I’d come home to find him covered in shaving cuts, but he actually liked the shaving soap I made for him.  He HATES my new soapmaking hobby.  REALLY REALLY HATES IT.  So he was hoping for shaving soap failure, but I’m so glad that he likes it.  He said it’s similar in texture to the old Tom’s of Maine.  So score one for me, I guess!

Buttermilk Baby Bastille Soap:  I’m going to continue to let this cure for a few more weeks before gifting it, but it’s been 5 weeks, so I thought I’d go ahead and try it.  I tested the pH and it was between a 7 and an 8, so it’s gentle enough for the munchkins.  I used it for their baths last night (with bated breath, because I’m so nervous testing something on my kids), but it was fine on my hands, so they have to try it sometime, right?  My kids ALWAYS get rashes after their baths, even with the most gentle of soaps, so this was my attempt to get something that is gentler for their skin.  After their baths, I used coconut oil instead of lotion, and with the newer more gentle homemade soap, not a rash to be found on either one of them!  AWESOME!

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I’ve also been testing my papaya passion fruit soap, now cured and ready to be gifted.  It’s divine.  Delicious.  Luxurious.

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And my layered charcoal/rose soap.  Also amazing.  Decadent.  I reserve it for my face because it’s just that special.

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And finally, I tried my shampoo bars.  I will try other recipes in the future, but this one turned out to be a good one.  My hair feels really clean afterwards, and I just use a tiny bit of coconut oil on body and hair (in lieu of lotion and conditioner), and it seems to work well without all the nasty harsh chemicals.

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So yeah, my love-hate relationship with soap.  It’s delightful to make soap at home, by hand, knowing exactly what’s in it.  I wish I could find some success in making them look prettier, but I’m hoping that those skills will come soon, with practice.

Up next are some cold process moisturizing soaps:  a peach soap (by request from a good friend), a coconut-lime soap, and an Oatmeal Stout soap.  The first two will be lessons in colorant/aesthetics, and the second one will entail learning a new technique (making soap with alcohol).



I surrender!

Consider this me waving my white flag of surrender, A-to-Z blogging challenge.

This new mama to twins just cannot keep up with daily crafting blog posts, not while I’m working 16 hour work days outside the home and still trying to keep my munchkins healthy and happy.

So I will continue the challenge, because I actually really like the idea, but I cannot keep up with a daily craft at this rate (obviously).  I’m going to do my E and F posts later this evening.  G will come later this week.  I’ve planned them and even wrote them up, but I still need to finish with pictures.

So while I shall continue with this theme, it will not be a daily post.  Sorry.  Forgive me?  Stick with me?

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More adventures in Soaping

I made a couple of different types of soap recently.  One of the first things I made was a chamomile and lavender baby soap.  The first time I tried to make the Buttermilk Bastille soap, it was really crumbly, even after I rebatched it.  I still need to check the pH on it before I toss it.

But about a week ago, I tried this recipe from Mommypotamus’ site. She calls for lavender and chamomile essential oils, but since those can be drying, and also since I didn’t have any, I decided to make a really strong chamomile and lavender tea instead (in lieu of distilled water).

The lavender flowers:

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The chamomile flowers:

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The tea in the pot (it looks really icky because I wanted it to be super strong for the soap, so it looks clumpy, for lack of a better descriptor):

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The tea straining:

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The tea post-straining:

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Then, I made my lye mixture (following all safety guidelines — don’t forget that lye can be dangerous when mishandled or handled haphazardly) and measured my oils. I was aiming for a 2 pound batch.

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I checked the soap 4 days later and it was still too soft to remove from the mold, so I gave it a whole week and removed it this morning.  Much better.  Still a bit soft, but fine to cut.

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I WILL say that this soap was RANK while it began to saponify.  Seriously rank.  I was ready to throw it away, but I decided to see if it mellowed out once the chemical process had finished and the odors could become muted.

I’m happy to say that it did.  I cut it today, and the scent is mild, but at least not offensive anymore.

And I did have some overflow that I had to put in my plastic oval molds.  I hate this mold. It’s hard, and the soaps wouldn’t pop out, so I decided to save myself the headache and just scoop them out and form them into inelegant soap balls.  It’s just for my kids, so they don’t care what shape their soap is in, I suppose.

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Now they cure for about 8 weeks.

I also made some spa bars from Soap Queen’s website, and they’re quite divine.  It’s a dual layered soap, and uses a double-pour technique that was a bit sloppy.  Still the soaps smell divine and it’s pretty.  I’m not a big fan of melt and pour, and this really set that in stone for me.  Cold process only, I guess.

But they have activated charcoal and Red Brazilian Mandarin oil in the dark grey layer (smells divine):

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And they the pink layer has rose absolute essential oil, rose clay, and sandalwood essential oil in it.  Again, exceptionally nice scent, even for someone who doesn’t really like florals.  This photo is right after the double pour, a technique that is new to me.  It made me hate melt and pour soaps.

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And the final product:  12 bars of lovely, just slightly imperfect, spa soap.  The colors are lovely, the scents are fantastic, and I’m looking forward to trying one of these out tomorrow.  One key note:  I’m absolutely SOLD on silicone molds.  They’re so easy to pop soaps out of, they look so smooth and clean, and they’re very easy to clean.  Whether they’re for bars or for loafs, it’s definitely the way to go (even though I will admit that I still occasionally use a recycled milk carton when the need arises, but it’s a bit messier).

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Finally, I made a nice 5 pound batch of cherry almond moisturizing luxury soap (with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, avocado butter, and jojoba oil).  It will come out of the mold on Sunday and then it will cure for 6 weeks (sorry, no pics, but I’ll get pictures of the cut cherry almond soap.  It smells divine!)

D is for Doodles: A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

I love to doodle.  Seriously.  I love to doodle.  And I’m a bit of a junkie when it comes to office supplies, like pens, pencils, organizational tools, etc.  I could spend HOURS in Staples. Back when I was in graduate school, I would sometimes go to the local Staples with my friend, T, and we’d spend forever there.  Ahh, as I think back to having that kind of free time, when we’d just meander and fill our baskets with lovely office supplies.

I’ve been looking at those darn Sharpie mugs for forever, really.  We made ones back when I was pregnant as announcement gifts.  We sharped “Grandma” and “Grandpa” on the mugs, and sent them/gave them as Christmas gifts

But I digress.  I found this pin when I searched for “doodle,” and I love the stained glass appearance.

So my post for today is to doodle with sharpies on a mug and see how it goes!  This site troubleshoots some of the big problems that people seem to have with the sharpie mugs, and this was my experience.

I started with a plain white mug that was in our kitchen cupboard, and I cleaned it off with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any oils/dirt.  I allowed that to dry for a few hours.

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Then, I doodled with a black sharpie.  It was enjoyable, but again, I love to doodle.

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I chose 5 nice, bright colors — yellow, bright green, bright turquoise, orange, and hot pink.  And then, like stained glass, I colored between the lines.

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And I colored some more.

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And some more.

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This is the finished product.  I know the colors look very faded in the final photos, but the light was leaving me and I wanted to get photos first.  I’ll bake it tomorrow after a 24 hour wait period, then I’ll bake it in a 425 degree oven for about an hour or so. We’ll see how well this baby holds up, but I really love the look of it.  I’ll get better pictures tomorrow in the bright light of day and update.

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C is for Candles: A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

Today (ok, yesterday) is a more simple craft:  lemon candles that I found here through a Pinterest pin.

Seriously, this could not be any easier.  I love the scent of lemons, and I recently made some lemon bars, so I have the lemons left over.  I’ve seen this pinned a million times, but this time, I’m going to try it out.

I have about a pound of beeswax, a small pack of wicks, lemon essential oil, and a bag full of lemons.

My beloved hubby had used a lemon for something, and the lemon was already juiced and sitting by the side of the sink.  Perfect timing!

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I scraped out the remaining guck (for lack of a better word).

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and I used a grater to even out the bottom of the lemon so that it would stand upright on a semi-flat surface.

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I melted some of the beeswax in the microwave.

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Once melted, I added a tiny bit of the lemon essential oil.  I thought that I had lemon essential oil, but I didn’t. 

I dipped the bottom of the wick in the the wax and pressed it into the bottom of the lemon half.

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Finally, I poured the lemon-scented beeswax into the candle and allowed it to cool/firm up.

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I lit the candle, and voila!  Lemony goodness pervades the house and makes me think of summer afternoons, sitting on the patio, sipping lemonade.  Relaxing, right?  Until I also envision chasing twins around the yard.  And the dog barking at them.  And the laundry piling up. And the pants I still need to hem for my husband.

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But darn, that lemonade tastes mighty fine.  And this candle smells absolutely divine.  So if you’re like me and you’ve seen this pin a thousand times and thought to yourself, “Gee, I should really try that sometime,”  well, go ahead and do it.  It’s easy, cheap, and very nice, particularly in spring when the house has that end–of-winter stale air feel to it.


B is for Burlap and Buttons: A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

Here’s my B post from yesterday, and I’ll post my C craft (a simple one) later this evening.


I used to make cute little burlap bags back when I had my own DIY craft business.  Therefore, I have SO MUCH FABRIC left over from said business.  Totes and totes and totes of beautiful fabric, burlap and cotton both.  Granted, I will one day soon make a ton of cotton pillowcase dresses for my daughter this summer (maybe that’s what “P is for…”), but in the meantime, what the heck do I do with so much burlap?  It’s a dirty, itchy fabric that makes me sneeze.

But for today’s A-t0-Z blogging challenge, B is for burlap and buttons!

I stumbled across this link through a pin that involves a blank art canvas (check!),

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Burlap (check)

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Buttons (check!)

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A glue gun with lots of glue sticks (check!)

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A stencil of a monogram (optional, but I wanted to be more precise, so I printed one out) (check!):

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I liked this size because it will allow for a border of buttons, if I think it needs one.

And ribbon for hanging.

All materials have been gathered, so it’s time to get started.

1.  Cut the burlap with about 4″ of overlap on all edges.

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2.  Begin stapling around the edge.  I started with a long edge to give me the most anchor to the canvas.  I was afraid that my regular office stapler wasn’t going to be strong enough, but with some patience, it worked just fine.  I just braced the bottom of the canvas and slowly inserted the staple to allow it to embed into the wood.

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3.  Now do the other long edge, stretching it as tightly as you can to eliminate any gap between the canvas and the burlap.

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4.  Now do one of your short edges, again trying to reduce the amount of slack on the burlap.

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5.  And now your final edge.  This is the one where the slack can really be reduced as you tighten the burlap across the canvas and fasten it.

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6.  Trip around the edge to make the corners (the next step) easier, and begin with your first corner.  Trim that excess burlap to avoid bulk.

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7.  Now fold the two sides in, like you’re wrapping a present.  Staple these two to the canvas corner.

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8.  Now fold that tripped corner in and staple that as well.

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9.  Repeat for all of the corners.  It will end up looking something like this:

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10.  Because I’m a bit of a neat freak, I further trimmed the burlap to make it more clean (as clean as burlap can be, that is).  This is what the back looks like, as well as the front.

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11.  Now for the front.  I made a nice big monogram.  If I had it to do all over again, I’d probably outline the initial on the actual canvas, UNDER the burlap.  The burlap is somewhat sheer, so I’d be able to see the outline.   But in this first attempt, I didn’t think ahead to do that.  So instead, I outlined the initial with a basic graphite pencil.  The outline is nicely visible, and I’ll just make sure that the buttons cover the graphite outline.


12.  Now hot glue the buttons (a wide variety of sizes and even shapes, if possible).  I did a single layer first, then filled in with some dimensionality and to fill in the empty spots.  It adds some depth to it, and it looks quite nice this way.

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13.  I decided to add a border of buttons too, and I really like the look of the border.  It just seems to finish the look.

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14.  Staple a nice ribbon for hanging (bohemian style, of course).  (I hot glued the ends because I’m a neat freak when it comes to crafty things)

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14.  Bask in the glory of another pretty little DIY Pinterest project completed.

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To sum up, then:  I call this a win.  It’s a fun, quick, inexpensive project.  I think I’ll do one for each of the kids’ rooms with their own initials.  This one will be for our living room, I think.  I have also been thinking about doing one with a brighter (maybe kelly green) burlap background with a ladybug shape for my daughter.  I think I have red and black buttons somewhere! I’ve even been considering doing a red washed canvas covered in black burlap, and then the red/black ladybug.  That might be really pretty.  I’ll have to see.


As an afterthought, I think I’d do a more bohemian tied ribbon at the top (so two ribbons stapled to the frame, tied at the center before hung.  I think it would better suit the style of the final project, but all in all, a really cute and quick project.

So that’s it!  B is for burlap and buttons!  Let me know if you try it!  I’d love to see pictures!

A is for Apple: A to Z Blogging Challenge

Today, my Pinterest craft of choice was an apple-stamped tote bag, tracked back to this tutorial.

Here’s a picture (copyright the above mentioned website):

Stamped Apple tote

I’m always looking for cute tote bags for baby stuff, school stuff, grocery stuff, etc.  This other site has some more great fruit/veggie stamping ideas for art projects, kids projects, etc.  It’s in Russian, so thank you Google Translate!  But very clever ideas for stamping.  I might try more in the future, depending on how this one works out.

But back to my Pinterest attempt.  First, a quick stop at Hobby Lobby, aka, Shangri-la.  My shopping list included:

  • 1 yard of plain canvas duck (or a canvas tote bag blank)
  • fabric ink in two complementary colors to whatever fabric scraps I have at home
  • small piece of fusible webbing
  • wide canvas strapping (and thin, too, depending on whether you use plain canvas fabric, or the bag blank)

What I already had at home:

  • tons of fabric for leaves and handles
  • apples
  • Sharp knife
  • Cardboard
  • Sponge
  • Press cloth and iron
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

The first thing I know that I wanted to change is that I wanted to do a tote bag with both straps and a messenger style strap.  I carry a lot of stuff, and the messenger style strap works better.  Here’s an example of style (photo courtesy of this fabulous blog post, regarding his trials and tribulations in finding the perfect man bag):



But then, I got to Hobby Lobby, realized that I wasn’t going to have time to sew and stamp, so instead I went with these little 5″x6″ tote bags in white duck canvas.

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They’ll be perfect for tiny lunch/snack bags for me (given my tiny tummy, I carry small portions), and they’ll be perfect for the kids to carry crayons or a snack when they’re at that stage, so it’s not wasted money.  I decided that if I like the effect, I can always sew a canvas tote bag at a later date and try it again.  But for expedience, I went with a single apple stamp on each side just to try the technique.

First, I chose a bruised up apple and cut it in half.  I also put a piece of cardboard between the layers of fabric to prevent any leak-through.

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I chose the half with the stem, of course, and painted it with some pretty turquoise blue paint.  I couldn’t find my ceramics sponges or my paint brushes, so I improvised with a paper towel, which worked just fine.

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I tried to center it on the bag with enough space for the fabric leaves that I’d fuse to the fabric later.

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I was really careful to try to put pressure all around the edges of the apple so the outline would be complete and clear, and this is what I ended up with.

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Now I decided that I wanted some contrast in the colors, since my bag is only big enough for the one stamp on this side.  So I took some of my black fabric paint and (again, I couldn’t find any of my paintbrushes, so I improvised) filled in the negative/recessed areas, and the stem.  I think I’ll do a black apple on the other side with a blue recessed area and stem.  This would also be pretty with some splotchy tie-dyed effects with both colors.  But for this first attempt, I liked the effect.

My improvised paint brush = a rolled up morsel of paper towel:

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The result:

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Finally, I cut out double-sided lightweight fusible webbing and tiny little leaves.  I followed the directions on the webbing for how to fuse it, and did one leaf of each color of fabric.

These were my fabrics:

photo 4(5)And this is the result:

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It’s obviously still drying, and I still need to fuse the leaves, but I was in a hurry, so I’ll finish with the iron tonight, once the paint has dried.  I’ll also do reverse color scheme on the other side of the bag.

I’ll do this again, I think, because I really love the look of it.  For future projects using this technique, I think I’ll do both a tote bag (sewn by me so it’s big enough).  The ones at the store were only 13×13, which is tiny for a tote bag.  And I think this would look AMAZING on a plain white apron, so that’s definitely on my summer agenda.  I’d also like to try this with some different fruits/veggies.  An onion would be really pretty, don’t you think?

So that’s my first A-t0-Z Blogging challenge post.  A day late.  I had intended to publish this last night, as it was all ready to go, but alas, the best laid plans.  I’ll be more timely with the future posts.

A is for Apple, and a mighty cute project it turned out to be.  I’ll definitely use this easy, inexpensive, cute, and very clever technique in the future.


My A to Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal


I’m a bit late to the A-to-Z blogging challenge, but better late than never!  I know that I had previously considered “gratitude” as a theme for the month, but that could be a bit inconsistent with my blog theme of parenting/crafty type things.  So instead, I’ll focus my writing energies on trying new things, and I SO love trying new things.

As I am finishing up my resume for my DREAM JOB (I’m trying to step outside of the ivory tower), I had to identify my selling points.  My sister-in-law, actually, had pointed out something that I found to be very flattering.  She said that I tend to dive into new things without fear.  When I decided that I wanted to make soap, I just dove right into the deep end and made some cold process.  When I wanted to become a vegetarian, I just did it.  Much to my beloved’s chagrin, I’m someone who acts on my instincts/passions with great enthusiasm.  I am, it seems, fearless when it comes to new hobbies.  It’s not that I don’t do my research, but I do tend to jump into things and just throw myself into them with great passion.

I’ve decided to wing it at the last minute and post a Pinterest attempt each day.  Every day,  I’ll choose a different Pinterest DIY idea based on that day’s letter of the alphabet.  Some of those attempts will be successful (I hope), and some of those ideas will be, I’m certain, failures.  But I’ll learn something from those mistakes, just like I’m learning more about soapmaking with every *ahem* challenge.

So let the A-to-Z Pinterest-themed blogging challenge begin!  Today, I will begin with the Letter A.

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