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DIY: Attention All Quilters (or wannabes)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Permalink

Bear Paw Quilt, image courtesy of the Moda Bake Shop

We’ve had the privilege of providing our label services to some fantastic quilters.  While quilts can be stunning and many become heirlooms, the labor behind creating one is not for those looking to complete a DIY project on a Saturday afternoon.

But I felt I needed to post this for several reasons.  One, because if you’ve never talked to a quilter, you should.  They are some of the nicest and most helpful people I’ve ever encountered.  And some of the designs and work that are possible today with the use of software and sewing machines can transform a simple quilt into a piece of art.  But the main reason I decided to post this is because if you like what you see (and have used a sewing machine before), you can actually make this quilt… really.

Bear Paw Quilt, image courtesy of the Moda Bake Shop

Angela Yosten, of the Moda Bake Shop, was kind enough to give, literally, step by step instructions on how to create this beautiful quilt.  For full tutorial, see here.

DIY: Origami Gift Boxes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | Permalink

Some of you may be thinking, “why would I make boxes when I could buy them?”  I know.  It feels like there’s less and less time these days, so we have to find shortcuts and faster ways of doing things.  But sometimes, I think it’s nice to slow down for a minute and make something, even if it’s small.

Origami Gift Boxes, image courtesy of Prudent Baby

Today’s DIY post is courtesy of the good people over at Prudent Baby.  I love the idea of these boxes because while we may not have the time or resources to make someone an actual gift, we can place the gift in one of these boxes.  I always find it nice to give a gift with an extra little something made by me.  Whoever you’re gifting to, you can cater this project to any interests or themes, using practically every kind of paper to create these boxes.

They’re perfect for Father’s Day gifts or even for favors at showers and weddings.  And for kids, these are great keepsakes to make with their friends or give away when camp is over this summer.

For easy, step by step instructions on how to make these cute and fun boxes, click here.  And thanks again to Jacinda and Jaime over at Prudent Baby for the great post.

8 Natural Cleaners In Your House

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 | Permalink

Jar of Rice, image courtesy of Jen Gotch via Real Simple

Some of you clean when you’re totally forced to do it.  Others clean because they’re nervous or bored.  I used to clean before parties, but never after… which I know doesn’t make much sense.  And we all have our favorite cleaning supplies we use everyday.  But what about the big messes that we don’t ever plan for?  Like getting bike grease on your carpet?  Or finding your gardening tools rusted end to end, buried beneath a pile of leaves?

Well next time, before you run out to get grease or rust removers, or heavy duty soaps, see what you have readily available in your pantry or underneath your bathroom sink.  Real Simple has provided 8 great natural cleaners that can solve some of your toughest messes and on the cheap.  For the full read, click here.

DIY: Graduation Party and Favors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 | Permalink

Cupcake flags, image courtesy of Marthastewart.com

There are so many things to make ready for a graduation party.  From food to favors to decorations, all the while dealing with the fact that your graduate may be leaving home for the first in a few short months, or may be moving onto a full-time career in just a few days.

So because this is kind of a big deal, we’ve gathered a few different resources for you to celebrate in style!

First off, DIY pinwheels in your graduate’s school colors.  To decorate the lawn, show some school spirit, and ensure that no guest fails to recognize the right house for the party, these are a great and simple way to add some flair.  This DIY is actually featured on Style Me Pretty, Abby Larson’s wedding styling brain child.

Next, we have two great DIY’s from Martha Stewart, including cupcake flags and a graduation banner.  Some people still opt for cakes, but for parties that are on the go and include a younger audience, cupcakes are the perfect sweet to add to your celebration.  These cupcake flags can be made at home, just using your printer, some glue, and toothpicks.  And the graduation banner is a must!  Making your own allows you to experiment with different fonts, colors, and sizes to fit your venue.

Cake Pop Caps by Bakerella, image courtesy of Bakerella

And finally, the DIY that takes the cake… a really cute and fun-to-make idea from Bakerella.  It was months ago that I first stumbled upon Bakerella’s site and was totally confounded by the projects she undertakes and shares with the world.  These candy cup caps are a great project to involve family and friends in, and will be a standout item at your grad’s party.  And, if you are looking for a more challenging project, you can try her cake pop caps (same link).

So start making!  And check back with us to get a special Friday Eats on some wonderful food for your graduation party.

DIY: Chalkboard Plant Stakes

Monday, May 17th, 2010 | Permalink

Chalkboard Plant Stake, image courtesy of Design*Sponge

If you’re challenged at identifying plants like I am, raise your hand.  It’s ok if there are people around you… just raise your hand anyway and tell them you’re stretching.

I can’t tell the green of a vegetable from another, let alone a plant from a plant.  And herbs?  I have no idea… the only way I know that I’ve got cilantro in hand instead of Italian parsley is by smelling the leaves.

But fortunately, the creative minds over at Design*Sponge have done it again.  These people are serious about their chalkboard paint and they are all about planting and growing vegetables at home.

Now that we’re in planting (well, even some are harvesting) season, these plant stakes are great… You can eat as many popsicles as you want (or you can steal a handful of tongue depressors when you’re at the doctor’s) and paint them with chalkboard paint.  Then just write away and identify your growing greens without ever second guessing what they are.   It’s also nice to eliminate those little plastic ones that you see in planters sold at stores.  Just make sure you buy a water-based, non-toxic brand of chalkboard paint for this project!  For the full how-to, click here.

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