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DIY: Dog Clothes

Friday, February 19th, 2016 | Permalink

Do you absolutely adore dressing your dog up in clothes?  We do.  While recently pricing some pet clothes online, we discovered a few websites that offer simple and cost effective ways to make your own.

Check out these step by step directions and free pattern, here, by Mimi and Tara, on how to make your dog a fantastic pair of pajamas!

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Dog Pajamas Pattern from MimiandTara.com

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DIY: The Coffee Cozy

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Permalink

Coffee Cup Sleeve, image courtesy of The Small Object

I love coffee.  And I love coffee from coffee shops.  And I love coffee in to-go cups .  I know, you hate me because I am wasting precious resources (some in the office do recycle, so fear not!).  And sometimes I really do feel bad that I haven’t brought my own traveler’s mug to the coffee shop… but those bad feelings quickly fade as I happily sip my coffee and drive away in my gas-powered, exhaust-creating car.

One thing that I do think can help reduce waste, and more importantly look cool, is creating a coffee sleeve.   This is such an effortless DIY project that you will have made 5 by the end of the week.  They are cute, inexpensive, and can be personalized for your friends, family, or even co-workers.

Coffee Cup Sleeve In use, image courtesy of The Small Object

For the very small tutorial, head on over to The Small Object and check it out.

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.

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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