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diy reversible ribbon cuffs

December 19, 2013

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next up on the list of diy gifts are these pretty reversible ribbon cuffs. once you gather the supplies, they’re so easy to make! i whipped up about 20 of them in just a few hours. since they’re reversible, i made each side with a different ribbon which really makes them stand out and fun to wear!

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supplies:

– ribbon*
– jump rings**
– lobster clasps**
– ribbon end clamps (make sure to get a size that matches your ribbon widths)**
fray check
– flat nose pliers
– bent nose pliers
– sewing machine***

*i used designer ribbons from renaissance ribbons. pictured here are some from amy butler, tula pink, anna maria horner and philip jacobs. you can search for them around the web or order them directly from my mom’s quilting shop, a stitch in time (just e-mail her!).

**i got all my supplies from twilights fancy. she was wonderful to work with and shipped very quickly!

***if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could also make these by fusing the two sides together with an iron using a fusible like heat n bond.

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directions:

step 1: begin by cutting your ribbon. i made each of mine 7″ long, but you can measure your own wrist and adjust if necessary.

step 2: place two pieces of coordinating ribbon wrong sides (messy sides) together. straight stitch down each side, staying as close to the edges as possible. (see picture above supplies.)

step 3: apply fray check to the cut ends to prevent raveling (you can skip this step if you want, but let me warn you- ribbons fray like crazy!).

step 4: insert each end of the ribbon into a ribbon clamp and clamp each end tightly down using flat nose pliers.

step 5: using curved nose pliers, open a jump ring and place it in the loop at the end of one of the ribbon clamps. close the jump ring.

step 6: open another jump ring, place a lobster claw on it and attach it the other ribbon clamp just like you did in the previous step.

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oh yeah, and did i mention? i got a tattoo!

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hand painted wooden spoons

December 18, 2013

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hello, lovelies! this week i’m going to try my best to share several tutorials with you for handmade gifts. making presents for my friends and family each year has always been one of my favorite things! it all started last week with this soy candle tutorial, and today i’m sharing with you how to make these beautiful hand painted spoons.

i am by no means claiming this as an original diy! i know lots of people out there are painting spoons, but to be honest, i haven’t read any of the tutorials. i just went at this diy from what i knew and am here to share my experience with you. let’s get started!

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first, you’ll need to gather several supplies, though none of them are very expensive (yeah!).

supplies:

– wooden spoons (i grabbed mine right here)
– desired colors of martha stewart craft paints in satin finish (available at michaels)*
– tape to use as a guide (i used washi tape)
– paint brush
wood conditioner

*marth stewart’s craft paints are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. they are not considered ‘food safe’ though, so be sure not to paint the entire spoon!

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– printer
bakers twine for tying

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step 1: tape. first start by placing a piece of tape around the spoon to use as a guide. i used washi tape because it was easy to apply and remove. i also tried regular scotch tape, but found it super hard to remove! also, do yourself a favor and make a ‘pull tab’ (shown in picture 1) by folding the tape over at the end as you wrap it around. this will make it really easy to remove!

step 2: paint. paint paint paint! apply two coats if necessary and don’t forget to paint the round end of the spoon. you’ll also need to figure out a way to let them dry without anything touching the painted handles. my ikea plant stand worked perfectly, but since i know you all don’t have one, you can also hang them from the spoon side with string, or wedge them in cuts from a cardboard box (follow me?).

step 3: cure the paint. let the spoons air dry for 1 hour, then place them in a cool oven. set the temperature to 350°f. once oven reaches 350°, bake them for 30 minutes. then, turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven. wait 72 hours before using or washing.

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step 4: condition the wood. you guys, i can’t believe what a difference this made! i really urge you not to skip this step (especially if you buy cheap spoons like i did!). as you can see above, the wood conditioner works wonders. simply apply the wax warm, let sit for 20 minutes and then wipe the excess off. (click here to watch a video of me doing it- and hear my baby coo in the background! haha).

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step 5: tag. now it’s time to tag your gifts (if you want)! click here to download the printable tags. i  printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. then, fold them in half with a piece of baker’s twine in the middle, then tie around a set of three spoons

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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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diy stenciled lamp shade

December 11, 2013

diy stenciled lamp shade

i’m so in love with this lamp shade that royal design studio made this week using the forest floor damask from my stencil collection with them. i can never seem to find great lamps/lampshades and when i do, they’re usually out of my budget. not any more! you might even find me at a thrift store this week on the hunt for a nice blank-canvas-lampshade to work with. i especially love the gold they’ve used for the foliage. isn’t it pretty?

head on over to royal design studio to get the full tutorial!

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soy candle tutorial + labels

December 10, 2013

soy candle tutorial + labels

as promised last week on instagram, i’m excited to share with you a little soy candle tutorial! i’m by no means an expert, but i usually make a large batch of candles each year for christmas and try to make enough extras to last david and i for the rest of the year. many moons ago (before i started going home to roost!) i even did a few craft shows selling nothing but soy candles. they’re surprisingly easy to make and super fun!

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first of all let’s discuss: why soy?

– soy wax is natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable (paraffin is made from crude oil, which is not renewable).
– soy wax burns longer at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.
– soy wax produces less soot than paraffin wax- pure soy wax could be used to cook with or as massage oil (though i’m not recommending either)!
– soy wax cleans up easily with warm water- no worries about clothes, countertops or hands.

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next let’s talk about supplies. many of the specialty supplies are nice to have but can be substituted with household items which i’ve outlined below. i’ve always used candle science for my supplies, but know that you can shop any candle supplier you like!

supplies

– soy wax – i like to use golden brands 464. how much wax do you need? 1 pound (16oz) of wax will fill 16oz worth of of containers. so with 1 pound, you could fill 2 8oz containers or 4 4oz containers, etc.

hot burner – you can also use a stove top, but a hot burner will come in handy when you’re not making candles in your kitchen, or you’d like to keep the wax hot right where you’re working.

pouring pitcher – you can also use a regular pot, but make sure it pours well. the last thing you want is hot wax leaking all over everything while you pour!

wick bars – you’ll use these to hold your wick in place as the wax cools. i think you could also rig something yourself (maybe with clothes pins?), but they are inexpensive and nice to have.

candle containers: for this post i’ve used medium straight sided jar with gold lids. i’ve also thrift shopped for glass containers of all kinds! the only thing i’ve noticed is that when containers get smaller at the top than at the bottom, the wax usually hardens with holes and gaps. i usually just have to finish the tops again to make them smooth, which isn’t a huge deal but kind of time consuming.

fragrance – here i’ve used cinnamon, blue spruce and pine cones (yum!). 1 oz of fragrance will usually scent about 1 pound of wax. (i’ve also tried using botanical oils but haven’t had much luck with them.)

pre-tabbed candle wick – for these particular containers, i used eco-14 wicks, but you can use this wick guide to figure out which ones you need.

– hot glue gun – use this to glue the wicks to the bottom of each container.

– color – i usually like to keep my candles white. i love the classy look they have, but if you’d like to add color, it’s easy! just stir in a dye chip when you add your fragrance.

– thermometer – any candy thermometer will work.

– labels – though you don’t have to label your candles, i think it gives them a really nice, professional look, so i’ve made you a set of printable labels (see below to download)!

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soy candle tutorial (1) i printed these label on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you’d like to use it as well.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find 1) the above labels as a pdf 2) a blank label pdf  so that you can fill in your own fragrance 3) a transparent png file so you can overlay these labels using any image program 4) an editable .eps file you can open and edit in photoshop or illustrator. whew!

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directions:

step 1: place the wax chips in a pouring pitcher (or pot) and heat until melted. remove from heat as soon as it’s melted to avoid getting your wax too hot (caution: it can catch on fire!). wax should be about 185°f.

step 2: while your wax is melting, glue the bottom of your pretabbed wicks into each container using a hot glue gun. place the wick bar on top of your container and insert the wick so that it’s tight and centered.

step 3: once your wax is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in your fragrance when it’s 185°f (and color if you’re adding it). 1 oz will usually scent about 1 pound of wax.

step 4: carefully pour the scented melted wax into each of your containers. let cool until wax is hard and white (usually 30-60 minutes).

step 5: remove wick bar and trim wicks to about 1/2 inch long.

step 6: place the lids on each jar and label them if desired. light and enjoy!

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diy baby leggings

October 24, 2013

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with cooler weather quickly approaching, i decided to get bear some baby leggings. after looking around a bit (and realizing how pricey they are), i thought, ‘hey, i bet i can make those!’. after a little research online, i decided to try my hand at making a few pairs (ok, several pairs). i couldn’t be happier with the results! they’re easy to  make, stay on great and keep my little man’s legs warm. (they’re especially nice for cloth diapering when pants looks big and bulky over the diaper!)

sidenote: they also work great as arm warmers for adults!

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you can imagine how elated i was to find these woodsy socks in the men’s section at target (i think i let out a squeal). aren’t they great?!

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and of course, i couldn’t resist these. :)

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step 1: gather your supplies. you’ll need a pair of mens socks or women’s knee high socks, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine with thread.

step 2: cut the straight sections out from the sock (refer to the diagram). you’ll keep the two long sections and discard the heel and toe.

step 3: to make the cuff, cut about 1/2″ off from the length of the 2nd straight section.

step 4: turn this section right sides together and stitch along the side.

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step 5: turn the two cuffs right sides out.

step 6: fold these two sections inside themselves (they should be right sides out all around now).

step 7: turn the top of the sock inside out. insert the cuff into the bottom of the sock.

step 8: push the cuffs all the way in so all the raw edges are lined up.

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step 9: place the 3 layers of raw edges under your sewing foot and beging to stitch.

step 10: continue sewing until you’ve completed the circle.

step 11: now turn the sock right sides out.

step 12: marvel at your new baby legs!

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as you can see, i made several pairs. the ones above are all made from men’s socks (found at target) and are great for the newborn – 6  month old baby.

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these are all made from women’s knee high socks and will be great for an older baby, say 6-18 months. they also work great as arm warmers for momma!

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as you can see, bear loves them! :)

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diy tea dyed tissue paper tassel mobile (13)

in addition to the dip-dyed hanging i made for bear’s room, i also made him a little tea dyed tissue paper tassel mobile (say that 10 times real fast). i wanted to try to make my own tissue paper tassels for a long time now, and this seemed to be the perfect excuse. i just love how it turned out!

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here’s the how-to:

supplies:

– white tissue paper
– dark tea (i used yerba mate)
– cutting mat
– rotarty cutter (or exacto knife)
– ruler (or straight edge)
– jute
– and a pretty branch!

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step 1: begin by unwrapping the tissue paper and steeping your tea. add about 10 tea bags to a large pot of water, bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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step 2: completely submerge the ‘rolled up’ tissue paper into the tea mixture. let sit long enough to become completely soaked, about 5 minutes.

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step 3: set the tissue paper out to drip dry, then (ever so) carefully unravel it and lay it flat to dry. beware, it’s very fragile at this point!

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step 4: once completely dry, stack into sheets.

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step 5: start with one piece of tissue paper and fold in half horizontally. begin cutting the tissue paper into thin 1/4 – 1/2 inch strips, leaving about an 1.5″ margin at the top (where the fold is).

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step 6: continue cutting all the way across.

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step 7: carefully unfold the tissue paper and lay flat.

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step 8: gently begin to roll the tissue paper up, starting at one end and ending at the other. be careful not to get the tassels tangled too much, as they rip easily.  

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step 9: twist the middle part of your tassel together, then create a small loop.

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step 10: secure the loop by tying it off tightly with twine.

step 11: use the loop in order to string your tassels. attach them to the branch by using simple knots.

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reversible apron pattern

October 9, 2013

reversible apron pattern by bonnie christine

hey friends! a few of you may know, i got my start selling aprons and tea towels on etsy about 6 years ago. though i don’t sell aprons any more, they are still one of my most favorite items to make! i just love wearing a pretty apron while i cook, don’t you?

to celebrate my latest fabric line, reminisce, i’m sharing with you the very apron pattern i made to get my start in the handmade industry all those years ago. it’s tried and true, fits beautifully and is easy to make. keep reading for the how-to and downloadable pdf pattern!

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supplies:

– pdf pattern (download here)
– 1 yard each of two coordinating  fabrics (we used timeless rosewood and sweet nostalgia antique)
– scissors
– rotary cutter and ruler (or just scissors if not available)
– sewing machine & thread

directions:

1. cut two apron panels, using the pattern supplied, one from each 1 yard piece of fabric. if your fabric is directional, be sure to cut out the apron with your pattern facing the correct direction.

2. cut four apron strings from the length of each 1 yard piece of fabric 1.5″ wide (8 total).

3. place two apron ties of contrasting colors right sides together and stitch around two long sides and one short end. (leave one end open for turning.) turn right sides out and press well. set aside.

4. place the apron pieces right sides together and pin together. tuck the apron ties inside the apron, with the open, unsewn ends extending in the seam allowance. placement is on both sides, ½” below the cut edge of the apron’s top edges and at the tops of the shoulders (see pattern for placement).

5. stitch around the entire apron, leaving a 4” opening for turning on one of the sides, below the tie. seam allowances are ¼”. turn the apron right side out and press well. tip: using a  point turner in the corners will ensure sharp points.

6. machine or hand stitch the opening on the side closed.

7. cook up a storm and enjoy!

photography by art gallery fabrics. pattern copyright bonnie christine 2013. pictured above laura grosso.

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