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sweet as honey pillow cases (6)

hey everyone! i’m so excited that TODAY is my turn to contribute to the sweet as honey blog tour! (yes, i put myself on the schedule. i couldn’t resist joining in on the fun! #dork.) i’ve been determined to spruce up our guest room for a while now and decided that the all white bed needed some colorful pillow cases and lots of pillows. i mean, can you ever have too many pillows? i actually made 8 pillow cases, but that many pillows on the bed just looked ridiculous. so six it is.

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for this project, i used missouri star quilting co’s super easy video tutorial on how to make a tube pillow case. i also (of course) used my latest fabric line sweet as honey and even threw in a little of my first line, reminisce. see it? since the video does such a great job showing step by step instructions, i decided not to include a tutorial here but instead direct you to their video. you can watch it here.

to prep for this project though, all you need is:

- 3/4 yard for the case
- 9″ coordinating strip for the cuff
- 2″ coordinating strip for the trim

there’s a really fun trick to this project that i can’t quite wrap my brain around. basically, you roll everything up into a tube, sew a little and out comes a pillow case. (haha!) the video tutorial does a nice job at explaining the entire process though and it’s very easy to follow.

sidenote: you could also easily use this technique to make pretty hemmed curtains, table runners, skirts and more!

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i think it has added just the right punch of color to this room (though i should probably go a head and apologize to all of david’s cycling buddies that will be staying here, surrounded by flowers. sorry guys!).

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if you haven’t already, be sure to hop on the sweet as honey blog tour! we’re about half way through and it’s been so much fun to see what everyone is making! be sure to check out nancy’s beautiful pillow on owen’s olivia from yesterday and follow the tour on monday with cindy’s project over on schoolhouse patterns. you can also catch up and see the full schedule here.

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february roost tribe recap (1)

hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what february brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of february’s content! i’ll be sending out a february recap on thursday, march 6th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from february so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before thursday, march 6th you’ll still get all of february’s content + march’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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adobe illustrator tutorial on my top 10 favorite tips and tricks that i use every day.

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a set of printable sweet as honey shipping labels!

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tufted mini pattern collection. use them for digital scrapbooking, as website backgrounds or print them to use as craft paper, gift wrapping and more!

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my all time favorite chili recipe. it’s vegan, gluten free and super hearty and delicious!

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set of adventure illustrations.

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with brave wings she flies.

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article on how to bathe without using chemicals + a guide to essential oils for your skin type. photo by peg and awl.

a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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january roost tribe recap

January 31, 2014

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hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what january brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of january’s content! i’ll be sending out a january recap on tuesday, february 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from january so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before tuesday, february 4th you’ll still get all of january’s content + february’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

in this adobe illustrator tutorial, i share with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different.

this pattern collection is called soul whispers. the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to quite down and listen to the whispers of your soul. what does it long for? mine longs to blossom and shine, which has been the inspiration for this collection. use them for digital scrap booking, as website backgrounds or print them for scrapbooking, gift wrapping and more!

a little inspiration from molly jacques for this month’s roost tribe book club read.

the most delicious root and winter vegetable casserole recipe.

an article from the most amazing nancy chalmers – the Sexy Super Natural Health Coach.

2014 goals printable worksheet.

set of clip art illustrations called spring anytime. because even though it’s january, my heart is in spring.


a set of inspirational desktop and smartphone backgrounds.

simple living article on how to help wildlife survive the winter (photo by soul centered photo art)

a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! tribe members also participated in this month’s book club reading, roost tribe challenge and more. being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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sweater wraps tutorial

December 20, 2013

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today i’m sharing the last gifty idea i have before christmas (you can also see tutorials for soy candles, painted wooden spoons and reversible ribbon cuffs!). this one is so easy, you can easily make a whole bundle in just a few hours! because they’re repurposed from old sweaters, they don’t require many supplies and are definitely easy on the wallet. i always hold on to to wool sweaters i’ve ruined in the wash (which means i had plenty!), but if you don’t have any woolies you’re ready to part with, i’m sure your local thrift store will have plenty to choose from.

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i wear a wrap nearly every day. they’re perfect for top knots, messy hair days, cool weather and quick runs to town. i also love that these come with two looks! wear the tie in the back or on top (off centered looks best!).

supplies:

- 1 (or more) wool sweaters
- printable template (click to download)
- serger or sewing machine
- scissors
- matching thread
- iron

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directions:

step 1: download and print the template twice (choose ‘do not scale when printing’). cut out the large and small templates (if desired) and tape together along the edges. most sweaters will make 5 wraps- if you use the sleeves and the small template where the neckline is.

step 2: fold the template in half and lay it on your sweater (see image above for guidelines). cut along the edges.

step 3: if your wrap is in two pieces, place them right sides together and serge or stitch along the widest edge to make it one piece.

step 4: serge along all four edges. if you don’t have a serger, you can turn down the edges 1/4″ and press, then turn them down another 1/4″ and press again. then, straight stitch along the turned down edges to finish.

step 5: tie the ends to make the wrap- you can either wear it with tie in the back or on top (i like to wear it with the tie off centered in the front!).

sweater wrap tags

for the labels:

- printable tags (click to download)
- sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
- tissue paper and baker’s twine (if you want)

directions:

download the printable tags and print on full page sticker paper. cut out along faint dotted lines. tie up with tissue paper and twine. gift!

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p.s. i know you love my mama bear sweatshirt! (obviously, i couldn’t resist it.)

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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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november roost tribe recap

December 2, 2013

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hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what november brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of november’s content! i’ll be sending out a november recap on wednesday, december 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from november so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday,december 4th you’ll still get all of november’s content + december’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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this pattern collection is called january roses and was inspired by the roses that always bloomed during winter while we lived in california. use them for digital scrap booking, as website backgrounds or print them for scrapbooking, gift wrapping and more!

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learn how to plant a succulent garden and take care of it using the succulent care quick guide.

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these sweet potato garlic knots melt in your mouth. they’re special enough to include on your thanksgiving table, but simple enough to make for a weekday meal as well. roost tribe (6) learn the ins and outs of going car free (or car-lite). photo by april artistry

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give thanks with this set of grateful place cards and note cards, perfect for setting the ambiance at any holiday celebration!

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lear how to color your artwork your artwork in adobe illustrator (next month we learn how to make a repeating pattern!). roost tribe (10)

give thanks with this inspirational set of desktop & smartphone backgrounds.

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a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! tribe members also participated in this month’s book club reading, roost tribe challenge and more. being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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the perfect whatever bag - a free pattern! (5)

hello, friends! my wonderful mother and i have been working on a special little pattern to share with you. we call it the perfect ‘whatever’ bag, because it’s perfect for.. well.. whatever! it’s easy to make and super comfortable to wear. i also love that it features several rows of pretty ribbons, which are always fun to pick out for a project. we used 3 pieces from my reminisce fabric line (sweet nostalgia antique, wonderment teaberry & freshly picked sherbert) which you can find for purchase here and here.

to download the pattern: click on the image above to download the printable pdf pattern.

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