Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easy Easter Crafts Features

Happy Easter Everyone! 

I have been looking through my blogger friends' blogs for Easter Crafts Ideas, and I think I have found a few that are so easy to do and super cute! I'd like to share with you all. 

First, it's Lindsay over at Southern Lovely who made the cutest Paper Sacks

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bag Loving Blog Hop

If you are visiting this post, it is obvious that you love bags as much as the next woman, and you are interested in blog hopping with us.

I am participating in this blog hop with Chris @ Chris W Designs, here is the original post about the blog hop.

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  • Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Liebster Blog Award Nominees

    In my previous post about being nominated for the Liebster Blog Award,  I promised to have a separate post about the nominees that I picked, and here it is. Before we get into that, you can read about my award Q&A here.

    Let me begin by listing my criteria for picking the 11 blogs for this award.

    I am nominated for Liebster Blog Award

    I have been blogging about humble sewing experience for about 2 and a half years and never really thought about receiving any rewards or awards simply because my reward is when others enjoy my work.

    Liebster Award, Wait! What?

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Repurposing Thrift Store Finds

    I normally do not shop at thrift stores because I have this thing about wearing other people's clothes or sitting on someone else's couch.  But for costumes, I definitely check them out first.  

    My girl friend and I hosted a costume party with a 50's theme, and we went hunting at thrift stores and eventually found a few dresses that I could turn them into something 50's.

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Easy Oven Baked Dinner

    I am sure you (or anyone out there other than professional chefs) do not like to prepare and cook dinner for hours, and if you are like me, you like your meals be as easily prepared and minimum cooking required.  

    Here, I have a complete meal all cooked at once without even turning on the stove!!!!!

    Easy Oven Baked Dinner

    OK, first, defrost some chicken pieces, and marinade them, i used leg portions

    Then, cut some veggies, whatever you like, besides the above veggies, broccoli and cauliflower could also work really well

    Add potatoes (use small ones or half the larger ones), the veggies, and meats like so in a roasting pan

    Bake at 375 degrees, uncover, for 45 mins to an hour.  

    Make sure you turn them half way through.  

    And be sure to check the internal temp of the meat!  

    There you have it, easy oven bake dinner, without even using different oven temps or different pans.  All the ingridents in one place! YAY!

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Renaissance Fair costumes

    I cannot believe I do not have my VERY FIRST sewing experience on my sewing blog..... I am slacking! haha

    I learned how to sew from my neighbor who sews Ren Fair costumes, and I was just tooooo eager to try my hands at sewing, so I made some costumes too...(really had no clue what i was doing)

    Our Costumes

    Why I love my embroidery machine

    I got my first sewing machine almost 3 years ago, got my embroidery machine almost two years ago, and let me tell you, it's been a blast!

    This is my baby Orchid (yes i name my machines) and look at her awesome functions!

    Bucket Seat Cover

    My husband has a few bucket seats lying around and he told me to recover one of the seats. I didn't think much of it since I thought he wanted it in one of our cars. 

    Then he would come home everyday asking if I was done with it, i was confused why the sudden urgency.  Turned out he sold it without telling me, and he already got the money and he promised it would be recovered. OMG!


    So I went to work on it......

    But having never done anything like that before, I royally messed up the first time... (used a wrong fabric, so it wouldn't stretch one single bit to form fit the seat)

    So I had to start over, very carefully un-stitched the old seat cover, and used those pieces as templates.

    after a few days (felt like months though), it was getting there!

    And Finally done!

    DIY Glass Jar candle holders

    I once saw on Pinterest about reusing a glass jar/mason jar.  Of course, I save my mason jar for making jam or kimchi, but i have TONS of other glass jars that I saved from spaghetti sauce to pickle jars.

    So I made some into valentine themed candle holders.

    They are soooo easy to make, you just have to try it

    simply use mod podge (sold at hobby lobby, Micheal's, and major super-centers) to glue tissue paper onto the outside of the jars, then cut out whatever shapes with different color tissue paper and mod podge them onto the first layer of tissue paper. put whatever candles that fit inside them, u are DONE!

    DIY cell phone charging holder

    To continue my plastic bottle recycling theme, I created another charging station, this time for a cell phone.

    The finished product

    First, find a used and empty bottle, i used a Korean aloe juice bottle, and cut the top off

    then cut two holes that will fit over a double outlet, then sand the edges to smooth

    Either spray paint it, or mod podge fabric on the bottle

    Here you are

    The reason why it needed to have two holes, so the top can still be used and helps hold it in place

    So if you have created something like this, i would love to see the end result!  

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Refreshing old mail box

    When I moved into our house, the old mail box was all rusted and nasty like it has never been cleaned before.  I would loved to have a new one, but knowing that costs money i decided to just spray paint it.

    Just clean the mail box really well, sanded the rusted spots, then just spray paint it with chalk board paint so u can write on it.

    then i got some wood alphabets (which i had for a long time) and painted (with acrylic paint) our last name, and glued magnets on the back and stick them onto the mail box!

    Refreshing old bread box

    So we had this bread box that was just all scratched up, so i decided to sand it down and repaint it.

    after a coat of paint

    second coat

    after painted it, i realized that the door part will not stay painted because of its constant use, so i mod podged fabric on it! 

    it's now much prettier!

    Mail holder refreshed + keys rack

    I dug out an old mail holder that was very out dated.  So i sanded it down and spray painted it with chalk board paint, then painted some bamboo on both sides with acrylic paint then spray painted with clear coat paint.

    We have this right to the front door for our mail, so i thought i should also make something to hold our keys. I once saw a picture of someone who made a key rack with old keys, so i tried to copy it. 

    I very very carefully bend each old key using vice-grip and then super glued them onto our mail holder
    (sorry about the blurry picture)

    so there u have it, easy diy key rack!

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    DIY grocery bag storage

    Using a can, be it a coffee can or cookie tin, as long as you can poke a hole on the lid, this can be done.

     using glue or mod podge to glue a piece of either wrapping paper or scrapbook paper or even fabric. then if you have some alphabet stickers, stick them onto the tin/can.

    simply cut open a hole on the lid.  stuff grocery plastic bags in it, place it in the bathroom for those little trash cans!

    DIY charging station #2

    Saw this on Pinterest Holder for charging cell phone

    Then I had a different idea for the holder, I made one for my hubby's tooth brush charger. 

    A WooLite detergent bottle

    I dug around and found a spray paint so i decided to paint the holder

    This project is linked with the follow linked parties, Do go visit them for more fantastic projects!

    Feeding Big We Three Crabs Keeping It Simple

    DIY charging container #1

    Using a used laundry detergent bottle

    draw where u want to cut 

    after the first cut

    made some adjustments, then sand the edges


    You can also spray paint the holder, or mod podge fabric/pretty paper to conceal the ugly writings


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