• Cricut

    How to Make Gift Card Holders Using a Cricut Machine

    I love the holidays! The spirit of giving is something that fills my heart full! When buying gifts it’s easy to remember the main people, like Mom, Dad, Sisters, and Brothers, but sometimes we forget about the extended giftees: aunts, cousins, teachers, and even bus drivers! This is why I love gift card holders! Gift cards make the perfect last minute gift, especially for people you may not know well enough to buy something personal. You can buy a gift card to universal places like a department store, grocery store, gas station, or even coffee shop. I recently bought a Cricut Maker, so I knew I had to play around…

  • Refashion Runway

    Refashion Runway – Season Five: Kentucky Derby Hat Reveal

    Wow, I can’t believe we are at the final week of Refashion Runway Season Five! This week is all about Kentucky Derby Hats! Head over to The Renegade Seamstress and VOTE for your favorite Southwestern project HERE.After doing some research, I learned that there were a few types of “hat” styles for the Kentucky Derby, one was known as a fascinator, which just lays flat on your head by means of a headband or hair clip, instead of having a “slot” for your head to go into. I really loved this look, so I decided to give it a try. Typically Kentucky Derby Hats are made using a fabric called sinamay, but I…

  • Refashion Runway

    Refashion Runway – Season Five: Southwest Reveal

    Refashion Runway Season Five Round Five is all about Southwestern! Head over to The Renegade Seamstress and VOTE for your favorite Southwestern project HERE. This round was a little more challenging than the rest, because I literally live as far away from the Southwest as you can get in this country. Due to that, there is not a lot of Southwest style clothing or prints here. However, I did have this super cute dress I bought at a really great price last year, so I decided to just go ahead and use it for this challenge. I opted to go less “southwest style” and focus more on the “southwest print” because (as…

  • Refashion Runway

    Refashion Runway – Season Five: Small to Large Reveal

    It’s time for Round 4 of the Refashion Runway! This round is Small to Large.  Head over to The Renegade Seamstress and VOTEfor your favorite Small to Large project HERE. For this “Small to Large” challenge I decided to take something short and make it long. I had come across this cropped jean jacket while shopping for the round two challenge and I knew this would be the perfect piece. I cut the trim and collar off of the jacket (it was all one piece) and cut the collar off of the rest of the trim. I ripped the seams on the jeans and then cut them into five 12″ high…

  • Refashion Runway

    Refashion Runway – Season Five: Faux Fur Reveal

    Are you ready for Round 3 of the Refashion Runway? This time we’re working with Faux Fur! Head over to The Renegade Seamstress and VOTE for your favorite Faux Fur project. I have to say this round was equally as fun as it was challenging. Fur is not my favorite material to work with, but I absolutely adore the finished look, so I was excited to push myself. I went to the thrift store and couldn’t believe my eyes: they had two wedding dresses! I knew this would be the perfect project for a fur challenge. It’s Winter here, so I thought a fur wedding gown for a Winter wedding…

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    Refashion Runway – Season Five: 1970s Reveal

    Voting is now closed for round two of Refashion Runway Season Five, but you can read all about it below. This round is all about the 1970s! You can head over to THIS POST to read about more about what Refashion Runway is and to see the design schedule. Head HERE to cast your vote on The Renegade Seamstress website. The theme for Round 2 is “1970s”, so immediately I went through the list of staple 70s pieces to decide which route to take. The very first thing I thought was “I want to do a high-waisted corduroy miniskirt”, but I then also sat down with sketches for bell bottoms and a white boho…

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    Refashion Runway – Season Five: Statement Sleeves Reveal

    Voting is now closed for round one of Refashion Runway Season Five, but you can read more about it below! This round is all about the sleeves! You can head over to THIS POST to read about more about what Refashion Runway is and to see the design schedule. Head HERE to cast your vote on The Renegade Seamstress website. For this round, we were to design something to feature statement sleeves. Statement Sleeves are exactly how they sound: sleeves that make a statement. They wouldn’t be a straight forward plain fitted sleeve, but something that has interesting elements that make you stand out in a crowd. The purpose of…

  • Sewing Graphic with thread, needle, and buttons
    Refashion Runway

    Refashion Runway – Season Five Contestant

    Refashion Runway is a sewing challenge hosted by The Renegade Seamstress. This season she has chosen 15 contestants to compete; I am one of the 15 contestants! You can head over to her blog post to see who the contestants are and to see some of their works. Each season, there are weekly challenges with a specific theme, similar to Project Runway! Each designer will make a project following the theme, but instead of using raw fabric, we have to repurpose another item such as old clothing or home decor items (tablecloth, curtains..etc): Refashion. You can follow along with this challenge and the weekly voting on Facebook. Each round will…

  • Craft Tutorial,  Kid Friendly

    Mythical Magic Bottles

    The Mythical Magic Bottles are a super cute craft project! Not only are they a quickie project, but they’re a great for selling at craft fairs! These bottles can be made in any color schemes, but in this tutorial I’m working in colors schemes to represent mermaids, fairies, and unicorns. Another fun color scheme would be mostly gold, for a real “magical” feel. Here’s what you’ll need to complete the beginner level project: Glass or Plastic Bottles Extra Fine Glitter Glitter Shapes Glitter Funnels Gem Stickers Hanging Charms E6000 Glue Optional: Clear Quick Dry Glue Optional: Clear Vinyl Optional: Mini Glitter Pom Poms Tip: Lay wax paper over your crafting surface before getting started with glitter. This…

  • Kid Friendly

    Collaborative Drawing

    I adore creating with my children. I’ve even considered making this blog tagline “and her kids are too” because we often craft together. Making keepsakes to remind us of the fun we had is so special and today I decided to try Collaborative Drawing with my six year old daughter. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if she would grasp the concept at first, but I only had to tell her once and we were on our way, so it’s easily a Kindergarten age activity. This activity is super simple and it’s one of my favorites: You take turns adding a small piece to the picture. No rules (except of…