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Coffee Cozy Trio

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Looking for a more sustainable coffee sleeve? Dress up your cup! This is a super easy project that only takes about 20 minutes to complete. To jazz them up you can sew on buttons, motifs, or patches. The possibilities are endless!

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn of natural fiber (cotton, wool, jute twine, etc.)
5mm Crochet Hook
Survival kit

Pattern:
Cast On 28 stitches, join (careful not to twist)
R1) Sc around, do not join, place marker
R2) Hdc around in ** loop (see stitch section for A, B, or C)
R3-5) Hdc around ** loop
R6) Increase, hdc 13, increase, hdc to end
R7) Hdc around, bind off, weave in ends
Optional: Add a cute edging for round 8. Scallops, puffs, or even some kitty ears!
**STITCH SECTION**
A – Hdc in both loops
B – Hdc in loop just behind the back loop
C – Hdc in back loop only

 

 

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Upcycled Shirt Treat Bag

One more day until Boo At The Zoo and we realized we didn’t have treat bags for the twins. I have made myself so many of these upcycled t-shirt bags but have never made a tutorial for them. This is a super simple project that is great for kids who can handle scissors well. These little guys can stretch out and the handles are great for tying closed. They are strong, stretchy, and very portable. These bags are a great way to re-use that old Metallica T-Shirt from yesteryear… (Dad, I’m talking to you!) Here is a tutorial for turning that old favorite into a functional accessory! These are mini treat bags for pint-sized looters, but you could make them any size!

To begin you want to cut the sleeves and collar of the shirt. It doesn’t have to be perfect. If there is a little extra seam when you’re done just snip that off too. Next you’ll cut two notches in the very bottom of the shirt where the seam is. This creates a tube for closing.

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Photo: White Mage Knits

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Photo: White Mage Knits

Now, turn your shirt inside out. Take some string (I used cotton yarn for strength) and thread it through the tube with a safety pin, darning needle, or bobby pin. Go in one notch, all the way through, back in the second notch, and come out next to where you went in. Pull tight, tie a knot, then wrap both strings around to make a bulge at the bottom of the bag, tie a bunch of knots. This makes sure there is no hole and adds weight to the bottom of the bag so it isn’t so floppy. If you don’t like how this looks you can actually sew the bottom instead. You could even add a lining if you want. I made these purely for utility so behold my unruly bulge closure, beautiful right?

Note: If sewing I usually sew the shirt flat across the bottom using a zig-zag stitch.

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Photo: White Mage Knits

Finally, turn the bag right side out and give the bottom a good pull in all directions to get as much of the shirt out of the string bulge as you can. Give your straps a little tug to finish your edges (some roll, some don’t). Viola! Your very own upcycled shirt bag! Have you made a shirt bag? If so leave a photo in the comments! Happy Halloween my crafty friends!

DIY Playdough Recipe

Marley and I made some play dough the other day and I thought I would share the recipe. I remember my parents making us homemade playdough as a kid but it was always so salty, smelled really funny, and wasn’t the same texture as actual playdough. This recipe turned out great and we will soon be making more colors!

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • vegetable glycerin (optional)

Instructions:

Put water on stove top to boil. Meanwhile, mix all dry ingredients and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl. Add food coloring to water once boiling and pour about half of it into the bowl. Mix while adding small increments of the water until it becomes a combined, sticky dough. Add glycerin, mix, and allow to set to cool. The glycerin helps prevent sticky while adding some shine.

Once cooled knead the dough for at least 4-5 minutes. Do not skimp on this part as it is the most important part of the process! Just keep kneading until it is the right consistency. If you find the dough is still sticky you’ve added just a hair too much water. Add a tiny bit more flour and continue kneading. Once it is the perfect consistency it’s ready for play! Store in an air-tight container for up to six months. We store ours in a ziplock bag and keep it in the pantry. Be sure to rinse hands after play, as the flour can leave a dry texture behind. It is also a good idea to wash hands before play to prevent bacteria and dirt from getting into the playdough; just so it lasts longer. Enjoy!

Planner “Design on a Dime”

My motto for most things is Why buy when you can DIY? I really wanted to consolidate my home management binder, notebooks, journal, and school planner into one central location. As much as I LOVE the look of Filofax, kikki.K, and FranklinCovey binders I could not justify spending $50-100 on the binder alone. While I thought about making my own, I decided that by the time I purchased the leather, rings, punches, and other materials that I would need; I could buy one from Staples. So my boyfriend took me out and spent only $26 on my beautiful Day Runner Harmony.

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I was not completely satisfied with the layout of many of the inserts that came with the planner so I decided to print my own. Since I am using a personal size so it can fit in my purse (soon to be diaper bag again), I needed a hole punch that was compatible. The cheapest one I could find online was $16 plus $5 shipping. Instead I purchased this punch for $7 from Walmart, removed the punches with a flathead, and put them all on the top. I have to punch, flip, punch, so it isn’t as fast as a 6 hole punch would be, but it gets the job done. I only used free printable inserts!image

I absolutely hated the tabs that came with the planner so I very quickly made my own, using the stock ones as templates. I spent $1.74 on scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, used some left over self-laminating sheets, and ended up with a very cute set of tabs and front dashboard for my sticky notes and pictures.

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I am also using my planner as a wallet and wanted more storage. I could go back to Staples and purchase a set of storage pocket/folders for $9, but decided to use some supplies I have laying around instead. I would have used more coordinating tape if I had it, but I really love pink so the mismatch doesn’t bother me at all. The purple and green folders are one-sided (can use the other side for decorating or dashboards) and are made from regular 8×11 binder dividers. The pink one is made with a heavy construction paper Marley received for her birthday (love the pink so much I’ve been dying to steal a piece) I used one of my inserts as a template to mark on the paper, cut it out, folded it up, and taped it. It is two-sided. I currently use one side for sticker sheets (moved one to the back for picture) and plan on printing some sudoku puzzles that will go in the other pocket.

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I have looked at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Staples for washi tape that I like enough to use through my planner. Unfortunately, I have not found any that I feel is worth paying the money for. I will probably order some online in the future, but for now I used shipping labels to print my own tape strips and stickers. I was amazed to see how many free printables are out there for planners/scrapbooks! I only took a picture of the few I carry with me (don’t do much planning on the go), but I have a TON of planner flags, labels, and stickers in my “planning pouch”. My favorite are the lace tape strips!

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I also searched for free printable journal cards and found SO many cute designs! I have many, many more (mainly vintage themed) in my pouch, but these are the few I have in my planner right now. I use them each week to have a to-do/don’t forget/note spot right where I can see it each day. I also use them for notes to Joe sometimes.

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Lastly, I made a few flyleaf pages. I cut out a purple sheet from the remainder plastic from the folder I made (a little uneven because I ran out of room for straight cuts), and a clear one I made from some packaging that a baby shower gift came in. I hole punched them and cut slits to the holes so I can easily move them around when I want. One is used with my cleaning list so I can check items off, and the other is being used as a divider in my writing section.

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So there you have it. $26 planner, $7 hole punch, .64 charm, $1 paper clips, $2 tabs (added a bit for the sheets), $1 stickers and boom. An entire super-cute setup for less than $40. Creating a beautiful personalized planner does not have to be expensive, be creative! Use what you already have at home, utilize the internet to find free printables, and DIY as much as you can! Tip: Hobby Lobby has some kind of paper-crafting sale each week and a weekly 40% coupon you can get from their app, mailing list, or website! Happy pretty planning!

DIY All Natural Deodorant

We all know coconut oil is useful for many things. One of the most popular uses in our home is making deodorant with it. Here is a video of the process. The recipe is as follows:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4/5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 10-13 drops essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or stovetop then pour into a mixing bowl. Add powder ingredients and mix well. Add other oils, mix, transfer to jar or dish with a lid (I use a heart jewelry dish), and toss in the freezer for an hour or so. Allow to set overnight before use.

Application: This is a firm mix (unless really warm), scrape finger across to get a dime-sized amount. Hold to arm pit for a moment to allow to melt a little then rub in. This does not clog your pores, you WILL sweat. It just kills the odor-causing bacteria that thrives in sweaty areas. If being very active or changing clothes through the day, may need to re-apply.

Made a couple sets of these felt rice hand-warmers to give out this Christmas. Just cut some rectangles, embroidered initials on the bottom, and sewed them up with a blanket stitch, stuffing with rice.