I decided to make a blanket for my niece’s upcoming birthday. She loves all things pink camouflage these days. I found pink camo yarn at Hobby Lobby and immediately bought some and figured I would figure out the details of what to make later.

I found inspiration with these Pinterest posts:
http://pinterest.com/pin/76842737366281662/

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& this Pinterest post http://pinterest.com/pin/76842737366281689/

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So after playing around with sizes and shapes I decided to go back to my Mardi Gras chevron I previously made and just switch the colors to create this pattern. I didn’t use a pattern but I just kept measuring it on my double bed until I had a satisfactory length. I know she is going to like it! I even have some yarn left over so I may have to come up with a cute pillow or something for her too.

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I’m a little crochet crazy these days It is Mardi Gras here in South Louisiana. Put those two together and here’s what I came up with! I dug around my craft books and found a simple double crochet ripe pattern. This book is amazing for any crocheter, novice or pro.

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I’m making this blanket wide (to take to the occasional cold parade!) and be able to wrap it all the way around me easily. I’m thinking it will be 3 or 4 stripes of each color when I’m finished.

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My dogs apparently think that I make a blanket, they must test it along the way. Kind of hard to turn it when the Rat Terrier won’t move!

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I learned about the “Russian Join” just before starting this project and it is amazing! Wish I would have known this sooner. Check out this tutorial.

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I found this post on Pinterest and was inspired! Happens to all of us, right?

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Picked my colors at Hobby Lobby. Went with a jewel toned palate and eventually added red and green to this mix.

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Stitched granny squares in solid colors and used a nifty join as you go technique to add both the white border while connecting to he other squares. I found this helpful tutorial online.

I love the way this finished!

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Sorry for the pun, couldn’t help it! This past Christmas I decided to test my creativity and make as many presents as possible! I wanted to post these earlier, but well, didn’t want to ruin any surprises!

Here are the ones I remembered to take pictures of. My New Years resolution is to take more pictures of my projects. I had a crafty year last year, but slacked in the picture department…

1. Scarves for girlfriends: These were fun to make thanks to my nifty Brother sewing machine. I purchased the scarves at the store and purchased the monogram font on etsy. They loved them!

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2. Stadium blanket: great gift for any sports fan! I bought the blanket at Target and the logo on etsy.

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3. Casserole Carrier: My sister is in her new house and I wanted to make something useful for her. Mom had found this pattern so she and I each made one. Hers made a great Bunco prize and mine was a great gift. I splurged and bought he premium fabrics at JoAnn Fabrics and I think it made a difference. I added her initial on the sash to make it more personal.

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I sent her a new covered casserole dish, but Amazon prime took care of shipping that separately!

4. Crochet scarf: My other sister lives in NYC and has limited space for “stuff” so again, I wanted to make something useful. I found a simple Pinterest idea and made it my own. Had to use the black and gold for our Saints!

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5. Personalized ornaments: again, gifts for the girlfriends! Bought Hobby Lobby ornaments and vinyl and put the cricut to work!

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6. Crochet blanket for Grandma: This was a relatively quick project. Figured out the colors I wanted (I matched the quilt I made her last year) and made a bunch of solid squares. Stitched them together and voila! (Whoops, forgot to take a picture of this one…)

I need a solution to organize student papers in my classroom & of course I want it to be cute too!

First I started with 2 of these from Target. Problem is, I will have 5 classes so I need 5 bins. So I took them apart and planned to add 2 shelves to the bottom. This was quite easy!

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Next I wanted it to be cute so I added colored duct tape. It took a little bit of time, but the finished product will look cute in my classroom. All I have to do left is ad the labels for each section and it will be ready to go!

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My husband has been dealing with some neck pain lately, so I decided to try to make something to help him out. I made this simple neck wrap in a couple of easy steps. All total the project probably only took about 20 min. It was so easy I immediately made him another so he can keep one I the freezer and one to use warm.

1. Measured one long strip 6 1/2 in wide and the length of the fabric from selvage to selvage.

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2. Folded halfway a lengthwise with right aides facing and sewed 3 sides (including the side with the fold.) The end that stayed open, I folded the sides in so I would have a clean seam when I finished.

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3. I then turned it right side out & I sewed a scant seam along the three closed edges. Ill save the open edge for later.

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4. The I drew 3 lines about 5 inches apart. These would be the lines I sewed to keep the rice from moving around.

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5. I filled to just below the first line and filled with rice. I didn’t really measure, but just filled each section and then sewed each line.

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6. I sewed the last seam and clipped the threads! Easy peasy!

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7. Tossed the whole thing in the microwave for 2 min. and was done! My husband loves it! He can also pop it in the freezer for a cold pack too.

It is summer time so that means it is time for trips to the beach! I found myself in need of a new beach. Bag and wanted to make my own. I made this bag entirely out of fat quarters and mesh I found at JoAnn fabrics. I just made a simple tote and added a pocket to the front. Of course, I had to put my initials on it because I love any excuse to use my new embroidery machine.

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It has been a busy summer so far! When I am out and about I am always looking for inspiration for my next project, but I’m also keeping my eye out for deals. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the craft aisle at my local Big Lots. I found a quilt kit and some jelly rolls that ended up making beautiful quilts!

The kit before;

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During:

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Finished!

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The directions. Were super easy & clear. The only things I had to buy separately were batting, backing, & basic notions (most of which I already had). Great, easy quilt. Perfect lap sized and I know my mom is enjoying it!

The second find were these “jelly rolls”

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I worked without a pattern but basically just mixed them up, sewed 4 of each together and the. Cut them to 8 1/2 in squares (finished they measure 8). I bought brown fabric from the clearance bin at the fabric store and made the sashings in between. Because I bought the brown on clearance I was limited in my amount, so instead of adding a matching border I opted for simple double fold quilt binding. The backing is a simple cream pattern and I used a low loft batting. I am pretty pleased with this make it up as I go quilt!

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I’ve been trying to get creative today and keep getting stuck, so this project was a way to keep it simple! I pulled out my button maker, striped paper, a circle cutter, and some black contact paper mustache stickers I had leftover from the cups (pics coming soon). About 30 minutes later I came up with these cute buttons we can use as favors/decorations. Note: eventually I redid the mustaches to make them smaller. I decided I didn’t like the edges hanging off the sides. They came out much cuter when I redid them.

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Here are the cups. Contact paper is awesome (and CHEAP!)

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I hand stamped napkins with using Staz-on ink. Worked wonderfully without any blunders or meltdowns.

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These were easy too. Little buckets from Hobby Lobby and my cricut.

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I also made chocolate mustache favors. They were a delicious mint chocolate and super easy!!

20130702-105006.jpg I eventually added little hand stamped thank you circle tags, but I guess I forgot to take a picture. Oops!

Here is what it all looked like when it came together!

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20130702-105318.jpg The beautiful mamma, Kayla! I had a banner with the baby’s name, but again, I forgot to take a picture. Silly me!! We had a great time!!

I am so excited to be co-hosting a shower for a dear friend soon! I will eventually post the pictures of our decorations, but for now here are the invitations!

The front is fairly simple, but I love the mustache to introduce our “Little Man” theme.

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The inside is printed on printable vellum (office supply store) in a laser printer. I eventually decided to run the stripes horizontally, but this was my original idea. I used a tiny bit of adhesive in the top 2 corners to let the inside still flutter a bit.

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The back was sealed and a small mustache sticker added as a seal. All in all, I like the way they have turned out!