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Teacher Gift: Cookie Pillow Box with Letterpress tag

As I was tucking Abi into bed the other day she let me know that the next day was her teachers birthday and she really wanted to take her some cookies as a teacher gift.  I had no chocolate chips and no gift bags.  But then I remembered.  I have a the Pillow Box punch board that I’ve never used.  And these No Bake’s are always a great cookie for last minute things.  So that’s what Ms. DuPree got.

pillow box board and letter press

I whipped out a little pillow box.  It’s so quick and easy, especially if you use this video from We R Memory Keepers.

I also wanted to make a fun little hang tag for the box and thought it would be a good time to share a little trick I have for using the Lifestyle Crafts Letter Press.

supplies

First I gather up everything I’ll need:
Finished Pillow Box
Letterpress Platform
Printing Plates
Letterpress Paper
Stamp Pad

Follow the directions for the setting up the letterpress.  However, instead of using the letterpress inks, of which I never have the right colors and never enough time to order some, I just use a stamp pad I have on hand.  The plate with the ink looks like this right before you put it through the machine.

letterpress

I wanted to use the “Hello” from the Floral printing plate set, but I didn’t want to use the two color feature so I didn’t need to worry about lining things up just perfect.

die

Then I used one of the nesting dies that came with the Letterpress to cut out the shape of the tag.

All you have to do to finish it all off is add a little bakers twine and fill it with cookies and you’ve got a great little gift!

Letterpress tag with Pillow Box board

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the products I used for this project you can use the code below for 20% off.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

Picked from the Tree: Zucchini Bread

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  

’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

My mom was an avid gardener.  One thing that we always had in our garden was zucchini.  If you’ve ever grown zucchini you probably know that a plant will produce a lot of squash.  So with our 4 or 5 plants we would grow way more than we could eat, but my mom never let it go to waste.

She would grate it up and freeze it in quart ziplocks.  2 cups of shredded zucchini in each one.  That way all year long we could have delicious and warm zucchini bread; my very favorite kind.

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c oil
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 c grated zucchini
  • 3 c flour
  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t vanilla
  • Optional: nuts & raisins

Instructions

  1. Cream eggs, oil, sugar & zucchini.
  2. Sift dry ingredients and add to above mixture.
  3. Add vanilla, nuts & raisins.
  4. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.
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Leather Binky Clip DIY Tutorial

My schedule has been so completely different now that I have a 3 month old and a 6 year old than it was with just the 6 year old. It normally takes me 2 days to get a post finished; one day to do the project and photograph it and one to edit photos and type it up. You know how long it took to get this one finished? FOUR DAYS! Man. But today was the first day of school for Abi so hopefully we’ll get back onto a more set schedule and I’ll be able to get into the swing of things again. Summer is a routine killer isn’t it?

Isaac with leather binky clip

These days I spend a good amount of time looking around for binky’s that are strewn about the house. It was high time I made a clip to keep it where it needs to be. Not only could I make something I really need, but I could show you my new favorite crafting tool. And I’m not just saying it’s my favorite. I use it all the time. Probably once a day or so. It’s the Magnetic Cutting Mat from We R Memory Keepers.

Magnetic cutting mat

I’m sure most of you have used a self healing cutting mat before. I use mine so often and for some many different projects I have three different rotary cutters; one for fabric, one for leather and one for paper. But my problem is, even with the straight edge ruler I get a crooked cut a lot of the time. I could be one of those people on the infomercial that just can’t get it right no matter what. Most of the time the problem is that I let the straight edge slide a little as I’m cutting. It’s pretty pathetic. But this magnetic one is fabulous! The magnets are so strong there will be no ruler slipping ever again.

So here is the Leather Binky Clip DIY Tutorial I made for Isaac. I made mine using leather and a few leather tools. I’ll also try to give instructions for if you don’t have the tools so you can still make one.

supplies

Supplies:
Self Healing Cutting Mat with Straight Edge and Rotary Blade (scissors work too but aren’t as fun:) )
Leather
*Leather Cement or E6000 glue
*Hair Elastic
*Suspender/Mitten Clip
Leather Punch (or nail and hammer)
Rivets and Rivet Setter – optional

* = not pictured above

straight edge cut

First you need to cut the leather into a strip 1 inch wide and about 14 inches long.  Here is where the magnetic mat and ruler come in handy.  You could put the ruler over the leather and turn the mat upside down and it would stay exactly where you put it.  No moving at all.  I love it!

leather punch

Next, measure down from one end about an inch. Centered from either side punch a small hole with either the leather punch or the nail.

leather cement

Now, thread the hair elastic through the hole like above.  Then apply the leather cement or glue.

Finished loop with rivit

Next, fold over the flap so that the elastic is sticking out the top.  The leather cement is extremely strong so you should be ok to stop there. But I went a step further and added a rivet to keep the elastic from pulling through.

So I have no idea where the picture for the next step went (I probably forgot to take a picture – blame the lack of sleep) but it’s an easy enough thing to figure out.

Take the suspender/mitten clip and slide it about an inch down the other end of the leather strip. Apply the glue then fold over the flap (basically follow the previous step only with the clip rather than the elastic). Then add a rivet if you would like.

Leather binky clip DIY tutorial

Tada!! A great little leather binky clip.  Isn’t it great?  So simple for something that can save your life :).

leather binky clip close up

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase a magnetic cutting mat like mine (or the new cool folding version that will be coming out soon!) you can use the code below for 20% off.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

Crayon Bag

While I was away in Charleston & Savannah a few weeks ago an old friend, Sarah, from middle school emailed to see if I would be willing to test her first ever pattern.  Of course the answer was “YES!”.  And then I saw what the pattern was for and the answer became, “YES! YES!”.

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It’s like she had read my mind.  Abi has been using a little bag about 5in x 7in to take with her to church with her coloring stuff.  Needless to say, that tiny bag didn’t hold too much and I was looking for the perfect bag to replace it.  So this awesome Crayon Bag is perfect!

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The bag is the perfect for a normal sized coloring book.  And I love the little crayon pockets on the outside.  It’s such a great and simple pattern for a beginner and can easily be personalized for a boy or a girl of pretty much any age.

She now has it listed in her shop and it’s a steal of a deal.

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Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  Isaac is finally settling into more of a routine, and that routine seems to include at least one good nap (yay!).  So as long as I don’t also nap with him I should be having more time to try out new projects and recipes to post about.  Then I might get back here a little more often :).  I’ve actually tried out 3 new brownie recipes in the last few weeks with varying levels of success.  Hopefully I can get those figured out and shared with you soon.

But until then I thought I’d share this fun thing I made last week.  I’m currently on vacation in Savannah, Georgia.  My dad and step-mom came out to visit me in Raleigh and invited Abi, Isaac and I to join them on a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah.  Brad had to stay and work, but we’re having a blast without him.

Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

While I was packing I realized that I didn’t have a case for my sunglasses.  I knew that I would be wearing them and taking them on and off all day so I wanted something to protect them in my bag.  So I decided to do what any self respecting person in need of something that could be DIY’d pretty easily would do.  I got on Pinterest :).  That’s where I found this great tutorial with a free pattern for the case.

Supplies

Here is what you will need to complete this project:

Pattern for case (found in the tutorial)
Leather (I bought mine from Mood last time I was in NYC)
Felt (I used some wool felt I had on hand, but I love the blends from Benzie Designs)
WonderUnder (I used this instead of the leather glue from the tutorial.  Just make sure you iron the felt side, not the leather)
Sewing floss in coordinating
Evolution (or other die cut machine)
Embossing Folder (I used Sketchbook from Lifestyle Crafts)

I just followed the directions and used the patterns from that great tutorial from Whimsy Box.  It was so quick and easy.  Once I had finished their steps I added one more.

After the case was completely finished I placed it inside the embossing folder and ran it through the Evolution.  The case is bigger than the folder so you will have to run it through twice.  I wasn’t paying attention and pressed it further than the pattern on the die.  This gave it a line across the middle.  You can kind of see the line in the pictures.  It doesn’t bother me too much, but if it’s something that would bother you just pay closer attention on when to stop running it through the machine.

closeup

Isn’t it so pretty?  I was super shocked at how well the leather took the embossing.  And now I can’t wait to emboss all the things!

Remember that if you want to purchase your own embossing folder to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Rainbow Sun Rays Wall Hanger

Hey!  It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  I honestly do have a good reason for not being around lately, and he’s one handsome devil.

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Meet Mr. Isaac.  He joined the family one month ago on May 28th weighing in at 8 lb 12 oz and 22 inches long.  He made a pretty dramatic entrance in 2 hours from first contraction to birth.  It was quite the experience :). He is amazing, but sure loves to be held and cuddled.  I’m definitely not complaining, though it does make it hard to get anything done around here :).

One lucky morning I finally got him to stay asleep in his swing for a nap (hallelujah!) so I seized the moment and made a little wall hanging I have had in mind for the kids room for awhile now.

wall hanging 4

I know that I normally make a tutorial of things like this, but I was on such a crafting high I totally spaced taking pictures while in process. I thought that I might make another and take pictures of that one, but I haven’t had the chance to craft again and I really wanted to share.  I’ll just try to explain it as best I can.

wall hanging 3

Supplies:
Felt sheets
Felt Balls
Thread or embroidery floss
Sun & Clouds Die (from Lifestyle Crafts)
Batting
Hot Glue and Gun

1 – Cut out 2 suns from the felt sheet.
2 – Glue the top of the sun (along the sun rays) along the edges.
3 – Stuff the main part of the sun with batting and hot glue the bottom shut.
4 – Thread a needle with the thread and tie a knot at the end.  Sew through the felt balls and position them along the thread.  There is no need to tie them or knot them at their location on the thread; they should stay in place.
5 – Sew the string of balls onto the bottom of the sun and repeat.
6 – Finally, add some string to the top for a hanger.

And you’re done!

Wall hanging 1

It really is so easy.  I hope that the steps were easy to understand and complete.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Sun & Clouds Die to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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