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Falling Leaves Wreath

I have this square  wreath made of grape vines that I keep on my front door year round.  I usually just hang something seasonal from the top and switch it out as the year goes by.  Well, I haven’t switched it in a long time so my fun yellow paper flowers from two springs ago is still hanging from it.  But when the weather here in North Carolina was taking a bit longer than I wanted to cool down I decided that adding a little fall flair would help me feel more in the season.

finished wreath

This project was so fun and simple.  And I think it looks great!  All I need to do now is find a little bow or something for the top.  Here are the supplies you’ll need:

supplies photo

Fall colored felt – I had some left over from a previous project that I got from Benzie Designs.  Totally go with them to get your felt.  It’s the best quality wool blend I’ve ever used.
Thin gauge wire – mine is a ??? gauge
Wire snips/needle nose pliers
Leaves Punch Die from Lifestyle Crafts

First you just need to cut out all the little leaves.  These punch dies are fantastic because you can cut out multiples with just one pass.  I gave some pretty detailed instructions for that in this post so you can check that out there.

To make the fun “falling” leaves effect I just cut a strip of the wire in about a 2 foot piece. Take one end of that wire and wrap it around the end of the needle nose pliers.  Like this…

curling wire

So that you end up with something that looks like this…

curled wire

I originally tried to just stick the wire through the felt to string them, but the felt is just to nice and thick.  So I threaded the wire onto a needle and it worked like a charm!

Once you have the first leaf strung, take the pliers and wrap the wire again, but make sure you leave enough space between the first leaf and this new one.  With two leaves it will look like this…

strung leaves

Just keep stringing the leaves and twisting the wire until you’ve got it as long and as full as you want it.

leave string

Then repeat on another strand and another.  Eventually you’ll have something like this!

falling leaves

I wish I had more felt left over so that I could have made more!

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

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. :)

 

Birthday Cards!!

This project pushed me WAY out of my crafting comfort zone.  Give me fabric, wood, almost anything else, but paper?  Man, paper is intimidating.  I love the idea of cards and there are so many gorgeous ones out there that I’m fine emulating, but coming up with my own designs is a little scary.

So I did what any self respecting little sister would do.  I went to my big sisters (card making extraordinaire) house and asked for advice.  It’s a good thing I did.  The design I ended up using was a joint venture, but my portion of the idea wouldn’t have happened without her guidance. :)

girls

Isn’t that such a fun little card?  I ordered the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts (on sale now!!) a few months ago, but never really had the opportunity to use it.  But Abi has a birthday party for a class mate this weekend so it’s the perfect time to try it out. And while I was at it I made a boy version at the same time.

boys

All I did was run the embossing folder through my Evolution with multiple colors of paper.  Once that was all done I ran each of the balloon colors through with a balloon die (from Simon Says Stamp) placed in a different place.  Then I just used some foam pop dots to lift the balloons from the background over the place the pattern on that balloon would have been. Does that even make sense?  It’s sort of hard to explain, but easy to see in the pictures.

feature

It really was so easy and fast but, I think, makes such a great and fun statement.

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the Lifestyle Crafts 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. :)

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. :)

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.

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