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Crochet Fox Ear Headband

Good morning! Are you awake?? Go grab some coffee!

Back in December I vended at an event for small lady businesses. A last minute decision prompted me to make what I am going to share with you today. My only regret is that I didn’t make more! These crochet fox ear FLEW off my display, I sold out within an hour of us opening. Lucky for you, I’ll show you how to make your own!

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Here is what you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Orange
Red Heart Super Saver White
Red Heart Super Saver Black
Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)
Plastic Sewing needle
Orange Headband

Project Time: 1-2 hours (depending on how fast you crochet)
Project Difficulty: Medium (depending your skill level)

Dictionary:
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet two together

Headband:

SC around the headband. There is no set amount that I would recommend.

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As you continue around the band, keep sliding your stitches together. I did this every 10 or so, until you reach the end. Once you reach the other side of the band, tie off. Sew in your ends.

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Ears:

Use a marker to gauge where you want the center of the ears. Count three spaces to the right of your marker, slip stitch.

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Row 1: In the same space as slip stitch, SC; SC in the next 7 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

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Row 2: SC in the next 8 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in the next 4 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (6)

Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in the next 2 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (4)

Row 5: SC in the next 4 spaces. Chain 1 (4)

Row 6: 2 [SC2TOG]. Chain 1 (2)

Row 7: SC2TOG. Tie off (1)

Repeat on the other marker. Instead of counting three to the right, count four to the right. Once you tie off the second ear, sew in your ends.

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Around the ears:

In the space next to first stitch from the ear, slip stitch.

SC in next 5 spaces, however before you finish the final stitch, change color to black. Here is how I change colors:

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Insert you hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull through. Before you yarn over again, switch to the next color.

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Yarn over and pull through. this will give you a cleaner color change rather than completing your stitch and changing colors.

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SC in the next stitch. At the top of the ear (row 7) [SC, chain 2, SC]. SC in the next space, again before you finish, change color to orange.

SC in the next five spaces. Slip stitch in the next stitch and tie off. Repeat on the second ear. Sew in your ends.

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I also made just plain cat ears with this pattern. Instead of using orange and switching colors, just use black. It will look just as good!!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Recycled Soup Cans! (Five Different Ways)

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Hey! Hi! Howdy!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!

I know it’s totally not soup season, but I still enjoy a good can of soup every now and then! I feel guilty wasting a perfectly good can. The DIY-instinct in me says “recycle!” Here are five different ways to recycle your soup cans

Make a Weave!

DIY Do It Yourself Recycled Soup Cans Home Made Home Decor_2Try making a woven textile out of yarn the size of the can. Wrap is around and use hot glue to adhere in place!

Pipe Cleaners!

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Alternate colored pipe cleaner to make a colorful pattern! Use hot glue to adhere!

Macrame Cord!

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Wrap some macrame cord around the can! Also use hot glue to adhere in place.

Crochet!

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“Yarn bomb” around the can, alternating color until you reach the top. Weave in your ends.

Fabric Covered!

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Cut a piece of fabric the size of the can. Use fabric glue or modge podge to adhere them onto the can!

What ways do you recycle your soup cans??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Make Your Own Photo Backdrop!

One of the challenges I have while blogging is my limited space to take photos. I rent a decent sized two bedroom apartment, but space is still very limited. I have to get creative when I’m taking photos of the projects I share. Here is one of my secrets to mixing up the backgrounds to my photos (well not really a secret, you can find it all over Pinterest).

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Here is what you will need:
Rolled Poster Paper
Paint and Paint Brushes
Scotch Tape

Project Time: less than an hour
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10

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Roll out two long sheets of the poster paper and use washi tape to adhere the seam together (you can use scotch tape if you want). I suggest hanging the paper where you intent to take the photos because it could easily ripe if you try and transport it (trust me…).

Next, just paint whatever pattern you want! I just used Xs, Os and hearts to decorate mine.

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Once the paint is dry, have fun taking your photos! Like I said. I used this as a backdrop for my project photos, but you can also make one for a photo booth at a party!

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What do you like to use for a backdrop for your photos?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Accordion Photo Book

Here is an easy way to make use of all those cell phone photos!

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March is a special month for me. This marks one year of adopting my bestest friend in the world: JayJay! He came to me at a time in my life when I really needed a friend. You can read the full story of how we came together here. As I look over the past year, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to adopt him.

I thought it would be fun to “commemorate” our friendship with all my favorite photos from the past year. I found this idea on Pinterest for an accordion photo book and though it would be a perfect project for this idea!

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Here is what you will need:
Four or Five different Scrapbooking pages
Various embellishments
10-15 of your favorite photos
Scissors, Adhesive, and Markers

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10 (unless you use your stash)

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First, fold the scrapbooking paper in half. Then adhere the back of one page to the front of another. Continue this until you have glued all the pages together to create one long page.

Print off all the photos that you want to use and cut them to size. Now, just go crazy!

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I had so much fun decorating. I looked at it as almost a timeline of all the fun things JayJay and I have done together over the last year. You can make a theme throughout the book or make each page stand alone. Add text, draw pictures, glitter, whatever you want!

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When I was all done decorating, I added a ribbon to tie it closed.

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Have fun with it!

What kind of projects do you like to do to celebrate your friendships?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: Arrow Banner!

Add some color to any room!

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I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. I think it was because I had finally cleaned my studio and had the space to sew. I’m also trying to use my fabric stash, and through this would be a great project for it!

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Here is what you will need:
Various Colors of Scrap Fabric
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
Yarn

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $5-10 (depending on if you need to but stuffing or fabric)

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Draw the arrow pattern on to the freezer paper, and cut it out. Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to a piece of scrap fabric. (top left)  Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done (top right). Repeat this step until you have cut out the number of arrows that you want to make your banner. (middle left) Make sure you are cutting out a front and a back for each arrow. I made six arrows!

Sew the right sides of each arrow together using a half inch seam allowance. Leave the end of the arrow’s open for turning and stuffing. (middle right) Turn each of the arrows and fill with the stuffing. (bottom left). Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

Measure out equal lengths of yarn. Tie on end in a knot and thread the other through a needle. Sew the arrows together, from the point on the arrow to the middle of the back. Repeat for all the arrows. (bottom right)

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I made my arrows a little bigger than I wanted, but that’s okay (I made adjustments).

Where do you get project inspiration from? How do you try and use your stash?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Upcycle Your Accent Pillows!

Don’t but new ones! Update the pillows that came with your couch!

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Hi! How are you?

I bought a new couch about a year ago and, painfully, stared at these pillows for a year.

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I took it upon myself and challenge you, to update the accent pillows that came with your couch.

Here is what you will need:
Two Accent Pillows
Various Colors of Anti-Pill Fleece
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $20

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Fleece has a little stretch to it. Measure the accent pillows and cut four pieces the size of the pillow (top left).

Draw the words on freezer paper, and cut them out. (top right) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the letters to alternating colors of fleece. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done.

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Lay out the letters on the pillow cut outs. (bottom left and right)

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Pin the letters into place that were laidout. (top left)

Sew around the letters (very carefully) using a half inch seam allowance. (top right, bottom left)

When finished sewing the letter on (bottom right), put right sides together of the main pillow cut outs and sew together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Repeat with the second pillow.

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff with the accent pillows that came with the couch. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

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Enjoy!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Five Minute Three Ingredient Whipped Cream

Try this easy and yummy way to make your own whipped cream!

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I know that Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) is right around the corner, I’m sure tons of you will be making sweet treats for you best friends! What a better way to top any treat with homemade whipped cream! The best part: only three ingredients!

Here is what you will need:
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
3 Tablespoons Powered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Prep/Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Recipe Difficulty: Easy

Recipe Budget: Less than 10 dollars

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There are multiple methods to “whip” your cream. You can whip them by hand with a whisk. If you have a whisk tool for your hand mixer, you can whip on a low setting. Finally, I used a Magic Bullet, make sure you blend in 30 second intervals.

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Be creative, the possibilities are endless! There are so many flavor combinations you can try. Just add different spices or flavor extracts (pumpkin spice in the fall anyone??)

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Foxy Stuffed Animal

Make a best friend – for you best friend!

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Try this easy stuffed animal friend to gift to a friend or add a bit of decoration to your home! Some basic sewing skills are required.

Here is what you will need:
1 yard of red fabric
2 pieces of scrap fabric (they can be the same or different)
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Fabric Paint
Freezer Paper
Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $15

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Draw the fox pattern on to the freezer paper, including the details, and cut it out. (top left) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to the red fabric. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done. Be sure to cut two of each (front and back).

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Cut out the details from the fox pattern and repeat the steps above. (bottom left) Pin the details to the FRONT of the body and tail cut outs. (bottom right)

Valentines Day DIY Foxy Pillow Handemade Homemade Home Decore (4)Sew the tail and body details on the front of each. Treat them like a patch that is sew right onto the fabric.

Take the two tails and with RIGHT sides together (top left)  sew around the edge, leaving a half inch seam allowance. (top right) Leave the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn it right side out.

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Take the body cut out with your patch detail and the tail (turned right side out) and line the tail up to the long edge, the tail detail and the body detail facing each other. Place the other body cut out on of the tail, lined up with it’s counterpart, and pin in place. (bottom left) Sew around the edge using a half inch seam allowance and leaving the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn right out. (bottom right)

Take your stuffing and fill in the two halves. You can add as much or as little as you want. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed. Add the face details with fabric paint and let dry overnight.

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Try it!

I usually don’t make stuffed animals for my friends and family because I know they won’t display them as much as I would. I made everyone different gifts for Valentine’s Day.

What about you? What did you make or get your friend’s or significant others for Valentine’s Day?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Clothes Pin Photo Wreath

Tired of only displaying one photo at a time? I was!

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I LOVE documenting life through photos. I’ve had past relationships where my “significant” other always got upset that I was “taking too many photos and not enjoying the moment.” (That’s why they are PAST relationships.) The past year, my phone has been filled time and time again with photos of JayJay and the crafts I make sprinkled with the occasional selfie (never got that into them).

Like many before me, I’m trying to work through the pins that I’ve pinned on my Pinterest. With the new year upon me, what a great way to reminisce about the past year with this fun photo wreath!

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Here is what you will need:
Styrofoam wreath
Clothes Pins (I bought a pack of 40)
Glitter
Modge Podge
Paint
Paint Brushes
Hot Glue Gun
10 or so of your fav. photos!

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $20

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First, let’s make those glitter clothes pins! I LOVE glitter, but it always makes such a mess (crafter be warned)! I’ve discovered the trick to locking your glitter in place: Modge Podge!

On a table lined with newspaper, pour a pile of glitter the size of small plate. This will be used to dip the clothes pins.
Paint one “face” of a clothes pin with modge podge then immediately dip the modge podge side in the pile of glitter.
Set aside to dry.

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Repeat this step with each clothes pin. I used two different colors of glitter. Let dry overnight.

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Once your glitter clothes pins are dry, paint a layer of modge podge directly OVER the glitter. This will seal the glitter in place and prevent future messes of glitter once the project is complete. Let that dry overnight.

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Paint the Styrofoam wreath with the color of your choice, and also let dry. It may take a few coats, Styrofoam can be tricky to paint.

Hot glue the clothes pins around the Styrofoam wreath in a circular pattern.

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Optional: Add a decorative ribbon for hanging!

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Now arrange your photos and enjoy! A little lengthy process, but the middle step of painting the glitter with modge podge secures the glitter in place and will save you a headache!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Bucket List Journal!

Make this fun journal to easily document those monumental occasions!

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I am a big endorser of making list of new things to try! Every year for my birthday, I make a list of things to do before my next birthday (## of things to do before ##).
When I was holiday shopping with a friend last year, I saw this awesome journal in a store and KNEW I had to make one of my own: Bucket List Journal!

Editor note: after writing this post I realized how a little more complicated this was to make! I found the journal at World Market! Don’t feel like tackling this somewhat complicated project, its only 20 bucks from the store!

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Here is what you will need:
Computer paper
Permanent Markers
Hole Punch
Ribbon/Yarn
Computer
Printer with a scanner
Photo editing software (“paint will even work!)

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: A little complicated…

Project budget: less than 10 dollars

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There are a few ways that you can tackle this project. No matter what – the first step is to draw your journal pages.

I created four different journal pages, a front page, end page, and the cover. It’d really up to you what you want to do for your journal pages, but here is the basic information you should include on each:

  • Date
  • What I did
  • Why it’s on my list
  • Who I was with
  • Where I was
  • Important Details
  • How I was feeling
  • Will/Would I do it again
  • Space for a photo

Feel free to add/subtract any of the above information!

With your computer paper in the landscape position, fold in half and create a crease. Design your layout to span the two sides. For example – if you can include half the questions on one side then the other half for the remainder of the questions. You can also have all the questions on one half (my handwriting is too big to do this!) and a space for your photo on the other half! It’s really up to you!

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Once you have designed all your layouts, you’ll want to scan them into your computer. Here comes the tedious part, because you have to think about how the pages will be printed on your paper since we’ll want to print front and back.

I wanted to be able to journal at least 15 bucket list items – so I made a little “map” of how my images needed to be printed. The best way to think about this is similar to a book. The center of the book is one side of paper, but the back of the left page is the right of the prior page and the back of the right page is the left of the following page (are you still with me???).

Let’s draw it out!

Instructions

The other think too it make you own map! I folded blank computer paper together, like a book, and labeled each page that corresponded with each layout (A1 is the left side, A2 is the right; repeat for B. C, and D – corresponding to my 4 layouts). I then took the book apart and drew out each page I needed to print.

Then I created the images in my computer that corresponded with what I had mapped out.

Print your images then assemble.

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Punch holes two inches from the top and bottom in the center of your assembled book.

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Thread yarn in the center of the book to hold it together. Tie in a knot or bow.

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Now schedule some bucket list items and write about it!

Like a noted at the beginning, as I was writing this post it was a little more complicated then I thought to explain. If you don’t want to attempt to make this journal it is for sale at World Market for $20.00 (click here!).

Talk soon,
Jennifer