Category: Under 10

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: Reuse Old Light Bulbs

Don’t throw them away! Reuse them!

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I have seen SO MANY projects that reuses old light bulbs. Either I am cursed to constantly buy light bulbs or destined to make a project with them because light bulbs do not last very long in my apartment. Here are few ways to recycle those burned out bulbs.

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Here is what you will need:
Old light bulbs
Glass Paint
Glitter
Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $5

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Option One: Painted.

This one is pretty simple. Just use glass paint to add a pop of color to the bulbs. It took me three coats to make a solid color. I wrapped a piece of tin foil around the bottom of the bulb to stand it up when drying.

Option Two: Glitter

I used a similar technique on clothes pins on this project. Cover the bulb with glue or modge podge, then roll in glitter. Let dry. Cover the glitter with another layer of glue or podge to set in place. Let dry.

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I think these would make great holiday ornaments, but there are other ways to display them as well. I will admit, it was sort of a Pinterest fail for me. I LOVED the way the bulbs turned out….however….the display that I made with them was less than satisfying. I ended up tossing it out, but that’s okay! I still have the curse and have already collect more bulbs to repeat this project!!

What projects have you seen with recycled bulbs? I would love to know (so I can try them of course!!)

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

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

 

 

Instagram Calendar!

Show off your favorite Instagram photos!

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Every year I buy a calendar, but this year I wanted to make my own! I’ve seen these tutorials in the before, but thought I would try it myself!

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Here is what you will need:
Twelve of your fave Instagram photos printed 6X6
7X7 Calendar
Scrapbooking paper
Adhesive (glue stick works great!)
Hole Punch
Yarn or Binder Rings

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $15

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The hardest part for me was choosing the photos that I wanted to use! I can’t believe I could only chose 12.

I have a printer at home, but you can also take them to any photo printing store. Measure your calendar and print your photos one inch smaller than your calendar.

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Cut your calendar down to just the months.
Also, cut your scrapbooking paper down to the size of your calendar. Mine was 7X7.

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Glue your photos in the center in of your scrapbooking paper. Arrange your photos according to the months you want them to be displayed. Glue your calendar days to the back of your photos (upside down).

What I did was begin in December. Have the photo displayed and adhere the calendar to the paper. Flip the photo down to display the photo for November. Glue the November calendar to the back of the December photo. Continue for the remainder of the year.

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Now, punch two holes at the bottom of the photos and one hole at the top.

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Insert your yarn or binder rings into the two holes and you’re done!

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I had so much fun personalizing this calendar. I was very happy with the way it turned out! I encourage you to try it yourself!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Restyled! Paint-a-Table

Create a unique design on an old table you own!

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Here is what you will need:
An old table
Acrylic paint (I found that “Basic” brand works best)
Various Paint Brushes
Pencil and eraser

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 10 dollars (unless you need to buy a table)

Draw on your pattern than you want to paint with you pencil. Feel free to make mistakes and erase!

Then just go for it!

Here’s a time lapse of me painting! Don’t be afraid to change your mind. There was a balloon I had painted on blue – then painted over green!

Like I always say…have fun! Here is my finished product.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: DIY Ombre Paper Chandelier

Try making this easy Ombre Chandelier from your stash!


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I found all of this paper in my scrapbooking stash that matches my living room PERFECTLY! I kept trying to figure out how to use it until one day, you guessed, Pinterest! I saw this awesome paper chandelier!

Here is what you will need:
Five different colors of paper (monochromatic ranging from light to dark to get that ombre effect)
8″ Embroidery hoop (just the inside hoop, the one without the clasp)
1″ Circle hole punch
Light weight white yarn (I used from my stash)
Needle
Hot glue gun and scissors

Project time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: moderately east

Project budget: 15 dollars

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Lay out your paper to make sure it gives you the desired ombre effect you want. My famous line: have fun! If you don’t want to do ombre, don’t! Choose a color scheme that you like and go with it.

(Not shown) Wrap your embroidery hoop with your yarn, hot gluing the ends. This is the longest step of the project. Set a side when finished.

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Using your circle punch, make as many circles as you can with your different colored paper. If you are on a budget or don’t to waste paper – let’s do a little math:
6 colors and I used 2 circles per color. 13 stands. 13 * 2 = 26. There you go. 26 circles per color.

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Cut a 12″ piece of yarn, thread it on your needle and tie a knot at the end. “Sew” on each circle punch in your ombre pattern, starting darkest and working to lighted. Leave a space in between the circle, you will adjust this later. Repeat this for each of your 13 strands.

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Once all of your stands have been sewn, adjust the width in between each strand. I put the center of the circle and the edge of the previous one.

Grab your yarn-wrapped embroidery hoop and evenly space your strands around the hoop, hot gluing each strand to the inside of the hoop.

Tie on three support strings to be able to hang your finished product. I joined them all together and made a hoop knot.
Trim off the excess yarn from the strands at the hoop and at the bottom of each strand.

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I hung mine over my lamp in my living room! It adds a pop of color to a dull corner and looks beautiful at night!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Homemade Embroidery Photo Art

Add a bit of personal touch to your favorite photo!

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I love adding personal touches to my favorite photos! I was going through my Pinterst boards, looking for some inspiration, when I found this one about a GREAT artist who embroiders beautiful pieces of art!
I thought I would tailor that idea into my own and add a personal touch to my own photographs

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Here is what you will need:
A digital file of your favorite photograph
Printable PhotoFabric
Embroidery Hoop (I used a 5″ diameter)
Two colors of Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle (any regular sewing needle will work too!)
Hot glue gun and scissor
Fabric pen (optional)

Project Time: 1 hour at most
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 15 dollars (if starting from scratch on supplies)

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First, print your image onto your photo paper.
WARNING (I totally made this mistake): I would test print your image first on plain computer paper to make sure it is the size you want. I made the mistake of being too cocky and printing on the photo paper first (Rookie..). Considering how expensive this paper is for only 6 sheets…you don’t want to make that costly mistake!
Center the favorite part of your fabric printed photo in the embroidery hoop.

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Here comes the fun part!
You can use your fabric marker to draw your pattern, or just freestyle! Either way just have fun! I ended up outlining my glasses and making a heart on JayJay’s nose. (It looks a little weird…his nose…but he’s a weird fellow.)

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Once you’ve finished your detailing, use hot glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the hoop. Trim your edges.

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Now, give that wonderful gift or hang on your wall and enjoy! As always…have fun with it!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer (+ JayJay!)

Under 10: Glitter Galaxy in a Jar!

Make your own galaxy in a jar!


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Pinterest find!

A few weeks ago I found this easy DIY video to make a glittery galaxy in a jar. I must admit….I was a skeptic at first. Nevertheless, I was determined to try it! I was SO surprised how easy and fun it was.

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Here is what you will need:
Jar (I bought one, but you can also use a old pizza sauce jar!)
Four different colors of paint
Cotton Balls Glitter
Four cups (ones you DEFINITELY won’t drink out of later)
Stir sticks
Water

Project time: 30 minutes TOPS
Project difficulty: super easy

(Not shown) Fill your cups with water, you don’t need too much. Add paint to them, a few drops or so, then stir the paint into the water.

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Next, stuff cotton balls at the bottom of your jar, breaking them apart while you are placing them in jar.

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Add glitter to the top of the cotton. Then, a little at a time, pour your first color of paint and water mixture over top the cotton. The goal is to have the cotton soak up the water, not leaving much behind.

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After the cotton has soaked up the paint water, add another layer of cotton on top, again, breaking them apart as you go. Don’t be shy about the cotton either, pack as much as you can. I used stir sticks to pack it down, too.

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Add more glitter, and repeat pouring paint water with your next color.

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Repeat layering cotton, glitter, paint water with the remainder of your colors. You can make the layers as think or as thin as you want! There is a great video associated with the pin which can be found here!

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Once you’ve finished, screw on tour lid and show off!

I really was astonished how easy it was! I think these would make great gifts too! And they are very inexpensive to make.

Talk soon,
Jennifer