Friday, August 23, 2013

Gifts To Make To Give

Did that blog title make sense?  I have recently discovered a great site called The 36th Avenue - here author Vanessa Christenson has some fantastic tips on gifts to make that AREN'T corny or cheap or overdone.  I promise :). 

Check out a few of my favorites and spend a little time on this site:

 25 Handmade Gifts for 5 dollars.

 Cupcake baking set for the baking enthusiest in your life.  A great use for all of those brightly colored yet slightly mismatched liners you have collected, plus sprinkles and a few other bits and bobs packed up in a little case.  Adorable?  Check!

25 Handmade Gifts for 5 dollars.

Chunky knit bracelet out of thin strips of jersey.  She has included a very helpful tutorial on this simple project that packs a fashion punch.  Awesome?  Check!

 25 Handmade Gifts for 5 dollars.

 Simple yet colorful fabric scrap keychains.  The sky is the limit on size and embelishments for this project.  Best part - a great way to use up your awesome fabric scraps.  Tutorial here.  Awesome?  Check!

There are 25 projects listed here and the three I mentioned were just my favorites.  Check it out and design the perfect gift for someone with beautiful supplies you already have on hand.

Being Alive

"The whole point of being alive is..." /

Well said, Ms. Winfrey

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Watercolor Quilt

Want to see a truly unique quilt
I LOVE this.  It is currently sold out...but my DIY brain is already churning.  Maybe take a plain white quilted fabric and paint the circles with tie dye paint (better to get the water color effect than standard fabric paint - also, fabric paint is stiff and sometimes scratchy - this won't happen with dye), then wrap the whole piece in plastic to let the colors set for a few days.  Wash out and presto - tie dye watercolor circle quilt.  I also adore the binding; it brings the whole piece together.

I'd love to try this...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Good to Know: A Roundup

 I want to share a few handy things I have seen/learned over the last week or so.  I mean, who doesn't want a few tips to add to their toolbox, right?

Glue a rock to the top of a empty pill bottle, bury the bottle so that only the rock shows.  A spare key is hidden inside. what a great idea!
To start things off, look at this nifty idea for hiding a spare key.  Take an empty pill bottle, put a spare key inside and refasten the pill bottle lid.  Then hot glue a rock to the lid (preferably a rock similar to other small outdoor rocks on your property.  Once the rock has dried, dig a hole and sink the bottle in so that only the rock is showing above ground.  Voila!  Hidden key and no one the wiser.  Just make sure that you remember where you buried your "treasure". (thanks to for the tip!)

Next, do you have an ongoing struggle with weeds in your lawn/flower beds/garden/in general somewhere on your property?  The answer is probably yes; who are we kidding, we all have weeds that irk us.  Have you ever tried this vinegar tip?
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I haven't yet and I can't wait to.   Someone try this and report back!

Finally, this is a simple yet brilliant idea.  Take a door organizer for your shoes...and repurpose into a snack organizer for your pantry. 

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS?! snack organizer- no need for those dozens of empty boxes folks leave empty in the pantry
Awesome, right?!  You're welcome :)  See you next time on Good to Know!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chalkboard Printables for Back to School

Yellow Bliss Road: First Day of School Chalkboard Printables FREE! Preschool through Senior Year!

It is that glorious and bittersweet time again: the beginning of a new school year.  Personally, this year it is bittersweet for me.  I have loved having my older two kids home for the summer and am in no hurry to pack them back off to school.  If you have school age children, you are probably going to grab your camera/smart phone on the first day of school to capture their excited smiles, all decked out in new clothes and backpacks.  

This year I happened upon some great free printables over at Yellow Bliss Road.  There is a chalkboard drawn printable for each grade level, even preschool.
 The instructions for downloading are simple and clear; printing was a snap.  And my trying-to-be-cool-on-the-first-day-of-school-kids LOVED holding them up for their annual snaps.  Proof: