DIY: Hair Accessories Organizer

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I have a lot of hair bows. A lot. And storing them all in a drawer wasn’t working very well, so I decided I needed a better storage solution! It took a few hours, and then it was ready to hang on the wall and hang dozens of bows and flowers on!

You’ll Need:

  • A 12×12 blank activity board (I found mine in Michaels)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
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Tutorial: De-Poofing a Petticoat

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What? Me, writing a post about wanting a petticoat to be less poofy? Since school has started, and I have to sit on tiny chairs all day, having a big, poofy skirt has been impractical, so I’ve been liking a more subtle look more and more. However, I don’t really have a petticoat that gives a subtle 50s shape, and I was scared to cut one of mine and have it fail miserably! When I saw Modcloth was having a sale on their short purple petticoat, I bought it, and then proceeded to pretty successfully tone down the poof to a more suitable for everyday amount.

Cricut – Vinyl T-Shirts

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Since getting back and recovering from jetlag, I’ve started sewing again, but I’ve also been pretty distracted from sewing because I finally got a Cricut machine! I love slogan t-shirts and I’ve always wanted to be able to make my own, so it was a pretty exciting purchase.  These are some of the shirts I’ve made so far, and I have to say I think I’m in love with this little machine.

A Coffee Cup

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This week has been strangely hectic for me, so sadly I haven’t been able to get much sewing done. However, I did find time to try out a tutorial I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, for designing your own cute mugs. However, I’ve been  hesitant to make one because I’d heard horror stories about the marker just washing off with soap.

After a few tests, I think mine is pretty lasting, so here are my tips:

– Draw on your mug with whatever designs you want. Only use oil-based markers or paints. I used oil-based DecoArt Markers. A pack of 5 colors cost me about 20 dollars, but I think it was worth it.

– You can sketch your design out with basic pencils, and use clean water to remove the marks before it goes in the oven.

– Let it dry for two hours, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden temperature changes are bad for the paint! So put it in the oven when it’s cold, let it stay in there while it pre-heats, and let it cool down in there after you turn the oven off. My oven cools down horribly slowly, so it took about 3 hours before I considered it cool enough to take out.

– Still, don’t put it in the dishwasher. I scrubbed at my test mug till my hands were red with dish soap, tried very hot water, and even acetone, and couldn’t get the paint out. So I think it might last. Still, I’m not sure I’m willing to test it.

I’m already planning to go to the store to get more mugs (I got this one for about 4 dollars at Target) to make some more, because it was so fun and easy! Now I just have to improve my drawing skills…

 

Hopefully I’ll be back to regular sewing posts soon, if only my schedule would calm down!

Inara