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Anthropologie Knock Off
Vintage Yo Yo Bobby Pins
{As seen on the fabulous Kojo Designs}
I originally posted this fun tutorial on Kojo Designs a while back.  During my moving interim, I thought I would revisit it with y’all.
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If you’ve ever seen any of my tutorials,
then you know I love me a good knock off.
And naturally, one of my favorite sites to get ideas is Anthropologie.
I stumbled upon these beauties, and knew I wanted to try my own version.
{source: Anthropologie}
And now, for my version:



In my family, we have a Yo Yo quilt that has been passed down for 4 generations.  It is made with vintage fabric, and it makes my heart swoon.  The only problem, it has begun to tatter and fall apart. And the girls in our family have been trying to find alternate uses for the classic yo yo’s.  So I very carefully used a seam ripper to remove a handful of yo yo’s from the outer edge of my blanket–to use on this vintage project.

To make your own yo yo’s, see this tutorial.


  • Fabric Yo Yo’s
  • Bobby Pin blanks {available in jewelry section at Joann’s}
  • Buttons and/or scrap booking embellishments
  • Ribbon, tulle or any other extras you like
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Lay out all your Yo Yo’s and start gettin’ creative as you make your button/yo yo combinations.

Grab your bobby pin base and add a drop of hot glue.
Place on the backside of a yo yo. Allow to cool.
Flip over and apply a drop of glue to the center of the front of your yo yo. Then place your button on top. Allow to cool.
Yep, it’s really that easy.

I hope you enjoyed the world’s easiest knock off project!
Happy Crafting!

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Eye SPY: Handmade Edition

Show me all things handmade.
Be creative.
Crafts you have been working on,
gifts, home decor, etsy finds.
So long as its handmade,
it’s perfect for this link party.

Also, note that I keep the link party open for a week
so you have plenty of time to take your pictures and link up.

Click HERE, to get caught up on I SPY.

And here are my handmades.

I SPY my latest “handmade” project,
Leather Feather Earrings
{say that 3 times fast}

And for those of you who want to know how to make these bad boys for yourself, here is a little tutorial.


1) Leather scraps, available at Joann’s
2) Fabric scissors
3) Fish hook earrings, available at Joann’s
4) 4 jump rings, available at Joann’s
5) Large, thick sewing needle
6) Needle nose pliers
1) Cut out two feather shapes from the leather scraps.
2) Poke an extra large and thick needle through the top of each feather
3) Wriggle and twist the needle to be sure the hole stays open
4) See hole
5) Use the pliers to open one of the jump rings.
6) Slip the earring on the jump ring.
7) Use the pliers to open a second jump ring and put it through the hole in the leather. 
8) Now attache the two jump rings together and close with the pliers.

9) Use your fabric scissors to cut VERY thin slits at an angle all the way up the sides of the feather.
10) Then go back and cute a second very thin slit right along side the first cut.
11) Pull out the extra fabric.
12) Admire your new feather leather earrings.



I {heart} these and I may wear them every day.

I will link these feathers up to my favorite link parties found HERE.

And now, I SPY some other handmade loves of mine.

From left to right.
Photo Star: made for me by Love Stitched.
Trim lined vases that hold my knob collection.
My Favorite Things blocks, with spots for future babes.


My latest Silhouette project, my all-time favorite Scripture.
Yeah, I know, I know, I’m still working on having a steady hand.

My homemade salsa using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe.


My “in process” newly covered couch–handmade by my very talented Grandma.  I will reveal the whole thing once my Grandma finishes. 



My favorite painting, done by a young teenage artist at my Church.
I love this girl, and when I saw this painting, I knew I had to have it.
It reminds me of Baby W.
Now, time to show me your handmade goodies!

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How to Make a Jewel Bib Necklace
(with a free template download}

I’ve seen these bib necklaces everywhere. J Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstroms.
And I have been meaning to make one of my very own for nearly a year now.
Well, I finally did it.
And let me tell you, it’s easy as pie.
Let’s make one together, mmkay.
Materials:
  • Download your FREE necklace template HERE.
  • One square foot of black felt
  • Package of gems: I purchased the 1 lb. package from Michael’s and I used my 40% OFF coupon. You will only end up using about 2 ounces of gems for one necklace.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • 3 feet of ribbon
First, download your FREE template here.
Carefully cut it out and then pin it to the center of your felt.
Use the pattern to cut out the felt in the shape of your bib necklace.

Set aside the felt scraps for later on.



Now, place your gems in the desired layout on your felt backing.
This may be tricky, so take your time until it looks just right.
I made mine symmetrical.

Once you have your layout, begin to glue down each gem–one by one.
I started from the edges and then worked my way in.

Once you have glued all the gems into place, flip over your felt and get ready to add the ribbon.  Keep the ribbon in one long single strand. Apply a dime size drop of glue to the top of the felt backing. Glue the ribbon about 1.5 inches down.  Repeat the step with the other side of the ribbon.


Now, take your set aside felt scraps and cut two 1.5 inch squares.


Apply another dime size drop of glue on top of the ribbon, and put the square felt on top.  This will hide the ribbon backing and give it a clean look.


Find the center of your ribbon and make your cut.


Then tie a bow. I kept the ribbon extra long {3 feet} so that I could have a larger bow. And that’s it!


I am excited to use the template to make some other bib necklaces.
Maybe a pom pom one, a button one, or a lace embellished one.
If you use this template for a necklace, I would love to see how your project turns out! Come back and leave a link in the comments.
Happy Crafting!
I will be linking up to some of these fun parties!
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Also, we will take a break from I SPY this week.
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DIY Stencil Tote
How to stencil on your favorite tote or purse.
Perfect for canvas, burlap and cotton market bags.

Materials:
Canvas, cotton or burlap tote {I got mine from the sale section at Cost Plus}
Queen Bee Stencil from Your Memories Captured
Fabric paint
Sponge brush
Scotch Tape {not pictured}

{purchase stencil here}

First, securely tape your stencil in place.
Be sure you have smoothed the stencil out as much as possible, and that there are no wrinkles in the fabric.
It may be best to iron your fabric first.
Now, always remember that “less is more” when painting the stencil.
Apply a small amount of the fabric paint to your sponge brush and then dab the brush on a paper towel to remove any extra paint.
I like to hold down the part of the stencil that I will be painting in.
This way I can be sure that no paint gets outside the lines.
DAB, don’t brush the paint onto the stencil.
Like I said, less is more–so start with a thin first layer of paint over the entire stencil. Then paint another coat until you have your desired coverage.

If you hold the stencil in place like I do, then your fingers will look like this after.  The mark of a true crafter.

This is my stencil all painted in.
I purposely didn’t paint evenly because I wanted the more “worn out” and vintage look.

Slowly remove your stencil and allow the paint to dry.
It is easiest if you wash your stencil right away.
Just place under a stream of warm/hot water with a bit of dish soap.
You won’t even need to scrub–the paint will rinse right off.

And that’s it!

I have so many fun projects planned for this stencil:
  • burlap pillow
  • framed picture
  • place mats
  • cork board
Be sure to check out all the other inspiring stencils from
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And I will see you tomorrow for the
I SPY: jewelry and shoes edition

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{mustache rhinestone t-shirt, made using my Silhouette}
{Tuxedo t-shirt made using the Silhouette heat transfer material}
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I play with you nearly every day.
You are easy to use.
You inspire creativity within me.
You make me happy.
But you are also kinda like owning a truck on moving day.
Thanks to you, my dear Silhouette,
I am now the neighborhood go-to gal for all things crafty.
Need something cut into a super rad shape?
No prob, just stop by Ashley’s house,
she has a Silhouette.
And I’m not complaining,
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Look what I made in 15 minutes using the Silhouette rhinestone feature.
I’m sorta in love with this new mustache tee.


I used the Silhouette rhinestone starter kit…


And followed the VERY simple instructions found in the package:
I also added a bit of BLING to my favorite burlap crown pillow.

I made this pillow using this stencil from Your Memories Captured.
Then I added a few rhinestones to jazz it up a bit.



This week I also made my new favorite shirt using the Silhouette heat transfer material.

I call it, the Tuxedo Shirt.

I used a bow tie image from the Silhouette library, and a button image–then I combined them to create this feminine tuxedo look. This is also a 15 minute project. Way easy.




I am thinking I want to wear it with a high waisted black or even red skirt to dress it up a bit–we’ll see.
I have about a zillion more ideas swirling around in my head,
if only there was more time in the day, right?!
So be sure to take advantage of this limited time discount.
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I’m over here today:  Teaching you how to make these Anthro-inspired vintage pretties: 

Stop by and say hi, will ya.
I would like that.


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How to Curl Your Hair: Wavy Curls

Wavy hair makes me happy.  It means less blow drying, less brushing, less straightening, and more volume.


Many of you have emailed me wondering how I get the lose curls in my hair.
And honestly, I can’t take the credit.
I watched this tutorial on The Daybook and it changed my life.
Seriously, any tutorial that cuts the time it takes me to do my hair in HALF, is life altering.  Watch Sydney’s tutorial, it will change you life too.

However, we all have different hair, and therefore need different techniques to make certain styles work for us.  So I do a few things different than The Daybook, to make the look work for me.

And here’s what I do to create my messy curls:


My products:
Big Sexy Hair Spray
Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves
1.5 inch barrel curling iron
Straightener {optional} 



First I take a shower at night.
I brush through my hair, then spray about 4 pumps of the Wonder Waves. I part my hair the way I wear it normally. Then I scrunch my hair lightly, and wait for it to air dry. Sometimes, I blow dry my bangs so they don’t get to crazy. Once my hair is air dry {damp} I pull it back in a lose braid, and tuck my bangs behind my ears.
Then I go to bed.
When I wake up I look like this:



A lot of my hair has fallen out of the braid, but that’s ok.
Also note that I don’t braid my hair all the way to the bottom. I leave about 3.5 inches because I don’t like when the bottom of my hair gets all kinked.



Then I un-braid my hair. And it is in ULTRA messy/stringy waves. 


And I have cowlicks on my bangs.


So I take my straightener to my bangs.  I pull down all the front pieces and I straighten them together, curling the straightener under at the ends, so that the ends of my hair curl around my face just a bit.
Note: you must roll your eyes to the back of your head for this straightening technique to really work, see photo for reference.



I also straighten out any other weird kinked parts of my hair. I tend to like the soft straight look on top, and the curled look on the bottom–so I often straighten the top of my hair about 3 inches down, all the way around my head.


Now I am ready to start curling.  I put half my hair up in a pony tail.
What’s that? You’re noticing that my hair looks a bit weird like this…


That’s because this is where you can see my hair extensions.  They make up about 25% of my hair.  They don’t add any length, but they add volume.  Read this, if you’re new here and wondering why I need extensions.


I take the first chunk of hair, about this much…



And then I start curling from the MIDDLE first.
This is the MOST important trick I learned from Sydney.  I always wondered why my curls would fall out so quickly in the past–then I learned, that if you start your curl half way up the strand, it lasts waaaayyy longer.



Leave the curling iron there for about 10 seconds. Then loosen the grip and pull the curling iron down to the end of your hair.



Then re-roll it all the way up to the top.



Wait another 5-10 seconds and then slowly release the hair.




Then I use my fingers to lightly separate the curls.



Continue this step with the remaining hair.


Then take your hair out of the pony tail, and follow the same steps on the top. I like to curl the strands in front AWAY from my face–that way they have more of a “Charlie’s Angels” look.



Then spray once over with your hair spray.



And that’s it.
I can usually get this to last 2 days before washing again {or putting it up in a baseball cap}.



A bit messy, a bit curly–that’s the way I like it.


{outfit post for this to come soon}
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