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Weekend Project – Tile Coaster Tutorial

May 26th, 2012

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!  For those of you looking to get some crafting done on this long weekend, I’ve got the perfect project for you!  Remember these?


I’ve been getting a TON of comments and questions on my original post recently, so I decided the Tile Coaster Tutorial needed to be revisited.   Here we go!

First, gather your materials.  You will need:

  • 4 – 4″ x 4″ pieces of paper
  • 4 – 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel
  • 3″ foam brush
  • 3/8″ self adhesive felt pads

NOTE:  I chose these matching scrapbook papers, but you can use photos, wrapping paper, napkins – just about any paper good!  Also, if you are making a several sets I recommend buying the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper – you can get nine squares from each page!

Using your foam brush, apply a light layer of Mod Podge to your tiles.

Place your paper in the center of the tiles, and run your finger over top to get out any bubbles.  Wait fifteen minutes to allow to dry.

Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to over top of the paper – allowing 15 minutes dry time in between each coat.

Wait at least an hour after you applied the third coat to apply the Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray.  In a well ventilated area (preferably outside) apply 2 or more light coats (within minutes of each other) of the enamel spray – spraying in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping each coat.  Wait at least 30 minutes to fully dry.

Final step – add a felt pad to the four corners of the bottom of the tile.  And you’re done!

I made these coasters for game prizes for my friend’s baby shower last weekend.  They were a big hit!  I had extras leftover, so if you’d like one of the sets pictured below, please visit my Etsy store!

And if you’ve made any tile coaster, please send me pics!  I’d love to share them on my Facebook Page.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!  Tune in next week, I’ve got a new fun tutorial on how to make your own fabric labels!  Until then!

Fierce Feather Earrings – A Tutorial

September 20th, 2011

Happy Tuesday, my friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a FIERCE pair of feather earrings, like these!


  • 4 feathers – 2 medium length, 2 short length
  • 4 seed beads
  • 2 large silver beads
  • 2 hook ear-wires
  • 2 eye pins
  • 2 cord tip terminators (mine were a medium size)
  • flat nose pliers
  • wire wrapping or round nose pliers (not shown)
  • side cutting pliers (not shown)

Step 1: Place your small feather face down on your work area and then the larger feather on top, also face down. Line up their stem edges and place in the terminator.

Step 2: Using your flat nose pliers, firmly close the terminator around the stems of the feather. Be sure to secure it tightly. Repeat with second set of feathers and terminator.

Step 3: Slide one seed bead onto an eye pin, followed by your silver bead, and another seed bead.

Step 4: Now we want to create a loop on the other side of the eye pin. To do so, bend the eye pin wire at top seed beat to a 90 degree angle.

Step 5: Trim the tail of the eye pin to about 1/4″ long with your side cutting pliers. Then, using your wire wrapping (or round nose) pliers create a second loop on the end of the eye pin.

Step 6: Take the open end of the eye pin that you just created, slip it onto the end loop of your ear-wires, and shut the loop with your wire wrapping pliers. Then use your wire wrapping pliers to slightly open the other loop of the eye pin, slip on the feathers, shut the loop, and your done!

These feathers come in all sorts of FIERCE colors, I’m totally digging these magenta ones.

Or how about these colors?

Like them? Lucky for you they’re available in my Etsy shop for just $5! Get em while they’re hot – or should I say FIERCE!

See you all soon!

The Irene Wreath – A Tutorial

September 1st, 2011

Last weekend, I came home to find that hurricane Irene had taken my wreath.  Bummer.

I’m sort of a wreath freak, and I didn’t last 3 days before it drove me insane and I made a new one.  I really like this one because it has a summer feel to it with a vintage vibe.

I’ve made a handful of wreaths before, like this one for Steeler’s season (so glad football is back!).

Or this one for Halloween – I can’t wait to bust this one out!

My Irene Wreath was really simple to make, and cost less than $5!  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your own.  And check out these clearance aisle fabrics I picked up at Joann’s yesterday – SO excited to make some new tops!

Moving along, you’ll need a 14″ straw wreath, a 3″ wide x 144″ long strip of fabric (I sewed together 4 strips of 32″ long fabric), 2 sheets of 3 coordinating felt colors (6 total), and sewing pins that match your felt (or will blend well).

First, you want to anchor the end of fabric to your wreath.  I angled mine slightly and secured it with 3 pins.

Wrap your fabric around your wreath until it is totally covered.  Secure with pins.

Next, using some paper, cut out 2 different sized leaf templates, and 3 flower templates.  I completely freehanded these.  Use these to cut out your felt flowers and leaves.

I used the brown for the leaves, and the cream and tan for the flowers.

Next, we’re going to make the flowers.  First, fold your flower petal in half.

Fold in half again, and you get this:

The top will look like this:

Now, pin to your wreath.

Repeat these steps to assemble your flower.

Again, I just assembled these randomly, rearranging until I was satisfied.  Add some leaves and  you’re done!

Isn’t she purty :)

Tonight  I’m gonna start playing around with the new fabrics I picked up yesterday.  I’m so excited to have some new duds for the holiday weekend!  See you all next week!

Good Intentions and a Tutorial

June 13th, 2011

Remember when I said the first two weeks of June were going to be dedicated to tutorials for items used when gardening?  Yeah, I got lazy.  I’ve got the garden apron tutorial here for you, but it’s probably the only one that I will do of the four.  I did end up making gardening gloves and a garden pad, but I wasn’t very pleased with the end result, and couldn’t muster up the energy to redo them.  So therefore, I’ll only be sharing the one tutorial this week.  And if I get to the headband by the end of the week, I’ll share that too.  Good intentions, just no enthusiasm.

Garden Apron Tutorial


  • 1.4 yards of canvas or outdoor decorating fabric at least 45″ wide
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies


  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 10.5″ (body)
  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 7.5″ (pocket)
  • Cut 2 – 5″ straps the width of your fabric (mine is 45″ x 5″)
  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 5″ (center strap)


First we want to hem the upper edges of the Body and Pocket pieces.  To do so, fold over the top edges 1/4″, press, and repeat. Sew in place.

Lay your Body piece on top of your Pocket piece so that they are aligned at the bottom and right sides facing up for both.  Sew together.

At your ironing board, take your three straps and press in half.

Open and press the right side in so that the edge meets the center fold.

Repeat with the left side.

Press in half again.

Now, open your three pieces, and with right sides together, sew the side straps to either end of the center strap.

At your ironing board, flip the pocket piece over so that it is in front of the body piece.  Press.

Then we want to hem the sides of the body/pocket piece, folding over the side edges 1/4″, pressing, and repeating. Sew in place.

Next we want to sew 2 vertical lines to make the pockets.  I did mine so that all three pockets were the same width.  To make sure they come out straight you can use a soluble marking pen, or if your fabric is like mine, just follow the lines.

Now we want to attach the binding straps.  Start by pinning the binding to your body piece, centered and right sides together.  Edge stitch in place.

Then fold your binding up and over the back side of your body piece, pinning in place.

Edge stitch your binding shut.  *Note – depending on how thick your fabric is, you may want to loosen your sewing machine’s tension so that the stitches are pulled so tight.

And voila!  A perfect apron for your gardening needs.

You can also add extra loops and clips to store pruning sheers or keys!

Remember when I said I had good intentions?  Well I certainly pulled through with this one – and I’ve even got 3 of these aprons to go up in this week’s Blueprint Blowout!  One like from the tutorial above, and 2 with utility loops!  Click here to get to the Blueprint Blowout!

Bidding starts at $5, and shipping is $2.50 flat rate in the United States (no out of country bids, please).  The Blowout will run through Friday at 5 pm, so get to bidding!

See you all on Friday!

New Dog Collar Tutorial

February 22nd, 2011

Back when I first started this blog, the very first post I did was a tutorial on how to use an old lanyard to make a dog collar.  Well this time, I decided to take a cheap collar that I had bought for Lucy for Christmas, rip it apart, and use the old hardware to make her a new, more fashionable one.  Here’s what the original looked like (NOTE – my camera batteries were dying, so the quality of the photos is pretty crappy) :

The first thing I did was rip the seams, and take all of the hardware off of the existing collar.  Then, I cut two strips of fabric 1.5″ wide by 21″ long – the length should be the same as the length of the original collar.

Sew the two pieces together along both long sides and one short side, and flip outside right.

I then serged my open end shut and slipped on the slider piece from the end on the right.

Then I slipped on the little rectangular piece (not sure what it is called) on from the left end.

Next I slipped on the clawed part of the clip on the left end, then took the left end and slid it back through the rectangular piece.

Next loosen the slider piece on the right end,

Pull the right end tight again.

Sew loose left end to itself, about 2 inches from the slider.

Slide metal piece onto the right end.

Slide other half of the clasp onto the right end behind the metal piece.

Take the right end and loop it to the left up and under the metal piece back towards the clasp.

Sew end in place so that it allows the metal piece to rest about 2 inches from the clasp.

Then I used this wonderful Felt Flower Tutorial from Mrs. Priss to make a cute little felt flower.  Only I added two small strips of elastic to the back of the felt circle backing so that I could slide it on and off of the collar easily.

And that’s it!  Cute and easy!

Have any of you made a collar recently?  I would love to see them!

Until next time!