Monday, March 30, 2015

Double Use for Phone Charging Station...Sewing Box!!

Some of life's ordinary things can have double duty and make our day a little easier or at least pretty! I found a phone charging box in a thrift store a long time ago. It sits between 2 couches where everyone watches tv. We all have phone chargers in our bedrooms, but that time when you are watching television and your phone is low, I have these plugs available for iPhones and iPads.

I sit right next to this box, in the corner of the couch and do my hand sewing or little projects...charging my phone if needed.

sewing box

I realized I wasn't using the drawer in the front...until now!! Now it holds all my hand sewing supplies for my mini hexies.

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Then I had a better idea for the whole box.

Most phone charging boxes have a section in the back where the plug is stored out of sight. Your phone charger will be plugged into that plug and then fed through a hole in the front.

sewing box

Well, how about storing all your spools of thread that you are using and feed the thread through the front.

sewing box

See where the threads are going to the front?

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Now you have a handy little box of your sewing supplies and spools of thread aren't lost in the cushions or rolling on the floor under the coffee table...I'm just sayin'.

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Just pull out the thread and cut the length you need.

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See? Sewing station blends in with your decor!!

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I forgot to take a picture of it, but I did put the phone charging plug back in there too with the thread.

Best of both worlds!!

ps...that tissue box is not staged. I've had the worst cold ever for the past week. Thankfully going away!!

sewing box

I know not all phone charging station boxes are the same size, style or set up, but when you do see them in yard sales or thrift stores you will definitely take a second look at them now!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

I wrote the below opening paragraph last Sunday and it seems like déjà's spring, but we had another snow storm again this weekend here in Westerly! It has literally snowed every Saturday this winter, so I need your spring projects or any projects to spark up my day!!!

Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. Spring is in the air, I think! It said it on the calendar, but we had snow here in Rhode Island yesterday. Maybe to help bring in the warmer weather,  you can share spring inspired posts the next few weeks...ideas to freshen' up our homes, spring cleaning,  Easter crafts or projects, your favorite Easter traditions or recipes etc. You can share anything at all, actually!!  Thanks so much for always being here, for joining in and for visiting all the blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…

Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…

If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!

Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Ideas...

I can't believe Easter is next week, because it's snowing right now here in Rhode Island. Spring will get here soon...I hope!! I was looking through my previous posts on Easter projects and wanted to share them again for all my new readers who may have missed them.

My daughters Courtney and Kelsie are 23 and 22 years old and long past Easter egg hunts, but this first idea was very popular in our family. We always had a very large Easter Egg Hunts with at least 15 nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. The eggs were always filled with dollar bills (that my mom and dad supplied) and candy. To keep it fair and square, I color coded the eggs to match each child's Easter bucket so that they only looked for their colored egg. I used all the colors of the rainbow and then used polka dot, stripes, sports themed egg etc.

Click HERE to see how to make your color coded Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter ideas

The little girl who had purple could only pick up purple eggs!!

Easter ideas

No stress or tears from the little ones who couldn't keep up with the bigger kids.

Easter ideas

Another Easter idea is too turn something drab into something fab!!! Here are some examples of what a difference a little spray paint makes.

This poor bunny is a perfect example...drab.

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To fab!! Looks like a big chocolate bunny!!! Click HERE to see all the details.

Easter ideas

You can click HERE and HERE for more posts on painting plastic Easter eggs.

Eggs are great to hold money treats for older kids and candy too.

Easter ideas

One giant egg is great for decorating.

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Easter ideas

This little Easter basket was made from a place mat. You can also use it for a little girl's Easter purse.

You can click HERE to see how.

Easter ideas

Easter ideas

This is a cute little place card for Easter dinner made from a  recycled keurig cup. You can click HERE to see how to make them!!

Easter ideas

I just shared this Easter gift wrap idea this week, but I wanted to add it to this list. Click HERE to see it if you missed it.

The egg, in a little nest, holds Easter money!!

Easter ideas

I hope you like all these Easter ideas and can share them with your family too!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Make a Circle Garland...for any Party or Occasion

We have a new dentist who works in our office and she and I bonded right away with crafting and sewing!! Her son is turning one year old in a few weeks and she wanted to make a fabric garland for the party. She doesn't have a sewing machine, so I happily volunteered to make one. It was so easy and fun to make!!

Here it is hanging in my house...ready to go to the party!!

circle garland

She also cut circles in burlap. Great combination!!

circle garland

This project is fast and easy...come on in and see!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quick Easter Egg Gift Wrap Idea...

I made these Easter egg gifties for my nieces and nephews last year, but I forgot to share it on my blog. In years past, I always made gift baskets of candy and little toys for my extended family. However, as kids get older, a little candy and a little money is a favorite.

Here's how I wrapped their money and still had an Easter theme!!

Easter gift wrap

Great idea and inexpensive to put together...

Monday, March 23, 2015

What Thimble Do You Use?...It's a Linky Party Too

I love English Paper Piecing! It's a method of hand sewing hexagons together and perfect for a "take along" project. I keep some in my purse and beside the couch while watching tv. You just need a little fabric, paper hexagons, needle and thread. One more thing I always use is a thimble. I also use a thimble when I'm sewing on a quilt binding, but haven't done that in a while.

I've tried different types of thimbles over the years and there are still some I'd like to buy. Here are a few that I have stored away and the one I like to use the most.

Leather, metal, rubber and plastic. They come in all shapes and sizes...

types of thimbles

Come in to see and share yours too...

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