Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Car Visor First Aid Kit...

I think we've all had a cd organizer in one car or another. I don't use cd's in my car anymore (all the music is on my phone now), but for some reason I still have the organizers. I think it's the "I think I can use this for something else" in me.

Guess what…I did use it for something else.

A visor first aid kit…

car visor first aid kit

This idea might NOT work for everyone...


IF YOU HAVE KIDS IN THE CAR...If you have little ones in the car,  I WOULD NOT have medicines where they can reach them.

IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WITH EXTREME TEMPERATURES...that's not good for the medicines either.

This is just an idea for you to use the cd organizer and cater it to your own needs.

Come on in and see…

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fabric Heart Bookmark…Free Pattern

Hi everyone! A few years ago, I shared a tutorial for a fabric heart bookmark. Even though people love their e-readers, there are some who still love the feel of a book in their hands. This bookmark is perfect for that person. In my tutorial, I didn't have a heart pattern to share, so you had to find one yourself on the web.

heart bookmark


Well, last week I received an email from a very generous blogger. Suzanne, from the blog…Paper Piecing Patterns, had just found my blog and that Heart Bookmark post for the first time. She was so kind and made a pdf file of the heart pattern. She is new to blogging too, so pop over there and say hi!! Click here to visit.

To make it easier for you, I re-posted the tutorial below, so the pattern will be with the instructions in the same post. These bookmarks will make great little gifts for the upcoming holidays, especially for…

  • friends and family
  • teachers
  • book club members

Have fun making some for yourself too…cookbooks, magazines etc.


Come on in for the original tutorial…

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Decorating Around the House...

Autumn is my favorite time of year for the cool crisp air, the warm colors, snuggly sweaters and yummy comfort food. Even though I love this time of year, I don't decorate any where near what I do for Christmas…just little touches here and there through out the house.

I use the same decorations that I've had for years, but I do use them in different ways to make them feel new. I might add one or two new pieces from end of season sales or Dollar store finds.

So let's get started…I'll share where I purchased things along the way too!

This is our kitchen table...the kitchen is on the right. This room was a living room 15 years ago, but now it's our eat in kitchen. That's why there's a fireplace in the room.

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Perfect to decorate for all the holidays.

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The wreath is from Pier 1 and the sign is from Marshall's or Home Goods. I've had the lamps for years. They are from Target and are touch lamps.

fall decorating

On the hearth, I have a big plastic cauldron I bought at Walmart years ago. I used it to serve punch when the kids had Halloween parties and I also use it to hold the candy for Trick or Treaters. Now it holds wood for the fire place.

The little black lanterns are from Ikea for only $4.00.

Off to the side, I nestled a pumpkin in a leaf garland also from Pier 1.

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I found these cute clip on glitter bats at Walmart last week. They are only 97 cents and they give a little touch of a spooky Halloween to the wood pile.

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The curly stand for the cauldron is an old candle holder.  It gives some height to the pot.

fall decorating

All the Halloween things in this picture are from Walmart $1-$4.00, but I made them special by adding some silver touches. Most all are thrift store finds, except the tall cloche on the right. That's from TJ Maxx.

The cloche is a great investment. I received it as gift, but they run about $30.00. You can change what's inside for every season. I just took out my seashell collection I had in there for the summer.

fall decorating

Even the kitchen gets it's pumpkin on.

This year I piled up all the glitter pumpkins I bought at Walmart on a cake stand and added a scary black crow on top!

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For the coffee bar, I added some berries to a small plastic cauldron that was part of Kelsie's witch costume when she was little.

I bought that little sign at Target recently…

"Given enough coffee,  I could rule the world!!"

So true, lol  Maybe not the whole world, but at least my part of the world!!

fall decorating


If you don't like the typical black and orange for Halloween or Fall decor, how about white and sage green.

I found the "Keep Calm and Scare On" sign at The Dollar Store! and the white ghosts and pumpkin were cheap too.

fall decorating

I wanted a fall arrangement for this enamel milk pitcher I bought at Ikea, but I wanted it to look like I just cut it all from the yard. A more natural wild flower look.

fall decorating

I bought 3 different kinds of sprigs at Michael's craft store…leafy branches, berries and pussy willows. Different textures is what you want.

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The sprig on the left is how it comes from the store. All crushed and squeezed together. You need to spread them out to make it look more natural like the one on the right.

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Try to flare them out in a triangle direction. Not all on one side.

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Like the arrows are showing below.

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Trim the ends to fit your vessel. You don't want then too high in the vase.

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or bend them so you can use them in different sized vases over time.

fall decorating

For a filler, I cut the leafy grass from the iris garden and let it dry out

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Start with the fuller branches then build in from there, ending with the sprigs of grass.

Perfect to last through to Thanksgiving!

fall decorating

When Halloween is over, I just have to remove a few bats and ghosts and the rest will last through til the end of November. Then Christmas will bust out all over the house!


Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bobbin Organization...

I love thrift stores, yard sales and consignment shops! You can find so many different things that you can't find in stores today. When I see something that's out of the ordinary and cheap, I pick it up and see what I can do with it beyond it's intend use.

A perfect example of that…vintage mini aluminum ring molds.

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Aren't they cute? I think they may have been for Jell-O.

Any one know or have these?

bobbin organization

I'll use 4 of them for Jell-O, but one is definitely holding my bobbins!!

bobbin organization

Perfect size and shape.

bobbin organization

I usually keep matching bobbin with the spool of thread, so these little pans are great for the bobbins that don't have matching spools any more.

They are also great for separating machine thread, hand sewing thread, quilting thread verses ordinary thread.

bobbin organization

Ok, now that I'm looking at this last picture while I'm typing, the center of the pan is crying for a pincushion!!

Now I'm on a mission…

bobbin organization

Next time you're out thrifting, look in the kitchen section. There are so many wonderful things that can be used for something else!!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party…Theme Week

Hi everyone! Sorry I missed the start of the party this past Sunday. My dad has had some health issues these past few weeks, so I lost track of the days. He's hanging in there, just lots of doctor appointments.

I mentioned last week, that the next few months will be theme weeks for all the link parties. I love themed parties for the upcoming holidays. All of you share so many wonderful ideas from your blogs, I thought having similar ideas all in one place would help out these next few busy months.

For this last week in September, you can share ideas in the following themes...

  • apple recipes 
  • fall decorating ideas or crafts 
  • crockpot recipes…great recipes for the cooler weather coming up
  • and dare I say…any handmade gift ideas we can make for Christmas ( I know it's early, but ideas would be great!)

If you don't have any theme ideas to post this week, you can share any idea that you have on your blog. We love any project or idea that you have to link to the party

If you've never linked to Sew Darn Crafty, each week I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! It brings 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.

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!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Closet Makeover…Perfect for Scrapbooking

Hi everyone! Two years ago I painted my daughter Courtney's room from her favorite hot pink when she was younger to a more neutral gray that she likes now as an adult.

Here's the before…

scrapbooking closet

and after…

scrapbooking closet

The sad part now is…she moved into her own apartment.

The closet is empty, I can finally paint the inside to cover the last of the hot pink!

I've kept the room as a bedroom for when they come back to visit or for guests, but I am utilizing the closet to keep ALL of the memorabilia things I have saved for years and years. All the souvenirs, tickets stubs, vacation memories, school souvenirs and so much more.

scrapbooking closet

Come in to see if you can do something similar in your home…

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