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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #161

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #161

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

First Aid Kit to Cute Nintendo 2DS Case

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As promised yesterday, here’s the next project on my craft list.  But first, let me share something new and wonderful.

The New Nintento 2DS XL still in the box.

My Nintendo 2DS XL.

I got it (on sale!) about two months ago, and it’s been entertaining (and distracting) me ever since.

The back side of the Nintendo 2 DS XL box.

I originally was looking at the cheaper Nintendo 2DS bundles, but I went with this one because the screen was larger and it’s able to play more games.  You can compare all the features on this site.

Anyway, I thought that my nice new handheld gaming console could use a nice case to carry it along with all the games and accessories I find myself lugging around.

A red first aid kit case from CVS, the drug store.

Enter the first aid kit case, we sell it at work (I work in a CVS drug store). 

There was a deal where if you bought three first aid items you would get a coupon for a free case.  Long story short, I now have five free cases.  Got to find a use for them all somehow.

The inside of the the first aid kit case, there are several built in pockets and a zippered one.

It has plenty of built in pockets and a zippered one too.  Perfect for storing plenty of things, besides Band-Aids.

The first aid kit case is great for the storing the nintendo ds, but it could be cuter.

The downside is it isn’t that cute looking.  The CVS logo screams medical supplies.

First Aid Kit to Nintendo 2DS Case.

It’s time to fix that, let’s take this plain looking case and make it super cute!

Cut two pieces of cute fabric large enough to cover the sides of the case, with a little extra on the sides to fold in the raw fabric edge.

First, I cut two pieces of fabric large enough to cover the sides of the case, plus a little extra to finish the raw edges.  I found it easier to cut some paper to the size I wanted first, and then use that as a “pattern”.

Close up of the cute fabric, it's a pink flannel with kawaii bunnies all over.

This is the fabric I used, it’s a super cute pink flannel print I found at SAS.  I bought several yards of it, so you will be seeing more projects with it.

Cut the corners of the fabric before folding back the raw edges and pinning them down.

I cut the corners of the fabric before folding and pinning back the edges.  This takes care of those raw edges.

Add pretty lace along the edges of the fabric if you want.

Then I added lace along the edges.

Pin the fabric to the sides of the case, then carefully sew along the edges, by hand or machine.  It's easier by hand though.

With the fabric all prepped and ready, I pinned it to the sides of the case and carefully sewed it on with a zig-zag stitch.

I used a zig-zag stitch because I knew the stitches would show on the inside, and thought the zig-zags would look cuter.

Finish with a cute bow.

Add a bow on the front, and the outside of the case is done.

Now for the inside I wanted a little more pocket space, surprisingly.

To make an extra pouch pocket, cut fabric the same width as the other pieces and three times as long.  Hem or finish the raws edges.

I cut another piece of fabric the same width as the other ones, but three times the length.  I then finished the raw edges by folding them once and zig-zaging around.

I did it that way instead of a regular hem to reduce the bulk, flannel is quite thick.

Fold the fabric at the bottom and sew on the sides to form a pocket with the rest of the fabric being the flap.

Then fold the bottom third up, sew the sides and bottom to create an instant pocket….

Sew on some Velcro to close the flap, but oops!  Should have done that before sewing down the pocket.

…Only to realize afterward that I should have sewn on the Velcro before sewing the pocket.  It would have been so much easier.  Lesson learned.

sew a line of stitching or two to divide the pocket to organize supplies.

Then I stitched a line down the pocket to make two smaller ones for organizing my junk.  The one is for extra styluses, and the other is for screen wipes and other stuff.

Sew the pouch into the case along the bottom edge.

I attached it to the bottom of the case.  It kind of reminds me of a binder pencil case now.

Now the ds case is finished and ready to fill with gaming stuff.

And with that the case is finished and ready to fill.

The filled nintendo ds case filled on one side with charging cables and such.

Here I have my chargers and power bank neatly secured in their pockets.

The nintendo ds case filled on the other side with games, plus the 2 ds xl peeking out of it's pocket.

And here, I have my 2DS XL in it’s new pocket along with my game cards in their zippered pocket.

A bunch of Nintendo DS and 3DS game carts stored in tiny ziplock bags, they are actually pill pouches.

Speaking of games, here’s how I store them to keep them free of dust and scratches.  They are kept in what appears to be tiny zip lock baggies when not in use.

A medicine pouch bought from a drug store.  They are perfect for storing ds games to keep them dust free and safe.

These are actually tiny medicine bags I also bought at work.  You can find them at most drug stores.  They are also handy for storing tiny craft supplies, like beads.

Here’s the updated list:

Three down, three more to go.


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #160

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #160

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.
  • Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back. ---->
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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Plain to Pretty Black Umbrella Makeover

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The next project on my craft list is another makeover, this time for an umbrella.

I found myself having to replace my umbrella, again.  This time I decided to invest in one I was sure would last awhile before breaking on me. 

A simple black Totes stick umbrella with a curve handle, let's make it prettier.

I got this Totes stick umbrella, which was a little more than what I usually pay for umbrellas, but is totally worth it.

It opens and closes easily, dries quickly when wet, has held up to winds that have snapped previous umbrellas, and has one of the nicest and softest feeling handles I have ever touched.

I intentionally got it in black because it both makes it less likely to get really dirty and makes it better as a sun umbrella (check out this article about that).

Plain to Pretty Black Umbrella Makeover

The downside is that it isn’t as pretty as other umbrellas, but that is way too easy to fix.  We just need to add some…

Wide black lace, it will be used for our new umbrella.

…Lace!

I got this wide lace ages ago from SAS intending to use it for an umbrella.  It’s just like the lace I used for the white umbrella I decorated before (that got super dirty looking before breaking on me, sigh).

I like it specifically because it’s a pretty non-cottony lace.  I don’t recommend cotton laces because they are very absorbent.  When you use an umbrella for both sun and rain, adding something that absorbs a ton of water will make it take forever to dry.  Not to say that this lace won’t take a ton of time to dry too.

Ruffling the lace with a sewing machine.

I started by ruffling the lace using my sewing machine by using the longest stitch length and setting the tension higher.

The circumference of the umbrella is 124 in. (315 cm.) and I needed twice as much lace to make my lace ruffle plus a little extra for overlap.  The quicker option is to choose a lace that is already ruffled, but that narrows the selection quite a bit.

Pin the ruffled lace to the edge of the umbrella.

After ruffling, I pinned my lace along the edge of the umbrella.  Looking nicer already.

Carefully glue the lace down with a glue gun.

Now, I could have sewn the lace ruffle on by hand, but I was feeling lazy about it.  So, I glued it on with a glue gun.

First, I carefully glued down the sections of lace between the pins.

The lace is glued down, and all the stray bits removed.

Then I removed the pins one by one and glued down those areas.

I went around a couple more times to glue spots I missed and remove those annoying strings left by the glue gun (I watched a lot of videos while doing all of this).

Add tiny ribbon bows.

Finally, I made some little ribbon bows to add along the lace (check out my video tutorial for simple bows if you wish).

The finished and fully decorated umbrella.

And now the umbrella, or should I say, parasol is finished and ready for use.

Close up of the finished umbrella.

It is looks so pretty and the lace ruffle gives it a very poufy look, however…

The now lacy decorated umbrella can still be closed!

…It’s not too poufy to close up!  I was afraid I would have to change the strap.

Here’s the updated list:

  • 3 piece outfit
  • Holder
  • First aid cases
  • Umbrella
  • Tea set
  • Tote

Two down, four more to go.  The next one should be up tomorrow, look forward to it!


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Plastic Caddy to Pretty Headband Holder


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For the first project on my new craft list, I decided to fix a storage problem in a pretty way.

A pile of pretty headbands, mixed up and cluttered.

I have made a ton of cute headbands overs the years to go with pretty outfits.  The problem with having all these nice hair things is storing them so they don’t get tangled up in a heap like this, or damaged.

A simple plastic storage caddy, the solution to our messy head band problem.

The solution is this, a simple plastic caddy.


I got this one for free from a friend, but I found similar ones here at DollarTree.  They are useful to store all kinds of things neatly and within reach.

Plastic Caddy to Pretty Headband Holder.

However, for hair accessory storage I wanted something prettier. 

So, that’s what I did, I made the caddy prettier, to turn it into the perfect headband holder.

Two plastic bins full of laces, ribbons, bows, flowers and other embellishments.  These will be used to make the plastic caddy all pretty.

First I whipped out my embellishments.  The container on the right is where I keep all my lace and ribbons, and the one on the left is full of smaller bits of ribbon, flowers, bows and other random small stuff.

Lately, I gotten into sorting and organizing all my craft supplies, mostly using plastic shoebox size containers and cute baskets.

Start gluing the lace around the caddy with a glue gun.

I picked out some wide lace, and started carefully gluing it around the caddy with a glue gun.

Finish gluing the lace by folding the end before gluing down.

When I got it completely around the caddy, I folded the edge of the lace before gluing it down.

Gluing ruffled lace along the top edge of the caddy with a glue gun.  Careful, it's really hot.

Then I did the same thing with some pretty ruffled eyelet lace.  I glued it along the edge of the container.  I had to be extra careful here, because it’s easier to get burn gluing there.

Glue cute pink ribbon bow to the sides of the caddy as a finishing touch.

To finish it off, I made two large-ish bows from some leftover ribbon and glued them to the sides of the caddy.  This ribbon was left over from this pretty pink dress I made for Easter a while ago.

The finished and nicely decorated plastic caddy, now a pretty headband holder.

And now it is done, and ready for use.

The pretty caddy full of mostly home made headbands.

See, doesn’t that look much better?  And it actually took about 15 minutes to do.  Maybe I should make more.

Here’s the updated list:

  • 3 piece outfit
  • Holder
  • First aid cases
  • Umbrella
  • Tea set
  • Tote

One down, five more to go.  The next two should be up soon, look forward to them!


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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #159

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #159

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.
  • Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back. ---->
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #158

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #158

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.
  • Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back. ---->
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Up to Forty-Four

A pretty group of pink and white flowers.  Hopefully the sight is calming enough to prepare me to get started on this crafting to-do list.As promised, here is my new list.

Craft Project List #44

  • 3 piece outfit
  • Holder
  • First aid cases
  • Umbrella
  • Tea set
  • Tote

Six projects, and I intend to have them all done by September.  Wish me luck.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #157

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #157

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.
  • Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back. ---->
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Crafting for Dolls: Straw Hats to Half Bonnets

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Later than planned, but here is the last project on my craft list.  Finally.

Some small bonnet style straw hats from a craft store.

Some time ago, I found a package of small bonnet style straw hats at Bookman’s.  They were only 50 cents!

A small bonnet style straw hat from a craft store.  Let's turn it into a doll half bonnet!

I bought them thinking I could make pretty bonnets for my ball jointed dolls, until I tried them on them.  They were too small, even for my smallest dolls!

What do you do with too small doll straw hats?


A pink haired ball jointed doll wearing a pretty half bonnet with pink bows.

You make half bonnets.

Years ago, I came across a tutorial for taking a child size straw hat and turning it into a half bonnet.  Surprisingly I still remembered it, so I thought “why not try that for a doll?”

Three doll sized half bonnets made from craft store straw hat with ribbon, bows, and flowers.

So I made three ball jointed doll sized half bonnets.  They came out so cute!

The side view of a doll wearing a half bonnet.

They are trimmed on the outside with flowers and bows with ribbons for tying.

Three doll sized half bonnets, you can see the ruffled lace on the inside of the bonnet.

On the inside, I added ruffled lace to frame the doll’s face.  And it’s a great way to use up lace scraps.

The front view of a pink haired bjd wearing a pretty bonnet.

See, doesn’t it look so pretty on Yuna?

A white haired ball jointed doll wearing a straw half bonnet with a pale purple ribbon.

Not that they don’t also look lovely on Hikaru here, I mostly intended to make the bonnets for her anyway.

Two ball jointed dolls showing off their new half bonnets.

If you are interested in making some of these half bonnets for your dolls, I whipped up a quick tutorial on my doll blog.

Here’s the updated list:

Ten down and out.  Finally finished this list! 

So now to start up on the next one.  I will have it posted by Sunday.  Look forward to it!



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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #156

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #156

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.
  • Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back. ---->
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sleepwear Makeovers: Pants to Cute Pajama Set and a Bonus

I said a couple days later, but here’s the next craft project a couple weeks later. :(

A cute but too big pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse pajama pants.  These will be turned into a cute set of pj shorts and top.

Anyway, I found this cute pair of pink pajama pants at a thrift store for only $1, score!

Close up of the Mickey and Minnie print on the cute pajama pants.

They have this cute Mickey and Minnie mouse print.

The problem was that not only were they too big, but I found them too warm to wear here in Arizona.  I prefer to wear shorts for sleeping.

That’s an easy thing to do, and it would leave fabric leftover, for what?  Then I thought, why not make a cute top?  Why not make a set of pajamas?

Pajama Pants to Cute Pj Set Tutorial

So let’s turn old pajama pants into a cute new pajama set. 

The pajama pants with the legs cut off, just need to adjust and hem them for shorts.

First, I cut the legs of the pants to make shorts.  I cut them about an inch longer than I wanted, so I could hem them later.

Re-sewing the inseam area on the shorts to take them in and fix the hole in that area.

Then I pinned and stitched the inseam and took it in about 1.5 inches.  This was both to make the too big shorts fit me better, and to deal with a little hole I noticed in the crotch area.  Problems solved.

The new pajama shorts, complete and ready to wear.

Then all I had to do was re-hem the shorts with a zig-zag stitch.

New pajama shorts completed!


Now for the top.  This is a drawstring tank top made a lot like the doll tank tops from my video tutorial.  Check it out if you have a little trouble with this.

The cut off legs of the pants, cut open and laid flat together with right sides together.  This is now the fabric that will be used for a cute top.

First I took the cut off legs and cut down the side to open them up.  Layer them together right sides together, and you have fabric for the top. 

I wanted the top to fit loosely, but depending on how wide your fabric is (and how wide you are), you may want to trim it a little before sewing.

I used the already hemmed part of the fabric for the top of the tank top, it will be used as a casing for the ribbon. 

The fabric with curves cut out for the arms.

I first cut the top corners off in a curve shape, (use a tank top that fits as a cutting guide if needed).

The top with the sides pinned and ready to sew.

Then I pinned and stitched the sides of the tank top.

Once fixed, the new shorts can be hemmed.

Then the bottom was ready for hemming.

Ribbons threaded through the top of the tank top and a cute bow added to the front.

All that was left to do was thread ribbons through the “casings” and tie to form the straps.  I added a ribbon bow to the front just for fun.

The finished tank top with ribbons and all.

And now the drawstring tank top is done…

The finished pajama set, drawstring tank top with shorts with a cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse print.

…And the pajama set is ready to wear.


Now here’s the bonus.  A cute night gown makeover. 

A t-shirt style night gown.  It will be turned into a cute pajama set.

I got this cute night gown at a thrift store ages ago.

A close up of the cute print of the night gown, it's blue with little bunnies, kitties and cows.

I loved the cute pattern, it has kitties, bunnies and cows, because cows are adorable, right?

The problem is that I never wear it.  Not only is it too big, but I think it would work better as a top than a gown.  Easy to fix.

The night gown cut to t-shirt length plus about 1 inch for a hem.

I just cut it where I wanted it, plus an inch for the hem.

The shirt with pins along the side, ready to sew to take it in since it is too big.

I pinned and stitch along the sides to take it in, because things are always too big for me.

The bottom of the shirt has been re-hemmed.

Then a quick hemming job to finish.

But, we’re not done yet.  Let’s make shorts!

The fabric that was previously cut off the bottom of the nightgown.  It has been cut in half so there are two pieces folded in half.

I took that piece I cut off and cut down the middle to form to folded pieces.  I will use the already hemmed bottom for the hem of my shorts.

Using a pair of knit shorts a cutting guide to cut a j-shape in the folded fabric on the non-folded end.

I used a pair of shorts I already had as a guide to cut the curve.  I left a couple of inches at the top for the waist.

The two pieces of fabric, now unfolded and layered on top of each other with rights sides together.  Time to get sewing!

Unfold the pieces and layer them right sides together.

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the curved part should be deeper on one side.  That will be the back seam, and it needs to be deeper to accommodate your back side.

The curved cut edge with pins, ready to sew for the front seam of the shorts.  Then repeat fo the back seam.

Anyway, I just pinned and stitch the back seam and then the front seam.

The shorts turned to show the sewn inseam (the part that goes between the legs).

Then I turned the shorts around and pinned the inseam before sewing it securely.

The top of the shorts, double folded and sewn to form a casing for the elastic.

Time for the waist.  I just double fold and sew to form a casing for the elastic.

Pink elastic threaded through the casing with a safety pin to form the elastic waistband on the shorts.

Then I thread the elastic through with a safety pin and stitched the ends together.

The finished pair of pajama shorts.

And the shorts are finished…

The finished pajama set, a cute tee with shorts with a cute blue animal print.

And the second pajama set is complete and ready to wear.

Here’s the updated list:

Nine down, just one more to go.  The next one will be up in a couple of days.  I hope.

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