To Be Continued: Craft Station

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Steve and I decided to go thrifting this weekend and explore some stores we haven’t been to before. The shop didn’t look promising from the outside, but ooo baby were there some gems once we got inside. I saw this vintage Sears Sewing Machine Table and it was screaming “Make me into your craft station pleaseeeeeee!!!!!!” After I double checked that the price tag actually said $29, the table was mine! The wood is in great condition and the top folds out so I can spread out when I need to. It also has the cutest little drawers, including one that is for spools of thread. I can’t wait to line them with fun paper and organize all of my paints, glitter, and supplies. Right now I’m thinking I’m going to try to refinish it and stain it a darker color. I’ve never tried to restore wood before to it’s original glory and I’m nervous! I guess worse comes to worst I can always paint it like I did my other favorite antique table a few months ago.

Does anyone have any tips on staining a piece of furniture?!? Or color/stain suggestions?!?

HELPP PLZ!

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Succulent Planter

ImageMy favorite day of the week is here…HAPPY CRAFTURDAYYYY! It’s too cold to do anything outside this time of year, so Saturdays have turned into the day where we complete fun little projects. Steve and his brother, Doug, are attempting to make beer caddies out of wood (more on that later) so we went to Home Depot to gather supplies. As I was waiting on them to check out I saw the cutesttttt succulents and had to buy one. Image Gold spray paint never does me wrong so I used it to fancy up a soup can to use as my succulent planter. I also sealed off a tree round and placed my shiny succulent on it for a sort of rustic chic inspired arrangement. I’m thinking I’ll put this on my desk at work to bring in some life and cheer me up during the long days. Now I want to make a bigger arrangement for the house. Eeeek. If you give a mouse a cookie…..

DIY Valentine’s Day: Knitted Heart Mug Cozy

ImageWhile I was home for Christmas my mom taught me how to make the cutestttt Knitted Heart Mug Cozies! For me, knitting is like riding a bike. I won’t pick up knitting needles in a year but for some reason my hands quickly remember(and if they don’t, youtube is the best). This pattern is great for beginner knitters and best of all, only takes an hour to complete. Instant craftification! All you need are two different colored skeins of yarn, knitting needles (I used size 15), and a toggle.ImageKnitted Heart Mug Cozy Pattern

  • Cast on 21 stitches in your background color
  • Row 1: knit
  • Row 2: purl 10 stitches, tie on heart color, purl 1 stitch in heart color, purl 10 in background color
  • Row 3: knit 9 in background color, knit 3 in heart color, knit 9 in background color
  • Row 4: purl 8 in background color, purl 5 in heart color, purl 8 in background color
  • Row 5: knit 7 in background color, knit 7 in heart color, knit 7 in background color
  • Row 6: purl 7 in background color, purl 7 in heart color, purl 7 in background color
  • Row 7: knit 8 in background color, knit 2 in heart color, knit 1 in background color, knit 2 in heart color, knit 8 in background color
  • Row 8: purl all 21 stitches in background color. Cut and tie off heart color
  • Cast off and fasten your toggle or button to the side. Weave in the loose ends of the yarn with a tapestry needle.

(Sorry I can’t give credit where it’s due. I’m not sure where my mom found this pattern.)

ImageYour knitted heart mug cozy will snuggle up perfectly around a Starbucks cup or a regular sized mug. The looser you knit, the bigger they will be. These are the perfect DIY Valentine’s Day gift for your friends and family. They’re SO fun and SO simple to make, but you don’t have to let your gift recipients know that. Let them bask in your craftiness and think you slaved for days knitting their heart mug cozy. ImageSpeaking of gift ideas, if you need a non DIY gift for someone special check out the Poler Napsack. It’s a sleeping bag that you can wear! Steve and I accidentally gave each other the EXACT same one for Christmas. Great minds think alike. Anywho I’m obsessed with mine and wear it around the house now that it’s subarctic temps outside. I can’t wait to use it camping in the summer! Poler Stuff is one of my favorite companies and they have so many awesome things for the outdoor lover in your life.

Let me know how your mug cozies turn out! I’ll be curled up in my napsack with mine all day today…

Ribbon Camera Strap

ImageEver since I got my DSLR camera for my birthday last April, I’ve been droolinggg over the adorable camera straps on Etsy. As cute as they are, I haven’t been able to justify spending $35 on a camera strap. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to think of it, but Friday while daydreaming at work I decided to attempt to make my own. It couldn’t be that hard, right??ImageI found lots of good tutorials online for making your own camera straps and strap covers, but I’ve never used a sewing machine before and was pretty intimidated by them. While at Michael’s this weekend I peeped at the ribbon section to see if they had any cute ones that I could possibly use in my strap quest. I grabbed a chevrony ribbon for $5 and headed home. The ribbon ended up being exactly the width of my camera strap so I decided to cut out making a strap cover and try just sewing it to my existing Canon strap. After watching a YouTube vid on Singer sewing machines, I hemmed both ends of my ribbon, aligned it with the end of my Canon strap, and sewed the length of it on both sides. ImageMy DIY ribbon camera strap is the cutest! It was super easy to do (if you know anything about sewing machines, it’ll take you half the time it did me) and cost me wayyyy less than the ones on Etsy. Not mention the fact that it matches my new Jo Totes camera bag I got for Christmas! I can’t wait to wear my new ribbon camera strap out and about. If you’re still using the strap that came with your camera, take 15 minutes and a couple dollars to sass it up. You’ll be happy you did!Image