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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Makers No. 13

It's party time, friends! Link up, browse around, enjoy!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Don't forget to follow your hosts in some way.
Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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TinySidekick Projects Wk. 13


The Makers Link Party
This week's featured blogger is actually a duo. Erin and Emily are the sister's behind Elizabeth Joan Designs who shared this gardening Easter basket. What a fun way to teach kids how to garden, and all of the goodies in the basket are so pretty, don't you think?


Erin & Emily share a wide variety of beautiful DIY projects that you won't want to miss! Here is a sampling of what you'll find when you visit:
The Makers Link Party
I always struggle with picking just 5 features and want you all to know how much we appreciate you sharing your creativity and inspiration with us! Here are the 5 party features in no particular order. Be sure to give these bloggers some comment love, and please pin from the original source.
Jenna over at Rain on a Tin Roof always amazes me with her DIY projects and room reveals, and her Renovated Rancher House Tour is no exception! She has an eclectic style that is all her own, and her home is filled with so many unique and beautiful pieces.

I don't think it's possible to look at this lovely dresser transformation via Shades of Blue Interiors and not smile. Seriously, doesn't this dresser make you happy just looking at it? I love how she styled it too!

blue i style - KnockOffVersusRestorationHardwareVintageIndustrialLetters
If you are a sucker for typography and Restoration Hardware Knockoffs than you will LOVE this tutorial on How to Make Vintage Industrial Letters via Blue I Style!

Krista from The Happy Housie is known for the beautiful ways she layers bright colors into her projects and home, and her Spring Home Tour is absolute eye candy!

Yup, you read that right, this incredible upholstered bench via My Love 2 Create was made out of old pallets AND a crib mattress! Need I say more?

Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured! And be sure to check out and follow our "Best of The Makers" Pinterest board, where we share more of our favorites throughout the week.
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We are so glad to have you here to party with us and share your creativity! So let's get to it...The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
1. Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before.
2. Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage (anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways).
3. Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog (must link back to be featured).
4. Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post.
5. Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by!
Upcycled Treasures
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tear Open Easter Egg Cards (Print and Cut Silhouette File)

I'm excited to be participating in the Silhouette Challenge again this month, and I am really excited to share what I made with all of you! Like really, really excited. (Oh and hey - psst... there are 39 other fab Silhouette projects you will want to check out at the end of this post!)

In last month's Silhouette Challenge, I was intrigued by Lisa from Grey Luster Girl's Candy Travel Alphabet Game. It worked kind of like an advent calendar with little tear-open windows for each letter. I loved the idea and really wanted to try my hand a some kind of tear-open project. Aaaaaand I think what I came up with is actually kind of awesome.

We all love a little mystery, right? Cracking open an Easter egg to see what goodies hide inside is a childhood joy that I haven't quite grown out of. I decided to try and re-create that experience in a paper card. So I designed a card with an egg on the front that tears open to reveal a message on the inside. And - look! - I made you all a GIF to show you exactly how it works:

Isn't it fun!? When I showed it to my husband, he was like, "You made that?" Yeah I did! And you totally can too. Here's how:

I started off by designing the cards. I went with a simple black design on colored cardstock because I wanted a graphic, modern look (oh - and because my printer was out of color ink).

Of course, I put the print and cut feature to work on this project because it is just my favorite thing ever. Here's what the card fronts look like fresh from the printer.

Next these little guys went through the Silhouette to get perfectly cut (you can get the Silhouette files to cut your own further down - keep reading!). It was important to peel the card fronts off the cutting mat carefully to avoid prematurely cracking any eggs. :)

For the backs of the cards, I used patterned paper and printed the card's interior message on the white, blank backside of the paper. This way the back of the card has a pretty design!

I thought about using glue to attach the front of the card to the back (and you could totally do that!), but ultimately, I decided to use my sewing machine to stitch the fronts to the backs.

This was the perfect time to try out some of my sewing machine's fancy stitches. I really like the detail the stitching provides - ain't it purty? - plus stitching holds the cards together very securely.

Once the cards are sewn together, they are all ready to give away and rip open!

I came up with a few different ideas for how to put these fun tear-open cards to use.  One option is to put a Easter scripture or message inside.

I also thought of making the cards into little IOU type gifts for my kids' Easter baskets. We keep things pretty simple over here for Easter, so a special little privilege or experience (like an extra story at bedtime or going to the movie theater) seemed like a perfect little treat.

My last idea for how to put these little cards to use is my favorite of all: cheesy Easter jokes! I'm always interested in getting my kids some new joke material (I can only hear the same knock-knock joke so many times). 

Wouldn't those be a fun little addition to an Easter basket? If you like these little jokes, good news! You can get the Silhouette print and cut files to make your own! Get the file for the front of the joke cards HERE, and the file for the joke card backs HERE.

And if you like the plain Happy Easter cards, you can get the fronts for those HERE. Just print your own custom messages or IOU treats on 3"x6" pieces of cardstock for the card backs.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Leather Gem Pouch

This post contains affiliate links, and if you decide to make a purchase, I may make a small commission. 

For a while now, I've been wanting to try out a project combining leather and crochet. And here is my first experiment. I shared this little pouch over at Eighteen25 a couple of weeks ago, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I'm sure there will be many more leather experiments in the future. 

To make this little pouch you will need:
  • leather scraps
  • cotton crochet thread (I used size 3)
  • a small crochet hook (I used 1.3 mm)
  • needle
  • mini leather punch and hammer
  • button
I started off by using a straightedge to sketch out my gem shape. I ended up with six pattern pieces - three on top and three on bottom. 

I didn't want to leave pin holes in my leather, so I used washi tape to keep the pattern pieces in place while I cut. 

When I had my six little pieces cut out, it was time to piece them together. The plan here is to piece the top three together and the bottom three together, and then have the pouch open between the top and bottom halves. 

Using the crochet thread and needle, I started off by working a blanket stitch around each of the two middle pieces (remember, blanket stitch is worked left to right!). I did not want any stitching around the outside of the gem because that is where the front of the pouch would be connected to the back. 

To attach the side pieces to the middle piece, I worked used a blanket stitch worked through the blanket stitch on the middle piece. You can see what I mean in the picture below.

I pulled the needle up through the blanket stitch on the other piece before working the next stitch. It think it ended up going a little Frankenstein, but it did the job and pretty soon my top three pieces and my bottom three pieces were stitched together! Yay! 

It was time to cut out a piece of leather for the back. I used my stitched together front pieces as a template to make sure the front and back matched up.

Next it was time to give my new leather punch a try! Punching holes around the outside of the punch allowed me to crochet the front and back together. Using the punch, a hammer, and a cutting mat, I spaced my punches about a quarter of an inch apart. 

The bottom of the pouch was a bit tricky because with the small tips, there wasn't any place to punch holes. My solution was to punch through the back piece only with the plan being to work the crochet stitches through the blanket stitches between the front panels.

When I had punched holes all the way around the pouch, I grabbed my crochet hook to finish up this little pouch. I started crocheting on the bottom of the top half of the front. I worked about two single crochet stitches in each of the blanket stitches I had previously worked along that edge.

When I got to the middle of this top panel, I worked 20 chain stitches and then continued working single crochet all the way across. This created the button loop to close the pouch.

When I reached the end of the top panel, I just kept crocheting around the pouch, but now I worked my single crochet stitches through the holes I punched around the edges. I worked three single crochet stitches into each hole, except for holes on the corners, which got five.

Pretty soon I was done crocheting, and all that was left to do was sew a button onto the front of the pouch. And... Voila!

It's a perfect little pouch for coins, lip balm, or any other small little treasures that need a special place to hang out.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Makers No. 12

Happy Tuesday, friends! It's time to party! I can't wait to see what you have all been up to! (And - hey - if you want to enter to win $500 cash, don't miss the giveaway going on HERE.)

Let's get started!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

the makers link party

This week's top post was these lovely dyed and painted swaddle blankets from Small + Friendly. They are each so cute and unique, it's tough to pick a favorite!

{Pin the top post here!}

Small + Friendly is full of lovely DIYs and crafts as well as thoughtful posts on kids and parenting. Here are just a few favorites:

Follow Carla on Social Media to make sure you don't miss a post!
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It is always so hard to narrow all of your great projects down to just a few features! Here are a few that stood out last week:

This decorative sphere from House on the Way is so fun and unique! You have to go see what she made it out of. So smart!

How cute is this Embroidered Geometric Canvas Tote from Just Be Crafty? The embroidery is fresh and modern, and the faux leather bottom classes it up.

Corinna from For My Love Of did a great job painting this Southwestern Inspired Feature Wall. It is big and bold, and we can't wait to see how the finished room looks.

Mmm... Zucchini Fritters. These little lovelies come from Southern Distinctions.

And, finally, Bre of BrePurposed shared her super cool Leather Stamped Plant Tags. (You have to check out the names she gave to her plants!)

Follow The Makers' Pinterest Board to see all of our features! Follow TinySidekick's board The Best of The Makers {link party} on Pinterest.

Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!

Tiny Sidekick
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by

Tiny Sidekick
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