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Valentine DIY: Embroidered Boxer Shorts

Valentine underwear

I like Valentine’s day to be a little unexpected , a little fun. A simple reminder of how much I love my favorite people. And, well, I think that a pair of embroidered boxer shorts will put a smile on any Valentine’s face. I gave an embroidered pair of white boxers to my husband Peter many years ago and it’s one of the few Valentine gifts we actually still remember.
These are a cinch to make, so no need to panic, there’s plenty of time to make these before February 14!

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DIY Acorn Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Making Christmas ornaments is one of my absolute favorite holiday crafts. Because of it, we have way too many, there is rarely room on the tree for all of them. But I can’t stop myself! I made these as a quick, small little acorn ornaments to sell at some holiday fairs and I wanted to share them here. I am really inspired by nature these days… sketching it or altering bits of it here and there. These little stuffed acorns can be used as ornaments, garland, and package toppers. You can get all your supplies together and make a batch of them relatively quick.

 

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Thrift Store Plate Paintings

thrift store plate paintings
 
If you, like me, decided not to host the big Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may change your mind after making these. A mismatched set secondhand plates get a completely new look with ceramic paint. No need mad artistic skills, just have fun. It’s a great project to do with friends, so grab your besties, put on a movie, and start painting!READ MORE

DIY Decayed Halloween Flowers

Decayed Halloween Flowers

 

These forgotten and decayed, web-covered Halloween flowers are made from loving cup trophies. The ones that end up at the thrift store are usually metallic painted plastic and are easy to repaint (they are practically begging to be used). Easy to repaint and do all sorts of DIY’s with, like these Halloween arrangements. The large one is nice all on its own for to spook up your décor, and the smaller ones make great place card holders or party favors. See another way I’ve used trophies for Halloween décor here.

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How to Make a Portable Design Wall

Portable Design Wall how-to
 
 
No doubt, a quilt maker needs a big space to lay out the quilt top, configure the design of it. Or at least big enough that we need to be able to step back and away from the piece to get a feel for the whole design. Trying to do this on a horizontal surface (dining room table, bed, floor) can work, but soon enough it gets old. In comes the portable design wall to the rescue!READ MORE

How to Weave Ojo de Dios


In our house, weaving Ojo de Dios (also known as God’s Eye) are a fun summer pastime. I actually first made these as an adult, with my daughter’s 3rd grade Girl Scout troop many years ago, and I’ve love their graphic simplicity ever since. They are easy to make, quick to learn, and meditative to weave. They are certainly pretty in their simplest form, but over the years we’ve added some simple customizations into ours that I’ll share below. Grab some scrap yarn… or twine…. or Para cord …or fabric, a few sticks from the yard, something icy to drink, and start weaving!
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DIY Wood Burning a Pendant

 
wood burning
I decided to do some creative playing last week. It’s an important part of the creative process for all of us, and boy was it fun for me. One of the things I made were these wood burned pendants for Emma and myself. I thought I would share how to make them, it really couldn’t be easier.
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Marbled Wooden Bead Valentines


Even though Valentine’s day is not a highly celebrated event at our house, I can appreciate a shot of the brightly saturated pinks around the house in the middle of a Seattle winter. This DIY Valentine is quick, easy, fun, and addictive. Got wooden beads and paint? You’re all set to make these!
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