Monday, February 24, 2014

Small Dog Beds with Zipper

Remember these cute dog beds I made for my sister's dogs?  Well, last month my sister told me that they would be even better with a zipper.  So despite my dislike of sewing zippers, I made some new covers for her.

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I decided to mix it up a little with these and got creative.  The paw print, darker blue and brown fabrics I had in my stash.  

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The other one was made with all scraps from my stash.  {Recognize the fabric?}  This one took a little longer to make but I really like the zig zags.

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I hope the dogs {and my sister} like them.

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Have a good week and stay warm!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Journal Cover

Research shows that you are four times more likely to complete your to do list if you write it in a notebook with a pretty cover.  Ha - I totally made that up but I'm hoping that is the case.

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My first project of the year is this cute journal cover.  I absolutely love it.  And what's not to love - it's super cute, it was a quick sew, and I made it using materials I already had.

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I made it by following this wonderful tutorial from Bloom and Blossom.  I did have to make some adjustments to the measurements because my notebook was 7"x5".  {Instructions were for 8.25"x6.25" notebook.}

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If you have the same size notebook as me and want to make one, here are my measurement substitutions:

Patchwork strip lenght 7.75"
Interfacing rectangle - 17.5" x 7.25"
Place the patchwork strip 3" from center
Small rectangle = 4.75" x 7.75"
Large rectangle = 12.5" x 7.75"
Turn the short ends in 3"
Lining 8.25" x 7.75"

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Have a great week.  Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

{Not So Confidential} - December in Review

Hello 2014, goodbye 2013.  And goodbye to these monthly review posts.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This will be my last {Not So Confidential} post.  It's been fun but time to do other things.  {like making snow angels.}

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Don't worry, I will still share my projects with you on this blog.  And I'm going to start a page to list the books I've read because I have found it kind of nice to keep track of what and how many I've read.  But for now, let's take one last look back at December.

{What I made} Craft Projects
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In case you missed it:

{What I made} Yummy Eats
{What I read} previous count - 37
  1. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  2. The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman
  3. White Jacket Required  by Jenna Weber
  4. You Before Me by Jojo Moyes

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Four Seasons Photo Gallery

I love taking photos of anything and everything.  And lately my favorite thing is playing around with the many fun photo editing apps.  Instead of just keeping all these great photos on my phone/computer, I wanted to display them.  This is how the four seasons photo gallery was borne.

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Sorry about the not great photographs of the gallery.  It is in my little half bathroom where there is no natural light and not much space to get a great photograph.  And the wall color is actually a very pretty blue, not the less than eye pleasing gray that it appears to be here.

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The frames are from Michaels and I painted them a winter white.  Originally they were ivory but I wanted a more pure white to match the vanity in the bathroom.  The coat hooks are from the Home Depot.

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When I originally came up with this idea, it was with just three photos.  But as I was looking through my instagram for those photos I came across a fourth that would beatifully complete a set of seasonal photos.  I am quite happy with the outcome.

Here are the four seasons as seen in my instagram account:

by Lynn

by Lynn

by Lynn

I would love it if you followed me on instagram as well.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa Ornament

I took an ornament making class at Archiver's last month.  We made four ornaments.  Frankly, I wasn't too excited about the class but at least one of the ornaments we made was worth repeating.  For my annual holiday cookie exchange and ornament making party, we made the santa ornament I learned in that Archiver's class.

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Not only are they super cute, they are super easy too.  You could probably whip this one up yet tonight {if you have the supplies of course}.

What you need:
  • Clear ornament
  • Red scrapbooking paper
  • Black ribbon
  • Silver scrapbooking paper
  • Red ribbon
  • Paper trimmer
  • pencil or dowel
  • double sided tape
  • scissor
What you do:
  1. Cut the red paper into 1/4" strips.  I used a mixture of 12" and 8" lengths.  The number you need depends on how big your ornament is and how full you want it to be.
  2. Roll a strip around your pencil or dowel and place your roll into the ornament.  Continue until the ornament is full.
  3. Measure the black ribbon around the ornament and cut to size.
  4. Cut the silver paper into a square.  Mine was a 3/4" square.  Cut two slits in the square.
  5. Thread the black ribbon through the slits you made in the silver square.
  6. Using the double sided tape, adhere the black ribbon with silver buckle to the ornament.
  7. Use the red ribbon to make a hanger. 

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Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lunch Bag

I bring my lunch to work everyday.  Every. Single. Day.  And this dates back to my senior year in college when I lived off campus.  I would pack a sandwich and maybe something else {I can't remember what for sure, that was a long time ago.}  And I would eat it in the mall or on the Pentacrest {weather permitting of course.}

I've been thinking for a little while now that I needed a new lunch bag.  The homemade one I was using worked great.  Maybe the best thing about it was that it was kind of small so I was able to easily find a spot for it in our usually full refrigerator at work.  But it was time for something different.  And anyways, I moved floors at my office and the refrigerator on my new floor isn't used as much so no need to squeeze my lunch into a crowded space.  {BTW, they also bought a second refrigerator for the old floor I worked on now too.}

And this is what I made.

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I LOVE it.  I'm so happy with the bright and cheery fabric I choose.  The pattern is a combination of the lunch bag and large bag from Quilts and More Winter 2006.  My previous lunch bag was made with just the lunch bag pattern.

The band near the bottom was a late addition.  I loved the lining fabric and really wanted to see more of it.  I would say it is a perfect addition.

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Just for fun, I embroidered the word eat on my lunch bag.  It looks like cat, but believe me it is eat.

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And for a little more whimsy, I added a fabric flower.  I've been wanting to make one for a really long time and decided this was the perfect opportunity.  I followed these easy instructions from Pink Paper Peppermint.  Again I used the fabric from the lining and a big bright yellow button.

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But I took it a step further and made my flower into a pin.  I wanted to be able to remove it when I threw the lunch bag into the washer.  I simply glued a round piece of felt onto the back of the flower and then glued on a pin.

Did I mention that I LOVE my new lunch bag.  It is super bright and cheery.

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I am spreading its cheer at my favorite parties.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

{Not So Confidential} - November in Review

Hello friends!  Welcome to December.  If you are looking for homemade gift ideas, please visit my etsy shop, eLRBe.  All items are 75% off {shipping within the U.S. only}.  Before we get to the review, what do you think this cloud formation looks like?

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{What I made} Craft Projects
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In case you missed it:
{What I made} Yummy Eats
{What I read} previous count - 31
  1. The Winner by David Baldacci
  2. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  3. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  4. The Sins of the Mother by Daniellel Steele
  5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh