Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!  

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Japanese Knot Bag

Simple Japanese Knot Bag

The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise!

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Carry just about anything in this lovely handmade bag.

I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them.

This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful.

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The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see.

Maybe next year I will actually get my project completed before the deadline! Anyway, this stunning digital print, titled “Blooms” was a no brainer for this simple bag design. The beautiful cotton fabric shows through in this bag’s simple construction.

Supplies Needed

My pattern for this project is available to purchase for $6.00 in my new pattern shop, Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns. I will have more details on the new site VERY soon, but you will be able to order it through my link below (affiliate).

Buy the pattern (immediate download pdf)

1/2 yard Hoffman “Blooms” print fabric  (order here)

1/2 Yard of Black cotton lining fabric (order here)

1 package black bias binding (order here)

Thread, needle, scissors

 

Follow pattern directions for construction.

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Japanese Knot Bag

 

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Simple Pillow Tutorial

How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journals are a way for creative people to keep all their ideas in one place. Make one today to keep in your backpack for those moments of inspiration! This post is sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of Disclosure Rules see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journaling is not a new concept. I have kept notebooks full of sketches and creative ideas for years, but this pretty painted journal concept has me really inspired! Creativity strikes at any given time in the day, and as a creative person you just never know when the urge will hit to create something. For this reason I carry an art journal with me everywhere I go. I have them in my purse, backpack, on my desk, bedside table, coffee table, book shelves even in the car. I love them even more if they have bright colors and pretty prints to inspire me!

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The blank journal is a canvas covered book with blank water color pages inside. I love the idea of creating in a keep sake book! The Art Journal came from Michael’s Crafts.  Perfect surface for using these Americana Decor Stencils and paints. The compact size is ideal for toting in a back pack. This would be a fun project for kids to get them ready for back to school!

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Art Journal Supplies Needed:

Americana Acrylic Paint White

Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble

Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink

Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Primary Blue (not pictured)

Americana Fabric Medium

Watercolor Brush size 12

Paint Pallet, pallet knife or plastic knife and paper plate for mixing paints

Mixed Media Artist’s Paper (for practicing your design)

Americana Decor Doily Stencil 6″ x 8″ Product #ASMM18-K

Jane Davenport 6″ x 9″ Canvas Art Journal (Product # 10503043 or SKU# 718813767040 from Michaels Crafts)

Stencil brushes

Mason jar filled with Water and paper towels for blotting

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Directions:

•Place a small amount of each paint on the pallet. Add a bit of the Fabric Medium to each color and mix together with a plastic knife or pallet knife.

•Practice your design on mixed media artist’s paper before painting on the journal.

•Dab the brush in water, then in both red colors of paint. Stroke the brush left to right on the top 1/3 of the canvas. Add more paint and water as needed for a water color effect.

•Using the same paint colors and technique as above, paint another strip in the lower 1/3 of the canvas.

•Pickup the pink color paint with the same brush, without cleaning it. Working from the top of the red strip up to the top of the book, stroke the pink color from left to right. Dab the brush in water and more paint to blend the colors with the red.

•Repeat the same technique with the pink paint in the center of the book, and on bottom portion of the book. Don’t forget to cover the edges and spine of the book.

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•Open the book up and lay it flat with the spine facing up and both covers facing toward you. Paint the back of the book to match the front. Let dry 10 minutes.

•Practice the stenciling first on paper, planning the position of each medallion and word graphic. Dab the stencil brush in the paint, then on paper towel before using it on the paper for the best results. The brush should be rather dry when working with the stencils.

•Pressing the stencil down firmly with one hand on to the cover of the book, stencil the medallions with the Pebble colored paint, then overlap the stencil pattern and repeat with the Natural Buff paint. Mix in a bit of white with each color as you work for variation.

•Stencil back of the journal to match the front. Let dry completely.

•Add the stenciled words to the front of the journal cover. Place the stencil on top of the book and stencil with navy blue paint and stencil brush.

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This is what the journal looked like before I added the stenciled words.

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You can add as many words as you like, I decided to keep it simple and use the ones that were the most meaningful to me. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!

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Eat the Plate Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Recipe

Homemade Brownies are comfort food. They are easy to make from scratch with basic ingredients. Whip up a batch today for your next family dinner or potluck.

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Homemade brownies with chunks of peanuts.

Homemade Brownies

Brownies are a classic treat. My mother loves them, she constantly bring home brownie mixes from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I hate brownie mix! The mixes are always too sweet and never cook all the way through the middle. In the search for a perfect brownie recipe, I have discovered that less is more. Simple ingredients and bit more fat make for a delicious, satisfying brownie that cooks all the way through.

Homemade Brownies Recipe

Homemade Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 almond flour or gluten free baking mix
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. •Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted.
  3. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  4. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined.
  5. •Grease 8" x 8" square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan.
  6. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving.
  7. •Makes 15-20 small brownies.

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So delicious you will want to eat the whole plate!

Tips for Success

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It took me years to discover that brownies should only be baked in a metal baking pan. This is critical to baking success. For a long time I used a glass pan, and the brownies were always gooey and never fully cooked in the middle. The homemade brownie secret is to always use a metal pan, a stainless steel pan is the best. You can purchase a pan through my Amazon affiliate link below:

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I alternate gluten free flour with regular flour in this recipe. Honestly, if it has chocolate in it my family never complains. The gluten free option has a slightly different texture but still tastes great. You can easily use either type of flour in this recipe and your family probably won’t even know the difference. Chocolate hides everything!

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12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

Adding a kitchen tile backsplash is an excellent way to change up the look of your space.  Although subway tile is always a hit, it’s not everyone’s style.  Here are some other options that might inspire you for your upcoming kitchen remodel. (But fair warning, there are a few subway tiles mixed in.)

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren't All Subway Tile)| Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThis marble backsplash is such a beautiful version of subway tile.  Jennifer shares some great tips and tricks (and what NOT to do) on The Craft Patch.

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Not every kitchen need to be white! Here is a bright pattern to add some excitement to your home. Head over to Design Sponge to see the rest of this modern kitchen.

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Artsy Chicks Rule did a great job on this coastal inspired backsplash! This tutorial is so detailed and will make your kitchen remodel much simpler.

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A tin tile backsplash is a great way to add some character to your kitchen while not breaking the bank. DIY Network shares their pro tips on how to accomplish this project with minimal spending and very few tools.

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Would you believe this isn’t real tile? Lost and Found Decor decided to use a peel and stick option for her kitchen remodel! This kitchen is a beautiful example of how a backsplash can turn around an entire space.
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Little House of Four also chose a peel and stick tile for her farmhouse kitchen remodel! This could be a great option for a rental home, just be certain to run it by your landlord first. (Who wouldn’t want their tenant to update their kitchen for them though?)

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This could be one of my favorite kitchen remodels yet! Head over to Scout Design Co. to see the before and after – you don’t want to miss it. The use of tile only behind the stove creates an easy clean up area and also adds lots of visual interest to your kitchen.

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Wood or tile? What about wood that looks like tile? That’s exactly what was used for this unique modern kitchen on HGTV.

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren't All Subway Tile)| Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comBright Green Door decided to take their backsplash all the way to the ceiling. What a great idea! I always love when people take risks that pay off in a huge way. 

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The blue color of this backsplash creates such a crisp, clean look in this kitchen. Craving Some Creativity also chose a peel and stick tile.  This one looks so close to the real thing, I didn’t believe it until I read the entire article! Rachel also shares some excellent tips on how to decide if this type of backsplash is right for your home.

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The herringbone pattern of this backsplash is an excellent way to keep a neutral look, while still creating visual interest. Love and Bellinis did an excellent job remodeling her kitchen with the help of her handy hubby.

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And last but certainly not least, an exciting geometric patten from Bibby and Brady.

Have you attempted a kitchen backsplash of your own? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Pretty Custom Water Bottle for Back to School

Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules.

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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

Pretty Custom Water Bottle

It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project!

I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know.

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Water bottle painted with Blue Haven and Pearl Medium

Custom Water Bottle Supplies:

Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store)

Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven

Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry

Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue

Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue

Paint Brush Size 20 Flat

Script Liner Paint Brush #1

1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards)

80 Grit Sanding Paper

American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer

Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium

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Argyle pattern with 1/4″ wide painters tape. Tape is applied in 1″ intervals.

Custom Water Bottle Directions:

  1. Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
  2. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium.
  3. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if your original bottle is a dark color. Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer.
  4. Apply painters tape at a 45 degree angle on the bottle, keeping the pieces 1″ apart as pictured.
  5. Add more rows of painters tape going in the opposite direction, resulting in a diamond pattern.
  6. Load the #20 paint brush with Calypso Blue paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint the row of diamonds, then rinse the brush and repeat for the second row with the mauve paint. Repeat the process for the remaining rows. Dry paint with a hair dryer. Remove tape.
  7. Using #1 Script liner brush, make small “stitches” on each diamond in an “X” shape with the Dark Blue Paint. Let dry completely.
Paint rows of alternating colors in the diamond pattern.

 

Water bottle after tape is removed.
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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

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