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! 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! 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! Art Journal Supplies Needed: 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. Americana Acrylic Paint White Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan…
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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!  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. Custom Water Bottle Supplies: 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. 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 Custom Water Bottle Directions: Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if…
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10 DIY Back to School Ideas

Suddenly, summer fun is over and we are transitioning into school year routines!  It’s not a fun change for anyone, but a little DIY project always improves moods. Here are some great ideas that will make this back to school season more fun and less stressful for the whole family!  Are you looking for a fun DIY to get the kids excited for back to school? Jane & Sonja over at Sustain My Craft Habit made these cute pencil cases using only Duck Tape and an empty cardboard box! It’s super easy, and it takes one more thing off that never ending school supply shopping list. This chalkboard is quick and easy to make! It’s a great place to jot down daily reminders, to-do lists, or even jokes to start the day with a smile!  Check out the how-to on Designers Sweet Spot.  Here’s a great way simplify the morning rush to school. The kids know exactly what to wear, and you have peace of mind that they are ready for their day! Take a look at the easy instructions over on Little House of Four. Teachers have a hard time getting back into the routine of school too! Keri at Shaken Together put together these cute back to school gifts to help them ease back into it. Fill the mason jars with tasty treats, or various school supplies they may need throughout the year! Have you ever been rushing around to get one child to football and another child to music lessons, all while keeping the others happy in the process? Then you realize you…
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How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Signs add so much charm to your farmhouse decor! This sign is easy to make even if you have never painted anything before!  Rustic Hand Painted Sign Rustic signs are all over the place, I have seen so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest lately! However, I am not one to go with the flow. I prefer more color, so many of the signs that I have seen are monochromatic. Color makes all the difference to me! I chose to work with yellows and greens to coordinate with my colors on my front porch. This sign will take me into some fall decor, and I am so happy with how it turned out! Supplies Needed: This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Micheal’s Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page. •Pre-finished Pallet sign from Micheal’s Craft Store •Americana Deco Premium Acrylic Paints (also available at Micheal’s)  in the following colors: Americana Premium Acrylics — Burnt Sienna — DTA09 Americana Premium Acrylics — Cadmium Yellow Hue — DTA44 Americana Premium Acrylics — Carbon Black — DTA37  Americana Premium Acrylics — Viridian Green Hue — DTA25  Americana Premium Acrylics — Yellow Oxide — DTA15    •Paint Brushes in the following sizes: #2 script liner brush     #20 flat brush 3/4″ Scruffy Brush     #14 flat brush  •Mason jar with water for rinsing brushes •Artist pallet or paper plate for mixing paints •Paper toweling, paper plate or artist pallet for mixing paint •Artists all purpose media notebook for…
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How to Make a Braided Fall Wreath, Easy to Sew

This easy to sew fall wreath is a great way to use up your fabric scraps. This would  also make a great beginner sewing project.  The first time I made a wreath like this was in the Girl Scouts in 5th grade. It’s crazy how some things stick with you over the years. At the time, I was new to sewing and this was my very first sewing project. I’ve been hooked on sewing ever since. The wreath is made from 3 “sleeves” of cotton batik quilting fabric in beautiful fall colors. It would be easy to make different colored wreaths for different seasons, but I must say I love these rich warm colors. The sleeves are braided together and attached to a grapevine wreath with some twine for a rustic farmhouse feel. This little door is in our entry way. It leads to no where but a closet. This is a small storage area under our stairs that we use for off season items like Christmas decorations and winter shoes and boots. I love the little quirky parts of an old house like this! Here’s what you will need to make your own wreath: Fall Wreath Supplies Needed: This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosures page. • 1/4 yard cuts of three fall colored batik fabrics (yellow, brown, green) •Sewing machine and thread •sewing needle •polyester fiberfill stuffing •plastic 12″ ruler •large safety pins •Scissors or rotary cutter…
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How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

Old jeans are always in my fabric scrap box. Here’s a quick project using up cycled jeans! Craft Some Seriously Cute Coasters I love small crafty projects. I try to keep a stash of them going for the moments when I just don’t have that much energy to create or when I am frustrated with my progress on a larger project. It always feels good to accomplish something small, I always feel satisfied with completing a small project even if it’s only a little bitty thing. For example, I had fun making these simple coasters. We have needed coasters in our living room for quite some time, our kids are always leaving glasses of water on the table that sweat and mark the wooden surface. The struggle is REAL! I prefer fabric coasters because they soak up the moisture and are unbreakable. I took a sewing workshop at a blog seminar earlier this year and this is what we made. I loved them! They are so simple to make, and what a great idea to use recycled jeans! The circle template comes from a quilt pattern by Nancy’s Notions. You don’t necessarily have to make an entire quilt, this project is great for a beginner sewer or when you are short on time. It’s easier than you think, here’s the rundown: Seriously Cute Coaster Supplies: This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page. •various scraps of denim fabric, light and dark colors about…
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Make a Fun Ice Cream Sundae Pin Cushion Craft

This Ice Cream Pin Cushion project is fun and easy to make. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend!  You can make this Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft, in a heart beat! It will keep you thinking cool! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot day. We have had plenty of those hot days around here lately. Hot, hot, hot! I was inspired to create this adorable Ice Cream Pin Cushion to remind me of cool things during a hot summer day! This project is easy to make with just a few household items. Make  a couple for gifts as long as you are at it! I started with just one, but I struggle to make just one of anything. It’s one of my compulsive behaviors, I can’t help myself. I had to make a chocolate version too. I love chocolate sundaes don’t you? The chocolate pin cushion uses brown wool yarn and a dark colored sock instead of the white sock and clothesline in the white sundae. You’ll love how easy they are to make! Ice Cream Pin Cushion Supplies Needed: •white tube sock or brown sock for the chocolate sundae •dry rice or beans for filling the sock, about 1 1/2 cups •Clothesline or brown wool yarn •Fabric glue or craft glue •Red wool for felted “cherry” and felting needle, or a purchased small red pompom •Multi-Colored stick pins or pins with flowered decorative ends •Glass ice cream sundae dish (I got mine at the thrift store)   Pin Cushion Directions: Fill…
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Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

Wine bottle bags make a great gift idea, this vintage style Yo-Yo design is a great project to accomplish while you are watching TV. Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag I’ve been working late at night lately. It’s very hot outside and I don’t have a ton of energy for accomplishing much during the day. The basement is my favorite retreat, along with my sewing workshop. Needless to say, I have been very productive in that nice cool environment. It’s not hard to get started on a project and never want to leave that room. This little Yo-Yo bag is fun to make, although it requires a bit of hand sewing. The Yo-yo’s are made from 5″ quilt squares and a Yo-Yo maker, although it would be just as easy to make them without the Yo-Yo making device. I have included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Pattern for this project! This post contains affiliate links. DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE. Oh, by the way I also get my wine FREE, YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET FREE WINE WITH MY AFFILIATE LINK HERE. For this wine bag design, you will need 16 yo-yo’s of various colors. I used 8 contrasting yo-yos that matched the background fabric and 8 colored ones. My first inclination was to make the yo-yo’s out of denim, however, after reading the yo-yo maker directions, they warned against using denim. It is too heavy and will not gather well. I found this pretty blue cotton chambray at the fabric store instead, and after working with it, I decided it was…
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How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

  I have admired this Dresden Plate design for quite some time. My friend and I first spotted it at the huge Quilt Expo a couple of years ago. The design template and directions are an easy to use kit from Nancy’s Notions. I was very excited to have a chance to work with Nancy’s Notions on this project, since they are located in my home town here in Wisconsin. The Dresden Plate kit comes with a plastic template and instruction booklet. You can make any one of a dozen or so different styles by adding different fabrics and sewing variations. I decided to make a pillow version with some patriotic inspired fabrics. The original Dresden Plate design is for a table top decoration, but I decided I would get more use out of a pillow than a table topper. I also decided that larger was better in this case, I used the full size of the template for this project. Dresden Plate Pillow Supplies: This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page. •3 coordinating cotton fabrics of patriotic design, about 1/2 yard of each red and white strip, blue chambray and navy blue with stars •Matching Thread, heavy duty •Poly-fiberfill stuffing, or an old bed pillow •Quilting Ruler, Cutting Mat and rotary cutter •Sewing machine •Iron •Spray Starch •Iron on patch in a dark color •Sewing needle and thread •Fabric pen or marker…
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Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

Make an ugly old tote bag look like new with a few craft supplies! Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New This Ugly Old Tote Bag was a spur of the moment project. I was unpacking my bags from my recent trip to the SNAP blog conference and was excited to try some of the new products we were given. Love them all! This burlap bag caught my eye in a heart beat. My grandmother always carried a burlap bag in the summer months, and it reminded me of her classic style. Tote Bag Supplies Needed This post was sponsored by Therm-o-web. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own. •Old Burlap tote bag, can be a thrifted item or grocery store type fabric bag (Buy now affiliate link) •5″ pack of printed or solid colored quilt squares, cotton (Buy now  affiliate link) •Therm-o-web Fabric Adhesive (Buy now through this affiliate link) (Buy now affiliate link) This pile of colorful quilting squares was the perfect thing for this project. The colors caught my eye when I saw them, and I was immediately lost. My unpacking was forgotten, and I was deep into creating. Who needs to unpack anyway? The burlap bag we received at the conference from one of the vendors at the conference. I didn’t love the name on it, so I came up with a way to re-style it. It was easy! You would never know how it started out! It’s exciting that Facebook now allows us to embed videos…
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