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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Felt Pansies

In an attempt to bring spring inside (without really bringing it inside... allergy queen) on this snowy day, I made some felt pansies.
I fell in love with these little pots at the craft store. Something about mini versions of big things makes me smile! Add some floral foam, felt and wire and then poof! You have a tiny, fake potted plant perfect for your coffee table.
I also placed extra flowers and leaves on the wreath for the front door. Pansies are the perfect spring flower because they can stand up to the freezing temps that always happen during spring in Michigan!

Charlie

Friday, April 11, 2014

Be Fearless

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Anyone else find it really hard to allow yourself to do nothing? I find it nearly impossible. I know I can't do nothing today, but I am definitely going to try to do nothing soon!

Happy Weekend!

Charlie

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mini Scalloped Envelope DIY with Template

I love when things come in mini sizes (2.5"x3.5")... especially envelopes, they're just so cute! I often use them to send thank you notes with orders, though they would make a cute edition to the gift bag DIY from earlier this week, or to leave little words of encouragement around for people to find! I guess the possibilities are kind of endless because they would be great for Project Life and art journaling too.

You will need: 
cute scrapbooking paper (you can get 3 out of a 12x12 sheet)
scissors 
instant bond adhesive (tape runner, two sided tape, etc)
bone folder

1. Print your template and cut it out.
2. Trace the template onto the back of scrapbooking paper.
3. Cut it out.
4. Fold on the fold lines, sides first and then the bottom. Crease them with the bone folder.
5. Add adhesive where the bottom flap overlaps the sides. Be careful not to glue the envelope shut!
6. Fold down the flap and you're done!

Now, go gather your things and make lots of envelopes. I promise they're super simple and lots of fun. Don't forget to grab the template!

Charlie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

50 in 2014

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Dexter is Delicious - I am not sure why I am continuing to read this series. I guess it is just because I hope that it could be good again. This book was ok... but just ok. If I wasn't listening to it while I sew, I wouldn't be able to finish it.
Dexter Morgan's happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He's always live by a single golden rule - he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy - to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne - and strangely, Dex's dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What's a serial killer to do? (excerpt from goodreads)
The Whole Stupid Way We Are - This book... THIS BOOK... It stays with you. When I finished it, I was so mad about the lack of information that I felt like I wasted my time getting to know these characters. Then, for the next week or so, they just stuck with me. I would wander off in thought thinking about Skint. Bravo N. Griffin, I love books that linger! 
It’s Maine. It’s winter. And it’s FREEZING STINKIN’ COLD! Dinah is wildly worried about her best friend, Skint. He won’t wear a coat. Refuses to wear a coat. It’s twelve degrees out, and he won’t wear a coat. So Dinah’s going to figure out how to help. That’s what Dinah does—she helps. But she’s too busy trying to help to notice that sometimes, she’s doing more harm than good. Seeing the trees instead of the forest? That’s Dinah. And Skint isn’t going to be the one to tell her. He’s got his own problems. He’s worried about a little boy whose dad won’t let him visit his mom. He’s worried about an elderly couple in a too-cold house down the street.
But the wedge between what drives Dinah and what concerns Skint is wide enough for a big old slab of ice. Because Skint’s own father is in trouble. Because Skint’s mother refuses to ask for help even though she’s at her breaking point. And because Dinah might just decide to…help. She thinks she’s cracking through a sheet of ice, but what’s actually there is an entire iceberg. (excerpt from goodreads)
Shiver - This book has been on my to-read list for some time. I was nervous to read another book about wolves, which was a stupid concern. Maggie Stiefvater did a beautiful job coming up with her own version of a wolf and did an even better job weaving in a love story. It is beautiful, and not like Twilight in my opinion. I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next two!
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. (excerpt from goodreads)
Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? What are you reading? I love book recommendations!

Charlie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Simple Fabric Gift Bag DIY

This bag is super easy to make and it gives your gift an extra little boost. Plus, this bag can be reused for lots of different things. You could even make one just to carry your groceries!

What you need:
Utility fabric - bag fabric
Thread
Scissors
Ruler
Sewing machine
1. Fold the strap piece in half, wrong sides together, and sew. Do this for both.
2. Fold down one inch and sew on both pieces.
3. Attach handles on the wrong side on the fabric.
4. Pin fabric right sides together and sew around.
5. Sew to square corners (I did 4").Then cut off the excess.
6. Turn inside right and you're done!

You can change the size to fit the size of your gift. I just so happened to be making something for a bigger gift! If you have any questions, please let me know... and if you make one I'd love to share it here, send me pictures!

Charlie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Currently


I am...

beyond happy that March is over!
making a new spring wreath.
reading Just One Day.
catching up on Project Life.
wishing I was on a warm, sunny beach.
listing new earrings in the shop.
trying to figure out a plan to make April the best month yet!

What are you up to?

Charlie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Life - February

Captured above: New York, Valentine's, and a workout challenge. 
I'm still enjoying this process and I love how low pressure you can make it! 

Charlie