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Patriotic Bracelets DIY

May 21, 2017

These Patriotic Bracelets are easy and quick to make. They are a great way to celebrate our countries history and something you can wear year round. The materials and technique are simple enough that you could make them with your kids. 
 

materials

Materials:

  • Red, white, and blue bandanas
  • Permanent Glue Dots
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

The first step is to size the bracelet to your wrist size. 

wrapping twine
Wrap the twine around the widest part of your hand. This will determine the ability to slip it onto your wrist. Wrap the twine around your hand at least three times. Doing more so will make the bracelet wider. Cut the end of the twine.

glue ends
To secure the twine, apply a few Permanent Glue Dots to the ends of the twine, rolling the Glue Dot around the twine. Using Glue Dots allows the adhesive areas to remain soft and flexible while adhering. 

cut fabric
I chose to make one of each color. I cut off about an inch of fabric from the bandana and started with and end at the point of the Glue Dots and wrapped it around the twine. Secure the end with a few more Glue Dots. Continue to do the same for the remaining two bracelets.

bracelets
Finished bracelets.

 

This post is a part of the Craft Lightning Patriotic Roundup. We were asked to create a craft that could be made in 15 minutes or less. A variety of blogs will feature their posts between 5/21 and 5/25. The features will be available at Me and My Inklings, The Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts. Make sure to visit each day for new inspiration.

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There's a mouse in the house! - with Cricut

May 18, 2017

When my mom passed away, I inherited her grandfather clock. She always wanted one and I remember it was a big deal when they brought it home. She would wind that clock every week with loving care and attention. As a present, my cousin gave my mom a crystal mouse that she placed on the clock. I remember it so vividly, it was always there perched at the side of the clock. I am not sure where that crystal mouse went but I wanted to honor the memory. 

Cricut to the rescue. I wanted to try out the window cling vinyl. The Cricut window cling is clear with a slight hazy finish and a beautiful sparkle to it. This would make a great mouse, I thought! In reading the package, it suggests not to use too detailed of an image. I already had the mouse image I wanted to add, so I gave it a try anyway. I thought the window cling would work great because it wouldn't damage the clock in any way and it is removable. The clock isn't currently working, we need to have a repair person in to fix things. I don't even have the key to open the clock, so placing the window cling on the front surface would have to do. 

Materials:

I use Cricut Design Space on the Mac. My browser is Chrome, the new Design Space has a nifty icon that it added to the top of my screen so I can easily access Design Space with just one click of the icon. 

After loading and resizing my mouse image, I am ready to send the file to cut. The window cling is a special setting. So I have to set it in the software on my computer instead of the dial on the machine. (it is indicated in the image above)

cutting window cling

The window cling cut quickly and easily. I thought I would need to use transfer material to place the image, but I didn't. I just removed what wasn't necessary and then gently lifted the pieces of the mouse. The don't have any adhesive so they don't stick to your fingers. I placed them onto the clock. In the process of transferring, we lost the nose! But it still looks good.

mouse

I think he looks cute. Next time, I would try to place the entire piece of window cling without weeding it first, then remove the unwanted pieces when working with something this small. As I was weeding, I thought the negative image could be used as well, see below. 

negative mouse

Now that I have experience working with Cricut window cling, I think I am going to tackle my front door windows!

I was generously provided the materials by Cricut in order to write this post. This post contains affiliate links.

 
 

Fotor's Online Editing Program

May 12, 2017

Fotor is an online photo editing suite. It offers a variety of ways to edit your image through traditional means as well as artistic filters. Fotor includes photo editing, photo collage, graphic design, HDR, and beauty retouching. There are templates for photo  collage included at the top level of their website. http://www.fotor.com

 

 

It was quick and easy to create the above photo collage. I uploaded the images, selected the number of images I wanted in my collage and Fotor gave me a variety of layouts to choose from. Once chosen, I just dragged and dropped in my photographs. Like I said, quick and easy. 

 

While trying out their offerings, I uploaded a photo taken in the Bahamas of a boat. The important focus of the image was the colorful ropes. Fotor offered a color splash effect where I was able to isolate the ropes in color on a black and white image. 

 


original image

 


image after Fotor editing

  

While Fotor is an online program, I recently downloaded Fotor to my phone as well. 

 

 

 

Log in online and you can make images for different social media sizes. There are templates for you to work from and popular social media sizes (image above).

 


Using instagram template of fotor to create attractive images.

 

The templates available (like the one above) allow you to create promotional images in a flash. You can save them to your computer or directly send them to Twitter, Tumbler, Facebook, Pinterest and G+. The only thing that would make it better would be direct access to Instagram.

 

 

Fotor also offers a variety of tutorials and guides so you can expand your knowledge. You can submit your images to contests where you can win monetary prizes. 

 

Fotor is a very robust program. While there is a free version, there is also a more advanced option for a fee. 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me, all opinions are my own.

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Easy Garden Crafts to Try This Summer

May 8, 2017


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Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get out into the garden and soak up those rays. Long, warm evenings mean that it’s the ideal time to eat outside, and maybe even have a bit of a party! But what if your garden is looking a little lackluster after the winter, and needs a bit of a facelift? Well, don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned gardener, as there are plenty of cute crafts you can make that will leave your garden looking stunning. It’s time to give your garden the crafty makeover it deserves, and you don’t even need to plant any flowers!

Tidy It Up

Before you start crafting, take a look at your garden and see what needs tidying up. Maybe it’s a little overgrown and could do with a trim from some pruning shears, or perhaps your lawn needs a really good mow. Whatever the state of your garden is, make sure you make it look presentable before you start crafting. It’s okay for it to be a little bit wild, but not so much so that there’s nowhere to sit. You should also consider making your garden a comfortable place for people to relax, perhaps with some lawn furniture and a barbecue. If you live somewhere that’s prone to lots of bugs or even mosquitos, you might want to consider getting a bug zapper so that you don’t get eaten alive while having dinner outside!  

Bunting Basics

One of the most classic and kitsch outdoor decorations is bunting, giving a cute, country vibe that instantly transforms your garden. It really is easy to make your own bunting, and all you really need is some fabric, some ribbon, a piece of paper, fabric scissors and a needle and thread. You can use whatever pattern or type of fabric you like, and mixing and matching different patterns gives an amazing effect.

 

Simply make a triangle template using the paper, and then draw around it onto the fabric, as many times as you need to to make enough triangles. Then cut out the triangles and sew them onto the ribbon, leaving a small space in between each one. You can do double sided bunting by sewing two triangles together before attaching them to the ribbon, or if you want to make it ultra polished you can hem them with more ribbon. Then tie onto a tree, fence or pole, and your garden has an instant makeover!

Painted Pots

Even if you don’t have any potted plants or gardening isn’t your thing, you can still make flower pots into a beautiful feature of your garden. A great way to get children involved in garden crafts, painted flower pots always look beautiful and liven up any lawn. You can use any size or shape of pot you like, and take any approach that you want to. All you need is a flower pot and some enamel paint, or acrylic paint and a waterproof varnish. If you’re going to be joined by some little helpers, make sure you get child-friendly paint and do the varnishing yourself.
 

Start off by washing the flower pots, to make sure that the paint goes on smoothly. Then put down some newspaper or a plastic bag and start painting! If you’re painting with the kids, it’s probably best to let them get on with their own creative ideas, but if you’re going it alone there are plenty of places you can look for inspiration. When you’ve finished, leave your pots to dry and then cover with a varnish if you used acrylic paint. Put them in your garden and be amazed at the difference it makes!

Simple Bird Feeders

If you want to bring some wildlife into your garden, try crafting a homemade bird feeder, using eco friendly materials only. This incredibly easy craft is ideal for children to make, as they’ll love assembling them and then waiting for the birds to come. All you need is a pine cone, some peanut butter, some bird feed seeds and some string. Yes, that really is it! Simply take a pine cone and slather it in peanut butter, then roll in the seeds until it is evenly coated. After that, tie a piece of string to it firmly and hang from a tree or pole in your garden. Just make sure you tie it tight, with thick string, so the squirrels don’t steal it!

 
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Cricut :: How to get More from a 12 x 12 Sheet

May 4, 2017

It happens, you want to cut something larger than will fit on your 12" x 12" material, and all you have is 12" x 12". If you need it to be just a few inches larger than 11.5" it will work. All you need to know is a bit about math. Don't worry, I have figured it out for you. 

We know that a and b are 12". So doing the math a squared plus b squared equals 288. So we need the square root of 288, which is 16.97056274847714. So if you place what you want to cut on a diagonal, you can cut something up to 16" wide.

In the example below, the largest we can cut would be about 11.5" to be safe, 10.9"

 

If we put it on a 90-degree angle and apply the formula we can get a larger cut.

Looking at the image above placed at a 90-degree angle, we have the measurements for the two side, 11.391" and 9.188". We square them and add them together we get 214.17. Then we take the square root and get 14.64". So we get a cut that is 14.64" from a 12" x 12" sheet of material! I don't know about you but that is fantastic and can save a project.

The video below will show you how to enlarge and rotate an image. Pay attention to these steps:

1. enlarge the image some and attach
2. Rotate the image, if you hold down your shift key it will snap to 45 degrees and then 90 degrees.
3. You can enlarge the image further until one side of the rectangle gets close to the 11.5" length.
4. Make sure at this point you weld the image or it will not stay on an angle when you go to cut it. 

If your computer's calculator doesn't offer a square root option, you can find a free online calculator. The one I used was found at Math Goodies.

 

Spring Posts from the Social Fabric Community

May 1, 2017

Spring into something new! I am excited to share with you this collection of amazing Spring themed posts from many of our outstanding members here in the Social Fabric community. We know that you will enjoy them and hope that you can create some new spring memories for yourself and the ones you love.

SPRING DESSERT RECIPES

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake by Mostly Homemade Mom
Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups by Food N Focus
Slice of Spring Cake A Sweet Potato pie
Mousse and Cookie Jars by Herbivore Cucina
Easy Flower Basket Birthday Cake by Savoring The Good
Grandma’s Orange Cream Ice Box Pieby The Kitchen Whisperer

 

 

My Chocolate Eclair Pie and Spring Centerpiece byAn Alli Event
Pineapple Carrot Cake Cupcakes by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Dunkaroos Dip by Stress Baking
Mini Crustless Lemon Meringue Pie by My Big Fat Happy Life
Chocolate Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake by Busy Creating Memories
HOMEMADE CUPCAKE BOUQUET WITH STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING {RECIPE & CRAFT} by A Million Moments

 

SPRING DRINK RECIPES

 Rhubarb Iced Tea Recipe

Rhubarb Iced Tea Recipe by Savoring The Good
The Carrot Clementine Pineapple Punch by Adriana's Best Recipes
Strawberry Chia Agua Fresca by Adriana's Best Recipes
Triple berry mimosas by Certified Pastry Aficionado
Cherry Rum Punch by Mom on the Side
Strawberry Rhubarb Infused Vodka Recipe by Savoring The Good
Simply Healthy Blackberry Lemonade Smoothie by The House of Healthy
Cool Off With These 4 Drink Recipes by Lily The Wandering Gypsy
MEADOW TEA – PA DUTCH ICED MINT TEA by Crafty Cooking Mama

 

SPRING RECIPES

BLACKBERRY LIME NAPOLEON RECIPE

Blackberry Lime Napoleon Recipe by Kitchen Concoctions
Cinco de Mayo Bar Cartby Happy Family Blog
A Kumquat Papaya Gooseberry Salad by Adriana's Best Recipes
Rustic Ham, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart by The Chef Next Door
Ham, Brie and Apple Sliders by Savoring The Good
2 Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream Bread by Sweet Sensations
Copycat Starbucks Mini Lemon Loaves by Moore or Less Cooking
Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling by Hostess At Heart
Pan-Poached Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce by The Every Kitchen
Banana Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Toppingby A Sprinkle of Joy
Spring Vegetable Pizza by Culinary Ginger
Watermelon Arugula Salad by Just is a Four Letter Word

SPRING CRAFTS

DIY Unicorn Kinetic Sand by MamaPlusOne
Pipe Cleaner Flowers by Inspiring Momma
DIY Temporary Easter Tattoosby Revel and Glitter
Spring Crafts For Kids Thumbprint Art Painted Flower Pots by Mom Always Finds Out
Paper Plate Bird by It Happens in a Blink
Hanging Flower Vases by Bullock's Buzz
DIY "Let Love Bloom" Seed Bomb Wedding Favorsby A Bride On A Budget
DIY Paper Pinwheels by Ava's Alphabet
DIY Natural Bleach Alternative by The Lady Prefers 2 Save
Mother’s Day Scrapbook for a Special Aunt by Our Potluck Family
Butterfly Footprint Tea Towel Mother’s Day Craft by Beyond Mommying
DIY Dog Crate Organizer by Diana Rambles

 
SPRING PARTIES
Backyard Burger Party by Creative Designs by Toni
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SPRING ACTIVITIES

Printable Spring Scavenger Hunt by Wondermom Wannabe
How to Spend Quality Time with Your Pups this Spring by A Paper Arrow
50 essential outdoor spring activities from To & Fro

 

SPRING HOME DECOR

Monogrammed Tulip Wreath with Burlap Bow by Curly Crafty Mom
DIY Floral Spring Wreathby wife in progress
Brunch centerpiece with free spring printable downloadby Our Mini Family
DIY Butterfly Wreath by Gina Michele
Upcycled Vintage Coffee Pot Planters by Ginger Casa
Painted Terra Cotta Pots for Succulents by The Real Girl's Realm
Rustic Burlap and Hydrangea Wreath by Little Mama Jama
A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape by Charleston Crafted
How to Get Your Patio Ready for Spring by A Cowboy's Life
Welcome Spring printable by Keeping Life Sane
Spring Printable by Try it - Like it
‘Unending Love Amazing Grace’ printable art by Neat House. Sweet Home™

SPRING BEAUTY AND FASHION

DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Orange Blossom Bath Bombs by Southern Mom Loves
Spring Sandals Under $100 by Styled by Becca
Colorful Striped Dress for Spring by A Sequin Love Affair

SPRING GARDENING

Spring Planting Tips

How to Plant a Beautiful Planter For Your Porch, Patio, Garden by Ever After in the Woods
How to Grow Your Own Cotton by Little Sprouts Learning

MORE SPRING INSPIRATION

PRINTABLE FAMILY SPRING BUCKET LIST by The Dating Divas
25 Ways to Have a Spring Refresh by Tamara (Like) Camera
50 Tips & Ideas for Spring Photography by The Dating Divas
STOP THE CLUTTER: 101 THINGS YOU CAN GET RID OF TODAY by Neat House. Sweet Home™
Track Your Way to Save Money, Pay off Debt, and Stay Hydrated by Where My Soul Belongs
7 Ways to Spring Forward And Find Motivation This Month by The MamaZone

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iPhone Photography Tips

May 1, 2017

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links.

I have my first iPhone. I say first because I really like my iPhone. I used to think other brands were just as good but I was wrong. I use my iPhone so much more than my past phones. I rely on my iPhone for photography much more than past phones. I rarely bring out my professional DSLR camera anymore. I also use my phone for video. I want to share with you a few tips about how I use my iPhone camera. 

1.   Google Photo Storage
https://photos.google.com

    It is free. I have linked it to my computer and phone. Google Photo automatically backs up all my images. This way I can access my images from any device I choose. No more lost photos and no more filling up my phone with past images. I can organize my images into different albums. Google Photo can create collaged images and animations from your images. You can also share images with others.

bird feeder iphone

 

 2.   iPhone focus
    You can click on the screen and tell you phone to focus on different areas in the frame. In the photo examples, I have clicked on the bird feeder in one, and on the sky in the other. The area in the yellow box is what the camera will focus on. You can see how the image changes. (the darker image on the right is actually creating a reflection, the area at the bottom of the photo is all dark) 

 

 

 

sky focus

 

3.   iPhone exposure
    Once you have chosen the area to focus on, you will see 
sunburst next to the yellow box. You can slide this up and down to adjust the exposure. 

 

4. Lock settings

    Once you have used #2 and #3 from above, you will see a yellow bar at the top of the screen. If you click this bar, it will lock your settings. [AE/AE Lock]

 

 

5. Volume buttons

    You can use your volume buttons on the side of your phone to snap a photo. The volume buttons on your Apple earbuds also work the same way.

 

6.   Multiple images

    If you hold down the shot button, your iPhone will take multiple images. This is great for action shots. 

 

 

7. In phone editing programs - Fotor

    http://www.fotor.com

    I recently downloaded Fotor to my phone. It offers a variety of ways to edit your image through traditional means as well as artistic filters. There are templates for collage too. Fotor includes photo editing, photo collage, graphic design, HDR, and beauty retouching. Fotor also offers a variety of tutorials and guides so you can expand your knowledge. You can submit your images to contests where you can win monetary prizes. 

 


 

Fotor also offers a graphic design program. Log in online and you can make images for different social media sizes. There are templates for you to work from and popular social media sizes (image above). Fotor is a very robust program. While there is a free version, there is also a more advanced option for a fee. 

 

 

This post is a part of the Creative Craft Blog Group monthly craft challenge. For the month of May, we were challenged to create a post related to photography. Four members participated this month, each in a uniquely different way. Take a moment to visit the participants at the links below:

 

 

Try it - Like it  iPhone Photography Tips • you are here

Life Beyond the Kitchen • Macro Tubes Help You Take Really Close Shots  • http://wp.me/p6irFq-yx

Home Crafts by Ali  • Photography Tips for Beginners  • http://homecraftsbyali.blogspot.com/2017/05/photography-tips-for-beginners.htm

Al Things Beautiful • DIY Fun Photo Frames  • https://althingsbeautiful.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/diy-fun-photo-frames-to-make-with-the-kids/

 

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Punch Needle 101

April 19, 2017

Punch Needle Embroidery is a very easy needle craft to learn because it is very forgiving. I recommend you start with a kit so you have all the necessary elements for your first try. The brand I started with was Dimensions, they have two different kits. One with everything needed, the other with just the pattern and embroidery thread. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to a beginner kit available at Amazon, it contains an affiliate link. 

materials

Materials needed:

  • patterned fabric
  • embroidery hoop
  • punch needle
  • needle threader
  • instructions

Directions:

pattern in hoop

1.  Place the fabric into the embroidery hoop. You will work with the pattern face up but this is actually the back of the finished work. 

2.  Embroidery floss comes wrapped together with a number of strands. Your directions should tell you to use only 2 to 3 of these strands. You will need to unravel them first and then thread the needle tool,

3.  Hold the short end of the thread against the fabric surface and then punch the needle tool into the fabric in the desired area. Move to the next space and punch again. After a few punches, the embroidery floss will be secure and you will not have to hold onto the end any longer. 

4.  This is a forgiving craft because you don't have to punch in any direction or follow any set pattern. Just punch into the fabric section for the color you are using.

5.  When you are close to the end of the embroidery floss, pull it loose from the punch tool and thread another strand. You do not need to tie off the end of the floss or trim it.

Video Example:

Easter Card and Printable

April 8, 2017

Download this cute Easter image as a card or a print you can frame. The same image in two different sizes. Happy Easter and I hope you enjoy the printables. 

Card [pdf] A1

Print [pdf] 8 x 10

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Creative Craft Bloggers Group April Challenge

April 1, 2017

This month's craft theme was chosen to be garden. Three members of the group took on the challenge to create something with the theme. Here are the links to those post with tutorials. 

Al Things Beautiful   •   How to make a Succulent Terrarium garden 
Try it - Like it   •  Faux Stained Glass Wind Spinner Craft 

2dishingdivas   •   Spring Fairy Garden 

 Life Beyond the Kitchen   •   Whimsical Paper Flowers Wall Hanging

 

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