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Inner Peace


Hello all my loves!

I’ve been busy working on some projects but mostly just busy enjoying the lovely life I am blessed to live.

I wanted to share some results with you for the Craft Challenge Poll.  Thank you to the 12 that voted.  It’s nice to have feedback on the projects you create!  The winning project was the dress with 50% of the votes (sounds better than 6)!  The beach bag came in 2nd.

Thanks to all of you who support me through the blog, facebook page and especially those that have to deal with me in real life! 🙂

Lately, I’ve been noticing how destructive our minds can be when we let them run rampant  How all those ridiculous, unconstructive thoughts can get the better of you and steal away your inner peace.  I came across this article and wanted to share it with all of you.  I try to keep this blog mostly craft related but looking at the world in its current state, I think this is an article we could all use to read!

I know in a lot of circles of family/friends in my life, women especially, are looking to remember themselves, love themselves and find an inner peace and a simple happiness to life.  There are so many things we have no control over.  The only thing we have control over is ourselves (and I’m sure we can all agree, even THAT is hard at times).  Maybe you are feeling that way too!?!

Together, lets boost each other up…to be the people and society we were all meant to be.

Check out this article on How to Quiet Your Mind by Tina Su.  I think there is way more to gain from this information than a quiet mind, but a happy and wholesome life as well.  If you don’t have time to read it, keep these 4 points in mind:

  1. Say what you mean.  Mean what you say.
  2. Don’t say to anyone unless you can say to everyone.
  3. Don’t say inside, what you cannot say outside.
  4. Don’t say unless it’s true, useful or kind.

With Love,



Craft Challenge Poll


So here’s what I want to know…which one of the Craft Challenge projects was your favorite???

Need refreshed?

First, I did the Necklace…

 Finished Necklace

Then, the Beach Bag…

 Finished Instagram

Then, the Hat…


Then, the Dress…

 Finished Dress

And finally, the Shoes…

 Finished Flipflop

Please tell me your favorite by casting a vote!

With Love,


Project 5 – Shoes


Think back…way back…like a year ago.  A lovely lady was changing her blog and giving herself a Craft Challenge (with herself).  4 out of the 5 projects were completed and posted…number 5, well, it was hibernating.  Summer ended and the idea I had for “Shoes” seemed a little less practical.  I can’t wear flip-flops in the snow!

Summer is here again…the 1 year anniversary for my blog was the other day…I think it’s time to wrap up the Craft Challenge!

I’m not gonna lie.  I started this project that involved weaving bamboo coasters together to make a natural weave bottom.  I don’t really like plastic flip-flops.  I like the natural bottom.  Old Navy had maybe 2 summers where they made them and that was like 5 years or more ago.  It’s impossible to find them (for me)…so why not make my own?  Let me tell you why not – no one should spend hours and hours of their life on a pair of flip-flops.  They are just flip-flops.  I still need a shoe project though…hum…(light bulb)!

Look at these sad, very loved flip-flops.  They weren’t made with the best quality bottom…so gradually, I ended up walking on what felt like paper.  Time to give these flip-flops an extended pass at life.


I started by ripping off the old, thin sole.  First with an Exacto knife, then just ripped.

I glued down the thong and sides to the bottom and held them in place with some office supplies.  I let them dry overnight.  The glue I am using is fast bonding, water and weather proof.

Straps glued

Next, I took my new, white, plastic Old Navy flip-flops ($2.50) and cut off the plastic straps.

Top to Bottom

I applied glue to half of the plastic flip-flop…I began placing my old flip-flop on top.  Matching everything up as best as I could.  I applied glue to the second half and press everywhere.  The nice thing with the fast bonding glue is you only need to take a few minutes pushing everything together before it holds.

My flip-flops didn’t match up EXACTLY, especially at the toe.  Once both were glued and dried overnight, I took my jewelry hand saw and cut off the end.  Then, I got out my dremel and smoothed down where I had to cut.

I think they look pretty good.  I may clean up the ends where the white has been scuffed off the front with some paint or something, but other than that…my flip-flops live again!

Finished FlipflopWith Love,


Project 4 – Dress



My apologies, my apologies.  My blog is about a week late.  The sad part is the dress really only took me a few hours to make, start to finish.  Getting the picture of the finished product was a little harder.  My friend was supposed to take a picture while we were at the beach but the truth is…we were having too much fun to make time for that!



Most of you have seen the “Tank Dress” on Pinterest.  I know I’ve seen it a few places.  I had made one a few months ago…here’s a photo, my friend, Tiffany (tbd photography…she does great work if you are looking for a family or personal photo shoot…interested, just ask me!)  Don’t let my goofball face distract from her talent!

I designed a belt to go with this dress.  It covered the tank to skirt seam.

So I had to up the ante if I was going to make it again for the Craft Challenge.  One of my complaints with the first dress was the seam connecting the tank and the bottom.  You do use elastic thread in the bobbin to make it stretchy but I still feel like the seam is gonna rip every time I put it on.  I remember when I was little and I’d wear those “little girl summer tops”.  Where the whole top is shirred.  I thought that might make a good waistband…and it did.

I started with reading up on shirring/smocking.  At Make It and Love It they have a great overview, Sewing Tip: Shirring/Smocking with Elastic Thread.  I found it very helpful.  Make sure to read it over before starting this project.



The materials for this were pretty simple…a tank top, about a yard of material (I recommend something lightweight), coordinating thread and elastic thread…that’s it!




I was a little concerned the material would be see through.  I decided to double up the material just in case.  To make it easy, I folded it in half so I could just hem the bottom.  You could also flip that so you don’t have to hem and have a bubble bottom instead.  This material has a pattern to it and I have OCD…that added a challenge but I made sure the top of the skirt was straight with the design on the material.  I had to cut some of my sides off but it was worth it to me.  I wasn’t sure what the width of the material would be once it was shirred.  I just worked with all I had figuring too much was better than not enough to wrap around me.  It actually worked out to be the perfect width around when I was finished shirring.  On the left you can see one row of shirring.  On the right you can see the multiple rows of shirring.



Once you’ve finished doing all the shirring, you can sew the sides together.  Here you can see how I did my seams.  I did the lining seam first and then went over the shirred area to do the outer layers seam.




Once the “skirt” is done, it’s pretty simple from there.  Just pin your tank top so everything lines up evenly. I put the “skirt” seam in the back.  When I sewed this together, I still used the elastic thread in the bobbin.  Just to ensure that extra stretch when you go to put it on.




Finally, you just have to hem the bottom, if you didn’t decide to do the “bubble” method.  My mom has taught me how to do a hidden hem (I’m sure it has a more technical term than that).  I’ve included an image from my sewing machine.  For me it’s stitch F.  When you use this stitch you want to have your sewing machine set at its max stitch length.  Basically, it does a straight stitch for so many stitches and then it does one zig-zag.  That one zig-zag is what will catch the and come through to the front.  Rather than having a straight seam all along the bottom.

I recommend ironing the hem into your fabric first.  I’m not sure I can formulate a way to explain how this is done.  I think images may be more helpful.  I’m going to do my best here.  You’ll take your ironed hem, so the fold is facing you.  You will flip that under.  You’ll still want about a 1/4 inch available.  You will sew straight down the part still showing.  When the machine does the one zig-zag stich, it will grab the material to the left.  It’s important that it only gets the tiniest bit of this material.  Once you’ve gone all around the bottom, you will flip it back.  You end up with a stitch every inch/half-inch.  See…

I’m really happy with the finished dress.  It’s simple, comfy and only took me a few hours to finish.  I think it took less time to make the dress than write this blog! 🙂  As you can see, I paired it with the necklace from Project 1 – Fabric Flower Bead Necklace (yes, I changed it — it now has one flower and a matching bracelet…a matching hair accessory may be on the way…I still have one more flower).


With Love,


Project 3 – Hat


For “Project 3 – Hat”, I went with a DIY I had seen on someone’s blog, probably found through Pinterest.  This post was for a girls’, ages 2-5, Tulip Petal Sun Hat.  I wanted mine to have more of a “fisherman’s hat” look.  Below you can see how I adjusted the pattern.  I made it a few inches longer and took out the “petal” part.

It was a bit of a trial and error.  At first, I cut 8 “petals” thinking the original pattern is for a 2-5 year old so I would have to make it larger for my adult head.  I sewed the 6 petals first.  In her tutorial, she had a seam allowance of 5/8″.  I used 3/8″ thinking it might create some more room so maybe I could just use 6 “petals”.  Using the 3/8″ seam allowance at 6 “petals”, it was too big!

I took the hat apart and sewed it together again with a 5/8″ seam allowance.  That was still a little loose but worked for that style of hat.  I’m wondering if when I printed the pattern, it sized up or something.  Not sure.  Maybe I have a baby head?

You can basically follow the instructions given in her blog.

1) Sew 3 panels of lining.

2) Sew the other 3 panels of lining.

3) Sew those 2 pieces together.

4) Do steps 1-3 for the shell of the hat.

5) Match up lining and shell.

6) Sew together, leaving space to flip right side out.

The only difference was my pattern.  I also chose to top stitch twice around the brim of the hat.  Then, add your buttons.  I got to use one of the vintage metal ones I’ve been holding onto.

I like how you can flip-up the brim to show the funky underside or keep it down for a simpler look.  It has a great Rain Hat look, too!






With Love,


Project 2 – Beach Bag


This project comes with some thanks to a few, God, but of course.  My Mom, who without, I never would’ve figured out how to actually recreate this beach bag.  My friend Meredith, for being willing to spend that $75 at Victoria Secret’s to get the FREE beach bag (that’s a guess) and be so kind as to let me borrow it.  Finally, Victoria Secret’s for making the bag…its nice when you can justify spending $80 on a bathing suit because, after all, you get the FREE beach bag!

I borrowed this bag once and fell in love.  I mean, I know it’s just a beach bag but it was just wonderful!  That’s how “beach bag” ended up in the hat…I wanted to recreate this bag.  After a long, in depth, calculating conversation with my Mom, I started by taking measurements of the whole bag.  I was sure to add a ½ inch seam.  Once I got the measurements (and if you want them, I can get them to you), I started drafting it out on some…FREEZER PAPER!  It was nice to find another great use for it.





I wanted “watermelon” colors but not an actual watermelon print.  I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and was so happy with what I found…and it was on sale! Love that Jo-Ann’s app on my phone!  I got a yard of each material.  The ribbon was just some scraps from my collection.  With material and thread, this project totalled $11.00.  Not kidding!



I pinned all my patterns and cut all the pieces for the bag.  The VS bag didn’t have inside pockets…oh, but mine would! That’s where I started.  I cut out from the canvas the size pockets I wanted, plus a ½ inch for part I would fold under.  I literally did this all the “right” way.

I ironed under the ½ inch of material so I was sure everything would be smooth.  First, you have to top stitch straight across the top of your pocket, doesn’t hurt to double fold here so you don’t have any fraying.  I pinned the pockets on the material for the lining and sewed them together (top stitch).



Once the pockets were on, I sewed the bottoms of the lining together.  I did another seam about a ¼ inch down.  We all know how easily lining seems to tear.  I just wanted to make sure it was reinforced.  That’s it for the lining…for now.







For the canvas shell, you will need to find the middle of one of your sides and one of your bottoms.  Line them up at the middle.  The side pieces will extend further than the bottom.  Sew them together.  Now add the other side panel, again, matching it to the middle.




Next you will take the 2nd bottom piece.  You need to iron under a little less than ½ inch of the material.  As you can see from the picture beside, you will be top stitching this so it will be just off to the side of the other seam.  I like how this is constructed; I think it will make it very sturdy.





After that, I made the straps.  I realized my measurements were slightly off so on this piece of pattern.  I did just eye the cut a little bigger, rather than make a new one (I believe the straps were 1 1/4 inch thick, so add a 1/2 inch for the seam).  I made sure to leave plenty for the seam; I just wanted the straps to be as strong as possible.  It does make it a little harder when you are trying to turn them right side out.  Once you have them flipped, top stitch on either side.





The first place you begin sewing the lining and shell together is at the top.  I started by ironing everything.  For the lining, I ironed under a ½ inch.  For the shell, I ironed under a ½ inch and then another 3 inches.  This will be for the fold at the top of the bag.





This bag has a magnet closure.  I just grabbed 2 off the fridge that were the same size.  I probably should’ve bought more powerful ones.  Through the material, they don’t hold together too well.  I used a netting to sew mine in place.  They should go somewhere behind the top 3 inch fold of the bag, that way, the stitches are not seen from the outside.




Once your magnets are on, it’s up to you how you want to do the next steps.  The first time I put my ribbon at the top.  If you are going that route, you need to top stitch the bottom of the 3 inch fold and sew on the straps first.    Then you’ll sew the ribbon, shell and lining together.  I did this but was not really happy with the finished look.

After showing it to Mom, we agreed it was best to move the ribbon down to the seam of the 3 inch fold.

Be friends with your seam riper!  There aren’t a lot of things in life you get to do over again!


First you need to lay the right amount of ribbon under so when you top stitch the seam, the ribbon will be in the stitch.  Do that for both sides.




Next, you’ll want to attach the straps.  I did it just like it was on the VS bag.  I didn’t close the rectangle; that will be done when you sew thing lining and shell together.  Just make sure you are attaching the right strap to the right side…made that mistake and well, spent time with the seam riper!




Now to sew the shell and lining together.  Since you’ve already ironed the folds, it makes the sewing so much easier.  I made my middles line up, just like you did for the bottom shell of the bag.  Then you are just going to top stitch those pieces together.  Do the same for both sides. You will go over the straps, thus completing the rectangle shape.




Now you just have your sides hanging open.  Line up all 4 layers as best you can (2 shell pieces and 2 lining pieces).  You are going to sew them straight down the side.  Once you’ve done that on both sides, you will lay the bag so the bottom is flat, you can see the remaining “sides” of the bag will overlap, putting the seam you just sewed toward the center of the bottom of the bag.  Things will not match up 100% (at least they didn’t for me).  Sew straight across that and be sure to catch the seams of the shells sides to bottom.



Ta-da!  Your bag is all together now.  Just a few steps left.


The VS bag had fabric covering those insides seams.  With all the action the inside of a bag gets, I wanted to do the same.  Plus, I refused to not match the VS bag on every level.  I just used some of the scrap pieces.  The ones I found were about a 1 ½ inch thick.  I folded them in half, ironed, and then folded in the sides to the middle…just enough that it would hold after being top stitched.  I trimmed up the inside seams of the bags, enough that the strip of material would cover it.  I sewed over the side seam first and then the bottom seam.  It really gave it a nice finished look.  Since the material was so thick, I did flip the bag over to make sure the top stitch didn’t miss on the backside.  It did in a few places, so I just went over the missed areas.




To finish the bag, I added 1/4 inch tucks at the top.  I placed them about 2 ½ inches from the side seam.





With Love,


Project 1 – Fabric Flower Bead Necklace


This came to me right away!  I was a little nervous about that material I choose to use because originally it was for a dress.  I didn’t use very much.  I just hope when I go to make the dress, I won’t be short on material.  It will be pretty cool to have a necklace ready to match it.




Below is what you will need to create this necklace.


  • Material
  • Glue (I chose to use my hot glue gun)
  • Pinking Shears (scissors with the zig-zag cut)
  • Variety of sizes of wood beads
  • Nylon Thread & NeedleImage

I started with the flowers, the biggest one first. I cut the material to the thickness I wanted (after being folded in half, note, not equal halves). You want some length with the piece of material since you will be bunching it all together. As you can see below, I folded the material over so the lighter back of the fabric would be slightly exposed. I just thought it gave it a little more dimension.



ImageTo begin making the flower, just take your needle and thread and start going in and out along the bottom. Once you have as much as you can get on your needle, slide it back onto the thread.




You just keep going, bunching the material until you have the flower size and circumference you need.  Once you get that, just cut the material after your last stitch.  Here’s what mine looked like.

Once the large flower was finished, I cut the remaining strip of material I had so it wasn’t as thick.  I began to do the same steps to create 2 smaller flowers.





ImageNext, I got the wood beads I was using.  I went with 3 sizes of wood beads.  The first one is about the size of a quarter, the smaller 2 are about the size of a dime and the ones that will make up the “chain” of the necklace are maybe the size of an eraser on a pencil.  I drew on the quarter size and dime sized beads a circle for me to follow when gluing on the fabric “petals”.  I made sure to put it in front of, but as close to the hole as possible.








So here’s what we are working with so far.  3 fabric “petals” and 3 wooden beads.


I got my glue gun all heated up and started with the largest flower first.  I applied a thin line of hot glue along the a part of the edge of the fabric.  I recommend gluing a little portion at a time since hot glue hardens so fast.

Just keep gluing in small sections to the line you drew on the wood beads.

Make sure to pay attention that your “petals” will end where they started.  The nice thing about a glue gun is you can pick the glue off of just about everything.  I had to redo the one flower.  To get it off the material, I just kept sliding the bunching so the glue would unattach from the fabric.  I was also able to clean up the front of the bead flower, anywhere that the glue squeezed out, I brought my fingernail down to the edge of the seam and picked it off.

For the large flower, where the fabric started and ended was very noticable, as you can see in the image.  On the smaller flowers, this wasn’t an issue.  They overlapped eachother perfectly.

I just took the needle and thread that was used earlier to create the flowers and sewed up the beginning and end to close the flower.

That’s all for the bead creating…now onto stinging the necklace together and making sure the flowers have the support they need.

I put the string through a small bead and brought it all the way to the center of my piece of nylon thread.  Then, I took both stings through a medium sized bead.  The medium sized bead will give some support to the flower (I’ll be gluing later).






Then you can add on your big flower bead, putting both stings though the bead.

Then sting, one on each strand, 2 more medium size beads.  Again, these will be glued to the flower later to give it some extra support and to help insure the bead doesn’t turn to the back side.

You can then begin stringing your small beads on each strand.  I put on about 15 small beads before adding my 2 smaller flowers.  Then I just continue with the smaller beads until it reached the desired length.

Here it is from the back.

I have to say, I like it from the back too!





Now, I will just apply a small amount of hot glue to the medium beads and secure them to the fabric of the flower.  Ta-Da!  All finished!

With Love,