Welcome, Jack!

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for visiting. I just wanted to announce the arrival of my new baby, Jack! He’s a 13-week-old male pug. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he’s super spoiled. Get ready for some doggy crafts!

Kisses. Tam.


Vintage Chalkboard

Hey, everybody. Here’s a great project I came up with while shopping at a used home goods store. They had a bunch of old cupboard doors for a dollar, so I bought them to make some signs for the wedding. Since we’re getting married in a botanical garden, the guests have to walk along certain paths to get to the site of the ceremony. And if I’m making signs, I might as well make them reuseable: chalkboards!

These cupboard doors were finished back in the 50’s I think. I didn’t feel like sanding them, though. So I just used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Premium Primer. Two coats over the blank cupboard doors. Check.

Then I picked out the paint color. I chose Pittsburgh Paints Ultra Interior Latex Paint in Rose Marquis. I got it in flat, because I want to make it look vintage. You can choose any finish you like. I then painted the edges of the cupboard pink. Two coats.

Next, I painted the interior of the cupboard with Rustoleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint in Green.  Again, two coats. And don’t write on the chalkboard for at least 2 days. It needs to set.

Finally, the finishing touches. I bought a vintage-looking knob at Hobby Lobby and screwed it into the knob hole. It might be a little hard to do, especially if you got paint in the hole like I did. 🙂 Then I took fine sandpaper and rubbed the edges until just a little primer and wood showed through. Make sure you only do this to the edges, so it looks like real wear-and-tear. Last, I put a little butterfly on it, because it was just so cute.

Happy crafting!

Tidy Travel Towel

Here’s a great craft I saw on Pinterest and had to try. I don’t know what other people call it, but I’m calling it a tidy travel towel. Catchy, huh?

This thing is perfect for taking on trips. You can customize it to hold whatever bathroom essentials you need on your trip.

Step one: Find a hand towel and something to tie it with. You can use ribbon, rope, lace, a long friendship bracelet, braided pieces of bandana. . . get creative. You’ll need about a foot and a half. Now take your handy-dandy Singer sewing machine and thread it with what color you plan to use (It doesn’t have to match!).

Step two: Lay your towel flat, with the long side facing you. Fold the bottom up so about half is doubled over and half isn’t. This is your pocket. Sew along the thick seams on the side. My machine got angry when I tried to sew ON the thick seams, so I sewed next to them.

Step three: What are you going to put in your travel towel? Lay it all out on top of the pocket, and place pins where you’ll need seams to separate the items. Try to scatter skinny, thick, heavy, or light items, so your towel isn’t all lumpy when rolled up. Sew those lines- you’re almost done!

Step four: Take your tying item and fold it in half. Where that fold is, stick it between the towel’s seams, about in the middle. That way, your stitching is invisible to the world and you look extra smart. 🙂 Sew that baby in there, and you’re done!

Step five (optional): Sometimes it’s fun to add buttons, sequins, beads, ribbon trim. . . Like I said before, get creative! When I showed these to my friends, they all wanted one.

When you get home from a trip, simply toss your Tidy Travel Towel in the wash, and it’s nice and fresh for the next trip. No more wet, sticky Ziploc bags!!

Hope you’re having a fabulous day. XO Tam

Headboard Slipcover

Hey, everyone. Here’s my first craft to share with you. A headboard slipcover.

My inspiration came from my brother, Dave. We’re moving into a new apartment, and he needed a bed. So being the awesome big sister I am, I gave him my full-sized bed from college. Unfortunately, the headboard was too girly. Mom and I discussed it, and she suggested I make a cover for it with a cool guitar or something. . .

I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I told Dave to pick out a picture of a guitar he loves, and I got to work. I knew I wanted the background to be black. He picked out a picture of a black and white 1979 Fender Telecaster. Maybe a quilted fabric. For the black parts of the guitar, I’ll use a dark grey batik. The white parts will be white (I already have white fabric). And for the light grey parts, a light grey batik. Hmm, what about the tuners? Silver buttons! And the strings? Silver ribbon cord. But how in the world am I going to get all this to stay on the background?

So I went to the local fabric store. What up, Hobby Lobby! The lady there was super helpful, and I found this stuff called Wonder Under. More about that later.

Fabric: Black quilting 1.5 yd, dark grey batik .3 yd, light grey batik .3 yd, white cotton .3 yd
Accessories: 6 silver buttons, 1 spool of silver cord, 1.5 yd Wonder Under

First, I laid the headboard down on the floor and made sure I had enough in the front to reach the mattress, and enough in the back to keep it up. FYI: this headboard slipcover is not attached to the headboard in any way. Then, I flipped it inside out (right side to right side) and pinned all the way around the headboard on the wrong side. Sew along these lines, make sure it fits, and trim the excess. I like to use pinking shears to trim thick excess fabric like this. Easy peasy.

Next, look at the picture of whatever you’re trying to make on the front. This is where your artist needs to shine. 🙂 Take out your Wonder Under, and draw on the SMOOTH waxy side with pencil (marker leaves residue on your iron). I drew the piece for the white background of the guitar, then the dark grey part, the neck, the knobs, the cap, and little rectangles for whatever those things are. Keep in mind that everything you draw is going to be a MIRROR IMAGE when sewn on your project.

Heat up your iron. Press the fabric so there are no lines or wrinkles. Now, put the bumpy side of the Wonder Under to the WRONG side of your fabric, and press for about 10 seconds. Do this for all your pieces, colors, etc. Next you can cut out your pieces. Use straight shears and be very precise- no stray threads or scissor marks. The next step is to lay out your pieces and make sure everything looks right. Good? Ok. Last step: pull the waxy paper off the pieces, making sure the netted glue part stays attached to your fabric. If it doesn’t, heat it up with your iron and try again. Careful not to pull any threads loose. Press the pieces to your headboard cover for about 10 seconds.

Extras: Attach any buttons, ribbon, sparkles, whatever to make your project POP! You can also do a straight or zig-zag stitch around the edges of your fabric pieces to help everything stay on better and give it a cleaner look. Another fun idea would be to sew about half an inch in from the edges of your fabric appliques, and to fray the edges.

The whole project, including fabric shopping and idea-getting took me about five hours. The fabric and accessories cost $38. And Dave loves it. Success.