Projects

The run-down on some of my projects. These can be sewing, DIY, home improvements, art, Pinterest-inspired things, what have you.




Pinterest Challenge #2

Awhile back I joined in a Pinterest Challenge to try to actually DO some of the things I’d pinned. It ended up being easier and more fun than I’d anticipated, so I’ve decided to do it again, on my own with no link-up. I’ve picked 6 pins that I want to accomplish in the following 8* weeks:

Pinterest Challenge #2
Clockwise from top left : 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

That’s 2 outfits to copycat, 1 recipe, and 3 projects. A nice blend, if I do say so myself. I’m just going at this challenge on my own this time, but if you want to join in, feel free to let me know in the comments. I’ll be posting updates over the next few weeks, and a recap at the end of week 8.

Are you bad about using/doing your pins, too? Ever done a Pinterest challenge?

Also, you can find me on Pinterest here.

*Changed to 8 weeks instead of 6 because I lost project time with a hurt back, flu and in-law visit.

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Reusable Handwarmers

Between sewing lessons improving my skills, and being sort of broke when it came time for buying Christmas gifts, I tried to think of things I could make to give family. Now, my mom is a kindergarten teacher up in Ohio. They have outdoor recesses even in the winter. And my aunt lives up in Michigan, and has two young grandchildren (my second cousins?) that I’m sure love to play outside and in the snow. So when I stumbled upon this tutorial for reusable handmade handwarmers, I thought it was perfect. I had a bunch of coordinating fabric squares that […]

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Bits & Pieces

1. I started the Beginner Sewing Series at Stitch Lab on Friday. We went over the basics of our machines (which was useful as refresher since I hadn’t touched my machine in awhile), and learned how to make a drawstring bag. The also introduced me to an oh-so-handy little tool called a magnetic seam guide. To be honest, sewing in a straight line is not one of my natural skill sets. But no more! That thing is a game changer. They also let us take extra fabric scraps to practice making bags, and I think I’ve nailed it: That one […]

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The Dragon Flies Free

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine had access to a laser cutting machine for a brief while and asked our little coffee group if anyone had anything they wanted cut out of wood or metal or plastic. I had a few ideas pop into my head, but this was at the front of the line. I ran it by him, picked out a plank of oak, and a few days later he dropped this off: Yes! My dragon design in solid oak. He got a kick out of cutting out a dragon with a laser, and having it […]

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Pinterest Challenge Recap

Regular readers may remember from back in February that I signed up for a Pinterest Challenge. The goal was to pick 6 project/outfit/recipe/whatever pins and actually DO them instead of just letting them sit there on Pinterest. The aimed-for timeline was 6 weeks, which was last week. And I maybe squeezed in one or two of these this past week, making it technically 7 weeks, but I did get all of them done! Here were my 6 things: 2 outfits, and 4 projects. If you missed my individual posts about a few of them, here you go: 1. Dining Passport […]

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Refashion: Green Dye-namite

I had this green cardigan that I got at a clothes swap, because the fit was cute. But I never wore it because the shade of green just wasn’t right. It was a bit too bright, and seemed to clash with everything I tried it with. So I thought, what can I do to make this wearable for me? Fabric dye! What wearable shade can I get with available dye colors starting with this strong green? Answer: a darker, deeper emerald green. So that’s what I did! Behold: The above right is an accurate representation of the color beforehand. Below […]

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Dining Passport (Pinterest Challenge)

One of the projects I picked to try out for the Pinterest Challenge was a dining passport (see the original pin here). It wasn’t too heavy on materials: just a small Moleskine notebook I picked up at B&N, and some pens I already had. It was a little more effort-intensive figuring out the places to put into it. The original poster had just listed the name and address of the place, with a grading box for when it had been visited. Given Ian’s wonky work schedule, I thought having the hours of each place listed would be handy, too. And […]

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