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Beverage Koozie

by Emma on June 17, 2012

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This is a camping inspired craft project. On the last camping trip I was on there were beverage koozie necklaces (P.S. is it koozie, or cozy, or cozie, or what? The internet seemed confused on the subject.). These are, well, for keeping your beverage cool while you row a canoe. Or you can just keep yours on the entire trip to try to be cool. Worked for me.

I think.

Never mind.

Now, you can buy beverage koozies. They are not expensive. They come in bunches of colors, have logos, blah blah. But I think it’s fun to make your own. And you get to make it the exact length that suits you, which is nice. I would say that you get to choose your ideal colors… but, that wasn’t really the case for me. You see, this project was born out of the children’s craft section. Which, frankly, has an appalling lack of color options. But I originally thought I would have to make the koozie body from foam panels so I guess I’ll just thank the children’s craft section gods for having these pre made in the first place. And only 99 cents. Awesome.

1. Supplies needed: koozies, water-proof ribbon, matching thread, sticky foam and scissors. I also ended up using an exact-o knife. 2. Cut a slit large enough for your ribbon to run through and sew in place. As you work measure the koozie around your neck to get the perfect length. 3. Add an initial with the sticky foam. That way your beverage won’t get mixed up with others. Unless you plan to be the only homemade koozie in the company….

This was a super simple, practical, and totally random craft. Thanks for letting me share project #26 of my 2012 craft challenge. Happy crafting! xo. Emma


Dream Catcher Collection

by Emma on May 24, 2012

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I really like the look of dream catchers. There’s just something so whimsical about them. I’ve been wanting to start a collection to hang above my bed. Originally I had thought about hanging a collection of antlers above my bed… but then I decided that I valued my eye balls too much. What if the antlers fell down one night? It’s unlikely, sure. But I think dream catchers is a safer bet and I think they are super cute. I already made two small ones from doilies, you can see the tutorial for those here.

The larger ones were SUPER easy to make once I had the supplies. The toughest part is finding a few cute shawls from a thrift store. Yep, that’s right, I made these from two old shawls. I simply opened up the embroidery hoops, placed the shawls in so that the fringe hung off the bottom edge, sealed them up and trimmed off the excess shawl material. I made the larger 3 dream catchers one evening in about 20 minutes.

I’m a lazy crafter sometimes.

Thanks for letting me share project number #25 of my 2012 craft challenge with you. xo. Emma


On Displaying Photos

by Emma on May 9, 2012

in Craft

Lately I’ve gotten the itch to display more photos in my home. Maybe it’s because this is my first house and I really want to make it my own. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and more sentimental. Maybe it’s because my sister and I wrapping up our photo book and have been absolutely drowning in pretty pictures. Or maybe it’s just something in the air. I don’t know.

I especially love finding ways to display my iPhone photos. I just got my first iPhone this past November and I can’t really say how thankful I am that my sister practically forced me to get one. (I am an extremely cheap person and I didn’t want to increase my monthly phone bill, but for me, it’s totally been worth it.) I don’t always get to drag my SLR camera around with me, or the battery is dead, or I just forgot it at home. But I always have my iPhone, so I can always take  quick picture of any special moment or event. And lots of these photos end up being displayed in my home or in projects I make for people I love. There’s a very good chance that the look of these pictures will someday be dated; but the memories and little details that I’ve been able to capture with them will always be priceless to me.

Anyway, I’m getting all Hallmark commercial on you, sorry. Main points: me like pictures, me like iPhone. End.

I created a magnet set with a bunch of instagram photos I printed from Postal Pix. It’s basically the same project as this, but with photos. You could use any kind of instant photos (iPhone, instax, polaroid, etc.) or even printed off 4×6 photos.

Thanks for letting me gush about photos and share project #23 from my 2012 craft challenge. xo. Emma


Love Notes and Glass Etching

by Emma on April 30, 2012

in Craft

I just had the most fantastic weekend! The mister and I took a little weekend trip for his birthday and his lovely sister had us over and created an amazing seven course dinner. Yep, you read that correct, seven courses. It was divine. :) I create this little love notes photo book as part of his birthday present. You can see more pictures and my super easy tutorial here.

I also had the chance to try out glass etching last  week. You can read about my adventures here. I love trying new things in general but this was especially fun because it felt like two parts craft project and one part science! I’m still chipping away at my 2012 craft challenge and these are projects #21 and 22. We are almost half way there folks!

On a side note, can you believe tomorrow is the first day of May?! It felt like April was here one day and now gone tomorrow. Geez. xo. Emma