Secret Santa Fabric Bags

November 28th, 2011
Do you participate in a Secret Santa at your work or school?
I do when I can, mostly because I believe in the spirit of giving, the fun of anonymity that Secret Santa brings.
Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, and I made a few little bags out of the Holly Jolly fabric line available at Riley Blake Designs.
I’m not by any means a sewing fanatic, but these bags were so easy and quick, I let the cute designs shine!
First, cut out twice the length plus one inch of what your bag size needs to be, plus one inch wider.
Fold the fabric so the wrong side of the fabric shows and simply do a straight stitch down two of the long sides.
Snip the bottom corners-this helps remove some bulk.
Next, fold down the top sides and stitch 1/8 inch from the top and 1/4 inch from the edge of the folded flap.
Snip the fabric between the two seams and turn your bag inside out.
Run ribbon, twine or jute through the bag as your tie.
Here’s a close up of one bag using the White Holly Jolly Berries fabric, jute and a black button.
And the other bag, using the Red Holly Jolly Fabric and black grosgrain ribbon.
The fun thing about this project is that I can custom make any size bag I want and fill them with all sorts of goodies.
Think of fun, inexpensive items like the Candies and Hot Cocoa Mix as shown here.
Or, offer up some hand baked holiday cookies.
Use these bags as a wrapper to hold a gift card for the hard to buy for teenager, just to make the gift just a bit more personal.
I’ve already got a stash of these made using some other holiday fabrics
designed by Jen and offered by Riley Blake Designs. Check out all the holiday fabric designs out here!

Stella & Rose Card Set

November 25th, 2011

Hi everyone!!! Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope your holiday was as fun and relaxing as mine. Right now I am on vacation in Taos, New Mexico. My husband and I travel every year over Thanksgiving and decided this year we would travel to Taos to see family. Our past trips have been to England, France, Italy, Mexico, and Jamaica. We love traveling internationally over Thanksgiving because to every other country, it’s just another day!

As I said, we are visiting family, my aunt and uncle and a couple cousins. This particular part of the family has always lived far from me, but they are amazing people and I love spending time with them. My cousin and I text MANY times a day. I decided to make my aunt some cards as a thank you for hosting us for dinner. I used several of Jen’s MME papers!

Gathering my supplies:

White cards, kraft cards, a few pieces of patterned paper, Papertrey Ink’s Botanical Silhouettes set (for the sentiments), and my Memento Tuxedo Black. Of course you’ll need adhesive and pop dots as well.

The paper pads I used: MME Stella & Rose Gertie, Stella & Rose Hattie, and Lost & Found 2.

The patterned papers that I chose. I love the 6×6 size for card making!

And here are the cards! I ended up using some matching cardstock behind the patterned paper to make it a little more substantial on the base. I also used the other side of each paper along the bottom of the sentiment to ground it.

(this sentiment comes from Congrats All Ways)

And the card I plan to send to my aunt and uncle is made with paper from MME Stella & Rose Hattie and a tag from MME Stella & Rose Mabel.

I hope everyone has had some lovely family time this week! Not to mention delicious food! Happy Thanksgiving.

Master bathroom sneak peak

November 22nd, 2011

It’s been awhile since my last bathroom update because all of Mr. Project’s extra energy has been going towards building the kitchen.But since the kitchen build is pretty much done, and my folks are coming to visit, we turned our attention towards the master bathroom.

The shower and toilet are working and the room is finished, but we don’t have a mirror or sinks etc. This is what it’s looked like since we moved in:

There are more pics on my Master Reveal.

And here is my original idea board:

A few things have changed in the process. And as we were drawing out the plans for the vanity, I just wasn’t feeling it. So we decided to scrap some of the ideas and go with something a bit more unique.

I liked the idea of a white plank wall, but we already had the tile, we talked about chipping out the tile, but in the end decided to keep the tile and do the plank wall above it. The sinks remain the same, but we made the vanity a more modern “floating” vanity with a wood counter and wood front. This is where we are at right now:


Not quite there, but close enough to get an idea of where we’re going. The vanity is finished, but the drawers need to be stained to match the top. The sinks need to be installed and the plank wall painted white. Also we scrapped the medicine cabinets and are now doing one long mirror to keep the horizontal flow. I’ll update with a final reveal once we’re done!