Coin Purse {Make + Gift}

A while ago I pinned the cutest coin purse tutorial from Bev over at Flamingo Toes. She always has the best tutorials-- easy to follow instructions and tons of photos; great for the visual learner in me. It took me a while to get the snap enclosures, but once they arrived, I began to sew a passel of cute pouches. 

Coin purse.

My favorite purses are the ones made from my delicious stash of vintage fabrics. How am I to choose which one to keep, and which ones to give away?? 

Coin purse.

This pattern was so easy to follow, and I love the gusseted bottoms. Lots of room to store those lip balms, loose changes and other fun bits. The size was perfect to use up some of my smaller scraps of fabric as well.  

Coin purse.

I even cut into some of my Cath Kidston fabric I purchased in England on our Anniversary trip last spring. 

Coin purse.

So, I figured I might as well use up all of my coin purse appliances and get ready for the gift-giving season. I now have a cute bundle of coin purses to fill with sweet treats for the Holidays. Go to Flamingo Toes and get this amazing FREE pattern. You will love all of Bev's great inspiration!!

Striped Cowl Tutorial {Using up all the bits}

My scrappy yarn stash has grown to the point of needing a project to rid my basket of the smaller balls of yarn. I pulled all of the colored bits into a pile and made this happy striped cowl in no time. 

Striped cowl tutorial.

To start: Chain stitch to the length you desire. {Mine was about 100 chains}. Slip stitch the ends to form a circle. Chain 3. Double stitch in the round. Slip stitch and continue. I continued until the cowl was at a width I desired. 

Striped cowl tutorial.

This cowl was made with only two colors; loved the simplicity. I packed this cowl up in a care package for my daughter along with some other fun bobs to prepare her for the cooler months ahead. 

My sweet middle daughter modeled the finished product. I just love these simple crochet projects// warm, cute and cozy. 

Happy Fall, Dears!

Crochet Days {Beanie + Bows}

I've been coughing, sniffling and more for two weeks. On these kind of days, I find myself reaching for the comfort of my crochet hook and some pretty yarn. I found this great Beanie tutorial and whipped up a load of slouchy beanies for my Teens. 

Slouchy beanie tutorial.

This is the kind of project I will use to make gifts for the upcoming Holiday season. 

In addition to the Beanies, I made a few Bubble Bows I pinned a while ago on Pinterest. Fast + Fun. 

Bubble bows.

Having something fun to show for these sick days is a blessing. 

Have a lovely week! 


Thrifted Trays {Chalkboard paint + gifts}

On a recent trip through a favorite thrift store, my eyes spied a stack of wood trays in good but worn condition. With a great price of only $4, I knew they would be mine to prettify and use as gifts for Dearies. 

Thrifted trays remake.

I took the three trays and spray painted the sides and handles in varying colors. Once the sides were dry, I taped the sides to free up the bottom of the trays for two layers of chalkboard paint. Then the special notes in chalk were ready to be penned. 

The three trays stacked after their colorful transformations. 

The three trays stacked after their colorful transformations. 

The yellow tray was used for a friend's birthday gifts. 

Simple + sweet.

Simple + sweet.

The next tray was used as a Thank You-- it was loaded with tons of pumpkin goodies.

Thank you tray + gifts.
Chalkboard tray + gift.

The pink tray has yet to be given away, but it's ready to spread some cheer the moment an occasion arises. This tray will be a perfect addition to our Gift Closet. Meaningful + Handmade gifts don't have to cost a fortune to be thoughtful. Sometimes simple is best. 

Do any of you have a closet where you keep small gifts handy?? 

If so, what are some small gifts you include in your stash??

A little shop update {Fall faves}

It's getting cooler, and that means warm drinks, leaves falling and cozier evenings bundled up with a good book and a loved one {or two}. There are a few new Fall items in the Shop; come take a peek. 

Oh, I'm so in love with these vintage funky florals!

And the crocheted trim in cotton yarn makes for easy cleaning.

Lap blankets, tags and more over at SewSugarBeans shop at Etsy. Happy Fall, Friends! 

Crochet-Trim Blankets

I am finding ways to incorporate two of my favorite mediums into projects: crochet + fabric {especially vintage linens}. Last week I sewed a couple of lap-sized blankets and added coordinating crochet trim. Mmmm, in LOVE with the results!

Crochet-trim blankets.

The fabric was cut to about 30" X 35", sewn, turned out, and topstitched around the perimeter. Then the work of adding the yarn began. So many fun trim options are available; I chose the simple, but adorable scallop. 

Materials: Cotton fabric, coordinating flannel and cotton yarn. 

Materials: Cotton fabric, coordinating flannel and cotton yarn. 

One side is cozy flannel, and the other side is a vibrant cotton floral. This would be perfect as a baby blanket or a lap quilt for a Sweet Special. 

The cotton yarn trim means washing is a cinch. 

The cotton yarn trim means washing is a cinch.

And because I couldn't make JUST one, I used a favorite funky vintage sheet to make a second blanket.

Such a fun and satisfying project. Just in time for the cooler weather!

What are some combinations you love to work with??

Homemade Business Cards

My Sweet Hubs designed my blog and graphics. He's handy like that. After a few attempts at figuring out what I like and what works, we found {finally} something that pleases us both. He took this design and made some lovely business cards for me!!

Handmade Business cards.

I have a strong affinity for State Shapes; there have been a few state silhouette projects done on this blog {here, here, & here}. So, I skirted the traditional rectangle and opted for my current state of residence: Indiana. 

We used the Silhouette machine to cut the cards in the state shape. Pretty inexpensive too; $4 for quality card stock. So fun to work with my Hubs on this project! 

$5 Chair {Makeover}

Last week on a quick trip to a Goodwill I spotted a ragged wood chair with some sweet curves. I sat in it. I walked around thinking and waiting for my brain to remind myself that a chair was not on my seek-and-find mission that day. However, as I circled back to the furniture area, the $5 price tag sealed the deal. I brought her home for a little face-lift. 

There was a lot of wear, some paint splotches and grime. But after a cleaning, some paint and a little sand paper, she was transformed. 

Paint a chair for a face lift.

Paint color: Misty Teal by Benjamin Moore

Gentle sanding for a distressed look.

Once the chair dried from 2 coats of paint, I used a fine sandpaper to distress some edges and curves. 

This paint went on so smoothly and covered well. There was enough left in my quart, that I painted an unfinished bench that has been in my basement for over 10 years. I like when one project leads to the completion of another, don't you??

Recent Thrifty Finds {& switching things up}

My thrifting trips have been few and far between lately; life and changes have taken a toll on my little hobby. But I recently picked up a few fun items with a new thrifting buddy {always fun to find a sister that enjoys pawing through the aisles of Goodwill}. 

The blue typewriter was hidden in a case that I almost passed over. 

The blue typewriter was hidden in a case that I almost passed over. 

Thrifty Finds:
1. Blue Typewriter w/ case $9
2. Minnesota tin tray .99
3. Milk glass .50
4. Yellow bowls & plates .49 each
5. Straw bag $1
6. Vintage Sheets $1.50
7. Vintage vanity mirror $2

I've been shopping my home to switch things up. I gather items from various rooms and re-use the items in another room. Feels like newness without the expense. 

I'm seeing some future gifts and projects in the making.

My eyes always seen to wander to the aged and vintage-y goods while thrifting. What does your eye seek while shopping/ thrifting??

Mini-Faux Animal Heads {tutorial}

A little while ago, I found a bag of forlorn plastic animals at the Goodwill for $1.99. They were thick and great quality// totally reminded me of my son's fascination with all-things-animal during his younger years. I bought these discarded beasts and used a few to make some Mini-Faux Animal Heads to hang in my sewing room. 

Mini-faux animal heads.

My supplies: quality plastic animals {solid, not hollow}, mini wood plaques {.99 at Michaels craft store}, spray paint and strong adhesive glue {E6000}.

Mini-faux animal heads.

Cut off the heads of the animals. Spray paint the plaques and animal heads. 

Once all the pieces are dry, use your strong glue to attach the head to the plaque. Be ready to be amazed, because these little fellas are so cute. 

mini-faux animal heads.
animal heads5.jpg

These little animal heads are perfect to decorate your small spaces. I need to purchase a few more plaques this week; my teens are wanting some mini animal heads in their spaces now as well. Maybe my pink or green spray paint will be used for the next batch. So Fun!

Happy Crafting, friends!


Letter Writing Station {snail mail blessings}

I am indeed indebted to the amazing technological advances in communication since my college days, twenty-five years ago. Back then, the only way to connect with my family or friends  was through a very public pay phone in the hall of our dorm {not conductive to tear-fests or break-ups with beaus}, letter writing or popping in your car for a drive home. Letter writing was my favorite; going to your mailbox and seeing ANYTHING was a cause for a little jig.

Letter Writing Station.

With my Deary-dear away at her first year of college, I have reinstated a purposeful Letter Writing Station in our home to have on-hand for any family member to jot a quick note as the inspiration hits. 

Letter writing station.

Not only is my daughter in college, but many of her friends (who are now our friends) and my nephew are away from home for the first time. I've included different sized envelopes to pop in a little extra bit: favorite candy, Sunday comics {my girls favorite}, magnets, photos, etc. 

Letter writing station.

I've included some stationary in different forms: flash cards, old postcards, back of Bingo cards, and those Smash books have fun small pages to include in any letter. The small composition book holds all of the necessary addresses. And washi tape makes every envelope look like a celebration is about to happen. 

Letter writing station.

I adore this London container we found on our Spring trip to England; perfect storage for some letter bling. The orange crate was a $1 find at Target. Lots of markers, because color is a good thing. 

Letter writing station.

This little crate is by my side a few days a week. I know it has blessed our girl to get sweet reminders and words from home, and my other children are dipping in this crate (on their own!) to send quick updates and pictures to loved ones away from home. It's fun and blesses someone-- win, win! Really, a little bit of effort on our part, has the potential to make someone's day a little brighter!