Sunday, June 28, 2015

June's Last Craftastic Monday Link Party!


Can you believe June is nearly over and the 4th of July is right around the corner?  I sure can't.  Slow down summer, you just got here!!  This week I've got some great outdoor & patriotic-themed features coming at you and can't wait to see what fun summer goodies you've got to link up.

Last week I shared my Simple & Stylish DIY Garden Markers tutorial.  Cheap, easy and can be made with supplies you probably already have at home:


And today's the last day to enter my Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle Giveaway, featuring 8 prints from the new Ohh La La Collection by Timeless Treasures, so get your entries in if you want a chance to win:
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Want to spread the word about 
YOUR crafty blog/shop & it's FB page?

After linking your latest project posts below, be sure to head over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

Why should you?  It's FREE advertising for YOUR site/Facebook page, and a way to easily discover new sites to love at the same time.  It takes just seconds - why not add yours? Who couldn't use a few more likes & views?!? 


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do FB page.  That means more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

The Pin Junkie created these amazing paper blue bonnet flowers:


Little Miss Dextrous shared some easy & useful DIY bug repellant:


Lemon Thistle showed how to make these cute cement caterpillar garden markers:


Bastelhexe's Kreativecke (aka Craft Witch's Creative Corner) shared this gorgeous tree quilt:


Pink Recipe Box made this recipe for a fruity sparking grapefruit blush drink:


Behind The Seams Sewing created this festive hexagon flag quilted pillow:


And USS Crafty did up her craft room, nautical-style, with some clever up cycling:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news.  

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
  
Follow Me on Pinterest



Ready to link up your crafty creations?


 
Party rules are simple:
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mommy and Me Sewing Patterns from Seamingly Smitten


This summer I've become obsessed with clothing sewing.  Whenever I've had a window of free time, I've been sewing summer clothes or making plans on what clothing to sew next for me and the kids.  Doing photo shoots & blogging about them all, well...I've not been as diligent, but I'm not letting that stop me from adding more patterns to my to-sew list. Especially if there are some good deals to be had.  

Today I'm sharing some fun Mommy and Me patterns from Seamingly Smitten AND a coupon to get 'em all on sale!  

Here are just a few of the sunny weather patterns 
you can choose from: 

The Carrollton Avenue Dress Pattern Bundle has a fun fit & flare style.  Great with solids, stripes and eye catching prints - you can even turn them on the bias for a more interesting look.  Choose your favorite knit fabric and make a comfy, yet fitted dress. It offers both full and semi-circle skirt options too.  Makes ideal outfits for summer weddings & graduation parties.  Includes Women's & Girls sizing in one bundle.


Women's Leggings pattern has a choice of three lengths, petite, regular and tall fit, plus sizing from 0-22.  Make some in jersey or stretch lace for great layering looks.  It's equally fun in wild prints or wear-with-everything solids: 

          

The matching Girl's Lady Cakes Leggings pattern offers loads of summer style options: as modesty shorts, capri leggings or full length leggings (and choice of with or without ruffles). 


The Women's Semicircle Skirt pattern is a nice afternoon sew.  The design includes pockets, quick-sew bias tape hem and three waistband options: a 1 inch wide elastic waist in a fabric waistband, a 1 inch wide exposed elastic waistband or a zipper and fitted waistband. Use your favorite cotton/woven or lightweight knit fabric:


Make a matching version for your little lady with the Girl's Semicircle skirt pattern or use a favorite print she loves:

 

And the Magazine Street Maxi Dress Pattern for Women  is all about summer versatility. It has a knit bodice, but offers the ability to use knit or woven fabric for the maxi skirt.  Use cottons, rayons or blends - lots of choices for material.   And with two sleeve styles on top, as well as an optional side slit on the skirt, you could make many different looks from this one pattern.



The matching Girl's Magazine Street Pattern covers toddler to tween sizes, so all the little ladies can have one:


Now's a good time grab a few patterns from the Seamingly Smitten shop at a bargain price. Sew Can Do readers can...

Use code MOMMYANDME50 for 50% off your total order 
from now through July 1st, 2015. 

This offer is good for ANY Seamingly Smitten other patterns too!

Why Try Seamingly Smitten Patterns:

  • Tons of detailed photos
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions
  • Photos for each step (no more guessing what the wording actually means!)
  • Tutorial-style directions & extra tips to save time
  • Sizing charts to get the right fit - including petite & tall
  • Instant downloads so you can start sewing right away

Whether you're just learning to sew or have years of experience, these patterns are fun to sew up.  Straightforward to follow and relaxing to sew.  What more could you want for summer sewing projects?



Seamingly Smitten is a paying featured advertiser at Sew Can Do.  The opinions are completely my own, based on my honest experiences using & purchasing patterns from this shop.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Simple & Stylish DIY Garden Markers (On The Cheap).


For me, summer usually means more crafting out of necessity than just what I feel like making.  Today's project is the perfect example of this kind of thing:  Simple & Stylish DIY Garden Markers


Using just what I had on hand, and a little patience, I made these simple sticks that add a splash of color & organization to my garden beds:



I've been putting in extra effort in my garden this year.  The past few years results have been pretty underwhelming, so this time around I've been pulling out all the stops: using grow lights on my seedlings, lasagna-style layering the garden beds, making tripod trellises, etc. Heck, I even ordered a giant bag of worm poo as the ideal soil enrichment.  I'm in it to win it this year.  We will grow decent vegetables this summer! 



That being said, labeling my miscellaneous herbs & veggies was stumping me.  Cute garden markers can get pricey when you need a lot of them like I did.  I needed something like 25 markers.  Even the Pinterest-perfect DIY's out there involve procuring lots of materials if you're planning to make more than a handful.  I need them to be able to take the obscene amount of rain & wind too.  I saw lots of chalkboard versions, which just seemed...odd.  Are these people growing plants without water then?!?  Running outside and re-writing them once a week?  That's not gonna work for me.



My atrocious handwriting wouldn't help either.  A rummage through my craft drawers gave me this idea.  Inexpensive, fairly simple and easy to do in big quantities:



Here's how to make 'em.
Materials:
- Jumbo craft sticks (aka tongue depressors)
- Acrylic craft paint & brushes
- Decoupage sealer (make sure it's rated for outdoor use)
- Optional: Vinyl, Transfer Tape & Cutting machine

FYI- I'm not pimping any particular brands or getting paid to rave about any specific supplies.  This is what I happened to have in my stash & just decided to use:


I started by painting my craft sticks.  I did 3 coats on each side, waiting the required time between coats.  I used a piece of freezer paper, shiny side up, underneath.  That worked great to keep things clean and the paint not sticking.  I left the bit at one end unpainted so it would be easy to hold while painting (it's the bit going in the ground so no one will see it anyway).


Side note: The next cutting machine & vinyl bit is optional if you have beautiful handwriting. I do not.  I wasn't about to do a nice paint job and then ruin it by writing my chicken scratch on it.

I used my Cricut Explore to do the vinyl cutting.  I choose a font I already had (Veggieburger), made it bold, and typed up all the herbs & vegetables and sized them to fit my craft sticks.  Then I cut them out from white vinyl remnants from a previous project (perfect example of when hoarding scraps can be useful!).  I weeded out the excess bits.



Next I cut a bit of transfer tape and used it to pull up a single word, then pressed it onto the upper end of a stick.  I rubbed it on with a scraper tool.



I peeled back the tape and repeated it all again with the next plant name and stick.  I was able to use each piece of transfer tape about 3 to 4 times, until it wasn't sticky enough to pull the vinyl off the backing, so it didn't take much tape to do them all.



We've been getting A LOT of rain around here and I didn't want these to get yucked up right away - or for the vinyl to peel - hence the sealer.  I did 3 coats on each side with that.  I ended up only using the Martha Stewart decoupage sealer.  I'd used the Outdoor Mod Podge before, but it always felt tacky to the touch when dry, so I skipped it this time.



The only tough part was waiting a few days for everything to cure before setting them out in the gardens.  This is my herbs, berries & extra plants garden:



Now it's easy to find what's growing at a glance there & in my raised bed:



I'm hoping they'll hold up all season.  We'll see.  If they don't at least the price was right - $0!





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Share Your Projects at the Craftastic Monday Link Party


Welcome to a new Craftastic Week!  I hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend with the special dads in their lives.  Now it's time to bring on those crafty creations.  If you're ready to party, come link up, check out the new features and my latest giveaway below:)

Last week I shared this new Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle Giveaway, featuring 8 prints from the new Ohh La La Collection by Timeless Treasures:


It was inspired by my latest tutorial, the Bon Voyage Travel Bag, made from some of those fun fabrics: 


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Want to spread the word about 
YOUR crafty blog/shop & it's FB page?

After linking your latest project posts below, be sure to head over to the Sew Can Do Facebook page to join in the Craftastic Monday Mixer.  

Why should you?  It's FREE advertising for YOUR site/Facebook page, and a way to easily discover new sites to love at the same time.  It takes just seconds - why not add yours? Who couldn't use a few more likes & views?!? 


How It Works:
Instead of a specific post, share your blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do FB page.  That means more exposure for your crafty site every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!
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Now let's see some Craftastic picks..

Craftberry Bush created these beautiful decorative glass buoys with surprisingly inexpensive materials:


Elsie Pop shared this eye-catching & colorful Sophie's Universe quilt:


Condo Blues showed how to cleverly cut glass with just hot water:


Our Gilded Abode shared this interchangeable centered wreath made from book pages:


24 Cottonwood Lane did what I truly LOVE for DIY projects - a follow-up about how a project really holds up over time and real life use with this truth about the chalk painted chair:


Anna Simple Crochet created these cute cat crochet squares: 


And Ella and Nesta's Little Room took a butterfly print fabric and embellished it with beads for a beautiful accent:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news.  

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
  
Follow Me on Pinterest



Ready to link up your crafty creations?


 
Party rules are simple:
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

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