Make This: Sweets Embroidery

I’ve mentioned before as a great source for plain totes. I decided to use the techniques I learned from Sublime Stitching to embroider a zippered tote with all different kinds of sweets.
I drew it by hand on regular paper and then transferred it using my Crayola Light Board. The board fit nicely in the tote and the image showed through clearly. Email me at if you’d like a PDF of my design.

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Can I Have This?: Hello Kitty Crochet

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.


The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.

Easy DIY: Hand-drawn Glasses

We usually give a little personalized gift to my daughter’s favorite teachers from the previous years. This year, we decided on hand-drawn glasses.

Using Pebeo Vitrea markers, my daughter drew some fun designs and plain pint glasses. We then made them into summer drink kits by filling them with straws, rock candy stir sticks and cold brew iced tea bags.


Easy DIY: Paper Fan Centerpiece

I needed a quick and easy centerpiece for a graduation lunch and stumbled upon a paper fan one on It’s a Horvath’a Life.

The fans were simple enough to make using plain paper, skewers and glue. I then used a big lollipop to fill out the “bouquet.” Floral foam kept everything in place.


Easy DIY: Speech Bubble Love Sign

Craftbits has an easy last minute Valentine’s gift idea. Make a speech bubble love sign.


Easy DIY: A Rebus Valentine

Here’s a quick valentine to whip up. I have a lot of googly eyes for some reason, but you could just as easily print on eye.


Easy DIY: Fencing Bunnies

After seeing this comic on Hana’s World and then finding a pattern for the Giving Bunny, I decided to combine them and make fencing giving bunnies since my kids have started fencing.

The weapons are made from Sculpey. The masks are from window mesh I bought at the hardware store for another project. I just cut ovals out of felt and mesh and sandwiched the mesh between the felt.