DIY Cookie Jar

DIY Cookie Jar

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I really like cookies.

If the number of cookies I eat directly correlates to the number of unpleasant moments I experience, then one could assume that I am regularly unhappy.

Thankfully, I eat cookies whether I am happy or sad, pleasant or unpleasant.  The only thing better than eating cookies may be baking cookies for someone else.  There is something so calming about mixing brown sugar, eggs, and flour.  I love scooping small balls of dough onto the cookie sheet (and eating the raw dough that doesn’t quite fit).  The crinkle of parchment paper is a joyous sound.  Yes, I love cookies and baking.

But where does one store endless hordes of cookies (other than their stomach)?  A cookie jar of course!

Since I love crafting almost as much as I love baking, I made my own cookie jar to house my favorite treats.

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Supplies:

  • 1 large empty plastic container (I used a protein powder container, but you could also use a pretzel container or buy a container at Wal-mart).
  • Tempra paint in contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sponge, cut into a V shape

Directions:

  • Completely paint the outside of the container in a solid color.  Let dry.

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  • Using the V-shaped sponge, lightly paint chevrons around the top and bottom of the container.  These V-shapes will only serve as a guide for the next step, so they do not have to be perfect.

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  • Use a brush to completely paint the V-shaped marks.  Add a row of polka-dots between the two chevron rows.

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  • Let dry.
  • Fill with delicious cookies!
DIY Quote Canvas

DIY Quote Canvas

I write everything down.  Everything.  If you were to see my planner, you would probably get lost trying to interpret the scribbles and chicken scratch that litter the pages.  The reason that I write everything down is that I don’t want to forget it.  I think that wall decor should serve the same purpose.  Pictures remind us of past experiences, and plaques convey important messages.

If you are looking for a creative way to post a long-term reminder, this DIY quote canvas is a simple, inexpensive project that can be completed quickly.

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  • foam poster board
  • material
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • duct tape

Directions

1. cut material large enough to wrap around the poster board

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2. wrap material tightly around poster board and secure with duct tape

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3. if desired, pencil your quote onto the material

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4. paint design onto material

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5. let dry

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6. display your artwork

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Opting to Refashion

Opting to Refashion

lacesweatshirt1Option 1:  Spend over $140 on this cute gray sweatshirt.

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Option 2: Buy the less-expensive version at Nordstrom for $50.

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Option 3: Make your own sweatshirt for less than $5.

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Something told me you would choose option 3 🙂

When I bought this sweatshirt for less than $1.50 at the Tanger Outlets, I knew that I would personalize it before I wore it.  It took about a week for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but the project itself only took a short part of my morning.

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After washing and drying the sweatshirt, I cut a piece of lace (leftover from making this purse) large enough to cover the entire front of my sweatshirt.

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Then, I pinned the lace to my sweatshirt.  I cut off excess fabric and folded the edge of the lace under itself so that the sweatshirt would look more finished.

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Using a straight stitch, I attached the lace to the sweatshirt.

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Before long, my frugal sweatshirt was ready to be worn.

A Refashioned Refashion

A Refashioned Refashion

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Last year, I made this sweatshirt to wear on blustery days at work.

After sewing around the logo, I was all set!

Since I no longer work at the daycare, I have no need for a “Salem Kids” sweatshirt.  However, this sweatshirt became my favorite thing to wear last winter.  It was extremely comfy and casual–I just could not give it up!  Rather than throwing a perfectly good shirt in the trash, I decided to refashion this refashion.

I chose an old sleep shirt that had already been cut apart for various other projects, and removed the pocket from the front.

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Next, I used a seam ripper to remove the work logo from my sweatshirt.

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I pinned the pocket onto the sweatshirt, and used a straight stitch to secure it.

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Voila!  My sweatshirt is ready for many more frigid days.

Consider the Sunflower

Consider the Sunflower

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

– Luke 12:27

Refashioned Denim Dress

Refashioned Denim Dress

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I love being busy.  On top of classes, I am an RA, student body president, peer tutor, choir member, “Brewin’ Den” barista, and admissions aid. I am not quite sure when I breathe or sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sadly, all these responsibilities mean that I do not complete many “just for fun” projects during the school year. With foreknowledge of the coming busyness, I spent the entire week before school sewing, crafting, and cooking.  One of the last refashions I completed that week began with a denim frock that I snagged for $1 at a local outlet sale (the same monthly sale where I grabbed this last year and this the year before).  With a few snips and stitches, I had a cute new dress for fall.

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First, I laid a well-fitting dress over the bulky denim frock and used chalk to outline the smaller dress.

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I pinned and sewed along the chalk marks, and cut off the extra material with pinking shears.

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I then repeated this process with a favorite oxford shirt so that the arms would fit.

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With the addition of a belt and accessories, my dress was ready to wear!

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Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

As a teenager, going to High Point Camp was the highlight of my summers.  I loved meeting people from across the country (I even met a girl from Hawaii), riding on tubes behind the speed boat, zooming down the zip-line, and learning about God’s Word in chapel services. I recently finished sewing my second quilt–a t-shirt memory quilt from all of my High Point Camp t-shirts.  This time, I took step-by-step pictures to show others how simple this daunting project can be.

Supplies:

  • old t-shirts
  • fusible interfacing
  • material
  • quilt batting
  • scissors
  • pins
  • coordinating thread

Directions:

1. To begin, select which shirts you would like to use to make the front of the quilt.  Sketch a layout for your quilt and decide how large your quilt will be.

Because I had 3 columns of shirts and each shirt was a 12 by 12 square, I knew that my quilt would be at least 1 yard wide with no borders.  I added a 1-inch border between each set of shirts, making the face of the quilt 38-inches across.  Additionally, I estimated the length of the quilt to be 47-inches.

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2. Select fabric to make borders between each of your shirt squares.  Measure the fabric to be the desired width and length, and mark it with chalk.

In order to make 1-inch borders, I cut the material 2-inches wide, allowing for 1/2-inch seams.  Because my shirt squares were going to be 12-inches, I cut the border material 13-inches long.  I also cut two longer strips to go between the three shirt columns. 

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3. Cut the material according to your measurements.

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4. Measure, mark, and cut interfacing to be ironed onto shirts.

I purchased a 13×13-inch square of plexiglass at a home improvement store.  I placed this square on the interfacing and traced around it to mark the size I needed.  Once again, I allowed for 1/2-inch seams.

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5. Turn shirts inside-out.  Following the package instructions, iron the interfacing onto the inside of the shirt.

The plexiglass can also be used to ensure that the shirt’s image will fit in your selected square.

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6.  Cut along the edge of the interfacing to separate your shirt square from the rest of the shirt.

A rotary cutter is ideal for this step.  However, mine was too dull and tore the shirt instead of cutting it neatly.

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7. Once all the square are cut, lay the border pieces and shirt pieces out in a grid to make sure that everything is cut correctly.

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8. Pin together strips and shirts to make vertical columns.

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In my case, I made three vertical columns.

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9. Using the pins as guides, sew the border pieces and shirt squares together.

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10.  Iron the seams flat.

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11. Repeat steps nine and ten to connect all shirt squares and borders.

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12.  Once the front of your quilt is sewn together, it is time to put all three layers together.  Lay a large piece of material face-down on the floor.  This will become the back of your quilt.

I used a flat sheet and cut off the hems.

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13.  On top of the bottom material, lay the quilt batting (cut to size) and the top portion of your quilt.

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14. Use spray adhesive to secure the batting to the bottom.  Repeat to attach the top to the batting.

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15.  “Stitch in the ditch” to quilt all three layers together.

16. Fold the back of the quilt over to make a hem.  Pin and sew.

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17.  Enjoy using your new quilt!

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What was your favorite summer activity as a teenager?

What sentimental items do you want to recycle/re-purpose?