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My sisters and I were discussing Pinterest yesterday at Amy's baby shower and the fact that some people don't "get" what the big deal is about it and does anybody actually ever do anything with their pins? And we all laughed because WE DO! Here are some examples:
Andrea & others were planning our sister Amy's baby shower and created an inspiration-board on Pinterest.  I can't give it all away, but the shower was loaded with projects swiped off of Pinterest, one of which was this:

Take a look at the fabric banner above the table.  Andrea asked me to take on that project and I came up with this:

OK, I'm not bragging or anything, but I think mine turned out even better than the original "pin"!

Here's another pin that my sister Natalie pinned before nephew-Jake was born:

I used Photoshop to create the "L" and Natalie glued some micro cars to it, put it in a frame and voila!


Pretty darn good, huh?  And cheap!!

I used this design board pin:

..to create this logo:

... which I will be using come October 1st.  More on that later in the week.   Let's see... what else....

I used that pin to create these:

So you see, Pinterest isn't just a time-filler when you are standing in line at the DMV or up late at night.  Pinterest actually makes life easier and a little more fun!  If you haven't joined the Pinterest club yet, just let me know and I'll send you an invite to get you started quicker.  You'll love it!!

Somewhat Simple


Did you think I forgot about this little project I warned you about?

I didn't forget.  But in classic Carey fashion, I did get sidetracked with other things.  But today I sat down and finished!  Curious yet?  The suspense getting to you?  I won't make you wait any longer....

If you follow me on Facebook (<ahem>, if you don't you should!  There is even more sharing going on over there.),  you would have read my mention of the rick-rack roses tutorial over at The Crafting Chicks.

photo courtesy of The Crafting Chicks

As soon as I saw this little project I had a plan for these little rick-rack roses.  So guess what I sat down and made????
Rings, can you believe it?!  OK, if you've been around here for more than...oh, I don't know... A MINUTE you already know about my ridiculous love of rings.  You probably guessed it was rings before I even mentioned it.  Well, that and the picture of the ring base was a dead give away.  And speaking of rings, I may or may not have bought another new one this week....  anyway....

The Crafting Chicks inspired me so I ran down to Michael's & the fabric store to pick up some ring bases and ric-rac (I really don't know which is the proper way to spell it) and got to work.  Their excellent tutorial can be found here.  I'll just show you a few pics of my work along the way.

The first step is the hardest, and it isn't all that bad.  You have to take 2 pieces and ric-rac and twist them together.  They will sorta interlock.  Then to keep them stable you run a simple stitch with the sewing machine straight down the middle.  For some reason the bobbin thread kept getting all bunched up underneath so it took me la little longer than it should have but even with that complication it took less than 1/2 hour.

Then you literally just roll it up into a ball.  To keep it secure, you take a good sized needle and run a stitch or two straight through the middle of the ball.

Next, just glue it down to the ring base.  I used some fabric glue I had in stock (you just never know what you're going to find in my magic craft stash).

Let it dry for a bit and voila!  So easy, but so fun and quirky!  I really love it.

This is the yellow one I made with the jumbo ric-rac.  You'll notice a difference in the "petals", they are slightly turned down.  A little more realistic as a flower, or at least a different interpretation of a flower.  They bend down easily, but they occasionally pop back.  You just have to bend them back into place.  I'm sure that after a while they will stay put.

Now, you know I can't make one and not make one for you!  Well, at least one of you.  So here's the deal:

The yellow one will be going home to live with one you, my reader-friends!  AND you get 2 chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment here on this post and tell me what you plan to wear it with, should you be the lucky winner.
  2. You will earn another shot at winning if you go to the Facebook Page, "Like" it, and then leave a comment there too!

It won't get you an extra entry, but feel free to pass on the news to your friends.  The more the merrier!

Entries will be received until 11:59pm Wednesday May 4th.  Up to 2 entries per person.  If you are the winner please contact me by Sunday May 8th with your address so I can get it shipped off to you.  If I don't hear from the winner by then, I will have to re-draw :(

Good luck, and if you don't win, make your own!!  It's easy and fun!!


I don't know what gets into me sometimes.  I was drinking my latte Friday morning and I noticed the cardboard cup "sleeve" around the cup.  It wasn't very pretty, but necessary to keep my fingers from getting burnt.  I like my coffee hot!  And in that moment I knew I just had to make my very own coffee cup sleeve ASAP. I wasn't going to rest until it was done.

I have seen so many tutorials lately on making your own coffee cup sleeve: some paper with scrapbooking elements all over, some cardboard with stamps & such, some others made of material or felt with flowers and baubles covering it.  There are also plenty of downloadable templates out there in blog land.

I took the cardboard sleeve off of my coffee cup and took it apart so it laid flat.  It looked pretty straight forward.  I knew I could come up with something simple all my own.

And that's when I took out my stash of felt.  I have been infatuated with felt ever since I made the pinecones.  I figured the felt would be thick enough to protect my delicate hands yet pretty enough to satisfy my girli-ness.

Here's the broken-down-sleeve laid over the gray felt I chose. I chose dark gray because I inevitably will spill my coffee on the sleeve and I don't want a stain to show. I needed to draw the template onto the gray felt which can be difficult on such a dark color but I had my secret weapon....

...my white Galaxy Marker! This little baby has come in handy for working on darker papers or fabrics. It also has come in hand for this....

Yes, I write my name on my nail polish BECAUSE.... when I go to the nail salon and take my own polish, the lovely little ladies doing my nails (I really do appreciate them) occasionally like to argue with me that it is THEIR nail polish and give me the stink-eye when I put it back in my purse. This 30-second step is cheap insurance.

So back to the sleeve... I decided to make my contrast color blue and use a little birdie silhouette on the front of the sleeve as the main decoration. I just typed "bird silhouette" into Google Images and picked this little guy. I cut him out of the blue felt and voila...

...a pretty little blue bird!

To add a little more color I used embroidery floss and blanket stitched all the way around the sleeve. 1) I don't think I've picked up embroidery floss since Jr. High when I used to cross stitch. 2) I don't remember if I ever used a blanket stitch before. I had to look it up on the internet to figure it out. These shots look OK, but you should see the first one:

See how uneven and wonky this one is? It took some practice but I finally got the hang of it.

Next I sewed little birdie on, just a simple stitch, nothing fancy.

And here it is all finished! It's just what I wanted, a little color, a little artsy but not fussy. I made two for me....

...And I made one for one of you, my reader friends!! This one is in turquoise and his stitches are slightly more even than the two I kept for myself. Only the best for you!

All you have to do for a chance to win the turquoise coffee sleeve is leave a comment on this post and let me know how you found out about my site! the hits I get on the website are rapidly rising and I'm really curious to see how people have found out about it since I've only told 7 people personally since I launched a few short months ago.  The rules are:

  • one entry per person
  • winner will be chosen randomly using an online number generator
  • entries will be received from Tuesday 5:00am Pacific Time to Thursday 12:00am Pacific Time
  • I will announce the winner on Friday, be sure  to contact me with your mailing address if you are the lucky winner!

Thanks to all my readers for stopping by my little site and good luck!

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