On Saturday afternoon I spent time browsing the internet for some fun craft, home-making and sewing ideas I'd like to try - some simple, some not so simple.
Maybe you're interested too?
The simplest of all.
Vintage doilies + rocks = paperweights!
Clever and easy tutorial here @ country living magazine...
Key fobs. Perfect for gift giving (especially for hard to buy for people or guys, right?).
A use for that favourite little fabric scrap perhaps?
Clover & Violet have an easy peasy tutorial here on their blog...
Everyone needs a drawstring pouch, right?
These are so darn cute that I think I'll make a few for storing my vintage laces and buttons in. I could stitch a little tag or maybe sew a sample onto cardstock to swing from the ribbon ties?? (will think more about that idea)
The girls at Spoonful of Sugar show you how to make their pouch over here ...
Moving along in the skill level, but not too difficult.
Stina has this really sweet pincushion pattern on her blog here, and she's made two versions.
One is Christmas themed with a Redwork stitchery as the centre, but I love how she's used brighter colours and a recycled embroidery for the second version.
I was thinking this would be perfect for using portions of old embroidered doilies, especially if most of the doily is damaged and unusable. This would give what is left a second life...
Do you have a stash of old Christmas Cards?
If you can do some basic crochet you just might want to dig out those cards and turn them into work-of-art-gift-tags in time for next festive season.
Aren't they gorgeous!
The step by step tutorial is here at the Dutch Sisters blog...
How about some quick quilts made just with squares?
Love this scrappy heart quilt from The Hopeful Homemaker. You could make the whole quilt, or just one block as a mini or a pillow.
She shares a great tutorial here....
Blue Elephant Stitches shares an easy to follow tutorial for making this Granny Square quilt.
Same as before, make the whole quilt or just one block. Either way you'll use up your scrap squares and create smething special!
You will find it here...
And last of all, how about something to bake?
Something E A S Y.
Redfly Creations has a really simple recipe for Amazing Amish Cinnamon Bread.
It's a new week, and if we begin with a positive and generous attitude we're off to a good start.
So let's do that together and I'll think of you being all sweet and singing 'round the house today, and you can think of me doing the same.
'Cause I love to sing, and it's baking day, and imagining you being cheerful too will just make me smile more.
And I think that Amish bread would definitely put a skip to my heart...
Bless you heaps!