DIY Home Repair Kit with Makr

agoldenafternoon.com-13My Mom is the best gift giver.  Everyone knows it.  She always has the most thoughtful ideas, which also happen to be completely practical.  It’s amazing.  Whenever a friend and family member is getting married, my Mom patiently sets aside items for her traditional wedding shower present.  I love watching the look on each recipient’s face as they uncover the thoughtful items to make their new home equipped and ready for ANYTHING.  Out of MY box, the biggest surprise item was a box of Christmas tree hooks.  Who knew that we would buy ornaments for our first Christmas tree and they wouldn’t have hooks on them? Sheesh. Mom’s box to the rescue!

As soon as the new Makr app came out (download here), I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make: a smaller version of my Mom’s special kit.  I decided to put a spin on the idea and just make it a DIY home repair kit.  Also, our Worship Director at Church is getting married this weekend, which makes the timing perfect for making a gift!  The tote is perfect to use because it can hang right inside of your front closet.  Plus, the app let’s you personalize the tote which is a win win. ;)  You can also design tote bags, t-shirts, and even temporary tattoos (if that’s your thing). If you used the Makr ipad app, you will find this app just as easy to tinker with.  I have told my sister and many of my friends to use Makr because I really do love it.

You know how excited I was when Makr arrived on the scene with a quick and easy way to make gorgeously designed labels for my DIY champagne cocktail kit.  Remember that?

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agoldenafternoon.com-11When making your kit, try to look for natural materials and durable items made in the USA (handmade is even better!), as opposed to plastic tools that will break next week. I found most of these items at Home Depot or my local Sherwin William’s Paint Store.  Here’s what I put in my DIY Home Repair kit:

  • 1 Makr tote (designed and purchased here)
  • 1 paint roller
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 mini touch-up paint brush
  • 1 recycled paper drop cloth
  • 1 putty tool/ can opener combo
  • 1 sanding block
  • 1 can of Crawford’s painter’s putty
  • 1 set of wooden screwdrivers (found here)
  • 1 roll of natural twine
  • 1 Leatherman
  • 1 bag filled with thumbtacks, some picture hanging kits, and a ceiling hook
  • 1 pair of safety goggles
  • Not pictured:
  • 1 pair of leather gloves
  • 1 measuring tape

agoldenafternoon.com-12agoldenafternoon.com-2Here are some other fun things we made with the app, including our first EVER design for our little backyard farm that says “Backyard to Table” (see the picture below)! Faith was excited to have her very own tote designed after her favorite chicken, Susan.  The tote has written what Susan walks around the yard proclaiming EVERY DAY.  Remember, you can buy any of my designs here.

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Make: Upcycled & Personalized Glass Water Bottle

 

agoldenafternoon-2I am always a fan of a practical project that replaces an expensive purchase.  Everyone loves to save some money, right?  Since we switched completely over to glass storage from plastic a while back, I immediately got slammed with the price-tag of the fancy glass water bottles.  Don’t get me wrong, I really really love our fancy glass water bottles.  They are pretty and useful.  However, I have only brought myself to buy one for each of us because they are $25-$30!!!  So, naturally, I decided to make my own.  The kids have taken them to soccer practice, in the car, and anywhere else you would take a plastic water bottle…without the waste.

You will need:

  • glass water bottle(s) (I upcycled old kombucha bottles)
  • permanent vinyl adhesive ( I got mine here)

agoldenafternoon-6Choose your vinyl sheet color and arrange it on the Cricut mat as shown above.  Load the file from my project in the Cricut design space or create your own text. For the “drink me” bottle, I chose the size of 5 and the “courier new” font in the design space.  I positioned the text starting at the 1 inch mark from the top and side markings.  Hit “GO”.  Position the “light” cutting mat in your explore and hold it level until it loads (If you don’t hold the mat level, it won’t load correctly and will cut part of your mat).  Follow the rest of the instructions until your project is cut. Now, cut off the part of your vinyl sheet that has the text, saving the remainder for another project.  Carefully place the letters along the length of the glass bottle.  You can adhere a straight piece of vinyl or use a piece of paper to line your letters up more evenly. Done!

So easy you could make it right now! ;)  You will want to make 10 and it makes sense as long a you have the vinyl and your Cricut is fired up!  Share with friends, make them for your kid’s practices or team, or anything else you think up!

Obligatory disclaimer:  I am participating in a Cricut Design Challenge.  All project ideas and opinions are all MINE!  Thanks for for supporting my endeavors.

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Hand-stitched Stuffed Animals

DSC_6642 copyLast year, Faith wanted to make something special for my Mom.  Faith picked the shape, color, and whole project itself.  There’s no stopping her creative mind sometimes!

What you’ll need:

2 sheets of felt, any size.  Mine were 8×10 (this project can be as large as you like)

paper for printing an online silhouette

stuffing materials (can be cotton balls, filler, extra fabric, or anything really!)

embroidery floss for enclosing

1. We hopped online together and she chose a rabbit shape.  For projects like these, I simply google “public domain” followed by whatever object I’m looking for and the word “silhouette”.  So, in this case I typed “public domain rabbit silhouette”.  Easy and legal is the way to go, people!

2. After the image is chosen and printed, you cut it out and pin it to your two pieces of felt.  You can cut each piece individually if that’s easier for you.  I tend to go for the fastest way. ;)

3. Next, you place the two pieces of felt together, lining up the edges.  Prepare your embroidery thread by separating 2 threads from the rest.  Once you  thread the needle, pull the threads through, and knot the ends.  You will have a combined 4 threads to sew with.

4. Holding the felt pieces, start the thread on the inside of the ear pieces and pull the thread through to the outside.  Continue stitching around using a blanket stitch., leaving a hole for stuffing near where you started stitching.  If you’d like to learn more stitches like this one, my favorite book for this is Sublime Stitching.

5. Once you are near the end where your hole is, stuff the piece with your chosen filler.  You will need to squish the filler around and push it down with a long, pointy object so it will reach the bottom and spread to all areas.  You can also squish the filler around with your fingers.

6. Finish stitching the pieces, ending your stitch inside the pieces so they doesn’t show.  Tie off with a double knot.

7.  Squish the filling around a bit more to evenly distribute it and you’re DONE!

You just made a stuffed animal!  Is your head spinning with ideas now?  This would be a cute idea for a new baby or any of your kids to make for a friend!

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Weaving 101

agoldenafternoonweaveAfter posting about our weaving project on Instagram,  I’ve had a lot of questions about our setup and process.

Let me be clear, I AM NOT an expert weaver.  I’m just sharing what I’ve learned in my experience.  Like many others, I have been inspired by Maryanne Moodie. (She sells her own starter kits…I bought one ;)) Her weavings are so dreamy!

Like any kind of creative art, weaving will be a totally different process for every person.  For our first larger weaving,  I wanted to create a weave-as-you-go project for the whole family.  Meaning, I wanted the 5 of us to add whatever we liked, to create this piece of art together.  The only restriction was that the items had to be white or cream colored and a natural product.  At least this way, there would be some uniformity.  The sticks didn’t make the cut…nice try boys. ;)

Kind of looms and links for where to buy:

Potholder Looms:  You can find vintage metal ones on ETSY or Ebay.  This was our first kind of loom several years ago.  (less than $15)

Lap looms:   Best option for starting because of price and the size of the weaving space.  Best for kids who have short attention spans and want immediate satisfaction. (less than $20)

Standing/Tabletop Loom:   My favorite choice for a more substantial weaving.  More expensive.  (less than $75)

Floor Loom:  If you wanted one of these, this post is irrelevant to you.  haha (more than $1500)

Below is a BASIC weaving tutorial…have fun!

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Weaving 101

Supplies:

Loom

1 weaving needle

Shuttle (that holds your thread to be passed through)

2 pickup sticks

warp thread (to use up and down.  I use cotton twine.)

weft thread (to use side to side.  Use any material for this!)

any additional weaving fibers:

lace, wool roving (my fave!), wool yarn, twine

To start your weaving:

1. Starting at the bottom left, you’ll take your warp thread (the name of the threads which run top to bottom) and tie it to the furthest peg on the left.

2. Now, bring the warp thread up to the furthest peg on the top left.

3. Bring it back down to the bottom where you tied the warp thread initially, skip a peg, then loop around the next one.

4. Repeat, going back up to the top, always skipping a peg.  when you’ve reached the end of the pegs, tie the thread to the last peg.

5. To start your initial weaving process, weave the pick-up stick over and under each warp thread, until you reach the end.  I started on the right side because it felt right (I’m right-handed).  You could totally start on the left, lefties. ;).  Now, turn it on its side so it makes a space in between the threads (called a shed).

6. With a new piece of thread (called the weft) attached to a weaving needle, leave a tail for the thread, and pull this through the space or shed to the other end.  Now, slide the stick to slightly tighten the row and then up to the top of the loom, where you will use it for every other weave.  This step with save you from weaving a single thread back and forth each time.

7. After you slide the stick up, start weaving with your pick-up stick on the opposite side you started. Mae sure you are going under and over the OPPOSITE you did last time.  You can test this by pushing the stick down.  If it touches your previous row, you are on the wrong track.  If you push down and meet with the resistance of your warp thread, you are on the right track!  Weave to the end. Slide the stick down to tighten the row and remove it after.  One stick stays on the loom at all times (either creating a shed or “resting”), while the other is used alternately.  As you’re weaving each row, don’t pull too hard or the whole weaving piece will start to pull towards the center, losing your desired square shape.  This might be hard to teach the kids but I don’t really sweat it. ;)

8. Now, slide the stick back down and turn it to make a shed again.  You can now continue with steps 6-7 again until the weaving is your desired size.

9. Remove the weaving from the loom.  Gently pull each loop to make the weaving tight.  Once all loops are tightened, secure each end thread with a knot, then cut the extra off. (You can also add tassels to the end loops at this point but i was keeping this basic. :)

Enjoy your creation!  You were just WEAVING! Can you believe it?!

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DIY Champagne Cocktail Kit with Makr

DSC_1415 copyMy labeling dreams have come true.

For this project, I am beyond thrilled to be partnering with Makr to make this DIY Champagne Cocktail Kit!  I fell in deep deep love with this app.  For all of you who label jars, bins, boxes, gifts, and the occasional kiddo item, this app will be your dream come true too.  You can make so many things- invitations, postcards, and other fun paper products for your business which is really cool. You can be your own graphic designer and customize the ready-made templates. The style of their app and products is RIGHT ON and it is super easy to use.  You can find it here, for iPad only.

DSC_1400 copyI really enjoy making cocktails on the weekends, when we open up our home to friends and the laughter that comes with them.  Syrups and mixes and really important for quick cocktail making, especially for groups.  I’m excited to have these fun labels instead of my sharpie labels or no label at all, which is how I usually roll!  I get confused all the time about which flavors are in my fridge.  Organizing and labels make my heart happy.

Won’t these kits also make the BEST gifts?  You can have a stack of them ready and just grab and go to those wedding showers and parties!  No stress involved and impressive packaging.  I would be excited to receive this.  Just sayin’.

DSC_1484 copyDSC_1347 copyIn my kit, I included 1 mini bottle of champagne, 3 bottles of varying syrups, and 1 jigger or cocktail measuring tool.

Syrup recipes are coming soon!

Each champagne drink can be customized with a little pour of 1 syrup.  So easy.  No intense measuring while you’re trying to talk. These same labels in this project are available for YOU to use on the Makr app!  Remember the app is FREE to download and you don’t have to pay anything to create!  Check out my project and customize it for your style!

Download the Makr app here, These are the labels you will find there from this project (all are customizable):

“DIY Champagne Cocktail Kit” label for your box

“Champagne Cocktail” recipe card for making each drink.

“Ginger Spice Syrup” bottle label

“French 75 Mix” bottle label

“Blood Orange Blend” bottle label

“From San Diego, With Love” to/from tag for gifting

Special note for those of you who use external iPad keyboards: unplug it while using for full app use.

***Special for A Golden Afternoon readers (that’s YOU)- enjoy a FREE Makr credit and 20% off a print order! Just register with the code GAFTERNOON and enter that same code at checkout.***

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This post was kindly sponsored by Makr, but all opinions about this app, the choice to support them, and the project itself are my own.

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