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Monday, June 23, 2014

Custom organza fabric bag with wax paper transfer tutorial

I was sent these white organza bags from to craft with and thought I would try to spice them up a bit.  Plain bags are awesome, but having the option to print your own custom information or image on them makes them even better, don't you think?

There is a large selection of plain bags and pouches to choose from at Paper Mart {'s sister company} and they are all relatively inexpensive.  And by inexpensive I mean each bag is less than a quarter!
{and many are cheaper than a dime!}

Here are a few of the custom fabric bags I made up in under 15 minutes.

I used the wax paper transfer method to print an image from my inkjet printer.
You cannot use a laser jet printer because your ink will not come out wet enough to transfer.
You can see another tutorial for wax paper transfer here.

You will start by cutting your piece of wax paper down to 8 1/2" x 11".
I was able to have this piece of wax paper run through my printer by itself,
but it does sometimes have the tendency to bunch up, so if you need to,
use spray adhesive and adhere your wax paper to a piece of paper and feed that through your printer.
It will be a much smoother process.

I found an image that I liked for my tooth fairy pouches and printed them off on to the wax paper.
*Don't forget, your image will come out in reverse, so if you are using text remember to mirror your image*

Because I printed multiple images on my paper
{I hate to waste paper}
I cut out each image leaving enough space around your image to work with.
I placed the image ink side down onto my bag and used my finger to firmly transfer my image onto the bag.

I love how these tooth fairy pouches came out!

Your child can leave a note and their tooth for the tooth fairy,
or this can be the gift 
{with money of course!}
that the tooth fairy leaves.

 I know wedding season is coming up.
These would be the perfect wedding favors customized in your wedding colors and with your own logo or initials.

The possibilities of things that you could fill these with are endless, but the savings on this DIY wedding project would be huge!

Or a bag for a friend just because.

 Make a wish!
The perfect gift card holder.
Or if you fill it with something heavy, this could weight a balloon bouquet down.

My favorite, is still the tooth fairy pouch.
Add a little glitter and your child will think that it's magical!

So what are you waiting for?
Go order a few bags {or ribbon} and start playing!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Easy seatbelt bag purse tutorial preview

One of the perks about blogging is that you get an occasional e-mail from a company
that is happy to offer supplies for you to craft with.
Recently, Country Brook Design contacted me and offered to let me choose any product from their store.
I jumped at the opportunity to try something I wouldn't otherwise try, 
and placed an order for seatbelt webbing.

For years I have seen the Harvey's seatbelt bags and admired them from afar,
because there was no way my budget would allow me to buy one.

So I do what I always do when I see something I like,
I say "I can make that" and gave it a shot.

I am so happy with how this bag turned out.

I can't wait to show you the full tutorial tomorrow.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Burlap ribbon wreath plus a giveaway

Last year, I shared with you a knotted burlap wreath.
It was one of my most popular posts from 2013.
I love burlap and am amazed at how far it has come in the past few years.
Seriously, burlap ribbon????
That stuff is awesome!
So I decided to make a burlap ribbon wreath using the same technique as I did for my knotted burlap wreath.

You will need:
a wire wreath form
burlap ribbon 
{I got mine from}
this is the linen ribbon I used and the burlap ribbon I used
You will need about 100 yards of ribbon for a very large wreath like this.
{about 6-8 rolls depending on the size roll}

I cut my jute and linen ribbon into 6-9 inch strips.
It doesn't have to be exact.
The difference in size adds depth to your finished wreath.
Can I just tell you that cutting burlap ribbon is 100% easier and less messy than cutting regular burlap.

Start with the inside and begin tying your ribbon to the wire wreath.

I made a pattern with the burlap ribbon {4 ties} and then the linen ribbon.

It's the perfect spring wreath! would love to give one of my readers a $40 credit to spend in their store. has fabulous customer service and more burlap {and more} products then you can shake a stick at!  Looking for burlap for a rustic wedding?  They have a whole section!  Need tablecloths?  Yep, they have them.  Ribbon and twine? Check.  Go check out the website and see for yourself!
Your $40 credit will go a long way at!

Friday, April 25, 2014

How to negotiate at a garage sale-5 tips that will save you tons of money!

It's nearly garage sale season and one of the questions I always get asked is how do you negotiate.
I shared a few tips and tricks on this post last year, but I think it's time to revisit them so that we all can be prepared as we head out and hit the sales!

1. Know what you are dealing with
It's inevitable that every week I will come across a garage sale that doesn't have their items marked.
It's not my biggest garage sale pet peeve, though it is up there.
If the items at a sale are not marked you just don't know what you are dealing with.
If the items aren't marked, I typically find something that I want and ask the seller what they are asking for the item.
If we are really far off base, I usually just walk away.
You know, those garage sales where the prices are so high that the people would just rather keep their stuff.
If a seller wants $350 for a dresser, I know that I will probably not be able to get that dresser negotiated down to a price I am willing to pay, unless I am willing to pay close to the asking price.
But if they say that the clothes for example are a dollar a piece, then I know we are in the same ball park.

2. Bundle and save
I usually buy a lot of clothes and it's pretty typical that a garage sale doesn't have each item individually priced.  Again, lets say each clothing item is $1 a piece.  It's not unheard of at a person's sale that if I like one piece I usually like several items.  So say I find 14 articles of clothing.  I will usually go to the seller and say I have 14 items, would you take $10?
9 times out of 10 they will say yes.

3. Add up your items with the seller
The majority of the time when I go with an armload of items to the seller {usually if they are unmarked}, the seller will make a crazy out of no where price for the lot.  I like to ask periodically as I shop what the items price is so that I can have an idea and I think it forces the seller to think about the value of the item.  For example, books are a quarter, clothes are a dollar, etc...If I don't add the items up and ask how much the seller will take for the items that I have, usually the price they come up with is higher than the actual price they have quoted me.

 I have taken to adding up the items with the seller first and then asking for a lot price after we know the total.  10 items in your arms looks like the value should be much higher than the low garage sale price you are paying.  Especially if the seller isn't familiar with garage sale prices!  If my 10 items add up to $8, then I will ask if the seller will take $5.  This tactic works much better then just asking for nearly half of my stuff for free!

4. Be willing to walk away 
 This is huge!  If you want to negotiate for the sake of negotiating, then that is fine.  In fact, it's one of my favorite things to do!  If you have a bottom line, and the seller won't budge, then be willing to walk away.  It's quite common that I will put items back at a sale or reduce the items that I am buying if I am not getting as big of a discount or paying the price that I want to pay.

Don't be rude about it! Just put the item back and walk away.  Most of the time, the seller will change their mind as I walk down their driveway, other times they won't, and that is totally fine!

5. Start your negotiating low so you have wiggle room
Bargaining at a garage sale is fun for me.  I like to pay the lowest price possible and get the most high quality items possible.  Negotiating is part of having a garage sale and it's a two way street.  Assume that if you are going to offer a lower price, that the seller will come back with another {higher} offer that they are willing to take.  It's just part of the game.  If you start low, and you get your first asking price, then you had a major score.  Pat yourself on the back.  If you don't negotiate, you will never know if you could have gotten the items cheaper, but if you make an attempt to negotiate a lower price, you can leave with the satisfaction that you tried.  And you still might possibly come out with a better price!

Don't be unreasonable.  If the prices are fair and you are willing to pay them, don't haggle just to haggle.  That is, unless you are buying a huge lot of items from the seller, then I think that it's reasonable to offer a lot price {after you calculate your items of course!}.

For example, I went to a garage sale of a home school parent last summer.  This parent had some amazing books in their library at very reasonable prices.  Each book was $1 despite the sometimes high retail price.  I picked up 45 books and offered to pay her $40.  If I had only found 4 books I liked, I would not have asked her to take a lower price since I felt like the $1 asking price for pristine hard back books was worth the total.   If I had offered her $20 for the 45 books, that would have been unreasonable.

Tip number 5 and tip number 1 go hand in hand.  If the item you are interested in costs $15 but you are only willing to pay $1, don't be offended if your offer isn't taken.  Be polite, thank them, and walk away.

Hopefully these 5 tips help you negotiate your way to some great deals this garage sale season.
Do you have any tips you would like to add that I might have missed?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

One Room Challenge Week 4-working on the art work

Welcome back to week 4 of the Calling it Home One Room Challenge.
For the past 4 weeks I have been participating in this 6 week challenge to make over one room.
I have been working on my 8 year old son's vintage airplane room and this week, I focused on creating and collecting art work for Owen's room.

One of the projects that I worked on was this massive
{it's seriously huge!}
vintage airplane blueprint canvas.

I picked up this canvas for $3 at a garage sale.
{I had no idea what a great deal that was until I started pricing out canvases!  YeeHaw!}
It was blank so I used this dark grey paint to dry brush over the plain canvas.

I found a free blueprint on line of a vintage airplane.
And not just any vintage airplane, a B-29, which is the same airplane that my husband's Grandfather flew on during WWII. 
I had it printed as large as I could.
I have heard that you can get an engineer's print at your local copy store for under $5.
I had an inside source who printed this off for me for free.
Which, as you all know, is my favorite word!

I did have to do a little grunt work and cut off the surrounding white edge.

Once my print was cut and ready,
I got out my supplies.
I am lucky enough to have fancy Mod Podge supplies, but you could totally make this work with a simple brush that you have on hand.

But I must say, this Mod Podge roller is pretty rad.
And makes the job super easy!
I started by rolling Mod Podge on to my canvas where my picture would eventually go.
You want to make sure you roll your Mod Podge out smooth.

Next, take your picture and position it on to your canvas.
This is the hardest part.
Because the blueprint was scanned in crooked, the angles were a little wonky, which made eyeballing it a little trickier than normal.
I used a ruler to make sure the edges were all about the same distance from the edge.

Once you have your image positioned, you will spread a layer of Mod Podge over the top of your picture.
This step is not for the super perfectionist.
You will not get a nice flat image even if you work from the center out.
There are wrinkles and bubbles, but I liked the imperfect look for this project and rolled with it.

Once your finish brushing on your top layer of Mod Podge,
let your canvas dry.

I love the end result and can't wait to hang it in it's new permanent location.
{not in my foyer!}

As a re-cap, here is how the past four weeks have broken down.

Week 1
The Plan
Owen's Room
Week 2

Week 3
Painted furniture, linens, curtains, and rug

Next week, I'm hoping to have the artwork hung and start working on the finishing details for week six.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One room challenge Vintage Airplane boys room week 3

I am making progress on my 8 year old son's vintage airplane room and feel like it's finally coming together!  I'm so glad I have had this 6 week One Room challenge to keep me motivated.
In week one I shared my plan for the room.
Owen's Room
Week two I learned how to use power tools and created this pallet backed book case using free materials and things we already owned.
And now here we are.
Week three.
This week, I pulled things together with curtains, a new rug and new bed linens.
Here is a reminder of what the room looked like before and a side by side of what I like to call "during" because I still have three more weeks.
Let's take one more look at what the room looks like now.
The bed and toy box have been moved and the bookcases that were flanking the bed have been made awesome with a new pallet back and they have been stacked.

I found this large wooden airplane model for $20 at a junk fair
I used silver spray paint and gave it a few coats and then my husband hung it up in the corner.

Not only did the bookcase get a makeover,
the $10 bed {got it at a garage sale!} and Ikea toy chest {we've had that since my oldest son was two}
got a coat of paint and some red highlights courtesy of Annie Sloane chalk paint.

I found new sheets for Owen's bed for only $7 on clearance.  I picked up an extra set of sheets and made the curtains out of those.
I made the felt woven pillow
{tutorial here}
and the felt airplane pillow here
I found the quilt on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20!
Yep, it was super marked down.

And the fuzzy blanket at the bottom has quite the story.
During our great Midwest trip this summer where we visited four states and drove over 1500 miles,
Owen left his beloved pooh bear blanket that he has had since before he was born on the final leg of our trip.
The very last flight!  All of our efforts to find it were futile and we assume that it got left on the airplane when we landed in Salt Lake City.

So all that said, he wanted a fuzzy cozy blanket he could wrap himself up in.
And the little rabbit skin was a little something he picked up {with his own money} when we stopped at Conner Prairie in Indiana {super cool place by the way!}.

I was shopping at Home Goods this past week and could not pass up this rug.
It was $75 and while that seems cheap for a massive rug, I just don't spend that kind of money on decorating, so it was a hard pill for me to swallow.
In fact, the tags are still on it in case I change my mind!
I decided that instead of replacing the light fixture in Owen's room, I would settle on the rug instead.
What do you think?
Should I keep it?

I also scored this super cool airline trunk at a garage sale for $15.
I thought that it would make a great nightstand and it fits perfectly under Owen's low window.
The task lamp was bought at Target for $25 and the wire fan was a garage sale find for $5.
The top of the trunk is the perfect spot for Owen's handmade hobby airplanes.

The trunk has some cool history.
The old owner played trumpet in the US Army and this trunk carried his instrument all over the country.

So that's the final shot of the vintage airplane boys room makeover in week 3.
What do you think?
Should I work on the artwork next?