Diy appliquéd hoodie

appliquéd hoodie applique hoodie

Make an appliquéd hoodie.  Appliqué fabric scraps to a pre-made sweatshirt or hoodie jacket using a simple leaf die-cut shape. Give your favorite hoodie a make over and use up your fabric stash too.  If you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the leaf shape.

applique hoodie stem

Materials for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Black zip-up cotton jacket aka a hoodie.
  • Fabric scraps of choice, in coordinating patterns
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Dynasty Ivory Flower Center or decorative button

    Tools for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Sizzix BigShot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Jacquard Lumiere Dimensional Fabric Paints: Sparkle Silver, Copper, Turquoise, Emerald
  • Adhesives: Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies for appliquéd hoodie:

  • iron and pressing surface, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface), paintbrush

Directions for appliquéd hoodie:

1.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse fabric scraps to fusible webbing using iron. Fuse 1”x11” green fabric scrap to webbing for stem.   Or use a green ribbon and apply adhesive to adhere to hoodie.

2.  With pattern side up, die cut 13 medium-sized leaves using Leaves die and die-cutting machine. Use scissors to trim 1/2”-wide stem from 11”-long green fabric strip.
3.  Position leaves and stem as shown on jacket. Fuse into place using iron.
4.  Use sewing machine and thread to sew around leaves and stem 1/4” from edges.  I like to use a contrasting thread. You can use a coordinating color or contrasting color.
5.  Ink alphabet stamps with pigment ink; stamp “believe” or sentiment of choice randomly on two leaves. Heat set ink using iron on medium setting.
6.  On covered work surface, use dimensional paints to dot leaves and stem using end of paintbrush handle. Let dry.
7.  Adhere flower center to top leaf using fabric glue. Let dry.  If you use a button then sew into place.

Halloween door decorations – monster mouth

olyfun halloween front door decorationsHalloween door decorations – Make a monster mouth for your front door.  I chose to use Oly*Fun from Fairfield Processing because it is available in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joan Fabric and Hancock Fabric.  Plus it is in cheap and weather friendly.  It is great for decorating outside and it can be reused year after year.  Our neighborhood does not have trick or treating so we do not get very elaborate on or decorations.  I wanted to make something with little effort and big impact.  Thus the front door decoration.  Our door is a double door and we just painted it black  instead of the green I planned.  The green door would have been the perfect monster or Frankenstein.

I work with Fairfield and Adtech and they send me product to create with and I would not use them if I did not love them.  I chose the Cool Tool because it will not melt the Olyfun, it is safe for the kids and it will hold up to the weather.   This project took about 20 minutes total.  It might have taken less if I was not doing it with two cranky kids.

Olyfun halloween door decorations cheap

Supplies for Halloween door decorations:

  • Olyfun in Cherry Pop, Snow white, Blue
  • Scissors
  • Cool Tool Low temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Red Sharpie

Instructions for Halloween door decorations:Front door halloween door decorations monster mouth

  1. Cut the red Oly*Fun to the size of your front door.
  2. Cut enough white triangles to go along the top of the mouth and the bottom of the mouth.  I let the kids cut them.  This assured that they were uneven and unique.
  3. Adhere the teeth to the mouth with a low temp glue gun.
  4. Cut two eye shapes out of white.  front door decorations sharpie
  5. Use a red Sharpie  to add veins to the eyes.  to finish off the outdoor halloween decorations
  6. Add either black or blue Oly*Fun to the bottom of the eyes.
  7. Adhere to your front door and enjoy.

Click on the link below to see other quick and easy Halloween crafts.


A DIY shabby chic sign

shabby chic sign family name

This shabby chic sign is a great way to display your family surname and names of family members.  As an added bonus, the image transfer technique is easy and budget savvy.  Make a shabby chic sign for your home to create a warm inviting front door that is perfect for fall.  This year we are participating in a Fall Home Tour with Stringtown Home.   Make sure you stop by and check out all the other Fall Home Tour Participants,

Materials for shabby chic  sign:

  • Wooden plaque, 14”x7-1/2”
  • Ornamental MouldingsWooden Furniture Appliqué Moulding, in design of choice
  • Blumenthal Lansing LeBoutin Jewelry Button
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice

Tools for shabby chic sign:

  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Wire nippers
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black
  • Beacon Adhesives: Premium Tacky Glue, Fast Finish Decoupage

Basic Supplies for shabby chic sign:

  • paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, black marker, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for shabby chic sign:

1.  Sand all wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth. On covered work surface, paint plaque and furniture appliqué Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of wooden pieces. Paint wooden pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.

2.  Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for “The,” surname, and names of family members in font of choice. Make sure letters are “flipped horizontally” and sized appropriately before printing. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Times New Roman” font for surname and Script font for “the” and family member names.) Print images on computer paper using inkjet printer.
3.  Cut out words using scissors and position with right side down on surface of plaque. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
4.  Wet small portion of hand towel. Starting at one corner, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off image. Wipe excess paper from plaque. (Note: Use black marker to fill in areas of image removed when rubbing off paper.)
5.  Use tacky glue to adhere wooden appliqué to top of plaque. Cut shank off back of button using wire nippers. Adhere button on center of wooden appliqué using tacky glue. Let dry.
6.  Attach hanger of choice on back of plaque.
harvest tour of homes 2015
The other participants on this years home tour:

handmade gifts for pets dog & cat treat mix jars

handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars 2
Surprise a pet lover with these adorable treat mix jars.   Fill with their pets’ favorite treats or the ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade munchies.  They are inexpensive to make and fun to give.

Materials Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars:

  • Recycled quart jar or mason jar.
  • Burlap, 1/4 yd.
  • Wooden tags, 1-1/4”x2-3/8”
  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Brown Sugar, Country Red, Beige, Buttercream, White, Grass Skirt, Orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Olive Green, Admiral Blue, Snow White, Spa Blue
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Ultra Dark Beige Gray (3790), Black (310), Light Parrot Green (907), Very Dark Salmon (347), Ecru
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 1/2 yd.handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars pet craft ideas

Basic Supplies for the Handmade gifts for pets:

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sanding block, iron and pressing board

Tools for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

  • DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
  • Alphabet rubber stamps, 1/2”
  • Black pigment ink
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stick fusible adhesive
  • Glue

Directions for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

1. Cut 4-1/2”x8” rectangle from burlap to fit around jar. Fringe long ends.

2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing with iron. Print and cut out patterns from fused felt. For dogs, cut head from Brown Sugar or White, muzzle from Beige or White, nose from Brown Sugar, and collar from Grass Skirt or Red. For cat, cut head from Buttercream, and nose and ears from Orange. Fuse patterns to center of jute rectangles, using photos as placement guide.

3. Use Black, Beige or Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of heads, muzzles and ears. Blanket stitch dog collars with green or red. For eyes, use Black floss to make French knots. Use Black floss to backstitch noses and whiskers. Apply glue to back of burlap and wrap around jar, securing at back.

4. Paint jar lids Country Red, Spa Blue or Olive Green. Dry brush Spa Blue lid and Olive Green lid Admiral Blue. When dry, apply varnish. Paint wooden tags Snow White or Spa Blue.

5. Stamp treat name on tag. Thread 12” ribbon length through tag and tie around jar. Fill jar with treats. Replace lid.



1. Search the internet for tasty and nutritious homemade pet treat recipes.

10 Inspiring Embroidery Projects

Embroidery is one of those crafting techniques that has so many uses. From embellishing pillows to hand stitching your own note cards, embroidery is one of those skills that is great to have! I’ve collected 10 great embroidery projects to get you inspired and working with an embroidery needle on a new project.

10 Great Embroidery Projects

One of the best things about embroidery is how different each and every project can be. It is so easy to really customize whatever you are working on thanks to endless thread options and tons of different stitches.

01 - 733 Blog - Monster Embroidery Hoop Art
Monster Embroidered Hoop Art from Twin Dragonfly Designs for Seven Thirty Three

02 - 30 Minute Crafts - Embroidered Card
Cross Stitched Heart Card from 30 Minutes Crafts

03 - Do Small Things with Love - Framed Satin Stitch
Framed Satin Stitch from Do Small Things with Love

04 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Dog Towel
Embroidered Dog Towel from Condo Blues

05 - Mommy is CooCoo - Embroidered Pillow
Embroidered Pillow from Mommy is Coo Coo

06 - The Sewing Loft - Summertime Embroidery
Summertime Embroidery Pattern from The Sewing Loft

07 - Do Small Things with Love - Embroidered Portrait
Embroidered Portrait with Felt Flowers from Do Small Things with Love

08 - The Country Chic Cottage - Hoop Ornaments
Embroidered Hoop Ornaments from The Country Chic Cottage

09 - Bombshell Bling - Handstitched Cards
Embroidered Notecards from Bombshell Bling

10 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Love Note
Embroidered Love Note from Condo Blues

Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

There are few smells that are more like Christmas than cinnamon sticks! I love the smell mixed with the fresh pine scent of a Christmas tree. Of course, cinnamon is great for more than just smelling or being used in food. In fact, here are seven cinnamon stick crafts that would be perfect for Christmas time! Each craft has a unique twist on how to use the cinnamon stick in a unique way.  You can purchase cinnamon sticks in several precut sizes and even in bulk bags.  I usually buy the bulk bags and crate way more things than I will ever need and that is when I turn them in to package toppers and make my presents prettier. The sticks can be used in mulling spices too.  I have a few varieties of milling spices I like.  Maybe I will share a recipe here too.

Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

Cinnamon sticks are easily found in the craft store and even some grocery stores have them too! Just be sure to stock up because you will want to make all of these crafts and more!

Cinnamon Stick Votives from Ann’s Entitled Life

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament from Carla Schauer

Rustic Cinnamon Stick Votive from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Cinnamon Stick Ornament from Momista Beginnings

Cinnamon Stick Adorned Sugar Cookie Sack from Celebrate Creativity

Cinnamon Stick Tissue Box from How to Nest for Less

Cinnamon Stick Wrapped Candle Holder from Crafts Unleashed

Now, not only will your house smell amazing, but you’ll have some fantastic crafts for Christmas too!

Hot Chili Infused Oil

Hot Chili infused Olive Oil 2 Hot Chili Infused OilDo you have foodie on your list who thinks the hotter the better?  Well help them turn up the heat with this easy to make Super Spicy Hot Chili Infused Oil.   For me a little Hot Chili Infused Oil goes a long way, but a few of my friends like to drizzle it on everything.  If I add more than a couple of drops of the oil to my serving of soup or salad I start to break out in a sweat.  I wear rubber gloves when handling chili peppers.  Your choice.  But I play on the safe side, especially since I am just learning to appreciate the flavor of the peppers.  I hope you enjoy making Hot Chili Infused Oil and that the recipient thinks it is great.

Tools and supplies for Hot Chili Infused Oil:

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Dried Puya Chili Pepper
  • 1 Dried Chili Pepper
  • 1 dried Arbol Chili
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle
  • Clay Charm (tutorial for clay charm)
  • Paint for cap
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue stick

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle. Add polymer clay charm with Hot Glue gun and glue stick

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles.  If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting and how long it is good.

If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Sewing kit in a Jar

Join your favorite DIY bloggers for handmade holiday gifts.  Each blogger has created a handmade gift for giving this season.  Each day this week we will feature 20 bloggers and their handmade inspiration.   Check back each day as we add 20 new links for you to check out for 99+ handmade gifts.  The gifts are perfect for friends, family, teachers and almost everyone on your list.   There are handmade food items, paper crafts, ornament ideas, sewn items, home decor and so much more.  Be sure to visit each blogger and see what they created.

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Be sure to visit each of the bloggers below and check out their handmade holiday gifts and their instructions for making them.

pyrography spoons

Kitchen Gift Set w Pyrography Spoons
I like to make handmade gifts.  Each year, I try to think of a theme to center my efforts around.  In years past I have made chutney and jellies, jams and cookies in a jar, knitted hats and scarves.  This year I am doing flavor infused olive oils, vinegars and soups in a jar.  My added bonus is a cool technique of wood burning.  The technical name for it is Pyrography.  I came across this post by Chris Wallace at Walnut Hollow – Wood Burning on Spoons.  Immediately I knew what I was going to use to enhance my gifts. There is a nice video by Walnut Hollow – the makers of the tool I use.   Wood Burning – Pyrograhpy video by Walnut Hollow

Materials for Pyrography Spoons gift set:

  • Wood Spoons
  • Hot Stamp for the Creative Versa-Tool
  • Fabric Scrap Ribbon
  • Gift Tag
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Dunroven House Pot Holders

I used a pattern Hot Stamp from the Creative Versa-Tool to add the circles on the back and the front of the spoon. ( not used on the spoons in the gift set)
wood burning spoonsOn the ends of each spoon I stamped an image.
wood burning craftsI thought it would be sweet to stamp hearts.  Like a little bit of love.
how to stamp wood burn

You can draw images or stamp images and the follow the lines with the wood burning tool.

draw pattern on spoon before wood burning

To see more spoons using the wood burning technique and a few other wood surfaces too you can check out the links below.

HO HO HO Christmas Ornament or gift tag   ultimate veggie soup mix in a jar





Owl Pyrography Spoon and gift from the kitchen  The ultimate Christmas Gift from the kitchen 2





Ranch Crackers and Flower Wood Burning Spoon
Ranch Crackers in a jar with wood burn pyrography spoon


Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

Ryobi Hop Infused Olive Oils

Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

While thrifting I came across a tiny pre-made crate.  I know it would be the perfect way to package some of the food gifts I am making this year for Christmas.  All I would need to do was chop off the giant handle.  Not a problem for me since I have a Ryobi Miter Saw and I happen to love any excuse I can find to use a power tool.  The herb infused oils below are on the hot side.  If you do not like hot – you can leave out the crushed peppers.  I love to give handmade gifts from my kitchen and a few blogger friends have also made Christmas items.  So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to find their links.



Tools and supplies for decorative crate:

  • Ryobi Miter Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Paint and Paintbrush
  • Handmade stickers

Instructions for decorative crate:

ryobi compound miter saw

I placed the crate with the handle as close to the yellow cut line as I could get it and chopped it right off.

ryobi crate before
A perfect clean cut and in under a minute.  I have a great crate for $1.  Next sand the edges.  Wipe off dust.

ryobi crate
Now to paint the crate in your favorite color and the caps of the bottles to match.  Cover the crate and caps completely.  Allow to dry.   Sand the edges of the crate to create distressed spots.
ryobi crate painted

Tools and supplies for Herb Infused Cooking Oil- Hot Italian Blend:

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Garlic Clove
  • crushed red peppers (pinch)
  • Sea Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Peppercorns  (1/4 tsp)
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

spices added then olive oil

Instructions to make Herb Infused Olive Oil:

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into each bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. The Garlic and Rosemary should be used within a month of making. If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting.

Ingredients for Indian Spice Infused Cooking Oil:

  • 1 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 two inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 5 whole green cardamom pods
  • bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground tumeric
  • 1 roasted whole chili
  • 1 cups grape seed oil or olive oil, warmed to 150 degrees
  1. In a medium sized heavy bottom pan over medium heat, combine the spices and heat to toast about two minutes. Stir to make sure they do not stick or burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and cool. Place them in the bottle
  3. Leave the oil in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least two weeks.
  4. Extra oil may be saved in refrigerator for later use.  (no more than 3 months with dried spices)

Use desired amount to garnish individual servings of chilled soup, sauté meat and veggies or as a marinade.

Check back on Wednesday to see what I did with my Ryobi Drill and a hot glue gun.  It will be another handmade gift with a homemade recipe from my kitchen.  I love the DIY aspect of the holidays.

ryobi christmas crafts


If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Sewing kit in a Jar

Potato Soup in  jar


Sewing kit in a Jar

Sewing Kit in a jar gift

A Sewing Kit in a Jar is a great gift for a beginner sewer or crafter.  I think it is also a great gift for graduation.   It is a compact place  and you can add to it as you need.   Plus if you make the to a pin cushion it works double duty.  I personally love  having multiple pin cushions so I hope I can pass my love on to the recipient.   I also like to have my needles separate from my straight pins.  I keep them on a loop that hangs on the side.

For the contents of the kit I included:

  • measuring tape
  • needle
  • threads
  • buttons
  • needle threader
  • straight pins
  • tiny scissors
  • thimble

mason jar pincushion
Supplies for Mason Jar with Pincushion top:

For this pincushion I chose to use a wide mouth half pint jar because I needed it to be able to hold everything.

Instructions for pincushion sewing kit jar:mason jar pincushion

1.  Cut fabric to at least 7″ x 7″ and press.

fiber fill pin cushion top

2.  Add a large ball of Polyfil to the center of the fabric.

hot gel the edges

3.  Hot glue the edges to the center.

4.  Using a hot glue gun, lay a bead of glue under the gathered edge of fabric.  Press as flat as you can.  It is important that you really get these gathers as flat as possible.  If they are too bulky it will make it challenging to get the jar completely closed.  Trim off excess fabric.

pincushion mason jar top

5.  Cut a length of ribbon to about 6″.  Glue ends together.  Glue to the lid of the jar.   Press the pincushion lid into the ring, making sure the needle holder ribbon is pulled through to the top.

6.  Hot Glue it to the rim of the jar.

7.  Add a drop of glue to the needle ribbon.

pin cushion mason jar gift

These are so easy and quick and they make great stocking stuffers too.  If you want even more inspiration click on the image below and  get in on the gift giving in a jar excitement.
The Country Chic Cottage