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Quick & Easy Clutch

23 May

So, my mom bought me a sewing machine a while back and I must say, it makes those rainy days go by quicker! I’m not at all as talented as mom on one, but I always like easy anyway. I found a random placemat chilling in a box one day. Problem was there was only one. I examined it, black textured material, with a black lining in the back. Pretty heavy duty for a placemat. Then I had the idea of a clutch, and started folding it to see how it would look. “Super cute,” popped into my head. And with a few straight threads from the sewing machine and a little satin rosette flower accent, voila. Adorable. And ever since then, I’ve been on the lookout for heavy duty placemats whenever I go where they are sold. Already lined placemat = lined clutch interiorly. Awesome.



Easiest Decorated Wooden Letters

13 Oct

I wish I were crafty. I have such ambitions of painting, cutting, pasting, decoupaging and the like, but alas, I either chicken out of doing a project (“What if it’s ugly!?”), or I lovingly buy all the required materials and become distracted by some other activity (“Squirrel!”).

When my daughter, Nadia, was born in 2010 I wanted to decorate her name letters for her room. I bought the wooden letters, painted them a pretty green, and hand painted a sweet flower detail. Then I stuffed them in a drawer and forgot about them. Sigh. I found those letters during our recent move, and decided that once and for all, those letters would hang! Unfortunately the lovely green didn’t match her new room, so a-Michaeling I went.

And I found the most darling little stick-on foam decorations. There are scores of design options: flowers, birds, airplanes, stars, dinosaurs. But I choose this set of ladybugs-and-leaves because my precocious daughter is in the Ladybug classroom at daycare.


This little set coupled with a can of glossy white spray paint made for the simplest makeover of those letters I can imagine. If you’re short on time or just not too crafty, give this project a try. Just paint your letters and allow to dry. Then arrange and stick the decals any way you choose. Try layering the pieces to add some texture. The result, I think, is pretty cute!

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