i should be mopping the floor: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to Make Cornhole Bags

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Ever wonder how to make cornhole bags for the popular toss game? These DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags are not only easy to make, they're perfect for tailgating and football season. In the south, we always pull out the cornhole boards...especially at a tailgate par-tay! These would be fun to make in your team's colors, too. Learn how to make cornhole bags of your own below.
How to Make Cornhole Bags
All of the commercially-made cornhole or tossable bean bags I've found to use with our cornhole boards were a little on the blah side (I need bright, fun pattern in my life...like all the time!). Since I gave our actual cornhole boards a colorful and fun makeover at the beginning of the summer (see that post here), I wanted to make some adorable (yet, still in game play regulation) cornhole bags to coordinate. Check out this tutorial and learn how to make cornhole bags for yourself below.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Indoor Herb Garden

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Our new Indoor Herb Garden is housed in our sunroom for year-round enjoyment. While it's just a "starter garden" at this point, I anticipate upsizing it down the road and enjoying fresh herbs for years to come. Come see how we put this together below...it was a fun family project.

Indoor Herb Garden | Bring the herbs inside so they last longer in extreme conditions. This project is easy to put together and is the perfect low maintenance herb garden.
Since moving to our new home last year, we've missed our herb garden we had at our previous place. It was actually a series of whiskey barrels with basil, rosemary, thyme, and mint spilling out...and it was wonderful. I'd send the kids out with a basket and scissors to grab fresh herbs for dinner. I also became the crazy herb lady that brought baggies of our bounty to everyone she knew...we always seemed to have a bumper crop of mint and rosemary! 

We've finally figured out a way to create an herb garden over here...and this time it's inside (so we *hopefully* won't have to replant every single year). Come check out this lovely (and tasty!) addition to our sunroom.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Free Printable Handmade Tags

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These Free Printable Handmade Tags are perfect for all kinds of makers. I'm in love with labeling all of my handmade gifts with these cute little guys. They're even designated with different types of tools...from a sewing machine to crochet needles.
Labels for Gifts
This isn't my only set of free printable handmade tags, but I wanted something that can be used on things other than gifts. I'm breaking a few of my own rules and giving you carte blanche on the usage for these...well, please don't sell the actual tags. But, feel free to use them on all of your items in your handmade shop or even your Etsy store. I think the art of handmade needs to be promoted in every way possible, so I'd be honored to be a part of your creations in this manner. Download these free printable handmade tags below. 

UPDATE: I've now separated these handmade tags into four separate downloads so you can pick and choose which design works best for you.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Six Watercolor Fall Printables

These Six Watercolor Fall Printables are my first autumn bundle of the year! I honestly just couldn't wait anymore. They were so fun to put together with their layers and layers of fall florals and foliage. These Six Watercolor Fall Printables are a part of my Premium Printables line.  

Six Watercolor Fall Printables | These gorgeous watercolor printables are layered in fall florals and foliage. They're breathtaking and perfect with all autumn decor.
This bundle (in all its luscious fall layering) is $5 for the entire pack of printables.

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(Pssst...this bundle of prints has commercial licensing available here.)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fabric Travel Tissue Holder

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This Fabric Travel Tissue Holder is my all-time my favorite thing to sew. It makes a wonderful gift and is tidier than the traditional plastic travel tissue holder (mine always collect debris and get crumply my handbag). I made these with a fun back-to-school look, so they are perfect teacher and friend gifts as school starts back up.
Fabric Travel Tissue Holder | The easiest sewing project for beginners...makes the perfect gift!
My kids start school Monday...it kind of feels like we're the last district to be starting school this year. But, the summer has been really great...and nice and long, too. I've shared lots of fun back-to-school teacher gifts lately, but this is one of my favorites. I've always enjoyed making these, and when I had leftover fabric from the teacher supply bags I made here, I went ahead and made these to coordinate. So our teachers are actually getting double gifties this year...because it's always good to get in their good graces straight out of the gate, right?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Printable Thank You Cards for Teachers

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These Free Printable Thank You Cards for Teachers are perfect for all of the school gifting occasions: back-to-school, Teacher Appreciation Week, end-of-school, or just because. The fun rainbow apple designs are sure to make your teacher smile (I mean, they may want to frame this one, no?). And there are two versions: "You Rock" and "Thank You". Grab your Free Printable Thank You Cards for Teachers below.
Free Printable Thank You Cards for Teachers
Whether it's the beginning of the school year or you're crossing that finish line at the end of it, these two free printable thank you cards for teachers have you covered. They are the perfect way to say "I'm so happy I am in your class," or even, "thank you so much for a great school year". Their bright, rainbow-colored designs are covered in apples, that unofficial fruit of all things school, right? And the insides are left blank for you to use as you wish. A teacher friend recently told me that handwritten cards mean the absolute most to her, no matter how big or small the gift. The card is what she treasures most. I designed these two cards (with the blank insides) with that exact sentiment in mind. Download either of these teacher thank you cards below (or grab them both).


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Buffalo Plaid State Printables

EDITED: These printables are about to be discontinued for good. They are available at HALF OFF! These are all going away for good on Sunday...USE CODE discontinued AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE 50% ON THEM!

These Buffalo Plaid State Printables come in three, beautiful, buffalo plaid color schemes. All 50 states are available below. Each state has three colors with it...each in their own lovely watercolor buffalo plaid. This is the latest installment of my Premium Printables line.

State Art
I have to be honest, y'all...this set nearly killed me. When doing three color schemes per state...it was 150 total printables. Yowza. It's actually taken me a few weeks to put together and I'm so happy it's done. Each set of three prints (one of each color) is $5 per state. Grab your state's set below. They're all 8x10 prints that you can print at home.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kids' Lunch Box Idea

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Yay and hooray, y'all! It's my annual lunch box post...with fun, free (taco-themed) lunch box note printables. And of course, the lunch box idea I'm sharing this year surrounds all things taco, too...made with fresh and delicious foods!

Kids' Lunch Box Idea and Free Printable Taco-Themed Lunch Box Notes
This lunch box idea is actually geared for the older kiddos, which is the category we fall into these days. My boys still love bringing their lunches to school (even my middle schooler), so as they get older, I've gotten a bit more creative. This little taco lunch box is one of their favorites, yet. Check out all of its details (and grab the free printable lunch box notes) below.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Free Printable Watercolor Tags

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I am using these free printable watercolor tags to help me organize my craft room. I thought you might enjoy them as a freebie, too! They'd also make lovely gift tags, as well.
Free Printable Watercolor Tags | These print four to a sheet and are perfect for organizing or gift giving. They have a lovely, soft, floral watercolor design.
These tags have really brightened up my craft supply stash. They look great attached to my burlap storage baskets from Burlap Fabric. Oh, and be sure to enter my $100 giveaway to their site here (it ends Sunday!). And grab these free printable watercolor tags below.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DIY Mobile Printer Station

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We're getting the house in order for school to start in a couple of weeks. This DIY Mobile Printer Station is perfect for all of us to share...especially our almost-teenager who seems to have more computer homework every year. The older he gets, the more involved the assignments get. This little station is perfect for him to work with, no matter where he is.

DIY Mobile Printer Station | This little station can move from room to room with a wireless printer and all of the printing accessories you might need.
Last year, we realized very quickly that having our middle schooler just borrow one of our computers for homework was not going to work. My husband is a high school principal and can't always spare his for various reasons...and I feel like I'm on mine quite a bit, too. But gosh...all of the homework was online textbooks, or printouts, or something involving a computer. We grabbed a great HP laptop for him, and it's worked great. As we head into this year, we've equipped him with the matching printer. But since it's technically for the family to share, we put together a DIY Mobile Printer Station to make it easy for everyone to use in their own work spaces.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Easy Pickle Wash Finish

This Easy Pickle Wash Finish eliminates a lot of the steps from the traditional pickling finish...and looks just as fun! I'm sharing below how I made over this 1990s garage sale find into a lovely little craft table using this finish.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Today is also Thrifty Style Team day, y'all! Our group of thrifters is really rockin' and rollin' on the vintage fun! All of their goodies are linked at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Store Linens

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It's almost the time of year to start bringing out the heavier drapes and linens...my favorite! Today, I'm sharing some of the tricks I use to store away my out of season linens...so they're a breeze to pull out in the spring and put back into place. 
How to Store Linens | Put away seasonal linens so they're ready to go when you need them again next year. Includes free printable labels.
I'm a little over-the-top about my drapes and tablecloths. I mean...we all have our quirks, right? While most of the drapes in our home stay in place year round, I try to change out the two sets in my front windows. These particular sets of drapes show from the exterior of our home and also do double duty in terms of efficiency for our heating and cooling systems. In the cooler months, I hang something heavier in these two spots...it helps keep out the cold. In Texas, that means we barely have to turn the heat on all season. I also like the look of a heavier fabric with my holiday decor, too. I'm sharing below how to store linens...so they're ready to go the next time you'll need them. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Free Printable Apple Gift Tags

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Not only is this post this week's free printable, I am also sharing a tutorial for painting adorable burlap gift bags...AND a giveaway and promotional code to get some fabulous bags like these, too!
Free Printable Apple Gift Tags and Burlap Painting Tutorial

Who else is addicted to mini burlap bags? They are SO FUN! They're the ultimate in giving gifts a little something special...the wrapping becomes a part of the gift. Not only are there free printable apple gift tags in this post, but we've got a discount code for the bags AND a $100 giveaway for burlapfabric.com. Check it all out below.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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If you're intimidated by sewing zippers, this lined zipper pouch tutorial is perfect for you. It makes a darling gift for any teacher or student. I've also included a coordinating free printable gift tag you can include when giving this fun pencil pouch. Don't let the schoolness of this particular tutorial keep you from trying it. In different fabrics, a pouch like this is perfect as a cosmetics bag. I also use one for all of my chargers when I travel. Check out this complete lined zipper pouch tutorial below.
Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial
I'm kind of ecstatic about how cute this pencil pouch turned out. I lucked into this fun composition notebook paper fabric and it kind of took on a life of its own. I alternated the lining and outer fabrics on each pencil pouch to make them even more fun. Honestly, I couldn't stop making these, so I just reversed it to keep things interesting. See this complete Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial below.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To Make A Pom Pom Apple

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Y'all...I'm in love with this method for how to make a pom pom apple. I think they turned out so cute. They're perfect for teacher gifts: from back-to-school to Teacher Appreciation Week. You can tie them on zippers, make a banner with them, and more. See how to make a pom pom apple for yourself below.
Easy Yarn Pom Pom Apples for Fun!
I made these with a couple of different options...one has a "stand alone stem" and the other is a long yarn stem that you can attach to other things (or to other pom poms to form a banner). I made them in two different sizes, too. Check out the complete tutorial for how to make a pom pom apple below.