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Objects of My Affection – Audio Review

15 Jul

The second audio book I’ve listened to so far and although it didn’t stand out to me as a must read, it was definitely interesting enough to listen to! Being a person who loves to organize and thinks going through someone else’s trash can get you some serious treasures – this book description grabbed me.

I also wasn’t that impressed with the ready Xe Sands. I’m not going to cut her out of my willing to listen to list just yet but she didn’t have a very diverse range of voices which made it difficult to figure out who was talking sometimes.

Description via Amazon:

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and is forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the huge home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. But she soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love her objects too much to let go of any of them. 

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding, she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

If you are looking for a different kind of story line and a little change in pace to what you usually read, this may just hit the mark. I love a story that’s a one of a kind and doesn’t seem like a spin off of other stories but I wish there was something a little more in the story. Something was missing.

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Washi Tape Letters

11 Jul

To go along with the the #30makeitwork theme I have been working on I found this adorable tutorial for washi tape letters on pinterest and had to try it out!

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I had a bunch of letters laying around the house and Emma was so kind to share some of her washi tape with me! I promised her I’d do a letter for her in Red in exchange – which will be a purchase I do after my 30 days!

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This is such an easy project and doesn’t take any time!

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I just ripped big enough strips to cover the Y in slanted strips. You can do it anyway you’d like.

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Then I flipped it over and used an exacto knife to cut off all the edges.

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I suggest using a sealer on top just to keep the washi tape from peeling up after time. I can imagine these being adorable decorations on a bookshelf or in a kids room.

 

Surrounded by Inspiration!

3 Jul

With being so busy lately I haven’t had much time in the craft room and wanted to be in there more during my #30makeitwork challenge. Since I’d be out shopping less – I figured I’d have more time to be in there! Since this room is already pretty much organized everything is easy to find now. It’s making my crafty attempts a little more luxurious since I’m not wasting so much precious time finding every little thing I need!

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I’ve decided to share so of my organizing ideas and decisions with ya’ll so you can get a feel for how I work in my space as well some inspiration that I’ll be using to organize myself MORE! I’ll also have some tutorials coming up since I’ve been a bit busy making things happen around here 🙂 why not share the love?

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But what I really wanted to share with you today is where I’ve been getting my inspiration these days. You might not be surprised because it’s Pinterest, YouTube, and Life Events that are encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and have a little more fun!

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It seems like each day I’m taking a peak at Pinterest to see if there’s anything new I can find that gets my brain going but I’ve noticed more often than not these days, I’ve been looking at the Pin’s I have already Pinned! I can’t believe how many things I forgot I pinned that I find myself falling in love with all over again.

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I’ve also been spending a little time on YouTube and perfecting my subscriptions to get me inspired. HGTV Handmade has seriously made that easier on me since I love all of their featured channels. My latest obsession has been iheartstitching. If you haven’t seen her, you are missing out!

iheartstitching...lots of good how to videos

And last but not least my favorite blogs which you can find below on the right hand side in my blogroll. I Heart Organizing and Life As A Thrifter I can’t get enough of! It’s so inspiring to see others be so successful in what they love to do.

So I am hoping there will be a lot to look forward to and with all this crafting there will definitely be more and more added onto my Etsy shop as it comes! I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am! #30makeitwork

Wrapped Wine Bottles – Take Two!

27 Jun

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I have previously written about doing wrapped wine bottles and I couldn’t resist doing them again – with a little something extra this time! Painting the bottoms for the dipped look!

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I used a wine bottle, some macrame chord, and some mod podge (and the paint of your choice) to create it!

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All it takes is wrapping the wine bottle with the macrame chord and a bit of patience 😉 also not caring that your fingers are going to be sticky with mod podge!

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For the first bottle I chose to work with gold. It seems like it’s a number one pick for weddings and centerpieces these days so I thought I’d go along with the trend! Then I did my second in blue – because I love that color!

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I am so happy with the turnout! They are also available for purchase on my etsy shop if you don’t feel like being crafty but want one!

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and just because I am so proud of these suckers – one of my friends Lindsay used the plain ones for her wedding and her wonderful photographer Stephanie Dee got some amazing shots of them!

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I can’t lie – I’m obsessed with how well these turn out each time I do them!

My 30 Day Challenge: Making It Work

19 Jun

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Hey everyone! As most of you know with Peanut (who we have finally named Payton) on the way and the summer seeming to steal away every extra penny we have. I decided to do my own 30 Day Challenge and share it with ya’ll!

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For 30 days I am not spending ANY money that isn’t a necessity (food, gas, meds, etc.). If I don’t need it, I don’t buy it! It’s as simple as that. Since we are a budget friendly family this is not something too new for me but with each paycheck comes the “I don’t really need it – but I want it” purchase and I’m trying to get away from that for a bit.

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For 30 days this girl is going to come up with enough to keep us entertained, crafty, organized, and happy with what we currently have. If you think about it, there are probably a few lists you could make of things you have around the house that you haven’t done or haven’t touched just because you’ve been so pre-occupied with other things. I know I do!

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So if you are interested in joining me in this 30 day challenge, walk around the house, open up those closets, boxes, and drawers you haven’t touched in months and think about what you could do to keep yourself entertained for 30 days without spending any money!

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Although it would make sense to make the whole family do this challenge – I’m just doing it for myself. I’m not sure my husband has any interest in it – but I do know with the boys coming into town to have a video game week/weekend and so much happening in the sports world he’ll be glued to the TV & computer so he won’t have time to spend money! That’s at least two weeks I’ve got him covered 😉

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My goal is to do something, anything, even if it’s just one thing each day that involves using items I have already around the house and share it with ya’ll. They say it takes a consistent 30 days of doing something to make it a habit – let’s see if I can find enough things to entertain myself for 30 days with what I already have in this house (this shouldn’t be too hard).

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If you are interested in joining in the fun – let me know! I’d love to see what you are going to do during this 30 day challenge!

Join me on twitter @daydreamingifts and hastag your items #30makeitwork
share it with my on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theunderestimatedmom
send me a pin at http://www.pinterest.com/jennifer_e_otey/
or leave a link here with what you are doing to make it work for you!

 

How I Ship My Orders

17 Jun

Hooray for an Etsy Sale! I love getting orders on my Daydreaming Gifts website. Today I thought I’d share with you how I package my items to be shipped out. It’s nothing too special but it’s super fun for me!

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This lucky order was one of my favorite scarves! I got this yarn at Hobby Lobby and it is so silky smooth I will be running back to get more! It comes already variegated so it’s easy to work with – my mom was the one that made this one! I get out all my supplies to ship everything. The item, a box or padded envelope, tissue paper, my card, a thank you circle, and some of the stickers my sister bought me!

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I fold up the tissue paper and put it on the box making sure to leave a little hole for the item itself.

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In goes the order and the tissue paper then gets folder with the paper.

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I have a bit of a sticker obsession so I use the sticker to keep the tissue paper down and make it “gift” like as possible!

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Next goes in my card and the thank you circle (these are just decorative paper cut out with a 1 inch paper cutter. I love using these because they are easy to store, big enough for what I want to write on it, and it adds another color to this crazy mix of colors 😉

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I tape it up and add another sticker on the box for good measure 😉 then the label and it’s ready to go! Because I use USPS priority shipping (which costs more) they come pick it up on my doorstep which means the world to me since I’m not always able to run out and I am not going to be more so when Payton comes! The other thing that makes the price worth it to me is the fact that I get insurance on my packages and it’s 2 day delivery so I know my customers are going to get what they ordered quickly!

You can also use free USPS priority boxes and they will deliver those to your doorstep free as well but I have a bunch of leftover boxes and like to reuse boxes as much as possible. It cuts back on other shipping expenses.

 

Rainy day entertainment!

29 May

Give a kid a sponge and some water and she’ll be entertained for hours!

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I love this child!!

Making A Pattern Template

7 May

With the craft room open for business I have been working every extra chance I get up there! One of my first projects was a fabric headband that I posted about earlier. Today I wanted to share with you how I made my own pattern template.

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Since I’m not your average size adult, things don’t tend to fit me properly and I find I need things custom made often (quite like my custom desk and it’s custom low height 😉 haha). So I tend to make my own patterns based of similar styles I like.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create your own pattern template like mine:

Measuring tape
Ruler
Pencil / Pen
Mat board
Scissors / Xacto Knife

With the fabric headband that I’ve been seeing all over the place, I knew buying one a traditional one size fits all would not fit so I did some playing around with fabric and elastic and measured it to fit me. You can either use the elastic itself to measure around your head or use measuring tape to see what fits you.


Then I divided that measurement into two parts: (1) being the elastic. I wanted it to not really be seen with my hair down so I measured it from under my ear to the other ear. (2) Headband from the bottom of one ear going all the way around the top of my head to the bottom of the other ear. I also took a quick measurement how how wide I wanted the headband to be.

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I suggest drawing out what you are going to make and writing the measurements down there so you don’t forget them! After that I cut the (2) headband measurement in half since I’d be cutting the fabric on the fold.

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Once I found a width I liked for the top to the bottom I was ready to go. I took my ruler and my pencil and created a drawing on top of mat board like so. Then used my exacto knife to cut out the template.

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Why do I use mat board? Because it’s easy to store, it’s sturdy but not heavy, and yes sometimes it gets messed up in the process but it’s easy to make again and it’s pretty darn cheap!

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Once I have the template how I like, I get to cutting out fabric and starting to produce them in assembly line process. You can never have too many headbands right?

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Please note that I came up with a rough draft trial and did a test run before I made my template so I knew I’d be happy with the outcome. Hint: I always suggest making a trial with scrap fabric just in case it doesn’t work out you haven’t ruined the material you wanted to use for it! 

What To Do With All Those Scraps

4 May

In the process of getting organized and moving into the craft room I noticed I had a few bins of scrap fabrics. As exciting as that is for future projects, it’s also a bit overwhelming! So of course, I check out Pinterest to see what everyone else is doing with their scrap fabric to figure out a brilliant idea for myself!

Don't ever through away your scraps, no matter how small you think! Put them altogether in a clean jar for easy use.via mapleandmagnolia

As much as I love how cute this huge jar of scraps is, I think I’d be a bit flustered when trying to find the perfect match for a project! I think I am going to go with something more color coordinated so I can quick grab a few I love.

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I love the color coordinating here but it still seems hard to find what you are looking for and the thought of it looking messy might drive me a little insane (I feel like I’m a little bit OCD here!).

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Love Love Loving the idea of them color coded in drawers! Now if you haven’t seen my craft room it’s here, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my closet storage wise and had a little something like this in mind:

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I’m thinking since I already have my yarn stashed elsewhere that at the top row I might put these red and black boxes full of my scraps into organized by color. My boxes look similar to this:

Make cute DIY stackable storage boxes  with your fabric scraps and old shoe boxes!via cowboysandangels

I love that they aren’t see through – so they hide the chaos but they can be labeled and are seriously functional! Now all I need is my handy helping men and a home depot run!

What do you do with all your scrap fabric?

A Fabric Headband

30 Apr

Today I attempted and failed a fabric headband only to try it again and finally make it!!

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I have been trying to find things to use with my scraps and since Emma has been headband crazy these past few days I’ve decided to make her a few as well as a few adult ones! This one is an adult size but that didn’t stop Emma from trying it on!

What you’ll need:

Fabric – one to two fat quarters would work for this project.
Fabric Scissors and Regular Scissors
Matching Thread
Pins or Clips
Elastic
Interfacing
Iron and Ironing Board

Soon I will have a pattern up for sale in my Etsy store for those who would rather just print out the sizes I used instead of measuring and figuring it out on your own!

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I cut out the fabric according to my measurements, ironed on the interfacing to the outside of one piece of fabric and clipped them together. You’ll see that I went ahead and folded my ends in to give it that clean finished look on the edges when it’s done.

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I did about a 1/4 seam around the edges sewing on top of the folded edges to keep them in place.

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Then comes the tricky part!

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Flipping the fabric inside out isn’t always the easiest and if you sew to closely to the edges it will rip the ends. I used my fingers to turn one side into the other and slowly feed it through the middle of the tube. Once the fabric started getting close to the smaller side I used a crochet needle to help me push it through.

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Once flipped inside out I ironed it flat, you could also do a top stitch for decoration here if you’d like, I chose the simple method of not doing it!!

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I cut out about a 4 inch piece of elastic to give me enough room to slide in the ends and sew it in.

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I chose to do a box like sew to ensure that the elastic was sewn in well and wouldn’t rip. You can do a decorative stitch here if you’d like.

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I did the same thing with the elastic inside the middle piece of the end and did a box shape sew.

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Even though it was too big for her, she was excited to try it on! I’m excited to make her a mini one that will actually fit her! One of my favorite things about this is that I made it reversible. This makes it easier to mix and match with outfits, and since this little one has a ton of outfits, she will be getting a ton of reversible ones!

 

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