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DIY Rope Towel Holder

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finished hangerMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.) 😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…


Hardware I picked up at Lowes


The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple


Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange


The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe

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I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.

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I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.

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I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.

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The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.

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DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Key Fob Tutorial

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key fob rowsI’m sure you all have seen key fobs.  They are those cool wrist straps you attach your keys to.  Do you know how easy and inexpensive they are to make?

I will show you in just a sec…

I buy the webbing and key fob hardware from sellers on Etsy.  That is the only place I have ever seen supplies.  (Which is perfectly ok ‘cuz I love Etsy!)  The fabric used is simple cotton/quilter’s fabric.  You could use ribbon as well, but I prefer fabric.

FYI – they make fabulous Christmas gifts for teachers, school faculty and bus drivers.  You can use them as stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or even an attach one to a bow on top of a present.  (I have made the ones below to sell at a Christmas open house a friend is having.)

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Cut the webbing 10 inches

10 inch strip

Cuts strips of cotton fabric 2 inches wide by 10 inches long

iron in half

Fold in half and press with an iron lightly to make a crease.

folding edges

Unfold and bring both side to the center crease. Iron flat.

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Stitch Witchery

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Tear or cut Stitch Witchery the length of webbing.

ironing fabric to strap

Place fabric strip (folded side down) on top of Stitch Witchery and iron.

sewing fabric

Sew a straight line down each side of the fabric about 1/8 inch in for the side of the fabric.  I used clear thread so I didn’t have to keep switching thread color.

fray check

Fold the key fob in half and sew the short end together. This doesn’t need to be all the way across, just enough to hold it together.
I use Fray Check on the ends of the webbing and the fabric and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the key fob. Not a necessary step, but it prevents the material from fraying.


Use pliers to pinch the key fob hardware shut. Make sure you wrap a towel or some sort of material around the pliers or around the end of the key fob to prevent scratches or dents.

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The finished product.

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All of these, and then some, were made for around $25.00.  😀

DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

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Happy Friday!

Last weekend, a couple of my girl friends and I went to a big antique show.  It was so exciting!!  (I will have to do a blog on the crazy things I picked up.)  Towards the end of the day, we came across these cool wood doors.  Piles of them.  For only $2.00 each!  I picked up eight of them without having an idea what I was going to do with them.  (That happens a lot!)

One of my friends suggested making hand painted wood signs for the Holidays.  Here’s how I did it.

I printed out the words I wanted to use.  Not having tracing paper, I just took a regular pencil and scribbled on the back side of the letters.  Then I traced the outline of the letters and the pencil mark transferred to the wood door.  Woohoo!

Now the tricky part for me was filling in the letters.  I only had paint and a paint brush, reading glasses and one working eye!  Depth perception is not my strong point!  It took me FOREVER to paint the letters.  Either I thought I was touching the wood with my paint brush and wasn’t or I aimed for the outlines and completely missed.  If it wasn’t so frustrating, it would have been comical!  I would strongly suggest a paint pen.  I didn’t have one.  And two working eyes would be helpful too. 😉

I should mention that before I painted the letters, I gave the center section a coat of off-white chalk paint.  (I still didn’t know what design I was doing at this point.)  After the letters were painted on, I painted the rest of the front with the chalk paint.  Then I taped off diagonals lines with blue tape and painted them red.  After the red paint dried, I sanded everything to distress it a bit then I applied a light-colored wax to seal it and age the off-white paint a little more.

And here it is… This House Believes.  And this house also believes you can Do-It-Yourself.  Had to throw that in! 😉  Just FYI… Doors in many different shapes and sizes can be found at your local Habitat Restore.  Some used, some new, and they cost very little.

I’m going to put eye hooks in the top edge of the sign and use either ribbon or a small chain to hang it outside the front door.  Maybe embellish it a bit with Christmas picks or decorations.

This was really an easy project to do!  And the first Christmas thing I’ve done so far.  I love the Holidays!  Have you started to think about decorating for the Holidays yet?

DIY Cake Stand

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Have you seen the DIY cake/dessert stands made from a candle holder and a plate?  They are so easy!  Get yourself a candle holder, a plate and adhesive (I used E6000) and you’re good to go.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these since last Christmas when I was thinking about handmade gifts.  I never did make any last year, but I just found a rogue candle holder I picked up from Target quite some time ago and while I was at HomeGoods this week, I picked up an inexpensive plate.  I probably spent less than $9.00 total.  Not too shabby!

I chose a neutral colored plate so I can use the stand anywhere in the house I want, but HomeGoods has oodles of beautiful colored plates starting at just $2.99.  Holiday plates are out now, so you could make a cute Thanksgiving and Christmas plate stand.  They’d make great hostess, Bunco, office party or teacher gift.  Especially if you filled the plate with homemade cookies! 😉

Glass, metal, plastic or wood candle holders can be used as the plate stand.  Cake stands, once glued together can be spray painted a solid color for a cohesive look.  This could be addictive.  Friends and family… you may be looking at your next Christmas gift! 😀

Candle holder for Target

Plate from HomeGoods $3.99

The multi-purpose cake stand… Soap dish, Holiday decorations, Dessert stand, Keeper of keys, phone, glasses, etc.

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DIY Pillow Ideas

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I love pillows!  They are a simple way to change the look of a room.  They use just a little fabric and cost next to nothing to make.  I have made a lot of pillows in my day.  But these pillows below have my mind on a thinking overdrive!   Hope you find some inspiration!  (Click on picture for source.)

Pale green and yellow felt flower patterns adorn plain white pillows.Embellished with Felt

Sweaters as throw pillow covers Made from Old Sweaters

Pillows from Napkins

Picture Pillow

two pillows on red checked chairPlacemat Pillows

White pillow with colorful fabric yo-yos on stack of books YoYo Pillows

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Made from Money – Gift Ideas #3

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I’m still on my search for homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Recently I have seen some very cute and clever gift ideas made from money.  And you don’t need to be made OF money to create them! : )  I’m sure there are a lot more ideas out there.  If you come across a gift made from coins or bills, I would love to see them!

I would love to try this first one with foreign coins brought home from traveling!

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Ring made from a quarter. Check out the tutorial!

keychain....collect coins from special years. birh/anniversary/etc.

Collect coins from birth years, anniversary, etc and make a key chain.

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I love this ideas! A gift box made out of bills

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Who wouldn’t love to receive a money tree?!  It’s on my list! : )

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Kids who don’t like to get clothes for Christmas will be happy receiving this shirt!

Handmade Christmas Gift #1

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Here is my first homemade, handmade Christmas gift idea.  Tile and scrapbook paper coasters.  I saw some on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

I picked up some tiles at Habitat Restore for $ .10 each.  Scrapbook paper, glue and polyacrylic I already had left over from last year’s doll house adventure.  I invited my BFF and her kids over for a sleep over last weekend.  (My hubby was in Nova Scotia with his parents.)  I declared it our first Crafty Slumber Party. : )

The coasters were easy and fun to make.  In fact it was so much fun that we dragged the kids off to Home Depot with us at 8:30 at night to pick up more tile!  Home Depot sold the tiles for $ .16 each… still a bargain!  I would have photographed the whole event but Hubby had the camera with him.  The process was simple.  We cut the scrapbook paper in 4 x 4 inch squares.  Used hodgepodge (glue and water mix) to secure the paper on the tiles and then put a couple of coats on top of the paper.  The next day we put several coats of polyacrylic over the surface to make it waterproof.  We used cork lining cut in 4 x 4 squares for the bottom of the tile, but you can use felt as well.  Between the two of us we made 72 tiles that night.  They turned out so pretty!  And it was so inexpensive.  Tie a set of four coasters up with a pretty bow… Love it!

Teacher gift? Hostess gift? Holiday party gift?

Thinking of Christmas

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I love Christmas!  I love the decorations, the cold weather, the family time and celebrating the Reason for the season.  The only thing that gets me crazy every year is the shopping and spending.  It use to be my favorite thing to do, but as I’ve gotten older, all that shopping, stress and spending money strikes me as ridiculous.  I, personally, would love all handmade, homemade gifts.  One of my favorite gifts last year is a “Mommy and Me” photo album my daughter made.  And it was her idea.  How absolutely sweet is that?

Now that I have discovered Pinterest, the creative ideas available out there is incredible!  I LOVE Pinterest.  I may be slightly addicted to it, but the amount of awesomely talented and creative people out there is amazing!  I can’t stop looking!

So, I am making it my goal this year to make handmade gifts.  I say that every year, but now I have it in writing, I’m really going to do it.  Yes, I will buy some gifts for my kids, but I really want to impress upon them the thoughtfulness of handmade gifts too.  Everyone else on my Christmas list will receive something made by me.  And if anyone wants to know what I want for Christmas… well, something made by you. : )

Pottery Barn Pillows

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I love Pottery Barn!  But I don’t always love the prices.  I was browsing around the store recently and saw these beautiful napkins.  They were $6.50 each.  Kinda pricey to wipe your hands on (if you ask me), but cheapo for pillows.  Inspiration hit!  I have been looking for pillows for my sofa but not diggin anything I’ve seen.  I picked up four napkins, costing under $30.00.  I had plenty of fabric at home to use for the backs, so there was no additional cost.

To make the pillows, first iron the napkins.  Determine the size pillow cover you want and cut the fabric accordingly, adding 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.  (I made two 20 inch and two 18 inch pillows.)  For the envelope style back, cut two pieces of coordinating fabric 1/2 the length of the pillow plus 6 inches.  Fold the seam of both back pieces 1 1/2 inches and iron then fold again two inches, iron and sew the edge of the seam.  With right sides together, sew 1/2 inch seam on all four sides, turn right side out and iron.  Voila!

Potter Barn napkins $6.50 each

I made two 20 inch pillows and two 18 inch pillows

Depending on size of your pillow, cut the seam off…

or rip seam out for more material

1 1/2 inch seam, then fold over two inches and sew the edge of the seam

Envelope back

Handmade Drapes… Almost!

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Drapes and curtains can be hard to find… especially if you are looking for a length longer than 84 inches.  The limited styles, textures and patterns offered out there leaves much to be desired.  But making your own drapes can be very pricy as well.  The cost and yardage it takes to make a single drape can make your head spin, then multiply that by 2, 4 or more panels, well you just better sit down!

So, here’s my “almost” handmade way to get custom, original looking drapes.  I found fabric at my favorite fabric shop that I loved.  It’s a discount fabric store… even better!!  (I repainted the whole kitchen and sunroom based on the colors in the fabric.)  Though the fabric was priced well, making drapes floor to ceiling in that pattern would have been too much (in looks and in cost).  IKEA baby!  I purchased white panels that come in a package of TWO for $19.99. (That’s unheard of!).  I cut the top of the white panels to remove the tabs and added my lovely material to the top third of the drape.  If you use your favorite fabric on the bottom of your drape, the tabs of the IKEA curtains are already there… even easier.  In my case, I needed to sew an open-ended seam at the top to slide it on the curtain rod. You can also use curtain rings with clips to hang your drapes as well.  Voila!

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