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Washi Tape Bookmarks!

My 2 older children and I had a blast making
Washi Tape Bookmarks!
We started with adorable double sided paper cut to 3" by 6"
We wrapped colorful strips of washi tape
 around both sides of the paper

Then cut the strips in half...so 1 1/2" wide.

Rounded the corners and punched a hole in them...then
Stuck them in a laminator pouch and laminated them!

Then used a slightly smaller hole punch and
punched the plastic covering the hole.
Tied on some colorful bakers twine...
And started reading!

Laminating keeps that cute washi tape in place permanently!
Of course you could do it with just washi tape and paper too!

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Doctor Who Clara Oswald Inspired Collar Necklace!

 Make your own Collar Necklace!
 I was inspired by Clara Oswald's dress in the latest 
Doctor Who episode: Journey to the Centre of the Tardis!
If I was going to do a cosplay, it would be of this outfit of Clara's!  Love it!

 I did some lace collars a while back...and they are simple and darling too!

Here's the basic pattern I drew out on paper...it fits an 8 by 10 sheet...
 Pick your desired fabric.  Something that doesn't have stretch...trust me on this!

Put the right sides of your material together and pin on the pattern
I cut it out about a half to quarter inch with pinking shears...
then traced the pattern with silver sharpie...
Sewed right along the sharpie lines
leaving a couple inches open at the top
like so...
make tiny snips around the entire thing, careful not to cut the thread you just sewed!

This will make it curve better when you flip it right side out!
Then take one side and open it up...
Turn the whole thing right side out!

Iron the collar and make sure the seam is right on the edge as you go.
Then fold over the open ends and sew them up!
I sewed around the inside of the collar too...just a simple topstitch!
Fold over the ends and sew them...
Then add a fun vintage button...
Just with a needle and thread

Sew on some elastic cord...

And it'll hook on like a necklace!

Perfect!  Great for dressing up any shirt or dress!

Love it!
Stay tuned for more great collars!

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Update a Framed Mirror with Duck Tape!

Turn a blah mirror into a fresh
"How did you do that" mirror!!!
Using patterned Duck Tape brand duct tape!
I had this mirror...painted and glazed, but not much else going on with it...
Just roll out a strip of duct tape...

cut in half...or to fit your frame...
Lay it on the flat part of the frame...
TA DA!!!  Love it!
Looks like HOURS of work...
but only took a few minutes!  :)

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Building Character and Growing Plants!

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Here's a super fun project you can do with your children this summer!
 We used some old tights and filled the toe with grass seed.
Then added soil. 
Then tied it off, gave it a face...and sat it in a decorated yogurt container.
We poured water in the container and it soaked right in.
After about 10 days, that little guy was ready for hair cuts and eyebrow plucking!
Your children will be THRILLED!

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