Crafty Wednesday gets its first Mouse Ears!

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Happy Wednesday, everybody, and welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness! On Monday I gave out the winner of the polls and the adorable result of my little experiment, which is removable Mickey Mouse Ears. 


That’s right, instead of worrying about headbands, now all you have to do is make the ears, and attach them to the one headband depending on who you want to be. How is this possible? 


You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Stuffing
  • Mouse Ear Template
  • Hair Clips
  • Sewing Kit
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Any Fabric (I used 2 Felt sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Headband


First, cut out the templates and trace them onto cardboard. 



Next, cut out the cardboard so that they’re a little smaller than the outline you drew. The cardboard will be the backbone of your ears and when you make them smaller, it’ll be easier to slip them inside the ears after you sew them.

Now, put the cardboard ears to the side.



Next, take your fabric and trace the Ear template on it. You should sketch a couple of centimeters bigger just so when you sew them together you have room to stuff the cardboard and the stuffing. You should have four total Ear pieces, two for each ear. 


Take your sewing needle and thread and start sewing! For me, because it’s Eeyore, I used the overcast stitch to get the feeling of the stitches that you see on his character. After sewing about 3/4 of the way, insert one of the cardboard pieces and some stuffing. Then, finish sewing, going all the way across.


Do the same to the other ear.


Now, take your hot glue gun and attach a hair clip to the bottom of each ear. Then, glue the back of the bottom piece to the bottom of the ear part. It should look like it should be able to stand on its own.


Now, take another hair clip and cut a long ribbon. Use the hair clip and fold the ribbon before putting it in the clip. Then tie it like a normal bow.


Last, but certainly not least, attach any last decorations to the ears, and then attach the ear pieces and the bow piece to your headband of choice.


And voila! You’re done! Now you have removable Mickey Mouse ears that you can attach to any headband you want! 

Have any major crafting ideas? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page! 

5 Ways to CONTAIN Your Crafty Side!

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Imagine this: you’re finishing a delicious cup of coffee in the early morning, watching the mist change into light dew on the grass. You finish your coffee and decide to go make another cup. One problem, though…you’re all out of coffee!

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So what do you do with an empty coffee container? I think the better question is what can’t you do!

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Coffee containers don’t have to be just for coffee, they can also be for anything that needs a container. Here are the top 5 ways (and craft ideas) to reuse those lovable jars.

5: Money

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Have a special event or vacation in mind that you need saving up for? Transforming your Folgers into a Direct Deposit is a great way to store your pocket change for something useful! Why not use mason jars like in the picture above? Cause Folgers containers will have more room.

4. Dispensers

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No, I’m not JUST talking about Halloween (Although who wouldn’t want to serve candy out of one of those bad boys?), I’m talking about all year, every year! They can hold Valentines for Valentines’ Day (instead of a big, bulky bag), they can hold the best cookies Grandma ever made (and you don’t have to pay $20 for an expensive glass jar!), and hide the liquor from the kids for Saint Patrick’s Day (or hide the liquor for whenever…I won’t judge).

3. Toys

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‘Toys’ is a very broad term here, because you can use the containers to store small toys like Barbie’s clothes or Hot Wheels, but the containers can also be toys themselves. Why buy a $35 toy drum set when you can make one with a few coffee containers and a hot glue gun? Or, if you don’t have kids, you can make bongos out of these coffee containers to annoy your neighbors and roommates! (Just don’t tell them it was my idea!)

2. Art

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Painting and collages are so last year, right? Nowadays, people can take anything and make it into art, from bicycle tires to locks and keys. You don’t really hear about coffee containers a whole lot, not even for the lids. Think of this as a challenge or an inspiration for your inner artist. (Just remember to tell everyone it WAS my idea!)

1. CHRISTMAS!!!!

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The most wonderful time of the year is the best time for crafting, and coffee containers are the perfect start! Other than cookies (which I mentioned previously), you can also make coffee containers into little money jars for presents, put presents inside of the containers (instead of boring old boxes), make the containers part of the nativity scene, or even make them part of the Christmas tree! Even though Halloween is coming up very quickly, it’s never too early to think about Christmas. ‘Tis always the season for crafts!

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Like the ideas in this article? Check out my other Wednesday crafty articles for more fun crafty experiments!

Halloween Decorations Mystery Solved!

Doing it by the Notebook…

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(Disclaimer: None of the pictures or gifs shown here are my own.)

Doing it by the Notebook…

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Happy Hump Day, everybody! Or, as I like to call it, Crafty Wednesday!

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The first Crafty Wednesday in God-knows-how-long and I knew that a post like this was long overdue after my (impromptu) two week absence (cowers in shame).

What better way to do that than to draw your guys’ attention to my August blog? More specifically: Day 8, in which I talked about different Pinterest things I wanted to try out before the end of the year. Well, I finally got my wish, as today we’re going to talk about DIY Notebooks.

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The method is pretty simple: I didn’t have pictures, but I drew covers on construction paper, cut them out, and taped them using clear packing tape that you can get from Office Depot, Office Max, or even the dollar store.

What’s difficult, though, is choosing the design. What the heck do you draw/make before you tape it to the cover and it becomes permanent?

Based off of my experience with actually following through on transforming the dollar store notebooks, here’s my advice: Do what you want.

You don’t have to draw like I did. You can use photos, you can use magazines or newspapers, but the point is, with a little inspiration from Pinterest (and maybe some drawing tutorials) these notebooks can be the best way to waste time, and yet at the same time, boost your productivity overall because you’re working your creative brain cells.

Does that make sense? I hope so. If nothing else, it’s certainly cheaper than buying store-bought designed notebooks for $10 each.

So have you done a back to school craft yet?

August – Day 3

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To be perfectly honest, as much as I’ve enjoyed the freedom of summer (and blogging), I can’t wait until school starts again. The chance to meet new people, join organizations, and the all-encompassing upcoming football season will make this a year to remember.

However, that doesn’t mean I’m done with summer completely. As a matter of fact, I still have some things that I’d love to do before I’m shut away in a lecture hall for the next nine months.

3. What’s Left on your Summer Bucket List

First on my Summer Bucket List is to go to San Antonio and enjoy the River Walk. I’ve been before but since the River Walk comprises of mostly bars, I haven’t really been able to enjoy the atmosphere that San Antonio provides. Besides, who could forget the Alamo? The history, charisma, and of course the River Walk itself, make me want to go again, especially after already visiting Galveston, Austin, and Houston.

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Next on my list is actually in Colorado. Since I’ll have a week to spend up there, I’ve taken another look at some of the sights and sounds that I’ve grown up with, and realized that there wasn’t a whole lot I explored. Sure, I did Denver, Castle Rock, Red Rock, and Boulder, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. This is one of the reasons why most of my list has Colorado-esque stuff to it, and I’m starting with Mesa Verde.

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Mesa Verde has the most beautiful ancient ruins in the whole of North America. It’s rock that’s been carved out into multi-functioning structures that are still around today. I’ve always wanted to go, and this coming week, I want to take that chance.

Next on my list are two towns: one I’ve been to before and one I’ve never been. I’ve never been to Vail and I’m ashamed to admit it. Pretty much any person who’s grown up in Colorado has skied down Vail’s resort once, and yet I haven’t. Now I doubt there’ll be any snow in Vail when I get there, but I’ve always heard good things about the town and things to do there.

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The town I’ve been to before is Silverton. I camped there once with my mom and brother a few years ago, and I’d love to go again. The train is awesome, the town is adorable, and the camping was actually pretty comfortable (and before you ask, we were in a tent. There’s photo evidence of that somewhere).

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Last, but certainly not least, is an activity that I can do in either Texas or Colorado, but something I’ve never done before. I would love to go river tubing. I’ve only gone snow tubing once in my life, and now that summer is almost at an end, I think it would be fantastic to pop open a drink and just drift down the river.

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So, that’s my summer bucket list that I’ve yet to get to! If you want to find out what else was on my bucket list, put it down in the comment section or hit up that Contact page. Now what about your summer bucket list? Have you completed it yet?

 

Shutter Up!

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Happy Wednesday, everybody! Today is perhaps one of my most favorite parts of the week – Creative Wednesday! A few weeks ago, I started Creative Wednesday by making a few dreamcatchers to off set the fact that some businesses will most definitely rip you off if you’re too caught up in the bohemia trend.

This week, we’re taking a classic college dorm room idea – hanging photos on a wall – and escalating it to the nth degree: bringing in some fresh air to a stereotypical college idea.

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The blank canvas before le piece de resistance.

These shutters were stuffed away on my aunt’s ranchette, and had been part of the family for some time. I cleaned them off as best I could, but the remaining bits of dirt I just couldn’t get off. These shutters are going to replace the string of lights which college girls like myself love to use.

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Because I didn’t just want to hang the pictures by themselves, I got scrapbook paper from Walmart for $5 to add dimension and to tie the structure in with my travel-themed room.

 

 

After I finished cutting and taping my photos to their respective frames, I set to work clothespining everything on the shutter boards. Luckily the clothespins were big enough to fit (they were pretty small!).

I also included greeting cards, invitations, other crafts, and loads of other mementos from my past two years of college. Better than to clutter them in a storage box somewhere, right?

 

Now, for the last (and in my humble opinion, best) part: STICKERS!

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Again, travel themed…I really want to travel the world one day.

And, there you have it! A re-imagining of the classic photos on string lights idea. Starting with shutters as the base instead of string, I was able to not only include pictures, but also greeting cards, larger items, and even some other things as well.

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Ta-da! Le piece de resistance is complete!

So, what do you think? How can you re-imagine a typical form of decoration? Let me know in the comments down below. Or, if you have a particular crafty idea, hit me up on the Contact page.

 

Wednesday?

     Hi everybody! So last week at around this time I made three beautiful dream catchers (two of which are for sale). Now, for this Wednesday, I want to ask you guys, my beautiful readers, what you want to see on my blog. It can be about anything under the sun, including short stories, fashion, sports, or even more video games. Let me know in the comments or use that Contact Page like you mean it! Happy Tuesday, everyone!