Mickey and Minnie Mousekeeping Tip Envelopes

With only a couple of weeks to go, I’m working on wedding stuff like a madwoman.  However, after that’s over we have another big event coming – a trip to Disneyland!  We’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, two high school graduations, two college graduations and just life awesomeness in general, so it’s kind of a big deal.  But behind all the fun and sparkle are the unsung heroes of Disney Mousekeeping.  That’s right, the fantastic people who keep us from living like not-cute, not-cartoony farm animals while we’re staying at the Happiest Place on Earth.  And boy, do they deserve a tip when we leave.

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You might remember Mickey from a couple of years ago.

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But I added an option for the fans of his girl, Minnie.

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To find out how to make these and download the free printables, visit my froggy friends at Undercover Tourist!  I can’t wait to use these.  I might have to split the tip in half, just so I don’t have to leave a mouse behind.

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Office Organization Station

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Yep, that’s me.  I am the queen of lists, and more than once I’ve crossed off the last item before tossing it in the trash.  I know once it’s finished there’s no need to mark that last box, but it just isn’t complete until I’ve done it.  I like my organization with a little side of obsession for flavor.  With the wedding coming up, you know I’m in full organizational mode.  My daughter and I decided it would be nice to put it up on the wall where we could both see it easily.  I think she’s trying to slow my list-making roll.

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Craft Warehouse has been carrying these square frames for a good ten years or so, and I’ve wanted to make one of these with them for about that long.  There are so many ways you could go with this, but I wanted a dry erase board, a calendar and something I could stick magnets to.  I also had the U.S. map scrapbook paper that I bought a long time ago and never found a use for, so four frames was perfect for me.  They also had the twig hanger, which I loved, so I brought that home too.

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I wanted to make sure they all hung together straight, so that’s where my husband and his trusty brad nailer came in.  I removed the glass and backing from each frame, then he lined them all up and secured them with three nails between each side.

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After that it was just a matter of putting in the guts.  The metal square went on top of the glass, as well as the dry erase.  In hindsight, I probably could have put a piece of paper behind the glass and just used it, but what’s done is done.  I did put a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass with the calendar on top of it.  The map is behind the glass as well.  The backs went back on like they ordinarily would when framing a picture.

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My husband placed the nails for hanging.  That’s been our deal ever since I nailed the pocket door shut in our bedroom.

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After the frames were up, the next step was to hang the hook for the jars to hold the pens and eraser.

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While he worked on that, I took the jar rings outside and used a hammer and nail to poke two holes across from each other.

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I figured out how long I wanted them to hang and cut an appropriate length of wire, making sure there was enough to wrap back onto itself.  I stuck it through the holes on each side and twisted.

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I put the lids back on the jars, filled them with the eraser and dry-erase markers and hung them in place.

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I don’t know why I waited so long.  This didn’t take much time at all, and the whole project cost me about $45.  Not a bad price for my peace of mind.

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Reynolds High School

I hope you’ll all forgive this side-step from my usual craft and sewing posts today.  My heart is heavy and I’d like to talk about it a little.  Thank you for understanding.

I’ve shared with you the fact that my husband is in law enforcement.  He’s the lieutenant for an agency a couple of cities over from where we live.  It’s a lovely little community which sits on the Sandy River where it meets the Columbia.  It’s also the location of the school shooting yesterday at Reynolds High School.

This incident falls into the category of training that the police receive but hope they’ll never have to use.  They knew what to do, and they did it with calm precision.  Two lives were lost, but many were saved because of these men and women, coupled with the fact that students and staff behaved with bravery.  A teacher, struck by a bullet, made his way to the office to initiate lock down procedures. 

I spent the day yesterday watching the news, which was punctuated by the audio from the radio contact between the officers and dispatch.  One of those voices belonged to my husband.  I listened to him barking orders, and I hadn’t even been able to talk to him at all yet.  Tears fell, because I know this is one of those events that will stick with everyone involved forever.  Our police family is hurting.

I’m not here to talk about guns or mental health.  I don’t know why this person did what he did and I hope his name and face see as little air time as possible.  I’m thankful he can’t hurt anyone else.  I just want to ask for your prayers and good thoughts for a community dealing with something no one should ever have to.

Father’s Day Tool Box Treats

My husband is difficult to shop for.  He’s a fix-it guy, so most of his wish list is tool related, but if he needs one he just buys it.  The other things he wants are generally out of my price range when it comes to Father’s Day.  I came up with a fun idea last year, but it was too close to the wire to share here so I had to save it.  Imagine how delighted I was when I remembered it before Father’s Day instead of after!

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To make this tool box full of treats, you’ll need a 4-pack of Starbucks Frappuccinos, these printables and Dad’s favorite candy.  If you want to put candy into the bottles, you’ll need to empty a couple of them.  My son and I took the hit on that one.

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Cut out all the pieces.  Glue the bottom on, folding and wrapping the tabs up the sides.

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Glue the tool box drawers onto the front.

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Add the blank red piece to the back.  You could use that area to write a personal note.

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Glue the ends with the words on over the tabs.

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Fold the handle and glue over the top.

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Wrap the bottle covers around the center and glue where it overlaps.

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Glue the screw tops to the bottle caps.

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In order to have the bottles sit a bit higher in the carrier, I added a layer of candy in the bottom.

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Carefully slide in the bottles so the labels don’t get torn.

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And you’ve got the perfect set of tools for Dad!

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Adding a Side Slit to Shorts–3 Methods

Thanks to the good weather, I recently pulled my shorts out of their winter exile.  I have three pairs I bought several years ago that are all pretty much the same, and longer – more skimmer than shorts.  They’ve been around long enough they aren’t really something I wear out of the house, but I decided to give them a little update by shortening them to above my knee. 

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Since I couldn’t really ruin these I decided to play around a little while I did all that hemming.  As a result, I’m here to share three different methods of adding a side slit, or vent, while hemming.

Wide Cut-Out Slit

Cut the legs the length you ultimately want them to be, plus 2 1/2”.  Turn the edge under 1/2” and press.  Turn to the outside 2” and pin at the outer leg seam.

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Measure 1/4” from the seam on each side and draw a line.  Draw across the top at the turned under edge to form a rectangle.  Stitch along the line.

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Cut the center of the rectangle, stopping about 1/4” from the top.  Cut out the seam.  Clip from the cut to each corner.

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Turn the seam right side out, pushing out the corners.  Press well.

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Press the remainder of the seam up.  Stitch close to the fold.

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Pointed Slit

Repeat the same as above, except instead of drawing a rectangle, draw angles.  Measure 1/4” from each side of the seam, then draw the line up to meet the seam just below the turned-under edge.  Cut straight up the center.

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Turn, press and stitch near fold.

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Lapped Slit

Cut off the length plus 1 1/2”.  Measure up 3” on the side seam and make a mark.  Stitch over the mark, perpendicular to the seam, which is known as a bar tack.  Using a seam ripper, open the seam below the stitching.

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Turn the edge of the bottom side under and stitch as close to the bar tack as possible.  Stitch along the removed stitching line on the upper side.

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Turn the bottom edge up 1 1/2”, then turn 1/2” to the inside.  Stitch near the fold.  I added a second row of stitching near the first.

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I’m pretty happy with all of these, but my favorite is the triangle shape on the grey shorts.

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These just might see the other side of my front door now!

DIY Teacher Gifts

My baby is graduating from high school this year, so the days of apologizing to appreciating his teachers with a gift at the end of the year are pretty much over.  Actually, he’s one of those kids whose report cards always said “A pleasure to have in class”, so the gift was more about thanks for being on Team Where-Is-Tucker’s-Homework-This-Week.  If you have a teacher in your life that deserves a little something (don’t they all?), I have a few ideas for you.

DIY Teacher Gifts by Crafty Staci

I originally made this Money Gift Tea Bag as a birthday gift, but I think it would be great for a teacher with a gift card inside and maybe a few calming real tea bags thrown in with it.

Money Gift Tea Bag by Crafty Staci

What teacher doesn’t find him or herself carrying books?  This Ruffled Tote Bag is the perfect size for hauling homework to and from school.  If an actual grown-up book gets slipped in there once in a while, all the better.

Ruffled Tote Bag by Crafty Staci

I think there must be a lot of teachers out there with a Pencil Coffee Cup Sleeve.  Not only is it one of my most popular projects on this blog, but I’ve made dozens of them for my Etsy customers.  You can even buy an embroidery pattern for them from FindingPinsNeedles on Etsy and add the teacher’s name!

Pencil Coffee Cup Sleeve by Crafty Staci

I’ve noticed lots of teachers brown bag it when it comes to lunch.  A Snap Lunch Bag would be a great gift to brighten up their midday break.

Snap Lunch Bag by Crafty Staci

Even if a teacher doesn’t bring an entire lunch, there’s probably a snack on the desk most days.  Make her a Reusable Snack Bag and she won’t have to explain why she can’t share her fishy crackers with the rest of the class.

Reusable Snack Bag by Crafty Staci

If you’d prefer something with a little more flexibility for multiple uses, try this Lined Zippered Bag.  A teacher could put just about anything in here, except for an unruly student.  Or parent.

Lined Zippered Bag by Crafty Staci

The options for colors for this Floral Infinity Scarf are as endless as the bolts of knit fabric in your favorite fabric store.  School colors?  Her favorites?  Your kid’s favorites?  Something to match whatever they’re painting next week so it will go with her outfit?

Floral Infinity Scarf

I didn’t notice until I was done here that all of these projects involve sewing.  Time to break out the machine!

Spring Crafty Wonderland

The bi-annual Crafty Wonderland craft sale has already come and gone here in Portland, but it seems like a shame to visit a craft show without sharing it with all of you.  Also, thanks to this new thing called the internet, all of these creative retailers are available 24/7, year-round.

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This was my daughter’s first visit to Crafty Wonderland, so she walked around with her jaw hanging open a bit.  She’s knee-deep in wedding plans, so the promise of a Wedding Wonderland Section drew her in.  I’ll admit, we were a bit disappointed because we didn’t really see anything that was specifically a wedding item, but rather things that could be used in some capacity surrounding a wedding, like gifts.  But she enjoyed it anyway, finding a couple of things she couldn’t leave without, like this raw honey from Mickelberry Gardens.

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One of the first things I couldn’t walk away from was this mini felting kit from Yarnarchy.  I’ve wanted to try felting for years now, and this tiny kit seemed like a pretty manageable place to start.

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I also found this cute wood sewing machine ornament.  I wish I could tell you the name of the vendor, but I don’t have the slightest idea.  My advice to those of you participating in craft sales:  make sure your business info is included with any item you sell. 

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I tend to grab cards from vendors if I think I might want to order something from them later.  Travelust had pretty map necklaces that can be customized with any map.  I’m thinking a Boring, Oregon necklace would be fun.

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Bread and Badger sells sandblasted coffee cups, one of which has Bigfoot on it and might end up in my son’s Christmas stocking.

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Illustrated Playing Cards sells, you guessed it, illustrated playing cards.  Each card has a different drawing on it, with the entire deck themed around a city.  I think these would make a great local gift for an out-of-towner.

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This is the second time I’ve made a purchase from Hedgehog Toffee.  It’s the perfect texture, light and crisp.  That generous sample they hand me always pulls me in.  I’d show you a picture of it, but it barely made it to our house.

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I try to not completely empty my wallet at this thing, but since the show was the day before my birthday, I decided I’d find myself a necklace.  My daughter and I checked out every one there, before going back to Oliotto and buying this one. 

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I’ve worn it three times and have received several compliments every time.  And I haven’t even worn it with the reverse, stainless steel side out yet.

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I enjoy this sale every time I go and love finding new artists and revisiting those I’ve seen before.  My daughter and I have already made plans to attend the winter sale.  Hopefully, one day you’ll find me on the other side of one of those vendor tables!

Star Wars Hair Clips or Shoe Toppers

As you probably know by now, every couple of months I write an article for Undercover Tourist’s blog.  If you’re not familiar with them, Undercover Tourist sells tickets for Disney World and other amusement parks at a better rate than you’re likely to find anywhere else.  They also like to share Disney crafts with their readers, which is where I come in.

With Star Wars weekends coming up in the park, and my not-so-secret happiness that Disney and Star Wars are a thing, my craft had to have the Force behind it.  Like my Yoda bag from last year, I wanted it to be something wearable that a fan could take to the park.  I also decided there should be options to make these appeal to both boys and girls.  Or men and women – I don’t judge.  I’d wear these in a heartbeat.

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These are made in such a way that they can slide onto a headband or hair clip –

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Or they can be slipped onto a shoe lace to show your Padawan pride.

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Take a trip over to Undercover Tourist to see the full instructions and download the pattern.  May the force be with you!

Friday Favorites–My Birthday 2014

I was born on Mother’s Day.  Obviously, most years my birthday is not actually on Mother’s Day, but this year they landed together again.  Last time that happened my husband ended up having to leave to spend the day guarding the President.  Of the United States.  Yeah, how many people have had their birthday and Mother’s Day ruined by the President visiting their town?  This year he’s all mine.  My husband, I mean.

It’s track season again, and since my son is graduating this year and not pursuing a college athletic career, it’s my last.  I’m going to miss standing in the mushy grass under my big umbrella, dressed in so many layers I don’t even want to think about the next laundry day.  I need this Sky Umbrella from Uncommon Goods just for the sake of nostalgia.

I admired Le Creuset cookware from afar for many years.  I’d heard great things about it, and I love all the colors it comes in, but let’s face it – the stuff is spendy.  Then one day my husband and I were ogling it at Macy’s and the saleswoman asked us if we saw the piece on the clearance table.  Lead the way, we said.  There it was, stuffed on a bottom shelf of the back of a table in a weird corner, our first Le Creuset purchase.  We’ve since added another as our anniversary gift to each other last year and a third piece a friend gave us for Christmas.  We are SO hooked.  Next on my wish list is this Set of 3 Mini Cocottes with Tray

Mini Cocottes from Le Creuset

My husband, my son and I are Walking Dead fans.  Yes, it’s kinda gross, but they hooked me with the story from the very beginning.  Of course, we’ve discussed our zombie apocalypse plan, usually at length and over dinner.  I will be wielding a crossbow.  I also need this pair of Zombie Apocalypse Partners keychains from MauiWauiStamping on Etsy.  You know, in case we get separated.

Zombie Apocalypse Partners by MauiWauiStamping on Etsy

My sister introduced me to the Saltworks website a while back.  I’ve been hooked on Fusion Black Truffle Salt for a few years now, to the point my family calls it Crack Salt.  Now I’m ready to try Bonfire Extra Bold Smoked Sea Salt.  Just reading the description makes my mouth water.

Bonfire Extra Bold Smoked Sea Salt from Saltworks

I haven’t had time to read as much as I’d like lately.  The last couple of books I read were on my tablet, but I still enjoy an actual paper-paged book too.  There’s just that little problem of trying to hold it open.  Etsy seller tylerswoodworks has that solved with this Thumb Ring Book Page Holder.

Thumb Ring Book Page Holder by tylerswoodworks on Etsy

I can see two problems solved with this Split Decision Pie Pan from Cooks.  Of course there’s the option of making two kinds of pie in one pan so everyone has a flavor they like.  But what if you’re an at-home craft blogger who doesn’t want leftover pie hanging around her house, calling her to eat pie for lunch?  See, then I…I mean she, can just make one half.

Split Decision Pie Pan on Chefs

My son recently discovered that Pinterest isn’t just for girls.  I started following him, and for that honeymoon period where he had just found it my feed was covered in camping gear, weapons and tools.  In the midst of all that, he also managed to find the coolest sewing machine ever and sent me the pin.  If this Leitfaden sewing machine, shown on Yanko Design is ever actually produced, I’m going to need to see it in person.

Leitfaden Sewing Machine on Yanko Design

I’ve tried journaling off and on through the years.  I wish I could stick with it, but I never seem to.  Maybe I just need the right motivation, like this beautiful handmade leather journal from Smyrnacrafts on Etsy.

Leather Journal by Smyrnacrafts on Etsy

My husband and I have a lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states together.  We’ve knocked out about 18 or 20 so far, but that leaves many to go.  I want to find a wall in my house and make this Personalized Photo Map from Cut Craft Create in a big enough scale that we can put photos on even the tiniest of states.

Personalized Photo Map from Cut Craft Create

For my birthday I usually want something a little different than a basic bakery cake.  Sometimes it doesn’t have to be cake-related at all.  This year, it will be Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups from Buns in my Oven.  I just…I can’t even…aaahhh!

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups from Buns in my Oven

I hope all of you moms out there have a fantastic day on Sunday.  I know I will!