Spring Etsy Sale

I’m having a big Spring Sale in my Etsy shop!  I decided to take a hard look at what was I had on hand and be brutal about making room for some new things.  Kill your darlings, so they say.  I’m not going to pretend to understand why some of these cute items are still here while others are gone, but it’s time to move on.

Everything below is currently 50% off the original price.  But wait, there’s more – through this Friday, April 18, 2014, use the code SPRINGSHIPPING for free shipping on any order within the United States!  For my international customers, use the code SPRINGWORLD for a $4 discount on shipping.

Anything here would make great a Mother’s Day gift!

Black and White Crosshatch and Pink Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Black and White Crosshatch and Pink Sling Bag

Keys and Red Polka Dot Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Keys and Red Polka Dot Sling Bag

Ninja Monkey Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

Tattoo and Fire Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Tattoo and Fire Sling Bag

Black and Flowers Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Black and Flowers Sling Bag

Beige and Happy Words Sling Bag - CraftyStaci

Beige and Happy Words Sling Bag

CF Memory Card Mini Wallet - CraftyStaci

CF Memory Card Mini Wallet

Camera Strap Business Card Holder - CraftyStaci

Camera Strap Business Card Holder

3-D Glasses Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

3-D Glasses Coffee Cup Sleeve

Fish Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Fish Coffee Cup Sleeve

Leaf Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Leaf Coffee Cup Sleeve

Snowflake Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Snowflake Coffee Cup Sleeve

Christmas Trees Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Christmas Trees Coffee Cup Sleeve

Christmas Stockings Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Christmas Stockings Coffee Cup Sleeve

Christmas Tree Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Christmas Tree Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Lovebirds Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Grey and Yellow Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Honey Bee Coffee Cup Sleeve

Mom Coffee Cup Sleeve - CraftyStaci

Mom Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Ninja Monkey Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Tattoo Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Tropical Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Typewriter Keys Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Vacation Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Watermelon Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Cowboy Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Camera Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Easy Floral Infinity Scarf

I told you about my new tank on Monday.  Well, the fabric was too pretty to only buy a tiny bit, so I went with a whole yard.  I didn’t have a plan, I just caved to the siren’s call of yet another piece of fabric that I couldn’t ignore but probably didn’t need.  My husband, standing next to me at the cutting counter, didn’t even try to stop me.  Poor guy knows better.  But it all worked out in the end, because now I have this:

Easy Floral Infinity Scarf - Crafty Staci 1

Cut a piece of fabric 24” wide by the width of the fabric, 58” in my case.

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Fold with the right sides together, matching the long edges. Start stitching 2” from the end with a 1/4” seam.  Stop 2” from the other end.  I only left 1” and it made the rest of the steps a little more difficult.  If your fabric is thick you might want to even go 3 or 4”.  Press the seam to one side.

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Turn the scarf right side out.  With right sides together, match up the two short edges.  Stitch together with a 1/4” seam.

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Turn right side out, so the seams pull inside the scarf.  There should be a small opening where the seams intersect, like this:

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Stitch the opening closed by hand and you’re done.

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By using the width of the fabric, this is the perfect length to loop around my neck twice.  It looks great with my new tank and, for now, a jacket.

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See, I did need that fabric after all!  Right?

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank

I’m an Oregon girl, born and raised.  I generally take the seasons in stride, waiting patiently for the sun to peek out when it’s good and ready.  This year is a little different.  Granted, we didn’t have the relentless winter they had back east, but it still felt long and cold.  I am beyond ready for spring.  If it won’t come to me, I’m going to try summoning it with my wardrobe.  Yes, my toes are a little chilly in my sandals today, but I’m optimistic.  Maybe this tank will do the trick.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 1

This started as a simple, unembellished pink tank from Old Navy and a piece of lightweight knit fabric.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 2

Measure the distance you’d like the fabric to overlap onto the front.  In my case, that was 1/2”.  Multiply that number by 3, then add 1/2”.  You’ll also need to measure the arm and neck holes, adding about 3 or 4” to each.  In my case, I cut two pieces that were 2 by 24” for the arms and one 2 by 35” for the neck.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 3

Fold one end of a strip about 1/4” to the wrong side, then line up the edge with the arm hole.  Stitch away from the edge the distance of your original measurement, 1/2” for me.  Be sure to use a stretch or knit stitch so your openings will still stretch.  Continue all the way around until you cover the fold where you started.  Cut off the excess strip.  Repeat for the other arm.

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Press the trim away from the tank.

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Fold the trim over the edge to the inside of the tank.  Make sure it covers the stitching line.

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From the front, stitch all the way around close to the fold as shown below.

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Repeat the process for the neck.

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Doesn’t this top doesn’t look like spring?

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Join me again on Wednesday and I’ll show you what else I made from this pretty floral fabric!

Numbers 0–9 for Coffee Sleeve

Today is a great example of why I appreciate your comments so much.  Last week I posted the pattern for my Coffee Sleeve of the Month for March, which I called Class of ‘14.  It had the numbers 1 and 4 in the design to commemorate this year’s graduating class.  But one of my readers wanted to use it for something else.  Maybe she’s making one for her brother with his favorite athlete’s number and team colors or one for a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday for the tenth time.  The point is, she needed more than a 1 and a 4.

Class of '14 Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

Because of the way I originally designed the pattern, it was easy to replace the numbers, so I sat down and mapped out everything from 0 to 9.  You can download the set here.  Be sure to print it at full scale so the numbers will match the available space on the pattern.

Each page looks like this:

Zero and One

It shows the number as it will look finished, the reversed number (how it will look while you’re working with it) and the pattern for actually sewing the numbers.  Some numbers, like the 0, can be sewn as one piece so they are simply numbered.  Others need to be sewn as two pieces, an A section and a B section, then A and B are sewn together.

The numbers can be plugged into the design in the areas shown in red below.  Keep in mind your design is reversed, so place your numbers accordingly.

Coffee Sleeve Template for numbers

You can download a PDF of this here, or visit the original tutorial and use the pattern there.

My thanks to Linda for asking for these!

Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Class of ‘14

It came to my attention after I wrote this that you might be interested in using numbers other than 1 and 4, especially if you’ve found this after we’ve moved past the class of ’14.  You can find all of the numbers, 0 – 9, here which can be plugged into the design in any combination you’d like!

 

My baby is graduating from high school this spring.  I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around that idea.  It seems like yesterday he was playing with Hot Wheels and wishing he could be Buzz Lightyear, and now we’re talking about college and career.  But whether I’m ready for it or not, it’s happening, so I’m trying to get onboard.  I’m starting with a coffee cup sleeve, commemorating his graduating class.  This one is going to his school as part of a giveaway for seniors who’ve completed their financial aid applications, but make it in their school colors and it would be a great gift for any graduate.

Class of '14 Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

This is where all that information on foundation paper piecing that I shared on Monday is going to come in handy.  If you didn’t get a chance to go over it, at the very least watch Crafty Gemini’s video before digging into this project.

As with every coffee sleeve before it, you’ll need fabric, InsulBrite, elastic cord and a button.  You’ll also need to print one copy of this pattern, which includes three pages.  The full sleeve pattern is included twice, because you’ll need two of them.  The labels on the pieces are shown in red for the parts that should be a contrasting color, represented in yellow on my project.  Be sure you print at full size.

We’re going to start by making the numbers.  Cut each of the numbers apart on the pattern.  I like to start by cutting out a larger-than-necessary piece of fabric for each piece I’ll be sewing.

Class of '14 Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2

To start, place piece A1 on the wrong side of the pattern with the wrong side of the fabric facing the paper.  You can hold it up to a light source to make sure it’s placed correctly.  Ignore the backward letters on my pattern pieces.  I was working from the rough draft when I made my sleeve.

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Add the next piece, which will be A2, with right sides of the fabric facing each other and enough overlap on the sewing line for a 1/4” seam.  This is the back side of the pattern.

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Reduce the stitch size on your machine to around 1 1/4 – 1 1/2.  Stitch on the front of the pattern along the line, overstitching by a bit on each end.

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Fold the pattern back along the stitching and cut the seam allowance to 1/4”.  Some people feel like this step is optional, but it keeps everything a little neater and less confusing for me.

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With a dry iron, press piece A2 back.

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Repeat the process with pieces A3 and A4.  Cut around the piece along the outer edge of the pattern, which leaves a 1/4” seam allowance all the way around.

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And it should look something like this.

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Sew the B pieces together the same way, then attach section A to section B.

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Now that you have the 1 finished, complete the 4 the same way.

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Beginning with the 1, treat it as your first piece on the full coffee sleeve pattern.  Place it carefully and accurately.  Continue with the next pieces, which will be C and D.

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Add the remaining pieces through F, then add M to the end.  Set the entire piece aside.

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Repeat on the second paper print-out, using the 4 as your starting piece and continuing with J through L and adding N to the end.

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Trim the inside of both pieces leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.  Stitch the two pieces together down the center with right sides together.

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Flip over and cut around the outside edge of the pattern.  A seam allowance is already accounted for.

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Carefully tear away all of the paper.  Tweezers might come in handy for the small pieces in the seams.

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Cut out the backing and the InsulBrite. Cut a 3” piece of the elastic cord and sew or tie the ends of it together.  Layer the pieces with the InsulBrite, the front, the elastic centered on the right side, a tag on the left if you use one and the back face down on top.

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Stitch around with a 1/4” seam, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for turning.  Clip the corners, turn right-side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.  Sew the button on the side opposite the elastic.

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Hook the elastic around the button, slide it onto a cup and you’re done.

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Are you a little dizzy after all of that?  I know it seems complex, but once you understand the basics of foundation paper piecing it’s actually pretty easy.  I look at it like this – at least it’s not as difficult and complicated as graduating from high school!

Foundation Paper Piecing Basics

If you’re a quilter, you are probably familiar with foundation paper piecing.  If not, you’ve likely seen the technique used, you just didn’t know how it was done.  It makes the most intimidating designs with tiny pieces manageable.  Basically, foundation paper piecing is sewing fabric onto a paper pattern in a specific order to create a picture or design.  This wall hanging from Quiltmaker is a good example (all of the blocks can be downloaded on their site).

Seasons and Celebrations from Quiltmaker

For me, paper piecing is like driving a stick shift.  I know how to do it, but so much time passes in between that I have to refresh my memory every time before I get started.  If you’ve never tried paper piecing, or need a reminder like me, this video from Crafty Gemini is one of the best I’ve seen.  It’s simple, but all of the important points are there.  There is also a good video from Connecting Threads.  If you’d rather read that watch, check out the aptly named series from The Littlest Thistle – Foundation Paper Piecing for the Terrified

Foundation Paper Piecing for the Terrified from The Littest Thistle

The reason I’m bringing up foundation paper piecing today is that I’ll be sharing a project on Wednesday that uses the technique.  I’ve give you a hint…it’s Coffee Sleeve of the Month time again!

I wanted to try out a small project before I tackled my coffee sleeve, so I decided to make a Confetti Star Block from During Quiet Time on Craftsy.  It’s piecing in sections, then the sections are joined, which is similar to my pattern.  I’ll tell you right now, some people are really good at cutting their pieces with a minimum amount of waste, but I am not those people.  My pieces are big and sloppy.

Foundation Paper Piecing - Crafty Staci 1

I followed the directions that came with the pattern, which involved building each of the four sections.  One thing I re-learned on my first row of stitching is that you have to make sure each piece is going to cover it’s intended area, which may involve some planning, such as turning this one so it would be oriented correctly when it’s flipped back.

Foundation Paper Piecing - Crafty Staci 2

I assembled each section, which gave me this.

Foundation Paper Piecing - Crafty Staci 3

I left the paper attached to sew the sections together, but I think I would remove it next time.  It was a little tricky getting some of it out of the seams.  Also, when the instructions tell you to shorten your stitch length, don’t forget to do it.  It makes removing the paper MUCH easier.

Foundation Paper Piecing - Crafty Staci 4

After I removed all of the paper and gave it a good, final press, I was pretty happy with the result.

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A closer view reveals that some of my corners didn’t match up perfectly, but I still think it’s cute enough to use somewhere.

Foundation Paper Piecing - Crafty Staci 6

Are you ready to try a foundation paper pieced coffee cup sleeve?  Great…I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark

I just finished booking a family trip to Disneyland for the fall, so I’m definitely in a Disney mood.  With that and the new Muppet movie coming out this week, it seemed like the perfect time to create a craft around my favorite little frog:  Kermit.

Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark - Crafty Staci

This bookmark is made from cardstock and has magnets on the inside so it can hold your place in any book.  For the full instructions and pattern, come visit me over at Undercover Tourist!

Stained Glass

Have I ever told you guys I work with stained glass?  After four years, it’s getting a little difficult to remember what I’ve brought up and what I haven’t.  I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast, so there’s not much hope of that changing.  Anyway, let me tell you about my glass work.

It all started many years ago when I was a loan officer for a credit union.  I had a long drive to work, and on the way was a stained glass shop.  I would always admire the projects hanging in the windows and I thought to myself that one day I’d take a class and learn how it was done.  That went on for a few years, then I quit my job to stay home with the kidlets.  I never lost my interest in glass, but honestly the idea of having sharp glass around the little ones was a little too terrifying.

Ten years ago, I happened to skim through our local community college’s list of non-credit classes, and there it was – Stained Glass for Beginners.  I showed up for the first class to find only eight students, including myself.  By the second session we were down to six.  One of the girls said she was only there because her grandmother had bequeathed some glass tools to her, and her friend came along because her boyfriend worked for a window company.  I was the the lone student on the last day.  Ours was the second-to-last time the class was ever offered, so I’m glad I took the opportunity when I did.

Our instructor was a guy who looked like he belonged on a beach somewhere.   He started class by telling us a story of dropping a piece of glass and splitting his foot between his toes, as a warning to wear sturdy shoes.  He stood in front of us in flip-flops.  However, he was an excellent teacher.  In contrast to my fear that my kids would get within 100 yards of anything sharp, he was teaching his 7-year-old twin boys how to cut and solder.

My first project was this sun, which is still hanging in my dining room.  I love that beautiful, swirly glass…

Stained Glass - Crafty Staci 1

The next thing I tackled in class was this coffee cup.

Stained Glass - Crafty Staci 2

Starting a third project was a little ambitious, but I was hooked and I didn’t have any of the big tools of my own yet, so doing it at home wasn’t an option.  I finished this candleholder just as my instructor was packing up his stuff.

Stained Glass - Crafty Staci 3

By the time Christmas came that year, my sweet husband had made sure I had the tools I needed to work with glass at home.  I made this hummingbird for my daughter.

Stained Glass - Crafty Staci 4

And Spiderman for my son.  This was a tough one because of all those skinny fingers.  Of course, later the kids both decided they had outgrown these and gave them back to me, but Spidey hangs above my craft room door.  All that work was NOT getting stored away in a box somewhere.

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I made this fairy for my grandma.  I was so happy with the way she turned out.

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I made a few more things from patterns I had found in books or online, like this brown bear who is an all-time favorite of mine.

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But then I got brave and started creating my own designs.  I started with fairly simple projects, like this mountain.

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I really love making things that are three-dimensional, so these flowers sit on top of the fan, as does the tree on the mountain above.

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Another design feature I really like to use is curled wire, like this pumpkin’s tendrils, so I use that one quite often.

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I started to get brave, and made my daughter this flip-flop Zen garden.  She’s held onto this one so far.

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You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but the light shade over my dining room table is probably the most difficult glass project I’ve ever made.  It looks simple, but the beautiful red glass that had me under its spell wanted to break everywhere except where I meant for it to.  These were supposed to be solid panels, but if you look closely you can see that I had to add some seams to fit some pieces back together.  Fortunately, it’s much more interesting this way.

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In addition to everything here, I’ve made lots of gifts, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.  My most recent project was this candle holder for an Etsy teammate in a gift exchange I participated in…

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…two years ago.  That’s right.  All my glass supplies have been sitting collecting dust for over two years.  Glass is like fabric – it’s pretty, so I would buy it without a thought to what I might do with it.  I have a large box of glass and everything I need to make something.  Or several somethings. 

Now for the big question:  Have I cut myself?  Oh, yes.  More times than I can count, although never so badly I’ve needed stitches.  I’ve also burned myself and probably added a little extra lead to my system.  But I keep coming back.  I think it’s time to break out the glass again.

Quick Tip–Craft Floss Storage

I told you last week about how I’m going to be a bit limited on what I can talk about here between now and the end of July so I don’t ruin any surprises for my daughter’s wedding.  I’ve been thinking about starting a series showing you some quick sewing and craft tips I’ve learned over the years, so this seems like a great time for that.  Welcome to the first in my series of Quick Tips!

I use craft floss, or embroidery floss often when I’m crafting. 

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The problem is, it tends to end up looking something like this, despite my best efforts.

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If I throw it back in the box this way, the next time I need it I’ll take one look at that mess and move on.  I realized my empty sewing thread spools might help solve the issue.

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These are the perfect size to hold a skein of craft thread.  The end slips right in where the thread end is normal held at the bottom of the spool.

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Neat and tidy!

DIY Cookbooks

I have a dilemma, and I’m going to be up against it for the next five months.  I’ve got lots of things to make for my daughter’s wedding in July, but I’ve been forbidden by the bride from writing about any of it here until the wedding is over.  I’ve made a few cute things lately, but this radio silence is keeping me from showing them to you yet.  I can tell you, come August you’ll probably get sick of hearing about wedding stuff.

I was working on something today that lead into a non-wedding project, so THAT I can share.  This is my cookbook shelf my husband built into the end of the island when he remodeled our kitchen.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 1

See that empty space on the top shelf?  It was completely full of recipes I’d printed, cut from magazines, etc.  This is just a sampling.

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I also had a giant binder I’d stuffed recipes into the last time I decided to tackle that pile, and it was so big it was falling apart and was almost impossible to pick up any more.  I decided it made more sense to sort the recipes into categories and have a book for each one.  If you remember my Fiesta dishes, you know I’m not afraid of rainbow colors in my kitchen.

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After much hole punching, I slipped the recipes into their appropriate binders.  My goal was to have a little room to add to them, but I’m a little worried about the dessert book.  That would be the already-stuffed yellow one on the end.

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The binders I used have the clear plastic so you can print a label and slide in down the spine, but as I said, this was an off-shoot of a project I was already working on, and that involved my vinyl cutting machine.  I had a little trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the binder, so I hope these survive.

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I love how these look, all labeled and colorful and organized.

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Thanks for joining me for that little break.  Now, back to wedding crafting!