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True to my love affair with all things vintage and eco my husband and I made a jewelry display that takes both of my loves and puts them together into one awesome piece.  I was even able to add in a little crochet….if I was feeling better today I think I would have done a happy dance. 🙂

For this project you will need:

A wooden hanger

A drill with a small drill bit {a little smaller than the hooks that screw in}

A package of 7/8″ cup hooks {you won’t use them all}

A nail for hanging

 Pretty jewelry 😉

Any other embellishments you might like

With a pencil mark the spots on the hanger where you want your hooks to go.  We did ours about an inch apart and then left an inch and a half on each end.

Drill into your hanger about halfway through at the spots that you marked.

Screw in your cup hooks.

And you are finished! Its so totally easy 🙂

Photo done by Victoria, she thought it was so cool that the hooks made little hearts when put together. 🙂

I crocheted a flower and then sewed a vintage button in the middle.  I didn’t sew it super tight, I did it so that I could slip a nail underneath it.

Then I took the nail I was going to use to hang it and put it threw the middle of my flower by going under the button.  This hides your nail head fabulously. 🙂

I’m in love, its so simple and so me.  Vintage goodness, eco goodness via re~purposing, with some crochet and fun.  Love, Love, Love it! ❤

Its hanging in my bathroom {too keep the kitties away} and it just makes me smile.  I put some of my favorite piece on here to start with, I might make a second one because I have a lot of favorites.  The cameo that my husband found the charm and necklace for at different times and gave to me to make a special necklace, the awesome piece one of my BFF’s made me, vintage goodies from one of my favorite people {she is like a mom to me!} and then a few necklaces that I made.

I bought a bundle of hangers and have a few left over.  I was going to list them on my etsy store but thought I would put them for sale on my blog first.  If you’re interested in one of these jewelry displays, send me an email at createbellacreate{at}gmail{dot}com for details.   🙂

Other goodies from thrifting:

This cool piece needs to be cleaned up and treated with some oil to bring it back into a great condition.  Once we are done with that, it will go in our hall bath as a hanging storage cabinet.

Unique vintage storage for 20 bucks?  I’m thrilled! 🙂

Victoria even picked out a piece for her dolls.

This piece was really heavy! Real wood and not sure what the metal was, but it was heavy! Victoria fell in love with this at sight.  Since we got home today she has been using it for her Monster dolls and her American Girl dolls as well.  I love that Victoria loves to thrift shop for vintage goodies as much as me.  Although the place we went to today was very large and by the end she was tired.  But when I asked her if she wanted to go back she was quite keen to go. 🙂

The monster dolls, Victoria loves these things!    She must have a thing for this type of stuff because she also loves Abby on NCIS.  She thinks she is awesome. 🙂

Tomorrow I am going to do a post for homeschooling: The Periodic Table Activity

We had such a good time with this one, I think if I had projects like this in school growing up I might have enjoyed learning about the elements more. 🙂

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I love thrift store shopping…looking at all the vintage and retro pieces just makes me smile.  Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong time period because I love that stuff so much. 😉

Christmas weekend we saw lots of family and my wonderful Aunt showed me the cake stands she was making with vintage dishes.  They were adorable and so unique looking and I loved them as soon as I saw them.  This weekend when I went thrift store shopping I had that piece that she had made in the back of my mind.  While looking at all the goodies {and hoping to find unique pieces to make my own dish stands} I found this beauty:

I love the detail work and how unique this piece is.  I have seen things like this on the web and on pinterest while looking for vintage pieces and was so excited when I found a beauty of my own! 🙂

My luck continued because I found the perfect dishes to use to make my dish stands and unique pieces to use for the stand parts as well.  I was so excited to go home and make my dish stands ….the whole time we finished running around I was thinking about my dish stands and how they were going to look.  😉

What you need for this project:

Dishes {plates or bowls or even cups would work}

Sturdy pieces to use for your stands

E6000 Glue or similar Glue

Optional: Q ~ Tips for spreading the glue

Books to place onto your stand to hold the pieces together while they are drying.

Grab your plates and stands and lay them out on the table so you can decide how you want them to look.  I have three of  the same dishes this time around so I didn’t have to think much about it.  But if you have different dishes this is the time to place them on the stands and find that perfect fit.

The dishes I got have a nice flat area in the middle and they also have a  lip to keep things in.   For my stands I found two old school candle holders and another stand that was meant for candles.  My husband just took off the middle point piece that was meant to go into a candle to hold it steady on the holder.  If you see cool pieces always look to see if you can change something about the piece to make a new use for it. 🙂

Put your dish upside down.  Apply your glue to the edge of the piece{the part that will touch your dish when the dish is resting on it} you are using for your stand with a q~tip.

Place the stand onto the dish and use gentle pressure to push the stand to the dish.  Place a book or two {not to heavy because you don’t want to break your dish} onto the bottom of the stand to hold the two pieces together while the glue dries.

I didn’t take photos of this part because I didn’t want to risk getting that nasty glue on my camera. 😉

After you do all of your dishes and they are mostly dry.  Transfer them carefully to the garage, still upside down to dry.  The glue kinda smells so I like to let the pieces dry outside. 🙂

I can’t wait to give two of these as gifts.  I just love how they came out! 🙂

You can use them for so many things….

to hold your jewelry

to hold your sewing stuff while sewing

to hold your sponges by your sink

to hold a candle

so many possibilities!

I plan to use mine for my jewelry in the bathroom.  That way I can place my jewelry in there before cleaning up. You could also put it by your kitchen sink and place your jewelry in there before washing dishes to keep your jewelry nice and clean. 🙂

Hoping everyone has a wonderful new years weekend!

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Most of us have a friend or two who love Star Wars….for me I have so many that I can’t even count them on both hands {including myself } lol

In our home we celebrate Christmas a little different than the mainstream.  We try and make most of our gifts handmade with the exception of books, some clothes, and other things that I have not figured out how to make yet 😉

My husband does many things throughout the year for me that are so sweet and awesome that when it comes to holidays we don’t usually do much for each other because we focus on giving all year long to each other and not just on one day.  But that’s a whole other story in itself. 🙂

If we do things for each other on a holiday,  its usually something handmade and fun and then we will all go out as a family and do something together.

Four our daughter, I would say 80% of her holiday gifts are handmade.   My husband and I have fun planning what we will make for her for the holidays in advance, its a fun bonding experience for us that usually ends up being filled with laughter and jokes……{smiling now from the memories this past fall in planning for Victoria…..good times}

So I was already going to take the composition notebooks that my husband uses every day at work and cover them in Yoda themed paper.  He is going to have the coolest comp. notebooks on the block! lol

But then I saw this post on Under the Sycamore and thought it would be a perfect thing to add in.

http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2011/12/12/guest-posting-today-i-did-spoken-with-a-yoda-accent/

I love this blog and always find her posts to be so fun and full of raw emotion.  Her craft ideas are awesome and her style for decorating def. speaks to my heart….I wish I could clone a few things in her house and bring them to mine. lol

Check out her blog for photos of what these look like all done up.  She has some great adorable ones. 🙂

I printed the images onto card stock like Ashley advised so that they would hold up better with play.

I think this is going to be an awesome gift for my husband and my daughter too.  They will have a fun craft to do together and then can play with their new Star Wars guys and have a ball while I am making Christmas dinner.

I printed double of both so that they can have extras in case any break or get messed up in the construction process.  If all goes well, we will have two Yodas hanging out on Christmas Day. 🙂

Here are the direct links to these pages for download and printing  {they are free!!}

I am still on the look out for a Chewy……kinda vexed I can’t find one yet. :/
Now I have to get moving on finishing up the comp notebooks …..we have been so busy with school, dance, and PT that I am a little behind.
But I have all the materials so that counts for something right? lol

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This post and tutorial were inspired by a facebook convo late last night and I am really excited that my idea actually worked! 🙂

This tutorial is to make a basic leo for an American Girl Doll or similar in size 18 inch doll.  Now, I am going to be totally honest with you here….I am no seamstress.  My sewing skills are basic and would probably make most avid sewers gasp. lol  Also my sewing machine has been all over the country and I think its on its last leg….it tends to jam more frequently since our last move so that does not help too much. lol   But with that aside, this leo is super easy to make and its a project you can do with your little one as well.  🙂

What you will need:

A pair of old tights {I used a girls med. in pink, you can use any color.  If you have a little ballerina in your house, I am sure you will have a pair of tights that you can use because of a run or a snag. ;)}

thread  to match  the tights

sewing machine and bobbin

fabric scissors

goodies to decorate with such as lace, ribbon, ect.

pencil

Cut the top part of the tights off where the text says.  You will be left with three pieces.  Grab the leg piece that looks the best {if you are using old tights you want a leg that is clean and does not have noticeable wear}. Set the other two pieces aside.

Pull the leg of the tights onto your doll.  You want to pull it on with the toe part at the bottom and the widest part {the thigh area} at the top of the doll.

Make sure that the sides up top can touch when pulled up over the shoulders.  Make a mark where my pencil mark is.  Its right above the first Create in CreateBellaCreate.

Pull off the tights and cut where the pencil mark is.

Its going to look like this after you cut.  Keep the widest part as the top part.

Next you want to mark off a section that is about an inch wide in the middle of the bottom of the piece.  I just eyeballed it.  🙂

Sew where you marked off leaving a quarter inch hem.

Turn the piece right side out {so the hem is on the inside now} and try it on your doll to make sure its a good fit and easy to get off and on.  You don’t want the little one who is playing with this to have to struggle getting this off and on. 😉

Make sure the top sides can still meet when pulled up over the shoulders.

Take the leo off and turn it inside out again so that the seem is showing.

Lay flat.

Mark 1.5 inches from one side along the top.

Mark 1 inch from the 1.5 inch mark that you just did.

Sew from mark to mark with a quarter inch hem.

You have now created the arm hole.

The first one I did, I did two arm holes and really didn’t like the way it looked and the ease of use was not what I wanted.

Thinking about the cool leos I see at the ballet studio {and what I could actually pull off with my sewing skills lol} I decided on doing a diagonal cut with only one arm hole.

I just cut a diagonal line up top leaving a quarter inch from the cut to the top seam making the one shoulder strap.

I didn’t hem the cut edges yet….not sure if I want to just do a basic hem or if I should use a serger on it.  Going to call one of my sewing buddies {who actually has some mad sewing skills 🙂 } and see what she recommends.

I did what I set out to achieve though, I created a basic leo for an American Girl Doll in under 20 mins using a pair of tights that would have prob. ended up in the trash.  I love eco friendly crafts!

I wanted to spruce it up….but Victoria wanted to keep it basic so it would go with all the different tutus she has for her dolls.

If you are a sewer you could prob. glam this up with ruffles, ribbons, or trim but sadly I am not a very equipped sewer so I just stick with the basics.  Skirts, blankets, curtains, and basic stuff like that are my fav. to do 🙂

What matters most to me is that Victoria is over the moon happy with this leo.  The fact that it was quick and easy and no cost are just added bonuses for me. 🙂

If you make one, I would love to see a photo of it! I am hoping this basic leo will inspire something awesome to be made the eco friendly way 🙂

You can email photos to my email provided in the Bella tab up top.

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I made this super cute Christmas Wishes holder for Victoria last year.  I love that its something we can use each and every year.  I didn’t take photos of the making process but I will try and give you a summery of how to make one if you would like.  I have also done a Thankful one just like this but with different paper for Thanksgiving as well. 🙂

What you need:

A piece of wood cut to the size that you want and then sanded to take away rough edges.  I rounded the edges ever so slightly on ours.

Holiday themed scrap booking paper

6 magnet clips that have a flat back that will allow you to glue them to the wood.

Mod Podge

E6000 Glue

Scissors

Brush to apply the mod podge

Clear coat sealer spray in a matte finish

Let’s get started!!

Trace the flat sides of your wood onto the paper of your choice.  Subtract about a quarter inch or so all the way around.  This will make it so some of the wood shows.  Cut out your paper for the flat side and then use mod podge to glue the paper down to one side.  Go slow and smooth it down to keep the bubbles at bay.  Let this dry all the way.  About an hour or so depending on the temp in your house.  I find that when its hot and humid it takes forever for mod podge to try in our home.

While this is drying you can do the magnets.  I just cut circles out that were smaller than the circles in the magnet clips.  Then I used mod podge to glue them down just like I did with the paper to the wood.  Let these dry all the way.  When they are dry go back with the mod podge and apply a thin top coat to seal the paper.

When you first side is dry for your wood you will do the other flat side the same way.  Let this dry all the way again.

Next on the two short sides you will trace them on your paper of choice.  I didn’t trim the sides by a quarter inch for this because I wanted the whole thing to be covered.  You will do one side, let it dry, and then do the other side.  You do this so you don’t accidentally put the wood down on a wet side and ruin your project.  I have done that before and its a very frustrating way to mess up your project.

When all four sides that you applied paper to are done you can move on.  This next step it totally optional.

I took a med. blend sandpaper and rounded the edges of the paper.  I just rubbed it in short bursts until I got the rounded semi distressed look I was looking for.  Totally optional, I just wanted to try it out and see what it looked like and I loved it after I did the first side.  I did it on all four corners on all four pieces of scrapbook paper that I applied with the mod podge.

Next I wrote cute little sayings on the long flat sides with a permanent marker.

When the ink was dry and set, I took the whole thing outside and sprayed it with a clear coat sealer in a matte finish.

Finally I glued on the magnet clips with E6000 glue…any extra strength glue should do the trick.

Let this dry overnight …in your garage because the glue smells horrid…at least I think so. lol

The next morning gather up your little ones and have them write some cute wishes, things they want from Santa, ect….

Its so cute to watch kids think about holiday wishes, and this could be the start of a new fun family tradition for you.  It def. was for us 🙂

Photos are from last year’s xmas…have yet to take photos of the cuteness Victoria came up with this year.

Last year she was trying hard to get over being afraid of the dark and spiders and since we moved she wanted to make some new friends in our new town.  It was really sweet to see her be so raw and open with her xmas wishes.  She was the same this year and I love that about her.  She is not afraid to speak her mind and discuss her emotions.  She is so much stronger than I was at her age! 🙂

Hoping dinner time rolls around quick….we have chili cooking and it smells AMAZING! 😀

PS: You can also use the same concept to make little photo holders.  There is a magnet clip on both sides and its done the same way as the Christmas wishes holder, just on a smaller scale. Makes great birthday gifts…mother’s day gifts…ect. 🙂

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From sewing projects over the past few months I have found that I have tons of scraps left over and had no clue what to do with them.  I saw a braided fabric headband on pinterest the other day and it got my creative juices flowing.  Why not take that idea and add some lace and a bow and make it into a quick necklace?  I am sure this can be done a million different ways but it was late the other night and I couldn’t sleep so this is the product of midnight crafting 😉

What you need:

1 fabric strip that is 60 inches long.  I didn’t really worry about the width because we are going to be braiding it.

2 lace strips that are 60 inches long, again I didn’t worry about the width.

Fabric Fusion or another type of fabric like glue that dries clear

{Just to clarify ….I don’t wear the same thing every day.  I just procrastinate on taking photos and will photograph 3 – 5 projects in one day. So if you see the same outfits or backgrounds in two or three posts know that that was my bust it out photo day 😀  }

Let’s get started!

Gather up your fabric scraps and then line them up like so: lace, fabric, lace, making sure they are lined up.

Skip 12 inches and then tie a knot.

Braid your pieces the way you would do a regular braid in someone’s hair.

I taped my ends down to the table to hold them to make the braiding go faster and smoother.

When you get to about 12 inches from the end, tie another knot.

This is what it should look like after you tie your second knot.

You will cut off the fabric strip leaving about 3/4 to 1 inch of fabric left.  I then used a Q -Tip to apply fabric fusion to the edges of that small fabric pieces left over after you cut the strip off. Don’t use too much!  Just a tad to make sure that end won’t fray the way fabric normally does.

After cutting the fabric and applying the fabric fusion your necklace will look like this.

I used the left over lace to tie a bow and then I was finished.  All in all I think this took me under a half an hour.  Just enough time for me to get tired again and head back to bed.  I love those crafts that you can whip up super quick and easy when you can’t sleep. 🙂 I don’t mind the mild fraying here and there…I like the shabby chic look.  If you’re not too keen on it, you could always hem your edges before hand.

Victoria got up the next morning and wasted no time in telling me that she must have one too. 🙂  I plan on making her one for Christmas to surprise her…I just want to find some cute vintage floral fabric to mix it up with the lace for hers.

So there you have it, the product of midnight crafting madness.

I think I might be slightly addicted to crafting.

Admitting it is the first step right? 😉

You could wear it with the bow in the back, the bow down in the middle, the bow to the side…whatever your fancy.  I like that this can be dressed up or made more casual too.

Looking forward to this weekend, ballet show with Victoria and then Christmas Crafting.  Hopefully next week I will have some fun holiday kids tutorials ready to go. 🙂

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A little while back I did a post on how to make homemade vanilla extract for gifts this holiday season.  You can view that post here: https://createbellacreate.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/homemade-vanilla-extract/

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone I am trying to get a jump start on holiday gifts and wrapping.

For us, eco~friendly and minimal is how we like to wrap, and this year I wanted some vintage touches to my wrapping as well.

I went here to get the vintage tags to print out for all of my gifts:

http://www.4shared.com/file/147796917/3fa3165f/Misscutiepie_inspiration_vintagestyle_christmas_tickets.html

To get the vintage postcards I went here:

http://www.fuzzimo.com/free-hi-res-old-postcard-images-part-2/

Once you unzip the file that you download for these, you get quite a few cards to choose from.  I loved the one that I choose because it had a cool date stamp of 1910 and the way postcard was written was really neat.

I printed my tags and postcards on some tan scrap book paper cut down to the size of a normal sheet of printer paper.  I picked a tan sheet that had some depth in the coloring so it would look more realistic.

Cut out your postcards and tags.

I decided to write a quick and easy recipe on the postcard for vanilla creamer and when to use the vanilla extract.

I was going to type it all onto the postcard before printing but I wanted to give it a realistic feel so I thought handwriting it would be the best way to achieve that. 🙂

Grab your bottles that are busy creating vanilla extract goodness.

Grab some hemp, I used a thinner one because I thought it would look better, you could use ribbon or bakers twine or whatever you think would achieve the look you are going for.   Tie  it like you were going to tie your shoes but stop where I have stopped like in the photo above.

Slide on your recipe card {postcard} and your holiday tag and tie again the way you did in the previous step but then keep going and do the whole bow.

You could do this around a jar of homemade cookies, a jar of homemade cookie mix, a jar of hot chocolate mix …there are so many different ways you could do this and make it more your own personal style.   I love the different take on a recipe card with this idea …making one of these postcard recipe cards for my fridge later on today. 🙂

One down, 15 more to go.  So far she is the prettiest bottle of vanilla on the shelf. 😉

Homemade French Vanilla Creamer recipe can be found here:

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/homemade-coffee-creamer/

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