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TIPsy Tuesday: "Green" Produce Bag

When the weather gets warm, Jarret and I go to the local farmer's market every Saturday.  It is one of our favorite things to do.  The fresh flowers, vegetables, meat, bread, etc.  All of it is wonderful and so are the people that work there.  My only problem was finding the best bag to bring there.  I recently saw a fun bag online, but there were a lot more steps than I wanted to take to make the bag, so I made it a little easier.  This bag is easy to make and easy to keep clean (just throw it in the laundry)! - Mind the mad wrinkles in the shirt I use.. :)

What you will need:
an old T-shirt, scissor, and a sewing machine (you can sew by hand, but it will take a while)

First, cut both sleeves off of the shirt.

Next, cut the neck of the shirt off.

This is the only sewing part... To make the bottom strong, sew the "right" side of the shirt across the bottom.  Turn the shirt inside out and then sew across the bottom again.  Turn the shirt inside out once you are complete.

Fold the bottom of the bag up about 2 inches. 

Make some cuts about .75".  This will make slits on both sides of the bag.

You'll do this a couple of times moving up the shirt.  Once you are done making as many slits as you would like, stretch the bag, and Ta Da, you are complete to travel to the grocery store with a fun, simple, and recycled bag.

My model, my husband.... fun day at the Farmer's Market after we just finished our first 5k of the season earlier that morning. 


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The 36th AVENUE



While I prepared for a Sunday of making multiple amounts of capes to get done before a busy week ahead I stopped in to check on one of my favorite blogs www.theletteredcottage.net.  (If you haven't checked them out yet... What are you waiting for?)  Anyways.. Layla shared a youtube video that I had to share as well... Take 5 minutes out of your day today to listen, giggle, cry, and transcend with this video. 

Happy Sunday and every day!


TIPsy Tuesday: Butterfly Mobile

Hey guys!  So this is my guest tutorial post that was featured on www.craftionary.net last week.  I was so excited about Hani asking me to do a guest tutorial and so grateful that Meredith from www.themomoftheyear.net was so kind to guest post on our TIPsy Tuesday last week.  I decided to share my tutorial once again this week and post on some linky parties.  Thanks for always reading!!!  Enjoy!

What you'll need:  pencil, scissors, ruler, hot glue gun, string, tissue paper, double sided paper, a dead branch, ribbon

First we will make some butterflies.  On your double sided color paper (I recommend  using thin paper - I learned that the hard way), make 6"x6" squares and cut them out.  You can pick and choose how many butterflies you would like to add according to the size of the mobile you are making.

Fold your square in half both ways.  Flip the square over (make sure to do this because it will help with the next step) and fold diagonally both ways.
Pinch in the folds on the side into the middle to form a triangle ending with the point facing up.
From the bottom left and right corners, fold the top layer of paper up into a diamond shape.

Flip your triangle over so that the point is now at the bottom and you are working with the other side.  Fold the bottom part up and fold the tip of the point over the flat top.  You'll want a little more of the tip folded over than I have pictured.  It will help stabilize your butterfly better. 
Give the butterfly a good fold in half and Ta Da!  Pretty butterfly.  Now prepare to hang it by using a needle and string.  Knot the string at the end, but let the end going through the needle hang loose.
To get the butterfly to hang nicely I poked holes in the top diamond layer in the middle and then pulled the string up from the inside on one side and down through the top on the other side.
Once you knot the other side and cut the excess string off, with another piece of string knot it at the center of the piece going across the butterfly.  The lengths of these pieces will depend on how you choose to hang and balance the butterflies.
Now we will work on the tissue paper cherry blossoms.  I used two different color pink tissue papers.  Lying one on top of the other I drew out different flower shapes.  They do not need to be perfect (that's the best part).  Cut them all out.  You can pick and choose how many you'd like to make.
Take whichever color you want to be the inside layer and place a dot of hot glue in the middle.  Pinch together.  Place some hot glue on the middle of the second piece and place the first piece inside of it and pinch together.  Easy!

Next you'll be tying the butterflies onto the branch and gluing the blossoms on.  I was fortunate enough to have my husband find the perfect branch for me!
Tie the end of the strings connected to the butterfly to your branch (check the weight and balance as you go for placement).  Using my hot glue gun I glued the cherry blossoms over where I tied the string on the branch to hide the string.

Lastly I used a piece of ribbon to hang the mobile.  I was able to loop mine around, but you may have to be a little more creative depending on the shape of your branch.
Ta Da!  You have a beautiful Butterfly Mobile!

Thanks for following along!

My entry into Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss is sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines
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Triskaidekaphobia - No this isn't babble

Triskaidekaphobia - The fear of the number 13.  Not me!!!  It's Friday the 13th!  Woo Hoo!  While some people freak out and are skeptical and fear the day... I enjoy it and bask in it!  I love anything and everything spooky.  When I was a kid I would watch scary movies (without my mother's knowledge.. Thanks Dad!!!).  I also revel and the wonders of the most spooktacular day.. Halloween.  My house is THE house in the neighborhood that even parents are scared to go to.  Friday the 13ths are usually pretty lucky for me... My dear husband knows me so well that he proposed on a Friday the 13th.

So with my love of Friday the 13th, I give you some fun facts (facts according to the world wide web) about Friday the 13th:
1. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born
on Friday, April 13, 1866. (Side Note: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of my favorite movies.  It was this movie Jarret told me he loved on the first day we met.. He has never actually seen it, lied to impress me. Ha)
2.  The most times that the 13th will fall on a Friday in any given calendar is three, while the longest period without it is 14 months.
3.  Fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.(Try pronouncing that)
4.  On April 13, 2029, a Friday, the asteroid 99942 will make its closest encounter with earth.  (I thought the world was ending before then? Lol)
5.  Friday the 13th may not be as unlucky as people think. A 2008 Dutch study showed that fewer car accidents, fires and crimes occur on the said day, especially since superstitious would-be victims make an effort to stay out of harm's way.
6.  According to CNBC, the US market has been up 80 times out of the past 140 occasions when the 13th of a month landed on a Friday.

Have a lucky and spooktacular day!


The Birds and the.... Crafts?

So I was visiting with my mom the other day and she (because of me and my addiction) is addicted to Pinterest.  Who isn't, right?  Well she called it one of the funniest things I've ever heard... "Craft Porn"!  For those of you who enjoy any kind of crafting and are addicted to Pinterest.... You will probably think that phrase is the funniest!  If that's not bad enough... I was reading a post over at our blog friend, The Mom of the Year and she mentioned StumbleUpon.  Well... It just brings multitudes of craft websites to me after I clicked crafts as my interest.  StumbleUpon introduced me to a different "pinterest" type of website called Craft Gawker.  Now I'm addicted to that because I'm seeing craft ideas I haven't seen on Pinterest.  Because of Craft Gawker I am also finding new craft bloggers that I haven't seen on Stumble Upon or Pinterest.  Seriously?  I am never going to get any work done with all this "Craft Porn"!!!!!


Top 6 things that make my life more simple...

I'm a "semi-homemade" lady!  I love Sara Lee and her semi-homemade meals.  I'm also a convenience and make it easy lady!  Like everyone else in the world I don't have as much time as I wish I did to get things done like I would like to, SO I decided to share 6 (I was going to do 5, but remembered 1 more) things that have been making my life quicker and easier...
My Tassimo single serve coffee maker - So quick, so easy... Barely any cleanup!!! LOVE!

"My Fitness Pal" app - You can also use it online, but I have the app on my iphone... Helps me keep track of everything I put in my body and exercise.. Really helped me get in shape by tracking the bad things I did! 

My JoAnn's Fabric app - If you are at craft stores a lot... This app for JoAnn's Fabric is helpful.  They have coupons in it and you can use multiple coupon codes at checkout!!!

Knorr Roasters!!!!!  - Yes the idea of cooking chicken in a bag probably doesn't appeal to some, but me?  What the heck!  It gives it great taste and makes the chicken juicy!  LOVE!!!

My Shark iron!  It's the only brand we use for irons!  Jarret just bought a new one and I love it!

Last, but not least... my absolute favorite kitchen gadget.. The Magic Bullet!  I use it everyday!  Make healthy delicious smoothies and it is the easiest thing to clean up!  Makes so many other great stuff too!

Have a good and simplified day!