Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trash to Treasure

In my house we go through a lot of boxes. With six kids still at home and four of them teenage boys, you can imagine the boxes we would have from cereal, crackers and more. So when I saw this Quatrefoil Lantern that Nike from Choose to Thrive made with cereal boxes, I knew I had to make one.

It turned out pretty cute. I didn't have any vellum paper though, I thought I did when I started it but couldn't find any so it must all be gone. I don't have the luxury of just running to a store real quick and picking some up either. I live in a pretty small town and the only stores we have around with crafting supplies are a couple of dollar stores. So with all the boxes pieces done and ready to go I had to come up with something else because I wanted it finished! So I had some of the thin plastic cutting boards left over from another craft so I used them. I love how it turned out and I think the cutting boards made it even sturdier.

And yes it still has the same effect as the vellum, you can still see the battery operated candle (no real candle with cardboard, that would be scary).  Love it!
Thanks Nike for the template!

Oh and did you notice the picture on the right? The Vintage Key Art? I will have a tutorial and template for it tomorrow. It is from empty cereal/cracker boxes too!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

You're so Very Creative (Moved)

You're so Very Creative has been moved and will be over HERE now. For more info you can read about it here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pretty Little Basket (Crochet Pattern)

Have you checked out the Important Changes going on around here? If not you will want to.

I love how this Pretty Little Basket turned out. I have been recycling some old shirts into T-Shirt yarn and decided to make a little basket out of one of them. It's great for holding all sorts of items like hair clips, candy and much more!

If you would like to make your own I have written up the pattern to. You can download it here. There are many tutorials all over the web on making your own t-shirt yarn there is a good one here.

If you find any mistakes, let me know. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Important Changes

A little over a year ago I had a little feature blog that I couldn't keep up with and this one. It seems like more and more I just have features on this blog. That was not my intention for this blog. It was a place for me to share what I have been working on. So I have decided to change things up a bit and take this blog back to the direction I had intended it to be.
Me Making do will no longer be hosting You're so Very Creative any more. However I have decided to start my feature blog back up because I do love hosting the party and featuring all of your great ideas. My other blog is So Creative and I would love if you would come and follow me there. I will have several features daily. I'm also wanting to do a guest post once a week, so if you have a post you would like to share over there email me at memakingdo (at) gmail (dot) com.
I'm sure I will still occasionally do features over here to, but I want to focus more on making simple projects I have created and share here. I don't have a set amount of posts I will be doing here. I just want it to be simple and not stressful. So when I have something I will share it. I'm hoping to be doing a lot more of this though. A lot of what I work on these days are crochet so if this isn't your cup of tea I'm sorry but I will be having other projects too!
I hope this isn't to much of an inconvenience. Thanks for understanding!
Come visit So Creative today I will be having several features!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Two Strand Braided Headband

This is a guest post I did for Vanilla Bean a while back and haven't posted here. Perfect for back to school for the girls.

I have a Braided Headband tutorial for you all today.

For this project you will need:
  • Headband
  • Two long strips of fabric (I used two strips from a Jelly Roll but any long strips will work).
  • Glue Gun
During this tutorial I will refer to the orange fabric as strip 1 and the blue will be strip 2

 Glue your fabric to one of the ends of your headband making a upside down V shape gluing the edges around the back.

Fold strip 1 around the back of the headband

Pull strip 2 around strip 1 and over the front of the headband.
Bring strip 2 around the back of the headband.
Bring strip 1 over strip 2 and around the back of the headband.

Continue this process all the way down the headband.

When you reach the end add glue to the end and glue the strips of fabric to the headband.

Turn the headband and glue the strips of fabric down in the back and cut off.
(Notice both the front and back have the braid showing and no headband).

Enjoy your new headband!

Sorry my model was missing during the photo shoot.

Use this braiding technique to make a cute wrapped bracelet too!

On the bracelet I left a long strips of fabric when first gluing to the bracelet then tied the end of the strips after braiding to the beginning strips.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Yummy Food Links

Going through and looking at the links from the party my eye keeps going to the food ones. Just look at these...

The Crunchy Mamacita made this delicious looking Cremini Mushroom and Pesto Pizza I would love to try this but I am the only one who likes mushrooms in my house and I would have to eat it all.

Bear Rabbit Bear made cupcakes and topped it with Kool-Aid Frosting. I'm going to have to try this next time I make cupcakes Yum!!!

I have a bunch of zucchini from my garden and I am going to have to try this Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread by Cooking with K.

One Minute Peanut Butter Cake by Extreme Personal Measures now that could be dangerously good, any desert you can make that fast can get you in trouble.

I clicked over to see this yummy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennie and became captivated by Big Bears Wife post and sweet tribute. My heart aches for Jennie and her daughters who lost their husband and father from a sudden heart attack. Jennie had posted this on her blog....
"For those asking what they can do to help my healing process, make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there's no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

You're so Very Creative

The top viewed link from this past week was...

This adorable Craft Room by Little Lucy Lu.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Space Set Clothes Tutorial

It's finally ready! I have had heck trying to get this done, nothing has went right but I finally got it done.

If you missed the post with the dolls you can find it here.

Now are you ready to clothe your doll in the Astronaut Outfit?

You can download the pattern here. It is very picture heavy again so again I suggest just printing out the pattern page and viewing the tutorial on your computer screen. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Guest Posting at Fireflies and Jellybeans and Some Features

Hey all, I'm over at Fireflies and Jellybeans today  for their Christmas in July.

Showing my Burlap Bird Ornament.

Also Check out these cool desk makeovers from the link party.

California Coral by Liz Marie, I love the color!

I have my computer back and found my camera that went missing so be looking for the clothes for the Space Set Tomorrow!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Your'e so Very Creative

Hey everyone hope you have all had a great weekend. The top viewed link from last week was...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sea Glass Picture Frame and Free Printable

This was a guest post I did for The Country Chic Cottage a while back, if you missed it there here it is.

Sea Glass Picture Frame

I love this little frame, and it is so easy to make it only takes a few items and a few minutes to make it.

If you would like to use the swimsuit print I made for mine just save it to your pictures and print it the size you need for your frame.

To Make this you will need:
  • Flat frame (I got mine at the dollar tree in a package of two can't beat $.50 for each).
  • Glass Gems (Dollar Tree again)
  • Glue that adheres to booth wood and glass (I think I got mine at Family Dollar and its called Duco Cement).

Add glue down the side and start adding your gems.

Keep adding your gems all the way down the side.

Finish all four sides.

Add the picture you want and your done! So simple I kinda feel silly having the tutorial I could of just had the picture and all you crafty people would have known how to do it from that. I love the outcome though. Simple quick projects are my favorite!

I hope you all enjoyed this!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Well I had planned on having the rest of the Space Set ready this week but my computer I had everything on isn't working. I thought we would have it back from the computer repair guy but haven't heard anything yet. So I'm sorry again, but I will have it as soon as I possibly can.

Check out these cute ideas though....

Braided Updo by Raising 4 Princesses or her sister that is helping her out. I love it so pretty!

Great job everyone. Feel free to grab a button if you were featured.


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