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Tutorial: Wooden EAT sign, Mod Podge style

I’ve been poking at this project for the last few days and it’s finally done!  This EAT sign was made for our dining room corner (it’s not its own room). As I posted about back when I was on a Mod Podge project admiring spree, I was inspired by Jen over at Frame Fanatic’s version.

I picked up these wooden letters from my local dollar store, and they were a bit more detailed than Jen’s. I decided to paint the edges (and backs) red and to apply some decorative scrapbook paper to the top-most plane. And that’s just what I did!  Read how I made this puppy after the jump!

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Tutorial: Framed fishnet earring display

This is one of those rare projects I came up with all by myself. Yes, that’s right, I fired up the old thinkin’ box and dusted off my sleepy imagination!  It was a day for the history books, as far as my crafting goes. I was deep within my earring-making phase a couple of years ago and decided I needed somewhere to keep them all that wasn’t (a) a tangled mess, or (b) to be kept in a drawer where I would forget I even owned earrings.  So this is what I came up with!

To make an earring display like this, you’ll need (per display):

  1. Fishnet stockings (I used a pair of knee-high ones)
  2. A picture frame (I’d guess a maximum width of about 5″ or 6″ would be best)
  3. A piece of felt or fabric that is larger than the frame
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape and/or thread (e.g., masking or duct tape) — optional

What to do: (Note: Sorry for not having any step-by-step pictures!  Since I made these ages ago, I didn’t document the process at all.)

  1. Open up the picture frame, removing the backing and the glass.
  2. Using the glass to measure, cut your felt or fabric into a rectangle that is about 2″ wider and 2″ longer than the piece of glass that came with the frame.
  3. From your fishnet stocking, cut a piece of the shin/leg part to be about an inch or two longer than the length of the glass. Cut crosswise across the leg of the stocking, but not lengthwise, so that you end up with a tube of fabric.
  4. Stretch your felt/fabric piece over the glass evenly, wrapping the edges around the back. Hold or tape in place. (You could even sew a sleeve of fabric to make this step easier — be creative with how you make it work… just keep it taut over the glass so there are no wrinkles or waves!)
  5. Pull the fishnet tube over the glass, pulling and holding all the excess fabric and fishnet around to the back of the glass (the side where all the fabric/felt edges are held or taped down).
  6. Secure the stretched fishnet by reinserting the glass into the frame with the right side facing out. Since you have a bit of fabric/fishnet around each edge, the glass should fit tightly into the frame, preventing the fishnet or felt/fabric from becoming loose. If you are having problems with slippage, try to secure the stretched material with tape, thread, or other methods.  This can be tricky!
  7. Once the front of your display is smooth and the materials are secured, reattach the backing of the picture frame. This may be tight with the excess material wrapped around the back of the glass. The backing may even bulge slightly when secured in place. If this bothers you, experiment with trimming some of the excess fabric (if you are fairly sure that trimming it wouldn’t lead to the whole thing coming apart). Alternatively, you can simply live with the slight bulging, since no one will be seeing the back of the frame anyway.
  8. Add your earrings, and admire your handiwork!

Note: adding this many earrings is nearly impossible and not recommended.

If you’re like me, you have far too many earrings to deal with… just look at this mess!  I swear, I only ever wear about 20% of these anyway!  I think the photo at the top of this post displays a much more respectable arrangement.  Or perhaps I just need to make another one?


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Tiny draw-string bag for a menstrual cup

Well, everyone… personal time. Some of you may even consider this TMI time (aka overshare time), but nevertheless, I have something to share with you. I use a menstrual cup instead of tampons and pads!  And to any of you who are now picking up their jaws off the floor, I want you to know that it’s GREAT! I bought it about three or four years ago based on concerns about tampons and their toxicity for my body, their high cost, and their environmental impact, and I’ve never looked back since. The brand I have is the DivaCup, which is the main one available in North America (a nearly identical product is available in Europe called the MoonCup).  It has been a fantastic investment that has not only saved me money, protected me from exposure to toxins, and reduced the amount of waste products flushed into our sewers, but it has played a huge part in me getting over any squeamishness or ignorance I previously had about my body.  Thumbs up.

But this post isn’t about my period or my newfound feelings of appreciation for the workings of my uterus. It’s about how much I hate the name DivaCup.  Particularly, the word diva. It grates on my nerves (in this context, at least). I mean, do I really want to associate the experience of having my period with thoughts of sassy “don’t go there girlfriend”-types singing power ballads?  To use a very applicable quote from Will & Grace, “as Aretha said to Gloria, Celine, Shania, and Mariah during Divas Live, ‘Are you trippin’?’ ”

All this is to say that I love the DivaCup but can’t stand the tiny drawstring bag it came with, because, unfortunately, it has the word Diva written all over it. So I made a new one. (There, three paragraphs in and I finally get to the point. Oof.)

The original DivaCup bag (left) and my new one (right).

It’s basically the exact same as the original (minus the unpleasant product name and general falling-apart-ness). So if you’re as disheartened as I am with the word diva, and yet really love this product in all other ways (as do I), know that you do not have to suffer in silence.  You can make your own replacement, and it’s really easy.  Check out what I did after the jump!

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Cloth baby wipes

A few weeks ago I was out shopping for fabric with my chum Sara. We found there was a great sale on remnants (among many other things), and I scored some great flannelette remnants in gender-neutral patterns!  Sara suggested they’d be great for cloth wipes, which basically meant she was reading my mind since I had been meaning to sew up some wipes for some time!  So yesterday I was off to the races. They were so straightforward, I feel almost silly posting a “tutorial”, but here it is (after the jump).

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Baby’s first pattern: Simple iPad cover!

As I mentioned the other day, we got an iPad for a wedding gift! And since then we’ve toted it along to a number of friends’ houses and coffee shops, always wrapping it in one of my scarves or a canvas shopping bag to keep it safe as it bopped around in my purse.  Neither of these methods of protection seemed very long-term… so I had the idea to knit an iPad cover for us (with requisite groans from the husband). Then I had the idea to write down what I’d done (since I was, for once, completely improvising something) and make it into a pattern for others to use (if they so chose to). The way I saw it, publishing a pattern on Ravelry was basically the best way to get knitting-famous. (And there ain’t a lot of ways, let me tell you…)

So here it is!

Hubby pointed out that it resembles the Vancouver Canucks jersey… this was unintentional, but perhaps subconscious! Subconsciously awesome!

It turned out pretty well, in the end!  It knit up so quickly (only took me two days) and didn’t use all that much yarn, either.  My only issue with it is the rolling out of the top edge. I blocked it once but as soon as it was stretched, it rolled again right away. I have thought about modifying it with some type of button closure (perhaps two bands?) across the opening, which would hold that roll back a bit, but I didn’t really have the patience (or the buttons) to do that, and ended up leaving it for now. I suppose we’ll see what feedback I get (if any) from other knitters who use the pattern.

So, without further nattering on and on, here is the pattern (pdf)!  It’s incredibly simple (it’s just a big rectangle of stockinette stitch, after all).

Also available from my designer page on Ravelry. Also ALSO displayed after the jump!  Enjoy!

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Homemade nursing pads

I forget even how I got to thinking about making reusable nursing pads myself.  I probably stumbled across a tutorial somewhere out there on the internets and decided “Hey!  Disposable nursing pads are nasty on the environment and the pocketbook!  Also, the reusable ones are expensive!  They look like a cinch to make!  I’m gonna do it!”

So, in another rampant demonstration of how I’ve got my priorities crooked as all get out, I made some nursing pads of my own! I give major credit to these three tutorials for guiding me in the right direction:

Passionate Homemaking / EHow / Amber Perry Patterns

Now, on to my own version!

Microfleece inner layer (left) for wicking moisture away from skin, and absorbent flannelette (cotton) layers for soaking up leaks!

For a full tutorial, read on!

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Hankies from an old pillowcase

If you know me, you know I have a fairly long list of allergies. Foods and inhalants are my biggest ones. Easily controlled by not eating or breathing, mind you, but wouldn’t you know my luck?  I need to do both those things.  Consequently, I often have to be blowing my nose, and have been getting more and more uncomfortable with the amount of tissue I go through in the process.  A few friends of mine have gotten on the hanky train in recent years, and I recently decided I should make the switch as well!

So this afternoon I decided I would chop up an old pillowcase and make myself a few.  Here’s how I did it:

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