Make It Yourself

I’m always tossing around a few ideas of what I’d like to work on.  I have a greater shortage of time and energy than I do ideas.  But I thought I’d share what has caught my eye recently.


Make it Yourself: Reusable Beeswax Cloth Wraps

Reusable beeswax wraps can help you eliminate plastic waste in your kitchen. Here are step by step instructions on how to make your own. Great for your zero waste kitchen and for gifts, too!:
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Recently, Attainable Sustainable released a tutorial for beeswax cloth wraps.  I’m pretty excited to give this project a try.  I’ve been talking about buying some of these for a few weeks now, and when I stumbled upon this tutorial, I had to add it to the top of my list.  I’ve been looking for something to wrap home-baked biscuits and quick breads, as well as to use for packing lunches for my kids.  My son and daughter both promised they’d help make some of these because they’ve been asking me for something other than disposable sandwich bags.

…Or Buy Some

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If you have less time than you do ideas, you can skip the DIY project and order fantastic wraps from Bee’s Wrap: Sustainable Food Storage.  Bee’s Wraps are handcrafted in Vermont and made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.  They are washable, reusable, and compostable.

Both of these make a great substitute for using plastic wrap and plastic sandwich bags.  I don’t think you can go wrong either making or buying some of your own.


Make it Yourself: Wall Art

Yesterday I was invited to my cousin’s house to make my own wall art.  It was so much fun!  Danielle of The Noisy Design helped us all create something unique and one-of-a-kind.  Danielle teaches classes so that everyone can have the fun of choosing paints to match their color schemes and offers many designs of her own, as well as custom creations.

I saw a mountain stencil I liked and Danielle made me a custom stencil.  In true Joy-fashion, I didn’t pay attention to the bracket on the back, so I made it upside down.  Oops!

So here’s me, letting my inner nerd show through (maybe that isn’t anything new):

what are men to rocks and mountains

Someone mentioned that I didn’t pick the best Pride & Prejudice quote.

True, there are plenty.

I could let my slightly thorny-side show though and go with the following:

jane austen quote

I told my daughter she’d love making her own wall art for her new apartment, so we might have to give this a try again soon.  It was definitely fun to make something unique.


Make it Yourself: Rain Barrels

The other thing that I’m thinking about getting done, hopefully before the rainy season starts again, is making a rain barrel.  I haven’t found exactly what I’d like to do, but I’ve been checking out DIY rain barrel instructions and tutorials online, such as this one from Grow Forage Cook Ferment.


Have you finished up any projects, or are you tossing around some ideas of things to do? 

Two Votes in Favor of Prewashing Fabrics

Two votes in favor of prewashing fabrics? Only because I’ve recently screwed up two quilt queen-sized tops, with easily 150, insomnia-fueled, late night and wee-morning, hours of piecing and hand quilting between the two. Today, I was so excited to put the finishing touches on the ugly pickle quilt and deliver it to its new home.

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Slow Stitching on a Saturday

The past few weeks seem to have brought about some chaos, some closure, a slight bit of clarity, and a great deal of time for contemplation. When things get overwhelming, I’m a fan of hiding myself away from the world. I’ve always told my kids I’d make a really great hermit, since the introduction of

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Hexies On-the-Go

If you haven’t been bit by the English Paper Piecing (EPP) bug, watch out.  You just might get addicted to this scrappy (or not) form of quilting. I fell in love with Grandmother’s Garden quilts long ago. Probably around the same time, I decided that I wanted to start on my own Grandmother’s Garden-style quilt.

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The Case of the Missing Strawberries

I had this fantastic plan (for about three hours) today. I had a bunch of beautiful, ripe, delicious strawberries and a grand plan for a little strawberry pie. I was going to crush those ripe berries.  I knew I needed about 1 cup of sugar and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Put that in a pot

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Christmas in July Pattern Bundle~The Clock is Ticking

I’m a little sad at how quickly this pattern bundle has appeared and is now disappearing until next year!  At noon PST, it’s gone for the year! I had so much fun designing a pattern, but I’m also having fun working on some items using the patterns in the bundle.  Unfortunately, there’s no way I can

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Red, White & Green

The clock keeps ticking down for the quickly disappearing Christmas in July sewing and quilting pattern bundle.  The links are only live for 72 hours, so Thursday at noon PST, the bundle deal is gone for the year. I was hemming and hawing a couple weeks ago about not really being ready to accept the

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72-Hour Christmas in July Pattern Sale!

I am very excited to share something fun with you today! Just in time for Christmas in July, and for 72 hours only, a very special sale of sewing and quilting patterns! So just what do you get????  You end up with 23 fantastic patterns ($170 value) for only $25!! You don’t have to be a

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On My Nightstand: Summer Reading

I think my good pal Leslie loves books. Maybe that’s why she’s a librarian. I love books, too.  And when I was growing up, I wanted to be either a librarian or a home ec teacher.  Somehow, in life I ended up working in a stressful job and accomplishing neither of those plans. So I live

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Tucked Away

I have a tendency to squirrel things away.  Lots and lots of things.  And I tend to not be the most organized in regards to the same.  For me that lack of organization causes a lot of extra stress and strife. The ladies of The Blended Blog have been sharing sneak peeks into their lives, and

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