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Mar 22

Paint Chip Setting
Karen over at Sew Many Ways has come up with nine great napkin and place setting ideas. My favorite is pictured above. The best part of that one? The supplies are free! And you can customize the colors to match your party theme! Check out her other napkin and place setting ideas, such as using an empty Capri Sun, a hose clamp or even an eyeglass case! [Tool Time Tuesday…Napkin and Place Setting Ideas]

Mar 19

This week’s challenge was to create something based out of an item we saw in a catalog or online that made us say, “Why should I buy that, I could make it!” They were not encouraging exact copies (though those are welcome too). But they would love to see what drives our creative plans and how our inspirations take you to the path of DIY.

Button Bobby Pins My submission: Button Bobby Pins

Lately I’ve gotten into making cute bobby pins, and I saw some on Etsy that used plain buttons as decorations. I decided to step it up a notch and use some cool vintage buttons of my grandmother’s. The best part? All of these (and more) are available to buy in my Etsy shop!
[See all the fourth Iron Craft 2012 submissions

Did you participate in this Iron Craft 2012 challenge? Please share your craft in the comments!


Mar 16

The third Iron Craft 2012 challenge was during one of the coldest times of the year for most people. February is usually the time those who live up North get sick of the snow and want to get somewhere warm. With that in mind, we were challenged to make something for the theme Warm Up.

4 Ingredient Fudge My submission: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Fudge

After success with the original recipe, I expanded on Cookies & Cups’ recipe for two ingredient strawberry fudge and made chocolate-dipped strawberry fudge. Only four ingredients this time! I also learned that a double-boiler works WAY better than a microwave since the chocolate will heat up the frosting enough to make it easy to pour. I didn’t have an official double-boiler, so I set one sauce pan on top of another that was filled with water.
[See all the third Iron Craft 2012 submissions

Did you participate in this Iron Craft 2012 challenge? Please share your craft in the comments!

Mar 14

For the second Iron Craft 2012 challenge, Valentine’s Day was less than a month a way and that meant it was time for a little hearts and flowers. Whether our project had to do with Valentine’s Day at all was up to us.

Valentine's Tree My submission: Valentine’s Day Tree and CookiesI turned a Wilton clearance gingerbread Christmas tree kit into a Valentine’s tree with star flowers (pictured) and a rose on top! I also made some Valentine’s cookies. I had a great time decorating these with my neighbor, who created her own tree and cookies.[See all the second Iron Craft 2012 submissions]


Did you participate in this Iron Craft 2012 challenge? Please share your craft in the comments!

Mar 13

We’re playing catchup on our Iron Craft recaps this week – The first challenge of this year’s Iron Craft was paper. The traditional first anniversary gift is Paper, so that seems an obvious choice for our first challenge of the year.

Paint And Fold Art My submission: Paint and Fold ArtI learned this once from an art therapist – you put paint in random blobs and designs on a piece of paper, then fold it in half (lengthwise, diagonal, however you want). Then you use your hand or a pencil to squish the paint. Unfold, and then you have a piece of modern art! Everyone sees something different in your art, so it’s pretty cool.[See all the first Iron Craft 2012 submissions

Did you participate in the first Iron Craft 2012 challenge? Please share your craft in the comments!

Feb 20

We had a dilemma in our new home. Since I don’t have a china hutch, I needed a place to display my nice pieces. So, a tall Wal-Mart bookcase came in handy. Since we didn’t have room for storing Tupperware or other items that can also become a mess, two short bookcases (one on either side) seemed like a great way to round out that wall and add balance. Then the second dilemma. How do we keep the two smaller sets of shelves organized all the time when my husband’s old way of putting away Tupperware was to throw it in the cabinet and slam the door shut before it fell out?!

Tupperware Cabinet

Custom curtains! I picked up two $2.50 curtain rods from Wal-Mart and attached them to the front of each of the small bookcases. Then I purchased clearance fabric from Jo-Ann’s that matches our curtains, used some Mighty Mendit (a quick and easy to make seams and a rod pocket without a sewing machine), and voila! Now now one has to know what we’re hiding behind those pretty curtains!

Disclaimer: I organized the Tupperware in the photo above. It will never look that good again!

Dec 3

Today I headed into my local Dollar Tree to pick up some items for a project and walked out with supplies for a cheap and easy fall wreath!

Completed Fall Wreath

Project Materials:
Grapevine wreath, $1
2 five foot fall leaf garlands, $1 each
Wire and wire cutters, on hand
Faux flowers and ribbon, on hand

Total: $3

1. Take the tags off all your supplies.
2. Using short lengths of wire, secure the garland to the wreath as needed. (It should now look like the picture below)

Fall Wreath
3. Add faux flowers and ribbon or other decorations.
4. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

Nov 7

Thread Holder
If you don’t want to purchase multiple ugly thread holders, this is the project for you! Sew Knits made a framed thread spool holder out of some inexpensive items you may already have around the house. This is a great way to add style to your sewing area and keep all of your spools of thread right at your fingertips. [how to make a framed thread holder]

Project estimate:

  • Frame, on hand or $1
  • Scrapbook paper, on hand or $1
  • Sawtooth hangers, on hand or $1
  • Scrap wood, free
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Foam brush, on hand
  • Nails, on hand or $2
  • Superglue, on hand or $1

Total cost: Free, or up to $6

I may try this not only for all of my thread, but also for my Etsy products that are on hang tags! I’ll be sure to share pictures if I do!

Oct 31

Wreath Hanger

Jamielyn at Make and Takes has come up with yet another great project. She has created a simple and easy-to make DIY Wreath Hanger for $3! Now you don’t have an excuse not to create and hang cute wreaths for every occasion. Jamielyn saw one in Pottery barn last year for $80! Crazy huh?! [How to Make a Simple DIY Wreath Hanger]

Project estimate:

  • Wooden Base (circle or square), around $1
  • Finial Topper (found from HD), under $1
  • Large wooden Dowel (I cut mine down to 20 in), $1
  • Wire hanger, on hand
  • Wire cutter, on hand
  • Spray paint, on hand
  • E-6000, on hand

Total cost: $3.00

Feb 24


Hi, I’m Sallianne Norelli and I am so thrilled to be here with all you indie crafters. I run Clara’s Closet Soft Designs for Home and Life where my mom and I make decorative pillows, soft animals, aprons and other cool things out of high end decorative fabric. We also sell vintage items which are always changing. My blog is at I invite you to come on over as the whole purpose of my blog is to cheer on other artisans and crafters and give ideas, inspiration and resources to people just like me who have a passion for making things.

If you’re like me, you may have wondered how some soft doll artists get their dolls to look vintage and aged. I finally figured it out! Here’s my video explaining how to dye your soft dolls to look older. And I am offering you my bunny pattern free at my blog, (or email me at [email protected]) so come on over! Happy crafting.

Craft Tutorial: Bunny Prim Dyeing from Heather Mann on Vimeo.

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