Knit Topper for a Tea Towel

Crocheted towel holder from Little Birdie Secrets

I will admit, I love me some Pinterest.  The DIY section is pretty much the only area I’ve ever ventured into but all those pictures are a fun way to get inspired for the craftiness. I recently came across a pin for this crocheted towel holder (pictured left). It caught my eye because our oven handle is so close to the oven door that you can barely get a tea towel to hang there.  But!  With a tea towel holder ring, I knew that problem would be solved.  Not to mention, it’s pretty darn cute.  Unfortunately, I have no idea how to crochet.  So I decided to make up my own knit pattern to look similar and function identically. Continue reading

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K & A’s wedding, turned ornament

Earlier this month, Boy’s sister tied the knot.  It was a beautiful wedding.  It took place in Portland, right along the river.  Boy’s sister was a gorgeous bride and her fiancé was a dashing groom.  Their wedding colors were white and teal.  There were white ribbons draping the backs of the chairs…and I stole one.  That’s right.  I stole one.  It was after the ceremony and I had gifting in mind.

As Boy was in the wedding party, he was gifted a monogrammed pocket square which was tied up with a teal ribbon.  Once he had opened his gift, he didn’t need that ribbon any more.  So I stole that one too.

After I got home and ordered some clear glass ornaments, I had everything I needed. Two ribbons, a glass ornament, and a wedding program.

I started with the program…

  1. Using a ruler and a utility knife, I (carefully) cut out strips of the program for each of the main lines of text: the bride’s name, the groom’s name, the location and the date.
  2. I then gently wrapped each strip around a pencil to curl it.
  3. Once the curls were set, I slipped them all, plus a piece of the white ribbon into the glass ornament and shook them around until they were just so.
  4. Then I popped the silver top of the ornament back on, affixed the teal and white ribbons on the top, and there you have it.  A Christmas ornament filled with mementos from a beautiful, joyous day.

And now I have 5 more glass ornaments, so more of these to come after more weddings!

Leather Straps Into Hat Hangers

From Country Living

Though I don’t live in the country by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy fantasizing while looking at the lovely, rustic photos in Country Living.

One photo in one particular issue recently caught my eye.  And even though we live in the city and Boy’s hats aren’t nearly as charming as the ones they used for their photo, I thought, “Hmm…I could do that.”

The issue was that we have a lot of baseball caps.  To have easy access to them, we had them stacked and hanging from two large wall hooks.  It kept them out of the tiny closet and was functional enough but it definitely wasn’t attractive.

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Antique Frame Key Holder

One of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was a key holder made out of a small ornate frame.

At the time, I had been living in my apartment for about a year and a half and still didn’t have a proper place to keep my keys.  Needless to say, that made for a lot of “I can’t find my keys!!” moments.  Then one day, I went to the Treasure Island Flea Market.  There I found the perfect small ornate frame for this project.

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Bottle Cap Magnets

I love bottle caps.  I admit that I collect cool ones – ones with owls on them, ones with funny sayings on them (like the glorious ones from Magic Hat Brewing featured in our pictures), ones which are pretty colors.  Until now, however, the caps have been sitting in a bag in my closet.  Waiting.  Waiting…

I also love magnets.  Because they’re neat.  And they hold photos on the fridge.  So we put those two together – and kablam – bottle cap magnets.

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Etching Glass

Last Thanksgiving, Boy and I celebrated at the home of my brother’s in-laws.  Each side of the dinner table had a few glass bottles filled with water.  On every bottle was etched a word – Gratitude, Peace, Inspire, Love.  After dinner, we each got to take one home.  Since then, the bottle has been sitting on my desk at work, serving as both my go to drinking vessel and a reminder to practice gratitude throughout the year.

And while my bottle says “Gratitude”, it has indeed inspired me as well.  It inspired me to learn how to etch glass at home.  Now, not everyone has access to a sandblaster but if you have a craft store near by, you’ll likely be able to find everything you need to turn out a variety of etched glass projects.

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