How to Make Felt Coffee Cup Sleeves

If you're anything like me, you're indulging in a lot of hot beverages during these winter months. Instead of using disposable paper sleeves for your to-go cups, why not make a Felt Coffee Cup Sleeve to use again and again? It's a quick, easy, and useful craft that allows your creativity to run wild! I'll share the basics and then suggest some fun alternatives. DIY Materials: Felt (available in many colors for about 25 cents a sheet) Hot glue gun Scissors Pen or marker Disposable coffee cupDIY Instructions:1. Remove the paper sleeve from your cup. Place onto the felt you want to use, and trace around it.2. Cut out the felt sleeve. Then, if you want to use more than one layer or color of felt and want the first layer to show behind it, cut another sleeve slightly … [Read more...]

3 Upcycle Sewing Projects That Are Great For Beginners

When I got started sewing in my teens, my grandma encouraged me to work with old t-shirts and pillowcases. Let me tell you – I thought she was being silly, but it was so smart! I made a mess of so many projects back then and I’m very happy that I wasn’t using my babysitting money to buy fabric! For those of you who aren’t familiar with upcycling, it’s simply the process of reusing old things to make better new things. Upcycling is great, especially if you’re new to sewing.You’ll be able to make neat, useful things while spending little or no money on materials. The other great thing is that if you make mistakes, it’s no big deal since you didn’t have to invest in the materials.  Today, we’ve collected a few simple upcycle sewing ideas to get you started. You'll need a few old … [Read more...]

Six Best Free Patterns For Fingerless Gloves

The season of cold weather is upon us, which means it's time to pull out the knitting needles and yarn and prepare to warm your hands this fall and winter with a cozy fingerless gloves. Knitted mitts keep wrists and palms warm, keeping fingers free for typing, texting... or knitting! We've gathered six of the most beautiful patterns for fingerless gloves and cozy mitts, whether you're knitting for your best friend, favorite guy or yourself./1/ Fetching Beauty Fingerless Gloves - Knitty Light cabling and a scalloped edge give these mitts a simple elegance./2/ Ethnic Explorations Fingerless Mitts - Independent Stitch This lovely Fair Isle pattern offers a simple chart as well as written instructions. Perfect for your first foray into Fair Isle, or a quick and easy project for … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

 If you are trying to come up with a festive theme for your upcoming New Year's Eve Party, consider a Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party! The Great Gatsby era was all about decadence, over the top parties and speakeasy bars; a combination perfectly suited to New Year's Eve celebrations of all sizes! INVITATION The first step when planning your Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party is the invitation.  According to the website TinyPrints, the invitation is the best way to communicate to your guests what it is that you are celebrating and what the event is all about.  Be clear on your invitation what the theme is and if you want guests to participate in the theme, such as dressing in Great Gatsby attire.Plan to mail the invitation approximately four to six weeks prior to the … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Crafts for Kids

With only weeks until Old Saint Nick flies his sleigh until town, it's time to start thinking of how you'll occupy idle time with the little ones. When school lets out for Winter Vacation you'll want to be prepared for the "I'm bored!" that is sure to flow from their lips. Today I have a collection of 12 Days of Christmas Crafts that will keep the kids busy crafting AND will help you decorate your home. It's a win-win!/1/ Scrapbook Paper Santa Claus - No Christmas craft making session is complete without Santa Claus himself. Your kids will love curling this jolly fella's beard!/2/ Paper Plate Elf - There's something about an elf at Christmastime that makes me very happy. These paper plate elves are absolutely no exception. I dare you to make one and not smile!/3/ Felt … [Read more...]

Sparkling Wine Types for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are here and it's time to break open the sparkling wine!  Celebrating this time of year with family and friend's is one of life's joys.  But what exactly should you serve your guests when you are entertaining at home?  Walking into a wine store and trying to figure out which bottle of sparkling wine to choose can be overwhelming.Luckily, hosts have many options when it comes to what to pour for their guests. Champagne? Prosecco? Cava? Sparkling wine? Maybe Moscato d'Asti?  Here I am going to give you a brief lesson in Sparkling Wine 101 and some of the fabulous choices:ChampagneOnly sparkling wine made in Champagne, France, using the Traditional Method, is allowed to be called Champagne. These wines undergo a second fermentation, in the bottle, which is called … [Read more...]