Thursday, April 26, 2012

Business Card Holder Tutorial

making a business card holder from fabricI am loving this business card holder. Probably because it is pink. And has ruffles.
Anyway, I made it for my mom for a Mother’s Day gift. She has a direct sales jewelry business and I decided she needed to carry her business cards in style.making a business card holder from fabric

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gifts for Men: Chisel Sleeve Tutorial

I have a tough time coming up with gifts to make for men.

However, my dad had seen the felt car mat I made my little boy and suggested that the idea could be adapted to store chisels.

So I purchased some canvas, did a little freezer paper stenciling, and cut up an old t-shirt to make the binding. (Every project seems to somehow include an old t-shirt.)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chewbeads Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Chewbeads giveaway is comment #8!

I like the Cornelia Bracelet - Military Olive !

Debbie, I'll be emailing you in a minute to get your contact information! 
Thanks to everyone who entered. I had more than a few comments that you didn't know Monkey See, Monkey Do had a Facebook page! Glad I could raise awareness. 

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog. 

Have a great weekend!

30-Minute Skirt Tutorial

30 Minute Pink Skirt Made from T-shirt  #skirttutorial #easyskirt #DIYskirt
I made this skirt for a friend’s little girl. It was super easy and really only took me about 30 minutes. Even with the freezer paper butterfly detail. See? IMG_5203

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reminder: Enter the Chewbeads Giveaway

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Chewbeads giveaway! Even if you don't have a baby, you should enter to win some teething jewelry for a friend. 

Or for me. This guy is getting another tooth. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Flower Headband from Scraps

flower headbandI saw my sweet little 8 year-old cousin at Easter. I have made her some flowered headbands in the past (using this tutorial). She loved them! So i wanted to make her another one.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Tank Top from Scraps

striped spring top made from scraps of t-shirts
I made this shirt from scraps of t-shirts.
striped spring top made from scraps of t-shirts
I had the remains of a shirt I bought at Target for $.60 a few weeks ago. I decided to use  the remains of it (I cut off the bottom and sleeves for this project) to make a new shirt.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chewbeads Giveaway-Closed

This giveaway is now closed.
If you are a mommy of a baby, I have a fun giveaway for you.
Have you ever heard of teething jewelry? If not, let me tell you about ChewBeads. I know you will agree with me that it is a necessity for every new mommy you know.

Jane-fslash-Charles Gift Set-1

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drawer to Shelf Hanging Instructions- from my Husband

I've had a few emails and comments asking how we hung my drawer-turned-shelf

Well, I had a little help. My husband, Greg, put it up. He's here today with a blueprint for mounting your own drawer-turned-shelf onto your wall.

It looks complicated, but it's three easy steps. Promise.

This picture shows the screws and where it was mounted to the 1x4 boards:

Thanks so much to Greg! Hope this helps all of you create an affordable storage solution securely mounted to the wall.

Easy DIY Upcycled, Reusable Swiffer Cloths

I don’t love to clean. I also don’t like to spend money on cleaning products. To avoid buying disposable swiffer cloths, I had just been using fleece tucked around the flat end of the swiffer broom and washing the cloth after every use. I could use an improvement.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Baking Bread: Step-By-Step

Last week, my friend Kirsten graciously had me guest post on her blog. You can see the post there, but I'm re-posting it today in case anyone missed it.
I cook every day. I like to bake, too. Here are some links to my favorite recipes, including muffins, grilled pizza (it's amazing!!!), the best ever steak marinate, and a fantastic lemonade cake

When I was younger, my Grandma taught me to make bread. I didn't make it myself for many years, considering it too time-consuming. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Scrappy Nursery Pillow

scrappy nursery pillow
nursery pillow made from scraps
I love making things for my boys. I had a tiny scrap of my baby’s nursery fabric (that I used for a crib skirt, blanket, and softie football) left. I had some other random scraps of fabric from the other projects, too. So I sewed them all into this boxy pillow. I just made it up as I went along.
No tutorial or in-progress pictures, sorry. Just the finished product.
This binding around the edge (scraps from a pair of jeans) makes the pillow boxy. IMG_4958
And the fringe-y looking stuff is t-shirt yarn. I used the idea here to add three rows of fringe. I thought my little guy would like the texture. He does.IMG_4965

Monday, April 2, 2012

Simple Placemat Tutorial

simple placemat tutorialstriped placemat with freezer paper stencilMy kitchen needed some spring updates. And since I live in a home where spring means it is {finally} time to get out our road bikes, I figured I’d give it a little bike theme. Similar to the bike kitchen towels I made a few weeks ago. 
Here is how I made four of these cute placemats.