All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

DIY Dog Collar

Anybody who knows me, knows that I love my dog... Bentley. He is a constant source of comedy, comfort and inspiration. I like to think that he has his own sense of style that goes with his personality. I noticed that his collar was looking a little worn out, so I decided to make him a new one.

I did my usual research and found this very helpful video on you tube. My first attempt was using fabric and fusible interfacing. I chose a funky retro print fabric because I thought it would look cool against Bentley's dark fur. The fabric collar came out ok, but lacked the structure of a traditional collar.

I wasn't super happy with my first collar attempt so I decided to make another one. This time I purchased a yard of black nylon webbing to give the collar the structure missing from the first collar. I also found a super cute mustache ribbon to use as an accent. The best thing is that I was able to purchase all the supplies for this project for less than $5.00...I never go to the craft store without a coupon!

It took me about 30 minutes to make the collar because I took my time sewing the ribbon onto the  nylon. I wanted to make sure that my sewing was as clean as possible. I used Bentley's existing collar as a guide for size. I am so happy with the collar and I think Bentley likes it too. 

I took some pictures of Bentley modeling his new collar. 

It must be so exhausting being this cute.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fabric Covered Storage Bin

If there is one thing I love more than crafting it's being organized. Almost every night before bed Alex reads his In Touch magazine. If you are unfamiliar with the magazine it's published and distributed by Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries, it's basically a christian readers digest full of stories and daily devotionals. 

Anyways...Alex has a pile on his nightstand that constantly fall all over the floor and I can't stand clutter next to the bed. His nightstand is very small and narrow with no drawers but it does have a small shelf at the bottom. For a while now I've been looking for a storage bin to hold all his magazines. I got lucky at the dollar store and scored the below bin for a $1. The bin it self isn't very attractive but it's nothing that a little fabric and hot glue can't fix.

I found this awesome retro inspired car print at Hancock's fabrics in a duck canvas. It wasn't on sale, but it was too cute to pass up. I purchased a half a yard to be on the safe side and I also had a 50% off coupon. I love my coupon's...especially on craft stuff. 

I decided to trace the shape of the bin onto the backside of my fabric with pencil. I then folded my fabric in half and cut out two pieces. One for the inside of the bin and one for the out side. I then took my iron and pressed a small hem around the entire strip of both pieces fabric, once the hem was complete I started hot glueing. This was not difficult, just time consuming and I had to be careful not to burn my self.

I think it took me about 30 to 45 mins to complete the inside and outside. I also had some leftover fabric that I hot glued to the bottom and I used a piece of black felt to cover the insert that fits into the bottom of the bin.

The magazines fit perfectly inside the bin and it looks neat and tidy at the bottom of Alex's nightstand. I can't show you the nigh stand right now because it's under construction. I can't wait to show you his nigh stand....I'm decoupaging it with a roll of vintage inspired newspaper wrapping paper. 

Overall this project was very easy and inexpensive. I plan on making more of these in the future.

Kc Jo


Thursday, November 1, 2012

53 Days until Christmas

Today I stumbled upon this great site Land of Nod, tons of great gift and home decor ideas. The site is mainly geared towards the little people in our lives...but I could definitely see myself using some of their storage ideas.

I found a great holiday video "A Colorful Christmas" on their site that really inspired me to start thinking about how I'm going to decorate my tree this year. I hope this inspires you too. 

Kc Jo 

{ I love the bright colors of the Confetti Tree Skirt }