Day 22 – Burlap Monogram Table Runner

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Burlap design elements are Haute (haha – play on words, get it?  HOT/HAUTE?) these days.  The ability to buy burlap in rolls makes it easy to find, and customize, for your craft projects.  Colored burlap rolls are available at so many retailers, including Walmart!  Be aware – the further apart the threads are in the burlap – the more fragile it is.  It might be worth springing on some better quality stuff for this project so it’s washable and sturdy.

I love the idea of using a stencil and a sharpie to customize these projects – just be sure you have something underneath that can handle the bleed-through.  If you cant print and cut out your own stencils – then use something you print out and cardstock or a wood letter you get inexpensively at the craft store.

This tutorial from ThePinningMama.com has good tips and step by step instructions.

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Day 21: Tea Cup Pincushion

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I am a big fan of recycling china.  You can find adorable little cups in thrift stores -and finding ways to repurpose them is so much fun.  This little craft is NO SEW and quick – and a perfect little gift for the grandkids to put together for grandma or an auntie.

I found the idea on Pinterest – but happens sometimes it didnt link to anything – so I had to hunt around on the net for something useful.  This tutorial at PunkProjects.com is a great step by step explanation!

Enjoy!

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Day 20 – Homemade Gak

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Gak?  Of all the things to call this stuff – that word is the worst :)  But, if you have kids in the family – sons, daughters, nieces or nephews – then this stuff would make a seriously great stocking stuffer.  The best part?  Apparently its pretty much “no mess” for mom and dad to clean up.

I found this cute tutorial at MusingsSAHM.com that shows how to make it step by step – in less than 5 minutes!

Because this has A tiny amount of borax in it – i’d keep it away from kiddos with “hands and everything in mouth syndrome.”  It probably wouldnt hurt them too much – but it could make them sick – so its better that this be for ages 5+ or so.

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