Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

What else can I possibly make with a mason jar?  A mason jar toothbrush holder of course!  The classic mason jar is so versatile and yes it seems like I am using them a few times a month for a project around here.  But we all have our passions right?  This mason jar toothbrush holder is so quick and easy to make…I almost can’t call this a tutorial.   

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder -- make this in just 5 minutes with a few supplies!

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Dr. Seuss Quote Sign

It is Craft Lightning week and this time we are having a week of Dr. Seuss crafts.  If you are new around here, Craft Lightning is where I partner with 30 Minute Crafts for a week of quick and easy crafts that take 15 minutes or less.  Each morning I will post a fun original craft tutorial and each afternoon I will post a round up with features from our series partners.  If you want a chance to be featured this week, be sure to link up to our Craft Lightning linky party.  If you have missed any of the fun this week, be sure to visit the round ups from day 1day 2, day 3, and day 4.  Or you can find them all and more on our Dr. Seuss Pinterest board. My first project this week is this great Dr. Seuss quote sign.    
 

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

Start with a 12 x 12 wood sign and some RIT dye in the color of your choice.  RIT dye?  Yep we are going to use it to stain the wood.  Just pour 1/2 a cup of dye and 1 cup of hot water into a bowl.  Paint that mixture on your sign using a foam brush.  Be sure to wear gloves and protect your surfaces well when working with dye.  Wipe off any excess dye after about 2 minutes and you have a perfectly stained board in the color of your choice.  Allow the board to dry completely before continuing.  

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

My stencil is a custom stencil from Right Side Stuff.  They actually sent me this stencil free of charge but I was not paid or perked in any other way.  I will say that the results with this stencil were great and I would highly recommend them.  If you want to make this sign, just drop them an email and tell them you want this stencil and she will make it for you!  You will also need Americana multi surface paint in lipstick, cottonball, and steel grey.  Plus painter’s tape and paint pens in black and white.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

Directions come with your stencil but basically you remove the backing paper and apply to your surface using a squeegee or shopper’s card.  Then remove the transfer paper and you can then paint your letters.  My letters took 2 – 3 coats each and I left the stencil on until the letters were adequately painted.  These stencils leave amazing clear lines with little to no bleed through.  I was very impressed with the quality of the paint job I was able to achieve with them.  NOTE:  the stencil comes in 2 halves so I did the top half and then the bottom half.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

When painting the bottom half, I did the question mark in grey and masked it off for the other portions.  I then painted the “stand out” in white with three coats and allowed to dry.  Then place the painter’s tape over the words as shown below and paint that area in red.  Once complete, remove tape and stencil.  NOTE:  I found these to be one time use only stencils as I was not able to get them off in one piece.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

After your project is painted and completely dry, you can then go around the outside of the letters with a paint pen.  This really made the entire sign pop.  I used a black and white paint pen as shown below.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

Once everything has been allowed to dry, use a matte spray sealer over the entire project for protection.  Then you are ready to hang in the room of your choice.  This would make a wonderful addition to any kids room.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

I added the sign to my I Love Books Bathroom and it is just perfect in here.  Are you going to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss?  Be sure to stay tuned all week as we give you tons of craft projects to complete with your kids to get ready for Read Across America day.

Dr. Seuss Quote Sign -- make a quote sign with a stencil in just a few minutes.  Perfect for any kids room.

A few of my friends had some Dr. Seuss crafts that did not fit into our “15 Minute Craft” week.  So I gathered them up here so you can visit those as well! 



For even more Seuss crafts, be sure to check out our Dr. Seuss crafts Pinterest board.  I hope you also enjoyed my Dr. Seuss quote sign and will make one for your home.  Stay tuned all week for lots of quick and easy Dr. Seuss crafts.  
Product for this tutorial was given to me for the purpose of using it on this blog.  However all opinions and projects are my own.
 

Lavender in a Mason Jar

Add a gorgeous air freshener to any room by putting lavender in a mason jar.  The idea for this started when Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and myself made this video with 10 gifts in a jar.  She added lavender to a jar in the video for a fun gift and I thought the idea was brilliant.  I had tons of lavender in my flower garden so I was ready to go.

Lavender in a Mason Jar -- add lavender to a squat mason jar for a gorgeous and frangrant addition to any room.

First I added the lavender to the jar by pulling it off of the stems.

Lavender in a Mason Jar -- add lavender to a squat mason jar for a gorgeous and frangrant addition to any room.

Carolina used just fabric on top of her jar but I wanted to be a little different.  I had a vintage handkerchief in my stash so I grabbed it.  I bundled it up and secured with a rubber band to make it the proper size to fit on my jar.

Lavender in a Mason Jar -- add lavender to a squat mason jar for a gorgeous and frangrant addition to any room.

I then put it rubber band side down on the jar and added the band of the lid around it.  I love that puckered look on the top as well.

Lavender in a Mason Jar -- add lavender to a squat mason jar for a gorgeous and frangrant addition to any room.

This lavender in a mason jar now resides in my bathroom where I can appreciate its amazing scent.  I just shake the jar occasionally to stir up the smell.  What do you use lavender for in your home?  I have a ton more and need a way to use it y’all.

 

 
 
Lavender in a Mason Jar -- add lavender to a squat mason jar for a gorgeous and frangrant addition to any room.

 

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks

I am taking a week to share some cleaning and organizing posts with  y’all.  Today is some bathroom organization tips and tricks.  If you are looking for even more cleaning and organizing posts, be sure to visit my partners for this series Carolina from Always Expect Moore and Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  They will both be posting their tips this week as well.  Now are y’all ready to get busy in the bathroom?  

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

We have been using open shelving and baskets to organize in our bathroom for years but I have never blogged about it.  I find even a method that works can use some tweaking every once in a while.  After all the bathroom was looking like the photo below with overflowing baskets and bins.  Keeping it real here…

 

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

My number one tip is to clean out your supplies.  Throw out expired and old items.  You would be surprised at the amount of trash you will acquire.  I know I was.

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

Next I had to organize what I wanted to keep.  One of my best tips is to use containers INSIDE other containers.  This keeps things like small bottles of nail polish corralled and organized.  Life with two teen girls in the house y’all.

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

My next tip is to store things like cotton balls in tall clear containers.  They are pretty enough to be displayed so why not leave them out.

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

While I adore lined baskets for most of my bathroom organizing some things just don’t work in a basket.  All of those hair ties that teens require are kept in a metal tin.  This way they don’t slip out of the basket or under the liner.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match containers in the same color scheme for your organization.

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

Do you have some clutter to eliminate from your bathroom?  Grab a garbage bag to get started off right.  Remember most of your clutter is likely expired or old.  Once that is out of your way it is only a few steps to a more organized bathroom for all the members of your family.

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks -- fabulous ideas for bathroom organizing!

Are you trying to get more organized in the new year?  Be sure to check out our organizing project gallery for tons more ideas and inspiration.  I hope these bathroom organization tips and tricks will help kick off your spring clean up.

Framing Vintage Quilt Squares

A few weeks back I framed some vintage quilt squares as art in my bathroom.  I realized I never shared it with y’all so I thought I would show it off a bit today.  They make me smile every time I walk past them.  That is the kind of art I want in my home.  Don’t you?

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

I just took a couple of quilt squares given to me by a great friend.  I found some chunky wide frames at the thrift store that they would fit in.  Then I gave the frames a bit of a white wash for a worn look.  

 

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

I just added in the quilt squares then put my art on my bathroom wall.  They live right beside my vintage cabinet in that room and I love the quirkiness that this area gives to my home.  It is the perfect place to display some vintage treasures.

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

Do you frame anything odd or unusual as art?  Vintage quilt squares are my weakness.  I look at every one as a piece of art.

How to Make Curtains: A super simple straight line sewing tutorial

I thought I would show y’all today a super simple how to make curtains tutorial.  If you can sew a few straight lines you can make a valance that looks just like the one pictured.  This quick and easy tutorial is for the beginner to the more accomplished seamstress that just wants new curtains.  Come see how I make these fully lined curtains for the windows in my bathroom.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Start with a pattern fabric you love and a liner fabric in white.  (ALWAYS wash your fabric before beginning any sewing of these curtains!)  I used the width of my fabric as the width of my curtain.  The pattern fabric was not as wide as the white so I cut the white fabric to the same width.  I then needed the height of my curtain.  I wanted the final valance to be about 16 1/2 inches from the very top to the bottom.  In order to do that you cut 16 1/2 inches of your white material and add 2 inches to your pattern material (or 18 1/2 inches in this case).  
NOTE:  What if you need a curtain for a wide window that is wider than your fabric?  You can make a series of these smaller curtains and hang them all on one rod.  In my final picture at the bottom of this post I used two of these smaller curtains on one set of windows.  

 

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom.  Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing.  What does that mean?  Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one.  You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top.  I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below.  Why have the excess?  I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight.  Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain.  This method is fool proof.  No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!

Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
It is time to sew up those sides.  Turn your sides in about 1/2 an inch all along the edge.  Use straight pins to hold in the edge until we sew it closed.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Note how my pins are placed.  This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally.  Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top.  I will show you what those are for in just a second.  Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Now begin sewing at the top and stop at the first pin that is 1 inch down from the top.  Start sewing again at that second pin that is 2 1/4 inches from the top.  Why did we just leave a gap in the seam?  That is where our rod pocket will be in just a minute.  Again I am sewing about 1/4 inch from the edge by allowing my material to run along the edge of my machine foot.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up.  Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
We are now going to finish that rod pocket and I have a super quick and easy trick for you.  Take tape and measure 1 inch from your needle.  Lay your tape down so that the left edge is on that 1 inch mark.  Do the same for a 2 1/4 inch mark.  These will be your guides for sewing your rod pocket.  This is a lifesaver especially when sewing more than one curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Run the top edge of your curtain through your machine running that top edge along your 1 inch tape edge.  Then do the same while running the edge along your 2 1/4 inch tape.  You have now made a rod pocket to hang your curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The best part?   You are done with one curtain!  Hang it up and admire your handy work.  Then if you are anything like me….get started on more for even more windows.  Stay tuned as tomorrow I am showing of my entire home in a home tour that you won’t want to miss!  In the meantime get started on some super simple curtains today.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Faux Bois Tooth Brush Holder in 5 minutes

All this week I am joining up with Carolina from Moore Craft Time for some quick craft inspiration — y’all enjoy!

I really, really love the faux bois trend that seems to be everywhere right now.  I love that faux wood grain pattern.  So when I picked up a new toothbrush holder at the Dollar Tree last week I knew just what I wanted to do with it.

How can you get that pattern in 5 minutes?

A sharpie!  You read that right!  Just grab your sharpie and start drawing.

The faux bois  pattern lends itself to imperfection.  It is supposed to look wiggly.  So just let it flow and see what comes out.
So within 5 minutes I had a new toothbrush holder and all for $1.  Now that is my kind of quick craft!

Do you love quick crafts?  Each day this week I will have a quick craft (in 15 minutes or less) for you.  Plus each afternoon I will be featuring other quick crafts from around the web.  Want a chance to be featured?  Link up your quick craft to my linky party for all to see (also head on over to the party yourself for tons of inspiration).

Thanks for stopping by!
Angie

Bathroom Organization

I tackled a portion of my bathroom last weekend and thought I would share it with y’all.  I really love an organized space but I seem to put it off forever.  We have a very large bathroom downstairs but there is just not much storage space.  The area next to the cabinet was becoming junk central.  So I bought a small shelf and changed things up.
I got one bag of trash out of the bathroom plus a few more things to donate.  One major eye sore was the fact that I buy toilet paper in those large economy size containers but I don’t have any place to put it.  Hello…stop trying to HIDE it!  I put it in this large basket right out in the open and instantly it looked better.

I did a basket next to the tub filled with special soaps, bubble bath, and other bath time goodies. 

The shelf got filled up with baskets to hide all of our toiletries.  I need to do some labels for this area but I have not gotten that far yet. 

So, so much better!  I smile when I walk in there now instead of grimacing.  Next up for the bathroom…CURTAINS!  Y’all stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!
Angie

Displaying Sea Glass

It is the end of summer.  **sniff**  But if you collected sea glass on the beach this summer, I have a way for you to display it around you home.  Don’t put it up in the closet.  Use it to make your home gorgeous!  My super simple solution for today….adding it to a lantern….
displaying sea glass
Are you reading this post just wishing you had some sea glass?  Don’t worry.  You can buy it!  Yep you read that right.  Head on over to Consumer Crafts and pick up you own sea glass for a beachy display in your home. 
displaying sea glass
My little Ikea lantern rests on a beach themed shelf in my bathroom…
displaying sea glass
Want another way to display sea glass?  Come back tomorrow and I will give you another one!
Thanks for stopping by!
Angie

How to Dye Your Rugs

Ever have an old rug that just doesn’t fit in with your home decor anymore?  Dye it! 
These were what were in my bathroom before I redecorated it.  Yes it has been a while.  This has been on my experiment list for a while.  This entire dye process took me 20 minutes…why did I put it off so long?  Anyway these just did not match my new color scheme.  Instead of spending more money on more rugs I decided to work with what I had. 
I picked up some black dye from Walmart.  Instead of following the instructions on the package I just cut the amount of dye and time.  I literally left these in the dye bath for 10 minutes.  They already looked black.  By the time I rinsed them and washed them according to the package directions, they were the perfect shade of gray!

Now after a few months, the kids finally have rugs in their bathroom again.  I am actually so intimidated by fabric dye.  Are you?  Seriously I learned my lesson…it is nothing to be afraid of…grab some at the store and get to work!

One more shot so you can see my typical tshirt and mom bun outfit….
Are you intimidated by fabric dye?  Will you maybe try it now?  What have you got to lose really??
~Thanks for stopping by!~
~Angie~