12.21.2011

Build a Fort Kit

Every now and then I get to babysit three pretty cute kids - two boys and a girl. They are so fun and creative, and I wanted to make something for them as a Christmas gift! When I came across this idea online, I immediately knew it was perfect! I was so excited to get started. It ended up being really simple to put together and was also easy on the wallet! 





Materials:
- 2 twin top-sheets
- Ribbon to sew onto sheets
- Rope
- Clothespins/Clips
- Flashlight
- Glow-sticks
- Bag to put everything in! 

Glowsticks: $0.99  Flashlight: (3 at) $0.99  Rope: $0.99  Clothespins: Free  Twin sheet: (2 at) $3.99

First, I set out to collect what I needed to put inside the bag. I got the glow-sticks, flashlights, and rope at the 99 Cent Store. The clothespins I already had on hand. For the two twin sheets I made a trip to Ikea - it was by far the cheapest place I found to buy a single top-sheet! 



To add extra functionality, I sewed ribbons onto each of the four corners and the middle of the long side of each sheet. I gave the option of a loop - to hook onto things, or the option of tying. 


I wanted to give the clothespins an extra touch of "cuteness", so I simply decorated them with a Sharpie pen!

*I found these adorable tags on another blog - www.ARMOMMY.com - where she has a printable pdf! 



For the bag, I took a white pillow case and shortened it by sewing a new seam along the bottom with my sewing machine. I then used black fabric paint to hand paint the word "Fort" on the front of the bag and sponged some polka-dots across the top. For the drawstring, I took a thick ribbon and slid it through the top section of the pillow case.

I LOVE how it turned out and can't wait to see the many forts they build! 
*ATH*



12.05.2011

*ATH* Etsy Shop Open!

Well, after thinking about it for a while I have finally opened shop on Etsy! I am really excited to be selling the things that I make and hope others are excited too! Here are a few of the items that I have listed so far! Keep checking back and please spread the word!





Check out my shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/allthingshomespun! Thanks for the support! 
*ATH*



12.01.2011

Wooden Candle Holders

I have always admired the fancy candles out there that look like they are made of wood, but I could never bring myself to spend $15 on a single candle! This is my version of the same look, but for less! Plus, mine will last as long as the candle is replaced!






Materials:
- Wood
- Table saw
- Drill
- 1 1/2 inch drill bit
- Tea light candles


Instructions: 
- After each piece of wood is cut to the desired size, use the 1 1/2 inch bit to drill a hole into the center, about 3/4 inch deep.
- To protect any surface that the candle will be setting on, cut out and glue felt to the bottom of each candle holder. 
- Place a tea light candle in the hole and light! 
- *Optional: I decided to add some lace to the top of mine, just for looks! 



*ATH*