8 DIY Books to Make your house a Sweet Home

8 DIY Books

I like crafting. If it's a DIY Project, I really like it. I'm always looking for new projects. I sew, crochet, weave or knit. I like crafting and doing DIY Projects that make everything in the home sweeter. The more unique the better!

While searching for a new project, I learned the most common searches on Google always begin with-- "How to... " then (I turn beet-red and look around to see who is watching me)

I mean, I'm in the doctor's office, for Pete's Sake, and Google announces my most common keyword to the whole world. I'm pretty sure I type "How to... " into the Google toolbar at least 3 million times a week. And at least a couple million of the same words into Amazon each week too.

I'm a blogger and a crafter, and if there is some new way to turn a mason jar into a candle, I want to know it. Well... okay, maybe I'm a busy-body too.

Like this morning. I'm sitting here with a DIY idea in my head but not quite certain how to do it. Couldn't find anything I liked on Google, so I click my Kindle over to Amazon.

I mean, Amazon and Google are in cahoots, seems to me. Between the two of them, they sure monopolize a lot of my time. If I can't find what I'm looking for from one of them, I'll surely find it from from the other.

No, it isn't odd at all to search Amazon with the same words I search Google "How to..." 

If I can't find the item on Google, I can find the Instruction on How to make my own on Amazon.

Try it. Just type "How to DIY..."  ...and Oh my! 

Easy Make Patchwork Tote Bag

Easy Make Patchwork Tote Bag

Great Gift for the Holidays coming just around the corner

This Tote Bag is super easy to make and you don't have to leave the house to buy fabric! Wonderful 5" Patch fabric creates this Easy Patchwork Tote Bag. If you create a Patchwork Tote Bag with the person who will receive it in mind, this can be quite the stunning gift. Try fabric that has a sentimental meaning for the person who will be gifted with a brand new Tote Bag.

Is their a family member with a new baby or expecting one soon. Craft this pretty Tote Bag with a pink or blue fabric that suits the new baby.

Make a Tote Bag for your daughter (or son) with fabric that relates to them and their activities.
Make a Tote Bag for Mom with fabric reminescent of the things that bring her joy.
Best of all make a Tote Bag for yourself! with all the fabrics you love!

The Holidays are just around the corner and lately, I'm having gift-giving on my mind.

How to make Heat Resistant Oven Mitts and Pot Holders- DIY

How to Make Heat-Resistant Oven Mitts and Pot Holders?

For many years I made my own pot holders. Then I got busy making Pillow Shams and Custom Hand Towels for Ebay and Etsy and no longer had time to make my own Oven mitts and Pot Holders.

I really miss the "personal touch" that is always included when you make your own. Even when it means making something as simple as a Heat Resistant Oven mitt or Pot holder

When we learned to make our own bias tape, we discussed how hand-made items often out-last "Store bought" items. So I've been looking for a really easy pattern to get you started with making your very own Heat-Resistant Oven Mitts and Pot Holders.

In the past, I have had issues quilting the finished Oven Mitts and Pot Holders. Now, I can see that my problem was mostly due to the fact that I quilted mine as the final step with both sides already sewn together, The fabric is quite bulky when fully completed.

Then last week I happened upon this super easy pattern for making your very own Heat Resistant Pot Holders that includes a very easy way to include the quilting before the product is finished. Much easier than the way I had done it previously.

This pattern doesn't use our pre-made bias tape, but if you're like me-- the more patterns and alternatives, the better. 

What I really like about these instructions for the Heat Resistant Oven mitts and Pot Holders is that important instructions about Insul Bright are included as well (The Heat Resistant Material.)  

How to make your own Bias Tape and Seam binding

Bias Tape and Seam Binding 


I was throwing away a few pot holders that were burned, stained and simply too thin to protect my fingers anymore.

As I separated potholders into piles, I noticed many more hand-made potholders to save for another day. More store-bought potholders tossed in the trash. I also noticed "hand made" outlasted "store-bought" by many years.

Deciding to make a few new potholders, I determined to search Ebay and  Etsy for inspiration. Nothing quite like a pretty, hand made pot-holder.

It's nostalgic to be searching for potholder ideas from Ebay. I began my career on Ebay with custom made potholders. I'm not kidding. I had a Power Seller Store full of potholders

Back then, I created felt Apples, Pears. Tomatoes along with barnyard animals and appliqued them all onto solid color pot holders. Today, 15 years later-- I want a cute potholder that I can make in a few minutes for my very own kitchen. It no longer has to be a potholder stack of 50 to ship in the morning! 

Hand-made Tote Bag any Mother would Love - DIY for Mother's Day

Mother's Day Without Mom

My Mom passed away with Alzheimer's in 2008 shortly before Mother's Day. So every year when Mother's Day rolls around, I am reminded of my mother.

Actually, I think of my Mother all year long but it seems like Mother's Day is a more profound reminder of those last few years when she had lost memory of all that Motherhood meant for her.

When I was a child, Mother's Day was a joyous and fun occasion during elementary school years. As classmates we planned and schemed to make the perfect gifts for our mothers: a glass paper-weight with a smiling face peeking through, plaster pushed into an oval shape and painted red with my hand-print pressed into the center.

The Cutest Easter Baskets Ever - Make Your Own

Kaffe Fassett Pastel Fabric
With Easter just around the corner, this is a somber and reverend time of year. Each family celebrates in their own way. Church attendance, Potluck dinners, Outside barbecues if the weather allows, families come together in peace and love and be grateful and thankful for all they enjoy.

For children, Easter is a fun time of frolicking and joy while they color eggs and eat them later. Most children love eggs, especially colored eggs, candy eggs, and rolling in the grass to find the very prettiest painted egg.

This Easter you can craft your very own Egg Baskets that are as pretty and colorful as any dyed egg.

Use brand new fabrics from a Pastel Rainbow, or more subtle fabrics that carry their own memories.