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Happy 4th!

I hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July today! We are going to be lazy and spend the evening on the river with some friends, eating and swimming. Then we are going to watch the fireworks once it gets dark. Sounds great doesn’t it? I’m really looking forward to it. Which is why I am taking a day off from blogging today and leaving you with this wonderful image that I found here.

I would really love to have a space like this at my house, it’s gorgeous!!

What are you doing today? Anything wonderful? Whatever it may be, I hope you enjoy it!

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Fringe Card and CD envelope

Since today is a holiday and I get to spend the whole day with my sweetheart, I am going to make this little post short and sweet. I think you all know that I do some photography from time to time and last weekend, some friends of ours renewed their vows and I took pictures for them of the little ceremony. It was such a sweet time and I love getting to be behind the lens for moments like those. Anyway, I was burning a CD for them of the images and I made a little CD envelope for it to go in and I thought I would share it with you. I actually made two envelopes because I owed a CD to someone else to for pictures of the birthday party from February… oops, I’m a bit late on that one :)

For the front, I cut a piece of fabric using pinking shears. Then, using a glue stick, I glued it on. I printed the little labels onto graph paper and adhered them with washi tape.

For the back I printed another graph paper label and adhered it with washi tape. I also sealed it with washi tape (man I love that stuff!).

I included a little card in the package as well:

I got the idea for the fringe card from here. I think it could use a bit more tweaking to make it just right but it was a good first try. I also created the little envelope out of wrapping paper.

I just finished baking and photographing a recipe I’m going to share with you tomorrow. The whole house smells wonderful! So stay tuned :)

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Pinterest Love

Is there anyone out there who has not heard of Pinterest yet? I have been hearing about it for a long time now but have been a bit resistant to join simply because I already use Image Spark (you can read about my love affair with Image Spark here). A few weeks ago I finally joined the Pinterest world and while I still use and love Image Spark, I now have two places that I keep track of inspiring images.

I actually have to be very disciplined. It’s super easy to get lost in Pinterest and find yourself spending waaaaaaaay too much time browsing other boards and images. There are just so many fun ideas and I might want to add them to my collection so I have to keep checking, right?! Here are some pictures that I have added to my boards:

Isn’t this lovely? I have a board for bedrooms and I collect every inspiring bedroom image that I can find.

I also have a board for living rooms. I think this blue living room is gorgeous!

I keep a board for outdoors. I would love to have a space like this!

It’s also handy to have a board for colors and patterns that inspire me. I love this color combo and I think it would work really well in my own living room.

I’m sure you aren’t surprised to learn that I have a board for DIY projects. I really love this side table made from a lampshade frame.

It is surprising to me that I have a recipe board as well since I normally don’t like to cook all that much. I have made a few changes to our diet recently and now I have really been enjoying cooking. I just hope the enjoyment lasts :) And don’t these oreo cookies baked into chocolate chip cookies sound amazing? I really will try these someday!

I have a board that I collect images of different typography things as well. I really love this poster, it cracks me up!

Another board I really enjoy adding to is clothing inspiration. It’s sort of like shopping, except instead of taking it home with me, I just pin the stuff I wish I could buy. Like this super cute dress from Madewell. Love it!

I have a bunch more boards that I haven’t listed here but you get the idea. Have I convinced you to join yet? It really is fun… but also addicting. So don’t say I didn’t warn you! You can now head on over to Pinterest and request an account and start pinning. Just to let you know, it takes a little bit to get an account once you request one. I think it took me about 1 week or so. But the wait is totally worth it. I have a new love :)

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Reader Question: Cat Fancy

I got another reader question this week from Jessica who writes:

I noticed that you have a cat and it appears from posts you’ve written that you love your cat probably as much as I love mine. I actually have 6 cats and since I love them so much I would like to have some things around my house to show how much I care about them. Do you have any ideas for some tasteful cat decor? Thank you for taking the time to do this, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

I love reader questions and I was super excited to dive into this one! Most of you know, I do love my cat, and why not have a few things around that house that might show my love for her? Here are some awesome things that I found:

One way to add a small dose to your home is with kitchen towels. I found this sweet hanging kitchen towel and I thought it would make a perfect addition to Jessica’s home.

You all know how much I like to make stuff and so when I found this fabric panel quilt block I thought it would be fun to make a whole quilt with them. You could display it when you are finished or you could save it for chilly winter evenings with your cats cuddled up next to you.

Why stop with just the interior of your home? Here is a cool garden flag that you can proudly display for all your neighbors to see.

Pillows are a great way to bring color and pattern to a room but also show who you are. Check out this great spoiled cat lives here pillow. Wouldn’t this be sweet addition your couch?

We all know how popular wall decals are now so I couldn’t not include one in the round up. I found this wall decal on ebay. I’m also thinking you could DIY one with contact paper.

I also love this stained glass sun catcher. Put that baby on your window and let the colors light up the room as the sun shines through!

Lastly, and also my personal favorite, I can always use more plants in my house. When I found this planter I knew it would be perfect for an indoor house plant. How cute!!

Well, Jessica, I hope that helps you with your decor problem. I only have one more thing to tell you all…


Did I get any of you? I hope so :) I mean, come on, you don’t really think I would put any of that in my house do you? All of it, even the question was made up. And if there really is a Jessica out there with that question, I hope I didn’t offend you. It was all in good fun :)

I have done a couple of other April Fool’s day posts here and my very favorite, here.

I hope you all have a great April first and a happy weekend!!

P.S. If any of you have a real question, email me here

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Organization: Pattern Binders

Today I thought I would share with you a simple way that I organize some of my crafting mess that seems to accumulate out of nowhere. I really hate clutter but yet I seem to have it everywhere and I have found that if I have a spot for things it helps me stay better organized.

Since I make a lot of stuff I tend to have a lot of patterns for things. Whenever I use an overhead projector I will end up with a transparency. Whenever I use a stencil, I have to store it somewhere. And the list goes on. So I created a binder for these types of things and I started storing all of my miscellaneous papers in it.

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All you need is an empty 3 ring binder and some clear page protectors. Then I just slip the item in it and they all get filed away. The pages above are from my peacock pillow (which is actually a stencil I made on contact paper so I stuck it to the outside of the page protector instead of slipping it inside) and an overhead transparency that I used for the Christmas tree banners.

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On the left, the templates for my paper houses from a few years ago and the paper stencil I created for my curtains. Some of these projects I may want to make again and so I don’t want to get rid of the pattern since it took so much time and effort so instead I file it away. It has worked really good for me so far and I’m sure there will be times in the future that I go through the book and purge what I don’t need but for since the binder isn’t full, I keep filing them.

On a similar note, I use the same system for my sewing projects. I would find really cool sewing patterns online and then I would print them out. After a while I had a bunch of loose patterns floating around my sewing room and could never find what I wanted when I wanted it. So, a 3-ring binder saves the day!

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Not only do I keep patterns that I have printed out from the internet, but I also keep patterns that I have created myself. Like my apron pattern or the kids apron pattern. I may want to make them again and then I would have to figure out the pattern all over again. It’s so much easier to keep them :) I also make notes on them to remind myself of how I did something.

What about you? Do you have any really good system for storing this kind of thing? I’m glad my system works for me but I always like to hear other ideas that might be better. If that’s even possible :) Ha ha, just kidding!

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Hello, and welcome to my little blog! What started out as a blog to show some of my scrapbook pages ended up being a blog that shows all of my projects, ranging from scrapbooking to decorating to sewing to photography. I also run a little online shop called every jot & tittle where I sell handmade paper products. Take a look and leave me a comment to say hi! (Photo by Heather Smith.)

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