Archive for September, 2012

DIY: zipper flower pin

I stumbled across this DIY sometime earlier this year when I was obsessed with Pinterest. I don’t pin anymore; instead, I do more.

To get started, you don’t need a whole lot. Felt, needle, thread, scissors, and of course a zipper of your choice. I chose one with a bit of bling for contrast.

The next 4 pics show the craft from start to finish, but for a bit more detail read below.

  1. Cut out a square piece of felt – a bit larger than you’ll need. You can trim it down later.
  2. Position 1 half of the zipper in the center of the felt and then twist it to form a petal.
  3. Add a few stitches as you go to keep everything in place as you work.
  4. Make sure you always end with the needle on the bottom of your project so your thread isn’t in the way of new petals.
  5. Continue to twist the zipper to form new petals. Make as many or as few as you like.
  6. When you get to the end of the zipper, add your final stitches to secure your work.
  7. Cut off excess felt, but leave a bit as a base for however you plan to use your zipper flower.

I added a safety pin to the back of my flower to wear as an accent on a jacket, but you could add a hair clip or any other fastener.

And voila – you were just crafty!

From the archives: Me, on YouTube

I was looking through Channel M blogs for a pic I knew I had posted awhile back, but found this little gem instead. The post was originally a VoxHunt…

Video:  Show us the first video that appears when you search your name on YouTube.

Of course, the search results have changed quite a bit since 2007, but here is the video I originally found when I searched ‘Maggie’ back in the day. Just as good 5 years later 🙂

Do more. Read more.

Last night I finished reading Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. I’m not proud of this accomplishment because the book was life changing (Eh, no!), or because I recommend it (What? They’re making it into a movie? No thanks.). I’m proud of this accomplishment because that puts my 2012 book total to 12; which means, I’ve completed another goal!

I think I’ve had a book goal every year for the past 5 years and this is the first time I’ve ever completed it (Crankypants can attest to this!). I give a lot of credit to the 2 book clubs I joined, but also to iBooks. If I hadn’t discovered how much I love reading on my phone, I probably would still be on book #3.

So what would I recommend from my 2012 collection? Easy…

  • Following Atticus: for any dog lovers out there
  • Unbroken: if you want to read an intense autobio
  • North and South: if you’re tired of reading Pride & Prejudice again and again
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: for a bit of Shakespeare without all the Shakespeare

Don’t worry, just because I’ve reached 12 doesn’t mean I’ll quit reading. I’ve already started Justin Halpern’s Shit My Dad Says. I know, I know…I did swear off nonfiction and autobiographies after the last two disastrous books but how could I say no to this one? It was on sale, had 5 stars, and I’ve already LOL’d twice…so at least I’ve already enjoyed it more than the last 2 books combined. Boom.

Lastly, in case you’re lagging because it’s September and you’re just looking forward to Christmas wishing you could skip the next few months. Here’s your Fall reminder: DO MORE!

DIY: viynl painted bracelets

I made these bracelets awhile back, but forgot to share it with you somewhere along the way. So here you go…

I think I first spotted this project over on A Beautiful Mess. [quickly searches DIY bookmarks] Yes! I did see this project there. Credit goes to Elsie & Emma – original project here.

Naturally, I had to try it out for myself. I didn’t have any extra leather laying around, but I did have some extra vinyl from my sewing stool DIY several months back. I had also just purchased snaps from the sewing shop and a snap fastener for this very purpose.

Unfortunately, this project had a bit of a learning curve as it was my first time working with snaps. Sure I followed the instructions, but try as I may, I still ended up putting the snaps on the wrong side of the vinyl a few times. Once I finally got it right, I decided I wouldn’t waste my other attempt and used it all the same. See below for this very simple DIY.

1. To get started, I cut out a piece of vinyl a few inches wide and made sure it would fit around my wrist (with a bit to spare as well!). I attached my snap hardware…correctly (after a few tries!). Note: if you are painting from end to end, add snaps at the end.

2. Next, I laid everything out to paint. Elsie & Emma suggested Martha Stewart paint, but I snagged general craft paint at my local craft store (MS probably adheres a bit better than the general stuff). I used both ends of my paint brushes to create stripes and dots.

3. Because I had added the snaps incorrectly to another piece of vinyl, I decided I’d just paint the opposite side and see how that turned out too. It does bleed a little and soak into the material a bit more, but I still liked the outcome.

4. After your bracelets are dry, wear ’em out and have a good time!

Weekend review: NAGAA finals

3 years ago, I joined the Washington, DC Gaels and learned how to play camogie and gaelic football. Since then, every Labor Day has been filled with blood, sweat, and fun as hundreds of players come together for the North American GAA finals.

This year in Philly was a little different for me since I tore my ACL a few weeks back. It was hard only being able to watch from the sidelines, but I still had a brilliant weekend. I’m already looking forward to next year in Cleveland; but let’s be honest, I’m just looking forward to being able to run again next year.

If you’re looking to get fit and find good friends, then I definitely recommend finding a GAA club in your town. The Irish are everywhere 🙂

Oh and to really make this weekend super fantastic, I got to have lunch with CrankyPants on Friday. Always a pleasure to catch up – though sad I didn’t snag a pic at lunch of our nom nom margaritas!

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