Take the excess thread and loop it to make a loose knot.
Slowly tighten the knot, keeping it close to the fabric. Place your finger on the thread to hold it to the fabric as you finish pulling it tight.
It may take a few tries, but once you get the hang of it you will have a nice knot at the end of your string! Do this a few times to make sure it is snug.
I am a complete beginner when it comes to sewing. The first time I did a project requiring hand sewing, I had to look up how to tie a knot to start sewing and how to tie a knot to end the sewing. It seems like a very simple thing to know, but there are a lot of people who don't know how. Here is a very easy way to help you tie a knot at the end of your string before you start sewing and a simple way to tie off the thread when you are all finished!
Starting With A Knot
Ending With A Knot
Coloring doesn't have to be just for children. Although the coloring book and a box of crayons is most often associated with small children, it can be relaxing, enjoyable, and even sometimes therapeutic for adults. I believe that it is very important to keep the child inside of you alive and coloring is a great way to do that!
I will often go through periods of time where I don't do any fun, creative projects. During those lulls I try to keep myself doing small, easy crafts or projects in order to keep my brain in a creative thinking mindset. Probably the biggest way I do this is by either painting my nails fun designs and experimenting with techniques or by coloring.
Now, when I say coloring, I don't mean the "here is a picture, stay inside the lines" type of coloring. I am going to go outside of the lines and add even more lines. I LOVE to parody coloring book pictures.
I am one of those people who don't like having a messy house. A little clutter here and there isn't too bad, but where the clutter spreads all over is where I have to put my foot down. Usually I am good at keeping it from getting to out of hand, but those once a week thorough cleaning days are usually still needed. While trying to keep organized and playing around with different ways to make it easier to organize the house, I have come across this very simple way to help keep your wires organized.
I had a bit of trial and error with the first one I made (remember I am a newbie at this), but I quickly realized what went wrong and learned from my mistakes. After I adjusted my methods, I was able to easily make a snowflake successfully!
I will post a quick crash course on how to make these for those of you who are in the same boat I was and am doing this for the first time, and then I will post some patterns for snowflakes to help satisfy your crafty tooth for a while.
Simple, isn't it? Now that you are a pro at this and can make a flurry in your living room, here are just a few of the patterns I found and gathered in one place for your convenience! There are many, many more out there, so don't feel limited to these! Have fun!
I am one of the millions of people who suffer from having way to many plastic bags. I have tried folding them, stuffing them in other bags, and even buying the cloth tubes made for holding them. I will admit that the cloth tubes look nicer than a bulging bag full of bags, but it doesn't do much in the way of space reduction. I have looked all over trying to find ways to use the bags and be creative, but nothing really came up. I ended up just recycling a handful of them every time the bag got too full. We use the bags for small trash cans around our apartment and for when we need to carry multiple of something, but we don't use them faster than we gain them.
I finally found this great blog that showed a tutorial on how to fold plastic bags into "footballs" to make storage easier and tidier. After doing these, it is worth the few minutes it takes to fold up any bags I bring home from grocery shopping. It does not take long, and it becomes easier to do with repetition. See for yourself how neater it looks!
I got home that night, gathered all of my supplies and got to work. It took me a few hours between filling out as many index cards as I could, switching between different colored sharpies, drawing little pictures on certain cards, punching all the holes in them and finally finding a little bag and tissue paper to put them in. It was around 12:30 AM when I was completely done.
I wanted to surprise Dan with the gift, but I wanted to do it in a different way. So instead of going to sleep, I drove down the road to his house and put the bag on the drivers seat of his car. I knew he would be up and going to work early that morning so I was confident he would find it and be able to enjoy it. He did find it and loved it. To this day I will take an index card or two and write a note on it and put them someplace where he will find them so he can add them to his book. I titled it "Here Are Just A Few Reasons Why I Love You".
In my spare time I like to express my creative side by doing my nails. It is a very girly thing to do but, being a girl, I enjoy it. Most all of the designs I have done have been Pinterest inspired. (I have an entire board dedicated to nail art!) Instead of linking to individual tutorials I am going to link to my Pinterest board at the end of this post. But I thought I would share a few of my creations with you first. Now, I am in no way a professional at this so don't expect perfection because you will be disappointed. But for the most part all of these were fairly easy to do. Enjoy!