I LOVE Awards, but this means MORE to me. Thanks for thinking of them!

The Animal Rescue Site

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DIY Christmas Gift - Easy, Quick and Inexpensive

The local thrift shop had a huge stack of white linen dinner napkins still in their shrink wrap from the cleaners. $1 each.....SCORE! :)  I used AVERY light transfer sheets and my computer/printer and photo editing program to make these awesome DIY Christmas gifts.
More info and more DIY gifts here at this link. You still have time to make DIY Christmas gifts. What are you waiting for? :) Merry Christmas!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Do It Yourself Dog Toy

Who has a dog or two or three on their Christmas Wish List? This diy dog toy is very easy to make. It's a quick and inexpensive project. Learn to make this diy dog bottle toy here at my just-published tutorial on Squidoo. Find it here.
And please pass along this info to any dog lovers you know. I hope you enjoy this pattern and tutorial. :)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Monster Softie - Making Monster Stuffies! :)

This monster softie is perfectly suited to sit around in our backyard under a banana plant or a coconut tree. I used a lot of remnant aloha print fabrics for his arms, legs and his bias tape hair. (Have you tried making your own bias tape? It's SEW EASY to do. Look here.)
I think he looks like a Monster Tiki Softie....what do you think? Want to make one? I've published my free tutorial here on Squidoo. I think everyone should make LOTS of monster stuffies.....I bet you can't make just one! ;)
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Friday, October 5, 2012

DIY Halloween Bouquet - Eyeball Bouquet

I seem to have this thing for googly eyes lately. Today I finished another Halloween craft project that was very easy, very affordable and very quick. Want to make one?

Visit my Squidoo page for the how-to and make your own Bootiful Halloween Bouquet. Looks like the eyeballs have got it going this Halloween! :)
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Creepy Scary Googly Eye Fringe - DIY Halloween Tablecloth

Several years ago I added a funky fringe using metal washers to a white netted fabric to fashion a tablecloth for a small table in my home. I loved the look and published instructions on the website, eHow.

Recently I completed a DIY Halloween tablecloth using the same concept. Black netted fabric, the metal washers with the addition of classic googly eyes all contributed to this Halloween tablecloth that is easy and inexpensive to make. Here's my how-to on Squidoo.

I think it's boo-tiful! It was certainly fun. ;)
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Salad Dressing Container for Lunch!

I finally found a perfect way to carry salad dressing for lunch. An empty honey squeeze bottle comes to the rescue! It has a secure cap, can be shaken easily and dispenses the dressing like a champ! Try it!
Just stick the empty honey bottle in the top rack of the dishwasher and it's ready! What container do you use to carry your salad dressing? 
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

BEST Garlic Peeler EVER!

This innovative garlic peeler is the absolute BEST and quickest way to peel garlic. Simple to use and easy to clean. We use this handy gadget anytime we want to roast garlic.

And here's how we roast our garlic on the grill.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Sad Mad World of Animal Advocacy

Animal advocacy - It's a mad, sad world! There ARE joys and I find myself savoring each victory and trying to make that feeling last. The next one may not come for a day or two, and then again some days truly leave you marveling at the goodness out there.

People WANT to help the animals. How could you not? The depth of your involvement should always come from the heart. There will be a time in your life when you find yourself wondering what you can do to make a difference in the world.

I don't wonder any longer. I'm helping the animals. One animal at a time. Join me if you can by doing whatever you can. Walk an elderly neighbor's dog, drop off some cat food at the local pet food bank...an animal advocate can be found in us all.

Learn more about animal advocacy and how I've been spending my spare time here. I thank you for loving the animals!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making a Mesh Beach Tote with Window Screen :)

Fiberglass window screen and some retro lawn chair replacement webbing come together beautifully in this fun and roomy mesh beach tote. Construction probably took me an hour, but the tutorial took a great deal longer than that. lol

If you'd like to make a mesh beach tote bag, I've posted my step-by-step pictures and instructions on my Squidoo page here.  

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Not Enough Paint?

Have you ever been in the middle of a diy project and discovered there was not enough paint to finish a job? Well, that's what happened to me recently, or actually I thought that was what happened to me. I wanted to paint a rattan footstool a particular shade of green and since I already had green spray paint at home in a color I REALLY liked, I began the paint job.

Once I had finished all the outside of the footstool, I ran out of paint. (Remember, it was a USED can I already had at home.) What to do?

I was stumped. Sometimes my mind just does that to me. My husband walks over and says, "I know you have another shade of green paint in the tool shed. Why don't you just use that to paint the inside portion of the footstool? No one will see that anyway cause it will be covered up with the cushion." And then he walked away. Simple solution, right? But I doubt I would have figured it out. Yep, sad I know, but true. lol

It was definitely a classic DUH moment for me. So if there comes a time when you think there is not enough paint, maybe you should think again? OR take a better look around the tool shed before you begin painting. :)
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ADOPT ME Vest Pattern for Rescue Animals - Another Look!

Six M/Lg and Six Small ADOPT ME vests ready for pick up.

Weighs less than 4 ounces without donation pockets.

Weighs less than 5 ounces with one pocket - less than 6 ounces with two pockets.
Just wanted to show a few more pictures of ADOPT ME vests I've made from my original pattern. More info here. The pattern is $6 on Etsy. If you sew, please consider making some to sell or donate. If sewing isn't your thing, why not purchase the pattern for your local shelter? I'm sure they have sewists who volunteer just as I do for my local animal shelter. Please help a loving animal find its forever home. Mahalo!
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Friday, May 11, 2012

ADOPT ME Vest PDF Pattern - Helping Dogs Find Their Forever Homes

I finished a dozen ADOPT ME vests for dogs this morning for donation to the local humane society. This original PDF pattern is my design and it's actually pretty cool. (No really, it is very cool and comfortable for the dogs to wear.)  :) Less than 6 ounces for the large vest with two donation pockets. 

Dog approved and tested in the field. Easy to sew. This is a perfect project for dog advocacy groups. I have set the price in my Etsy shop at $6 ($1 from each pattern sold goes to the Hawaiian Humane Society) in hopes of keeping it affordable to nearly everyone.
Please pass along this information to your friends who sew and especially to any animal shelters. The more vests sewn and sold.....the more dogs finding their forever homes, right? I LOVE rescue dogs! (That's our lovely Lana in the picture under a coconut tree in the backyard.) :)
Thank you for loving these wonderful creatures! Happy Mom's Day on Sunday to all you moms of people babies and fur babies too. :) 
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Wild Olive Swap Exchange - Look What I Got! :)

I received this sweet embroidery work from a talented lady in Georgia as part of an exchange hosted by Mollie at Wild Olive.  Isn't this lovely? It was such a treat to discover this little bird. :) The green wristlet shown was also included in the envelope. I'm so tickled with the design and quality of work. Thank you!!! 
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Friday, April 13, 2012

How to Make Bias Tape

Yesterday I finally decided it was time to learn to make bias tape. I'd already purchased two different sizes of bias tape maker hand tools, read through a couple of great tutorials online and got busy. Here's the technique I used from Prudent Baby and a peek at my progress....

1/2 yard of fabric yielded 11 1/3 yards of custom bias tape! Can you see the potential savings here? I can think of all sorts of simple sewing projects that would benefit from handmade bias tape.

The blue hand tool I used is shown above. It's made by Clover........  
Clover Bias 1-Inch Tape Maker, 1 EA

I just recently got the bias tape binding ruler which made marking my lines a breeze.  June Tailor 2-1/4-Inch Binding Buddy Ruler

The bias tape maker machine by Simplicity.....it's next on my wish list. :)

I don't know what took me so long to try making bias tape, but I can guarantee I'll be making 98% of my bias tape from now on. Give it a try! :) 
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY Flower Labels - Make a Gift Bouquet

This DIY craft project is perfect for Spring; it's also ideal for Mother's Day. Learn how to make this colorful bouquet of plant markers here on my Squidoo page.
Linking to Beyond the Picket Fence Linky Party.
Beyond The Picket Fence
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wild Olive Stitch Swap - My First!

I'm so happy! Today was the final day for mailing out your completed embroidery work in the infamous stitch swap at Wild Olive.

It worked like this......You signed up to participate at Wild Olive. (There were around 270 people signed up this year.) Mollie at Wild Olive (a VERY talented lady) then gave each of the participants another person's address along with a few tidbits about their likes (if they filled out the info) so we could embroider something for them and "frame" the finished work in a 4" embroidery hoop.

The most enjoyable part about this swap is anxiously awaiting for your swap in the mail. We're told who our finished embroidery piece will go to, but we don't know where the one being sewn for us is coming from. See? Fun, huh?

Here's the completed embroidery piece I sent out priority in this morning's mail.

I hope my secret swap recipient likes it. I'll be sure to post a picture when I receive my swap in the mail. This was such a fun project, I will definitely be signing up for the next exchange. Thank you Mollie for hosting this swap. :)
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mid Century Drip Glaze Pottery Lamps!

I found this gorgeous pair of mid century pottery lamps this weekend. They are 20 1/2" tall from the bottom base to the top of the teak wood feature on the neck. The colors are lovely.....a blue and green drip glaze. I think I'll end up listing these on Craigslist because as much as I love them, our home is getting a little crowded.
This lamp pairing would also be great for my Etsy shop, but unfortunately often the shipping charges on larger items from my home in Hawaii are ghastly. :(  I suppose that's the price we pay to live in Paradise, so I'll stop complaining. I hope your weekend was wonderful and you found treasures of your own. Isn't it fun? :) Aloha!
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