Washi Tape Pen Holder

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Over the next week or so I’m going to try and organize all my craft supplies into a more logical and easy to access way. But I don’t want my things to just be organized, I want my craft goodies to be in an organized space that has my touch of embellishment on it.

To keep my pens, pencils, and markers together I created a washi tape covered votive. I bought a candle hurricane jar from the dollar store to use as the container. Then, I covered it in three different washi tape prints. Because the jar has some curve it I had to cut smaller strips of the tape so it wouldn’t lay crooked.

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All done

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Hair bows

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Hair accessories are a great way to change up your hair without requiring an extended amount of time styling. I love to wear headbands, fancy bobby pins (DIY tutorial coming soon), and hair bows to keep my hair out of my face and still add variety to wearing my hair down or in a ponytail.

These hair bows are super cute and allow for a lot of individuality

Supplies:
-Scraps of fabric
-Thread
-Needle
-Sewing machine
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Alligator clips

Start with your favorite fabric cut to 4″ X 5″ for the bow and 2″ X 2″ for the center strip. Taking the 4X5 piece fold it in half with the colorful sides facing, iron, then sew along the three open sides making sure to leave about a 1″ opening at the end.

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Turn fabric right-side out through the 1″ opening you left, push corners out so they make sharp right angles, and iron flat. Tuck frayed portion in and hand sew the opening shut.

With the 2X2 piece, fold the fabric with the patterned/colorful sides facing. Only sew a straight line along the longer side. Turn right-side out, and iron. Fold in half (hotdog style) again and iron. Set aside.

Taking the larger piece, accordion style fold the piece into a bow shape. While pinching the center, hand stitch a couple stitches into the center to keep the bow shape. Take the long skinny piece and wrap it around the center. I didn’t stitch the two pieces together, but rather just sewed the two ends together. This allowed me to easily slide of the alligator clips in between the fabric. It stays in place no problem in your hair and allows you to easily interchange clips for all the different bows you make, so you don’t have to purchase a bunch of clips!

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ID Badge

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This is a super easy and super quick project!

As a nurse I wear an ID badge with a lot of tags on it, but unfortunately it’s not very cute. To spice it up and add more style to my all white scrubs I added a simple embellishment to the top clip portion. The solid ID clip is from the medical bookstore at the hospital and I found the crystal piece at Hobby Lobby. I used hot glue to connect the two and allowed it a dry for a couple of hours. Now I can’t wait to rock it at work during my next shift!

Also as a side note: I used washi tape as a cute way to cover up my last name

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Graduation Cap

Wow, time does fly! I graduated from the nursing program at the University of Cincinnati exactly one year ago. Before graduation a group of fellow nursing friends and I decided to get together one night and decorate our caps. For mine I wanted to make sure I incorporated nursing, but also make it fun and cute.

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I covered the whole cap with polka-dot scrapbook paper, then added the red cross cut from sparkly paper. To add more flair I topped it off with a cute red bow, and the words “Nurse Cara”

Here is a picture of all 5 of our caps together.

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When I got home from UC my best friend, Laura, made me this cake replica! So yummy and so cute!

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Vacation Memory Jar

I love to travel! And one of my favorite things about traveling is documenting the vacation. This particular trip was when I went to Bethany Beach, DE with my cousins. I had such a fun and amazing time!

To create this lasting memory I did the following easy steps: while at the beach I scooped up about 1 cup of sand into a ziplock bag, sealed it tight, and took it home. Thankfully it made the trip without sand spilling all over my suitcase. When I got home I poured the sand into to a mason jar, popped in a 4X6 picture of everyone from the trip, and my vacation memory jar was complete!

Supplies:
Mason jar
Sand from your trip
4X6 photo

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Happy Mother’s Day (a couple months late)

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This was a project I created last year for my mom for mother’s day. I was in my senior year of college and broke as a joke. Although my dear sweet mother said, “Oh you don’t have to get me anything. All I need is a hug”, I still wanted to do something to show her how much she means to me. I explored Pinterest and multiple blogs searching for inspiration. I liked the ideas “50 reasons why you’re loved” for a fiftieth birthday, or “100 reasons I love you”, etc. I decided to put my own twist on it and come up with 365 things I love about my mom, so she could pull one out everyday for a year.

Using card stock I already had I went to town cutting 1/2″ – 1″ strips. I then proceeded to come up with reasons why I love my mom, compliments, thank you for ___, quotes, and memories. I even threw in one that said, “Are there any chores I can help you with around the house?”

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Now that I had my 365 strips I needed to come up with a way to contain everything. I can’t remember if I was already out or made a specific trip, but I wound up at my favorite spot- Target. I grabbed a cheap $5 vase and a $0.50 gift bag and headed home to finish my gift. Putting all the strips in a clear vase was fine because they were colorful, but I wanted to jazz it up a bit more. I covered the sides of the vase with scrapbook paper and added a photo of my mom and I that I also already had.

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My mom loved the gift and for a year has talked about how special it is and how it’s a treat she looks forward to every morning while enjoying her coffee.