Travel Jewelry Book Tutorial

Travel Jewelry Book Tutorial

As we get closer to the van being finished and us traveling full time, I have started to think more about all of my stuff and how I’m going to store everything. My focus right now is specifically jewelry. Previously, I had a fancy jewelry box that was way bigger than I needed but I could keep everything tidy and untangled. Since moving into our temporary home I’ve been storing all my jewelry together in a bag that is a small step up from a ziplock. Seriously. It’s a mess. The rings catch in the necklaces, all the delicate chains are tangled together, and I’m pretty sure I have all of my earrings but there’s really no way for me to know for sure in all that mess.

So, I started looking at all the cute options I could find to store my jewelry on the road.

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Finishing up my Cow Quilt

Finishing up my Cow Quilt

Remember when I said in the first post about this quilt that I originally thought about doing a lion quilt? Well, I was considering doing a lion so much that I bought some fabric for it but the fabric store didn’t have very many oranges, so I went with the idea of a green lion. I know. It probably wouldn’t have looked very good and I’m so glad I didn’t go that route, but it did mean that I had some green, blue, and brown fabrics on hand for when it came time to do a backing for my cow quilt.

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Cow Quilt: Top and Borders

Cow Quilt: Top and Borders

Two weeks ago, I introduced you to a project I started as we were building the van. A quilt. More specifically, a cow quilt. And for those who want to get nitty-gritty about it, a paper-pieced cow quilt. As a reminder, paper piecing involves sewing fabric together through a piece of paper. Using the provided lines on the paper allows the creation of shapes and lines that you would otherwise not be able to get with just sewing things together in a traditional fashion. For this quilt, I ordered a kit with the pattern and all the fabric needed to make the front.

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Cow Quilt: Intro + Kit

Cow Quilt: Intro + Kit

Sewing has been an integral part of my life since early elementary school. I can remember my first quilt; I made it as part of a sewing camp while visiting my grandma and it was crazy colorful with whimsical animals and Laura Burch fabrics. At home, I visited my aunt (Fern, the namesake of this blog) regularly. She taught me how to sew and we made quilts, bags, and many other projects. Fern was one of many women who helped to raise and is probably my biggest inspiration in life. Some of my fondest memories growing up are being at her house sewing all day while listening to country music and eating taco salad (the kind with ground beef, Fritos, and thousand island dressing...so, the healthy kind, right?!).

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Watercolor Cacti Tutorial

Watercolor Cacti Tutorial

f you saw my September Bullet Journal article, you may have also seen the cacti art I created to decorate the month. I absolutely love adding art to my bullet journal as a way to give myself a spark of creativity each week. Sometimes I get in a creative funk where I’m just not feeling it and flipping through the art in my bullet journal is one of the ways I work myself out of that rut.

Watercoloring is something I love to do, but I’m not great at it. I just haven’t figured out how to blend well, get saturated colors, and not over soak my paper to the point that it balls up on me. I have an even harder time with it when I’m using paper not meant for watercoloring, like my bullet journal paper. Which is why I LOVE this technique!

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How I Create My Vision Board

How I Create My Vision Board

Did you ever cut up magazine pictures as a kid and glue them to a piece of poster board then display it in your room? I know I did! My friends and I would get together and go through a stack of magazines and cut out all sorts of different images and words. Sometimes it was for a school project, but more often it was to just display things that we thought were pretty, things we wanted, places we wanted to go. That my friend was the original vision board.

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DIY Reusable Produce & Bulk Bin Bags

DIY Reusable Produce & Bulk Bin Bags

You guys, it’s been so long since I’ve done a non-van related DIY! And I miss it! I have been wanting to do this DIY for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to it until now. Lately, Ben and I have been eating less healthy (fewer veggies, more meals out, etc) and I feel like it has started to affect us; we snack more often, feel less motivated to go to the gym, and could just really use a boost. So I think this DIY is the perfect accessory to encourage us to go to the market and get fresh veggies more often. Plus, it’s summertime which is the best time for fresh veggies so why not enjoy them!

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Bath Bombs & Mother's Day Gift Basket Ideas

Bath Bombs & Mother's Day Gift Basket Ideas

I love a hot relaxing bath; I think it’s actually a genetic trait in my family to love baths. My grandma has taken a bath every morning since before I can remember, my father loves baths, and all of my siblings love baths. So, basically, it’s required. And if we ever can’t think of something to get someone for Christmas or birthdays, bath-related accoutrement is always a good standby. On top of that, I love giving handmade gifts. I think it adds a special element of love and care to a present. So there was a strong necessity in my life for this bath bomb recipe.

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