Be Good to Yourselves: Mantra Pocket Mirror

diy mantra mirror

A new, but already dear, friend has recently started chemotherapy for her arthritis. She’s been a bit down on herself; beating herself up for being tired or not feeling quite like herself. We talked about her recent use of personal mantras like “I am strong” and “I’ve got this“.  She mentioned writing them on her bathroom mirror so she’d see them throughout the day.

I made these little pocket mirrors with her in mind. You can write your mantra on them with a Sharpie and quickly change it anytime you want, by simply wiping it with a damp tissue. But the Sharpie stays in place perfectly until you wipe it away.

mantra mirrors

diy pocket mirror

i am strong close up

I’ll share a tutorial if you guys are interested. Lola and I like them, but not sure if they are the most practical.

kitty affirmations

If I were going to make them again, I’d probably use cardboard to make it more like a little fabric covered book, with the mirror embeded the same way. I’d still cover it with fabric and I kinda like the random stitching.

Let me know in the comments if you want to see a tutorial on these and/or a modified version. Be good to yourselves!

xo, Jennifer and Lola (and our cat Karl)

Favorite Pins Thursday: Sewing & Fabric Edition

Since my trip to Missouri Star Quilt Co. a few weeks back and getting to sew with Jenny, I’m obsessed with thinking about new sewing projects. It’s mostly what I’ve been pinning this week. Not making quite yet, mind you, but pinning. You gotta start somewhere, right?

Here are some of my favorite sewing and fabric related pins from Pinterest. Enjoy!

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diy shower curtain from fabric layer cakes
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resin fabric scraps
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poetry skirt
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stuffed animal sleeping bags
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Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee patterns, pinned by Craft Forest

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fly to the moon
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this took forever diy tags
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The internet isn’t going to curate itself, so I better get back to pinning!

xo, Jennifer

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Two Videos with Jenny Doan from MSQC!!

I am over-the-moon excited to share the two new videos we made with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co!! We had so much fun and I learned quite a bit in her sewing studio! We made fabric fish from their Dresden template over on MSQC and paper flowers here on Craft Forest. I was a little nervous, could you tell?! Completely star struck. Oh, my goodness!

While I was in Hamilton, I picked up some new fabrics from the main quilt shop. And visited all of the others!! Oh, and we had the most amazing cookies from Poppy’s Bakery. Perfect day!

Pastel Pop Layer Cake

I’ve fallen in love with Pastel Pop and am going to use their layer cake to decorate a doll house I found for Lola at the thrift store. I also picked up a charm pack in an adorable fall pattern called Autumn Woods to make a perpetual calendar for the kids teachers. They’ll be back to school in two weeks. Craziness!

I’m off to enjoy the last bits of (our) summer! Have a great weekend everyone!

xo, Jennifer

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Sew Summery: DIY Dresses & Skirts

I’ve never been a huge fan of shorts, when summer hits I’m all about the dresses and skirts. You can never have enough in my book!  Here are some that are on my sewing to-do list for me and Lola.

Summer Chevron Dress
chevron dress
Via One Little Minute

Yoked Knit Sundress
Yoked knit sundress modelled
Via Kitchy Koo

Summer Dress from 2 T-shirts Could make one for me, too!
Via PolkaDot Chair

The Perfect Summer Swing Dress I think I’d wear this one every day!
summer swing dress
Via Merracks Art

Bandana Skirt
bandana skirt
Via V and Co.

Kimono Sundress
kimono sundress
Via Freckles in April

10 Minute Maxi Skirt
maxi skirt
Via Sew Caroline

And a little something to wear with the skirts:The Perfect Tank Top
Via Simple Simon and Company

What are you sewing this summer? Please share pics and your favorite tutorials! We could all use a little diy boost to our summer wardrobes, right?

Beach Blanket (Bingo)

I love summer! Kids are home from school, lots of movies in the park, free summer concerts, days at the pool…and the beach! Well, okay, we’re in the Midwest, soooo no beach. But we can pretend, can’t we?

Grab your sunblock and a few bath towels and let’s make something. Bath towels?? Yep, that’s right. We’re gonna make a big beach blanket with two (old or new, whichever) bath towels.

We did a straight stitch in the video and didn’t worry about finishing the seams on the back. This is a QUICK put it together and USE it tutorial. I made 5 for the family and we’ve washed and used them at the pool a handful of times now with no issues. But you can certainly use your serger (if you have one) or if you don’t you could just zig-zag the seams. This is your beach quilt. We just wanted to give ya the idea!

Happy summer everyone! Now where is that cabana boy?!