Holiday Hostess Guide

Time sure does fly. If you’re like me, you barely know what’s on today’s agenda let alone a few weeks from now. Well, here’s a friendly tap on the shoulder. LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN! Thanksgiving is on it’s way then Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Time to put the holidays on our radar. 

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It’s nearly time for holiday gatherings and family get-togethers, those seasonal occasions where a thoughtful hostess gift goes a long way in showing your appreciation for a welcome invitation, laughter, fun times, good friends and holiday cheer. The stuff memories are made of and perhaps you don’t want to show up empty handed. On top of all that, you might just have a passion for essential oils and you’re going to want to include powerful scents of awesome-ness because that’s how you roll. OIL.ALL.THE.THINGS! Am I right? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. Bookmark or pin for future reference! You’ve arrived at the best essential-oil infused holiday hostess guide on the internet! 

TO: YOU. FROM: ME. To kick off the occasion and because I was recently inspired by a Melissa Poepping video from the Young Living Live Your Passion Rally, I whipped up some super cute holiday gift tags. Not only will your creative gifts look festive and pretty but they’re going to smell amazing too.

holiday hostess guide @diyshowoff

Your first gift this holiday season? A little something from me. Yay! These are cute printable holiday gift tags with a teensy weensy DIY touch. All you need is some card stock, glue, tiny pompoms and drops of your favorite essential oils (contains some affiliate links).

JOY

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

  • Download the free sheet of 9 of the snow-bunny printable tags here —> JOY holiday gift tag PDF (for personal use only)

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

  • Print on card stock.
  • Glue on a tiny white pompom (10 mm sized pom-poms work well).
  • Carefully add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Recommendation? Take a guess. How about Young Living’s Joy?! Perfect for this little snow-bunny tag, right? 

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

BELIEVE

Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff

 Reindeer Believe gift tags here: printable Believe holiday gift tags PDF

(for personal use only)

Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff

Ready for some awesome essential oil infused holiday hostess ideas? Of course! Whether you’re hosting, co-hosting or wanting to show appreciating to the hostess at an upcoming holiday event, that’s why you’re here! IDEAS! And lots of ’em! Thanks so much for stopping by! Go check out these amazing holiday hostess related ideas: 

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Watch for the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide coming December 1st! Join the Handmade Holiday Event HERE. 
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Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

It’s that time of year…winter takes it’s toll on my skin. But, a few times a week you can find me making up some DIY recipe using my essential oils and I love sharing them here for future reference too. This is a recipe I use for mild exfoliation and skin moisturizing. It’s a sweet gift idea and works great for make & take classes. 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

What I use: (some affiliate links)

What I do: I fill the container about 1/2-3/4 full of sugar then top it with the grapeseed oil (carrier oil) until the surface of the sugar is covered. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil and stir. I like to leave room to add more sugar if needed and to stir with each use. It makes just the right amount for a gift/sample. Embellish with decorative tape, label, ribbon and mini-spoon. 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Adorable, right?

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Perfect for occasional dry winter skin and smells SO good too!!! 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. It’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.

Ylang Ylang essential oil has a rich, pleasing, and romantic floral scent. Diffuse this calming, relaxing and soothing fragrance or massage into the scalp to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair.

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Interested in learning more about wellness with Young Living, essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily routine? Shoot me an email at roeshel@gmail.com or send me a private message and I’ll hook you up! Additional free gifts and my favorite educational material ($25 value) come directly from me when you purchase a Premium Starter Kit using enroller/sponsor #1836762 at youngliving.com. Learn MORE about Young Living essential oils HERE.

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Essential Oil Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Gift giving can be a challenge sometimes, right? I love coming up with creative ways to give gifts. So I’ve gathered a few of my essential oil loving blog friends to create and share essential oil gift basket ideas. Follow the blog hop below for lots of essential oil gift ideas!

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

I recently created and donated two gift baskets for a local humane society fundraiser. Both work for many different occasions:  “cheer up”, “feel better”, “thinking of you”, “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Mother’s Day”, etc. {some affiliate links below}

When Life Gives You Lemons….

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts I put together:

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Stop & Smell the Lavender

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts: 

Add a DIY lavender linen spray.

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

lavender linen spray recipe

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

*Most of my supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. Here’s a few more ideas:

citrus essential oils gift basket

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

holiday cheer gift basket

 

baby it's cold outside holiday gift set idea @diyshowoff

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More essential oil gift basket ideas from these sweet blog friends:  Essential Oils Gift Basket Blog Hop

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

DIY aromatherapy heat/cold {rice} packs: Snuggle Bunnies

Who likes a little extra comfort with some warmth when cold, cooling off when hot and relaxing/calming essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep!? Don’t we all? 

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Only a few more weeks ’til Easter. (And we host our family’s dinner/get-together which is why you haven’t seen any major DIY projects in the works…no creating a bigger mess until post-Easter around here). But…enjoy some smaller fun projects in the meantime.

Looking for a (useful and handmade) gift idea? I like to give my nieces and nephews candy-free gifts. Since I’m so in love with essential oils, I think these cute lil’ snuggle bunny heat/cold packs are a nice gift idea. Perfectly soothing. Also a cute idea for essential oil class/party door prizes too. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I used: (*includes some affiliate links)

  • fabric – I purchased something similar to this (makes 15 bunnies)

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Tools: printer, scissors, sewing machine/thread, straight pins, screwdriver

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I did:

Iron fabric. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Download and print the bunny pattern on card stock. Cut out pattern.

Snuggle Bunny Pattern @diyshowoff

free printable Snuggle Bunny Pattern download

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Trace pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric. Pin fabric pieces together and cut out bunny shape.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew all sides (I sewed as close to the raw edge as I could get and capturing both pieces – front/back – of fabric). Leave the bottom open.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Turn right side out (a screwdriver comes in handy for the ears – don’t poke too hard). 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Iron. Fold in bottom raw edges and iron. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Fill with rice. You’ll want it to be a bit floppy, not super packed full. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew opening shut.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Add a ribbon bow, attach instructions inside a gift card and a sample of soothing/relaxing essential oil (Recommendations: Young Living Peace & Calming, lavender, Valor or Gentle Baby).

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Print usage instructions: (download printable)

printable Snuggle Bunny Directions @diyshowoff

free download: printable Snuggle Bunny Directions

Cute, handmade hot or cold aromatherapy snuggle bunnies to promote a good night’s rest.

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Easy Personalized DIY Ornaments

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Making up a personalized DIY ornament doesn’t have to be super involved, complicated or expensive. As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas December challenge, I grabbed these decorative ceiling medallion inserts from Lowe’s… easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff

Bonus: they were on sale. Check out the price…

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff

Make up a pretty matching complete gift set with a mix of personalized ornaments using the photo/frame insert, paint the decorative one in coordinating colors and add in a few mirrored inserts (attach a monogram sticker).

personalized ornaments @diyshowoff

Supply suggestions: photos, old holiday cards, wrapping paper or scrap book paper, alphabet stickers for monograms, paint, glitter, ribbon. 

What I did: 

I cut out scrapbook paper circles to fit in the photo/frame decorative ceiling medallion inserts x 4.

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff

I added metallic gold lettering to spell “N – O – E – L”. 

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Pull apart by twisting. Add the paper and re-assemble (reattach the back).

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add a coordinating ribbon for hanging. 

easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Display. 

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Easy, budget-friend, personal with a handmade feel. 

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You know that as soon as I have printed pictures of the baby, grandma will be swapping out “NOEL” for grand baby bragging photos instead. How nice that they can then be displayed all year long then? Love it! 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Yarn Wrapped Reindeer {Secret Santa Blog Tour}

Yarn Wrapped Paper Maché Reindeer Head Tutorial

Yarn Wrapped Reindeer {Secret Santa Blog Tour}

But first – Hellooo, DIY friends! I have the pleasure of participating in a fun secret Santa blog hop organized by my sweet friend, Dria at DIO Home Improvements. Dria is a hard working, generous and talented blog friend with a big heart. 

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I was lucky enough to be Dria’s randomly chosen secret Santa. Here’s the DIY gift I made for her, hand-wrapped with love:

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer head @diyshowoff

A yarn-wrapped paper maché reindeer head. Isn’t he cute? I loved the earthy tones in the super soft acrylic/wool blend yarn. I think he’ll be a great holiday decorative accent in her beautiful home.   DIY secret Santa gift @diyshowoff

Materials: purchased from Michaels Craft Store

  • 1 skein of yarn (the thicker the yarn, the less work)
  • paper maché reindeer head 
  • hot glue

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff

Tutorial: It’s pretty self-explanatory. I started with wrapping the reindeer face, securing where needed with hot glue. The curved areas are a little tricky!

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff

Then moved on to the antlers and ears, wrapping a large vertical portion then coming back and doing smaller areas. 

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff  

I hot glued any loose ends, adjusting yarn to cover paper maché where needed. And voila!

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I simply added a gift tag, tucked in a few Yankee Candle pine scented ornaments, packed him up and shipped special delivery. 

DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial @diyshowoff

Giving is the best part of a secret Santa gift exchange, isn’t it? Getting a gift in return is icing on the cake and boy oh boy does my secret Santa know how to create, if you know what I mean.

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Along the same reindeer theme, Christy from Our Southern Home whipped up this beautiful chevron reindeer accent pillow. Just for me, you guys! Metallic gold chevron. Reindeer silhouette. I love it!

reindeer pillow

Follow the entire Secret Santa blog tour for some DIY gift inspiration. 


DIY Essential Oils Sugar Scrub

DIY Essential Oils Sugar Scrub Recipe

I recently held an essential oils holiday open house for my Young Living essential oils team and first time guests. One of the activities involved creating some DIY gifts. I’ll be sharing the recipes here and there in the next coming weeks for holiday gift ideas as well as tips for hosting such a party. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Ingredients:

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil (such as grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc.)
  • approx. 8 drops of essential oil of your choice 
  • 4 oz. container, label, gift tag, ribbon, etc. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Directions: Add drops of essential oil to sugar in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Add carrier oil to melted coconut oil (I use a double boiler.). Slowly add the oil mixture to the sugar mixture while stirring constantly. Carefully transfer to a small gift container like a glass jelly jar. (Mixture will harden a little as it sits, melt easily when exposed to warm hands and heat.) Decorate and embellish container. Get creative! I used a round chalkboard label on the canning jar lid and added a small spoon tied with a ribbon. 

Makes 1 gift sized amount. Increase ingredients to make a bulk sized batch. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Essential oil recommendations: {edited}

  • Mix up your own blend using your favorite essential oils for specific needs or favorite scents. 

 

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*I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils. More on why, how to join me & my team and to get your own here.

Vinyl Decal Tutorial for Stainless Steel Tumbler {for essential oils}

Once I started experiencing the benefits of using Young Living essential oils, I’ve been adding grapefruit, tangerine and sometimes lemon essential oils to my water. Love it! It’s definitely increased my daily water intake! However, because Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent, using a glass or stainless steel drinking vessel is recommended. 

I found this awesome stainless steel tumbler (including lid and straw) on Amazon. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

It works beautifully – keeps drinks SUPER cold with a double insulated wall. Design wise, it’s a little boring and plain so of course I couldn’t help but create some vinyl decals to dress it up a bit. 

Materials:

What I did:

I added my designs (shapes I already had on hand) to the Silhouette Designer Software template, making sure they were at a size that would fit my tumbler. Designs are previous purchases from the online Silhouette store accessible through the software. 

I sent the design to cut. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I adjusted setting as needed for cutting vinyl (you may want to do a test cut). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I loaded my adhesive vinyl glossy color side up into the machine. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I clicked “cut” and removed vinyl from machine when cutting was complete.

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Then, I peeled (weeded away) the vinyl that surrounded the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Next I added a piece of transfer paper to the decals and rubbed with a credit card to ‘transfer’ the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I peeled away the transfer paper, separating it from the wax papered backing (vinyl decal should now be on the sticky side of the transfer paper). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I placed the decal sticky side down onto the tumbler’s surface then rubbed a credit card. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

When I peeled away the transfer paper, the decal transferred to the stainless steel surface. All done!

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

*Now stainless steel tumbler must be hand washed (do not run vinyl through dishwasher).   Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

Much cuter! And since my mom, my daughter and I all use these tumblers, now I know which one is mine! It makes a great holiday gift idea for your essential oils team or oily friends and family.

Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Painted Storage Box Craft

Organizing the desk top / homework station for the back-to-school season? A small storage box keeps school and homework accessories within easy reach but not on display. 

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Materials:

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

What to do:

Tape off a design using your FrogTape. Stripes, checkers, plaid, triangles. So many options!

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Using a credit card, gift card or just your own thumbnail, burnish the edges of the tape. Meaning: make sure the edges of FrogTape are good and stuck down with no gaps.

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Now the fun part: paint each section. YOU customize colors to coordinate with decor or season.

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape. Then let the paint dry.

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Give it a quick light spray of lacquer and let dry.

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

*Optional: embellish with washi-tape and decoupage, add a drawer knob, drawer pull or leather handle, adhere something from the junk drawer or little plastic animal using hot glue, add vinyl decals or stickers. Get creative!  painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Use as a pencil box, for keepsake treasures, to store note or recipe cards, for organizing an essential oils collection, to tuck on a bookcase filled with bookmakers and highlighters, to keep cords handy or for a unique way of wrapping gifts.

painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com  

It’s perfect for storing 70 15ml Young Living essential oils (more if you’re mixing in 5 ml sizes). Great idea for incentives, prizes or gifts – and YOU customize it to coordinate with your home. 

Young Living essential oil storage box @diyshowoff

 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Metallic Iron On Decal Tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

I know, I know. I just shared a t-shirt tutorial a few weeks ago that I created for my sister but making up your own personalized iron on decals is so fun! Recently my blog buddy Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design (love her!) shared on her FB page the coolest t-shirt. It read “#BLOGGER”, however it’s only available in Germany so thinking along the lines of DIY (as usual), I decided to make my own for my August Happy Crafters project. They have a great selection of metallic iron on vinyl that I couldn’t wait to use.

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials:

What I did:

Open up your Silhouette Studio Design Edition software and create the text “#BLOGGER” for the front of the shirt. I also added “@DIYSHOWOFF” for the back of mine. Center on a 12×12 space. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Right click the text box to bring up the edit menu and select “flip horizontally”. You’ll need to mirror the text for cutting. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Load the iron on vinyl into the machine gold side down (back side up). 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Adjust blade setting for heat transfer and send to cut. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Unload from the machine and weed away excess vinyl. The silver/gold side will peel away from a tacky transparent side (your text will be stuck backwards to the tacky side). 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Smooth out the shirt onto an ironing board. Place iron on vinyl decal tacky side down in the spot where you’d like it to show on the front of the shirt. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Cover the decal with a cotton dish towel (or scrap fabric). Iron on high adding pressure according to the instructions provided with the Happy Crafters iron on vinyl. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Slowly peel away the transparency. If you notice that the vinyl hasn’t adhered, replace transparency and iron again applying more pressure. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Once transparency is removed, I replaced my cotton dish towel and ironed the lettering flat. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Repeat the same steps for adhering the iron on vinyl decal to the back you may want to slide a piece of cardboard inside of the shirt first to prevent re-heating the front iron-on decal. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

That’s it. I may have ironed mine on too high a temp so I have a sort of distressed look to my decal … which I love! So you may want to do a practice run/test to get it just right if you’re not a fan of the distressed lettering. Good luck! 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

And…it coordinates with my black and gold polka dotted iPhone case. #stylish haha!

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

What hashtag would you choose for your shirt? 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Essential Oils Gift Basket Idea

Looking to share Young Living essential oils in the way of a gift or searching for a fun incentive or prize idea? 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff  

If you’re making healthier choices such as adding drinking more water to your daily routine like I am, you’re going to love this! Of course incorporating more water into your diet is super healthy but how about kicking that up a notch or two by adding a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil? 

And since Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent they break down the petrochemicals in plastic water bottles, using glass or stainless steel is a must! I recently put together a gift basket for a friend and it turned out pretty cute so I thought I’d share it here too.

Contents: (some affiliate links below)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

Great for so many different occasions: birthday, get well, a fun prize, encouragement, thank you, just because, bon voyage, congratulations, Christmas, a great giveaway, promotional.

What are Young Living Essential Oils anyway? Start HERE for more info. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Been sitting on the fence? Today is the day! Sign up with a distributor membership and purchase the premium starter kit using #1836762 and not only will I send you a free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide, but also a some free gifts (incentives change from month to month!)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Party Favor Jewelry Dish

Looking for an easy DIY party favor idea? These melamine appetizer plates with vinyl decals make a cute little gift!

jewelry junk tray tutorial @diyshowoff.com

What I used:

What I did:

Measure flat center area of plates. Mine allowed for a 3.5 inch square design. Open the Silhouette Studio Design software and create words using font/text in a size that fits. I created six different designs.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Load adhesive vinyl into the vinyl cutter color side (vinyl side) up. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

 

Adjust blade setting for vinyl. 

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vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Weed away excess vinyl from the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper over the vinyl lettering. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Cut into individual designs. 

Rub the transfer paper over each piece. I just grabbed a hard plastic name tag with a straight edge. You could also use a credit or gift card. 

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Peel away wax paper backing, transferring vinyl to the transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Place onto plate. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Rub with plastic card and remove transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Simple but so many options. Try different colors, different fonts, personalize with quotes, monograms, shapes or words. 

Cute inexpensive gift to include with a card or gift basket or to use as party favors. 

Perfect for keeping tabs on jewelry, paperclips on a desk, keys in an entryway, spare change in the laundry room, Q-tips in the bathroom, etc. 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  “You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

DIY Glitter Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial

The Chinese zodiac/new year follows the lunar calendar and begins January 31st. 2014 is the year of the horse. It’s a year for making efforts to improve yourself. Why not wear a reminder to do just that. It’s also the symbol for my word of the year for 2014 but more on that later this week.  iron on vinyl glitter decal tshirt tutorial

Did Santa bring you a Silhouette Cameo? Unpack that baby! There are so many cool things to create just waiting for your imagination! One of the things I love is the ability to create custom vinyl decals easily and that includes not just stencils or signs but dressing up my t-shirts too. Here’s how:

Materials:

  • t-shirt or sweatshirt. Give an old one a little pizzazz! Or purchase new if creating a gift.
  • Iron-on vinyl. I’m using Happy Face Glitter Iron On Vinyl in Pine Bling from Happy Crafters for this project. Big selection of fun printed, solid and glitter iron-on vinyl for DIY projects. 

Tutorial:

1. Create a design using the Silhouette Studio. I purchased a horse shape from the Silhouette online store and added text. 

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

2. For iron-on vinyl, you’ll need to “mirror” the design. I just ‘right click’ my design and flip horizontally. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

3. Load the vinyl into the machine glossy/sparkly/glitter side down {transparency side down}. Adjust settings. Recommended settings for cutting iron-on vinyl are blade 2, speed 8, thickness 5. Send to cut. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

4. My blade is dull from so much use and the glitter iron-on vinyl is thick so before removing from machine, I could tell it wasn’t a good all-the-way-through cut. I had to re-adjust my blade setting to 6 and send to cut again. Tip: Test yours before removing vinyl from the machine so that the not-so-good cut lines will match up with the newer cut lines if needed. You’ll want the vinyl to be cut but not the transparency. When cutting is complete, remove vinyl from the machine. Cut vinyl to a smaller more manageable size from the roll/sheet.  iron on vinyl tutorial

5. Weed away all negative vinyl (vinyl that is not a part of the design) from the adhesive transparency.

iron on vinyl tutorial

6. Position decal onto shirt. Cover with a cotton tea towel, napkin or fabric. Iron on high, pressing down 25-30 seconds on each part of the design (no steam). iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

7. Peel away the transparent shiny plastic. If part of the design starts to lift, replace transparent plastic, re-cover and iron again.  iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

8. All done! An old t-shirt, a new look and a fun reminder of your ‘word of the year’ to make 2014 awesome! 

iron on vinyl decal how-to

It’s certainly difficult to photograph the sparkle, not to mention take photos of myself wearing it. But you get the idea, right? It’s super glittery!

iron on vinyl decal tshirt tutorial

Isn’t that green glitter iron-on vinyl pretty? I’ll be using scraps for a glittery shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day too! Here’s another iron-on vinyl tutorial for a monogrammed t-shirt for more direction and inspiration.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea

Materials:

  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 – hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 – hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 – hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

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Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

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Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

Anthropologie Inspired WishBone Tutorial

Anthropologie inspired golden wishbone

DIY Anthropolgie inspired colossal wishbone

I love Anthropologie and always find their catalog filled with inspiration and beautiful products. The Anthro Colossal Golden WishBone has been on my wish list. anthropologie golden wishbone

Knocktoberfest hosted by our talented friend Lindsay from Makely Home this week was the perfect opportunity and motivation to create my own DIY version for less than $58 and in different sizes.  

Knocktoberfest  

If you’re popping over from visiting the amazing Karianne at Thistlewood Farms, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here today and look forward to getting to know you if we’re not already acquainted. 🙂  

What I used: 

DIY wishbone materials

  1. Super Sculpey polymer clay 
  2. Krylon 18 kt. Premium Gold Plate

I found purchased both of materials from Michaels Craft Store.

Tutorial:

The Anthro version is 13 x 6 inches. I tried to stay around that measurement by rolling two pieces of clay to about 13″ in length and “pinched” the end pieces of each together, then pressed each individual end with my thumb. Play with re-shaping. I also created two smaller versions by rolling a piece of clay to about 1/2 inch thickness. Fold in half. Pinch/thumb-press ends. 

Anthropologie inspired wishbone tutorial

Move to a cookie sheet and perfect the wishbone shape a little more while the clay is still pliable.  DIY wishbone accent tutorial

I baked mine for about 35 minutes at 275 degrees. (Be sure to follow package instructions for your project.) Let them cool. Now the wishbones are firm and hold their shape. clay wishbone tutorial

Paint and let dry.  gold wishbone tutorial

Simple!

DIY Anthro Inspired Wishbone Decorative Accent

This is my first time working with clay so I have a feeling I can do a better job with more practice. I have a lot of clay and spray paint leftover to perfect my technique to create more wishbones. DIY wishbone accent

They’re going to be a sweet holiday gift idea/package toppers too. 

Next up on the Knocktoberfest tour is my fun & talented friend, Sandra from Sawdust Girl. Head over to see her creative knock off project that’ll knock your socks off!

Knocktoberfest

Ready to see more knock off inspiration and DIY? Follow along the entire series from Makely Home. 25+ designer inspired DIY projects? Woo hoo! What fun! A BIG thanks to our lovely host, Lindsay and genius behind Knocktoberfest. 

Follow the entire Knocktoberfest series:

Day 1

1.  Lindsay – Makely School for Girls
2.  Beth – Home Stories A to Z
3.  Gina – Shabby Creek Cottage
4.  Beckie – Infarrantly Creative
5.  Emily – Decorchick!
6.  Wendy – The Shabby Nest
 
Day 2
 
1.  Donna – Funky Junk Interiors
2.  Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
3.  Jackie – Teal and Lime
4.  Jen – Tatertots and Jello
5.  Carmel – Our Fifth House
 
Day 3
 
1.  Chris – Just a Girl
3.  Melissa – The Inspired Room
4.  Ana – Ana White
5.  Marianne – Songbird
6.  Karianne – Thistlewood Farms
 
Day 4
 
1.  Roeshel – DIY Show Off
2.  Sandra – Sawdust Girl
3.  Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.
4.  Cassity – Remodelaholic
5.  Melissa – 320 Sycamore
6.  Mandi – Vintage Revivals 
 
Day 5
 
1.  Ashley – The Handmade Home
2.  Stacy – Not JUST a Housewife
3.  Traci – Beneath My Heart
4.  Brooke – All Things Thrifty
5.  Laura – Finding Home
6.  Sarah – Sarah M Dorsey Designs

 *Linking up to Home Stories  A to Z

Wooden Candy Corn Accents

We’re making progress on the grape arbor/gazebo, recycled brick path and patio AND a laundry room makeover and in between those bigger DIY projects, I’m having fun with some stress-free easy DIY. I just saw the cutest little candy corn bean bags somewhere which inspired this project…a scrap wood version. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Materials:

  • Scrap 1 x 6 wood
  • FrogTape®
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint

I used the miter saw to cut three triangle shapes from my scrap wood, then sanded the edges.

DIY Halloween craft

Candy Corn Fact: My DIY version goes from orange to yellow to white but the official candy corn striping starts with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white on top. 

I taped off each section using FrogTape®, rubbing my thumbnail along the edge of the tape. I started at the bottom with orange craft paint. After I applied a second coat, I removed the FrogTape®. Let dry and move on to the middle yellow section following the same steps, finishing with white craft paint on the pointy part of the triangle.  Allow drying time between each color. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Optional: seal with a protective clear coat. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Aren’t they cute?

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

I think these would make a great fall hostess gift tied up with ribbon.

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Sharing at the Lettered Cottage and Centsational Girl.

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

I recently shared a tutorial for Silhouette Fabric Interfacing which is great for creating fabric appliqués.

silhouette fabric interfacing tutorial

Silhouette’s heat transfer material is another great option, especially when you don’t want to sew around a larger design or a lot of lettering. As a member of the Silhouette affiliate program, I had the opportunity to try the Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit. I was not paid to share this tutorial but did receive the starter kit and receive a small percentage of sales generated from this month’s Silhouette Sale when readers use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout at Silhouette America. Promotion ends June 15th.  Here are this month’s awesome deals:

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If you’re a DIY Show Off social media fan, you may know that last year my mom battled breast cancer (doing great!) and just recently my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is so brave and keeping a positive spirit. I’ve purchased her several fun t-shirts with sayings like “I pay my oncologist big bucks for this hair style.”, “Does this shirt make me look bald?” and “Save the Hooters.” She has a great sense of humor and is very social. She has a close group of friends who’ve nicknamed her “princess”. She also has an amazing sweet heart and her big concern right now is how others are affected by her diagnosis. So, I decided a “Keep Calm. Princess always lives happily ever after.” t-shirt would send a reassuring message to her social group. 

heat transfer starter kit

The Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit comes with:

  • 3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
  • 2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
  • Silhouette hook
  • exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
  • idea booklet and instruction guide
  • instructional DVD

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

Tutorial: 

1. Download the heat transfer designs from the Silhouette online store. (I chose a design I already had on hand instead but love that bicycle!)

silhouette heat transfer shapes

2. Create design in the Silhouette Studio. 

silhouette studio keep calm princess

3. Right click on each individual element of the design and click “FLIP HORIZONTALLY” to create a mirror image. 

silhouette studio mirror

4. Send to cut. Choose Silhouette Heat Transfer (flocked or smooth…I used smooth).

silhouette heat transfer cut

5. Load paper shiny side down and adjust blade setting as recommended (2).

loading heat transfer paper

6. Cut and unload. 

7. Remove negative heat transfer. 

removing negative heat transfer

8. IMPORTANT: This is tricky with intricate designs and lettering. Be sure you’re in a well lit area so you can see the cut lines and utilize the Silhouette hook to remove small pieces of negative area when necessary. GO SLOW! 

I did remove some of what I shouldn’t have and had to improvise…let’s not dwell on my imperfections. If you have the extra materials, you may want to do a “practice run” before your true project, especially if it’s your first time and if you’re creating a gift. 

7. One side will be sticky with a backwards design. The other side is shiny and readable. 

8. Place heat transfer/transparency sticky side down onto shirt or tote or dish towel.

keep calm silhouette heat transfer

9. Iron using a towel or scrap fabric between the transparency and iron according to directions. 

ironing silhouette heat transfer

10. Slowly remove sticky/shiny transparency. (If some of the design is still stuck to the transparency, replace and iron again.)

silhouette heat transferring

Ta-da!

silhouette heat transfer starter kit

Imperfections and all, I think she’s going to like it! 

breast cancer tshirt

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Silhouette Portrait Fabric Interfacing Tutorial

As a Silhouette America affiliate, I have the opportunity to try new products and earn a small commission on sales while passing along  special promotions. Here’s the current deal with awesome savings. Just use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout. blogger-promo-may-23

Did you know that Silhouette America has fun products like sewable fabric interfacing (thinner for sewing into place and washable) and clean cut fabric interfacing (thicker for no sew/no wash projects) for creating fabric appliqués?

Silhouette fabric interfacing

Here’s a tutorial on how it works: I chose the sewable fabric interfacing.

fabric interfacing tutorial

1. Pre-wash/shrink fabric and t-shirt.

2. Open the Silhouette Studio software and create a shape, monogram, even lettering for words. I easily purchased a ‘greyhound shape’ from the Silhouette online shop for 99 cents for labeling the pet food jars a while back that I can use over and over again. The little girl in me decided to create a pink chevron appliqué for a plain white t-shirt. For me. To match my dog. I’m a dork like that. 😉

3. It’s easy to size in the software. I place my shape in the top left hand corner of the “cutting mat” in the open studio software.

silhouette studio

4. Cut the appropriate sized piece of fabric and interfacing.

Silhouette interfacing

5. Next, iron together a piece the sewable fabric interfacing (rough side) to a piece of scrap fabric (cut to size) on the back/wrong side using the appropriate settings for the fabric.

ironing interfacing

{Wow! I guess I did get some sun in Mexico in Feb! I tan super easy/quick even with sunblock.}

6. Peel away the paper…you’ll see the ‘interfacing/glue’ has transferred to the fabric.

heat transferrable fabric interfacing

7. Then place the fabric onto the cutting mat (into the same location as shown in the Silhouette Studio software) and insert into the machine.

Silhouette cutting fabric

8. Hit “send to Silhouette”, change the blade and cut settings.

silhouette fabric blade

9. Click “cut”.

10. Once it’s finished cutting, remove the fabric from the cutting mat, toss the scraps and you’re left with an iron-on fabric appliqué.

SIlhouette applique

11. Next I positioned the appliqué onto my t-shirt and ironed it on (using the heat setting for cotton). This holds it into place.

ironing appliqueironing applique

12. Then added stitching as close to the border as I could get with the sewing machine to make it more secure and durable for washing. Tip to help maneuver curves in a design: with the needle down (piercing the fabric appliqué), lift the foot then slide around the t-shirt, put the foot back down and resume sewing. Also, make sure NOT to sew the front of a shirt to the back while sewing!

sewing applique

All done! Here is what it looks like inside out and all complete…

Silhouette applique inside outside

Cute! I love it. 🙂

Silhouette-greyhound-applique

Me & CocoRosie…

CocoRosie and Roeshel

Roeshel and Rosie

Yes, this little Italian Greyhound has stolen my heart in the 1 month since we rescued her…

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Note: I purchased the matching pink chevron dog leash (shown) and chevron dog collar (not shown) at Etsy shop, Learned Stitchworks. I loooove it (Thanks for the purple set too, Karen!) Gorgeous color choices, beautiful handmade quality, BEST pricing ever! Very satisfied customer. I need a set in every color, don’t you?

I purchased the (Riley Blake) pink chevron fabric from Fabric.com (leftover from the DIY dog bed cushion I made).

Back the fabric interfacing…It’s great for making personalized tea towels, baby blankets, tote bags, t-shirts, monogrammed pillow covers.

So not only does my Silhouette cut paper, vinyl and chipboard, it cuts fabric too! One more reason you can’t live without one! 🙂

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