Bookmark Your Relaxing Day (Ribbon Bookmark)

By Dara

There are certain days when it seems as though the world is moving at the speed of light.  Therefore, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, relax and enjoy some quite alone time.  For millions and myself, quality time lying in bed or on a comfortable couch with a good book sounds pretty nice, especially on a cold rainy day. 

 This week, I’ve decided to put together a nice bookmark.  I tend to lose my place so this will come in handy.  I used a thick colored stock paper.  Using scissors, I cut off 2″ x 7″.  Then with a hole-punch, I punched the top middle of the paper.  With some cute shell buttons, I was able to embellish my bookmark.  I also found a cute artwork and glued that onto the paper using gem-tac glue.  Keep it mind that the bookmark should be light.  That’s the main reason why I chose shell buttons for decoration.  I then tied a black tassel through the hole at the top of the bookmark.  To finish it off, I glued two ¼” grosgrain ribbons to the back.  My ribbons measured 1 yd long, but yours can be as long or as short as you like as long as it is longer than your book. Remember not to use too much glue when you make yours.  It’ll end up wrinkling the bookmark and make it too heavy.  When using the bookmark, you can tie a bow at the end of the ribbon.  Then tada!  You’re all ready for your relaxing day!

Kitchen Bulletin Board

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By Eleah

Stainless steel refrigerators getting you down? Sure they look cool but they’re not magnetic so there is no longer a place to post up your shopping lists and recipes. A full sized bulletin board is very demanding of space and inevitably becomes a tangled eye sore filled with expired notes and numbers. Who wants to search through a rectangular mass of garbage just to find a business card someone might have given you three weeks ago? But ho! There is a solution dear reader. I have been noticing the growing popularity of long magnetic strips for notes in various home décor magazines. My only problem with them is that sometimes a magnet is not powerful enough to hold up thicker papers such as postcards or recipe cards.

This week I will show you how to make your own space conscious bulletin board for your kitchen or room of choice.

 

You will need:

  • 32″ to 1 yard of 1 5/8 thick grosgrain ribbon (I used Grosgrain in Mint with white polka dots to evoke a cute retro vibe) 31901-6101
  • 1 yard of 15 mm ribbon (I used Imported Chambray Ribbon to accent the polka dots) 38792-4
  • 3 ½ x 30 inches of a medium weight fabric (I used a stone gray cotton)
  • Magna-Tac 809
  • Spray mount (I recommend Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun + 1 glue sticks
  • One 28″ x 1 ½ ” piece of ½ inch thick foam board (you will have to visit your local hardware or art supply store to find the smallest board to cut your slat from.)
  • T-Square ruler + pen
  • Utility blade

(If you aren’t able to get all these supplies, improvise)

Making the Board:

(You may want to periodically wash your hands in-between steps so you don’t soil the surface of your ribbons.)

  1. Measure and cut our foam board to the dimensions mentioned above.
  2. Lay out your piece of fabric on a flat surface
  3. Give a light spray of Spray adhesive to one side of your foam board and lay sticky side down carefully onto your fabric. Flip and smooth any bubbles with a sleek edge like a credit card.
  4. Apply a pea size drop of Magna-Tac to one end of the foam board, on the ½ ” exposed foam part. Smooth the fabric on the same end over the glue so that you create two triangular tabs of fabric at the corners. Pinch the corners with your fingers and hold for 30 seconds. Cut off the tabs with your scissors. Repeat on the other end.
  5. Apply a thin line of Magna-Tac along the rest of the exposed ½ inch foam to bind the fabric tightly around the foam board. Follow the same technique to smooth the remaining edges onto the back of the board.
  6. Apply Spray Mount to the wrong side of your 1 5/8″ thick ribbon and carefully smooth along the length of the fabric-covered board. Be sure to leave 2″ of ribbon at each end so you can wrap it around the back for a more finished look.
  7. Smooth remaining 2″ of ribbon around the back…You may need to use Magna-Tac to secure it in back.
  8. Cut 2 three-inch strips of your 15mm ribbon and set aside. Cut the remaining 30″ of ribbon in half and make 2 bows. Hot glue the bows about 1″ from each end of the front of your board.
  9. Hot glue the 2 three inch strips into two separate loops and then hot glue those to the back of your board, just behind where you glued your bows. These will be your hooks to attach your board to the wall.
  10. And Serve!

St. Paddy’s Napkin

By Eleah

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re like me, your days of armature night pub-crawling are over and green was never really your color anyways. The next logical approach to a holiday where everybody is Irish is to host or attend a dinner party. It’s no secret that cloth napkins are slightly more sophisticated than paper, so this year I’m going to step it up a notch and make my own cloth napkins. Tasteful St. Patrick’s Day fabric napkins are hard to come by, especially if by tasteful I mean “not covered in glitter, scary lepricons, and a poor font choice spelling out exclamatory remarks on the holiday at hand”. You are only hurting yourself by allowing these objects into your home. What’s a person to do you ask? Make your own napkins! If you follow the instructions below you will soon have your own set of home made fabric napkins, and yes they will be machine washable.

You will Need:

  • 1 yard of cotton fabric (or) pre-made plain fabric napkins from the store of your choice (I used a light gray since white is always risky)
  • 68” of 3/8” wide grosgrain ribbon in a darker shade of green.
  • 34” of the same width grosgrain ribbon in a lighter shade of green.
  • Three 13mm buttons (I chose a 2-hole white fresh water shell button for their slight shimmer and organic appeal)
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle + thread to match the ribbon/fabric.
  • Iron and Ironing board

(The above list of supplies yields 4 napkins…multiply as needed.)

Making The Napkins:

  1. Begin by pre-washing the fabric. (Otherwise the final piece could deform when washed with ribbon sewn on.)
  2. Iron Cotton fabric and cut into 17×17 inch squares.
  3. Arrange the ribbon along two neighboring sides of the cut squares. I think they look nice if they are about ½ inch from the edge and each other.
  4. Weave the ribbons over and under each other in the corner of the napkin where they intersect.
  5. Pin down ribbon with straight pins
  6. Fold over each edge ½ inch, press with iron
  7. Fold over edges another ½ inch, press and pin with straight pins
  8. Hem both edges of each ribbon (One stitch down the center is fine too, you will just need to iron them after washing)
  9. Hem the edges of the napkins (about ½ inch in from edge)
  10. Sew buttons where you think they look best….
  11. And Serve!