Felt Flower Shoe Clips

April 27, 2011

Why did I wait so darn long to get a hot glue gun?

I finally got one a couple of weeks ago, and have already made several things with it (and have a few more on my soon-to-make list).

I made these today and yesterday, and a pair of them takes me less than a half hour. Grant was even awake while I did one of the pairs. So easy and cute! I’m going to make a few more sets in other colors.

What you need:
* felt (or similar material)
* hot glue gun
* scissors
* small alligator clips
* whatever shoes you want to adorn

I followed the tutorial found here. Instead of attaching a pin, however, I attached a small alligator clip (I got my supplies at Michael’s, and these clips were in the jewelry making section right next to the pins and clasps). I just used cheap felt for mine; each sheet was only around 25 cents.

Voila! Plain shoes now have some color and sass. Use bright flowers with neutral shoes, or neutral flowers with bright shoes. Or bright with bright, whatever. Such a cheap, simple way to spice up an outfit!

You can also buy pins (as in the tutorial I linked to) and glue them on along with the alligator clips, so the flowers can be used multiple ways. I’m going to buy some next time I’m at Michael’s. These can be clipped or pinned to so many things… bags, headbands, hats, cardigans, coats, etc.

I recommend being careful using the alligator clips if you have expensive shoes or leather that you don’t want marked up. I know you can find other clips (I think they are hair clips?) that won’t leave a mark, but I’m not worried with my shoes.

Daily Dose of Martha

April 4, 2011

Martha Stewart. Love her or hate her, she has some brilliant ideas.

Need a daily dose of inspiration? Looking for recipe, organizational, crafty, or otherwise creative ideas? Sign up for one or some (or all) of her emails. The whole list is here.

I get a few different ones, and I look forward to checking them out each day. Some of her organizational or crafting ideas are just awesome, and I have several cookie recipes on my “yum make these soon” list.

Work Space

March 25, 2011

Today my husband and I went antiquing and came home with a pair drafting tables that I’ve been drooling over for a couple of weeks.

I’ve been yearning to have my own space. Unless you count the laundry room (ha!) I don’t really have a single place in the house that feels like my own. I need a place where I can write (it’s hard to get into work mode, or creative mode, when I’m typing from the couch while watching Desperate Housewives).

However, working in our office just doesn’t do it for me… especially since I’m with a certain adorable 8 month old just about 24/7. I can’t just go upstairs for hours and lock myself in a room and write/work. I need an accessible space. One that is close to where I spend most of my time. And one that I don’t share with another person (i.e., my husband, who uses our home office when he’s working from home).

We have a cute, tiny nook in our living room. Just a small space, sort of tucked-away but not really. It’s out in the open and in view of the living room, but it’s still its own space. And now it’s my space.

Photos soon to come! I’m going to spend this weekend getting it organized and set up how I want it. I am absurdly excited about it, but it feels so good.

Create

March 14, 2011

I’ve been feeling creative again. Finally.

I want to write. I want to make things. I want to use my hands. I want to build. I want to create stories and things out of yarn and bake and reorganize and make old things new again.

And it feels so, so good.