Monday, August 29, 2016

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks {Using Charms made with Swarovski® Crystals}

I love to read! It's something I do everyday. I always have a book on my nightstand waiting for me at the end of the day. I love to get lost in a good story. It helps me to forget about the stress or anxiety of the day and unwind. Of course, that means I need to have pretty bookmarks to mark my spot. Ribbon bookmarks are simple, yet charming.

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks

As a Cousin Corporation Ambassador, I get to try out new products and I'm loving these charms made with Swarovski® crystals. They are available exclusively at Michael's. I had to come up with some non-traditional uses for these charms - in other words, I had to think outside of the jewelry box. I decided to make these ribbon bookmarks. Do you like how they turned out?

Ribbon Bookmarks are super simple to make. They really are a 5 minute project. Let's get started with the tutorial.

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks

You will need:
large jump rings
sewing machine/needle and thread or hot glue
lighter or match {to melt ribbon ends}

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks

1 - Begin by cutting the ribbon to 26 inches.

2 - Slide a large jump ring onto the ribbon to the halfway point and fold the ribbon in half.

3 -  Sew the ribbon together about 1/4 inch from the jump ring. Or, alternately, you could use a dab of hot glue to hold the ribbon together.

4 - Attach the charms to the jump ring.  Most of the charms I received had a lobster clasp, so they were super easy to attach. The charms below only had jump rings. Jump rings are simple to open and close, but if you've never done it before you can watch this short how-to video.

 5 - Trim the edges of the ribbon. Using a lighter or match, melt the edges so they don't fray. When you do this, you don't need to actually touch the ribbon to the flame, just get it close and the ribbon will start to melt.

How to Make Ribbon Bookmarks

There you have it! A quick and easy ribbon bookmark - now find a good book and get lost in it.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

Today I have a fun bracelet and earring set to share with you. I made them with buttons - fabric covered buttons.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
They are pretty simple to make and the colors and patterns are as endless as the fabrics in your stash.

To begin, I'll show you how to cover a button.You will need a fabric covered button kit. I got a few different sizes. It will come with the button front, the button back, a template, and the little plastic molds. It should also come with instructions.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
1 - Trace your fabric with the template and cut it out.

2 - Set the fabric inside the plastic mold and put the button front inside the mold.

3 - Fold the excess fabric toward the middle and place the back on top. With the blue part of the mold press down until it snaps together.

For the earrings, I made sure to remove the button loop on the back before assembling the button. Then I simply added earring posts to the back with E6000 glue and let dry overnight before wearing.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

For the bracelet, I left the button loops on. I slid a bracelet chain through the button holes. So that they wouldn't slide around I attached each button to the chain with jump rings.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

I used fabric that was left after I had hemmed a dress - so it matches perfectly.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
There's just the slightest silvery sheen to these buttons where you can see the metal through the fabric. It's hard to capture with a camera but I love the effect.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

This decadent dessert has a creamy filling inside a graham cracker crust. It's topped with a raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries. I think I found my new favorite pie!  It's insanely good.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

We have raspberry bushes at our house. They are one of those plants that just keep on producing all summer and fall long. I make jam and syrup. I freeze them for smoothies and baking. There just never seems to be an end of them until winter hits. I came across this recipe over at Bright Green Door and I knew I wanted to try it. Her grandma is famous for it, so I knew it had to be good. I wasn't disappointed.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe
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Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

Raspberry Filling:
2 c. fresh raspberries
1 c. sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. water

Crush 2 cups of raspberries. Once mashed down they should equal about a cup. Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Let cool to room temperature.

1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and butter. Press into a 9" pie pan.

Cream Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. cool whip
1 c. powdered sugar

Whip cream cheese until smooth, add cool whip and powdered sugar. Pour into graham cracker crust. Then top with raspberry filling.

2-3 c. fresh raspberries

Lastly, top with fresh raspberries.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe
I cannot say enough good things about this pie. It's smooth creamy filling pairs perfectly with the slighlty tart raspberries and sweet graham cracker crust. Try it out, I hope you like it too.

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