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Book Review: Paper Goods Projects

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 11, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804186952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804186957
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 10 inches

Be ready for your mind to be blown. You will no longer look at paper plates, cupcake wrapper or even coffee filters the same way again.

You will learn how to make goody bags, napkin rings,  pop up cards, and even doll house accessories out of ordinary items that you would normally toss in the recycling bin or ::GASP:: the garbage.

This book is 112 pages and the list price on Amazon is super affordable at $10.72. This is super awesome because it will lead you step by step  with full colored photographs through each project. The book also have some templates to help you get started (I love templates)

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Review: LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit

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I would like to introduce you to my new soulmate the Epson LabelWorks. This beautiful little label maker does the unexpected and prints on ribbon!!

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Not even going to lie as soon as this came in the mail I had to really get myself under control because my mind would not stop thinking of all the amazing things that I was going to be able to do with this new crafting tool… but before I start spewing my craftiness I better give you some stats about this little buddy.

Specifications:

Display: LCD, 16 Char. x 1 line

Maximum Tape Width: ~1/2″ (12 mm)

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Keyboard: QWERTY

Tape Cutter: Built-in, Manual

Maximum Resolution: 180 dpi

Maximum Print Width: ~3/8″ (9.0 mm)

Maximum Number of Printed Lines: 2

Batteries: 6 AAA (not included)

Open Cover Detection: Yes

Battery Level Indicator: Yes

PC & Mac Connectivity: No

Tape Compatibility: LC

Tape Width: ~¼” (6 mm), ~3/8″ (9 mm), ~½” (12 mm)

Tape Length: ~30 ft (9 m)

Tape Varieties: Standard, Iron-on, Metallic, Reflective, Strong Adhesive, Glow-in-the-Dark, Pearlized and Clear

Number of Fonts: 14

Types of Fonts: Sans Serif, Sans Serif HG, Sans Serif ST, Gothic, Bold Gothic, Roman, US Roman, CL Roman, Mincho, Gyosho, Reisho, BR, CB, Script PL

Number of Font Styles: 10

Number of Font Sizes: 5

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Built-in Symbols: 300+

Built-in Frames: 75+

Maximum Characters Per Label: 80

Auto Numbering: Yes

Multiple Print Option: Yes

Vertical Printing: Yes

Mirror Printing: Yes

Number of Languages: 7 (English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German)

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Alright… so now that I got the technical mumbo jumbo out of the way… is your mind blown? I love that it also prints on normal labels so I don’t have to have multiple label makers laying around my house. So aside from printing on ribbon it can also do Iron on labels, glow in the dark labels etc, you just want to make sure that whatever labels / ribbon your purchase is compatible with the Epson Labelworks.

I think this is going to be amazing for my sisters baby shower that I will be hosting in December. I can see myself using it now teamed up with my Cricket for the invitations, Doing custom bookmarks as invitations, cute ribbons off the top that say, “Baby Minor” and  “Save the date”

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for my sons Halloween treats for daycare “Trick or Treat” ribbons with cute little ghost on them tieing off the goodies bags!

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dont forget all the “Made with love” tags that I can now add to my quilts…

::SIGH:: so much crafting to do so little time. This nifty Labelworks printable ribbon kit sells for $69.99 here. Comes with:

  • LW-300 Label Printer
  • Two (2) ~½” wide printable ribbon cartridges
  • Application User’s Guide
  • Carrying Case

Now quick go make the ordinary extraordinary!

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Review: RTGS Lights

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Want to say thank you to RTGS Products for sending me some samples of their fantastic battery-powered  lights and are sponsoring a giveaway! So please continue to reading to see just how awesome their lights are and what I did to add my own Crafty Mommy touch to RTGS Lights!

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Review: The Realism Challenge

  • Book1Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346290
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches

I was sent The Realism Challenge through blogging for books to review.

Using watercolors and colored pencils the author and artist Mark Crilley will guide you step by step through the process of making recreations of everday items. As you go through the book beginning to end it gets more and more challenging, building each lesson off of the previous one.

This book is fantastic if you already have drawing skills, if you dont this book is not for you as I feel you will be discouraged (as I am).

Ive been trying to get into watercolors and drawing and was hoping that this book would help with this skill, however this book is really more about taking your skills and helping push them further.

This book sells on Amazon for $10.37. Although the book is challenging (as the title promises) it is a truly beautiful book.

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Review: Upcycle Your Wardrobe: 21 Sewing Projects for Unique, New Fashions

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1 edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764348493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764348495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 inches

Schiffer publishing did it again they sent me ANOTHER FANTASTIC BOOK!  This one focuses on up cycling your old wardrobe into 21 fashionable projects!

New to sewing? No problem! Pages 56-62 is full of the materials you will need, the ABC’s of sewing and patterns to help you get started!

This book seriously opened my eyes to some new fantastic ideas! I can not wait till we finish moving so I can bust out my sewing machine and up-cycle my old tee shirts and jeans! So
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I love the projects have easy to follow step by step instructions and photos of the article of clothing before and after.

This is sure to inspire you and get your inner designer diva riled up! This book is going to be released July 28th but you can pre order it now here for $16.60… in the meantime start digging through you closet!

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Review: Macrame Fashion Accessories & Jewelry

  • 11050247_10153322381247270_5272744440518526643_nPaperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1 edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764348574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764348570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Release Date: July 28th 2015

I got another oppurtunity to review another AMAZING crafty book by Schiffer Publishing.

So what comes to mind when you think Macrame? If you are anything like me it is something along the lines of a dated plant hanger.  If that is the case this book is seriously going to blow you mind!

You are going to see that Macrame goes way beyond the outdated plant hangers and can make beautiful complex jewelry, handbags and even scarves.

New to Macrame? No problem the first part of the book is an introduction to the craft. It shows you the basic supplies you need, and easy to follow instructions on the knots that you will be using in the projects in the book. Once you are ready to tackle an actual project they are just as easy to follow. The step by step guides will lead you from beginning to end.

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Is your mind blown? Yeah mine is too! I seriously could kick myself though because I just took a ton of para cord to goodwill as I had no idea that I could actually find anything to do with it! Grrrrrr… but thats okay because the supplies are all super affordable and can easily be found at Joann Fabrics, Michael’s or any craft and hobby store.

To pre order this book please go to here! Oh! And a huge shout our and big thank you to Schiffer Publishing for sending me another amazing book!

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Book Review: Paper Jewelry: 55 Projects for Reusing Paper

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1 edition (May 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764348523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764348525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches

I cant tell you how often I toss a magazine, toilet paper tube or some other bit of paper in the recycling bin and think “what a waste” even though it is getting recycled.

What I can tell you is that is about to change with the help of this fantastic book!

Paper Jewelry 55 Projects for Reusing Paper is a fantastic book that will help use up those random bits of paper and bring your creativity to life!

This book is made up of 176 pages and helps you find uses for:

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  • Newspaper
  • candy wrappers
  • cardboard and cards
  • stationary
  • magazines
  • Paper products
  • paper string
  • napkins and kitchen paper
  • puzzel pieces
  • books and comics

Also have you seen the tiny little books? If not they are shown above on the cover of the book. This book shows you how to make them! That kind of rocked my world. I love all the creative ideas as well as the easy to follow instructions and large full color photographs.

Each craft gives you a rundown of everything that you need to create the craft, most of the items you already will have laying around the house if you already do some sort of crafting.

On that note.. I’m off to Goodwill to find some books to breakdown and get some beadmaking on! 🙂 Seriously folks check this one out! You can purchase it here on amazon for $27.08

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Review: Greenco Laundry Clips – Wooden Clip – Wood Clothespins with Spring – 200 Pack

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What does one do when they get 200 wood clothespins sent to them to review? ummm… go straight to pintrest… 

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and these………..

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 Seriously my mind is blown! Who knew you could make so many awesome non preschool crafts with clothes pins? I can honestly say that I have never hung my laundry out to dry so the idea of using them what they are actually supposed to be used for is kind of a joke.. however I am the crafty mommy so these uses are much more realistic. You can buy the 200 clothespins on Amazon for $8.99… how many of these crafts can you you do with 200 clothespins?!?!?!?!?

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Friday Favorites #4 : DIY 4th Of July Crafts

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I will use any excuse I can to go to the craft store and get supplies and the 4th Of July is no exception!  With some brief searching online I ran across some super fantastical Independence day crafts that are easy and fairly in expensive to do.

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So to get in the holiday spirit may I suggest dressing for it? Deck yourself out from head to toe in stars and the good ol’ Red, White and Blue! These adorable flip flops are great and super easy to do. A couple ways you could do it is to find some fabric or perhaps even ribbon. Cut long strips of it fold in half and tuck the tails in the hole around the flip flop straps. Keep doing this until you achieve the maximum amount of fluff that you like.  This is a super easy craft and you should be able to achieve this under $5.00 a pair.

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To go with your Amazing Flip Flops you need the perfect shirt to go with it! May I suggest this adorable shirt? Use a thick paint brush and use fabric paint to paint on some great stripes, and then add the loving bling of your kiddos hand print in blue. Although I would most likely do the hand print and follow up with the stripes, however its adorable! Perhaps make one for your little girl and team it up with a red, white and blue tutu?

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Once you are dressed for the occasion you need to dress your house up! That is why I suggest this super cute, super simple clothespin wreath. If you go shopping at the right spots you should be able to come in around $10.00 or less. Check your local dollar store for the clothespins, and you can get your paint for .69 each at Walmart, The actual wreath I’m sure you can get at Walmart too, but I have seen them at Joann Fabrics and the price ranges on them depending on the size, but they almost always have a 40% coupon so be sure to hunt that down!

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After you “oooh and ahhh” them with the door wreath, lead them to your beautiful, yet festive and simple bandanna tablecloth. You can buy these for a dollar each at Hobby Lobby. Don’t forget Hobby Lobby also has 40% off Coupons!!!

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And one final way to dress up the table, Simple, yet classy looking, use some food coloring and dye a little rice red and blue, and put into a mason jar in layers, and stick a tea light candle in… Ta Da! Beautiful!!

Remember to have a fun, and be safe!

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Review: Surprise Ride

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Morgan and I received a super fun and awesome monthly subscription box in the mail from Surprise Ride to review. What exactly is Surprise Ride you ask? Surprise Ride is a monthly adventure in a box. It is for kiddos from age 6 to 11 and is packed full of facts, fun, and creativity… so whats was in my box?

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