This brilliant product is a chair slipcover/ kid’s stovetop! This product sparks SO MANY ideas in my crafter’s mind. For those who are sewers you could make this from scratch, but for a lazy crafter like me, I would buy a ready made slipcover and then use crafting felt and hot glue to add all of the details. You could buy 3-4 slipcovers and use one for a stovetop, one for a refrigerator, one for a dishwasher, and one for counter/prep space. This is a great space-saving idea if you don’t have the space to have a dedicated kid’s kitchen, all you need are 2-4 dining chairs to make this work, and when your little one is done playing you can fold it up and put it away. Love it! I found some great $9 slipcovers here.
I love making Pomanders, they simply smell amazing. If you do it right they last for years (I have one that is 15-years old!), and they make lovely ornaments for your Christmas tree. Check out my YouTube video on this craft.
All you need are oranges, sturdy-round toothpicks and lots of whole cloves (approximately 1-ounce per medium-sized orange).
Simply poke the toothpick into the orange and then fill the hole with the long side of the clove. Hang in a warm dry place for several days to allow it to become fully preserved. A great and easy craft for ages 3+. Two tips: make sure that at least 50% of the orange is covered in cloves if you really want the clove oil to preserve the orange, and if you have sensitive skin you may want to wear thin gloves because the clove oil can be a little irritating if you break the skin.
Ask anyone who knows me and you’ll find out that I’m not a big handbag person. On any given day I’m just as likely to be carrying a random reusable grocery bag (from the dozens in my trunk) as a “real” handbag. However, when I became a mom I found that my go-to weekend/carry-on bag, an aloha-print drawstring sack that had been a gift and seemed as big as Mary Poppins carpet-bag, was no longer big enough. So I needed a bigger bag than anything that I owned, and I decided that this next bag was going to be a “real” weekend bag. I had an image in my mind of something shaped like an old-fashioned doctor’s bag…really sturdy and practical, but hopefully with a bit of fun and whimsy thrown-in.
While paging through one of my magazines I spied a beautiful waxed linen and leather duffel bag that was just my style: utilitarian, well-made with a unique twist. The unique twist was that the linen had a beautiful sheen to it because it had been treated with wax which is an old-fashioned way of water-proofing fabric. I found the bag on-line but the $525 price tag was a non-starter for me. After all, it was a pretty straight-forward looking bag, not something I would pay $525 for. The only really interesting thing about the bag was the waxed finish. It occurred to me that if I could find a bag I liked on Ebay, that I could try waxing it myself.
So I did some looking on Ebay (completely one of my favorite places to shop…you never know what someone will be getting rid of) and I found this gorgeous canvas and leather trim duffel bag that was EXACTLY what I wanted. It had never been used and was being offered for a GREAT price because it had been a promotional gift and was embroidered with a company’s logo on it. But other than that, it was perfect, and I figured I could just cover the logo with a fun patch. Since this bag usually retails for around $200, I figured dealing with the logo was worth the savings. I actually prefer the bag I got to the $525 version because it had some extra pockets that the other one didn’t have and it was the perfect size (whereas the $525 one was a bit larger than I wanted ideally).
So I had a beautiful, well-made bag, now all I had to do was wax it…but that was harder than I had anticipated. I found some all-natural bees-wax based product, but when I experimented with it on another canvas bag of mine, I didn’t like the way it turned out and I found it difficult to control the wax.
It didn’t apply as evenly as I wanted. Maybe it was because I used the brush-on product, not the rub-on one. For whatever reason, the test bag at light and dark patches, and it made the bag look like it had been dipped in oil, rather than giving it the sheen that I had hoped for.
So my beautiful bag sat for a while and I contemplated how I could give it a water-proofing sheen that I would like. I decided to see what would happen if I used a metallic craft paint on the fabric, so I experimented with the bottom of the bag and liked what I saw. (See the demo video here.) I found Folk Art Sahara Gold #577 (about $2 at craft stores for a small bottle, I used under 3-bottles for the entire bag) at my local Michael’s (LOVE that place) and it was perfect. The canvas is a kind of olive/khaki color and Sahara Gold has a bit of green in it, so it gave the bag a nice sheen rather than making it look completely blinged out (not the look I wanted.)
And now I have the perfect weekend/carry-on bag. Well-made, functional with just a hint of pizzazz. I’ve used it dozens of times at this point and it is just the right size for taking on the plane and carrying water, snacks, sweaters and diversions for 2! It’s also been with me on many weekends away going to yoga retreats, visiting friends or celebrating my birthday! Total cost of my weekend bag: $50.42 ($26 for the bag, $11.93 shipping, $6 for paint and $6.50 for the “Aloha” patch I got to cover the embroidered logo.) To see my demonstration video for applying the paint, visit my YouTube Channel.
You can also purchase this bag and paint by following this link.
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