Monday, April 27, 2015

"Kick Up Your Feet and Relax" Mother's Day Gift Basket

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmopeLovesMoms #CollectiveBias

My mom is one of the greatest women I know. She has always been there for me. When I was little, she sang songs to me to help me go to sleep. In elementary school, she stayed up all night to help me make a science fair project that I forgot about until the day before. When I broke up with my first boyfriend, she rocked me in the rocking chair and let me bawl my eyes out. She made my wedding dress. She has been there to help me after the birth of all three of my children. She's smart, fun-loving, kind, courageous, and just all around amazing!

My mom does so much for my whole family that this year for Mother's Day, I'm going to tell her to kick up her feet and relax! I put together a little gift basket with that theme in mind.

I bought an Amopé™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Foot File and some Amopé™ Foot Cream at Target. You can find it in the foot care aisle.

And score... it was only $39.99! I also saw that there's a Cartwheel coupon for buy one gadget, get a free $5 Target gift card (valid 5/3-5/9), so you'll definitely have to take advantage of that. Target is carrying a limited edition pink gadget, but I purchased the blue version, because that's my mom's favorite color.

This little gadget rocks... it gives you smooth heels, let me tell you, and it hardly takes any effort at all. The foot cream is awesome too. I might have gotten one for myself when I got one for my mom.... and my feet have never been softer! You can like Amopé™ on their Facebook page.

To finish off the gift basket, I included nail polish, a box of chocolates from my favorite local sweet shop, and a jar of homemade lemon brown sugar scrub.

I just recently discovered sugar scrubs, and now I am addicted. A sugar scrub exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. I love to use sugar scrubs on my knees and elbows, and legs and arms... okay, everywhere! And guess what? They are super easy to make at home! Here's how to create your very own lemon brown sugar scrub:


Follow my blog with Bloglovin 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil (I like both)
lemon fragrance oil or essential oil (lemon extract used for baking works well too)

Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until evenly combined. Spoon sugar mixture into a cute glass jar, add a label, and you're done!

I've included some free printable labels for you: one for the sugar scrub and one for the basket (in a few different color options), so putting together your own Mother's Day gift will take no time at all! Just right click on the images below and save to your computer!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

How To Sew A Brush Roll

Hello! Today I'm sharing a super handy sewing project that even beginners can handle. I'm going to show you how to sew a brush roll! 

Brush rolls are the perfect way to organize paintbrushes, makeup brushes, crochet hooks, knitting needles, colored pencils, pens... anything, really!

Today I'm making a brush roll for a friend who is a watercolor artist and I'm going to show you step-by-step how to make your very own.

As I sewed this brush roll, I took pictures all along the way. Then my camera card got eaten by the dog... okay, not really. I don't even have a dog. But the card did become corrupted and I lost all the pictures. Boo! So instead of as-we-go photos, you get my little computer illustrations. 

1. Purchase and Gather Supplies. I purchased all my supplies at JOANN Fabric. 

You will need:
- 2/3 yard of Fabric A
- 1/2 yard of Fabric B
- 1 package decorative elastic. (At my store, it was located by the thread and zippers.)
- coordinating thread
- fabric marking pen

2. Cut and Press. Next, cut two rectangles: one 40x23inch and one 14x23inch. With wrong sides together, press (that means iron) the two triangles in half along the dotted lines, as show in the illustration below:

3. Sew pocket. Fabric B will become the pocket. Place the folded Fabric B on top of the flat Fabric A, matching the bottom and side edges. Pin in place, then stitch around the outside edge, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Using a disappearing fabric pen, draw straight vertical lines spaced across Fabric B, then stitch through all three layers of fabric, using the drawn lines as guides. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each vertical line. 

4. Elastic. Cut two 7-9 inch pieces of elastic. Fold elastics right sides together, and pin to left edge of fabric, aligning edge of fabric and ends of elastic. Stitch in place. I placed the lower elastic 3" from the bottom edge and the upper elastic 7" from the bottom edge.

5. Sew together. Fold the top edge of Fabric A down and align it with the bottom edge. Everything will be sandwiched inside, with only the wrong sides of Fabric A showing. Stitch around the entire outer edge, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a hole on the right side to allow for turning.

6. Finishing Up. When everything is securely stitched together, clip the bottom two corners diagonally, making sure not to cut past stitching. Turn brush roll right side out. Straighten corners and press entire project. Top stitch around the entire outer edge, making sure to catch the opening you used for turning so that it will be sewn closed.

I love how my brush roll turned out! I think these two fabrics are really cute together and I can't wait to give this gift to my friend!
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