Monday, September 1, 2014

September Giveaway

I am very excited to announce the opening of my new shop, The Chilly Dog on Storenvy!

Although I enjoy crafting in general, I am passionate about knitting and crochet. In fact, I can 't think of a time that I haven't had at least one knit or crochet project in progress. So, my new shop will be featuring original designs from my hooks and needles as well as handmade cases for your hooks and needles.

So this month, I will be giving away one of my favorite crochet hook cases. It has a feminine, swirly, butterfly and daisy design and rolls up neatly for compact storage.

Good luck!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #34

The amount of talent on Etsy and Storenvy never ceases to amaze me. From yarn crafts to painting, sewing to jewelry making. It's so exciting to see other people who are as passionate about their creations as I am about mine. Thank you for sharing your inspired work at our link-up each week.

Two of my favorites items from last week's link-up were actually submitted minutes apart by two different artists and just looked like they should be featured together.

Gnome Home by Cindy Thomas
Painted Leaf by EchidnaArtandCards

This week, let's show off some of our best geometric designs and patterns!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tutorial: Camera Strap

Tutorial: How to make an adjustable neckstrap for your cameraI'm looking forward to our first "empty nest" adventure in Park City, Utah. While there, my husband and I are going to do a little kayaking down the Provo River. In anticipation of out trip, I purchased a DiCAPac WP570 Underwater Waterproof Case for my camera so I could snap a few shots as we paddle without having to worry about my camera getting wet.

I was excited because the case came with an adjustable neck strap, an accessory that is always nice to have when traveling. Although the strap is functional, it wasn't very pretty. So, I found some cute ribbon in my favorite colors and crafted my own strap.


  • camera strap
  • 4 feet of ribbon
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • basic sewing materials


Use a scissors to remove the old strap from the slide and buckles.
Measure the width of the slide and buckles. Mine were 3/8-inch wide.
I found a cute 4-foot spool of 3/8-inch wide ribbon, on clearance for $0.50. What a bargain! This was perfect because the ends are finished so I don't need to worry about fraying.
Thread one end of the ribbon through the slide and machine stitch it, wrong sides together, as close to the slide as possible.
Thread the other end of the ribbon up through one of the buckles.
Then thread it up through the slide and down the other side.
Finally, thread the ribbon down through the other buckle and machine stitch it, wrong sides together, as close to the buckle as possible.

Attach the strap to your camera and you are ready to take pictures your travels!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nifty and Swifty: Nesquik Bank

Tutorial: How to repurpose a chocolate milk container and transform it into a paper covered bankI love chocolate milk and there is always a box of Nestle Nesquik in my pantry. I also love upcycling projects, and the 21.8 oz Nesquik containers are a great size and shape to work with.

I created a simple bank to hold the abundance of change that seems to collect on my kitchen counter whenever I clean out my purse and pockets. This project can be completed in less than 15 minutes with pretty basic craft materials.

Thank you to Tombow USA for providing the adhesive for this project.



Wash and dry your empty container. The label is printed on the container, so there's no need to remove it.
Cut your paper into two 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inch rectangles.
Apply the Xtreme adhesive to the back of your first paper rectangle. I went around the edge of the paper with the adhesive and then applied two stripes across the middle of the paper.
Carefully position the paper on one side of the container.
Firmly press the paper against the container.

Apply the second piece of paper to the other side of the container.
It's completely fine to use the covered container with the lid as it is.
But, if you are feeling fancy, place the lid on a cutting mat and carefully use an X-Acto knife to cut a 1 x 1/4 inch slot in the lid.
Place the lid on your paper cover container.
 All that's left is adding a few coins to your cute new bank!

Tutorial: How to repurpose a chocolate milk container and transform it into a paper covered bank

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