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I have finally figured out, after years of sewing, what the point of having a needlebook is. I have seen many sweet little needlebooks but always thought, "Why do I need that when I have a pin cushion?" but then, the other day, while searching for a needle and realizing that it was probably lost inside my pin cushion, a light bulb went on and I knew why a needlebook would be so great to have.
I have a few pin cushions, including the tomato with a strawberry on a string. (Who came up with that design anyway?) Most of the pin cushions are too soft and the pins stab through to the bottom. I like my sawdust filled tomato because it is firmer and I think the sawdust is supposed to keep the pins sharp, or else the strawberry is an emery that sharpens needles. But, my pin cushion must be old because I can't find sawdust filled ones anywhere. This one says it has high quality cotton filling. I have looked at some in stores lately and realized that some of these newer replicas are actually merely filled with Styrofoam! Not a good substitute if you ask me. So, watch for quality. Anyway, the idea came to my mind that I could simply recover my old tomato pin cushion and instead of a strawberry on a string, I could have my needlebook on a string so that they would always stay together. I whipped my idea up and I think it came out kind of sweet. I will tell you how I did it and what I might do differently when I make more as gifts.
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Once again, this summer I am going to our church Girl's Camp! I actually will be gone by the time this post goes up. This year I am one of the adult overall leaders, but in reality, the girls get to choose their theme and the things that they want to do at camp. As adults, we just help guide them and get things to happen. So, that means that the girls chose the theme and they chose a really good one. It is "Shine in the World and Not Of the World." I love that theme because the girls are thinking about ways that they can be themselves and shine, doing good things and not succumbing to the temptations of the world around them. They are trying to make the world a better place, recognizing that their strengths and talents come from God and that they can use those blessings to do good.
The girls decided that each cabin of girls would be a different country of the world, so, of course, we turned to Pinterest for ideas. One of the things we found were a variety of different types of sign posts or street signs like the one I am going to show you today. There were ones that pointed to imaginary places from books, like Hogwarts or Narnia. There were ones that pointed to fun places like Disneyland or Magic Mountain. Then there were the ones that pointed to real places. Many of the posts were links to shops that sold the posts for a pretty penny! I decided that my dear, nice and talented husband and I could make our own! (I hope you can tell by my description of him that my husband did most of the work!) When camp is over, I am going to put this sign post in our backyard and change some of the countries or add countries to represent places that have meaning to our family!
How to Make Your Own Street Sign or Sign Post
We had some scrap 1/4 " thick wood hanging around our house that my husband cut these cute wooden arrows out of. If you don't have many wood scraps, you can always check out the marked down wood cart at Home Depot for some really good prices. We got really creative with what we had to make this sign post project come to pass!
Using the 1/4" would, you can see how DH made the point and the feather parts and then we glued them onto the top of the main shaft. They don't have to be perfect, that adds to the rustic charm of the sign. I googled the distance from our city of Phoenix to the capitol city of the country. Then I hand painted the country name and distance. On the arrowhead and on the feather part I used various scrapbook papers and decoupaged them with Modpodge.
The Post and Stand
We can't dig the post into the ground at camp, so DH made this slotted stand to hold up the 2"x 3" post that will hold the arrows. He had to make a sturdy stand because with the arrows on it, the stand will be fairly heavy and off balance. He used plywood and sandwiched blocks of wood between the E and W part to make it very stable. Then he cut slots, measuring to make sure the post would fit in the center space securely, with corresponding slots on the N and S legs. He painted the entire sign post and stand white so the wooden arrows would pop.
The Lighted Post Top
Most of the supplies that we used for this project was stuff that we already had on hand. But, for the top of the post, we spent a little over $5 to add a lighted post topper! We found it at Lowe's. Then, my DIL Jessica used her silhouette to cut out the word "Shine" for me to stick on each side of the top. The light is a solar LED light that shines nicely in the dark!
To make the topper fit on the top of the post, my husband layered some plywood at the top to the correct dimensions to fit the topper onto the sign post and then screwed it in place.
The Finishing Touches
I love the wooden base because I will be able to place this wherever I want up at camp or in my yard later! This turned out to be such a fun project with so many possibilities. I may just add Disneyland on there when I bring it home! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I've worked on a bunch of other things for camp this year that I will post about when I get back! (I didn't want to give anything away to the girls!) There are a lot of printables and fun ideas, I can't wait to share them.
Here are some past camp ideas:
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There are so many things in the summer that get tracked into the house! Grass, sand, mud, the list goes on. This month for Handmade Monthly I decided that I would share something that I needed for my backdoor! I had a doormat out there, but it seemed like everyone barely used it. I was constantly sweeping up dry grass and whatever else got tracked in. So, somewhat tongue in cheek and somewhat seriously, I took my cue from a shampoo bottle and made this mat that says, "Wipe yer feet! REPEAT."
I think these mats would make great gifts as a housewarming gift for people with kids. Or, change the words and they would be suitable any time of year for the front or the backdoor! Or, how about for an RV , camper or cabin?
I found the mat I used at Dollar Tree! That's right! A doormat for $!.00! They have them on their website to order in bulk, and they have a bunch in their store. I decided to use embossing powder with my heat gun to create my design. It was pretty much a learning experience as I figured out what to do. I'll show you what I did and tell you what I learned!
paint brush or foam brush
That was the basic overview. Here are the things I would do to make it easier.
In the end, I like the look of this mat by my backdoor. I think that the embossing will hold up better than just paint, but of course, using just paint is a definite possibility. I hope you will take some of my tips to heart, to make your mat less labor intensive!
I had fun trying to come up with good messages for my backdoor mat. If you have anymore cute sayings or ideas, let me know!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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