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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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I love those little packs of fat quarters that you can pickup at Walmart for about $1.00. I sometimes find packs of them with such cute prints, that are all coordinated together, and I buy them thinking I will do something with them later. I have used them for quilts here and here, for these bow ties, these little owl purses, and there are a myriad of other ideas out there, I'm sure. Well, I fell for some cute Easter prints earlier this year, but I hadn't figured out what I wanted to do with them. Then, just before Easter, when we had decided to do the brunch, I realized I needed 2 tablecloths with a springtime feel and I thought about that package of fat quarters! It came in a coordinated pack of pinks and blues. I thought, why not sew them together into one big tablecloth! Of course, I was going to need more of the fat quarter packs. Unfortunately, the packs like the one I had purchased were all gone! But, there was some of the exact fabric on the bolt and other coordinating prints!
So, I purchased the fabric from the bolt and cut out my own quarters! It would have been much easier if I had purchased the correct number of quarter packs to begin with, so if you know that you are going to make a tablecloth, buy the right number from the start! For my table, it takes about 4 packs of quarters.
Most of the fabrics in my original pack had the pinks like you see above. One of the prints was a coordinating blue. I have plates that were going to look great on the pink, and others that were going to go well on blue. Since we were putting up 2 tables, and I was going to use both sets of plates, I decided to make one cloth in each color, so I purchased blue prints to go with the original blue bunny print. I placed that print right in the middle of the cloth.
The tablecloths came together pretty quickly. I played with how I wanted the placement of the various fabrics. I started from the middle of the cloth, then built around that. I sewed the fat quarters together with french seams so that there wouldn't be messy fraying on the back of the cloth. I once showed you how to do french seams on this pillowcase tutorial.
That's all there is too it! My tables looked sweet and they were perfect for our brunch! Unfortunately, I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES OF MY TABLES! Trust me, they were sweet.
You can make tablecloths like this for any time of year and for any event! If you don't want to make an entire tablecloth, try a table runner! Have fun picking out those fat quarter! That's the best part.
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We thought that for today, April Fool's Day, we would share this great post from Alicia again! Enjoy!
Raise your hand if you hate how quickly your laundry piles up and your dishes. Or how even though you just cleaned the shower it needs another cleaning. It's not that I hate cleaning, I hate how little time I get to spend enjoying the fruits of my labor. That's why I've got these easy, almost no-effort tips to help you keep your abode looking pristine.
Tip #1 Say No to the Dishes
Isn't it the worst to have dirty dishes in your sink and on your counters? I have two options for you here:
Tip #2 Make No Walk Zones
You know how there are no fly zones? Keep your freshly cleaned rooms of your house clean by banning people from entering them.
Tip #3 Keep Your Showers Fresh
...And your tubs! Soap scum is the devil and it sneaks up on you if you aren't careful, but it won't be a problem if the soap never touches the surface to make scum on...
There you have it, three no effort tips to help you keep your house sparkling clean!
Let me know how these work for you and I hope you all have an amazing April Fool's Day.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
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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