Whistle and Ivy

Friday, April 18, 2014

80’s Fishnet Gloves

This coming week is going to be a bit busy. I have a big creative blogger conference, and one of the events is an 80’s party! ( I can’t decide if I am excited or not.) I am a bit of an introvert, so I am a  tad nervous.

Anyway, I knew I needed some funky neon accessories, so I whipped up these gloves using the diamond mesh stitch. They work up pretty quick, and I love how they look with the Caron Simply Soft Paints yarn.

Depending on the yarn, these really could be for anything, not just a neon 80’s party. They are actually quite comfortable, too.

For the pattern, click HERE

***You are welcome to use this pattern to make items in your crochet shop, however you MUST link back to this blog post in your listing. Thanks for your cooperation!***

Have you gone to an 80’s party? What did you wear?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paper Covered Notebook

A few weeks ago I bought these cute brown notebooks from Pick Your Plum, a fun daily deal website. I bought several because I thought they would fun to customize and decorate, and they were only a couple dollars each.

I loved how they turned out!

For my paste, I used white school glue, with a bit of water mixed it. Don’t add too much water, just enough to make it brush easily onto your paper and notebook.

Start by cutting the front piece. The size of your notebook will determine how many pieces of paper you will need. This notebook measured 7” x 7”, and I used 2 pieces of 12” x 12”. 

I wasn’t super precise, I just eyeballed it and used my paper cutter to get nice, straight lines.

I eyeballed the corners as well. Cut a 90° on the side piece,  then cut a 45° angle on the top and bottom sides of the corners (it doesn’t need to be an exact angle). Once your piece is cut, you will want to glue the front of your notebook first.  Using your paste, generously apply a layer to your notebook and your paper. Work quickly and make sure both sides are still wet before you glue them together.

{It doesn’t really matter which side you cut each angle,  just make sure you glue the 90° pieces down first, then the 45° after.}

Next, paste the top and bottom down.  Make sure you are applying paste to the book and to the paper. 

Next, glue the small piece that wraps around the spine. Mine is a bit wider because of the pen holder in the middle. 

Next, cut your second piece to fit the back. My notebook has a bungee closure, so I had to work around it. To do this, I marked where the holes should go, folded down the sides (where they would be glued around the sides) and barely got the hole punch where I needed it (phew!). Then I cut a slit so the paper could be applied. 

Finish by using the same techniques as the other side. Cut the corners and glue the top of the notebook first. Then, glue down the side, and then top and bottom. Make sure you let the glue dry before closing the notebook. 

I added a few embellishments, specifically a vinyl monogram that I cut with my Silhouette. 

One tip: I found a thicker paper to work a little bit better. There tends to be less ripples and bubbles. I used a not-quite-cardstock at first (the yellow), and I thought it was too thick, but it turned out nicer than one I made with regular-weight scrapbook paper. Just make sure to apply enough paste the make the paper nice and pliable. 

What do you think? It would make a cute, personalized gift!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Darice Kids Craft Survey

This post is part of a paid campaign with Snap and Darice, but all comments and opinions contained within are my own. #KidsCrafts #Foamies

Do you use Darice products when you are crafting? If not, you should! They have cute paper crafts and jewelry, (and more!) and they have really fun crafts for kids, too.

Darice wants YOUR feedback! This survey will take just a few minutes, and will help Darice determine what kid’s crafts will be available in stores, as well as provide feedback on product packaging. 

To thank you for your participation, you will be entered to win some fabulous prizes: 

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Ready to take this survey? Click HERE

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-Winners must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win. Three winners total. One winner will receive a kid's craft basket worth $300+, second winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card, and the third winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. No substitutions. No purchase necessary. This giveaway ends April 16th, 2014 Midnight EST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email address provided in entry form, by 4/18/14. This giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with Visa.

Thanks SO much for your help! 

Oscar Mayer® Bold Club Sandwich with Special Honey Mustard

This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own. I received Deli Fresh BOLD coupons and other related items from Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods.

I actually love sandwiches. I love raw veggies, fresh cold cuts and moist bread. I also like my sandwiches to have a sweet side. I have been on the search for a perfect sweet and tangy honey mustard for several years now. I have tried every kind that I could find at grocery store. None of them were perfect. Then, I decided to try to make my own. And it is awesome! It is perfect on this club sandwich made with Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Bold® lunch meat.

First, I’ll share how I made this honey mustard:

1 C Mayonnaise
2 T Dijon Mustard
2 T Honey

Mix it in a dish, slap in on your bread and keep the rest in the fridge {hopefully you have quite a bit leftover ;)}.

To make my club sandwich, I used four slices of Maple Honey Ham and four slices of Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast. Cut several thin slices of cucumber and layer it on top of the piece of bread with the honey mustard and mayo. Cut thin slices of tomato and add them next.  Place a slice of pepper jack cheese, and a large, crisp leaf of romaine lettuce. Top if with your second piece of bread with a thin layer of mayo.

So good! These Oscar Mayer® deli meats are delicious and perfect for a tasty lunch that everyone will enjoy. The new flavors include:

Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast
- Cajun Style Turkey Breast
- Maple Honey Ham
- Chipotle Season Chicken Breast

Plus, these lunch meats contain ZERO artificial flavors and preservatives, so it’s a good choice. 

Head over and give Oscar Meyer a follow on Twitter and Facebook

What’s your favorite sandwich?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gabbaland Quiet Book - Toodeeland

For this next installment page for our Gabbaland quiet book, I did the next easiest one: Toodeeland! Just three colors and lots of nice straight edges to cut.
In case you missed it, my first page was Brobeeland, and The Boy is wondering when the next pages will be done, so I really need to get this finished for him.

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You can find a printable template HERE.

You need:
Corresponding Embroidery Thread

1 Light Gray
1 White
1 Light Blue

This is how the pieces should be placed on your blue felt page.
Make sure to sew the back ones in place first.

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And don’t forget to grab the template for all five characters HERE.


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