I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a baby in the cold. Even having lived somewhere that has a cold, snowy winter my entire life, I still can’t handle it. And I’m actually dreeeeeading another Northeast winter.
So I made up a few batches of these little teeny hand warmers to try and combat the chill. I keep them right next to my keys, so I remember to heat them up quick before I leave. That way I don’t have numb fingers on my walk to
Starbucks the grocery store. Oh who am I kidding, I’m going to Starbucks.
Here’s how I did it…..
1. For a set of hand warmers, cut 4 3x3” pieces of cotton fabric.
2. Place two of your squares wrong sides together, and sew 1/4” from the edge. Pivot at the corners, and leave about 1/2- 3/4” opening. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end.
3. Fill your square pouch with rice about 3/4” of the way full. I used a funnel so that I didn’t make a mess :)
4. Sew and close up your small opening.
5. Trim along the edges with pinking shears so that they don’t unravel. That’s it!
But if you would prefer a cleaner look…..
Start by placing your two square pieces right sides together, and sew just like before (1/4” from the edge, leave 1/2” opening). Clip your corners and trim the seam allowance, and then turn right side out through the opening. Fill with your rice, and then close your opening with an invisible slipstitch.
Just slightly more work, but it does have a simpler, cleaner look!
Right before you walk out of the house, just heat them up in the microwave for about 30 seconds and slip them in your coat pocket. Caution! They’ll be really hot! I But I like to get them just a tad too hot so that they stay warm longer.
Stay toasty, my friends :)
I’ve been looking for some new displays for some shopHollyDolly items. And when I couldn’t find anything I really liked, I decided to make them myself! They are good display stands for jewelry designers, but would also be super cute for displaying your necklaces at home! Check out the supplies below, and see how to I put these together after the jump….
- plywood ( I just used craft plywood)
- thin wood stick for kickstands
- craft saw
-paint or wood stain
» Earlier this week, I was featured on the Modcloth Blog with my favorite vintage find. Check it out here.
» You guys, it is supposed to be warm this weekend. And by warm, I mean, like, 55 degrees. I’m going to all crazy and not wear any tights. And I’m super excited about it.
» Don’t forget - you can follow along with HollyDolly via Bloglovin’ here!
This skirt is my latest project for Megan Nielsen Design Diary. But I was pretty much in love with the skirt and this outfit, so I thought I would share it here too. It’s the Kelly Skirt pattern, with a scalloped hem variation. You can see my scallop tutorial here, and this outfit over at Design Diary here. Hop on over and take a peek!
shirt: Urban Outfitters
A part of re-inventing shopHollyDolly has been coming up with a new way to package and wrap up orders. It just so happens that I have a lot of extra burlap lying around post-wedding. So decided to make some super simple burlap envelopes, with some tissue paper in between so the burlap doesn’t scratch the leather rand other items.
They are soooo easy, and I’ve been making them in all different sizes for all different items. They would be cute to package up any little gifts!
1. Make a template for your envelope. It all depends on the size you want.
2. Use your template to cut out one piece of burlap, and one piece of tissue paper. You may need to iron your burlap and tissue paper before you get started. For the tissue paper, make sure you use a low setting and do it quickly.
3. Place the tissue paper on top of the burlap and sew along the bottom edge.
4. Fold up into an envelope shape. But not all the way to the very edge - leave about half an inch before the flap starts. Pin in place. Sew from one bottom edge, aaaall the way around (including the flap), until you reach the other bottom edge.
5. Put in your goodies, and close however you like! I tied some bakers twine around it and finished it off with some HollyDolly stickers I got from Moo.com. You could also sew on a snap or button, or whatever you can come up with!
-thin wooden dowels, cut to aprox 9 - 9 1/2 inches long
-silver paint or marker
1. Use a pencil sharpener to shape the “tips” of your arrows. Don’t go all the way and make it too pointy! We don’t want it to be sharp and dangerous.
2. Use your silver paint or marker to paint the tips.
3. The fun part - decorating your arrows! You can just as easily paint the sticks, but I chose to wrap mine in wash tape.
4. Take your feathers, and cut along one side of the center part (if that makes sense). Cut as close to the middle as possible, without nipping that center part. This will ruin one side of the feather, but allow you to use the other side. Cut extras, just in case!
4. Ok, so this part proved trickier than I thought. Glueing the feathers to the stick. At first, I was just using a mode podge like glue - which was kind of holding the feathers, but not that well. I eventually ended up using super glue to fully secure them, after using the mode podge first to get them in place. And I did 3 feathers per stick, but you could just do 2, if you’d like.
That’s it! Pull up your hair into a messy bun, and stick your arrows in there!
-spray paint (optional)
1. Set up your work space. Hang a horizontal dowel/rod/stick/wire across two chairs/shelves.etc. Somewhere where you can hang multiple balloons from with string. Lay down plastic or a tarp underneath, and make sure to cover the entire work space. Seriously. Look at the pictures below. This isn’t exactly a neat and tidy project.
2. Blow up your balloons to your desired size and hang them, using string, from your rod. Make sure they are not touching each other, the wall, etc.
3. Cover the balloons in vaseline, to make sure the string doesn’t stick to the balloon when the glue dries.
4. Make your glue mixture. Mix about half a bottle of glue, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 up water. This is only enough for a few lanterns, so mix more if you are making a lot of them.
5. Run your yarn through the glue mixture and start wrapping it around your balloon. This works so much better if you have two people. One person can feed it through the glue, while the second person takes the newly glue covered yarn and wrap. Theres no rhyme or reason to the wrapping - just go with the flow!
6. When you have your desired look - cut the yarn and tuck in the ends. Let dry at least 24 hours. Personal tip -after it’s fully dry, give it a light test squeeze to see if it is soft in any spots. If it doesn’t feel firm enough to you, give it another coat of glue and let re-dry.
7. When it is fully dry - hold your breath, and pop the balloons! Pull out the balloon and scrape off and excess glue from the string.
8. That’s it! You can paint or spray paint them if you would like. Or try using colored string to start with!
***last two photos by Lindsay Dedario Photography***