Duct Tape-Bow Pencil Case #1 #paperpastels

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to share this cute duct tape bow pencil case I made based off Paper Pastel’s Bow Pencil Case Video Tutorial. I really liked this project and thought to myself, I wonder if I can replicate it with duct tape! I think it turned out great. ūüôā Make sure you make the case a little wider if you plan to store unsharpened pencils in your case. My case ended up being¬†8 inches wide and 5 inches tall.


  • 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
  • 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used black from Alex Toys, it looks and feels like faux leather)
  • 1 solid metallic color duct tape (I used a skinny silver from Alex Toys)
  • self-adhesive velcro dots
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • mat


  1. Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips. Try lining up the pattern as you go.
  2. Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape.
  3. Rotate the sheet so that the strips are vertical. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
  4. Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the inside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
  5. Cut two 5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket.
  6. Take a look inside!
  7. Without cutting from the duct tape roll, start taping the skinny strip to the case about 1/3 from the bottom on one side. This 1/3 will end up being the bottom of your bow. Then, wrap the tape all the way around the other side and bring it to the top. Leave about 5 inches at the top and cut. Fold the strip down to cover the sticky side but fold down enough so that 1/2 in. overlaps with the case. This means that the sticky side of the skinny tape will not go all the way to the top of the solid side of the case. This allows for flexibility when wrapping.
  8. Add velcro dots to end of skinny tape and to the bottom of the case.


I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in the way PaperPastels inspired me!

Enjoy, Dawn


Yummy Treats for Work

It’s been a crazy first quarter at work and I finally got around to baking some treats for my team using my BRAND NEW KitchenAid!¬†Wow, I didn’t know what I was missing out on without one. ūüėÄ I was craving chocolate and browsed my Pinterest Board and found a recipe with my favorite sweet combo‚ÄĒchocolate and hazelnet. You have got to try this Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Bars recipe‚ÄĒeveryone loved them! Thanks to Maria!

Brown butter chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

Instead of using a pan, I pulled out my Wilton Brownie pan that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas last year. It worked great! If you use something similar, make sure to reduce the baking time, I left mine in for about 17 minutes instead of the 25-30 min the recipe calls for and they turned out perfect. I took them out of the pan right away and let them cool on a rack. Be sure to spray that pan thoroughly!

Wilton Brownie pan

Also, let me tell you, this was the first time I have ever browned butter and OH-EM-GEE! It smelled SO good! I also loved the taste of the sea salt on the cookies. I will definitely make these again. Since I am a big fan of hazelnut, I will probably do 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped hazelnuts next time. I used Chiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips but I would love to make a dark chocolate version. These tasted great right out of the oven too.


Top Rainbow Loom Projects for Valentine’s Day

As promised, here is my collection of the best Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!


  1. Pair of Lips charm by Jordantine1: Check out her YouTube channel for a lot of creative loom ideas.
  2. Heart charm by Elegant Fashion 360: The girls have made so many of the projects from this channel and it’s so easy for them to follow.
  3. Made by Mommy Valentine Heart Bracelet: I love this bracelet, it’s probably my favorite of all the projects. I think your friends, daughters, classmates, (whoever!) would adore this gift. This is a favorite channel for the girls.
  4. Paging Supermom’s Bow & Arrow Free Printable Valentine: What an absolutely clever and cute idea! A great alternative to passing out candy to your kid’s classmates.
  5. Loom Love Circle of Hearts Bracelet: I actually tried to make my own rainbow loom bracelet and followed this video tutorial. It was an easy project to do! I doubled the bands to make the hearts thicker and used transparent glitter bands to make the hearts stand out. I think I did pretty good–what do you think?? ūüôā
  6. Heart of the Ocean Bracelet: I was so impressed by how close this rainbow loom bracelet matched it’s picture, I had to share. Here’s a video tutorial by Justin’s Toys. I encourage you all to find your own piece jewelry to try to replicate with loom bands!
  7. Double Cross Long Heart Stripe Bracelet: Another cute bracelet idea from Jordantine1’s YouTube channel.

Find more projects on my Pinterest board, XOXO,

More Rainbow Loom Bracelets

The girls spent all day during Super Bowl Sunday making bracelets and charms during our Super Bowl party. I wanted to share some of the cute bracelets they made for me‚ÄĒI’m learning a lot from them about all these patterns and techniques! They are definitely not like the friendship bracelets I used to make as a kid.

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts :)

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts ūüôā

I ‚̧ the heart bracelet and it inspired me to collect some Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects for you on my pinterest board. Stay tuned for my post on the top rainbow loom projects for Valentine’s Day! I also promise to share some of the adorable charms they made. It’s amazing what some people can do with these little bands.


Repurposed Placemat Throw Pillow

What’s a placemat pillow you ask? It’s a quick and easy way to make a throw pillow for your chair, bed, or couch using a placemat! I learned this technique from my sister and I’m excited to share with you today.

I got my LOVE placemat after Valentine’s Day one year and decided to repurposed it into a pillow. This project is great if you have or find a placemat you can’t use for the dining table because you don’t have enough for the table.¬†Browse the store after a holiday or stop by a thrift shop and look for a vintage design.

First off, make sure the placemat you want to use has two pieces of fabric sewn together. Using a seam ripper, cut the thread along one side to create a small opening. Stuff the placemat with polyfill and seal the opening by doing a blind stitch by hand.

Here's my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

Here’s my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

If you haven’t done this before, check out this easy-to-follow tutorial by Amy at Positively Splendid. That’s it! Quick and simple and you’ll be done in about 15 minutes!



Piano Rainbow Loom Bracelet


Rainbow loom bracelets are so popular with the kids now! While you’re crafting, you can keep the kids busy making bracelets.¬†You can find a ton of tutorials for different patterns and ideas online with different difficulty levels. I made this piano/keyboard bracelet using a tutorial I found from Justin’s Toys. It turned out SO cute!

The project may look challenging but the video made it so easy to follow. If your kids are really young, you will definitely need to help them with this project. I also found that the Roseart rainbow looms were easier to use than actual Rainbow Loom-brand bands for this design. They seemed stretchier so they were easier to loop 3x, which will be required for this project.

Here’s the video:

Repurposed Wine Corks into Geo Stamps

A friend brought over a bag filled with wine corks one Saturday and suddenly, I was on a mission to find a use for them! Martha Stewart has a cute Valentine’s Day project to turn wine corks into X and O stamps. She uses them to actually stamp red X’s and O’x on cocktail napkins.

I was so inspired, I grabbed my black sharpie and exacto knife right away and started making my own. Instead of just doing X’s and O’s, I figured out a number of shapes that would be needed to create my own geo font stamp set. The shapes on the right of the photo are the ones I recommend if you want to be able to stamp letters. Some letters will require a couple of shapes.¬†¬†Within an hour,¬† I had a set of outlined shape stamps and filled shape stamps. The cork was pretty easy to carve and now I can’t wait to find different fabrics and papers to stamp! You can create napkins, cards, name tags, custom gift wrap, canvas bags, and more.

I did a quick test using an inkpad and cardstock.


Stay tuned for what becomes of my geo stamps! What stamps will you create with your wine corks?


Cupcake Fleece Pin Cushions

Hi crafters! I hope you liked my mason jar pin cushion I posted a couple weeks ago. I’ve had this pinterest pin¬†for a cupcake pin cushion for awhile now but I never was able to find the ramekins Care¬†used in her project. I was so estatic when I walked into the Dollar Tree and saw them in the Valentine’s section! Later, I also found a 2-pack of cupcake containers at the 99 cents store that would also work. With these items in hand, I could finally make my own cupcake pin cushions. There are a lot of cute cupcake pin cushion tutorials out there but I like Care’s¬†because it’s quick, easy, and cheap.


  • cupcake holder or small plastic ramekin
  • 1/8 fleece fabric (I used red for the cherry and white for the flower‚ÄĒMake sure you don’t use felt!)
  • 1/4 fleece fabric (I picked pink for the “frosting”)
  • polyester fiberfill
  • sewing needle/thread
  • decorative buttons (optional)
  • bugle beads (optional, I used glass silver-lined Darice multi-color bugle beads, 1/2″ x 5″)


I did slightly change the tutorial, here’s what I did…


  1. Cut a 7-inch diameter circle out of the pink fleece.
  2. With the thread knotted at one end, hand-stitch the edge of the circle. Don’t cut or knot the¬†other end yet.
  3. Decorate by sewing on “sprinkles” or a “cherry”. To make the cherry, follow step 2 using a 2-inch diameter red circle but knot off the end. Sew the cherry on to the pink fleece. You can also try using a red pompom for the cherry.
  4. Now, stuff firmly¬†with the fiberfill. Pull the thread tightly and knot off. Don’t cut your thread yet.
  5. Cut a piece of pink fleece larger than the size of the opening and insert. Then, take your needle that was still attached to the fleece and sew the seal on.
  6. Voila! All you have to do now is place your pin cushion onto the ramekin or cup. Care actually drills two holes into her ramekin to securely attach her pin cushion to the ramekin. I actually like just keeping the pin cushion unattached so I can place buttons and other items underneath the cushion and inside the cup.

I made a couple other versions too:


To make the flower, cut 5 quarter-size pieces of fleece and sew together. I used a little heart button for the center of the flower. For more detailed instructions, take a look at this video tutorial I based my flower off of.

I hope you found this project inspiring the way I found Care’s project. If you make your own pin cushions, please do share your photos!


Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Favor

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to get started posting some fun projects for you! I found this project on Martha Stewart’s website years ago so I tried searching their new site to see if it was still there.

Here's how a couple of mine turned out!

Here’s how a couple of mine turned out!

I was able to find the tutorial but I think the video or template is missing so I decided to unwrap my heart and try to show you how to make it. I hope you find it helpful! These favors are great for giving¬†at valentine party/wedding guests, school, or work. It would also be a fun class project for kids. And, they would look cute for a Valentine’s Day party decoration.


  • Double-sided scrapbooking paper (I found my at Michael’s)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Small hole punch (preferably 1/8″)
  • Scissors
  • Candy (optional)
  • Great folding skills!

Here’s how:


Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Repurposed Pin Cushion Mason Jar

I was walking around Joann’s and found this DIY takeaway on how to make pin cushions using jars. IMG_1780But I was a little disappointed because it didn’t explain how to make the actual pin cushion‚ÄĒit just asked for a premade store-bought one. So I decided to try to make my own. One of my colleagues gave me a mason jar with granola in it for Christmas so I repurposed the jar for this craft. I also remembered that I had a little jam jar that I saved when my friend, Windi, made me some yummy homemade jam. I really like this project because the pin cushion jar serves 2 purposes. I can store my sewing supplies like thread and buttons inside the jar AND I can stick my pins in the cushion. I think these jars would make great little valentine gifts for someone who likes to sew.

Here’s how to make them:


Here's my finished creation!

Here’s my finished creation! The mason jar turned out so cute, I went on to make a mini version with the jam jar.

If you’re wondering where I got the cute heart pins, you can find them at Typo for a couple dollars:
And I found the measuring tape ribbon for only 99 cents at Michael’s in the scrapbooking section: