Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Minimal Leather Watch Strap | DIY

 I've been going strong wearing my bright teal casio watch for about four years now. I just don't think I can part with that thing anytime soon. It was showing extra wear and tear than usual so my Dad was kind enough to pass along his Timex watch. I made this strap a few weeks ago and have been loving the change. Not to mention, it is basically the easiest do-it-yourself project ever.
Materials: Watch face (mine is Timex), Long piece of scrap leather, stud grommets (I found mine at my local leather store), clasp, crop-o-dile
Steps: Cut a long strip of leather from your scraps, mine measured 18.5 inches and wraps around 2 times (I have a small wrist, so I suggest 20-25 inches and cutting it back to fit your own wrist). Slide the strap through your watch face and punch two holes on both sides of the face and put the stud grommets in place. Punch a hole at each end of the strap and attach the clasp.

 Thanks to my super sweet and soon to be mom friend, Liz for being my arm model ;)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coin Pouch | DIY

If we are being completely honest, I haven't made anything other than passport cases or other items from my Etsy shop in a while. It's a funny thing- to always feel like I'm making something but not moving forward and making anything new or just making something for the heck of it. So earlier this week I told myself I should make something. Anything. So I did- with items I already had lying around. From there, I have made three other projects and I'm slowly crawling out of my hiatus. I think getting back into crafting just starts with something small, something simple, something practical. So I made a coin pouch. Easy, functional and something that has come in handy. 
Materials: Leather, fabric, sewing machine, paint pens, round object for shaping
Instructions: Trace your round object onto your leather and cut out 3 circles. Cut 1/4 off one circle, cut one in half and keep one a whole circle. Place the complete circle face down, layer the 1/4 circle on top and the 1/2 circle on top. Sew around the edges and place coins inside! 

These would make a great gift and are very functional! What have you been making lately? Be sure to leave a link so I can check it out! I promise soon I'll be back into making more tables and beds;)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Postcard Project: September

"Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, "Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God—he cares for me." -John Piper

I can't tell you how many times I've spoke this quote over and over to myself over the past three years. It gets me every time. So with this new month that has crept so quickly upon us, take it in strides of confidence that God cares for you and whatever big changes or big deadlines come your way...you don't have to worry. Take it a step at a time, take a deep breath and move forward. It is going to be a great month, friends!