Three Things

Three things I'm loving today:

1. Days are getting warmer and warmer, which means frozen delights will soon be in order! I've bookmarked this gorgeous and delicious looking roasted strawberry ice cream from Novice Housewife- I'll try to adapt the recipe to make it a sherbet, wish me luck!

2. Eat well, travel often is officially my new motto (wait, did I have a motto until today?). Beautiful illustration and typography by Mint Magazine.

3. I'm getting more and more interested in sewing my own clothes. I'm a beginner (like, if there was a level that came before the beginner level, that's where I'd be) and this adorable pleated skirt from Oh, Everything Handmade looks beginner-friendly. Yay!

Friday DIY Roundup

Happy Friday!

Although I'm still quite tired and groggy, I'm starting to get better. My blood test results are way better than past ones, and I'm confident that this illness is finally getting away. Yay! So I'm excited about using the weekend and my somewhat renewed energy to get started on some much needed spring cleaning. Movie watching and strawberries eating will probably also be on the agenda (it's the weekend after all). Well, whatever your plans may be, I hope you'll have a fabulous weekend!

DIY Roundup of the week:

1. DIY grease-fighting lavender dish soap from Henry Happened
2. DIY beet cookies from Design Love Fest
3. DIY hanging flower chandelier from The Sweetest Occasion
4. DIY gold leaf notebooks from Eat Sleep Cuddle (no step by step tutorial, but a general how-to)
5. DIY crocheted cake dome from The Daily Fix

Also, just in case you're feeling crafty and missed yesterday's post, I posted a step by step tutorial for a DIY no sew bunny ear scrunchie.

Happy weekend!

Easter DIY: No Sew Bunny Ear Scrunchie

When I was in China last summer, I remember noticing that most girls had ponytails tied with a scrunchie with bunny ears. I could never pull this off, but thought it was adorable, and kept it in mind for an Easter DIY. It's a great way to use fabric scraps, a simple accessory to wear at an Easter party, and a sweet Easter gift for a little girl. When I was done with the DIY, I saw that there was a similar one on YouTube. Since it's done, I'm still posting my version, but if you would rather follow video instructions, then just hop on over to Ann Le's video tutorial. Also, I wanted to take a picture on myself to show the final result, but I really REALLY look awful these days, as a result of that never-ending sickness and tiredness. You'll have to take my word for it- a friend of mine with gorgeous hair tried it on, and it looked adorable.

Okay, on to the DIY!

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric, about 1/8 yard
  • Fabric glue (or a sewing machine if you prefer to sew)
  • Elastic (I used the 0.25 wide one), about 9"
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Safety pin

Start by cutting a 18" x 3" piece of fabric.

On the right side of the fabric, apply fabric glue all along the top edge (on the longest side), trying to distribute the glue evenly.

Fold (wrong side facing out), press firmly along the edge (where you just applied glue), and let the glue dry for about half an hour.

Once the glue has dried, turn the tube inside out. If you're having trouble, use a pencil or a straw to help you.

Cut a 9" piece of elastic, and attach a safety pin at one end.

Use the safety pin to help you thread the elastic through the tube.

Once you get the elastic through, remove the safety pin and tie both ends of the elastic together.Then fold one end of the fabric tube inwards by about half an inch, push the other side in, joining the scrunchie neatly, and apply glue along one side to close the scrunchie. Press firmly and let dry.

Done with the scrunchie part! Now let's add some bunny ears.

Cut a 12" x 5" piece of fabric.

Fold from the bottom to the top, wrong side facing out.

Fold again, from the left to the right.

Draw the ears in a shape similar to what I did on the photo above. It doesn't need to be exactly the same, of course.

Cut along the lines of the shape you just drew, then unfold. It should look somewhat like a bow (see photo above).

Apply glue all along the edges (right side facing out), trying to distribute the glue evenly. DO NOT apply glue on the center- you want to leave an opening so you can turn it inside out once it's dry.

Press firmly and let dry.

Once the glue is dry, turn the ears inside out (my apologies for the terrible, blown out photo). Then apply glue onto the opening in the center, press firmly and let dry.

Tie the bunny ear piece over the scrunchie.

VoilĂ , you're done! Wear your bunny scrunchie to an Easter party, gift it to your favorite girl, or rock it proudly.