Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion Review


Hello Everyone,
A few months ago I was on Facebook and saw that ILoveToCreate was giving away free sample sizes of Aleene's new Quick Dry Fabric Fusion glue. Well, I sent in my address and a couple weeks later I had a nice shiny, purple package in my mail box! Don't you just love getting mail.

Anyway, I've been using the glue for quite some time now and thought it was time to write a review. Some of you may actually recognize this glue because I have used it in a couple of DIYs here on the blog. 


Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion (in a nutshell) is an upgrade of the original Aleene's Fabric Fusion. The special thing about the Quick Dry version, is that it has all the benefits of the original but drys five times faster. Yes, five times faster! The glue is made to be used in a variety of fabric base projects. For example, making a sequin covered shirt, hemming curtains or decorating a canvas bag. 

On ILoveToCreate (where they sell Aleene products) they describe the glue as ''an easy alternative to a needle and thread, Quick Dry Fabric Fusion is a technological breakthrough, featuring an advanced formula that allows it to remain ultra durable and incredibly flexible, wash after wash'' (source).


Before using this glue, I was already a fan of the original Fabric Fusion. I found that the Quick Dry version acted just like the original but did dry faster. The glue itself has the same texture and consistent of the original Fabric Fusion. Its clear, easy to spread with a paintbrush and drys with some flexibility. Meaning, that when it drys on the fabric it doesn't dry ''stiff '' and can be washed over and over.

One project (that I showed on the blog) where I used this glue was my Scrap Ribbon House Sign DIY. In the project, I glued ribbon to a flat wooden piece in the shape of a house. The glue worked perfectly for this project and dried in a matter of minutes. The whole project was actually made and ready to hang in under a half hour (which just shows you how quickly the glue drys).

Besides ribbon, I have used this glue on fabric and embellishments like buttons. In each case, the glue dried fast, clear and the item itself (the fabric or button) created a permanent bond with the glue.

The only downside I saw to this glue, was the smell. Now I have read other reviews about this product and not many people have mentioned the smell. So it could just be me. However, when I first used the product I was surprised with the initial smell. To me the glue smelled like nail polish remover but after a few uses I got use to it and it sort of dissipated. In a video on the ILoveToCreate website (where they explain the product), they did mention to use the glue is a well ventilated area.


All in all, I would give this glue a 9 out of 10. As a glue it does everything that the package claims it should be doing and its a very nice upgrade of the original Fabric Fusion. The reason why I gave the glue a 9 and not a 10 is because of the smell. I think something like smell in a product is really a personally preference. For some of you the smell may not bother you at all, which is great. On the other hand, there may be a few of you out there where smell (in a product) may be more important to you because of allergies, sensitives and so on. With that in mind, I felt the product should be a 9 and not a 10.

With that being said, I will most likely buy this product when I run out. The reason why is because it does dry fast and it does make no sew fabric projects much more funner to create (since your not waiting hours for glue to dry). Also, I found that this glue is great for ''projects'' that need quick fixes. For example, gluing a hem into place or fixing an embellishment on a purse. I've actually read in several places how moms are using the glue to reattach girl scout patches to there kids' uniforms. So as a fabric glue, there are many potential uses for it.

If you want to learn how to use Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion and want to learn more about the glue, then check out this page by ILoveToCreate.

So have any of you used Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion? Let me know in the comments below!

xo Katie

*All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsor post from Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion or ILoveToCreate. However, I did receive a free sample product but it was not exchanged for a review.*

Monday, January 26, 2015

3 Blog Goals + New Comment Section

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Hello Everyone,
Can you believe were already in the last week of January? It's crazy how fast time flies by. 

By now most bloggers have probably already published there new year's goals, resolutions and blogging goals for the upcoming year. I love a new year because it means you can start over or at least re-invent yourself. When this new year came around, I had a ton of goals written down both for general life and the blog which I wanted to accomplish. Today I wanted to share my blogging goals with you guys before the month was up. I basically narrow done all my blogging goals into 3 main topics which seemed more manageable and better summed up what I wanted to accomplish this year. 

1. Create Better Content: This seems like a no-brainier for a blogger but this year I'm really trying to think about whether my readers would enjoy certain topics/DIY projects or not. Before the end of last year, I never thought about turning my blog into any type of ''career''. Since I've sort of had a change of heart, I really want to create the best content for my readers as possible. 

2. Networking: This is topic I have a love hate relationship with. Partly because all you hear about in today's world is networking and connecting with the right people to get the right job and so forth. I'm a very shy person so networking has never been a strong suit of mine. However, if you want people to find your blog it's inevitable that networking will be involved. So my goal for networking, is to connect with more bloggers through different outlets. Those outlets might be a Facebook group, another website like Craft Foxes or just leaving comments on different blogs. This is an area of bloging that I'm really going to try improve upon this year!

3. Increase Overall Traffic: This goal sort of goes along with networking but I think its important for a blogger to focus on this as well. When I say ''increase overall traffic'', I mean increasing the number of page views and followers on my blog. Now having a certain number of anything is not ''important'' and I don't want it to be the most important thing in my ''blogging life''. However, I do want to grow my blog and reach new people. So my goal within this goal is to find ways like advertising where I can increase the traffic to my blog and though better blog content gain more followers (if that makes sense). 

To kick of my blogging goals I decided to make a change in the comment section of the blog. Now when you leave a comment, you will notice that it's powered by Disqus. Disqus is a comment form which you install on your blog to make commenting and managing comments easier. So now when I reply to your comments you will get an e-mail telling you that I did (which was something Blogger comments did not do). Hopefully this new section will make commenting much easier for you and make the conversation between us last a little bit longer.

So did you come up with any blogging goals this year? If so what are they? 

xo Katie

p.s To get to the comment section (if you don't see it), just click on the title of the post, scroll down to the bottom and you should see the comment box. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mountain Jewelry Holder DIY


Hello Everyone,
Recently, I was on Pinterest and ran across an image of jewelry display in the shape of some mountains. I instantly loved the display and wanted to know where the image came from.  After some searching, I found out that the display came from a really cool Etsy called Shlomit Ofir

Usually I'm not into mountains or straight up products that are mostly wood (in color). However, I just loved the combination of the wood with the pastel colored mountains. The display itself was a bit pricey for my college budget so I thought it would be fun to make my own version. 

When making my own version, I changed the overall look of the mountains. I didn't want to copy directly off of the original and I wanted to make the project easy for anybody who wanted to re-create it. Also I ended up making my own mountain template for this project. However, you could free hand your mountains or find a picture of a bunch of mountains (on Google Images) and use that as a template for this project. 

Ok, after all my rambling (lol) lets make a mountain jewelry holder!


Supplies
Foam Board
Brown Paint
Pastel Paint
Paintbrush
Pencil
Craft Knife
Command Strips (not pictured)
Small Nails/ Screws
Mountain Picture/Template (optional)


Step 1: Trace around your mountain template onto your foam board. 


Step 2: Cut out your mountains with your craft knife. 


Step 3: Paint your mountains with your brown paint and let it dry. 


Step 4: Paint a few of your mountains using your pastel paint. Once your happy with the look, then let it dry. After this step, I thought the mountains needed something a little bit extra. So I took a black marker and outline each of the mountains. This ''extra step'' is completely optional but I thought it really made the mountains pop and stand out better. 

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Step 5: Take your small nails or screws and push them into your foam board (make sure you don't push them all the way through). Also for some extra support you can add glue to the end of your nails before pushing them into your foam board. 

When your done adding your nails, just apply some command strips to the back and your ready to hang it onto your wall!


I love the finished look of this project! Its a bit smaller than the original display but you could alter the size of this project to fit your jewelry needs (lol). 

So what do you think? Do you like this mountain jewelry holder? 

xo Katie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Simple Sewing Box DIY


Hello Everyone,
I hope your week is going well!

Today I have a DIY for all you sewing lovers out there! I came up with this idea when I got tried of going through my big box of sewing supplies and just wanted something little to hold the sewing supplies I was constantly grabbing. After some thinking, I remembered a small wooden box in my craft stash and this project was born! 

The project itself is easy to make and you probably already have all the supplies you need on hand. If your planning on making this project you can alter it to fit your style and alter the size if your wanting to make a bigger box. All you have to do is follow the directions below but just adjust the amount of stuffing and fabric you need to fit the size of your box. 


Supplies
Wooden Box
Paint
Paintbrush 
Fabric
Yarn
Fabric Glue
Pen
Stuffing (not pictured)
E6000 Glue (not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)


Step 1: Paint your wooden box inside and out. Then set it aside to dry. We will be covering the top of the box later, so you don't necessarily have to cover the entire top with paint.   

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Step 2: Once your box is dry, flip it over onto your fabric (picture 1). Then take your pen and trace around the top of your box. When your done tracing, cut out your piece of fabric. You should have something like the picture 2 above. 


Step 3: Take your E6000 glue and apply some to the top of your box. Then press a small amount of stuffing into the glue. Once the top of your box is covered, set it aside to dry. 

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Step 4: Now with your fabric glue, start gluing down your piece of fabric (you cut out earlier) to the top of your box. Start by apply glue to one edge on the top of your box (picture 1). Then press your fabric into the glue and repeat around the other three sides until the top of your box is covered. When your done gluing you will not see the stuffing, since it will be underneath the fabric (picture 2).


Step 5: Once your fabric is dry, cut a long piece of yarn that can go around your wooden box two times. When you have the yarn cut, glue it down around the edges of your fabric. The reason why were adding the yarn is to hide those messy edges and to make the box look more ''cohesive''.

When the yarn is completely dried, your ready to start using your new sewing box!




Since we added stuffing to the top of our box, you can now have a place to stick all your sewing pins and needles. Then inside your box you can store all your other sewing goodies like spools of thread, a tape measure or even a small pair of scissors. 

Besides keeping the box for yourself, this project would make a great gift for someone who is just starting to sew. 

What do you think? Do you like these simple sewing box?

xo Katie 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

20 Crafting Hacks


Hello Everyone,
I hope the first week of the new year has been treating you well. I've been pretty busy with school but have made it my mission this weekend to do a bunch of crafting! 

Since its a new year, you might had made it a goal to craft more, try a new type of craft or possibly make your first craft project ever! With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post about some craft hacks that could make your crafty live easier. For those of you who may not know what a ''hack'' is, its basically a technique or tip which can be use to make your life easier. 

So today I wrote down 20 of my favorite craft hacks which I frequently use in my own crafting. Some of these hacks I learned from other crafters/bloggers and some of these hacks I've just been doing out of habit for years. 

Crafting Hacks:

1. Use your nail file as a mini sander.

2. Sharpen a hole punch with tin foil.

3. When your getting to the end of a glue bottle, grab a glass jar thats the size of your glue bottle and flip the bottle over (with the cap on) and place it inside your jar. This will allow the glue to work its way towards the glue bottle's opening and save you time from shaking the bottle just to get a small drop out.

4. Use toothpicks to clean up gluey edges on projects.

5. Use a teapot to hold your yarn while your crocheting. All you have to do is put your ball of yarn in the tea pot then feed the end through the spout. When your done just add the teapot lid. 

6. Use a lint roller to pick up spilled glitter or beads.

7. Use bobby pins to hold things (like paper) together while glue is drying. 

8. Use a blow dryer to get ride of hot glue gun strings. 

9. Cut a slit into a piece of foam-board and use it to hold rings when decorating. 

10. Have a hard time threading a needle? Spray the end of the thread with hair spray to make the thread stay straight. 

11. When using glitter, work on top of an open file folder to catch fallen glitter so you can return it to its jar. 

12. Don't have a stamp pad? Use your markers in place of the stamp ink.

13. Keep a gripper on hand to open up glue bottles or old paint bottles. 

14. Save butter bowls for future water bowls for painting.

15. Use a blow dryer (on low) to heat up dull crayons to make them color brighter. 

16. Use a magnet to pick up sewing pins. 

17. Use cupcake liners to hold beads or glitter while your working. 

18. Need a place to store your spools of ribbon or wash tape? Slide them on an embroidery hoop for easy organization.

19. Don't throw out those old magazines! Save them and use them for craft cutting mats when you need to use your craft knife. The magazine will be thick enough to protect your table while still giving you a place to do your cutting on. 

20. Add a pencil gripper to your crochet hook to make it more comfortable to hold. 

My favorite hacks out of this list would definitely be number three and nine. What is your favorite craft hack? Share them in the comments below!

xo Katie 
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