Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Turn a Vera Bradley Crossbody Bag into a Shoulder Bag in Less Than 5 Minutes { No-Sew Project }

No-sew way to turn a Vera Bradley crossbody bag into a shoulder bag  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
A few months ago, I was at the mall with my family because my oldest was taking a coding class at the Microsoft store.  The class was an hour long, so I went across the way to browse at the Vera Bradley store.  It had been awhile since I had been in there.  I asked my daughter to join me.

Big surprise!  My browsing turned into buying.  My daughter and I both loved the Lilac Tapestry print and I couldn't pass up a chance to have another set of mother-daughter coordinating handbags.  I went pretty, but practical, and picked out the Small Trimmed Vera Tote.  My daughter had a little more trouble though.  She used to be all about crossbody bags, but now that she is a little older, she really wanted a shoulder bag, like a mini hobo or something with a shorter strap.  The problem was that Vera Bradley didn't carry any smaller bags that weren't a crossbody style at the moment.  We looked at the Vera Bradley Little Crossbody bag, and I decided I could probably do a little altering and shorten the strap on that bag for her.

When I got home, I had a feeling of doubt.  What if I shortened the strap on that bag and my daughter changes her mind?

How I shortened the strap on our Vera Bradley crossbody bag with no sewing . . . 

Step 1.  Adjust the 56" strap to the desired length, even though you will have a tail of excess fabric.  (I would say that ours was adjusted to have a 6" or 7" drop.)
Step 2.  Tie a knot at the base of the strap to keep the strap from being lengthened or shortened any further.

Step 3.  Tuck the tail of excess fabric into the exterior pocket on the backside of the bag.  Secure it inside the pocket with a small safety pin to make sure it stays put and does not interfere with the functionality of the pocket.
How to turn a Vera Bradley crossbody bag into a shoulder bag tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
That's it!  The tail blends in well whether you have a print or solid fabric bag.  Because the tail is tucked into the pocket on the backside of the bag, it really isn't noticeable at all.  My daughter was very pleased with the result, and I feel good that I can easily turn this bag back into a crossbody bag if she so desires.
How to easily turn a Vera Bradley crossbody bag into a shoulder bag with no sewing  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Although I haven't tried this with other styles of Very Bradley crossbody bags, it should work if you have the following:
  • An adjustable strap
  • A strap that is not too wide to tie in a knot neatly
  • A pocket on the backside of the bag that runs the nearly the full width of the bag.
What easy no-sew projects have you tried?  Share them with us in a comment here.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Create Fairy Garden Magic with DIY Fairy Dust Bottles

Add a touch of magic to your fairy garden with DIY bottles of fairy dust  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
My daughter and I have been having a blast shopping for the perfect items to add to her fairy garden.  Since she and I also enjoy crafts (of the easy variety), we decided to try our hand at creating our own miniature bottles of fairy dust.  We had seen bottles of fairy dust for sale that were filled with brightly-colored glitter.  They looked pretty cool, but we wondered how could we expand on that idea to make our bottles of fairy dust even more magical?  This is what we came up with . . .

How to make your own Magical Fairy Dust Bottles:

White Glue
Sticky Notes (or Small Funnel)

1/8" Satin Ribbon (Any Color)

How to make DIY fairy dust bottles for your fairy garden  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 1.  If you don't happen to have a small funnel handy, you can make your own by rolling a sticky note into a cone shape.  Use the self-adhesive or a small piece of tape to keep the cone from unrolling.  Don't have a sticky note?  A regular square of paper will do.

Step 2.  Place the funnel into an open bottle.  Then fill the bottle about 2/3 with white or clear glitter.
DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 3.  Using scissors, carefully snip off the very tip of the corner of the pouch holding the color glitter you have selected for your fairy dust.
TIP #1:  Since these pouches of glitter are not resealable, keep some tape handy.  Once you're done with the glitter, fold the opened corner of the pouch down at least twice and secure with tape.
DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Craft Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 4.  Place the funnel into the bottle containing the white or clear glitter.  Fill the bottle to the base of the neck with the fine colored glitter.

Step 5.  Cover the mouth of the bottle tightly with your index finger and shake the bottle vigorously to mix the two types of glitter together.  Continue to shake until well-blended.
DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Craft How-To  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 6.  You'll notice that the glitter has settled a bit after all the shaking.  Place the funnel in the bottle.  If the color of the fairy dust is to your liking, fill the bottle to the base of the neck with the clear or white glitter.  Then shake to blend.  If you'd like to have more color, add a little more colored glitter.  Shake to blend.  Repeat if needed.
TIP #2:  Do not overfill the bottles.  This will ensure there is room for the cork stopper to be inserted securely.

Step 7.  When your bottle is filled to the base of the neck with glitter, apply a small bead of white glue around the circumference of the cork stopper (as pictured below).  Then insert the stopper into the filled bottle, making sure it's snugly in place.  The glue should dry clear.
Easy DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Craft  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 8.  (Optional) Choose a star from your glitter sample pack.  Then punch a slightly off-center hole through the star with your hole puncher.
TIP #3:  I found that it was common for 2 or 3 stars to be stuck together.  It would be a good idea to double-check that you are punching a hole in a single star only.
Easy DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Craft Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 9.  Cut a 5" to 6" length of 1/8"-wide ribbon.  Then cut one end at a sharp angle, so you have a point.  Thread the ribbon through the whole in the star.
Easy DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Fairy Garden Craft  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Step 10.  Tie the ribbon around the neck of the bottle.  Double-knot the ribbon in the back.  Then trim the tails of the ribbon to match the width of the bottle's neck.  Then you're done!
TIP #4:  If you plan to use a different color of glitter for your next bottle of fairy dust, be sure your funnel is completely free of the previous colored glitter, otherwise traces of the previous color will appear in your next bottle.  If you are using a paper funnel, you may consider discarding that funnel and making a new one for each color of glitter.
DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Fairy Garden Craft  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Cool Fairy Garden Finds . . . 

Cat with Butterfly - If you shop around on Etsy, you'll see this black and white cat from several sellers, but fairyinthegarden1 made hers special by adding a butterfly.  This extra handcrafted touch is what made me fall in love with this cat.

Sitting Fairy - There are actually four of these adorable little fairies to choose from at the FairyBestWishes Etsy shop, and I ended up purchasing them all.  They are each in a different pose, wearing a different color dress, and holding a different colored gem.

Magic Wooden Chest - I found a cute little toy chest in the MLSLaserEngraving Etsy shop.  I inquired whether I could have the word "Magic" engraved in a chest in place of the word "Toys."  The seller happily accommodated my request.  Originally, I thought my daughter would paint or add gems to the chest, but she seems to like it the way it is for the time being.

Miniature Cupcake - These cute little pink cupcakes came in a set of 4.  I found them in an Etsy shop called BeesKneesMiniatures.  This shop has the most adorable miniatures.  I'll be sharing everything I purchased from this shop soon.

Like this fairy garden craft? Pin It for later . . . 
DIY Fairy Dust Bottles Fairy Garden Craft Tutorial  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Friday, February 24, 2017

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Fairy Garden Finds, Crafts & Inspiration

Fairy Garden Finds, Crafts & Inspiration  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
It all started with a gift idea for my daughter's 10th birthday.  Having two brothers, she didn't have too many girly hobbies.  We had built her a small dollhouse a few years ago, but furnishing it didn't seem to hold her interest.  Then, while shopping for the perfect bonsai tree for my home office on Etsy, I started seeing all these wonderful fairy garden items mixed in with my search results.  That's when the idea of putting together a fairy garden kit began to form in my head.

Before long, I became so enamored by all the creative and magical things I found while shopping.  I spent way too much time (and money) finding the perfect fairy garden items to include in my daughter's gift basket.  Some may say (ahem . . . my husband) that I went a little overboard.  I was just so excited that I found a hobby that my daughter and I could enjoy together.

I was right!  My daughter oo'd and aah'd over each item as she removed them one at a time from her gift basket.  It was then that I realized that a fairy garden had something a dollhouse didn't have . . . no limits.  Anything goes for a fairy garden as long as you can imagine it!

I'll be sharing all the magical fairy garden items I've found (many of which were handcrafted by some very talented people), some easy fairy garden crafts I've made, and sections of our fairy garden that may inspire new ideas for others.  As I share these things, I'll add the links below.  Let the fun begin!

Fairy Garden Inspiration . . .

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