Six Clever Sisters - Page 31 of 40 - A DIY adventure with tips, tricks, patterns, recipes, & more. We are six sisters that love to be creative and want to share with you! Six Clever Sisters - Page 31 of 40 - A DIY adventure with tips, tricks, patterns, recipes, & more. We are six sisters that love to be creative and want to share with you!

Sewing Tip #1

A Sewing Tip I Learned from my Grandmother

Sewing Tip

I’ve always enjoyed sewing. There’s just something about doing a sewing project from start to finish that gives you a good feeling of an accomplishment. It’s not always been that way, I’ll have to say. 🙂 A beginner “sew”-er can easily become frustrated with mistakes and just be overwhelmed with it all!! I remember my early days of sewing and doing things wrong, not understanding the pattern, and just being frustrated. There were many times I’d have to sit and seam rip something, then look at the pattern again and figure what in the world it was trying to say! Anybody with me, there?! It does take patience if you’re new to sewing or you don’t do it a whole lot. But the more you do it, the better you will be at it. I promise. 🙂

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Simply Blessed wooden sign

I’ve had so much fun making small wood projects as of late! They are extremely popular right now, and it’s nice to know I can make a wooden sign, exactly what I want, at a very affordable cost.

Simply Blessed Wooden Sign

Simply Blessed Wooden Sign

I started with a small package of wood from Hobby Lobby. The pack had 4 pieces of rustic wood, about 3 1/2″ x 12″. It was $5, but I used a 40% off coupon… great price!!! Get your wood and make sure it is the size that you need it to be.

PAINTING

To get the wood to the rustic look that I wanted, I first painted my 3 pieces of wood with some acrylic paint. You do not need to make sure every bit is covered. This is a very messy looking step, just slop some color on those wood pieces. I used 4 different colors, gray, tan, cream, and blue.

Simply Blessed Wooden Sign

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Easy DIY Chalkboard Chore Chart

Chalkboard chore chart

I don’t know about you, but I survive my busy life by implementing LISTS — I’ve got lists for everything! (I believe I inherited this trait from my mother ;-)) Maybe it’s because, in a way, I’m emptying my mental list onto paper, chalkboard, computer, etc. Then I can breathe a little easier, since relying solely on my memory these days is NOT the way to go…. Plus, the kids function a lot better with lists also – they know what they are supposed to be doing without me repeating myself over and over.

For the summer, I wanted to make a list of things to do daily – things that we don’t always have time for every day of the school year. I came up with this simple idea that has helped us reach our daily goal: a homemade chalkboard with a washi tape border, and clothespins that we move from one side to the other when we’ve completed something from the list. This has worked so well, and we’ll be using this through the school year with a new list of chores! It’s nice to be able to visualize your accomplishments, and it provides a lot of motivation!

DIY CHALKBOARD CHORE CHART

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3-Ingredient Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Are you ready for apple season? Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year! I love the crisp air…. and yummy scents of cinnamon and pumpkin and apple… and the taste of warm delicious drinks, like pumpkin spice lattes…. and all the prep for the holidays… It’s just a fun season and soon will be here!!!

Because I’m so excited that summer is coming to a close, I wanted to try out a warm fall dessert recipe that has been rolling around in my head. 🙂

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

I recently was given a waffle maker and Oh what fun! Have you seen all the recipe ideas using a waffle maker? There are tons out there! One of my favorites is using canned cinnamon rolls and cooking them in the waffle maker. Having 2 baby boys doesn’t allow me much time in the kitchen, so I am enjoying quick recipes at this stage. I came up with these quick and easy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls to use my waffle maker and add in some fall flavor. My honey LOVED it. That makes it a keeper for me. 😉

 

You just need 3 ingredients:

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Heat your waffle iron and place a cinnamon roll in each section. I set mine at about the medium setting and the rolls were done perfectly!

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DIY Crochet Circle Puff Pillow Pattern

 

Crochet Puff Pillow Free Pattern

Recently I found a free popcorn stitch flower pattern on bhookedcrochet.com, and the bold and beautiful design was just begging to be turned into BIG form and take center stage. 🙂 Brittany mentioned in the instructions that this flower pattern can just continue and continue by following “the rules of crocheting in the round.” I have done a lot of crocheting, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that was . . . so I had to look it up 😉 It was a very simple rule to follow, and I kept crocheting and crocheting until I used up my whole skein of yarn to make an 18″ pillow front! I’ll take you step by step through the process and show you how simple it is to make one yourself. A statement pillow in the exact color that you want can cost a pretty penny . . . this one only cost $9.

What you need to make your own 18″ pillow:

  • 1 skein yarn (I used the new Big Twist yarn from Joann’s – used a 40% off coupon and got it for under $2)
  • Size H crochet hook
  • 20″ backing fabric (can literally be ANYthing from home decor fabric to knit to calico – mine was $2)
  • 20″ fabric for inner pillow (this won’t be seen; any fabric will do – I got a thin calico for $2)
  • fiberfill (I got a 24 oz. bag for under $3 and I think it’s enough for 2 pillows)

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