How to Turn a Painting into a Tote Bag

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Painted Canvas Tote DIY
     I created this blog with the aim of inspiring people to be creative. Whether it's using one of my knitting patterns, trying out my DIYs, or cooking with one of my recipes, I hope that you leave here and make something! I'm so excited to be working with LIFEWTR because they are all about igniting creativity through inspiration. LIFEWTR is premium bottled water that is pH balanced with electrolytes for taste. You don't have to run to over-priced markets to find it either- LIFEWTR is available at 7-Eleven! 
    
Growing up in NY, art is a part of daily life. It's everywhere from the architecture to the graffiti on the buildings to the street style of the people. I love how LIFEWTR took something mundane, like a plastic bottle and turned it into portable art (with the help of some very talented artists) Taking my cues from LIFEWTR, I decided to create my own portable art in the form of this Painted Canvas Tote DIY! 

  Inspiration is as essential to life as water. Let's start creating!
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
I really love this Craig & Karl designed LIFEWTR bottle. It's upbeat, urban and colorful- all things I love! I used the bold colors and the black outlines as inspiration for my painted tote bag.
Supplies needed:
Artists canvas (2)
Acrylic paint and paintbrush
Paint marker
Ruler
Canvas webbing or cotton (for the handles)
Sewing machine
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
Begin painting your canvas. Waves (as well as geometric shapes) are easy to paint and they have a big impact! I chose a limited color palette so the finished tote wouldn't look too busy.
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
After the paint is dry, trace around your shapes with a black paint marker. This really makes them pop!
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
Paint 2 canvases- one will be the front of the tote, the other will be the back.
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
Cut the canvas away from the frames carefully using a knife. Using a ruler and a pen, make sure all the edges are straight and trim away any excess. If you don't have 2 even rectangles your tote will be crooked.
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
Place the painted sides together and sew around the 2 longer sides and the bottom of the shorter side.
Painted Canvas Tote DIY
At each bottom corner measure in 1 inch and sew across. Sew back and forth a few times to make sure your stitches are reinforced. This creates the bottom of the bag and gives it a nice shape.
Painted Canvas Tote DIYFold over the top edge of the tote approximately 1 inch and stitch down. Lastly, sew on the handles. Voilà- you now have your very own art tote!
Painted Canvas Tote DIY



Painted Canvas Tote DIY

Painted Canvas Tote DIY
Painted Canvas Tote DIY

Next time you pop into your local 7-Eleven, be sure to pick up a bottle of LIFEWTR available in the beverage section!
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Fields of Fun with OshKosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!
 This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  
      I'm secretly happy that Indigo grows so fast because it gives me an excuse to buy him new baby clothes! I've been on a total Spring cleaning kick recently so I went through his closet and donated everything that was too small. Then it was time for a wardrobe refresh! 
For Spring, I wanted to get him an outfit that was stylish but also comfortable. I've been shopping at OshKosh since Indigo was a newborn. Season after season, they offer classic, cute and best of all, affordable clothes. On a warm (well, warm for March in NY!), sunny day I took Indigo to the baseball field and let him run around.
      
    I'm totally in love with this outfit! This varsity cardigan is such a great piece. It's a tailored shape but it's made from a soft sweatshirt-like fabric. I paired it with a cheerful plaid bodysuit but it would also look great with a graphic t-shirt. Oshkosh has great fitting pants and I buy them every season. This pair of lightweight chinos is definitely going to see a lot of wear! They're the perfect alternative to jeans and they can be dressed up or down. The ankles are tapered which is great for showing off the shoes. How cute are these boat shoes??? Boat shoes are really popular here in the Hamptons. I'm psyched that I was able to find a pair in baby size!
     
      After the baseball field I took Indigo to run some errands and total strangers came up to me to tell me how much they loved his outfit! That makes this outfit a home run in my book (sorry, I couldn't help myself 😀) Thanks OshKosh

[Don't forget to check out the coupon & enter the giveaway at the end of the post!]
Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!

Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!
Fields of Fun with Oshkosh and Gift Card Giveaway!
OshKosh B'gosh is having a awesome sale until May 6th. They has tons of adorable Easter outfits, separates, PJs and swimwear. 25% off your purchase of $40 or more. Coupon is good in store (here's their store locator) and online.  Stock up on some new kid's fashion now! 
Want a free $50 gift card to get your little one some fresh Spring fashions? Sure you do! Enter below for a chance to win!

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Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY

Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY




     I'm on a total Spring cleaning rampage! Everything is getting cleaned out and organized and that includes all my craft supplies. I have a bunch of loose beads so I'm trying to come up with creative DIY ideas to put them to use. These wire wrapped beaded hair pins are perfect for adorning a bun and they stay in place really well. This would be great for formal occasions or if you like to get fancy everyday (I do! 😀) 
      These wire wrapped beaded hair pins are really easy to make and they only take a few minutes.
Supplies
Bobby pins
Bendable jewelry wire
Loose beads
Jewelry pliers
Want more DIY Jewelry Projects?
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Cut a 4 inch length of bendable wire and string it through the bead.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Mold the wire around the bead and string on the bobby pin.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Cross the other end of the wire through the bobby pin.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Using the jewelry pliers, wrap the end of the wire around the top of the bobby pin leaving a small length of wire at the end
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Cut off the end of the longer wire.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Wrap the end of the wire around, hiding the cut off end.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Pins DIY
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EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern

EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele




     Hand knit baby booties are a thoughtful gift, but if you're new to knitting they can be confusing to make. Tiny double point needles? Heel shaping? Not with this baby bootie knitting pattern! These are SO easy to knit and they only take about 30 minutes. 
     This baby bootie free knitting pattern features a wide cuff that help them to stay on little feet. As long as you can knit stitch and bind off, you can make these! 
Yarn: worsted weight yarn and size 7 straight needles

Free Knitting Pattern (make 2)
Size: 0-3 months  (footbed measures 3 inches)
Cast on 30 sts. 
Rows 1-11: Knit across
Row 12: Bind off 7 sts. Knit to end of row. 
Row 13: Bind off 7 sts. Knit to end of row.
Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures 4 inches from the cast on edge.
Bind off loosely.
Want more free knitting patterns? 
Toddler Kimono Sweater


How to assemble the booties
EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
This is what the piece looks like when you are finished knitting.
EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
Fold the bootie over and sew the seam. Then, fold the cuff over.
EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele

EASY Cuffed Baby Booties Free Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
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