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"Fork It, Let's Get Takeout" Reversible Apron

"Fork It, Let's Get Takeout" Reversible Apron.  A great starter project for a brand new sewist.   If you are still intimidated by your sewing machine, this project is great for beginners.

Hi everyone! It's Pam from Clever Little Mouse. I have something a little different to share with you today - a sewing tutorial with a fun little twist! I recently purchased a Silhouette machine and I fell in love with this design from Kristin Amanda Designs:

10 Repurposed Home Decor Projects

10 beautiful upcycled home decor projects10 brilliant repurposed project ideasIf you are a thrift shop bargain hunter, you probably have run across at least one of the items in today's post of beautiful home decor projects.   Repurposed projects are some of my favorites, because you take something that someone else no longer wants, and transform it into something new and useful.   I have a whole section of my blog dedicated to repurposed projects, so if today's roundup gets you inspired, be sure to check those out too!

Hand Lettered Cactus Watercolor Printable

Cactus Watercolor
Free Cactus Water Color Printable
If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve become a tad obsessed with hand lettering.  It is so hot and trendy right now, and in the past I have tried and tried and tried to learn it, to no avail.

But this past week, Jocie from One Project Closer launched an online course to learn hand lettering and something has finally clicked!  WoodenSigns
Granted, I’ve been practicing for a week now, and I’m nowhere near as good as Jocie, but what I don’t have in skill, I make up for in sarcasm.  Hence this week’s free printable:
Painting little prick with cactus
I wanted a play on the cactus/succulent trend, but nothing too cutesy, since watercolor+succulents is already pretty twee.  So I added some snarky hand lettering and I had my finished product!   I have the file available in an 8’x8’ high resolution download if you’d like a copy.   

How to Use and Store Laundry Detergent Packs Correctly


Packets up decal in laundry room
The average American household does 400 loads every year (but in my house I am SURE we do way more than that.) Since the beginning of automated washing machines,  powdered detergent (and then liquid detergent) have always been used to get clothes clean.

Then, in early 2012, concentrated liquid laundry packets came on the market and changed the way many of us do laundry.  Smaller, easier and more convenient, these little concentrated laundry detergent packets can pack quite the cleaning punch.  But are you getting the most out of your laundry packets?

There is actually a little learning curve when it comes to safely and effectively using this relatively new detergent technology and so today I want to share some best practices when it comes to using concentrated laundry packets. 

Three Dimensional Perler Bead Planters

Pearler bead succulent planterThree Dimensional Pearler Bead Planters.  So easy to make and the only limit is your creativity.  Would be a great kids craft for birthday parties or scout meetings.

My kids have really gotten into Perler beads this summer.  I shared a few of their projects on Instagram lately, and they got me all fired up to play along too.
I decided to move away from two dimensional flat projects, and came up with a easy cylindrical container shape.  You could really make ANY pattern on it, so I played around with a few different patterns.  You could use them to store pencils or makeup brushes or pretty much anything really, but I turned them into succulent planters.. since hey.. TRENDY! Succulent pearler bead flowerpots

10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather

Camping supplies10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather: Beat the heat and learn what to pack, how to set up camp, and how to avoid the sun all while making fun camping vacation memories
For our family, summer is always camping season.   Here in California there are local, state, and national parks where you can camp year round, but typically the summer months are what fits our busy schedules best. While the kids are out on school break and we often head to the mountains or beach and tent camp. The problem with summer camping is that daytime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees.   Unless you head high into the mountains, the inland areas of California can be really warm and dry.
San Luis Resevoir Camping
When camping as a family we want to make sure it is a fun and enjoyable experience, which isn't the case if we are suffering in the heat.  Fortunately, even on some of the hottest days, there are things you can do to make your camping adventure enjoyable.  A little good planning, bringing the right supplies and modifying your behavior can make all the difference when it comes to staying cool while camping in the hot summer months.  

10 Tips for Surviving A Camping Trip In The Summer

 
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