US Mollie Makes Issue 4 and Custom Paper Tape

If you subscribe to the US Edition of Mollie Makes, there’s a good chance Issue 4 has already been delivered. You’ll know by the smile on your mailbox. Not a subscriber? Well get on it! You can subscribe here.

I’ve sworn off of all houseplants with the exception of succulents, thinking no on can kill those, not even me. I was wrong. So naturally, I adore the cover project, a hand-sewn succulent arrangement in a teacup. No watering required.MMUSA4-2014When you turn to page 63 you’ll find my Custom Paper Tape project and can find the step-by-step instructions here using positionable mounting adhesive. (You can also use double stick tape, just be certain it’s the kind with backing paper attached if you’ll be rolling the finished tape around a spool.)ooh_paper tape

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Summer Cherries Tablecloth Weights

Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-15We have a new backyard fire pit and barbeque grill (more on that to come very soon!) so we’ve been spending a lot more time than usual out back for dinners and s’mores. I set food and drinks on a sweet, old table covered with a vintage tablecloth from my collection. There’s often a good breeze blowing through our yard in the evenings and I’ve always used fishing weights hung from drapery clips to weigh down the corners of the tablecloth. I even have a set packed away in our camping gear for our many outings throughout the year.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-04 The weight clips work just fine as-is, but after having so much fun crafting with Plasti Dip a couple of weeks ago and with this sweet card image as reference, I came up with a much more charming version of tablecloth weights. (Click here for free Summer Cherries card label downloads.)Cherries-CH-WL-PostcardI had all of the supplies I needed in my studio, but if you’re just setting out to craft this same project, it could get a little costly for just one set of four tablecloth weights. Therefor I recommend you craft a lot of these and package up multiple sets of 4 to keep on hand as the most awesome host gifts ever. They would also more cost effective in quantity for a large outdoor event with cherries hanging from all the tables.

A few of the items I started with for my weight project are:

  • 2-ounce cannonball sinkers (found wherever you can buy fishing supplies)
  • Metal curtain clips (found at most homewares stores, Ikea has the best price for bulk.)
  • Scrap green leather (repurpose swatches, thrifted purses or skirts!)
  • Plasti Dip Create Your Color w/tints (see more info on this product in my last project here.)

Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-01I mixed up some bright red Plasti Dip in a small aluminum cup using the clear dip and the red tint.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-02I hung the sinkers from the clips and attached the clips to a cake pop stick (shown above stirring) for dipping. Slowly into the Plasti Dip just to the wire loop and slowly back out.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-07I hung each sinker to dry from my studio clothesline.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-05Once dry, I dipped again, this time I just brought the dip to the hanging sinkers.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-08While the sinkers were drying, I cut out cherry leaf shapes from folded leather pieces based on the shapes shown on the reference card. I kept the middle section wide to create dimension when crimped in the next step.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-09 I used galvanized fencing wire, just slightly narrower guage than a wire hanger and much easier to bend. Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-12Using needle-nose pliers/wire cutters, I cut a 6- 8-inch length of wire. Using the pliers, I made a loop in the middle, tucked the leather leaf into it and cinched it tight. Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-11I trimmed away the top length of wire about 1/4 inch above the leaf crimp and created another loop for the clip to attach. I trimmed the bottom section of wire about 2 or so inches below the leaf piece and and created a semi-closed loop at the end for attaching the sinker.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-10Once all sinkers were completely dry I removed the drapery clip and hung them each from a wire stem,  closing the loop with the pliers.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-13I attached the clip to the top loop and bent its loop closed.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-14Here’s my newly crafted set of Summer Cherries tablecloth weights.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-16You can certainly add more than one wire and sinker to the curtain hook for a cherry-bunch effect, but 2-ounces of cherry per corner works just fine for my little table and tablecloth.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-17

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Shrink Plastic Refrigerator Magnet Frames

If you haven’t picked up a pack of shrink plastic to play with as an adult, I don’t know what you’re waiting form. Just search “shrink plastic” on my blog and you’ll see how much fun I’ve had with it over the years making jewelry, beads, and more. My latest project is frames. Tiny frames. For the fridge.SCJ-Shrink-Frame-Cathe-Holden-03 Head over to SC Johnson’s Family Economics to find a simple step-by-step tutorial on making little free-form cuties for yourself.

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