Monday, February 27, 2017

Upcycled "Luck o' the Irish" gift

Who doesn't need a little Luck o' the Irish? St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I must make and give cute gifts to my friends. This year I am determined that I WILL use all those really cute coffee bottles that we normally put into the recycle bin. I have been collecting them for a while - the shape is perfect for upcycling into a container filled with sweet treats. Just add a cute tag and a few embellishments!

For this handmade gift, I misted white letters with my favorite shade of green spray ink and let them dry. I recently discovered that using my mini flat iron - the one I normally use to iron ribbon - is the perfect tool to adhere small iron-on letters to paper. The dry heat of the flat iron works wonderfully to adhere to letters to paper without warping it.

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts.

Check out more of my work on The Flamingo Chronicals.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Create a home for lost socks

I am one of those strange people that actually enjoys laundry, especially folding all of the clean, fluffy and warm clothing (and towels)! But the illustrious missing sock over the years has always been the bane of my existence, so I have created a tongue-in-cheek home for all of those lost socks with this project today.

In a well-ventilated area (or outside), spray paint the edges of 4" x16" wood plaque and 5-6 clothespins with a glossy wood tone. Let dry completely.

Paint the plaque green and let dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Spell out the sentiment with Joy embroidered letters:  SINGLE SEEKING MATE. There were only three E's in my package, so for the last E, I used the number 3 and turned it upside down! I made 2 light pencil marks 1" down from the top edge of the plaque, and placed a ruler across to line up all of the letters evenly.

Following package directions, iron the individual letters to the top of the plaque. I use a small craft iron, which is portable and provides more control. Glue the clothes pins in position as shown and let dry.

Attach a 20" length of ribbon to either end of plaque as a hanger. Tie additional ribbon in two bows and glue to the front of the plaque.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today and will use it to create a home for all those lost socks in your house!

Joy embroidered iron-on letters are available in a variety of colors and styles at Michael's and Hobby Lobby, so you can design projects with the perfect color scheme for your home decor projects!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fabric grab bags

Making fabric grab bags for party favors is really quick and easy. Just fold and press a rectangle of fabric in half. Run a basting stitch up each side with a needle and contrasting thread. I tucked the bottom corners in to create a gusset, but you can also leave the corners flat.

Position your Joy iron-on embroidered letters near the fold at the bottom of the bag and press them into place with a hot iron per the package directions. If you don't like the raw edges of the bag, cut your fabric with a pinking blade first.

This bag took less than ten minutes to make - fill it up with party favors, tie a little bow...then make some more!

JOY iron-on embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Monogrammed mini photo album

Joy embroidered letters are perfect for adding a personal touch to just about anything. I created a mini album using plastic pouches, memory papers, binder rings and ribbon! The embroidered monogram letters added a touch of class to my album. I liked the papers best in a landscape configuration.

However, portrait looks good too! It is up to you. Your photos and journaling will determine how you want to proceed.


JOY embroidered letters
Coordinated cardstock
plastic pouches - 6" x 7" 
Metal binder rings
Scissors, paper trimmer
Photos and ephemera


1.  Cut the papers to fit the plastic pouches. Decorate each side of the paper with journaling, ephemera and photos to your satisfaction.

2.  Insert the finished page into a pouch and repeat for each one.

3.  Prepare the pages for binding by punching a hole in the same place on each side of the middle hole. When pouches are all finished; line up the punched holes for binding and insert a binder ring in each one.

4.  Cut ribbon in 3" lengths and tie one pink ribbon around the binder ring. Repeat with the cream sheer ribbon. Rotate colors of ribbon and fill each ring with ribbons.

5.  Adhere the monogrammed letters to the front of the album using an all-purpose glue. Use a toothpick to apply adhesive to the wrong side of each letter and be careful not to get any glue on the plastic pouch!

There are a plethora of paper patterns and matching embellishments.  Have fun choosing patterns and colors to really make your mini album personal!

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors, simple and decorative fonts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Personalized Cosmetics Bag

personalized cosmetics bag

I was getting ready for my latest trip, when I noticed how dingy my cosmetics bag looked. My make-up bag needed a make-over!

I found I had this cute little pink ticking canvas bag that I could use. The bag was the perfect size, but kind of plain. It needed a little make-over, too.

I used iron-on letters from Joy and added lace and buttons for a little extra personality.

A cute and easy make-over done in minutes.

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors, simple and decorative fonts.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Countertop storage cube for Keurig coffee

One place in my house that needs organization is my kitchen. I need for everything to have a place and to be easily accessible. That's especially true for my coffee area. When I go for my daily cup of java, I want to be able to get to it as quickly as possible (so that it can work it's magic even faster), so I decided to organize my Keurig cups with a cute 4-drawer cube and JOY embroidered letters!

These cubes are fantastic because they can be used to hold so many different things. In this case, the little drawers hold those individual K-cups perfectly!

I decorated the sides with kraft paper that I stamped with an adorable coffee cup and little coffee bean images.

Next, I stamped more coffee cups on kraft paper, but this time, I cut out each individual image and placed them on each little drawer.

For the top, I used patterned paper and attached two large canvas flowers, then finished them with another coffee cup as the center. For the finishing touch, I used JOY embroidered letters to spell out "coffee" (these letters are iron-on, but I attached them using adhesive).

Now my cups are organized, making my morning cup o' joe a little easier!

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors, simple and decorative fonts.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Illuminated Letters

I know hand-lettering is all the rage right now, but I just can't add another thing to my crafty to-do list, so I often "cheat" and use Joy Letters in lieu of actually learning calligraphy.

Today I'm going to show you how to make these "illuminated" letters! Based on the Middle Age art of illuminated manuscripts, these letters can really jump start your creative practice and can be used in so many different projects, like art journal pages, as gift cards, place setting cards, or just frame them for a gift or home décor.

  • Watercolor paper, cut to 3"square (you can make yours any size)
  • Craft glue
  • Joy Embroidered Letters
  • Black pens or ink
  • Colored markers
  • Gold-leaf pens
  • Watercolors
  1. Apply a wash of watercolor to the paper. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Glue your letter to the center of the paper.
  3. With a thin black marker, doodle some designs around the letter - swirls, flowers, leaves or curlicues. Look at some examples of illuminated manuscripts and get inspired there.
  4. Once your design is drawn around the letter, add color with markers or more watercolor.
  5. Finally, use gold leaf pens to add the illumination to the piece.
I hope you enjoy this quick project. What sorts of projects would use your illuminated letters in? Leave a comment - I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by today. If you would like to get more creative inspiration, please visit me on my blog.

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors, simple and decorative fonts.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Baby Onesie Garland

We’re expecting another grandchild this spring, so I created this mini-garland to decorate the nursery. It’s a girl for us, but you can easily create a similar garland in blue for a boy with a little bow tie in ribbon instead of the tutu.

You’ll need:

- JOY embroidered letters

- Stiffened felt

- Tulle trim or lace in bright pink

- Tiny clothespins

- Baker’s twine

- Craft paint, paintbrush

- Tacky glue

- Scissors, needle and thread

To create a similar onesie pattern, fold a quarter of a sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Follow the picture to draw your pattern.


Cut out your pattern, trace four on the felt and cut out. You can also find onesie patterns online.

Glue or iron on the letters.

Cut a piece of trim to wrap around the onesie and tack together at the back with the needle and thread. Add glue at the back to hold if needed.

Paint the clothespins.

Clip the onesies to a length of baker’s twine with the clothespins.

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes, colors, simple and decorative fonts.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Vintage-Inspired Valentine Ornaments

I've always loved the look of vintage Valentines. These Valentines double as a love note and a pretty ornament - a twist on some old world charm.

Joy Embroidered Letters
Red heart paper doilies
Decorative transfer craft foils in red, green and gold
Chenille stems
Glue pen
Clear adhesive
Non-stick work surface

Coat the outside of the doily with the glue pen. You want it to be the type that dries clear and it will be tacky enough to grab the foil. 

Place the foil shiny side up onto the heart and firmly press into the tacky glue.

Peel up the foil. If it looks like the foil did not transfer completely, press and rub it with your finger into the empty spots until there are no more sticky areas. Repeat the process with the other foil colors to highlight the doily design as desired. Then glue your Joy embroidered letters in place for your love note. Insert and twist the chenille stem through a hole in the border to hang.

JOY Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft stores in a variety of sizes and colors, in simple and decorative fonts.
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