free tutorial. summer cargo duffle…

Need a rainy day project or a great overnight bag? Hop over to Coconut Robot’s blog today for a free tutorial!! It’s a ‘must try’.

Coconut Robot's Duffle Tutorial

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Coconut Robot’s modified cargo duffle.


planning ahead. father’s day.

I am starting to think ahead to Father’s Day- not that I have this much time on my hands, but because I know I need to plan this far in advance if anything is going to be ready on time. While the Hubby got his ‘dream machine’- a riding lawn mower- for an early Father’s Day, I still want to surprise him with something for the office. 

Enter- Shanty2Chic– and their fab. Father’s Day DIY frame! Love it. 

Hey guys!

I decided to make my hubby a little something for his office for Father’s Day this year!  I used one of my very favorite ‘Daddy’ sayings to make this project.  Here is how it turned out…

I made the printable in 3 different colors to give you guys options.  These are so easy to print.  You just click the printable you want to open the pdf file.  Then, just push print from your top browser bar… Simple! Oh… And free ;-)!

Father’s Day Gray Printable

Father’s Day Black Printable

Father’s Day Brown Printable

Now for the project…

You will need one 2×10 board from Lowe’s or HD.  I bought mine for $7.27.  Cheap!

I cut one piece at 11″ and another piece at 7″.  You can also have the hardware store cut it for you!

I used a new stain color on these!  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut, I found Kona!  LOVE, LOVE!

It only took one stain and dried super fast!

I decided to use the gray printable for my hubby.  I printed it on regular white card stock.  Then, I just trimmed the extra edge off.

I attached my printable to my big block using these bronze furniture tacks that can also be found at the Lowe’s.  No need to glue or use Mod Podge… Just hammer it on! So easy!!

I also printed a 5×7 picture of all the kiddos.  You can do 1 hour developing at Walmart for under $2 if you prefer that!  I used the tacks again to attach my picture to my other block.

That’s it… Under 1 hour and under $10… Woohoo!  And I know my hubby will love it.  That’s the best part!  What do you think??

I would love for you to PIN and share this below!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend!!



This tutorial is featured from Shanty2Chic blog’s post from June 8th, 2012 entitled: Father’s Day Gift & Free Printables. Find the full post HERE.  All photos and information are cited from Shanty2Chic.


I am going to make my own typography styled print for the second “frame” (since we only have a daugther)- who doesn’t love a little sunny day project?! 


DIY fever. it’s contagious.

You know you do it: start with a google image search of the item you like (dream of in your sleep) in hopes that SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE has mastered the same item in a way that you can replicate- in about 10 minutes or less. But alas- all you find are short-cuts resulting in an item that will fall apart after a washing or l.o.n.g. drawn out videos of someone piecing together their attempts in between lunch etc..

I want to change that. For at least a few tutorials… let’s see where the interest is and go from there. I love hand quilting (I made Baby Bunny’s quilt when I was pregnant and have added a few as gifts since then… pictures to come in the future), have fashioned some new valances for our kitchen and bathroom, dressed up burp clothes, place mat, table runner, aprons, mastered the ‘wet bag’, created pajamas, dresses, skirts… you name it. Some of them follow patterns other are patterns of my own and come free to you with what NOT to do. 🙂

Please use the poll to let me know what you are interested in. My sewing time is usually short lived; in between naps or the occasional night when I manage to stay up after 9:30 p.m. and need some Mommy time. So I understand the need for cute ideas that can actually be completed and not cast into the corner of “to be finished”.

Looking forward to your ideas!