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August 18, 2014

DIY Cross Stitch Leather Pencil Case

DIY Cross Stitch Leather Pencil Case @prettyprudent
Scarlet started first grade this week! Excuse me while I wipe a single tear from my eye. In honor of this occasion (the first year she is required to bring her own school supplies, hiccup), she asked me to make her a fancy pencil case. Of course, I obliged.

I had this perforated suede (that I bought on clearance eons ago for about $10 for an entire hide), and I had been playing around with the idea of cross stitching it. So I stitched up this quick little heart for my little sweetheart, and it was so fun! You can use this tutorial to make any old lined zip pencil case out of any old fabric, or you can be inspired by it to create something else that is fabulous and cross-stitched using perforated leather or suede (be sure to send us a picture on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest).
DIY Cross Stitch Leather Pencil Case @prettyprudent

All you need are these supplies,
DIY Pencil Case Supplies @prettyprudent

and you can turn perforated leather or suede into a perfectly modern cross-stitch:
DIY Pencil Case Heart Cross Stitch @prettyprudent

Find out how to make our DIY Cross Stitch Leather Pencil Case after the jump…
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August 15, 2014

Fabric Friday

Fabric Friday on Pretty Prudent

Summer vacation doesn’t have to come to an end when you have fabrics like¬†Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Feather River, River Rally.¬†Just looking at this fabric makes me want to book a weekend getaway. What are your travel plans for the rest of the year? Any last minute trips you are taking before sending the kids off to school? I’d love to make a travel toiletry bag with matching passport cover with this.

Enter for the chance to win Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Feather River, River Rally, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…

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August 15, 2014

Flower Friday: What’s in Season?

Flower Friday: What's in Season?
This summer I have been taking many trips to the LA Flower Mart to pick out fresh blooms for our Flower Friday posts. This place is absolutely spectacular and filled from top to bottom with colorful flowers and plants. If you haven’t been there yet, you’ll surely want to add it to your Downtown LA Travel Guide.

Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Now that we’ve shared many ways you can use your flowers (make rose and eucalyptus scrub, a corsage, and even yarn bombing them), we are going to look at which flowers to keep your eyes out for this season. Crafting with flowers that are in season can definitely help save you some mula too. Let’s start with beautiful roses…

Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Keep your eyes out for some of the most beautiful roses you ever did see around late summer and early fall. There are an array of colors to choose from now.
Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Next stop on the list: Hydrangeas and Gladiolus. These flowers can make a big statement even on their own. Fill a vase with tall Gladiolus, and use a vase of Hydrangeas as your table centerpiece.
Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Get your hands on Calla Lilies, Sunflowers, and Safflowers before the summer is over. Sunflowers are my favorite and are still in season through the fall.
Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Bring soft colors into your home with Lisianthus and Calcynia.
Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Zinnia’s have been looking especially gorgeous at the LA Flower Mart this year. Their colors are like paintings, which is why they were my first choice for yarn bombing.
Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Dahlias can add a dramatic effect to your most basic bouquet. Pick a few to add to an inexpensive bouquet to give it a boost. You can see how we used Dahlias in the Mother’s Day Bouquet and May Day Bouquets.

Flower Friday: What's in Season?

Flower Friday: What's in Season?

A few other blooms to keep your eye out for this season are:
Sea Holly
Gerbera Daisies
Queen Anne’s Lace
Iris
Yarrow

Flower Friday: What's in Season?

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