Simple DIY Shoe Storage

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I first spotted this shoe storage idea in an old issue of Lucky magazine, and was thrilled to finally be able to put it to good use during my recent bedroom makeover. Since my closet is without a door or curtains, I really wanted to make sure that everything stored inside will look as visually appealing as possible. I’ve got to say, this easy DIY is probably one of my favorite ones to date.

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Here’s how I made mine…I picked up some patterned cardboard boxes (large enough to fit pairs of shoes obviously) from Target, some photo paper, and adhesive glue dots.

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Next, I placed my shoes onto a piece of white foam core board and then snapped photos of each one using the camera on my phone. Since I have Photoshop, I created a basic .JPG template to print each photo onto, so that it would be easy to create the “Polaroid” look that I wanted. You can download that template here if you would like. If you’re using the template I created, you’ll want your images to be cropped to 3×3 inches in size before placing them onto the template to print.

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If you’re not using photoshop, you can still use the template for this project. Just download and print out the template onto heavy-weight paper and set aside. Print out your shoe photographs; making sure that they are cropped to 3×3 inches. Trim around each print and then glue them onto the inner portion of each printed “Polaroid” template, and you’re good to go!

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Attach the photos onto your boxes using adhesive glue dots, place your shoes inside, and you’re done! Stand back and admire your organized shoe collection!

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Good Taste: Coconut Tuile Cookies

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Growing up, my daughter loved nothing more than to mix together elaborate food experiments, that I then dutifully taste-tested with as straight a face (and iron stomach) as I could muster. To this day her passion for cooking continues, but luckily her mad scientist approach has morphed into real talent in the kitchen.

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Last week she decided to mix up a batch of Coconut Tuile Cookies from a recipe found on Simply Recipes (she adapted it with our favorite flour to make it gluten-free), and I am delighted to tell you that they were so scrumptious that I immediately asked her if she’d cook another batch with me so that I could eat the whole thing…err…I mean share the results with you here!

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Here’s a quick kitchen tip for you. If you have the patience of a gnat (like me) and can’t wait hours for butter to soften for a recipe, just grate the chilled stick down a cheese grater and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before use. Works like a charm!

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Tuiles are purportedly named for the curved French roof tiles that they commonly resemble. However, we didn’t bother shaping ours on the back of a rolling pin (as you’re supposed to), because we just couldn’t wait to pop them in our mouths! These coconutty morsels taste just as delicious flat as they do curved (in my humble opinion).

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TIP: if you really want to knock this one out of the park, try topping each cookie with a sprinkle of honey roasted almond slices (we bought ours from Trader Joe’s) mid-way through the baking process! It tastes like an Almond Joy (sans chocolate)!

Ready to get baking? Hop over to Simply Recipes for the Coconut Tuile Recipe. Enjoy!

Photos by Kaia Harrison (that’s my awesome daughter)

Free Father’s Day Printables from A Whole Lot of Tiny

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Still in need of a last minute Father’s Day gift idea for your kiddos to give to Dad this Sunday? You’re in luck! The fellas over at A Whole Lot of Tiny have got you covered with this awesome FREE printable Father’s Day suite!

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Head on over to their site and you can download everything from Printable Father’s Day Cards and Gift Bags, to Printable Coupons, Candy Bar Wraps, and more!

Images from A Whole Lot of Tiny

Quick DIY: Fabric-Covered Magnets

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I’ve been working on a “secret” sewing project lately (more on that soon), and all the excess fabric scraps floating around today reminded me about a quick DIY that I photographed a few years ago (three years ago to be more accurate)! I’m not really sure how the project photos got stuck in a dark corner of my computer to be forgotten about for this long, but you know what they say…better late than never, right?!

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This project is a great way to use up fabric scraps that you’ve been saving up until you find a suitable use for them. I’m not the only one who does that, right?

Supplies Needed:

  • Scrap fabric | light to medium-weight cotton fabrics work best
  • Dritz Cover Button Kit | Be sure to buy the full kit that includes the two plastic tools (shown in the photo). The button size in the kit I used was 1 1/8″.
  • Strong round magnets | found at craft stores
  • Super Glue Gel
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • 2″ Circular template (optional)
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1. Cut circles from scrap fabric that are approximately 2″ diameter or a bit larger. I made myself a 2″ paper template using a craft punch to make life easier, but you can eyeball it if you’d like. If you are working with prints, consider cutting the fabric strategically to display your favorite portion of the fabric design. | 2. Use your pliers to carefully remove the metal shank (the looped portion) from the back of each metal button backing piece in your kit.

3. Place one button front on top of the wrong side of a pre-cut fabric circle. | 4. Press both the fabric and the button front into the larger piece of your button maker. Make sure that your fabric is sticking out evenly all around the edge. If it isn’t, just pop the button out and adjust the fabric before continuing on.

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5. Use your finger to press the fabric excess inward. A little bit of fabric excess is important, but if there is too much you can trim a bit off. Take the metal backing portion (the piece you removed the shank from earlier) and place in on top of the back of your button front, sandwiching the fabric beneath. Make sure all the fabric excess gets tucked underneath. | 6. Use the smaller portion of the button making tool to press firmly down on the back of the button until you hear the two portions snap together.

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7. All the fabric should now be neatly secured by the backing piece. | 8. The front side of your button should look nice and smooth.

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9. Add a dab of Super Glue Gel onto the back of each fabric-covered button. | 10. Hold the magnet firmly in place for a few moments until the glue has set (be careful not to get super glue on your fingers). Allow glue to dry fully…and you’re done!

I hope you will enjoy making your own set of fabric-covered magnets soon! xo Ez