Leather Bracelets

With all the crafting and projects I have done in my lifetime, I have never really worked with Leather…but I have a feeling that things could be changing.  I was recently asked by Rebecca from Better Life Bags if I would be interested in using some of her leather scraps to create with.  Her bags are amazing and she uses high quality leather, so I was really excited to be able to create with her scraps.


I have always loved leather bracelets, so that was one of the first things I attempted.  I was surprised at just how easy it could be to make a custom leather bracelet.  As you can see, my daughter snagged this and claimed it for her own.


Isn’t this leather gorgeous?  You can pick up some high quality leather scraps from Better Life Bags if you would like to use them in your creating too.  Simply follow this link:

Leather Scraps

And…I thought I took how to pictures for this bracelet and for the life of me can not find them.  I will do my best to explain how to make this without the help of pictures.


You will need:



silver brads (scrapbook paper aisle)

E6000 glue

snap and snap tool (heavy duty plier kit from JoAnn’s)

sharp tool to poke a hole in the leather


1.  Print the Leather Bracelet Pattern that I have provided (link is near the bottom of the post).

2.  Cut your leather with the pattern pieces.  Measure your arm and adjust the snap to be where it will fit you most comfortably.  (You may need to lengthen the original leather band if you have a larger wrist or cut some length is you have a smaller wrist or are making it for a child).

3.  Layer the the flowers on top of each other.  You will need 3 larger flowers, 3 medium flowers and 3 smaller flowers.  Layer them so that you have three sets with them layered from big to small with the small one on top.

4.  Attach the flower sets together by poking a hole in each of the middle flower and then attaching them together with a silver brad.

5.  Take the smaller band of leather and poke three holes in it where the x’s are.  Place the flowers here and attach to the other side of the band with the brad.

6.  Then glue the smaller band with the three flowers on them onto the middle of the larger band with your E6000 glue.  Let it dry fully and place some books on top of it so that it dries nice and flat.

7.  After it has dried, take you leather bracelet and add a snap on the end of it so that it fits your arm comfortably.  Follow the directions on the package of the snaps and snap tool.

leather-braceletThat is all there is too it! I LOVE it and my head is spinning with all sorts of fun ideas to create with the rest of my leather scraps!

If you would like to download the pattern for the Flower Leather Bracelet, click on the link below and follow the directions carefully.

{Flower Leather Bracelet Pattern}

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Have you worked with leather before? What are your favorite leather projects?  I would love to know!

DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe

I am really excited about today’s post! Still working with bad cell phone pictures…bear with me. My camera finally arrived and I am excited to start learning it. The bad pictures are killing me! First world problems. Anyways…winters are really dry here and I am loving this amazing Whipped Body Butter recipe I have been playing around with.


I finally got the right combination to make this smooth and creamy body butter. It was a lot of fun experimenting and was definitely out of my comfort zone. I did a bit of research first and found a lot of the same basic recipes but wanted to incorporate coconut oil. Coconut oil is such a great oil for your skin and is the main oil I have to use due to my food allergies.

whipped-body-butter-recipe Ingredients:

1 cup Cocoa Butter , grated

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 Cup Almond Oil



1.  Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or in bowl placed in a saucepan of boiling water.

2. When melted completely, add almond oil and vanilla.

3.  Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until slightly hardened (about 20-30 minutes)

4.  Whip with your hand mixer until smooth and creamy

5.  Place into a container.

6.  Makes about 1 cup

7.  It will harden a bit more due to the coconut oil.  Simply scoop some out and it will melt in your hand so that you can rub it into your skin.

It makes your skin feel so smooth and soft and it smells so yummy!  My husband who usually has nothing to do with my sugar scrubs uses this now on his hands at night!  But let’s just keep that between us…mmmkay?!


if you would like to download these Whipped Body Butter Labels, click on the link below and follow the directions carefully.

{Whipped Body Butter Labels}

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Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

The New Cricut Explore™

You guys…

I have a secret I have been keeping…

for a long time.

And I am finally able to share part of that secret with you today!

As you know, I love a great crafting tool.  I LOVE anything that allows me to actually create something beautiful that starts as a thought and idea in my crowded little brain.  If you LOVE the creativity process as much as I do, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

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Before I get ahead of myself, let me back up…so I can tell you a bit about my journey over the last several months.

Over a year ago I was contacted by my friends from Cricut.  They wanted to talk to me about a new “top secret” machine that was in the works.  I was intrigued…but I had only used a Cricut machine a couple of times before in my life.  I had other means of doing things but was interested in what they had to say.  So I went, and learned, and signed all sorts of Non-Disclosure contracts ;).


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Cricut’s new machine sounded promising, but without actually having the machine at my fingertips, I was reluctant…and told them so and that was that.  Some time passed and in April, some more discussions took place,  yet I was still reluctant.  I am a visual learner so I needed something concrete, but the new machine was still in production and beta testing.

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Finally, this fall, I connected with Cricut again and made arrangements to go out to their headquarters and actually see and use the new Cricut Explore for myself.


You guys!  I was not prepared for how much I would love the Cricut Explore Cutting Machine.  Like so much so, that I actually gasped…outloud…twice!  Once when I saw the Cricut Explore open and once when I saw how beautifully it could script out calligraphy.  And if you know me…calm and collected Amy…that is saying a lot.  I got a little bit out of control with excitement.  But no worries…I regained my composure again quickly.  haha!


I was given a machine in early December to start playing with and have been working with the Cricut team behind the scenes on some really fun things.  In fact, I have about 10 projects right now that will be featured in the Cricut Marketplace (in just a few weeks) that others (like YOU) will be able to click a button and reproduce EXACTLY on their end…

I KNOW!! Right?!

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I have told you before how very careful and deliberate I am about the things I share with you here.  I actually am very picky and turn down several opportunities that come my way,  if I don’t think it is a product or a company I can stand behind completely.  I think it is a reflection on me and I don’t want to abuse your trust in any way.  So, with that being said,  I want you to know that I will ALWAYS be completely honest in what I share here with you.

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And just so you know…I am loving this new machine and it’s capability.  I have a feeling it is going to take my creating to a new level…and that is exciting for me.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head that involved new mediums…and that my friends…

makes me giddy…giddy like a little school girl…


Ashish Arora | Cricut CEO

In the meantime, I will continue to be working closely with Cricut behind the scenes and will keep you updated.  I will also be sharing an in-depth look into the new Cricut | Explore™ Machine so you can see what I am so excited about.

The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. You can even use the Cricut® cartridges you already own by simply uploading them into the machine (which can only be done once and to one machine).

The Cricut | Explore™  will be available February 12th on HSN and in stores March 15!

Want a sneak peek of one of my projects?  Coming soon…

Feel free to ask any questions you have…I will try to answer all of them to the best of my ability or ask one of my contacts at Cricut for you.


The pictures in this post are from a Cricut Event that was on January 20 and 21st, just a couple of weeks ago.  Cricut invited several bloggers to an amazing event to release their new machine, Cricut Explore, so you may have already heard some rumblings about it.  All of the items shown in the pictures were created with the Cricut Explore.

And…by the way this is not a sponsored post.

Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on the Olaf Valentine’s Day Printables I shared with you the other day.  I am so glad you guys loved them.  I have gone on a little work trip to a conference that I will share a little bit about with you a bit later on, so I was unable to answer emails and questions, but I am catching up as soon as I can.


While I am catching up, I wanted to share with you the Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern that I promised you.  You can use these in place of the paper Olaf I shared in the Olaf Valentine Printable…or you can just make one for you kids (or yourself) to play with.

I have one more Olaf Valentine idea coming…so be sure to stick around and see what that one is like!  I couldn’t stop myself because Olaf is just too cute…right?!


Materials needed:

white felt

black felt

brown felt

orange felt

2 google eyes

3 black mini pom poms (optional)

Hot Glue Gun

Black Sharpie Fine

1.  Cut out the pattern pieces according to the directions on the printable pattern.

2.  Cut out the left and right arm.  Glue to the front of the back body piece on the middle section.  Do this so that the arms will go inside the finger puppet and the front body piece will go over the top of them.

3.  Place glue around the sides and the top of the front piece and the back piece of the body and glue them together.  Be sure to only glue around the edges and NOT glue along the bottom.   This is so you make a hole for the finger puppet.

4.  Glue the cheeks, mouth and teeth to the Olaf.

5.  Take the nose and put a thin line hot glue down one side of the long part of the triangle nose.  Roll the nose into a cone shape and hold while the glue sets.  Be super careful not to burn yourself with the HOT glue gun.

6.  Glue the google eyes onto the top of the cheeks and glue the nose right below them in the middle of the cheeks.

7.  Glue the black mini pom poms on for the buttons or cut the buttons out of black felt and glue in place.

8.  Draw the lines to separate the body (head, middle, bottom and the feet and to draw on his eye brows.


Pretty easy right?!  Your kids will LOVE it!

If you would like to download the Olaf Finger Puppet Patterns, click on the link below.

{Olaf Finger Puppet Patterns}

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Be sure to stop by again when I share these pencil tags later.  You can put Olaf on the top of a Valentine pencil or a Dum Dum sucker and give it away to your Valentine!

If you like this finger puppet pattern, you might be interested in checking out my past finger puppet patterns:

Animal Finger Puppets

Star Wars Finger Puppets

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Nativity Finger Puppet Patterns

Christmas Finger Puppet Patterns

DIY Silk Screened Tote–Entirely Eventful Day

Happy to have Aly from Entirely Eventful Day with us today. She is so much fun and I was able to get to know her better last summer when I worked with her on the Daybreak Blogger House! Be sure to stop on by her site and check out all her fun ideas!


Happy Summer! I am so excited to be here posting on The Idea Room today. I’m Aly and you can always find me over at Entirely Eventful Day. Come stop by!

Today I’m sharing a really fun project. I am seriously crushing on gold hearts lately. You can find them everywhere lately; fashion, home decor… I love it all. So, I decided to create my own custom silk-screened tote bag.

Do you love it or what? I just finished it and already my daughter is trying to claim that as her own. Hmm, I guess that means it’s either super awesome or totally juvenile. :)
I started with a simple (already made) $3 bag some silk screen paint, both of which I found at Hobby Lobby.  You also need some contact paper (I happened to have clear but any color would do), a foam brush, and scissors.
Cut a piece of contact paper the size of the front of your bag.
Fold your contact paper in half and use a permanent marker to sketch out a half-heart. If your contact paper is like mine you might need to roll it back on itself to try to get it to lay more flat.
Cut it out but be careful. You aren’t going to use the actual heart, you will use the outside. So you have to cut it smoothly. This took me a couple tries *oops.
Place a piece of paper or two (or something flat) inside the bag so your paint doesn’t go through the fabric and onto the other side.
Now start painting. Go around the outside first. Be careful because the contact paper doesn’t stick super well so make sure the it stays in place while you paint.
Carefully remove the contact paper.
Follow the instructions on the paint bottle.  The paint I used says to let it dray for 24 hours and set with an iron after 72 hours.



 Now grab your sun hat and head to the pool… Summer won’t last forever!
AND come say hello to me at Entirely Eventful Day!


Project Life

 This post is sponsored by Project Life and American Crafts.

You guys! I am loving this Project Life scrapbooking.  I have mentioned before about my lack of ability for scrapbooking.  My scrapbook skills are stuck in the 1990’s and it takes me way too long to design ONE.SINGLE.PAGE.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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A couple of months ago, I started using Becky Higgins Project Life and I am LOVING it.  It is hands down one of the easiest and cutest ways to document your family photos.  The designs and layout are hip and adorable.  I used the Honey Edition for this layout.

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I am finally finding the time…and the desire, to get my pictures out of the old boxes and off of the computer and into an album that we can actually see and ENJOY!  And…they even come with helpful little hints…which are really helpful for people like me.

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For some reason, even though I am creative, I have a really hard time deciding how to arrange things in my scrapbooks.  It is also simple enough that it makes for a great Sunday activity at my house with my girls.  They LOVE to help me and would love to start a mini album of their own.

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The most recent pages I finished were dedicated to our recent family trip to Lake Powell just a couple of weeks ago.  Boating and camping are some of our favorite family activities to do together and it is so nice to be able to document them in a fun and beautiful way.

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After years of struggling about what to do with all of our memories and photos…I am so happy to finally be enjoying them again.

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Project Life is now available in retailers throughout the U.S., including Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Archivers, Craft Warehouse, Beverly’s Fabrics and hundreds of independent shops.  You can also find Project Life online at Two Peas in a Bucket and Scrapbooks.com.

For a full list of retailers, including international stores, please visit the Project Life store finder.


Have you guys tried Project Life yet?  What do you love about Project Life?

*This post is sponsored by Project Life and American Crafts.  However, all statements, photos and opinions are mine.  I was provided the Honey Edition for review.

Nail Art Project–Capturing Joy

I am so happy to welcome Kristen back to The Idea Room today. Kristen was a regular contributor here and many of you may remember her awesome Photography Tips she shared here.  Kristen is a great friend and I am always honored to have her share her wisdom and creativity!  Be sure you head on over to her site and check out her fun ideas, projects and amazing photography!

Hi Friends! My name is Kristen Duke, and I blog at Capturing Joy
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I love coming over to The Idea Room, Amy is a dear friend. I used to be a regular contributor sharing photo tips before my blog started taking off, and I’m happy to be back sharing again! Not only do I share photo tips on my site, but I also share recipes, DIY projects, parties, and I like to tell stories like my crazy love story. I also have a little book called Say NO to Auto for those mama’s who have fancy cameras and want to take better pictures of their kids.
Today, I’ve got a fun DIY project I’ve been wanting to make for a while, Anchor Nail Art. I’ve been slightly obsessed with anchors lately. I got a fun neon anchor shirt that I like to wear, and have some anchor earrings and necklace as well. I wanted to bring it into my home somehow, and I thought this nail art would make a fun project.
You’ve likely seen the nail art with strings, but I wanted the simplicity of just nails and board–and I wanted COLOR, so I painted the nails. At first I threw them on a board, sprayed, dried, rolled the nails, sprayed more, then realized in order to get an even coat, I needed to place them in a styrofoam cube to get some full coverage. My kids thought this looked like a porcupine.
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I painted a board I had in my garage, found an anchor design I liked online, and printed it out, then taped it onto my dried board. Then I started hammering nails right on the paper, and I made sure I was consistent on the outside of the lines throughout so I’d have a good even line. After about 20 minutes of hammering in nails, it was done! I then started ripping the paper away. There were a few spots that the paper didn’t come out as well and left a small piece, so I took out the nail, pushed the paper aside, then hit the nail back in.

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This makes for a fun project, and the shape options are endless: monogram initials, numbers, any shape for any occasion or room in your home.
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I love the look of the painted nails, and when I place it in its’ spot, my 12 year old son said, “mom, did you make that? It’s really cool!” I always love to impress my kids.
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It’s always a delight to share at The Idea Room! Here are a few of my recent favorite posts:

Brown Sugar Scrub

Are you guys ready for another Sugar Scrub? There is just something about the Summer Season right upon us that has me craving a good scrub.  This Brown Sugar Scrub is actually a reposting of one of my very first Sugar Scrubs when I first started blogging.

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My photo skills have come a long way since then.  And I have been dying to make this scrub again and take better photos.  I finally got around to doing it.

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This recipe is really simple and I have found that my very favorite oil to use for scrubs is coconut oil.  I did not know about coconut oil 3 years ago so I have made the change in the old recipe.

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Brown Sugar Scrub:

1 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)


1.  Mix together until thoroughly incorporated.

2.  Store in an air tight container.

3.  Good for up to 3 months.

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You will thank me for you smooth, soft skin! Bring on summer!

To download the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Brown Sugar Scrub Labels}

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Other sugar scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

With Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special women in your lives.  Now, I don’t know about you…but as a Mother myself, I prefer gifts that are of the pampering kind.  I have been obsessed with using DoTerra Essential Oils and just got some Lime oil.  It smells AMAZING!  So…I made a Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub.

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If you have been hanging around The Idea Room, you have been aware of my Sugar Scrub obsession.  At the bottom of this post, I will share with you my entire collection of Sugar Scrubs so that you can take a look at them if you are interested.

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Since my food allergy diagnosis, I have incorporated Coconut Oil as my main cooking/baking base and I am in LOVE with it.  It is the perfect oil to use in this scrub because it has a slight scent and leaves the sugar a nice, crisp white.  It also leaves your freshly scrubbed skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Plus, the combination of Lime and Coconut scream summer, which we are totally looking forward to at our house.  I also threw in some fresh grated coconut to give the scrub a little more texture.

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You just might want to eat this stuff…which would totally be fine since everything is edible :)!

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All you need is a cute jar and a label, which I am providing as a free download (see below for link) and you have a great gift for that special Mother or woman in your life.  You will want to make a really big batch so you can keep some for yourself!

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Or if you want to get really creative, you could gift your sugar scrub inside of a coconut shell after the fresh coconut meat has been removed.  Then wrap it up with a cellophane wrapper and a cute little tag.

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Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 TBSP shredded coconut
  • 6-8 drops of Lime Essential Oil


  1. Melt Coconut oil in microwave.
  2. Mix in with the sugar, until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut and the Lime Oil.
  4. Mix together.
  5. Makes one cup of scrub.

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And, I apologize for the picture overload, but I just couldn’t narrow down the pictures to share with you.  I had a bit of fun with this photo shoot.

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To download the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels}

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If you could create your favorite Sugar Scrub scent…what would it be?


You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Lime Essential Oil

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

dress up your Flower pots

My girls attend a bi-monthly church group activity with the other girls their age.  There are two women who meet with them regularly as their leaders and they always do fun, and educational things with the girls.  At one of the activities they each planted some flowers and decorated some plain flower pots.


They were able to pick and choose some flowers to plant and then into their decorated pots.  They decorated the pots by simply taking some cute polka dot tissue paper and cutting it into pieces and then Mod Podge-ing them onto the flower pot.

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Seriously…so simple and so cute!  I think this would be a great activity to do with girls of all ages.  Keep it and display it for everyone to see, or give it away to a friend.   Or make a bunch of these to use as a fun table display for a party or a shower this spring or summer.