Color Coded Towels with Design Mom | this heart of mine

Dealing with towel confusion in your bathroom? We sure do and I do not like sharing my towel. High gross factor there. :) Never fear, I have the easiest fix. Over on Design Mom, I shared a tutorial for color coded towels and it is the niftiest thing. So simple and easy and it can be tweaked to work with any towels you want. Perfect for a busy bathroom or maybe just the guest towels.

Color Coded Towels with Design Mom | this heart of mine

All the (super simple) steps are over on Design Mom.

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February Link Love

What a month! It might be the shortest (and have the reddest and most heart-filled holiday) but this month seems to drag on, even when we aren’t waiting for a new family member. It might be related to the weather. :) So I’m ready for a new month. When I think of March, the color green comes to mind. That bright, yellowy, new green of spring and I can’t wait!

Since we don’t have baby news to share, I’ll share our other big news – we are moving! We sold our house back in January, in five whole days! Now we have to be packed up and moved out by late March. In like 20 days. Yes, it’s crazy and yes, we are nuts (we currently have nowhere to live after closing!). It’s not the timeline we wanted but we’re going with it because really, it’s our only choice. I have another post detailing more on the house selling/house searching process but suffice to say, we are in the thick of it here. So before we bid adieu to this short month, here are a few favorite links.

February Link Love | this heart of mine

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Made Fabric Pouch

Made Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

It’s a Zipper Pouch Series and it’s all about fun fabric variations of the easy zipper pouch shared a few months ago.

Made fabric pouch…kind of a flat, puzzling title but it’s the most descriptive one I could come up with using the least amount of words. Thankfully I have this whole post to explain myself! :) As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to create “clothes” and home decor items for my Barbies and their cardboard mansion using my mom’s fabric scrap box. That clear plastic bin was always filled with possibilities. My sister and I made some cool stuff. Trust me. Haha! Held together by hot glue, regular glue, staples and, the best ones, lines of stitching from my mom’s serger, it’s a good thing our Barbies really embraced the DIY, handmade homes they lived in.

I am still a scrap saver today, of both paper and fabric. I continue to see possibilities in the bits and pieces. It’s been helpful because I can share my scraps with my children when they want to create and, I like to think, it’s helped encourage bigger, broader creative thinking for me. Last fall, I made applique totes for my children. I loved creating the images on the totes and ever since, I’ve been thinking of ways to make similar things. So, I bring you the made fabric pouch.

Made Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

There are so many ways to create with fabric scraps. I’m certain there are article collections dedicated to exact thing on Pinterest right now. My process includes using an iron-on adhesive sheet and, in some cases, top stitching. The camel and navy cotton and vinyl bag is still my favorite pouch creation but this pouch below is a close second. The colors! The texture! So good.

Made Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

My fabric scraps were all cotton based but ranged from basic cotton to jersey to duck cloth (plus a small line of fuzzy ribbon). It’s almost like collage. All the textures and colors play together to create a unique showpiece.

Made Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

With all the pouches I’ve sewn for this series, I really need to buy more stuff to go in them!

Made Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

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Homemade Coffee Creamer

Homemade Coffee Creamer | this heart of mine

I’m actually not a coffee drinker. Yet, anyway. The last time I ordered something coffee-like, I was working a corporate job and ordered an iced frap-a-something one afternoon and for the rest of the day, my computer screen had a radiating light halo. The caffeine was too much. However, most of the other adults in my life drink it. I love the aroma of coffee and idea of a warm cup in hand. I love the art and process of making a good cup and those creamer illustrations all over Instagram? So cool, right? My mom says when I grow up I might like coffee but until then, I just pretend with my hot tea.

With the baby’s arrival imminent and knowing we will have family in our home for the next little while, I’ve tried to get prepared. The house is mostly clean, the guest towels are washed and waiting and I’ve stocked up on good coffee. This year, I’ve partnered with Lavazza USA for a series of posts which will pop up over the course of the following months. With my admission above, it might seem like a strange connection but there is more to coffee than just drinking it. At least for me. There are recipes that are made better with the inclusion of coffee and so many recipes that pair wonderfully with coffee, like coffee creamers. For my guests, I created a few homemade coffee creamers so they can enjoy an extra tasty cup of jo while they are here. Hopefully this will make up for me not doing a much more than snuggling our little beebo.

Homemade Coffee Creamer | this heart of mine

The flavor options are endless here. If you are wanting a specific flavor to add to your coffee, the sweetened condensed milk and cream/milk base is open to any flavor you want. I chose hazelnut, cinnamon vanilla and almond (and they smell delicious) but I know if my guests are desiring something else, it will be easy to whip up. I used almond milk for these creamers because MJ and a few other family members have slight milk sensitivities. The mixes aren’t as creamy and don’t spread through the coffee like cream does but it’s worth it. Thank goodness. I think there might be a little sleeplessness going around soon. :)

Homemade Coffee Creamer | this heart of mine

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Painted Fabric Pouch

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

It’s a Zipper Pouch Series and it’s all about fun fabric variations of the easy zipper pouch shared a few months ago.

There are times when the right fabric with the right design can’t be found or is too expensive or is hard to get. But don’t sweat it. Paint it! Painting fabric is an easy and inexpensive fix to a fabric dilemma and, can I say it? The painted fabric can be used to make darling zipper pouches.

It was difficult for me to narrow down the ideas I had for painting fabric. There were a number of directions I was thinking about. Here are a few I considered: famous art pieces, a series of flowers, colorful and cute animals (for my children), simple stripes and polka dots and found object prints, among other things. I chose a springy nautical route after revisiting this oar image on Pinterest. The good thing is whenever I do this again, I have plenty of ideas to pick from.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

I think the inside of the pouch is just as fun as the outside. When the zipper is undone, it’s such a fun treat to see the color and print inside.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

I learned another process tip sewing this set. Instead of sewing each pouch individually – one side of the zipper, then the other, top stitching around the zipper and then sewing up the whole thing – I prepped and did step one on all six pouches before moving on to the second step. I completed them all much quicker and it was an easy process. It was a bit like a one person assembly line but I’m all for being as efficient as possible.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

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