Fabric Friday

Fabric Friday on Pretty Prudent

We are kicking off the new year with this cute, Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Serengeti, The Tribe fabric. I also love this herringbone fabric from the same Serengeti collection. Have you made some sewing resolutions this year? Perhaps tackling zippers and knits? I’ve been making a to-do list of sewing projects for the year, which include remaking some of our old favorites. I’d love to use this fabric to sew Jaime’s Romper with a Zipper for my niece for spring, or Jacinda’s Easy Muumuu. What Pretty Prudent project does this fabric inspire you to make?

Enter for the chance to win one yard of Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Serengeti, The Tribe, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…

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10 Organization Cheats from Me and My Closest Friends

IMG_0374 It’s that time of year when we step back and analyze all of the ways in which we can improve ourselves, and I bet 78% of you have declared 2015 is the year that you get organized! How’s that going? Good? I am impressed! Not so good? Don’t despair. Me and my closest friends have some of the best organization cheats around. When Target asked us to share the news of their new subscription service, the ultimate organization cheat: we’re talking never running out of detergent or deodorant again, we knew it was time to spill the beans. And by “spill the beans,” I’m totally suggesting that you spill them into perfectly lined up mason jars on the counter. See? You’re more organized already!

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Let’s start off with a tip from my good pal Jaime. You probably know her around these parts:

1. Start in the neatest room.
The dining room is my first stop because it’s the easiest and it makes me feel like there is an actual clean room. Then we can eat a meal in there and that makes me feel like a better mother. Double win!

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2. Keep your supplies within reach.
We just installed open shelving in our kitchen with all of our most used cooking implements and tableware within reach. Having fast, convenient access to mixing bowls, measuring cups, oven mitts, and plates makes last minute meal prep and serving so much easier. And having these culinary items out in the open inspires us to cook more often. ~ Jenny from Everyday is a Holiday

Target Subscription services3. Never run out of your basics.
Cut down on trips to the store by creating a schedule of deliveries through a service like Target Subscriptions. You can order everything from printer ink to diapers, paper towels to vitamins, lip liner to dish detergent. You set (and can change) the schedule to fit your family’s needs and your essentials will start appearing on your doorstep before you run out. No more emergency trips to the store when you realize you’re out of wipes.

Read on for more of our favorite tips!

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DIY Leather Mason Jar Mugs

DIY Leather Mug Sleeve
In the fabric district in Downtown Los Angeles there is an awesome leather store called X-Trims and Leathers. I have gone in there a bunch but couldn’t ever figure out what I wanted to make, or where to even begin choosing from their selection.  While Jaime, Jacinda, and I were brainstorming projects, Jaime mentioned making a leather mug sleeve for a mason jar. Bingo! I raced over to the leather shop to gather supplies. I’m thrilled with how it turned and have already used it a bunch. This project is perfect for anyone who is just beginning to work with leather, or anyone looking to put scraps of leather to use.

DIY Leather Mug Sleeve

 Learn how to make a DIY Leather Mug Sleeve after the jump…

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Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe
One of my favorite sweets of all time is a Walkers Shortbread cookie, especially when it’s paired with a cup of tea. When I was younger I went to an Irish dance competition in Scotland and I loved that every hotel I stayed at had a Walkers shortbread cookie on my pillow when I arrived. If I bought this delicacy every single time I crave it I’d probably go broke, so this winter I decided to make my own with a chocolatey twist. You only need three ingredients to make the shortbread and a bag of chocolate chips. Ready to get started?

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Check out how to make these tasty treats after the jump…

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