About Melissa

Melissa is a homeschooling mama of five. When she's not sandwich making, diaper changing, or finger crocheting, she writes irreverent stories about life with a larger family at her blog and for kindle.

Easy spring candle jars

Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins.

I am about to show you the easiest craft in the history of… ever.

I’m expecting a baby in a few weeks, and I’m at the point that “easiest ever” is exactly the right difficulty level for me!

(Okay, okay, that’s always the right difficulty level for me. Maybe you can relate?)

I think lace and whites are perfect for springtime, since they don’t compete with the greens and flowers that are starting to appear again.

Today we’re going to add white trim to repurposed jars to make something lovely.

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Embroidering prints and cards

Written by contributor Melissa Camara Wilkins.

I like to frame all sorts of things: postcards, and old calendar pages, and greeting cards that make me smile.

Here’s a fun way to make this kind of “found” artwork more personal: embroider it. [Read more...]

Favorite no-sew bunting with vintage fabrics

Written by contributor Melissa Camara Wilkins.

I’m always a little bit hesitant about crafting with vintage linens. It’s not that I don’t want them on display, it’s just that I’m nervous about cutting into them. (What if they unravel? What if Something Goes Wrong?!)

It’s kind of a silly fear, I realize. I’m working on it. In the meantime, here’s my favorite no-sew, no-cut bunting technique for vintage linens! [Read more...]

Super simple homemade gifts for kids

Super simple homemade gifts for kids

Written by contributor Melissa Camara Wilkins

Thanksgiving is upon us in the U.S., which means that this weekend is the traditional time to stay at home, hiding from the holiday shoppers. (Just me?) What better time to work on homemade Christmas gifts?

My kids will be 12, 9, 6, 5, and 2 this Christmas, so I need gifts for all ages, but I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the making. I need ideas that are super simple, quick and easy. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

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How to Host a Refashion-Your-Clothes Party

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Melissa Camara Wilkins while I take a little writing & publishing break.

When I read Nicole’s post on hosting a clothing exchange, I was inspired. Yes! I thought. I will host a clothing exchange! Right on! When I started looking through my own closet, though, I realized the pickings were slim. It’s the end of the season, my summer things are all worn out–not great for exchanging.

But I loved the gathering with friends idea. And all my tee shirts are nearly at the end of their tee shirty life, so… what about hosting a clothing refashioning party? This could work!

Refashion your clothes

Here’s how I’d do it:

1. Pull together a few easy refashioning casino jameshallison ideas. If your friends aren’t experienced sewists, skip any that require a sewing machine.

2. Assemble supplies: shears, pins, needles and thread for hand sewing, a hot glue gun. (I don’t know exactly what you’ll use the hot glue gun for, but it couldn’t hurt to have it around just in case.) Bleach pens and paint pens could come in handy. Freezer paper is another good idea.

3. Invite friends, and tell them to bring their old clothes to refashion together!

Cut, sew, make: refashioning clothes

A few project ideas to get you started:

- Long-sleeved tee to cardigan (or convert a short-sleeved shirt to a bolero…)
- Bleach pen designs
- Tee shirt to halter top
- Tee shirt to braided bracelet
- Tee shirt to summery fringed scarf
- Tee shirt to twisted scarf or necklace
- Add leaf prints (this could also be a great way to disguise minor stains!)
- Sweater to scarflette (hand sewing would work with this one)

What do you think? Would you host a clothing refashioning party? What other refashions would you suggest?