Monday motivation – fabric key chain wristlet tutorial 

I finished my friends bag over the weekend and as another little gift for her, I made this key chain wristlet out of some of the leftover material from her bag. Really easy to do and I’m reusing pieces of material, so less waste to the landfill. Win win!

I found a fairly long, thin piece of material to use, about 12in/30cm long and  about 3in/8cm wide. 

I used picking shears to cut the material, to make it a little fancy and to keep stray threads at bay. Fold over the long edges so only the right sides of fabric are showing, and fold them over so they overlap each other. One of your folds will be wider than the other to cover the raw edges. Iron them flat, or as flat as possible, depending upon your fabric. This fabric here is a heavy duty thick cotton that was from a book of upholstery swatches. 
Fold over what you just ironed and pin in place. Stitch together. I used a wide zigzag stitch to catch both sides of this piece and to complement the zigzag edges of the material.
 Grab your split ring (key ring) and fold one of the short edges of your material around the ring. Take the other free short edge of material and place it over the short edge that’s around your key ring. Sew those short edges together.

And there you have it! Simple and easy. Now you try. 

Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by.

Lazy Sunday · photography · puppies

Lazy Sunday 

This how they sleep most days.

Ever since my mother in law died, kittens and puppy have been keeping this guy company. It’s amazing how much my father in law loves having Toby around. That puppy gets all excited and wiggly when he sees grandpa; he runs and jumps in his arms, gives him all kinds of kisses, and sleeps on the couch with him. They go for car rides together, they go to the hardware store, and play out in the yard. Toby keeps grandpa preoccupied, and keeps him from thinking too much about the loss of his wife. It’s not even been a year yet that she’s gone, so it’s still pretty fresh. That puppy brings him so much joy, he makes him so happy and he smiles a lot more because of him. Pets are really good therapy. I wish I could stay home with mine all day.

Enjoy your Sunday.


I’m a cartoon!

Actually, has the great cartoon edits, I just took advantage of it.

I also made this fabric key chain for my friend, along with that bag I mentioned earlier. It’s nap time with puppies now, so I’ll tell you all about it on Monday, k? 

Enjoy your Saturday.

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Monday motivation 

Working on a bag for a friend of mine.

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Lazy Sunday 

clockwise from left to right: Lola, me, Anna (on lap), Duke, Roberta, Chico (on lap), Rosita, Titus, Puppa (in bottom right corner), Milo, Sammy (underneath the bench). And the black half a tail in the upper right corner is Capone.

This is my morning, most days. We walk, we sit, we walk, we sit. I sit more often for Anna’s sake. She gets tired faster with only one front leg.

So now, we nap.


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Best of DTO photo contest

Hey everyone, can I ask a favor? I entered the Best of DTO photo contest and I could use a few more votes, so can you help a girl out? Just go to this link and look for manola.gray and cast your vote! Voting ends Friday, so between today and Friday, ok? I’d really appreciate it. The photo looks like this:


thanks again!