Let me start by saying... no, not all of my Pinterest projects come out good. Some are not even edible sometimes. But it's more fun to talk about the ones that do turn out okay. ;) I thought I would highlight that with one of my early Pinterest Fails - my Christmas lights covered in glitter.
If you've been on Pinterest for any length of time, you've probably seen this pin floating around.
|Sorry, I couldn't find a source for this - the click through was blocked for spam. :(|
So you see? Not all of my Pinterest attempts end in bliss. haha. :) The best thing you can do is accept and move on. Some days it just doesn't work out and some days there is just no creativity flowing. I actually did those lights last Christmas-time and I kept them around... they're awful but I might redo them someday.
So moving on... it's Friday so that only means one thing!
Ladies, are you forever searching for the perfect gift to give to a guy? Why are men so hard to buy for? I've got a solution. It's an easy craft and it's thoughtful.
I was first inspired by this pin last year when I was looking to make gifts for everyone.
|From Elm Street Life: DIY Heating Pad|
Is mine as fancy as the original? Nope. But it's MANLY and that's all that matters. ;)
Let's gather your supplies. You'll need:
• A scrap of fabric. My end product is about 6"x19.5", so you'll need either two pieces of 6.5"x20" fabric or one piece of 13"x20" fabric so you can just fold it over. I recommend cotton as I don't know how other fabrics would do in the microwave.
• 2 cups of Rice
You'll also want:
• A sewing machine
• (Optional, but it makes life easier) A funnel.
• (Optional) Essential oils to make the rice smell nice. I left it out.
A good tip for a beginner sewer - for some reason I had the hardest time remembering "right side" and "wrong side" when I got back into sewing recently. Right side is the side of your fabric that is fancy and shows your pattern. Wrong side is the back of the fabric. You'll see the back of my fabric here is grey-ish. We call that the wrong side. Sometimes when reading a pattern you'll see "Wrong side facing out" - it's basically what you're looking at above.
And there it is! Your easy, finished product that will be much appreciated by your hardworking men. This warms up fast - Start with 30 seconds in the microwave and if it's not to your liking, proceed from there, but 30 seconds is about the right time for me (please don't burn yourself!!). I also microwave mine on a microwave safe plate so it doesn't get dirty from anything in the microwave. If you get a little bit of moisture on your pouch after microwaving, don't worry - it's normal. This tends to go away the more times you use the heating pad (as you're basically microwaving the moisture out of the rice.)
Thanks for following along! Let me know how this turned out for you! :) And as always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'll be happy to help.
Also... ***HAPPY NEW YEAR!*** Have a safe and happy new year's. I'll see you guys in 2013! ;)