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I’ve had Fibromyalgia for six years now. It first occurred when I was pregnant with my daughter and we flew home from a visit to Tonga in 2009. I just kept having this terrible back pain that would not go away no matter what I did. When I was first diagnosed I had no idea how to react or how to even deal with this disease. There have been things over the years that have helped ease the symptoms but nothing has been more effective than exercising.Pain relief is not an easy thing to come by with Fibromyalgia but with the right kind of medications and the right kind of exercise, life can be made a little easier. The hardest part for me to deal with is that I look 100% on the outside but on the inside it feels like my body is on fire. The smallest thing can set my body into a full flare and the weather is usually what does it. Living in Utah has had many ups but the ever-changing weather pattern is not one of them.
One of the best things I’ve found that helps me with my Fibromyalgia is yoga. It’s a light exercise and doesn’t use all my energy for the day. For me, when I exercise, I cannot do a vigorous workout. I have to slowly move and slowly add time to my workouts. I can’t just go all in at full speed for an hour. For me it’s been about a gradual pace and being able to feel successful rather than throw all my eggs into one basket and feel crummy later. With yoga, you need a mat – and with a mat, you need a carrier. I’m going to show you how to make your own yoga mat carrier.
2 coordinating fabrics at 1/4 yd each
pins or sewing clips
I already had this fabric on hand and they were already cut to 2.5″ width so I just sewed them together to make longer strips and then sewed them again down the middle to create a 5″ wide strip. I just used the length of the fabric as a starter and then later cut it down to what length I wanted my yoga mat carrier to be. The length of your yoga mat carrier is completely up to you. The loops will be around 8″ round so just take that into consideration.I like to press my seams to one side when ironing my fabric. I don’t like to have them open because I think it leaves a noticeable gap so I try to keep all my seams facing one direction.Next you’ll pin or clip the ends of the fabric to they meet in the middle, give it a good press and sandwich them together again to create one long strip. Pin or clip on one side so that you can start sewing on the opposite side to hold together your yoga mat carrier.Sew along both edges to secure them in place.Next is the tricky part. I’m going to do my best to explain but it can be a little complicated. Go ahead and lay out your strip of fabric in one long piece. Take one end and begin pulling it up and then go down placing the end piece below the longer strip. It’ll and up looking like a sideways 4. Take the end of the piece and fold over a hem and clip your fabric above the strip. This ends up forming a loop that the yoga mat can slide in and out of.Sew a reinforced square over the area that you clipped and repeat these steps for the next side. Once both sides are sewn, your ready to place your yoga mat in there and head off to the gym.I’ve talked a lot about finding the balance in Fibromyalgia with exercise and medicine. An effective medicine that I have found is Curamin® Stop Pain Now and is available at fine health food stores nationwide. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you or purchase it here. It is safe, effective and non-addictive which is important in finding a medication that’ll help you combat chronic pain. Chronic pain isn’t something that is solved overnight and it’s not something most people can understand unless they’ve been experiencing the same thing. Curamin® doesn’t just mask pain, it gets to the source and stops it.For me, finding balance was the hardest part of Fibromyalgia. There are so many great resources to help you find what helps others but it’s also important to find out what works for you. I’m able to exercise continually because I have learned when my body has had enough and I’ve had a lot of trial and error with multiple medications. Natural is always best in my book but you know your body best and you know what it needs. Find a great doctor that will listen to your concerns and if you feel like you’re not being heard – chances are, you’re not.
I’d love to help you more in your chronic pain. What are some questions you have for me?
*This post does contain affiliate links. If you love it and buy it, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time because it speaks to just about any situation we’ve ever been in or known someone to be in. Cricut has amazing Disney images and a few Dory images. I’ve included the link to the cut file below but you will need to purchase the Disney images if you do not have any of the cartridges linked to your Cricut. There is a bubbles image and a font that is included in theirsubscription(which is totally worth it, btw). I’m really excited to see Finding Dory because it’ll just add to the nostalgia that the original movie had for me. So for this post I’m going to show you how to effectively layer iron-on vinyl and how to really get that image to stick to your fabric.
First – turn your iron on to about medium-high and the steam off. You want it hot enough but you don’t want it too hot or else it’ll melt the plastic.
Second – Get your t-shirt warmed up before you place your first piece of iron-on vinyl down. This will help warm the glue and ensure a good stick.
Third – Place your first color down. It is important to note that you cannot place any additional vinyl over glitter iron-on vinyl, it will not stick. For me this was the black. Place heavy pressure on your iron and hold the iron in place for around 10 seconds. Between each step, turn the shirt over and iron again using pressure. Don’t try to remove the plastic and iron on top, it will melt. After you’ve ironed it, remove the plastic coating. This will come off fairly easily and it’ll let you know which parts weren’t ironed.
Fourth – Add your second image which is the navy blue for Dory. Be sure to follow the guided cut lines that the image gives you. It’ll help line it up perfectly. (I had to use two pieces because I was running low so your image will not have a space between it.). Iron the front and then turn your shirt over and iron again using pressure. Remove the plastic. **Save the smaller eyelids for later
Fifth – Add your light blue image. Repeat ironing the front and back using pressure and remove the plastic.
Sixth – Add your white eyes, bubbles and then add the smaller navy blue eyelids. Repeat the ironing process.
Seventh – Add the yellow using the guidelines and repeat the same ironing technique.
The most important part of layering your Iron-on Vinyl and getting it to stick is making sure your shirt is warmed up, you’re using pressure and you’re heating the glue from the front and back. I had a really hard time getting my vinyl to stick once I washed my shirts but this method has helped a lot.
I’m totally wearing this to the Finding Dory premiere and I can’t wait for you all to see the other Finding Dory blog posts sharing everything from crafts to where you can spot her at Walt Disney World. Check that out here.
For the file, click here for the Design Space cut file. I hope you enjoy!
Want to know something about how to tie-dye using ice? This method is way easier than the traditional tie-dyeing method we all know. You just need a few items and no prewash which is kind of fantastic.
So I grabbed some t-shirts at Michaels and I usually pick up extras when they’re on sale. I also grabbed some tie-dye that comes already in the bottles that all you have to do is add water, except for this we will use the ice rather than water. Spread your shirt out on a surface that you don’t care what it’ll look like after this is done. I chose my grass cause it can just be cut afterwards. Squeeze your powder on to the shirt dry to where ever you want that color. Next you’ll spread the ice on the shirt and allow it to melt then the shirt will dry. Go ahead and wash it and you’re ready to go. The colors will fade quite a bit but that’s just the nature of tie-dye.
I’m so excited to be apart of the new projects that Hazel and Ruby are doing. It’s called Crafternoon and it’s available NOW at your locals Jo-Ann stores or online. There are so many great bloggers who have come together to create their own individual projects for you to make at home. Everything is included except basic tools like scissors and glue guns, but you have the ability to make whatever your favorite blogger has made in an afternoon or two!
My project is Fancy Shoe Clips and they were a lot of fun to create. I worked with Hazel and Ruby to make their vision come to life and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
All you’ll need is a glue gun, scissors and your Fancy Shoe Clips Crafternoon kit. I also wanted to make the ribbons neutral so that you could take some Rit Dye or even some water based dye to them and so it’ll add a pop of color permanently or temporary.
The process is really easy and you can find all that you need to know here. It includes a short video of how I put mine together and shaped my Fancy Shoe Clips. If you’re interested in the shoes, I grabbed them from Cents of Style here.
This is an easy project and it adds just a bit of fun to any outfit. I hope you love!!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBiasThe Baymax Felt Masks were really easy to make with this template that I cooked up. Big Hero 6 is such a huge movie and so to make some Big Hero 6 craft idea was a no brainer. My kids love the movie, Big Hero 6, and when it came to stores on Tuesday, February 24th, Target was the clear answer to buy it from. We headed over there as a group and as soon as they saw the Big Hero 6 kiosk, they ran straight to it, screaming their heads off. So all you’ll need is to print off the Baymax Mask Template, cut it out, trace it out on the felt, then cut that out and tie your elastic on each end. You could also sew the elastic on the ends as well, just use a zig zag stitch to get a good hold.Make sure that you’re following Target on Facebook and Twitter so that you can keep up with their latest promotions, just like Big Hero 6!Let me know, What’s you’re favorite part of the movie?
I am super excited to announce that I am going to be a contributor for Made by Pinterest! I’m super excited to be over there with those three wonderfully talented sisters. I’ve followed their site for a while and love that they have such a loyal following I was really excited to have these Kitten Ear Barrettes as my first tutorial. These were a little tricky for me because I used what I had on hand but I’m going to redo them when I have a chance and do it a better way. We all learn from our mistakes. I’ll let you know what those are but for now, you better be all ears!
I started with some leather in black and mauve. My black leather is actually pig skin, super light and flimsy. The mauve is upholstery leather, very stiff. You can easily use felt or some stiff fabric that you have on hand or run to the store. You really only need about 4-5″ of each color. I used the snap barrettes but I’m telling you now – DO NOT USE THOSE – use the alligator clips that have teeth. These will really give you a grip and will help your ears stay in place much longer.
So start with cutting out your shapes. I used a shape on my electronic cutter but you don’t need one of those by any means. Just eyeball it but make sure that your base width is as wide or wider than your clip, just like the picture and about 1″-1 1/14″ long. I cut mine before I looked at my clips – dumb mistake. Cut another piece that is going to go into the center and glue. I suggest hot glue or E6000 with a fine tip. Make it the exact same shape but a 1/4″ smaller all the way around.
You’ll now want to adhere them onto your clip with the hot glue. I just adhered the black part and I recommend that if your felt or fabric is extremely thick, either sew a small stitch or glue it so that it will stay folded upwards. This is why it was good to have the thicker leather, to help it stand. I especially think these are cute on little girls but they are definitely hip to wear with someone in their 20’s. Definitely a hipster accessory.
I hope that if you have questions, you’ll ask. When I do the update, I’ll be sure to point you in that direction. I think these would be darling also for a cat Halloween costume for moms or girls, too.
My husband is a HUGE fan of the New England Patriots so it has of course, passed down the line to our children. I decided that for the Super Bowl, I’d make them some of their very own New England Patriots T-Shirts using my favorite iron-on heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. They’ve also been so generous to offer a $50 gift card to one of you!!
Of course I had to make a #deflategate shirt in honor of all the scandal going on this season. I personally think it’s great and I get a rise out of teasing my husband.
To start, I used the 12×24″ siser easyweed Iron-On Heat Transfer Vinyl in Red and Royal Blue. I just searched online to find the Patriots logo in .svg format. I was able to find one here. I uploaded it into my Cricut Design Space and it’s seriously magic! It separated all the layers to just what I needed.
I sized the logo to the size which I felt would look best on each of the shirts. For the two youngest I used the same size and for my oldest and husbands, I also used the same size. I used the Cricut font cartridge, Extreme Fonts , to type Brady and the number 12 for the backs. Now you’ll want to reverse your image before you cut. You can do that in the actual window or in the mat preview window but make sure you click on every mat if you do it then. When you’re cutting, place it on your mat the shiny side down and use the iron-on setting. Peel away any part that you do not want. Be very careful because any part you peel off, you can’t stick back on.
Now for the application – I use a dry iron on med/hi heat and I use continuous motion. Sometimes when I’m ironing, it sticks and it will shift my design creating a fold. So for me, I use the upper 1/3 part of the iron and use small circles. That way I know it’ll stick and it will not get too hot. I can tell it has stuck because you can see some small air bubbles on the plastic. Gently peel up the plastic and set again with the full iron carefully. You are done-zo! Now go and enjoy that football game and be sure to enter the giveaway!
I’m so glad to be apart of the Ansley Pattern Tour. This pattern is insanely easy and has the best feature I’ve ever seen in a pdf pattern. When I received the pattern from Blaverry, there were options on the left side that she walked you through to choose the side you need. You check them, press print and it prints all the pages that you need in the size that you need. No need to figure out what pages of the 80-page pattern you need, she’s done all the hard work for you!
All of her patterns are adorable and stylish, that is a big reason why I was so drawn to this pattern. Customize it any which way you want it with the sleeves, the hem on the bottom and the collar.
With this shirt, I decided to use a light stretch denim and some extra leather I had lying around the house. With the collar, she recommended that we cut two but since the leather is so thick, I didn’t think it was necessary. I love how the hem has the high/low going on.
Leila was very excited to get a new ‘dress’! Who wouldn’t be excited to get something as fabulous as this? The best part is, is that it’s stylish enough that it doesn’t look like it’d be homemade. She’s offering everyone 10% off in her shop with the code ILOVEBLAVERRY10 so be sure and see what she has to offer. This pattern was really easy to follow and I’m not a very good pattern follower.
Make sure to check out the other ladies blogs and see how they created their Ansley patterns! XOXO.
*I received this pattern free to review but all opinions are 100% mine