Leather Tassels | leather tassels

leather tassels

Tassels swish and swing and add a bit of flair. Who can resist a tassel? Bag charms are having a moment right now so I wanted to see how I could make my own tassel version.

Here’s what you’ll need and how to make them:

  • leather scraps (mine come from a fabric store and cost 50 cents each)
  • cutting matt
  • xacto blade or box cutter
  • metal or metal edge ruler
  • hot glue or super glue
  • a key ring or a ball chain section

leather tassel making

Cut out a straight-edged rectangle of leather and lay it out on the cutting matt. Either measure or freehand cut strips as parallel and as straight as possible along the whole length of the leather leaving 1/4 to 1/2 an inch at the top.

Turning it over to the back side glue a thin strip of the leather in a loop to one end with the hot glue. Then lay a bead of hot glue along the upper edge and roll the leather tightly making sure to align the top edge.

rolling tassels

Attach a  short piece of ball chain to the leather loop and it is ready to adorn any bag or zipper. The beauty of something like this is when you get bored you can simply swap it out or remove it.

tassel tops

In the photo above you can see the tops of the grey and white shorter tassels and how they are rolled. In this version the leather loop is much longer so it didn’t need the chain,  just use the loop to attach to a bag or tote.

tassel key chain

The photo above is of a more masculine tassel which has an attached key ring from a freebie give-away. Another piece of leather was cut and glued on inside-out as an added trim.  These would make fantastic and easy stocking stuffers.

tassel top

 

 

Global Memories | Chalk paint globe

chalk paint globe

It doesn’t really matter if maps are flat, spherical, illustrated, stylized, historical or in a book. I love them all equally. The globe that’s been gathering dust in my son’s bedroom got a little makeover recently. What started out as a run-of-the-mill globe was transformed into a method of recording our recent family trips by the simple coat of chalkboard paint.

Original globe

We plan to draw, print, write and relive our favourite times together.

Chalk globe

Of course, I covered everything on the globe with chalkboard paint except God’s country.

Nova Scotia on globe

 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Smoothie

pumpkin spice smoothie

This morning I was a rock-star mom. Homemade bran muffins were in the oven by 6:20 and a homemade smoothie was on the table to round out breakfast. Isn’t that annoying?

Bran Muffin

My son is off breakfast at the moment, he says it makes him sick to eat that early. I have a real problem sending him off to school empty so the challenge is to find something that he’ll actually eat. I made a bran muffin recipe last night the batter of which is meant to stay in the fridge until you want fresh muffins. The recipe is from Trish Magwood’s book In My Mother’s Kitchen. This smoothie recipe has all the decadent richness of a coffee shop drink but is made without chemical flavourings. He ate both with gusto but who knows what will happen tomorrow morning.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup water

Blend and enjoy.

pumpkin spice smoothie ingredients

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