Easy $20 Blanket Ladder DIY


I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel.  I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools!  Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools!  I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option.  Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me ;)

2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off.  I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
Drop Cloth

2-2x4x96  $5.32
1- 1×4       $1.57
Nails         $1.30
Brushes    $3.00
Felt Pads  $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly           $8.48 (optional)

Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!


Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder.  It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy.  I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets!  I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!


Here is a side view.


The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it.  A great design element to add to any room and add some height.


Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts.  All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one ;)


Here is the video tutorial!  Hope you love it as much as I do!  Click Here if you are unable to see the video.

Mermaid Holiday Gift Box

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Hi lovely bloggy readers!

I wanted to share a really fun project my step mom and I have been working on.  First, my step mom is a really great fine artist working in mostly watercolor and printmaking.  I asked her if she would like to do a collaboration with me over the holidays.  We could do a gift box with a theme and each contribute an item or two for the box.  She loved the idea and we have had a lot of fun working on this project over the past few months.

We have currently have the nautical, mermaid theme box ready!  Feather box is on the way ;)

For $36 you get…

1 hand sewn (by me) zip pouch with a cool and modern geometric 100% cotton, organic fabric called On Point by Cloud 9. This triangular print reminded me of nautical flags. Pouch is lined with 100% grey cotton and also has interfacing to give it extra body. This fun zip pouch measures 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 and has a coordinating mint zipper


1 Mermaid collagraph print – One hand pulled collagraph (Mermaid in a Kelp Forest) on acid free, archival BFK printmaking paper, painted with professional grade watercolor and metallic pigments, mounted in a standard size 8×10 soft white archival mat board, ready for a frame made by my super talented step mom Belinda.  I love this print, it is gorgeous!  I told her to save one for me!

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1 Set of 4 watercolor postcards featuring paintings of the beach along the Southern California shoreline, Pacific coast clouds, boats hulls in dry dock, and cypress trees in Monterey. The postcards can be mailed, or framed for display. The artwork on these cards was created by Belinda as well!

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This box will arrive neatly packaged in a brown kraft box, each item individually wrapped in cello and ready to be gifted.


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Price of the box INCLUDES Priority Mail shipping to the United States. I’m sorry, we do not currently offer international shipping for this box.

If you are interested in this box, check out my etsy listing here… AND Thank You for supporting handmade!


Scirocco Easter Dress


I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend!   Last week I made Ainsley’s Easter dress, the most complicated apparel sewing that I’ve done!  I already had this great pattern and decided to go for it for Easter Sunday.  Let me just say this was so fun!  I had a blast challenging myself to make something new and different and expand my sewing skills.  It turned out beautiful and exactly what I had in mind, plus the pattern goes up to size 8/9, so she’ll have many more of these Scirocco dresses!  Here are some fun pictures!






Benefit and Bless


Today is the day I make my big announcement that I mentioned here.  I have decided to re-brand my etsy shop.  I Heart Stitching is fine, but it doesn’t give you a sense of who I am or what I am about.  It’s my YouTube channel name and has to stay that way, but I wasn’t feeling it so much for my etsy shop name.  While my stepmom was here last week I came up with this idea and it was a bit of an “a ha” moment for me.  It makes so much more sense.

As I was thinking through my story and why I love to sew and create things, it came down to this… I want to benefit and bless my family and my friends with the talent, curiosity and drive God has given me to help and encourage in whatever way I can.  Benefit and Bless.  So Benefit and Bless is the new title of my etsy shop!  It’s me and it’s real.  I really hope that the things I make, the videos I put out there, the gifts I give are all a benefit and blessing to you all.  I fear I am giving you too many names to follow or remember, but I’m kind of OK with it at this point because it feels right.




Benefit and Bless currently has 4 lines.



Bloom: Quilted baby loveys made with high quality quilting cottons and soft and cuddly minky on the back.



Bring: Fun and stylish zip pouches and clutches



Bling: Flower Cabochon Rings (currently sold out – more added this weekend)

BrightlogoToday I am also debuting the Bright collection, I have 4 beautiful 100% organic quilted loveys in the shop and ready for sale.





Bright: 100% organic quilted baby loveys.  Everything from the cotton fabric, flannel backing, batting and even thread is all 100% organic.

For the next week, you can enter the code benefitandbless for 10% off.

To better Benefit and Bless, 5% of monthly proceeds will go to a charity.  For the next few months I have chosen Operation Freedom Paws.  This is a service that pairs Veterans with severe PTSD and service dogs and then helps the Veteran train the dog to meet their specific needs.  Mary Cortani was in the top 10 for CNN Hero of the Year in 2012.

Wow, that was a lot!  Thank you all for going on the journey with me.  I really appreciate all the support!



New Tutorial! Sew an Envelope Pillow Cover!


Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I have a new tutorial up on my YouTube Channel!  The tutorial shows you step by step how to make an envelope pillow cover.  This project is perfect for a beginner and doesn’t use a ton of fabric.  Plus it is waaaay less expensive than buy decorative pillows and really quick!  Take a looksy!


Isn’t this fabric super fun!  Here is where you can get it ;)

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Christmas Clutches


Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  All the family has gone back home, and I am feeling better (I got sick over Christmas) so I am getting the house clean, putting Christmas decorations away and getting caught up on daily tasks.  And getting back to blogging and making stuff!  I made several foldover clutches for ladies in my life and now that they have recieved them, I can share them with you!

This is a great pattern by LBG Studio.

I really wanted to use the leather accent shown in the pattern and the metal zipper to make it look more professional.  I bought some black ostrich fake leather (vinyl), the metal zippers, and fabric I thought the girls would like.  This clutch above I put a fun lining because I thought my recipient would appreciate it ;).  The others have a canvas zebra print to add some sturdiness.

Here are most of the clutches I made… 1 had already been mailed out.  I did not have a ton of experience making bags, so this was really good for me.  I feel like I got some good practice with my zipper skills and sewing with non-cotton (thank you teflon foot) and some experience with interfacing.  I am looking forward to making some more!  And some more bag like things, like an ipad cover and maybe even a duffle bag.  I’ve been eyeing the new Barij Holiday in London duffle ;).