Make This! DIY Coffee Sleeve | Video Tutorial

Feeling a little crafty this Valentine's Day? Follow along with our tutorial and learn how to make an adorable coffee sleeve for the coffee lover in your life!

You'll Need: Cardboard Sleeve, Felt, Marker, Scissors, Needle, Embroidery Thread

  1. Start by tracing the cardboard sleeve onto the felt (you can make three sleeves out of one piece of felt if you space them evenly). Cut out the traced sleeve portion.
  2. Using the other piece of felt, you can cut a square, fold it in half, then cut a half heart shape to end up with a symmetrical heart.
  3. Grab your needle and thread and start with about 2-3 feet of thread. Thread your needle at one end of the thread and tie a double knot at the other end. Start sewing from the back of the sleeve and continue sewing around the heart, going up through the heart and down through just the backing piece. Finish on the backside by making a shallow stitch and knot, then repeating this for a double knot, then trimming any excess thread.
  4. Cut another length of thread around 3-4 feet, then thread the needle and tie a double knot at the opposite end. Start again on the backside of the sleeve, this time sewing in a circular motion around the edge of the sleeve. Once you've made it around all of the edges, make a shallow stitch on the backside and knot, then repeat, trimming away any excess thread.
  5. Flip the sleeve over and using the cardboard sleeve as a guide, lightly mark where the sleeve will overlap. Create your loop, making sure that the edges line up and that it is slightly wider at the top. Cut about 2 feet of thread, thread the needle and double knot the opposite end. Stitch through the overlapping portions of the sleeve, going up and then down, making a series of "x" patterns as you go. This will provide strength to your coffee sleeve! Finish off the stitch as before, on the inside with a double knot, trimming away excess thread.
  6. Slide onto a cup of coffee and enjoy! 
     

Crafty Holiday Gift Guide (aka: All the Things on My List!)

Still have some last minute shopping to do for those crafty people in your life? Here are a few things that I have on my own list that I know your creative friends will jump up and down for! Be the fantastic elf in their lives and show them you love their DIY style with one (or two) of these gifts for crafty betches!

1. Mad Crafty Yo Keychain - RiverValleyJewelry - $24

3. DIY or Die Patch - MyApronObsession - $5

4. Metal Stamping Kit - Amazon - $70

5. Crafty Pin of Doom - IAmKnitPunk - $8

7. Craft Hoarder Patch - Zellya Designs - $6

8. Singer Sewing Machine Enamel Pin - FickleCraftroom - $9

9. DIY til I Die Glue Gun Enamel Pin - rebeccamarquez - $8

10. Essential Colors Glitter Set - Martha Stewart Crafts - Amazon - $20

On Mondays, we party!

I'm a little late on the Trailer Tuesday front - but I've been trying to recover for the last few days! In addition to the Kickstart the Craft Cruiser Party on Monday, I also taught 5 other classes this past week, all while trying to fight off a cold! So, a bit of sleep was in order!! :)

I can not thank everyone who came out to the Kickstart the Craft Cruiser party enough! It means the world to me to have support from so many wonderful people! I can't wait to get the Cruiser up and running and show it off to the world! 

I'll keep it short and sweet this week and just give you a party recap in photos! Be on the lookout for next Tuesday's post with more trailer updates!

 Photo courtesy of  Birch Collective .

Photo courtesy of Birch Collective.

 Photo courtesy of Amy Knox.

Photo courtesy of Amy Knox.

 Check out those tail lights! :)

Check out those tail lights! :)

Getting close to party time!

So, I am in another period of waiting for parts to come in before we can get back to work on the trailer! 

There's a lot to do to get ready for the Kickstart the Craft Cruiser Party though, so it's kind of a good thing! I am getting so excited for our party! There's going to be so much crafty fun! As a surprise, we are opening up a select number of 1 craft tickets! Choose the Crown Town Nail & String, the Terrific Terrarium, or the Panthers Pride Necklace. You will also get one beer ticket with your craft ticket.

Don't forget that our friends who choose the 2-craft option get a beer ticket, swag bag filled with lots of goodies, and we're even throwing in a raffle ticket! (Those who get the 3-craft option also get all these goodies!)

I'm starting to put together the raffle prizes, and man, are there some good ones! Check out this prize pack filled with goodness!

 In LOVE with the glitter frame from  Dearborn Drive !

In LOVE with the glitter frame from Dearborn Drive!

Will we see you on the 26th? We hope you'll come out, check out the cruiser, and have a fantastic time!! Thanks for supporting us and our gypsy dream! Get your tickets here!

The Window at the Tail

We ended up making a good chunk of progress this week on the Craft Cruiser! I'm so excited with how it's coming along! 

On Friday, I ended up going to the local estate sale warehouse and got a couple pieces of furniture to put inside the cruiser as workspace and display! They will get full head to toe makeovers, but check them out!

 This is from the warehouse where it's still covered with lots of other goodies for sale!

This is from the warehouse where it's still covered with lots of other goodies for sale!

 I'm dreaming of what this is going to look like in chalk paint!

I'm dreaming of what this is going to look like in chalk paint!

We got the back window taken out, which really needed to be done since it was leaking! Once the window was out, we could replace all the rotten framing that had gone bad from the leak. To replace all the rotten boards, we got a KREG Pocket Jig that has allowed us to tie new pieces into old pieces without having screws or nails sticking out. If you are redoing a trailer, I highly recommend it! (We just got the mini version and it's been great.)

 This shows you some of the rot in the wood around the window that had to be replaced.

This shows you some of the rot in the wood around the window that had to be replaced.

 Yay! New framing!

Yay! New framing!

At some point in Vera's life, this back window started leaking and whoever had it at the time did the best they could to fix it. That being said, please, please, please, NEVER EVER EVER use spray foam insulation, roofing nails, and silicone caulking to fix it. It doesn't fix it.

Just to show you what I was dealing with...

 You can see some of the silicone caulking hanging around the edges.

You can see some of the silicone caulking hanging around the edges.

 Here's where they used roofing nails. (WHYYYY???)

Here's where they used roofing nails. (WHYYYY???)

 Look at all that spray foam and silicone caulk!

Look at all that spray foam and silicone caulk!

Once I had the window out, I realized that the gasket holding the glass into the frame was decaying, so I went ahead and took it out before realizing that no one but the vintage trailer supply carries this type of gasket (at least not in my area). I went ahead and polished the frame anyway so that it would be ready when the gasket comes in. For this project I used Mothers Aluminum polish. Look at the difference a little elbow grease can make! 

That's about as far as we've gotten this week. I was hoping to have the rear window back in, but that will have to wait until the new gasket comes in. For now, we've patched up the window with some leftover lauan wood. 

I did start playing around with the color scheme though. Here's what I'm thinking so far, but let me know what you think in the comments! 

Short and sweet...

What a week y'all! We've had five classes in the last week and are still reeling from all the excitement (and prep and cleanup)! Honestly, we didn't get much done on the trailer restoration this week. We were hoping to start on the windows this weekend, but with all the rain we are supposed to get, it's not looking likely! I guess this is what happens when life and the weather get involved.

I did want to give you a peek at the taillights I've been talking about so much! They are a special Bergman wedding cake style light that perfectly replace the originals that were all rusted out.

Installing them has become a little more difficult with the weather lately, simply because it will be easier to install the new wood blocking at the same time as the other framing that needs replacing in the back - however, we can't replace all of it without taking out the back window, and we can't take out the back window until we have a day that it doesn't rain. (Which if you live in North Carolina in the summer, you know is almost impossible with all the summer storms!)

We also picked up the t-shirts this week for our Kickstart the Craft Cruiser party! They are so incredibly soft. Yes, I've already been wearing mine around the house! 

That's it for this week - a little light, but hopefully there will be some good updates next Tuesday if we can get a few days without rain! Thanks for following and I can't wait to see you at the Cruiser party on 9/26!

Getting ready for Cruisin'!

I took a little break this week with physical work on the cruiser and instead spent time trying to pick out finishes, decide on a layout, and plan out the mechanicals! It's important to know where everything is going to end up so that we can build up the structure to make sure it will support the end product!

I've also spent time planning our Kickstart the Craft Cruiser party on 9/26 at NoDa Brewing Company! I am so extremely excited for this awesome night of crafting, craft beer, shopping, and fun! 

The star of the night will be the crafts! We are bringing out some of our most popular crafts and adding a new fun craft to the mix! The base donation of $55 includes your choice of two of the three crafts, a beer ticket, a swag bag, snacks, and more! You can choose from our Crown Town Nail & String, our Terrific Terrariums, or our new BoHo Bead & Tassel Panthers necklace! If you love all three and can't decide, add the extra craft when you check out!

We will also have our new tshirts for sale! I am stoked to wear mine the night of the craft party! They are so soft y'all. It's the perfect tee for crafting in (and telling others how crafty you are)! You can purchase yours ahead of time and pick up at the craft party, or we will have them for sale on-site! Check them out!

You'll be able to check out a finished camper the night of the party as well! Britt with CLT Boutique will be bringing out her boutique glamper and all of her Charlotte themed tees & tanks, fun tea towels & koozies, and handmade jewelry! I'm so excited to be joining Charlotte's mobile pop-up shop community! She's redone her camper from the floor up, so she knows what it takes to build up a shop from scratch! She has been so sweet with answering all my questions and letting me poke around getting ideas! Check out her beauty! (Tip: you can find her this weekend at the Southern Women's Show - go check it out!)

 via www.facebook.com/CLTBoutique

via www.facebook.com/CLTBoutique

That's it for now! The new taillights finally came in, so stay tuned! We will be getting those installed this week! For more info or to get your tickets for our Kickstart the Craft Cruiser party, check out our Craft Cruiser page! 

All lit up!

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to share the progress we've been making on our Craft Cruiser this week! My parents came down and helped us out with some projects on the trailer.

After removing all the interior paneling and cabinets, we had found a small leak in the seams of the roof. This week we ended up replacing the old roof vent with a skylight and went ahead and caulked the seams with a special roof sealant. In order to install the skylight, we added some new wood blocking as well. 

If you read our first trailer post, you'll remember that we towed our Shasta home with no brake lights! (Whoops!) We went ahead and ran all new wiring for the exterior lights, as well as replaced all the marker lights with new retro tear-drop style ones! 

In order to install the new lights securely, we went ahead and added additional blocking for structural support and a secure mounting block.

I had to order new taillights from a specialty vintage trailer supply, so we will install those as soon as they come in! Next on the list is completely sealing the roof with a paint-on roof finish and removing the windows so that we can replace the blocking around them and polish them up!

Stay with us each week for updates on our progress and don't forget to sign up for our Kickstart the Craft Cruiser Party, where you can join in on the crafty fun and help support our restoration!