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DIY Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bags

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

A couple weeks ago, during Earth Day weekend, I went around Venice and snapped some photos of the landscape, greenery, and of course the sunny blue sky. Today I’m sharing how I took the photos from my iPhone and turned them into colorful, reusable DIY gifts.

After snapping some photos, I edited them using my two favorite editing apps (Snapseed and A Color Story), then I air dropped them over to my computer and headed straight to Snapfish. I selected the Everyday Canvas Tote and in just a few clicks my photos were on the bags. To make my Venice canal photo feel more like a postcard, I used the text tool to add the word, “Venice” to my design. A few days later, my custom printed canvas tote bags arrived!

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Although really cute on their own, I took the colorful totes and added a little texture to them by embellishing them with simple embroidery. This is a fun way to create a completely one-of-a-kind gift for your friends. If you want to create your own embroidered custom photo totes, check out the info below.

DIY Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bag

Supplies

Everyday Canvas Tote
Embroidery floss
Needle
Scissors
Pencil

If you're new to embroidery here are 3 basic stitches to learn.

3 basic embroidery stitches

If you’re new to embroidery (I am!) here are 3 basic stitches that I used to embellish my gifts.

running stitch

This is the stitch I used to create the paper airplane trail. It’s probably the stitch you already know but didn’t know it had a name. Starting from the inside of the bag, push the needle through the fabric and then back into the fabric. It’s the classic over-under stitch.

backstitch

This is the stitch I used to create the word, “hola” and outline the paper airplane. This is similar to the running stitch except there are no gaps between stitches. To do this, start from the inside of the bag and sew one running stitch. Then, from the back, push the needle through the fabric, the about one stitch length from your last stitch. Then push the needle back down into the fabric close to the end of your first stitch.

French knot

My favorite stitch (probably because it resembles a polka dot)! There are a few ways to create French knots but the easiest way I found is by simply wrapping the thread twice around your needle and then inserting it back into the fabric, right next to where the needle came up through the fabric. Pull the thread tight as you do this to create tidy, even sized knots.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

A canvas tote makes a great anytime gift because there are so many ways it can be used. Not to mention reusable gifts are always good for the earth! Below are my favorite ways to use and gift the totes.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

take it on a picnic

Grab your picnic blanket, plates, cutlery, napkins and your favorite treats and you’re all set for a fun spring picnic. Create a tote with a photo of your friend’s favorite destination on it and gift it with all the picnic essentials. Don’t forget mini bottles of wine or a reusable tumbler.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Take it to the beach

Grab your sunnies, floppy hat, and beach towel because a fun tote makes the perfect beach or pool accessory. Snap a photo of the ocean, life guard stand or some palm trees and gift this tote with summer-time essentials. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Get 60% off on Snapfish!

Yes, you read that right! You can make your own embroidered everyday totes with your favorite photos for 60% off. You can also get 60% off their photo travel tumbler too so you can get DIYing your own photo gifts today!

Enter the code SARAHHEARTS at checkout to get 60% off!

This post was created in partnership with Snapfish

Home Garden Refresh with Miracle-Gro

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

Miracle-Gro soil is now available on Amazon Prime. Just add water and it expands 3x in volume.

Spring is here and just about everything is blooming in Los Angeles. From bright pink bougainvillea to yellow succulents and orange poppies. Thanks to the great SoCal climate we can plant things year-round but it’s spring time, when the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer, that makes me want to refresh the greenery both inside and outside our home. This spring, I’m focusing on the outside. I’m updating the front porch of our little rental bungalow with a few rental-friendly fixes and Miracle-Gro.

Miracle-Gro soil is now available on Amazon Prime. Just add water and it expands 3x in volume.

Did you know you can buy planting soil online?

Yep, it’s true! I’m a little too embarrassed to admit how many times I order from Amazon Prime each week but let’s just say, I’m on a first name basis with the mailman. If you’re an Amazon fan too, you can now add Expand ‘n Gro planting mix to your cart and skip a trip to the hardware store. Expand ‘n Gro is a new concentrated planting mix that’s only available on Amazon that arrives in a super light box. This small bag of premium soil packs a big punch—it expands up to 3x in volume when water is added. And the smaller bag also means it’s easier to store and move around the yard.

Miracle-Gro soil is now available on Amazon Prime. Just add water and it expands 3x in volume.

For our front porch refresh, I’ll be adding three new containers/planters. I plan on using hearty drought-tolerant plants like succulents since we get so little rain here. But the Expand ‘n Gro can be used to also plant flowers, veggies, and herbs in containers, raised beds, and in the ground. If you plan on using it with a container, just make sure there is proper drainage before you fill it up with the planting mix.

Miracle-Gro soil is now available on Amazon Prime. Just add water and it expands 3x in volume.

The Expand ‘n Gro holds 50% more water than ordinary potting soil which is a good because let’s be honest, sometimes we all forget to water our plants. It also has nutrients in the soil to feed plants for up to 6 months. So your new plant babies get a healthy start.

Miracle-Gro soil is now available on Amazon Prime. Just add water and it expands 3x in volume.

paint dipped garden tools

What part of your home would you makeover with plants? Check back next week to see how I use the supplies shown above to refresh our front porch!

This post was created in partnership with Miracle-Gro and IZEA.

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DIY 4th of July Patriotic Napkin Wreath

Use printed paper napkins to create a festive red white and blue wreath for the 4th of July! (Click through to watch the video tutorial)

Hit the brakes before you say, “red, white and blue already?!”

I’m over on the Oriental Trading Blog sharing a fun video tutorial on how to make this super easy red, white and blue wreath. Because summer (and Memorial Day and the 4th of July) will be here before we know it. So go check it out!

Use printed paper napkins to create a festive red white and blue wreath for the 4th of July! (Click through to watch the video tutorial)

Can you guess what common party supply I used to make this patriotic wreath? Watch the video to see if you’re right!

Use printed paper napkins to create a festive red white and blue wreath for the 4th of July! (Click through to watch the video tutorial)

DIY Removable Tassel Pom Pom Shoe Charms

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

As soon as I spotted these shoes, I started dreaming up a way to DIY my own pair. I’m absolutely loving the tassel trend and I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of pom poms, so adding both to shoes seemed like the obvious choice. I made these removable tassel pom pom shoe charms so you can just slip them on your shoes when you want to add a pop of color (and a whole lot of flair) to your outfit.

Not only are the Kate Spade shoes crazy expensive but I could never wear them. As you might not know, I have severe chronic foot pain. This means that I am limited to only wearing shoes from 3-4 different brands. So whenever I spot a new style that’s ultra-supportive and stylish, I order them asap (hello Zappos next day shipping). This DIY was made specifically for my new favorite heels, but you could easily adjust the measurements to fit your own shoes.

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

DIY Removable Tassel Pom Pom Shoe Charms

Supplies

8 – 3.5″ silk tassels
8 – 1″ pom poms
Small piece of faux leather vinyl, any color
¼” wide elastic
Needle
Thread
Scissors
Optional: rotary cutercutting mat, and ruler
Comfy of sandal heels

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

Directions

  1. Cut out 2 circles, each 1.25″ in diameter, out of the faux leather vinyl. If you don’t still have a compass from middle school geometry class, you can trace the shape of a bottle cap or a foam pouncer like I did. Cut 2 pieces of elastic long enough to wrap around the top band of your shoes. If you’re making shoe charms for the same shoes, cut each piece of elastic 2¼” long.
  2. Hand sew the elastic in a loop onto the back side of each of the round pieces of vinyl.
  3. One at a time, hand sew each tassel along the bottom edge of the vinyl circle. Make sure that the elastic is vertical while you do this. This will ensure that the tassels will drape down and not sideways once on your shoes. Repeat with the other shoe charm.
  4. One at a time, hand sew each pom pom onto the vinyl circle. I found the pom poms looked best when sewn tightly onto the vinyl base. To do this, place the needle through each pom pom rather than through the pre-made loop on each pom pom. Repeat with the other shoe charm.
  5. Once you’re done sewing all the tassels and pom poms, slide the shoe charms onto each shoe and try on the shoes. If you like the length of the tassels, then you’re done! If you want them a little shorter, use a rotary cutter with a ruler and cutting mat to carefully trim each tassel until they are as short as you like. I trimmed mine about ½” total, starting with only ¼” each at first until they were short enough to not overlap the bottom sandal strap.

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

The photo above is proof that I’m not a seamstress. But all those crazy stitches sure get the job done. Don’t stress about it looking pretty on the back, your shoes will over all that up.

Also, since the pom poms and tassels cover up the entire faux leather vinyl circle, it doesn’t matter what color material you use. If you don’t have any vinyl scraps you could also use felt or another woven material that doesn’t fray.

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

Would you rock colorful statement shoe charms on your sandals this summer? If you’re not feeling bold enough to wear a rainbow of color, these would also be gorgeous in an ombre of neutrals color or even in one solid color.

I cannot wait to wear mine this weekend!

Learn how to make removable tassel and pom pom shoe charms!

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4 Easy Snack Recipes to Celebrate Best Friends Day

Celebrate Best Friends Day with these easy snack recipes based on classic food combos like chocolate and peanut butter and tomato soup and grilled cheese!

Whenever you’re with your besties it may seem like a holiday but did you know there’s an actual holiday dedicated to best friends? Yep, that’s right—June 8th is National Best Friends Day and it’s the perfect time to let your BFFs know just how much you appreciate their friendship!

I’ve partnered with RITZ Crackers to create 4 super easy snack recipes that are based on classic food combinations. Because you and your friends go together like peas and carrots—or like easy entertaining recipes and RITZ Crackers.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with these easy snack recipes based on classic food combos like chocolate and peanut butter and tomato soup and grilled cheese!

As a little girl, I remember visiting my grandmother and chatting up a storm while she unwrapped RITZ Crackers. I of course would quickly eat them while my grandmother meticulously removed a half dozen from the sleeve and placed them in a row before eating them. Now, whenever I eat RITZ Crackers, I’m always reminded of my grandmother and of our friendship.

The buttery flavor of the RITZ Crackers make the perfect base for both sweet and savory snacks. So whether your friendship is more like peaches and cream or tomato soup and grilled cheese I’ve got a simple recipe below for you and your friends.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with this easy snack recipes based food BFFs peas and carrots!

Herbed pea & carrot bites

  1. In a medium saucepan combine 1 bag (16 oz.) of frozen peas, 2 cloves of peeled garlic, ½ cup parsley leaves, 1½ cups water. Bring to a boil and cook until peas are tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Drain the cooked peas and transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the peas are mashed. Add 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped chives, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse again until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate the herbed pea mixture until ready to serve.
  3. Top RITZ Crackers each with 1 teaspoon of the herbed pea mixture and garnish with carrot matchsticks.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with this easy snack recipes based food BFFs tomato soup and grilled cheese!

Roasted Tomato Jam & Sharped Cheddar Bites

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine 1 pound halved grape tomatoes, ¼ teaspoon coarse salt, ¼ teaspoon sugar, ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and ½ tablespoon garlic olive oil. Toss to combine the coat the tomatoes with the dressing mixture.
  2. Line a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with aluminum foil. Place the tomato mixture in the foil lined dish and bake covered with foil at 350° F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and roast another 30 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow them to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the tomato mixture and place the tomatoes (without the liquid) in a food processor. Add ¼ cup parsley leaves and ½ tablespoon garlic olive oil. Pulse until the mixture is blended. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. Just before serving top RITZ Crackers with a teaspoon of the roasted tomato jam and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with this easy snack recipes based food BFFs peaches and cream!

Peach & Sweet Cream Bites

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl combine 1 package (8 oz.) softened cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup powdered sugar. Blend until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Top RITZ Crackers with a heaping teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture and a peach slice. Enjoy immediately.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with this easy snack recipes based food BFFs peanut butter and dark chocolate!

Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Bites

  1. Top a RITZ Cracker with a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter. Place another RITZ Cracker on top to create a mini sandwich.
  2. Melt fondue dark chocolate according to the directions on the package. Dip one half of the mini peanut butter sandwiches in the melted dark chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with a non-stick silicone baking mat. Place the entire tray in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.

Celebrate Best Friends Day with these easy snack recipes based on classic food combos like chocolate and peanut butter and tomato soup and grilled cheese!

Whether you prefer sweet or savory, you and your best friends will enjoy making (and of course eating) these tasty snacks!

I know you’ve got the stuff to make a fun RITZ snack, comment below and tell me what you would make for your best friends! And check out the new Ritz “You’ve got the Stuff” commercial here!

Celebrate Best Friends Day with these easy snack recipes based on classic food combos like chocolate and peanut butter and tomato soup and grilled cheese!

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