DIY: Leather ipad case or clutch

June 14, 2012

I have been searching high and low for the perfect yellow clutch for summer, and when I was at the fabric store, I found the exact color I would dream it should be. With a half yard of leatherette fabric, I made it a size that would also work as an ipad case. I hope you can use this DIY and customize it to the color you like, and maybe even gift one to a friend:)
1/4-1/2 yard of leather or faux leather (mine cost $7)
Matching thread & Needle
Magnetic snap (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Super glue or glue gun
1) If you are making an ipad case, it would be best to make sure your measurements are an inch wider on all sides. (I cut my fabric approx. 12 inches wide and measured the length 18 inches long total to fold in half + 5 inches for the flap.) Cut your shape, and use a ruler to make sure your flap will fold over half way.
2) Hand stitch or sew along both sides of your piece and trip anywhere necessary.
3) Cut small slits where you would like to insert your magnetic snap fasteners on clutch and underneath flap. I cut a small triangle to insert top clasp and glued to the top flap so there would be no prongs showing on the front. 
4) Insert your magnetic clasps and fold down prongs with pliers.
It actually took about 25 minutes to make this DIY ipad case & clutch I will be using all summer long:) Please let me know if you have any questions!

*arrow brushes via Creature Comforts

21 Dates of Summer

June 13, 2012

My husband Gabe and I were talking over the weekend about all the things we wanted to do this summer. Little things and big things. Outdoors and indoors. So instead of talking about it and maybe only doing a quarter of it, we decided to make it a challenge. 21 dates of summer. This challenge is going to stretch all the way till Labor Day weekend (I am all for making summer as long as possible). Since he is a teacher, the summer gives us more time to spend together. I can’t tell you enough how valuable it is to even get a few hours alone together now that we have little ones (I am sure you mamas can relate!). We really try to set aside the time each week for just us, since it helps keep our marriage strong, and in turn, helps us to be better spouses and parents. We will share the fun adventures we have here on IHOD, and hope you will follow along! Maybe it can provide some fun ideas to do with your lovah. ;)….
Date 1: Tennis. When we first started dating, Gabe found out that I loved to play tennis, so despite the fact that he had only played a few times in his life (he is more of a rugby guy), he showed lots of interest in learning. He wanted to find out ways to spend time with me that I enjoyed. One of the first signs I knew he was a keeper. Tennis continues to be a fun thing we enjoy and don’t get to do often, so we called our lovely sitter and snuck out for tennis and post-match smoothies:)
Date 2: Farmer’s Markets. (Gabe on the far left getting our brown bag full of peaches that are nothing but a memory now..) There are some pretty amazing farmers markets around Atlanta. We wanted to explore a few new ones. Lucky for us, this spot had the best peaches I had the grace of gobbling tasting. 

(Market tote via Fabric & Handle)
What are some of your summer date ideas? We would love to hear!!
P.S. $100 Gift set giveaway for the men in your life on the facebook page today. Head on over!

Earning Gift Cards through

June 12, 2012

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P.S. We have a winner for the Stitched + Adorned Giveaway! #99, Danielle! Congrats! If you did not win, remember you can use your discount with code IHOD10 for 10% off your order:)

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