Canvas book bag – DIY iron ons

DIY iron ons www.nestinthewest.comRemember I mentioned I was part of a mug swap arranged through Instagram? Well, my ¬†swappee is an avid reader and lover of pink. I trolled her feed just a little and saw a photo of a cute book bag from Chapters. It’s caption read, “I like big books and I cannot lie”! I totally wanted to get it for my gal but time and budget held me back. Instead I made her one.
DIY iron ons www.nestinthewest.comIt’s super simple to make your own iron-on transfers at home. All you need is a printer, an iron and specialty paper made for inkjet prints. Oh, and your choice of cotton goods to spruce up. I got my supplies at Michaels (with coupons!) and whipped this up in about half an hour.

DIY iron ons www.nestinthewest.comHere’s how:

  1. Design your printable in whatever computer program you’re comfortable with. If it contains text, be sure to reverse it in the final stage before printing! Then print it.
  2. Trim any extra paper around your design. I find this makes it adhere better and softens the edges of your iron-on.
  3. Following the instructions provided with your paper, preheat your iron, use it on your plain garment to get any wrinkles out. Then place your design printed side down and iron it on.
  4. Let it cool a little and slowly peel your paper away from your garment. Voila!

DIY iron ons www.nestinthewest.comSuch a simple way to personalize bags, shirts etc. Now, these transfers are not bullet proof and won’t last forever so they’re not suited for long term wear but ideal for novelties for a family reunion, wedding party or the like. I’m really happy with how it turned out on the tote….so much so that I’ve made two more. One for myself and one for a second mug swapper. And yes, being able to print in pink is my favourite!

Gone Girl – a book review

Summer is avid-reading season for me. It seems a bit counter intuitive, like winter would be the best stay cozy-inside-and-read time, preferably with a fire and warm drink. But I love nothing more than to sit outside with a good read – at the beach, on a patio or at the park – and this summer I’ve made it through several.
Gone Girl book review www.nestinthewest.comGone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one. Now, I’m going to be intentionally vague because I don’t want to risk spoilers. The basics are this: we meet an amazing couple Nick and Amy on their fifth anniversary. Amy disappears and Nick’s reaction seems suspicious. Perhaps he’s killed her. Yet no body is discovered.

The rest is revealed through Nick’s voice and Amy’s diary. Nick is not the super nice guy he first appeared to be. His disposable phone and lack of concern raise doubts while the insight into Amy’s thoughts are downright disturbing. The distinct voices and perspectives of the main characters are this novel’s strength, along with incredible attention to detail. All is not as it seems with these two and it gets hard to determine the truth from lies, reality from daydreams. The author is a great manipulator and really tests loyalties – both the characters’ and the readers’.

Make no mistake, this is a thriller! Just when I thought I had it figured out, Flynn’s plot twists completely surprised me. I spoke to a few friends that have also read this and opinions were strong but varied. Like the story or not, the writing is brilliant! If you’re up for a fast-paced twisted mystery, give it a try. But be warned, this one is dark!

Scheduling spontaneous fun

One of the many things I love about this time of year is seeing all the school supplies roll into stores. I’m a total sucker for stationary and art supplies so I always end up buying at least one set of pencil crayons and a few new notebooks. This year I’ve been anticipating this influx even more than usual. All because I need a new daytimer.
Scheduling fun www.nestinthewest.comYup, I’m completely old school and can’t live without a hard-copy, write your life down, daytimer. It’s all part of the OCD infliction. I have to be able to see my entire week laid out or I’m lost. My BFF and I have a longstanding joke which originated when she asked me if I was making room in my little life for spontaneous fun. I told her I’d have to check my daytimer to see…so now we laugh about scheduling spontaneity!

Of course I’m so on this. Every December I buy myself a new daytimer for Christmas – such an exciting life, right!? Usually after looking at every available option, I get the Moleskin one. It has a week on one page and a blank page for notes on the facing page. Heaven for list makers! Well, this year I deviated, stepped out of my box and tried something new. Epic fail! I hate it so much I haven’t used it for months and now I feel like I’m free-falling!
Scheduling fun www.nestinthewest.comEnter school supply season and a huge selection of academic planners and all is right with the world again. I’m loving this little cutie I picked up at Chapters. It has my beloved blank page for lists and week at a glance. It’s also got a zip pocket in the back which I’ll use for coupons and cards, and bonus, it’s pink! I feel like I just got my best friend back!
Scheduling fun www.nestinthewest.comI wondered if the daytimer might be a dying breed with all the high tech options out there but there are enough in stores to suggest I’m not the only old school planner! How do you keep track – phone?, calendar?, day timer?, or do you just wing it?