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Friday
Mar222013

wrapping up spring {wreath}

Though the weather does not reflect it, spring is here and my front door will participate. Using what I had on hand (embriodery hoop & fabric scraps), I whipped up this seasonal greeting to brighten my exterior. What do you think?

It was a short work week, and now I'm off to enjoy the local vineyards with the visiting in-laws. Relaxation and merriment will be in abundance this weekend. Wishing the same for you!

Friday
Mar152013

farm fresh easter eggs

Happy Friday!

I recently had some fun decorating farm eggs. With a white paint pen, I was able to make simple yet surprisingly pretty Easter eggs.

Wouldn't you love it if all you eggs came like this? I certainly would!

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll most definitely be celebrating some Irish cheer on Saturday. How about you?

Monday
Feb182013

large stencil letter

Happy Monday once again! Here's a project I created a while back for an event.

This is a large stencil letter made from standard foamboard that measures 20"x30".
For a dramatic focal point in any room or display, this does the job well. 

And edge the letter with neon washi tape for extra interest.

If interesed in how this was made, continuing reading the next paragraph.

To create the letter, I did freehand draw the letter on the foamboard. The secret however, was to create a digital file with the same measurements to use as a guide for measuring cut lines. To be more specific, I created an Illustrator file of the same dimensions (20"x30") then used a standard sans serif font blown up to the size I liked. From there I could measure how many inches each horizontal line was from the top and also how many inches each vertical line was from the side. Using a straight edge ruler, it was easy to draw each of the line dimensions on the foamboard. The curves were a little tricky using just freehand. Also, a large cutting matt was a lifesaver when I was ready for cutting out shapes with an xacto knife.

Sorry to be MIA last week. I think I'm still in a winter slump (as I mentioned some at the beginning of January). Both my husband and I are slow with work, so I spent most of last week working on potential income streams (new Etsy products, selling stuff on Ebay, etc). We are at a standstill waiting on job/future opportunities, so it's been a struggle for us. Hoping (paid) work projects pick up and future direction come soon! Anyone been there? Where you feel your hands are tied while waiting? Any tips? Ugh, no fun.

Here's to expecting a breakthrough this week!

Thursday
Feb072013

valentine feather tag {download}

I've got a little download to share with you today. Was itching to play with a little watercolor and figured a feather tag would do the trick.

Feel free to download these feather templates and create amazing Valentine's projects with them! Perhaps a "birds of a feather" gift...or maybe "you tickle my fancy" love note? Any other ideas on what to use them for???

Wednesday
Jan232013

mason jar {polka dot} candle

This is a subtle and chic candle I made for Christmas gifts last December. Of course I created enough to have a leftover for myself (yay handmade gifts!). The idea started with this pin. I didn't like the idea of items IN the oil because they deteriorate, so I wanted to dress up the jar a bit. With dots.

To Make: Directions for glass etching polka dots can be found at How About Orange. Wicks can be purchased from Amazon, along with paraffin oil. I also added essential oil for scent, but I'm not sure the candle will actually give out odor. The candle may be just for looks and ambience (good enough for me!).

Thursday
Dec272012

glitter 2013 tutorial

Time to welcome 2013 with a little glitter!

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas! I've been off the grid enjoying family (and snow!) in Colorado and now Wyoming. Over the next week I'll try to pop in with some of the projects I've working on.

These glitter numbers are sure to dazzle if you are planning a New Year's Eve soirée—best of all, they are SUPER EASY to make. Directions below:

1. Download the template below, print, and purchase two sheets of glitter scrapbook paper (I purchased mine at Michaels).

2. Cut out the printed numbers and then trace onto the backside of the glitter sheets. Make sure to flip the numbers as shown. Then cut along your traced lines.

That's it! No mess but lots of glam. And another addition to the many ways I've been obsessing over glitter lately.

Thursday
Dec062012

a faux chalkboard

Sometimes I just feel that a chalkboard won't do. With only two items I can make a "chalkboard" of any size, with no chalk dust, and I can keep it forever. Sounds like a plan.

Foamboard + a paint marker. Both available at art supply stores or online.

I draw a general outline of each letter in pencil to get the alignment & letter sizes correct (not lopsided). This is especially necessary if you want to do an elaborate drawing like this one. No erasing mistakes with this chalkboard!

I made this one for an upcoming holiday party. Fun, right?! I think it's a great motto for the holiday season.

Monday
Dec032012

glitter creatures diy

Happy Monday! I found my new best friend—glitter spray.

It is sooo cool. I think I want to go crazy and paint the whole world in glitter. This is a legitimate coat of glitz—as if you painted glue and dumped on glitter, but SO MUCH EASIER. And if you broke something you love (vase, etc), then this offers a perfect fix. Instructions below!

1. Purchase awesomeness in a can (from a local art supply store or Amazon). Then find a creature to paint. I found these broken figurines at Goodwill for under $1.

2. Spray away! (lots of fumes btw)

3. Sparkles!

Wishing you a wonderful first week of December!

P.S. The pretty background is my craft project from the weekend, a pretty twinkle garland by P.S.- I made this... (via Kara).

Friday
Nov302012

joyeux noel bunting {easy diy}

Happy Friday! I've got a super quick & easy diy bunting. Perfect if you want to add a Christmas quote around your home.

1. The punch out stencils were purchased from Office Max ($3.89), depending on your quote you may need more than one set (I only used one). Then you'll just need a holepunch and string for the bunting.

2. Punch holes and thread your string through each of the letters.

3. Hang up your french "Merry Christmas" banner for all to see!

Quick. And. Done.

Any fun weekend plans??? Tomorrow is a Christmas craft brunch, followed by a 30th birthday party—what a fun day to look forward to! How about you, relaxing or parties on your agenda?

Monday
Nov192012

being generous on a budget

Last weekend I had the privilege of teaching at a short class that covered a slew of information ranging from why we should be generous to a crash course in budgets & finances. Making wise financial choices are probably most difficult right around this time of year. Giving should not be out of guilt, obligation, or to impress other people—being generous should bring us JOY. Not to mention our culture is not the least bit shy about pressuring us to be constant consumers and to spend spend spend (Black Friday marketing anyone?). The Advent Conspiracy sums it all up pretty well.

My content for the class was about creative gift giving. Below are tips for gifting with thoughtful intentionality & saving time + money this holiday season.

TIME & MONEY SAVERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Make a gift list & budget early // Know how many gifts and how much you want to spend. I've seen good reviews on using The Christmas List app for tracking your gifts.

Have a "B List" gift // Something small but thoughtful, for the people you want to give a little something (or perhaps you weren't originally planning to give them a gift…eep!). I love the idea of a cute coffee mug with a card saying "also included is a coffee date to be redeemed at a later time" etc. 

Make a large batch of cookie dough // Then freeze it in rolls to cut up and bake when needed. This will prevent extra trips to stores for prepared foods because you'll always have a go-to on hand.

Host baking/cooking party // Like a cookie exchange where every guest brings bulk of a dessert/appetizer and you swap. This gets you more variety at a lower cost, and they are pretty fun.

FREE GIFT IDEAS

Give something of yours you know they admire // Like a scarf or purse they complimented, something they have shown interest in. Use with caution—don't give away junk you don't want!

Give labor // Who wouldn't love a free handyman/cleaner/cook/babysitter for a few hours? Use your skills/availability to offer yours services as a gift, and maybe print off this adorable Gift of Time Certificate.

Give books you own/have read // Make a fun bookmark and even create a "reader basket" by adding some coffee/tea.

Repurpose what you have into something new // Example: turn old scrabble tiles into magnets or artwork.

CHEAP(ER) GIFTS

Tailor very specifically to the individual // Example: Buy lens cleaner, a lens scrunchie, or a pretty camera strap for someone who loves photography.

Buy bulk items // Like local wine/beer/etc, then dress it up with packaging.

Make gifts as a group // Where you provide part of the gift. Example: Make a "breakfast basket" that includes pancake mix, syrup, spoons, etc. But each person in the group only provides one ingredient.

TIPS FOR HANDMADE GIFTS

Utilize Pinterest // Use this as a search engine for ideas or packaging on every gift.

Start with supplies you own // If you have scrap wood/fabric/yarn, search for gifts using these supplies. You will keep costs down guaranteed.

Plan to spend around 3-5 hours per gift // Don't get carried away with crafts that take months to make, but also don't expect to have 20 gifts made in one evening.

Create gifts in bulk // If you make 15 of the same thing you will keep cost and time at a minimum.

Be wary of pretty photography // Make sure you don't end up with something that looks cheap/cheesy when you take away the skills of whoever photographed the tutorial.

Be wary of time intensive crafts/gifts // Think through every aspect of the supplies you need and how many steps are in the project. If possible, try to borrow tools (glue gun/hammer) so you don't have to purchase.

Craft party // Get a group together! This is more fun AND you will save when you share supplies with each other.

Now the fun part! I've spent time curating a board of OVER 60 "do-able" handmade gift ideas. There is a range of skill & style but most are projects I'd like to own myself, which I believe is key when you are giving gifts to people. 

I'd love to know tricks you've learned to help save time/money or your thoughts on making gifts rather than buying them! Any of my readers have helpful tips to share?

Image Sources: 1. Chalkboard Mug by Wit & Whistle // 2. Recipe Tea Towel by Hello Beautiful for Spoonflower // 3. Tiny Polaroid Magnets by Ambrosia Creative // 4. Mason Jar Oil Lamp (image by Napa Style, instructions by Heath Ashli) //