Keep Calm and Craft On Last night was the first time a few friends and I got together to do our first official craft night. What to say? First off the evening began a little late, so in order to stay awake during this two hour event some sort of delicious dessert had to be served! We enjoyed Lemon Bars, Sheet Cake and coffee. So far, so good. Then there was the craft! Let’s just say, the first ten to fifteen minutes of starting our project, we began to detect a slight problem. Our fingers and wrists were getting sore pretty bad. So, warning to any of you that are thinking about doing pinhole artwork: be prepared to have some sore fingers the next day! All in all, it was a blast and we laughed at one another in our weaknesses. Not to mention, the outcome of some of our artwork. The good news is, the project turned out great and some of the girls are going to make a few more to frame at home. I am looking forward to Craft Night in October, it’s the perfect time to catch up with your good friends, eat some treats and try something new and creative! Thanks girls for such a good time, more funny memories and sharing your creative side!  Instructions to this project can be found here!  These girls are amazing and I cannot wait for next month! ...

Trying something new This week I was looking for some cute craft supplies and my eye caught something exciting. I found this handmade embroidery kit, which included all the needed supplies: thread, needle, fabric, and directions. The design is a simple sparrow and I can’t wait to finish. The only thing is, it takes a lot of patients and a lot of free time. This  shouldn’t be a problem, especially when you are always wanting to try new things and grow as a crafter.  On another note, I found this really cool jar at a thrift store. I’m not too sure what I want to do with it yet, but for now it holds some of my collection of buttons.  I’m looking forward to the long weekend, I have a few things planned and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Better yet, show you! Enjoy your extra time off! ...

Craft Night It’s official! This month marks our first girls craft night! I’ve been looking forward to this all summer. My head is full of  ideas and open to any suggestions from the girls. I’m blessed to have a good group of friends who share in the same hobbies. I think this will be so much more than a night of crafts, but encouragement and support for one another. I will be sure to document our new adventures! ...

A little something extra I’ve been kind of liking jars a lot lately. I don’t really know why, but when I see one that jumps out at me I grab it! While on one of our little thrift adventures we saw this neatly shaped jar and decided to add a little something extra to it! It was such an easy project, I think we might make a few more of these.  Simply paint the lid any color you want. Once the lid is completely dry, just place a drawer pull (knob) in the center of the lid. There are so many cool drawer pulls to choose from, so you can have a lot of fun with this. We got this particular one from Anthropolie, since they have SO many to choose from. My husband chose this vintage faceted glass knob. Not bad for a little DIY test drive! Whatever you use your jar for, it’s sure to be cute!  Here are a few others I thought would look fun! ...
Finds, finds, finds!

Finds, finds, finds!

Finds, finds, finds!   My husband is just as obsessed with thrifty finds as I am! It’s refreshing to have him along with me when I am on the hunt for something original and unique because he gets it. He isn’t grossed out by the mossy, damp smell of an antique store or afraid to dig through a pile of old “junk”. I guess that’s why he is more than the man I married, he is my best friend and has a lot of the same taste as I do.  He is also a lot more handy when it comes to fixing things up and does an amazing makeover to the old and beat up. Today after work, I walked in and he had a few surprises awaiting me! Best part about his surprise, it cost him no more than $10. Things like this just make my day: He spotted this old record player at a yard sale. I love it! He and I have been tossing ideas about projects we want to do together. We’ve been talking for a while about the popular cake holders you see almost everywhere now. He has been keeping his eyes open for retro plates and decided to make a few today. I was so excited, I was already trying to figure out where to put them! Sometimes it scares me when he can read my mind! I’ve been wanting a retro piece in our kitchen. Something original and cute! I can’t believe he found this adorable owl: he is cute, cuddly, red and retro!  I love the little things you find that make your...

DIY project One: September This perfect, yet simple project comes from Brenna Berger at paper + ink. She shares her amazing custom invitation designs on her blog (and wouldn’t that be such a fun job!).  Paper is the most clever and cheap way to exercise all sorts of wonderful ideas. I’m a fan of simple and I like how this project gives off a very modern feel. Not to mention, white is such a fantastic color for keeping any room classy and clean. More photos to follow once the girls and I pull off our first craft night! For now, here is a little peek to show what the end of this project should look like....

DIY Ever since the Renegade Craft Fair, I’ve been itching to do some sort of project. Not too long ago I was browsing design sponge and I spotted what looked to be an easy DIY project! Unfortunately, I didn’t find any instructions on how to go about doing this task so I decided to wing it. I’ve been looking for something fun and original to fill this empty wall in our master bedroom. I thought I would try this out and see how it turned out. If it was a flop, at least I tried! ::Materials:: Circular Wooden Embroidery Hoops: your choice as to how many and what sizeVarious patterns of fabric: your choice of color and design. Just remember too much is better than not enough. Fabric scissorsIron: this is optional, but I like to iron out my fabric before projects, wrinkles are the worst. ::Directions:: Step 1 Iron out your fabric and make sure all the fine wrinkles are no longer visible Step 2 Unscrew first hoop and seperate the inner/outer hoop. Step 3 Place fabric in between both hoops and push smaller hoop back into the larger hoop. Step 4 Pull fabric tightly through both hoops and slowly tighten screw on the outer hoop. Make sure the fabric is as tight and secure as possible. Step 5 Fasten screw as much as it will allow and cut excess fabric along the sides of the hoop.  Step 6 Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each of your hoops Now you’re ready to hang your easy and fun DIY project! Suddenly, that itch is no longer there…for now anyway! ...

Sewing notions display art I found this diy project and thought it was really cute! Plus, I’m up for anything funky and unique. I have a lot of left over fabric and buttons from past projects that seem to be collecting dust these days. So, a project like this was perfect for just that. In our living room on our wall we have 3 generic Ikea pictures of Paris. At the time, I loved them and we enjoyed them. Now, it seems like you could find those 3 exact pictures in every other persons home. I wanted something that you can’t just find in a store, I wanted something that was different. And the only way you’re gonna get something different is if you put effort into it. So, here it is! Hope you feel inspired to find the courage to work on a project that will leave your home feeling fun, fresh and a bit quirky! Materials & Tools: 8×10 Frames (glass removed) Cardstock Printer & Ink Needle & Thread or thin wire X-Acto Cutting mat & ruler Scotch- Tape Swatches of materials/ notions Step 1: Print Templates onto 8.5×11 card stock (color of your choice). Using x-acto and cutting mat- cut print-out to size. Step 2: For the ribbon swatches, use x-acto to cut two opposing sides of each diamond skipping every other row of diamonds. I also sliced the diamonds in alternating directions for more variety in texture. For the button chart, find & mark center of circles, then poke holes using your needle, where button attaches. Step 3: Slide ribbons into slots, and sew buttons into place....

A little project I love the ideas some people come up with! I feel inspired and excited to start new projects to make my home look a little more unique! This is one I found while reading a blog I LOVE! The instructions are easy…this is something I’m going to be working on myself! I can’t wait…. What you’ll need: – a large pile of heavy books, including a phonebook or something similar – frames – several fronds from ferns or other flat leafed plants – rubber cement – decorative paper, like pretty old kraft paper 1. Locate and clip a few different varieties of fern fronds or other flat leafed plants. These can be from your garden or something found growing in between the sidewalk cracks, doesn’t matter! 2. When you’ve clipped your ferns, hold them up against the background of your frame and trim the bottoms, stripping some of the leaves to fit if necessary. You can also decide on the basic layout of your specimens. Should they curl to the right or left? Up and down? 3. Each frond will need to be pressed dry for a week inside the pages of a heavy phone book or encyclopedia. Warning- now is not the time get out your lovely Taschen art book collection, this process will leave your pages bumpy so it’s best to use a book you don’t mind getting a little messy! Once your specimens are in between a page of their own, place several heavy books on top of them and leave alone for a week. 4. Just a few small dabs of rubber...

Crafts, art and fun….Oh my!  I came across this on Etsy.com. Let me just say that I am SO excited for this! It’s a two day event packed full of craft workshops, over 250 artists to check out and live music! I think I’m gonna have to find myself a Polaroid to snap shots of all the fabulous ideas I might discover. Not to mention, a fork lift to haul all the things I might end up buying! If you are a lover of handmade treasures: I’m talking  clothing, housewares, posters, prints, plush items, ceramics, jewelry, stationery and a trillion more, you gotta check this out! ...
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