Yesterday my stamped canvas pouch tutorial was shared on the always-inspiring Dear Lizzy’s blog! Hop on over to check it out :)
Yesterday my stamped canvas pouch tutorial was shared on the always-inspiring Dear Lizzy’s blog! Hop on over to check it out :)
Shopping for baby clothes is CLEARLY something I have no problem doing. The only tricky part is trying to figure out which sizes to buy based on how big I estimate my daughter will be at any given month. Will she be tiny and wear a 0-3 well into the cooler Fall months? Or will she be a jumbo baby (PLEASE GOD NO) who wears a size 3-6 months on her way home from the hospital? We won’t know for sure until she’s actually here, so in the meantime, I’m stocking up on all different sizes to ensure this kid is well-clothed. (Such a sacrifice, I know ;))
To begin, I measured the diameter of the clothing rod and designed a double circle in the Cameo software to create the shape of the organizer. Using 8.5 x 11″ cardstock, I was able to cut out two circles per sheet.
Next, I thickened up the organizers by gluing two sheets of die cut cardstock back-to-back with a basic tape runner. Once I had adhesive on a single die cut, I lined it up with another die cut and secured the two pieces together.
From there, I cut a slit from the edge of the big circle to the center of the small circle so that I could easily pop the organizer onto the clothing rod.
To distinguish between the different sizes, I used my tried-and-true adhesive-backed gold foil paper to create the numbers for both sides of the circles.
And finally, I popped the circles onto the clothing rod and started organizing! Slowly but surely, everything is coming together :)
First of all, can we take a moment to talk about how difficult it is to edit photos with neon colors in them? Ummm…virtually impossible. One of these days I’ll figure out the secret to getting the colors juuuust right, but even if that takes forever, I’ll still continue to sneak neon pink into every single project. I’m in too deep to quit now ;)
Since getting a new car last month, I’ve been taking extra precautions to make sure it stays in great shape. I take everything out when I am done for the day. I make sure that no food gets on the seats. I click my heels together to remove excess dirt before getting behind the wheel (okay, I lied about that one). The bottom line: the car is getting the royal treatment.
So, I figured it was only fair that my keys receive the same care and attention! Using two different shades of pink twine, I created a quick and easy neon tassel keychain that not only makes my keys look good, but more importantly, it makes finding them a snap!
To create the tassel, I followed these same instructions, but modified them slightly to accommodate a keyring.
Once I had the strands tied together, I slipped the keyring in the center of the knot.
Next, I took single strand (about twice as long as the original strands) and wrapped it around the grouping several times and then secured it with a double knot. Once everything was secured, I trimmed a little off the bottoms of the strands to make the tassel even.
Finally, I added my keys back on to the keyring and called it good! Now my car AND my keys are rolling in style.
As my due date nears and my motivation wanes, I find it helpful to look back on posts I’ve written in the past and reflect how much fun I had putting them together, and more importantly, how much I want to continue to churn out content that makes me happy. So in an effort to keep my creativity humming well into July, here’s a little roundup of my most favorite craft tutorials that I’ve made over the last couple of years:
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Woven Wall Hanging | 2. Muffin Tin Planter | 3. DIY Gold Scissors | 4. Stamped Wrapping Paper | 5. Wood + Yarn Card | 6. Faux-Instax Valentine’s Cards | 7. Felt + Fleece Envelope | 8. Watercolor Calendar | 9. DIY Yarn Tassels | 10. Stained Wood Washi Tape Box | 11. Repurposed Anthropologie Bags | 12. DIY Envelope Liners
One of these days I’ll become the proud owner of a tablet, but until then? I have a great workaround for converting anything hand drawn into digital format. I’m sure there are plenty of (easier) ways to do it, but this is my method of choice:
Using white paper or tracing paper, create your design. The best part about the recent hand lettering movement is that the more you can incorporate natural imperfections into your work, the more interesting your end product will be. I like to use a mix of pens for this kind of work, especially plain old black Sharpies (that I turn always into a broader tip by pressing down at a sharp angle on a scratch piece of paper) and fine-tipped Zig pens.
Next, choose your favorite hand lettered examples and cut them out into individual pieces.
Place each piece face-down on a scanner (I use the one that came with my HP Photosmart D110A Wireless Printer). Using your scanning software, save the scanned image as a high-quality JPEG and drag it into an Illustrator document.
Once you’ve dragged your hand-lettering into Illustrator, highlight the image using the Select tool (dark arrow). At the top of the document, click on the “Live Trace” button.
Once you have live traced your image, click on the “Expand” button (right next to where the “Live Trace” button was).
Right-click on your image and select “Ungroup.”
After ungrouping my two hand lettered phrases, I deleted the phrase on the left since the one on the right is a little bit cleaner. (I figure that if I want to use the left phrase at a later date, I can always repeat this process.)
Using the direct select arrow tool (white arrow), move each letter around to your liking, or leave it as is if you are happy with the spacing.
I deleted each of the letters in “ARE THE” because I decided I wanted to use a simple font instead.
Add in fonts if you wish, or leave the design as is. If you plan on using your design in Illustrator for your end use (i.e. invitations, prints, rubber stamps), save it as an Illustrator document. If you plan on using it in Photoshop, save it as GIF (File > Save for Web and Devices > GIF).
I like the mix of hand drawn and uniform type, so I paired the two together to create a stamp for my baby shower thank you notes (which you can see here!).
*Like I mentioned before, there are probably tons of easier options for digitizing your hand lettering, but this is the way I do it :)
With the exception of a few days here there (oh, and maybe the whole first trimester when all I could handle was bagels), I’ve eaten oatmeal and fruit for breakfast every single day for the past several years. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make and definitely what gets me out of my nice, cozy bed in the morning. Plus, it’s super healthy!
Here’s what my daily breakfast routine looks like (bathrobe included):
- 1/3 c. old fashioned oats
- 1 small peach (or apple, depending upon what you have on hand)
- handful of unsalted almonds
Pour 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats and 2/3 cup of water into a saucepan and heat on the stove at a low temperature.
Chop up your fruit and add into a bowl. I like to fill my bowl as high as possible with fruit, but you can add as much or as little as you prefer.
Be sure to stir the oatmeal occasionally and remove from heat when most of the water has been absorbed and the consistency is thick but moist.
Pour the oatmeal into the same bowl as the fruit and mix around with a spoon. Finally, top with almonds.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a good magazine, and enjoy!
Yarn, you guys. I’m still obsessed. Every time I see a new yarn-related project on Pinterest, you better believe it gets added to my Craft board in 0.0002 seconds. So when I was revisiting my pins the other day, this awesome wall hanging project from Designlovefest inspired me to create a miniature version for a greeting card. Here’s how I made it:
Trim your yarn down to similar sizes. Eyeballing works perfectly fine in this instance because you will be trimming the ends once they are tied anyways.
Tie each strand around the twig and double knot in the center. This tutorial calls for a larks head knot, but given the small size of my twig and the amount of yarn that I wanted to incorporate, I decided that a simple double knot would take up less space. Once you have all your yarn on the twig, cut the ends into a triangular pattern using sharp fabric scissors. (P.S. I also ran the strands through my hair straightener a few times, just to make them less unwieldy. High-tech crafting at it’s finest.)
Apply the stamp to the upper middle of the card.
Adhere the yarn + wood to the card using hot glue (or any other sort of heavy-duty glue) on the back of the twig. Ta-da!
This type of card would be great for Mother’s Day (if you’re like me and haven’t made one yet…;)), but depending upon the phrase you choose, it could be applied to virtually any occasion!
Yarn for the win. Yet again.
Things I am loving these days:
- Long walks + good podcasts.
- YARN CRAFTS. YARN CRAFTS. YARN CRAFTS.
Aside from the occasional knitting project, I’ve never really been much for any sort of fiber crafting. Paper was definitely my medium of choice. But ever since I fell in love with weaving last week, I’ve been on the hunt for even more ways to put my growing stash of yarn to use! So on Easter, I decided that I would start making yarn tassels for various nursery decor projects, including a mobile to hang over the changing table and a garland to string along her crib. They’re incredibly easy to make and so satisfying to hold in your hands!
Here’s how you make a yarn tassel:
Gather together a ball of yarn, sharp fabric scissors, and a surface to wrap your yarn around (in this case, I used a thick book, but it all depends on how big you want your tassels to be; the bigger the surface, the bigger the tassels).
Wrap your yarn around the book several times. If you plan on making a bunch of similar-sized tassels, it helps to remember the number of times you wound the yarn.
Carefully slide the yarn off of the book.
Fold a new string in half (the length depends entirely on how long you want your “hanger” piece to be), and place it in the center of the wound yarn.
Pull the ends of the strings through the loop, making sure to keep an equal amount of yarn on both sides.
Pull the strings tightly to secure the knot.
Using another piece of string (approximately the same size as the surface in which you created the yarn cluster), tie a double knot around the width of the yarn to create the tasseled look.
Slice through all of the loops and trim where need be to create an even, uniform look. Ta-da! Now you have a yarn tassel! The more you make them, the faster you get.
With a little bit of my favorite mint masking tape, an adorable bunny printable from Made by Cay, and a handful of photos, I created a temporary vignette to hang in the baby’s nursery. I’ve already begun the mobile and the garland for the crib…I can’t wait to show you the finished results!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was filled with brunch in Los Feliz with my BFF, working an awesome event with Amy, spending quality time with family at home (the baby’s first Easter basket…!), eating more than my fair share of egg-shaped candy, and of course, crafting up a storm (the weaving obsession continues!).
In other words, a perfect weekend.
My good friend Lindsey is sharing my tutorial for creating your own stamped wrapping paper on her blog! (There may or may not be a heavy dose of hot pink involved…) While you’re there, be sure to check out her awesome shop full of impeccably-designed printables. Enjoy!
On Tuesday night, while burning through episode after riveting episode of House of Cards, I decided that our front door needed a little facelift. Considering the fact that we’ve had this festive wreath hung up since the holidays (and now it’s, oh, mid-April?), it was definitely time for something new. After going back and forth between creating a dream catcher or a weaving, I decided on the latter. In case you haven’t seen my recent ‘grams, I’ve been on a major weaving kick, so I figured I might as well ride the wave while it lasts!
Using my Martha Stewart loom, my favorite thrifted yarn colors, and a better understanding of how to create a quality weaving, I got to work on making a little decor for the front door. The whole weaving process took maybe three hours tops (or more accurately, three episodes of House of Cards) and then I tied it off the bottom strands and strung the top loops through a sturdy stick I found on a neighborhood walk. It was easily the most satisfying DIY project I’ve created in a very long time and it inspired me to create two more additional wall hangings last night!
A few things I learned about weaving this time around:
- Adding new yarn colors is best done one or two columns into the warp (assuming you want a more uniform look). Last time I introduced new colors by knotting the ends of the the warp and I wasn’t a fan of all the extra strands that hung down the sides as a result.
- It’s best to leave an inch (or more) between the top of the weaving and the point where you introduce your first strands of yarn. I had to push the cream color at the top of my design down with my fingers because I hadn’t accounted for the size of the stick until the very end.
- Minimal tension on the yarn strands is required in weaving. In fact, the less tension, the better.
- This weaving is actually much smaller than I thought it would be, considering I used the entire length and width of the loom. I’m fine with the size, but I was definitely surprised.
- Thrifting yarn is the best way to stock up on fun colors while still saving a ton of money! My local thrift store sells big bags of yarn for only a few bucks each, so I pick them up whenever I see my favorite colors included. Eventually I want to create weavings with unexpected materials, such as leather, pom pom ribbon, and tinsel!
There’s something to be said about crafting victories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted to make things only to feel less than thrilled with the end results. This project not only made me so incredibly happy to make, but now every time I walk up to the front door, I am overcome with those happy crafty feelings all over again. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving ;)