Get Inspired: Two

A bit of sad news folks: our beloved indoor cat has been missing for the past few days, so it’s been a bit hard to focus. Despite everything, however, the images for this week’s Get Inspired were still able to knock me off my feet!

Tommy Perez's A to Zoe(A to Zoe by Tommy Perez)

Playing with food has never looked so elegant! Artist Tommy Perez teaches his daughter the alphabet through typography in his series “A to Zoë”. See all of this works, and many other drool worthy font projects, here

Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle by Once Wed)(Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle by Once Wed)

Although this links back to a hair tutorial, I’m more taken in awe of this photography. The image simple yet striking not to mention, how beautiful is that color pallet?!  Okay, you got me, the hair is pretty amazing too.

Smoke by Floto + Warner(Smoke by Floto + Warner)

You may have seen the Colourant series by the photography duo Floto + Warner floating around Pinterest, but this shot is from their “Smoke” series done in 2009 has totally caught my eye. Perhaps it’s the surrealist nature of this shot, or the vivid colors, but regardless, I can’t stop staring!


P.S. Any tips you can share about finding a lot cat would be greatly appreciated!

Embroidered Desk Organizer

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: mesh organizer, yarn, spray paint, scissors

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!While on a recent thrifting adventure I stumbled across this mini organizer… or what I can only assume is an organizer. Have you ever come across items while thrifting and have no clue as to what it should be used for? Because this was one of those times.

It’s too short to hold pens (not to mention the holes in the bottom) and not big enough to function as a mail organizer. Luckily though, I have a lot of miscellaneous craft supplies on my desk in need of a home. So after going back and forth in my mind for a few minutes, debating whether or not 29¢ was worth it, I decided that with a little makeover I could make it work.


How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!I decided to freshen up the color a bit with a little paint before embroidering. Apply 1-2 coats and let dry completely. If you avoid this step, this project should only take you about 5 minutes.

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!I used the same technique as in this embroidered trash can project, just with a different shape. When making yours, have fun with the design! Remember, it’s completely removable and you can change up the pattern at any time.

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!Easy as that! PS If you actually happen to know what I should be using this item for, feel free to leave me a note in the comments :)

Spiked Rose Lemonade

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a delicious cocktail to sip on this weekend while you craft, look no further than spiked rose lemonade! On top of being the easiest drink to make, it’s also light, bubbly, and pink. The fermented lemonade has ginger and rose extracts which is great for masking the vodka taste without being too sweet. Just a warning, after one or two of these, you may just start to think you’re Martha Stewart ;)

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

- 1-1.5 shots of vodka
- 4.5 fl oz. of Fentiman’s rose lemonade (it’s carbonated!)
- lemon
- ice

FIll glass with 4-5 ice cubes, then pour in your shot(s) of vodka.  Add chilled rose lemonade until glass is full. Top off with a squeeze of lemon then stir lightly. You can use a lemon wedge or shredded ginger to garnish. Cheers!

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

Have a great weekend everyone!

Top 10 Reader Favorites

For the Q&A section of the reader survey I held a few weeks back, a few of you were curious about what post were the most popular. Well folks, who am I to deny you that answer?! Here are the top 10 most popular projects on The Crafted Life as well as updates on how I feel about them now.

DIY Rubber Stamp1. DIY Rubber Stamp– still love this project and stamp! Would be great if you’re printing your own wrapping paper or fabric.

10 Minute Vase by The Crafted Life
2. 10 Minute Vase DIY– one of my favorite pieces in our house and really just the easiest thing to make. Just be sure not to toss in the dishwasher; clean with warm water, soap and a sponge.

How to Paint on Glass3. Dotted Vase– you guys sure do love your vase projects which is great because so do I! I wasn’t 100% happy with the pattern I chose for this project, so sadly I don’t have this one anymore. The paint works perfectly, so if you’re looking to learn how to paint on glass, this project is for you :)

DIY Paint Splattered Notebooks4. Paint Splattered Notebooks– fun and colorful, yes please! I haven’t used the acrylic spray since, but it’s still usable. All I need now is another idea to so I can use it again…

How to Make a Terrarium5. How to Make a Terrarium– in all the hustle and bustle of our recent move, I’m sad to say my plant died. Luckily though, I can just plant a new one! However, I might stick with driftwood and moss… just to be safe.

DIY Painterly iPhone Case6. Painterly iPhone Cases– it turns out that I drop my phone A LOT and had to upgrade to a heavy duty case. If you aren’t as clumsy, I highly recommend this project! They also make great gifts.

How to Make your own Envelopes7. DIY Envelopes– to be honest, I’ve been sucking at sending mail recently (sorry New Year’s resolutions). For the next letter I send though, you better believe it’s getting delivered in a handmade envelope!

How to make custom matting for a picture frame8. Custom Matting– still have this exact thing in our house but am thinking about swapping it out with new paper. Such a fun way to spice up a gallery wall without having to buy new art.

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life9. DIY Ombre Cloche– attention friends and family, you will most likely be getting one of these for Christmas this year. It’s one of those projects that I absolutely love looking at on a daily basis.

DIY Color Dipped Photos10. Color Dipped Photos– last, but not least! Still one of my favorite projects from the archives. Colorful and easy; there’s really no reason not to give this one a try!


What are some of your favorite projects? I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried any project posted on my blog! And if you’re looking for more crafts, be sure to check out the project gallery.