DIY Embroidered Cigar Box

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Materials: cigar box, stencil, drill, pencil, embroidery floss, scissors

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxOver the past few years of running this blog, I’ve shied away from sharing projects that involved power tools for one reason or another. But ever since making these geometric photo holders, I can’t stop day dreaming about new projects that I wouldn’t have done before, including this DIY Embroidered Cigar Box.

If you’ve never used a drill before, this project is the perfect place to start. I picked up this cigar box at an auction ($2 score!), but you can pretty much find them at most thrift stores or online. I chose to do a monogram, but the possibilities are endless!


DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxDIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxIf you don’t already have a stencil you’d like to use, you can make one by printing out a letter (enlarged) and cutting it out.  Continue reading…

Happy Long Weekend

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Aaaannnddd I’m off to Vegas to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday! I’m looking forward to spending some quality pool time with #Girlboss. All the Instagrams are true, this book is amazing; I can’t put it down. If you’re staying in town for labor day weekend, here are some creative reads to get you through:

- I wouldn’t mind getting a letter in these DIY marbled envelopes. Nope, wouldn’t mind one bit.

- My two favorite desserts wrapped into one?! Yes please!

- I don’t know how to crochet, but this project makes me want to learn.

- 100% ready for fall after seeing this custom printed and handmade scarf.

- Kelly of Studio DIY revealed her HQ this week and it blew me away. So colorful and fun!

- And in case you missed the announcement yesterday, you can now find my work on Curbly!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!


DIY Mousepad

Time: 25 minutes + dry time
Materials: plant cork mat, spray adhesive, fabric, ribbon, scissors, E-6000 glue

DIY MousepadExciting news! In addition to contributing on Poppytalk, you can now find The Crafted Life over on Curbly! If you haven’t heard of Curbly before, it’s a site dedicated to sharing DIY projects for the home.

My office is in desperate need of a makeover, so for my first project, I turned a cork mat (used underneath plants to soak up water), into a mousepad. Click here to see the full tutorial!

DIY Mousepad

8 Must-Try Popsicle Recipes

8 Must-Try Popsicle RecipesI’m not sure about where you live, but it has been burning up in Portland this week! And since we don’t have air conditioning, my only escape is through cold, refreshing treats. While scouring Pinterest for a few recipes to try, I came across these eight popsicles that just made my mouth water. So if you need me for the rest of the day, chances are I will be sleeping as a result of a serious a sugar crash making making each of these!

1. Sangria Pops by The Faux Martha
2. Strawberry Orange Popsicles by Design Love Fest
3. Champagne & Raspberry Popsicles by  Princess Misia
4. Lavender Bees Knees Popsicle by Emma Magazine
5. Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles by Paper & Stitch
6. Matcha Mochi Yogurt Pops by My Name is Yeh
7. Funfetti Creamsicles by Garlic My Soul for Studio DIY
8. White Peach, Lychee and Red Berry Pops by Cannel et Vanille

And if you have any go-to popsicle recipes, please share!