Weekend Links

How to Press Flowers(outtake from How to Press Flowers tutorial)

Alright Friday, it’s about time!

Things are going to be a bit hectic around here next week because… we’re moving! Yup, AGAIN! As much as I hate moving, especially twice in two months, the great news is that we found a wonderful apartment that even has a garage. That’s right friends, I’m finally upgrading from the floor to an actual work space! There will be plenty of home makeover and decor projects coming your way soon, but in the meantime, here are a few links to get you through the weekend:

- Fran from Fall for DIY launched an awesome new e-course this week! If you’ve ever wanted to master your DIY jewelry skills, you should definitely check this out!

- Such a lovely and easy desk makeover project.

- I’ve never seen storage this adorable before!

- Take advantage of the summer sun by making this delicious drink.

- If you loved this alcohol ink coaster project, then you’ll certainly love these marbled coasters.

- Cutest. umbrellas. ever. Seriously, how brilliant is this project?!

PS I’ve got some great posts lined up for next week and you can always follow along the move (and catch a sneak peek of the new place) on Instagram!

How I Became a Blogger: Part One

Since you guys were thoughtful enough to fill out my reader survey a few weeks back, I really want to make sure to answer all your questions. And since a majority of those asked we’re related to my background and path to blogging, I thought I would just go ahead and spill the beans! Brace yourselves, this baby is text heavy.

How I Became a Blogger: Part OneLet’s start with a bit of background:

2009: I’d like to think that my adult life was shaped by the grand excursion I took with my dear friend in the summer of this year. I had been living and teaching in Dresden, Germany when I came back to Ohio a month before going back to school (college). At the time, I’d done a fair amount of traveling throughout Europe, but had never taken the time to explore my own country. We decided to pack up my car and head west on a three week road trip, couch surfing and relying on the kindness of strangers the entire way. To this day, it’s still one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.

Of all the incredible places we stayed and amazing things we saw along the way, Portland was my favorite. And I was determined to get back there one day.

2010: I graduated (in three years) with a BA in Art History, Minor in Writing and TEFL certificate. Eager to get out of the midwest and explore some place new, I took off to Oregon.

I began teaching art in an elementary school and tutoring reading/math on the side. After a while, I began to assume more responsibilities with the tutoring gig and eventually took over managing the program, which helped low-income students in failing schools receive free tutoring (funded by No Child Left Behind). I learned to hire and train a staff, budget at a company level and everything else in-between. My day to day involved overseeing 30 employees working in 20 different schools with over 200+ students.  Needless to say, I was busy.

2011: I fell into a rut where I was constantly stressed about work and wasn’t making any time for myself or the things that I loved. I knew something had to change and decided to give myself a challenge. I knew a bit about blogging, and thought that if I made my work public, it would force to me to stick to it. And so I signed up for a tumblr account and started 52 Weeks Project in August.

 How I Became a Blogger: Part One
Yup, there it is. My first blog layout. You have to start somewhere, right? Which by the way, if you’ve been reading the entire time, bless your heart!

When I started blogging, I was completely clueless. I didn’t signup for any social media platforms, I hardly knew how to use a digital camera and couldn’t create a basic text overlay in photoshop to save my life. Looking back, I didn’t even put any thought into my domain name aside from the fact that it was available and affordable. What I did know, however, was that I loved making, learning and teaching. So I started small and only posted one new craft project a week…

Stay tuned, because the rest of this journey is coming in part two next week!

 

8 Must-Try Ombre Craft Projects

The ombre trend has been around for a while now friends, and after seeing these eight projects, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon (yahoo!). These diys are perfect for summer with their airy nature and pops of color, but are also stylish enough to have in your home year round. So grab your paints/dyes and get to work!

8 Must-Try Ombre Craft Projects
1. Dip Dyed Stationery by The Merrythought for Poppytalk
2. DIY Ombre Cement Candle Holders by Homey Oh My!
3. Ombre Pendant Lamp by Design LoveFest
4. DIY Ombre Leather Coasters by Almost Makes Perfect
5. Ombre Planters by Carnets Parisiens
6. Ombre Tablecloth by Style Me Pretty
7. Dip Dyed Shoes by Frankie
8. Ombre Milk Bottles by The Crafted Life

Happy painting!

How To Press Flowers

Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.

 

I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!