Weekend Links

Weaving by @thecraftedlife via Instagram(Weaving via Instagram)

Earlier this week I took a weaving class, and it dawned on me– it’s been FOREVER since I actually got to do such a thing. It’s so refreshing to get out and make with others, I forgot how much I missed it. Also, weaving is amazing. Have you ever tried it before?

Now, on to the (fun) business:

- I made this decorative leaf mobile for Curbly last week!

- It’s been a while since I’ve done a project using leather. These keychains have my brain stirring with potential Christmas gift ideas!

- Speaking of leather, I’m pretty sure that my new office would use a few (dozen) of these.

- The best brunch cocktail I’ve ever seen.

- My friend Heather opened her shop this week and I want everything!

- There’s still one day of the month left to make this awesome origami project.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend everyone! If you happen to know any great (and easy) last minute costumes, please, dish in the comments below. I’m totally stuck this year!

 

Hand-Painted Curtains

Time: 2 hours
Materials: sheer curtains, fabric paint, brush

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

One of the better changes I made in my office makeover was swapping out the dated half-window lace curtains for ones that pack a bit more punch. And while this project took longer than I initially thought it would, I’m pretty pleased with the results. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsI used cheap sheer curtains (these cost about $13 per panel).

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsIf you aren’t in the habit of making brush strokes, I reccommend practicing on scrap fabric or paper until you get the feel for it. You might also want to start at the bottom and work your way up so that your best strokes are near the most visible point.

There are a few things you should also consider when painting curtains:

- Have enough paint! Two panels took me two full bottles of paint to complete. And I mean every last drop.

- Wear clothes you don’t care about. Since the paint is intended for fabric, you better believe it will stain.

- Protect the surface you’re working on. I found it easiest to work on the floor with cardboard (from the box from my desk) underneath. Just be careful to not let the curtain dry on the cardboard. You’ll want to move it a bit as you go, otherwise the fabric paint that bleeds through the sheer curtains will cause your fabric to fuse to the cardboard.

Let dry and then hang.

PS I really wish I had better pictures to share, but curtains are surprisingly difficult to photograph!

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

 

 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery WallYou may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet to hang any art, don’t worry– you are certainly not alone. Here are my 5 tips for actually hanging a gallery wall! Continue reading…