Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease

Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease1. DIY Headband by A Beautiful Mess (above)

Happy Monday all! I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. If it didn’t feel like summer before, I’m sure after seeing hundreds of firework and bbq Instagrams that you are feeling it more than ever. And what says summer more than summer loving aka the movie Grease?! I know it’s only the start of the week, but after browsing these movie inspired crafts, you’re going to want to call your girlfriends and make a weekend date for milkshakes and a sing-a-long!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease2. Embroidered Peter Pan Collar by The House That Lars Built

Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake Recipe by She Wears Many Hats

And to close it out and give you a dose of humor:

“We have pictures of you so-called mooners. And just because the pictures aren’t of your faces doesn’t mean we can’t identify you. At this very moment those pictures are on their way to Washington where the FBI has experts in this type of identification. If you turn yourselves in now, you may escape a federal charge.” -Principal McGee


7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4th

7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4thIf you’re anything like me, you are just READY for the weekend. Of course this weekend is July 4th which means barbecues, sun and fireworks! Hellloooo summer! And if between all that fun you’re looking to squeeze in a little crafting, I rounded up a few summer projects that are a must try, especially for this weekend. After all, what better way to celebrate freedom than with desserts and diys?! 

1. Flamingo Ring Ross by Sugar & Cloth

2. Cement Star Votives by Paper & Stitch

3. Palm Tree Manicure by Vitamini Handmade

4. Striped Tablecloth by Say Yes

5. Fruit Infused Ice Cubes by Proper

6. Blueberry Polka Dot Fro-Yo Pops by Handmade Charlotte

7. Painted Patio Umbrella by Lovely Indeed

Happy Fourth!


Instagram Recap: June 2015

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeHappy July everyone! Oh man did June just fly right on by, or what? After looking back at my Instagram photos for the month, it almost seems like it came and went all in a blur. Probably because I’ve been miserable and sweaty for weeks because of this never ending heatwave in Portland. Insert gross face emojis here. Here’s a quick recap of non-disgusting things that happened:

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeSo the biggest thing that happened in June was my trip to Ohio, which is where I grew up. The original plan was to surprise my dad for father’s, but it turns out that I can’t keep a secret at all and told him months in advance. I just get too excited! It was nice seeing family and old friends again, and of course it’s always nice to recharge the batteries a bit. This photo is of the theater where I saw the new Jurassic Park movie, which I did not hate at all!

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeWe also ended up staying in an Airbnb in Kentucky for a night when we went to a Red’s game. They had this tile in their kitchen and I just fell in love! Oh the things I would do if I owned instead of rented.

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAshley of Sugar & Cloth sent me the cutest macarons! Sometimes a piece of snail mail can make your entire day better, don’t you think?

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAnd of course the highlight of the month, and even the year, was that marriage became a constitutional right. I can’t even begin to express how wonderful it was to scroll through nothing but rainbow colored photos celebrating love last weekend. Seriously, how do we keep that going? It feels like a good time to be alive friends.

Be sure to follow my July adventures on Instagram if you aren’t already!

Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad

This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer!Guys, today is exciting for two reasons. 1. Carrie from Dream Green DIY is here with an awesome new recipe post. 2. She made a salad that I would actually eat. If you’re new to making meals for yourself, this recipe is easy as it gets. Really, what’s easier than tossing lettuce in a bowl? Probably nothing. Of course there are other tasty (and easy to add) ingredients involved, but I’ll leave it to Carrie to give you the specifics– take it away girl!

I, Carrie, am kind of fanatic when it comes to summer salads. There’s just something so blissful about fresh local produce combined with a sweet salad dressing on a hot day. My latest in a long line of favorite seasonal salad recipes is this Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Salad. It pairs sweet flavors (oranges and poppyseed dressing) with savory, nutty ones (mixed greens and feta cheese) for a salad that feels indulgent rather than health-conscious. Try topping it with chopped walnuts for extra flavor!

This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer! Click through for full (and easy) recipe.


  • 2 cups mixed spring greens or spinach

  • 1/4 cup whole mandarin oranges

  • 1-2 tablespoons poppyseed dressing

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1/4 chopped walnuts, optional (but encouraged!)


Add the spring greens or spinach to a bowl, and top with mandarin oranges and feta cheese. Spoon on the dressing, and serve immediately.

For more of Carrie’s recipes and DIY projects, follow along with her on Dream Green DIY.