Colorful Desk Accessories (Under $25!)

Colorful Desk Accessories (Under $25!)Even though it’s a Monday, that doesn’t mean work has to be completely boring. Okay, so maybe that’s a lie. The weekend is clearly better. But one way to get to 5pm faster is to make your desk a place full of inspiration and color. If you’re on a budget, then you’re in luck– all of these cute desk accessories are $25 or less! And when your boss asks you why you’re online shopping instead of working, you can at least say it’s for office moral.

1. Pencil Cup $7

2. Rainbow Glitter Tape $7

3. Binder Clips $6

4. Ellepi Stapler $24

5. Desk Organizer Tray $24

6. Neon Lepen Pens $15


Friday Links

weekend inspiration Happy Fridayyy! I don’t know about you but I am beyond ready for the weekend. It’s been a whirlwind over here this week and a recharge sounds like absolute perfection. Well that and I also finally got a TV, so it’s just been calling my name. Any show/movie recommendations you have would be MUCH appreciated. In other news, and by request, I’m going to start adding more photos for these Friday Links. Hope you like them and that you enjoy your days off!

– This inspiration board makes me want to log off Pinterest and cut up some magazines!

– Have still have yet to try a smoothie bowl, but I have my eye on this recipe.

– Just the cutest bungalow makeover!

These s’mores are probably worth the weight gain. By probably I mean 100%.

– The windows of my dreams!

– Low maintenance house plants forever.


PS Philly friend, I’ll be teaching a workshop with the APA soon! Check it out here!


10 Minutes or Less: DIY Temporary Tattoo Vase

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIYIf you’re looking to customize your vases, but don’t trust yourself with paint, then you’ll want to try this simple DIY solution: temporary tattoos! In a matter of seconds you have a beautiful design on your vase without any effort or mess. Here’s how:

Time: 2 minutes
Materials: ceramic vase, temporary tattoos, sponge

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIY
Temporary tattoos have come a long way since we were kids. Artist like Rifle Paper Co are creating beautiful ones (which I used for this project), or you can even make your own! I found the ceramic vase through West Elm (it’s the Bottle one) and just love the weight and shape of it.

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIYYou’ll apply the tattoo the vase just as you would if you were applying it to your skin. Peel off the plastic layer and place tattoo on the vase, design side down. Hold damp sponge on the back for 30-45 seconds, applying even and steady pressure. Remove paper backing and let air dry.

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIYIf you want your design to last, I recommend sealing with a layer or two of Martha Stewart’s Decoupage. Either way, be sure to hand wash!

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIYSuper easy, don’t you think?! I love the idea of customizing these for a party, but then removing the tattoo later (you can with acetone) for everyday use. I think it would also be fun to get a bunch of tattoos and create your own pattern on the vase. There are so many ways to play around with this DIY!

Give a basic ceramic vase a makeover with this 2 minute DIY

Product for this post was provided by West Elm. All options are 100% my own. 


Reader Survey Results + Plans for The Crafted Life


Thank y’all so, so much for the feedback on this year’s reader survey!

Typically I would share exact numbers and pie charts, but I think you might be more interested in my plans for The Crafted Life after taking all of your data into consideration.

It’s been five fun years of crafting over here. That means that pretty much every week for those last five years I’ve made, photographed, edited and published a DIY as a one woman machine. I would be lying if I said that typing that sentence alone didn’t make me tired. Making is the core of this blog and don’t worry, that element is not going anywhere (promise!). But I need more and I think you do too. Here’s what you can expect to see: Continue reading…