Happy Friday!

Do Less with More Focus by Melaine Burk(Image by Melaine Burk for Small Fry)

With the holiday craft season upon us, it’s always nice to read (and re-read) this quote. If I actually follow through with it, well, that’s a different story. Perhaps for the next few days at least, we can all make a pact to take a step back and focus on quality of tasks/projects completed instead of quantity. And what better time to start than with weekend links:

- Easiest tassels ever.

- A talented group of bloggers launched Merry Magazine this week. A must read!

- Who knew plastic beads could look so chic?

- These coasters go great with hot cocoa.

- I’m not sure where to find an apple crate, but I need to find out asap!

- Did you see that you can now edit your own captions on Instagram?! About time, am I right? Don’t forget to use #mycraftedlife if you make anything over the weekend!


Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic We all have that one amazing friend that’s on top of everything. Somehow they rock their day to day life and still manage to handwrite letters and give thoughtful and beautifully wrapped presents at even the simplest of occasions. This holiday season, why not treat them to something you know they’ll both love and use: stationery goods! Chances are you’ll be getting one adorable thank you card if you do.

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 1. Minimal Bohemian Collection from Sycamore Street Press

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 2. Fawn and Fauna Notepad by Quill and Fox

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 3. Retro Succulent Card by Vitamini Continue reading…

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift Tags

Time: 10 Minutes + dry time
Materials: tags, brush, cranberries, water, paper towel

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsPerhaps it’s because my birthday tends to fall on Thanksgiving, but it’s just not my favorite holiday to make crafts for. This year, however, I came up with an idea that was too easy not to share. So if you’re in charge of bringing cranberry sauce to the big feast, save some for yourself so you can make these dipped gift tags!

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsTo achieve this look, you’ll basically be making a “watercolor” type of paint with the cranberry sauce and water. Take 1 TSP of cranberry sauce and blend with 2 TSP water. Mesh with a form to make sure the pigment is released from the cranberries. Let sit for 2-3 minutes.

Paint on your tags with a brush. Depending on how many tags you make, you may need to add more water to your mixture as you go. Set tags aside and let dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can also blot dry with a paper towel, however, it may remove some pigment.

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsSuch an easy way to add a little color to a hostess (or any!) gift, don’t you think?


DIY Typographic Wall Hanging

DIY Typographic Wall HangingYou may have noticed this on my Design Sponge feature, but I have TERRIBLE handwriting. Somehow over the years, it’s evolved into a print/cursive hybrid. Needless to say, I don’t foresee a career in calligraphy in the near future. Thankfully though, there’s a simple trick for reproducing your favorite typeface without having any true skills. If you can hold a pen, chances are you can do this project :)

Head to Poppytalk to see the full typographic wall handing tutorial!

DIY Typographic Wall Hanging