The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 How to Make Ombre Easter Eggshttp://thecraftedlife.com/make-ombre-easter-eggs/ http://thecraftedlife.com/make-ombre-easter-eggs/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:30:25 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7702 Time: 25 minutes + dry time Materials: Eggs, spray paint, egg carton I have pretty found memories of Easter as a kid. Mainly, I got to wear a new dress and play games that always resulted in winning candy. Call me crazy, but that still sounds pretty amazing. Although I don’t really do anything as

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Time: 25 minutes + dry time
Materials: Eggs, spray paint, egg carton

How to Make Ombre Easter EggsI have pretty found memories of Easter as a kid. Mainly, I got to wear a new dress and play games that always resulted in winning candy. Call me crazy, but that still sounds pretty amazing. Although I don’t really do anything as an adult, I still wanted to decorate some eggs this year! And what better way than with some fresh and bright colors for spring?

How to Make Ombre Easter EggsYou’ll want to prep your eggs before painting. Not sure how, here’s a pretty helpful tutorial.

How to Make Ombre Easter EggsPlace your eggs back in the carton, with the larger end (bottom) facing up. Give a quick spray, just enough to coat the bottom and speckle up the sides a bit. If you spray too much, the paint will drip down the side of your egg, taking away from the ombre effect.

Bada bing, that’s it!

How to Make Ombre Easter EggsSo what do you think? Will you be decorating eggs this year or just partaking in the occasional Cadbury eggs or two?

How to Make Ombre Easter Eggs

How to Make Ombre Easter Eggs

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5 Must-Try Wooden Tray DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/5-must-try-wooden-tray-diy/ http://thecraftedlife.com/5-must-try-wooden-tray-diy/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:44 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7718 Earlier this week I shared a DIY I did in collaboration with four other bloggers called #5WaystoDIY. In cased you missed it, I thought I’d round up all the projects here for you today! We each took a basic wooden tray and put our own crafty spin on it. If you’re looking for a weekend

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5 Must-Try Wooden Tray DIYSEarlier this week I shared a DIY I did in collaboration with four other bloggers called #5WaystoDIY. In cased you missed it, I thought I’d round up all the projects here for you today! We each took a basic wooden tray and put our own crafty spin on it. If you’re looking for a weekend project, hopefully these projects will get those creative wheels turning!

1. Polka Dot Tray by Sarah Hearts

2. Triangle Patterned Tray by Oleander and Palm

3. Fabric Covered Tray by The Crafted Life

4. Wood Burned Tray by A Bubbly Life

5. White Washed Hand Drawn Tray by Pars Caeli

Have a great weekend everyone! And if aren’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see my adventures at Craftcation and driving down the California Coast!

xo
Rachel

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DIY Welcome Mathttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-welcome-mat/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-welcome-mat/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:06:24 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7604 Time: 30 minutes Materials: coir mat, painters tape, brush After sharing the sneak peek of this project on Instagram, I couldn’t hardly wait to share this DIY with you! As much as I love spring, it always feels like I track more moisture and dirt into my home than I’d like to admit. So instead

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: coir mat, painters tape, brush

DIY Geometric Welcome MatAfter sharing the sneak peek of this project on Instagram, I couldn’t hardly wait to share this DIY with you! As much as I love spring, it always feels like I track more moisture and dirt into my home than I’d like to admit. So instead of having to mop constantly, I made this geometric welcome mat!

Click here to see the full tutorial over on Curbly!

 

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Meet the Maker: DeBrossehttp://thecraftedlife.com/meet-maker-debrosse/ http://thecraftedlife.com/meet-maker-debrosse/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:51:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7680 (Hat for sale here) I came across the lovely and ever so sweet Teresa on Instagram and was immediately taken with her work and her mission. If you’ve read the other Meet the Maker features, you are probably noticing a trend when it comes to finding shops via Instagram. It’s amazing. When it comes to

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Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Hat for sale here)

I came across the lovely and ever so sweet Teresa on Instagram and was immediately taken with her work and her mission. If you’ve read the other Meet the Maker features, you are probably noticing a trend when it comes to finding shops via Instagram. It’s amazing. When it comes to doing business, this lady is doing it right. Here’s her story:

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Teresa, but I answer to all things T. I’m the maker behind the Etsy Shop, DeBrosse, which features a handcrafted collection of scarves and beanies that benefit orphaned children in Haiti. I work and play in New York, NY, and can attest to the fact that the city truly never sleeps.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

2. What made you decide to start selling your work?

Well, I first learned to crochet so that I could make blankets for children growing up in the orphanages of Haiti. With the help of family and friends, we were able to make and distribute over 150. One of the first blankets went to a went to a bright-eyed five-year old boy named Israel DeBrosse. He had such a huge personality coming out of such a tiny frame, and he really captured my heart.

I wanted to help Israel and his friends beyond blankets, and that became the heartbeat of my Etsy shop. I set aside 15% of the shop’s proceeds to purchase school supplies, clothes, and medicine for the little ones who call one of our two partner orphanages home. Now, we’re eagerly planning to pack suitcases to the brim for trips four and five.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

3. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a shop owner?

There are so many challenges…some exciting, some just…well, challenging. I think the one that trips me up the most is the idea that my work will never be finished. There’s always a newer idea, a brighter fabric, a softer yarn, a stronger photo. Striking the balance between innovation and contentment is a season I have not yet met, but I’m hopeful that with time, I’ll find it.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Beanie for sale here)

4. And the greatest reward?

The thing that still gets me every time is when a piece of my work is invited into a memorable moment of a customer’s life. It’s when a soon-to-be bride requests a custom shawl for her Iceland wedding, or the birthday girl picks out a scarf for her epic London getaway, or the soon-to-be mom says she’s found the perfect beanie to wear in her baby announcement. I have to pinch myself in those moments!

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Blanket Scarf for sale here)

5. Who or what inspires you?

I have a newfound love with my Instagram community, both within my space and those far from it. Paper, chalk, wood, yarn, glitter…I just swoon over the way each of these makers breathes life into raw materials.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Infinity Scarf for sale here)

6. Any advice for people looking to open their own shop?

Do it! And don’t be intimidated if your hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mug is going to be one of 2,756 other hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mugs. There’s this beautiful thing about Etsy where thoughtful work always wins.

7. What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?

I’ve recently noticed that I get more done when I play rap music in the background. You may not know me, but take a moment to imagine a tiny blonde girl knitting at 6am to Biggie Smalls, and see if you don’t laugh a little.

**Be sure to check out DeBrosse on Etsy and Instagram!

 

 

 

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DIY Wood Slab Tablehttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wood-slab-table/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wood-slab-table/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:05:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7654 Time: 12.5 hours (because of dry time) Materials: wood slab*, hairpin legs*, wood screws, polyurethane sealer, sponge brush, drill + drill bits And the results are in! While I wish I could have made all of the choices I shared last week, I decided to make Emily Henderson’s wood slab table. The project is pretty straight

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Time: 12.5 hours (because of dry time)
Materials: wood slab*, hairpin legs*, wood screws, polyurethane sealer, sponge brush, drill + drill bits

DIY Wood Slab TableAnd the results are in! While I wish I could have made all of the choices I shared last week, I decided to make Emily Henderson’s wood slab table. The project is pretty straight forward, but I have a few tips and tricks!

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. In my previous post, I showed a bit of the behind the scenes and how I used my Intel Tablet to help plan this project. I was a bit nervous that the measurement feature would lead me astray, but I’m happy to report that everything turned out perfectly! It also helped to have the tablet nearby when I was prepping so that I could consult the original tutorial before beginning.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. One of the main tips I can give is that you need to protect your wood, especially if this is a piece you want to keep in your house for a while. Wood cracks, and bugs like wood, so it could be problematic later on if left untreated. I used a polyurethane interior sealer, which is why this project takes so long (just dry time).

Apply one coat and let dry for 2 hours. Come back and then do 2-3 additional coats. When dry, you’ll also want to coat the other side as well as the sides.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. Another thing that needs to be stressed is that while a self driving screw is handy, you need to pre-drill your holes beforehand. You do so with a drill bit that’s roughly the same side as your screw. If you don’t do this, your screw won’t really go anywhere and there’s a chance it will break.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. Once your legs are screwed into place, your table is ready for use!

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. While the project wasn’t that difficult, it still feels like I accomplished something pretty amazing. What do you think? Would you ever take on a project like this?

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. *Resources: hairpin legs from here, and tree slab from here. Both shops highly recommended if you want to recreate this table for yourself!

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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DIY Fabric Covered Trayhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fabric-covered-tray/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fabric-covered-tray/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:08:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7628 Time: 2 hours (because of dry time) Materials: thin fabric, fabric mod podge, wooden tray, sponge brush Happy Monday folks! I’m always blown away by how many creative ways there are to makeover a single object. There are essentially endless possibilities. I mean really, how cool is that?! That’s why I’m excited to be teaming up

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Time: 2 hours (because of dry time)
Materials: thin fabric, fabric mod podge, wooden traysponge brush

DIY Fabric Covered TrayHappy Monday folks!

I’m always blown away by how many creative ways there are to makeover a single object. There are essentially endless possibilities. I mean really, how cool is that?! That’s why I’m excited to be teaming up with four other bloggers to show you different ways to make over a simple wooden tray. Plus one of you will be winning all the supplies you need to make over a tray of your own. Keep reading for details!

DIY Fabric Covered TrayYou may have seen this fabric on Instagram two weeks ago. I’m still obsessed!

DIY Fabric Covered Tray*Tip! For woven fabrics, instead of trying to cut a straight line, you can actually tear them to get better results. You may have seen them do this at fabric stores (here’s a video if you haven’t!).

DIY Fabric Covered TrayApply a layer of Mod Podge on the base of your tray and cover with fabric. Smooth down with your finger to avoid air bubbles.

I recommend starting on the bottom of your tray and then working your way up the sides. It also helps to let each section dry for a bit because you’ll want to pull the fabric as tight as possible so that it’s flat. There will be over lap of fabric on the corners– cut off the extra and then fold over for a smooth finish.

Once dry make a slit inside the handles and fold the fabric over to glue down. For this section I found that the Mod Podge didn’t work as well (not strong enough it seems), so you may want to use hot glue or E-6000 to get a tighter hold.

DIY Fabric Covered TrayOnce everything is dry, it’s ready for use! You could seal with a layer of Mod Podge, but if you’re just using it decoration, there’s not a huge need to do so.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray

DIY Fabric Covered TrayTo see the other ways to DIY a wooden tray (and trust me, you’re going to want to see them), be sure to head to A Bubbly Life, Sarah Hearts, Pars Caeli, and Oleander and Palm! And don’t forget to enter below to win all the supplies you need to make this project yourself (a $50 Gift Card to Amazon!).

 

 

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On a personal notehttp://thecraftedlife.com/personal-note/ http://thecraftedlife.com/personal-note/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:01:02 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7609 (image from Refinery29) It’s strange to think that a single event can shape your entire outlook on life. For me, I can pinpoint that moment to when my brother passed away (will be ten years ago tomorrow). Even typing those words, ten years, feels surreal now. And while you think that would be enough time to

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It’s strange to think that a single event can shape your entire outlook on life. For me, I can pinpoint that moment to when my brother passed away (will be ten years ago tomorrow). Even typing those words, ten years, feels surreal now. And while you think that would be enough time to make peace with the situation, it’s not. And I doubt it ever will be.

But the one thing I refuse to do is let it hold me back. If anything, it’s the push I need when deciding whether or not to take a risk. To move somewhere new. To step outside of my comfort zone. It’s the reason I quit a job I hated in order to pursue this blog as a career. And it’s the reason I will continue to not settle for anything or anyone that takes away from my ability to live life fully.

So for this week, I won’t be sharing the usual Friday links. Instead I hope that you’ll take some time off the computer to be with your loved ones. Go out and have fun. Take in some fresh air. Create memories. Because in the end, life is short. You damn well better make the most of it.

xo
Rachel

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10 DIY Stationery Ideashttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-stationery-ideas/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-stationery-ideas/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:16:16 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7579 As much as I love fancy cards, I’ve found myself checking out at Paper Source too many times with a total larger than I would like. It’s a problem. If you’re a fan of sending snail mail, but don’t have a huge budget, you can still make something memorable and beautiful for your loved ones.

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10 DIY Stationery Ideas As much as I love fancy cards, I’ve found myself checking out at Paper Source too many times with a total larger than I would like. It’s a problem. If you’re a fan of sending snail mail, but don’t have a huge budget, you can still make something memorable and beautiful for your loved ones. Because really, who doesn’t love receiving that one of a kind item?

10 DIY Stationery Ideas1. Polka Dot Envelope Liner by Ruffled

10 DIY Stationery Ideas2. DIY String Tie Envelopes by Minie Co

10 DIY Stationery Ideas3. Printable Texting Card by Design is Yay

10 DIY Stationery Ideas4. Ombre Spray Paint Cards by Paper and Stitch

10 DIY Stationery Ideas5. DIY Envelopes by The Crafted Life

10 DIY Stationery Ideas6. Liquid Frisket Stationery by Damask Love

10 DIY Stationery Ideas7. Washi Script Cards by Omiyage Blogs

10 DIY Stationery Ideas8. Dip Dyed Stationery by The Merrythought for Poppytalk

10 DIY Stationery Ideas9. Marble Contact Paper Envelope by Fall for DIY

10 DIY Stationery Ideas10. Watercolor + Calligraphy Birthday Card by Oh So Very Pretty

 

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Let’s Chat: Charging What You’re Worthhttp://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-charging-what-youre-worth/ http://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-charging-what-youre-worth/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:00:58 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7567 (Free #GIRLBOSS Printables, get ‘em!) It’s been a while since my Let’s Chat column, but man am I so ready for this topic: charging what you’re worth. I’ve been self employed for over a year now and have learned that it is difficult to ask for what you want in terms of compensation. As a

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Free #GIRLBOSS Printable(Free #GIRLBOSS Printables, get ‘em!)

It’s been a while since my Let’s Chat column, but man am I so ready for this topic: charging what you’re worth.

I’ve been self employed for over a year now and have learned that it is difficult to ask for what you want in terms of compensation. As a small business owner, not only do you have to assess your worth with a number, but you also have to get someone to agree to it, all while still trying to make rent each month. It’s a vulnerable position to be in, especially when you’re just starting out.

Well friends, it’s tough love time. It’s time to cut the crap and stop holding back. Stop letting nerves determine your success. Stop talking yourself out of what you want in terms of compensation because it makes you nervous, or because you think you’ll lose an opportunity, or that you’ll offend someone. Chances are you won’t, because most situations can be negotiated, or they weren’t going to happen in the first place. How do you expect your business to grow if you aren’t asking for what you need in order to make that happen?

While rejection stings at first, it’s nothing compared to the feeling of defeat from not going after your dreams. And let’s face it, dreams take money. So, with that, here are some ways to pump yourself up:

1. Make a list of everything you have to do to complete what you’re pitching to remind yourself that your time is valuable. It doesn’t hurt to also throw in the cost of materials.

2. Go to your website, and find your favorite project/product that you’ve made. Isn’t it awesome? It is.

3. Dance to an upbeat song.

4. Get a pep talk from a friend. Don’t have a friend? Email me.

5. Let it go. What’s honestly the worst thing that can happen? Now, what’s the best?

Remember: this is your business, nobody can ask for what you want except you. Send that email, and send it proud!

What are your tips for pumping yourself up?

 

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DIY Floral Decoupage Storage Boxhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-floral-decoupage-storage-box/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-floral-decoupage-storage-box/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:01 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7550 Time: 30 minutes Materials: storage box, decoupage, brush, wrapping paper, scissors I think I’ve found my latest craft obsession: decoupage. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it, but I’m now officially obsessed! And what better pairing for my first project than with another obsession of mine, Rifle Paper

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: storage box, decoupage, brush, wrapping paper, scissors

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!I think I’ve found my latest craft obsession: decoupage. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it, but I’m now officially obsessed! And what better pairing for my first project than with another obsession of mine, Rifle Paper Co.

 

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!I found this wrapping paper at Paper Source and knew I had to do something crafty with it. It’s too pretty to be used just once, don’t you think?

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!I didn’t want to wrap the entire storage box, so I decided to cut out the flowers and use them individually. I ended up leaving a bit of the background as a boarder so that I wouldn’t have to spend too much time worrying about getting perfect lines. All about efficiency over here people!

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!Apply a thin layer of decoupage to your surface then place your wrapping paper. Smooth out any bumps with your fingers and seal with another thin layer of decoupage on top. I was nervous that the decoupage would leave some trace on the surface, but it dried absolutely clear. Like I said, this stuff is amazing.

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!Let your box dry and then enjoy!

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!

 

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