The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 22 May 2015 07:12:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-14/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-14/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 07:12:54 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8504 (via Instagram) The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here– it’s Friday y’all! Whether you plan on spending the next few days traveling, barbecuing, or just catching up on some much needed sleep, here are some links you won’t want to miss! - Just the cutest diy napkins! - Must find a rotary phone

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The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here– it’s Friday y’all! Whether you plan on spending the next few days traveling, barbecuing, or just catching up on some much needed sleep, here are some links you won’t want to miss!

- Just the cutest diy napkins!

- Must find a rotary phone ASAP.

- Looks like I’m going to need another house plant.

- Now this is a party I’d want to be invited to!

- Absolutely swooning over this dresser makeover.

- This side table makeover is also pretty dang cute.

- Completely mind blowing and a bit disgusting.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

xo
Rachel

 

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Currently Reading: Autobiographical Essays by amazing womenhttp://thecraftedlife.com/currently-reading-autobiographical-essays-amazing-women/ http://thecraftedlife.com/currently-reading-autobiographical-essays-amazing-women/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 07:25:41 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8493 When I look back at the books I’ve read recently, they all seem to have been written by some completely kickass women. Insert celebration emojis here. It’s really a trend that I hope never ends, and for good reasons too. If you’re experiencing burnout or frustration with your career and are in need of inspiration,

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6 must- read books by amazing women

When I look back at the books I’ve read recently, they all seem to have been written by some completely kickass women. Insert celebration emojis here. It’s really a trend that I hope never ends, and for good reasons too. If you’re experiencing burnout or frustration with your career and are in need of inspiration, or just want an empowering read filled with laughs, I recommend picking up anyone of the following:

1. Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead

2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

3. Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

5. Bossypants by Tiny Fey

6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*

*currently reading

Have you read any of the above? Any that I should add to the list, or my must-read list overall? Speaking of which, don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway!

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How to Make a Dishwasher Safe Mug (and what not to do)http://thecraftedlife.com/make-a-dishwasher-safe-mug/ http://thecraftedlife.com/make-a-dishwasher-safe-mug/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:02:53 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8460 Time: 45 minutes (includes bake time) Materials: ceramic mug, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pen, oven Last year I shared a tutorial for how to paint ceramic and make it dishwasher safe (also used on this ring holder). I recently discovered that the same company makes the specialty ceramic paint in marker form, which opens up what you can

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Time: 45 minutes (includes bake time)
Materials: ceramic mug, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pen, oven

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)Last year I shared a tutorial for how to paint ceramic and make it dishwasher safe (also used on this ring holder). I recently discovered that the same company makes the specialty ceramic paint in marker form, which opens up what you can do design wise completely! For my first attempt, I decided to do polka dots. Sounds easy enough right? Well, I ran into a bit of a snag along the way and thought I’d share it with you, because hey, who doesn’t love a good craft fail?

 

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)

 

All you need to make your design permanent is the porcelaine 150 pen and an oven. You can use any ceramic mug and may even find good ones to makeover at the dollar store.

 

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)Okay, so when I first started this project, I thought that by using those hole reinforcements that I could come away with the perfectly placed polka dot. That when I was all done, I would be able to peel away the stickers in one fell swoop and boom, I’d be done in no time at all. Here’s what really happened.

Everything seemed to be okay until I went to peel the stickers. Because of the nature of the paint, all my dots came up almost entirely with the sticker. It looked like what a bubble wand looks like before you actually blow the bubble. Not only did I lose all the work, but I also had to peel the stickers one by one. Let’s just say my hand still hurts.

The good news here is that even if you make a mistake, you can correct it; your mug is not useless! Just scrub your design off with the rough side of a sponge, dry, and start again. You can remove the paint as much as you need before baking to set permanently.

 

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)What I ended up doing (which I’m not 100% happy with) was making dots the size of the marker tip. Once I finished and my design was dry, I baked the mug in the oven for 35 minutes at 300˚F.

Be sure to turn off the oven and let the mug cool down to room temperature inside before removing, otherwise it could break. It’s also a good idea to put the mug in the oven when preheating so that it doesn’t warm up too quickly.

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)So that’s my first attempt! I love how much control the pen gives, verses the paint, so I will most likely be trying this project again. Have you tried painting your own mugs before?

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)Since the mugs are completely dishwasher safe, you can use it for your morning coffee… or to hold washi tape. It’s up to you! And if you’re looking for mugs with a bit more color, check out another version of this tutorial I made for Curbly.

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!) How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)

 

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The Crafted Kitchen: 10 Delicious Cupcake Recipeshttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-delicious-cupcake-recipes/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-delicious-cupcake-recipes/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 07:04:41 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8433 It may only be Tuesday, but who said you can’t treat yo self?! And what better pick me up is there out there besides a delicious cupcake? Not only are these recipes are completely drool worthy but they seem like you could actually successfully make them. Which is perfect if you’re looking to make something

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10 Delicious Cupcake RecipesIt may only be Tuesday, but who said you can’t treat yo self?! And what better pick me up is there out there besides a delicious cupcake? Not only are these recipes are completely drool worthy but they seem like you could actually successfully make them. Which is perfect if you’re looking to make something for for yourself or for any Memorial Day picnics you might be attending. Side note, if anyone needs me, I’ll be in a sugar coma until Friday.

And if you’re looking to throw a bit of crafting into the mix, try making these fresh flower cupcake toppers!

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes1. Fruity Pebble Cupcakes by Damn Delicious

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes2. Apple Pie Cupcakes by Spoonful Of Flavor

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes3. S’more Cupcakes by Pastry Affair

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes4. House Plant Cupcakes by Alana Jones-Mann

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes5. Tahini Cupcakes by Molly Yeh

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes6. Cherry Lemonade Cupcakes by Freutcake

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes7. Funnel Cake Cupcakes by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes8. Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes by Lulu the Baker

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes9. Angel Food Cupcakes by Cooking Classy

10 Delicious Cupcake Recipes

10. Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes by Hummingbird High

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DIY Easy Planter Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-easy-planter-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-easy-planter-makeover/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:01:20 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8409 Time: 45 minutes Materials: DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, brushes, planter What can I say, I’m officially obsessed with house plants. At some point, someone is going to have to come over and cut me off before my apartment turns into a jungle. They’re just such an easy way to bring color into your home, don’t

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Time: 45 minutes
Materials: DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, brushes, planter

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)What can I say, I’m officially obsessed with house plants. At some point, someone is going to have to come over and cut me off before my apartment turns into a jungle. They’re just such an easy way to bring color into your home, don’t you think? And why settle for a basic terra cotta planter when you can customize it to fit your decor in less than an hour! Here’s how I gave mine a makeover:

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)I used DecoArt’s chalky finish paint for this project because of the ultra matte finish (the end results almost feels like ceramic). The paint also requires no primer which is great for saving time. You can grab the planter at Ikea.

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)Apply the base color to your planter and dish. Once thoroughly dry, you can add your pattern. To achieve the design I made, make a row of dashes then, for the next row (above), have the dashes go the opposite direction. Because of the thicker coverage of the chalky paint, I didn’t have to do a second coat of the pattern color, even though it was a bit lighter than the base (woo!). It also helps to use a soft bristle brush to avoid any visible brushstrokes.

You can seal with a creme varnish or wax before potting your plant, but that’s up to you!

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)And that’s it! I’m thinking of making a few in different alternating color, what do you think? If you liked this idea, be sure to visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration! They’re also hosting a pretty amazing content that you may want to check out– see details here.

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Easy Planter Makeover (click through for full tutorial!)

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-13/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-13/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 07:02:09 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8375 Heck yeah it’s Friday! And boy am I ready to recharge. It was just one of those weeks that try and I might, I just couldn’t get to pending items on my to-do list. My brain just wasn’t having it. The good news is that Gabe, who has been traveling in SE Asia for the

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Heck yeah it’s Friday! And boy am I ready to recharge. It was just one of those weeks that try and I might, I just couldn’t get to pending items on my to-do list. My brain just wasn’t having it. The good news is that Gabe, who has been traveling in SE Asia for the past few months is finally home! There will be pizza and a movie this weekend, that’s for sure. And in the meantime, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

- Gushing over Victoria Smith’s new book (pictured above).

- So excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at The Hello Sessions this October. Tickets will go on sale soon so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get first dibs.

- Rosalie is amazing, kickass, and pretty dang inspirational.

- Just the prettiest diy tray!

- Such a beautiful transformation of the space.

- I’d probably be more organized if I made these… probably.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

 PS Are you color hunting with me tomorrow? It’s going to be so fun!

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9 Easy Marbling Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/9-easy-marbling-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/9-easy-marbling-projects/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 07:00:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8378 I’ve tried marbling a few times so far and have yet to be disappointed by the results! The color combinations are endless, plus you can marble just about any surface. I’d have to say that my favorite aspect of the craft is that you essentially use household materials, that you probably already have on hand

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9 Easy Marbling ProjectsI’ve tried marbling a few times so far and have yet to be disappointed by the results! The color combinations are endless, plus you can marble just about any surface. I’d have to say that my favorite aspect of the craft is that you essentially use household materials, that you probably already have on hand already, like nail polish and shaving cream and yet you can make some pretty beautiful things. If you haven’t given a try yet, here are nine great (and easy) projects will hopefully inspire you to get making!

9 Easy Marbling Projects1. Neon Marbled Jewelry Tray by I Spy DIY

9 Easy Marbling Projects2. Marbled Artwork by A Beautiful Mess

9 Easy Marbling Projects3. Marbled Votives by Lovely Indeed

9 Easy Marbling Projects4. Marbled Planter by Hello Lidy

9 Easy Marbling Projects5. Marbled Glass Ring Bowl by A Fabulous Fete

9 Easy Marbling Projects6. Marbled Coasters by For the Makers

9 Easy Marbling Projects7. Marbled Planters by Hello Natural

9 Easy Marbling Projects8. Marble Dipped Vase by The Crafted Life for Poppytalk

9 Easy Marbling Projects9. Leather and Marbled Fabric Clutch by Vitamini Handmade

Have you tried any of these, or any other marbling projects before? I’d love to know how it went!

 

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Come Color Hunt with Me!http://thecraftedlife.com/come-color-hunt/ http://thecraftedlife.com/come-color-hunt/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 07:01:46 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8367 Hey Portland friends, I have some fun news! This Saturday I’ll be co-hosting my first Instameet with Orchard Supply Hardward (by Trader Joe’s). There will be light snacks and drinks then we’ll be adventuring around the Hollywood district with paint chips, trying to find and Instagram colors out in the wild. The event is totally

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Color Hunt Instameet in Portland, ORHey Portland friends, I have some fun news! This Saturday I’ll be co-hosting my first Instameet with Orchard Supply Hardward (by Trader Joe’s). There will be light snacks and drinks then we’ll be adventuring around the Hollywood district with paint chips, trying to find and Instagram colors out in the wild. The event is totally free, so I hope to see you there! Here are the specifics:

When: Saturday, May 16th from 11am-1pm

Where: Orchard Supply Hardware (in the nursery section) + walking around the Hollywood district

Cost: Free!

Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP, ASAP!

xo
Rachel

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DIY Pom Pom Broochhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-pom-pom-brooch/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-pom-pom-brooch/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8341 Time: 15 minutes + dry time Materials: pom pom maker, scissors, yarn, felt, E-6000 glue, pin backs Okay friends, I’m officially hooked on making pom-poms. There’s a support group for that, right? If not, I say we start one. I’ll bring the wine. Either way, these diy pom-pom brooches are a fun way to add

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Time: 15 minutes + dry time
Materials: pom pom maker, scissors, yarn, felt, E-6000 glue, pin backs

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Okay friends, I’m officially hooked on making pom-poms. There’s a support group for that, right? If not, I say we start one. I’ll bring the wine. Either way, these diy pom-pom brooches are a fun way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe without costing much money (each brooch maybe costs $.25 to make, if that!) or taking too much time to make.

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!I’ve made pom-poms with a fork before, and I have to be admit, I kinda hated it. I could never really get the right size or shape that I wanted, so I decided this time to invest the $5 into a set of pom-pom makers. 100% worth it!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Once you have your poms all made, turning them into brooches is really easy.You can attach your pin backs in one of two ways: either looping through your poms center knot, or glueing to a piece of felt. I decided to do the latter.

Using your hands, gently flatten the back of your pom out a bit. Glue a piece of felt to you pom and let dry. Then glue on your pin back and let set overnight. In the morning you’ll have a new accessory that’s bound to make any outfit pop!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Easy enough, don’t you think? You can wear one or several at a time depending on your mood/outfit– it’s up to you!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!

 

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DIY Colorful Photo Backdropshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-colorful-photo-backdrops/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-colorful-photo-backdrops/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 07:01:28 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8324 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: poster board, mini roller, paint As much as I love the clean and simple aesthetic of the white backdrop, it seems that the smallest smudge can make it unusable. Which let’s face it, happens more often than not when crafting. Instead of recycling your less than perfect stash,

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: poster board, mini roller, paint

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!As much as I love the clean and simple aesthetic of the white backdrop, it seems that the smallest smudge can make it unusable. Which let’s face it, happens more often than not when crafting. Instead of recycling your less than perfect stash, try painting them to give them a new and colorful life!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!If you plan on painting multiple colors, I recommend lining your tray with aluminum foil so that you don’t have to get a new tray every time. You can use acrylic craft paint, I just chose to use the leftover paint I had from this planter project.

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!Roll on your paint and let dry. If you use a bristle brush, you’ll be able to see brushstrokes. If your poster board is really thin, the edges will curl up, so once the paint is dry, flip over and weigh the corners down with books. This should help controlling the curling a bit.

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!And that’s it! So fun, don’t you think? These are perfect to make if what you’re shooting is white or lightly colored (helps it really pop). But if you’re not into color for your photography, you can always give this DIY Wooden Backdrop a try!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!

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