The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:13:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-10/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-10/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:26:23 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7949 (via Instagram) Oh heck yes, it’s Friday! The weather is supposed to be outstanding in Portland over the next few days, so my weekend goal is to take it all in… Well, at least in between projects. In the meantime, and as always, here are some links you don’t want to miss: - No time

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Oh heck yes, it’s Friday! The weather is supposed to be outstanding in Portland over the next few days, so my weekend goal is to take it all in… Well, at least in between projects. In the meantime, and as always, here are some links you don’t want to miss:

- No time to send letters? (or your handwriting sucks?)– check this out!

- I started a new column this week called Blogging 101. If you’re looking for more tips, my girl PJ has you covered. Plus Sarah is sharing some rad photo tips.

- Oh the things you can do with a shoe box!

- Can someone please buy me this? I am dying!

- I need to make a run to the bookstore to pick up this and this.

- Such a cute printable!

Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Rachel

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Blogging 101: How to Buy a Domain Namehttp://thecraftedlife.com/blogging-101-buy-domain-name/ http://thecraftedlife.com/blogging-101-buy-domain-name/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:01:51 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7935 I am SO excited about this new series, y’all! When I first started blogging three years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where to even begin. This column, Blogging 101, will share the ins and outs of the business side of blogging and how to get started. If there’s any particular

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Blogging 101: How to Buy a Domain NameI am SO excited about this new series, y’all! When I first started blogging three years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where to even begin. This column, Blogging 101, will share the ins and outs of the business side of blogging and how to get started. If there’s any particular topic you’d like to cover, please leave it in the comments! I am totally open to suggestions and want to make sure that I’m answering your commonly asked questions. So let’s do it to it!

For the first post, I thought it was only right that we start at the very beginning: how to buy a domain name.

1. What is your blog’s name? Believe it or not, but this is actually one of the hardest parts about getting started. And it’s something I wish I would have put more effort into with my first blog, 52 Weeks Project. The reason for that is simple. The first question people will ask you when you tell them you have a blog is, What’s your blog’s name? It’s going to be your first impression to brands and strangers and it will follow you and your work around as long as you’re publishing content. No pressure, right?

For my rebrand, it helped me to make a long list of names without judging any one too critically at first. Let me tell you, things got a little wacky. From there, you can start weeding out the ones that clearly aren’t a good fit or perhaps too similar to other sites already out there (you don’t want people to confuse you for someone else).

One of the biggest tips that I can give you is to call someone outside of your industry (I call my dad, which is why I call this my “dad test”) and tell them the name you have in mind. If they understand what you say and get it, you most likely have a great name. But you need to be sure that name isn’t taken, which leads me to my next point…

2. Is the domain available? When you’re narrowing down your list, it helps to see if the domain name is even available before you get your hopes up. A great resource for this is Domainr.  It’s essentially a domain search that checks to see if anyone owns it or not. If you also have ideas of what words you want in your domain, but aren’t 100% on the name, Lean Domain Search allows you to type in words you want in your name and tells you what domains are available.

3. Are the social media handles available? If the domain you want is available, it’s time to check social media. Almost as important as the domain are the social media handles. Check for each major platform, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll be using them or not. The last thing you want is for your blog to take off then realize that someone has your handle (and others can mistake them for you.)

4. How to Register a Domain. Name? Check. Social media handles? Check. Now you’re ready to commit. Yahoo! There are a few sites you can use to buy a domain, but I recommend Name Cheap and iwantmyname. Go Daddy may be the one you’ve probably heard of, but here are a few reasons I don’t support their service.

To purchase, you basically check out, just as you would when shopping for anything else online. You might also want to consider buying varations of your name if available for future use (ie craftedlife and thecraftedlife). Domains typically run ~$15/year. If you see a price like $2k, it’s most likely because someone else owns it and are trying to sell it. You also don’t need any extras or hosting when checking out (they’ll add them on), and if you ever do, you can add them later. If there’s an option to set up auto-renew, select yes. They will email and remind you, it’s just always good to have these things locked down.

So that’s it! Hopefully that wasn’t information overload. Next time I’ll cover what to do now that you have a domain, so stay tuned :)

**If you’d like to dig even deeper into blogging, I also now offer consulting as a service! Email me at hello@thecraftedlife.com for more details.

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10 DIY Stamp Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-stamp-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-stamp-projects/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:25:59 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7908 One of the reasons I love stamps is because you can create something beautiful with something so minimal. There really is a lot you can do with just the repetition of lines and color! The good news is that you can make these 10 beautiful diy stamp projects with anything from from an eraser to a

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10 DIY Stamp ProjectsOne of the reasons I love stamps is because you can create something beautiful with something so minimal. There really is a lot you can do with just the repetition of lines and color! The good news is that you can make these 10 beautiful diy stamp projects with anything from from an eraser to a potato. Because, let’s be honest, store bought stamps can cost a fortune, especially if you need 2-3 for one project. You may even have the materials on hand right now, so go on, get stamping!

10 DIY Stamp Projects1. Tag Shaped Stamps by Creature Comforts

10 DIY Stamp Projects2. DIY Stamped Pillow by Hello Lidy

 

10 DIY Stamp Projects3. DIY Watermelon Doormat by Carrie Waller for eHow

10 DIY Stamp Projects4. No Sew Stamped Scarf by Almost Makes Perfect

10 DIY Stamp Projects5. DIY Buffalo Plaid Stamp Set by A Beautiful Mess

10 DIY Stamp Projects6. Pineapple Printed Pillow by I Spy DIY

10 DIY Stamp Projects7. Printed Napkins by Mamas Junk

10 DIY Stamp Projects8. DIY Rubber Stamp by The Crafted Life

10 DIY Stamp Projects9. DIY Fox Stamp by Zana

10 DIY Stamp Projects10. Grainsack Stripe Stamp by Tidbits

Have you ever made your own stamp before? How did you make it?

 

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DIY Wooden Slab Key Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wooden-slab-key-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wooden-slab-key-holder/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:01:34 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7888 Time: 30 minutes Materials: wooden slab, acrylic paint, brush, vinyl or stickers, drill, hooks So I originally ordered this wooden slab for this table I made, but it ended up being too thin and not right for the project at all. Instead of letting it just sit around, or pay for that return shipping, I decided

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: wooden slab, acrylic paint, brush, vinyl or stickers, drill, hooks

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!So I originally ordered this wooden slab for this table I made, but it ended up being too thin and not right for the project at all. Instead of letting it just sit around, or pay for that return shipping, I decided to turn it into something equally as practical… a key holder!

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!If your slab is untreated, I would suggest that you seal the wood with polyurethane before starting this project to avoid pests in your home.

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!Start by taping off the sections then apply paint. Once dry, you can place your stickers.I made the stickers for this with my Silhouette, but you could easily just buy alphabet stickers if you don’t have a machine. I recommend using a ruler for a guide to help keep everything straight.

Pre-drill your holes with a bit (depending on how thick your hook screw is), screw in your hooks and then hang on the wall! You can used velcro or even hammer in a hook on the back, depending on how you’d like to display with your home.

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!Easy peasy, yeah?! And if you’re looking for a way to make your keyring look as colorful as this key holder, here’s a color blocking diy you won’t want to miss.

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!

DIY Wooden Slab Key Holder, click through to see the full tutorial!

 

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-9/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-9/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:26:56 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7881 (via Instagram) Happy Friday! This week really flew by, don’t you think? And I am glad for that!  I’ll be taking some time away from the computer and email over the next few days to wrap up a few projects that I’ve been wanting to finish for a while (including making my first skirt!). If

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Happy Friday! This week really flew by, don’t you think? And I am glad for that!  I’ll be taking some time away from the computer and email over the next few days to wrap up a few projects that I’ve been wanting to finish for a while (including making my first skirt!). If you are still looking for inspiration for your next project, take a look at these links:

- The tutorial for this circle shelf is brilliant! Definitely making this asap.

- Easy peasy art you can make for your home in no time at all!

- The Let’s Chat series on my blog may just be one of favorite series yet because it gives me a chance you talk to you guys honestly about big things. If you missed the latest post, you can check it out here.

- I don’t know if I’ll ever buy another necklace after this tutorial!

- Felt flowers almost as good as the real thing

Who else is totally psyched for season two of True Detective?!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo
Rachel

 

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Let’s Chat: Rejectionhttp://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-rejection/ http://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-rejection/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:01:49 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7866 (via Instagram) Rejection. Woof. The worst. But there’s no way around it, it’s part of business. You’re going to get rejected, more than once, and from projects you want so bad it hurts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. And that doesn’t make you less of a person. I know when we feel

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An open discussion on facing rejection as a small business owner and how you can use it to push you forward. (via Instagram)

Rejection. Woof. The worst.

But there’s no way around it, it’s part of business. You’re going to get rejected, more than once, and from projects you want so bad it hurts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. And that doesn’t make you less of a person. I know when we feel the sting of rejection our initial thought is to run and hide. In one fell swoop we somehow forget all the good things we’ve ever done.

Even if it doesn’t come through on these blog posts or on my Instagram, I’m no different. Just the other day I was turned down for a project I really wanted. But instead of checking out for the rest of the day and fixating on the bad news, I sent out five more emails that will hopefully evolve into other projects I really want. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I use rejection to drive me. Because letting it hold me back is no longer option. There’s too much to be done.

You too have too much to do. So, here are a few tips for pushing through and picking yourself up:

1. Archive. Get that email out of site as soon as you’re done responding (if necessary). Don’t let those bad vibes linger.

2. Pick one thing to make you happy and do it. Go buy a cupcake. Treat yourself to flowers. Take a 45 minute break to watch an episode of one of your favorite shows. Or this video. It’s okay to take some time out and reflect.

3. Remember, you are not your business. Even though you put your blood, sweat, and tears into your business, it is not who you are as a person. You are not getting rejected, your business just isn’t the best fit for whatever reason.

4. Get moving. Dance, go for a run, walk around the block. Just step away from the computer and get your blood pumping.

5. Make a list. What are other projects you want to work on? Make a list and set those into action.

Rejection is scary and it hurts. But how else are you going to get what you want unless you take that risk and ask?

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

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6 Zesty Citrus Cocktails for Springhttp://thecraftedlife.com/6-zesty-citrus-cocktails-spring/ http://thecraftedlife.com/6-zesty-citrus-cocktails-spring/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:28:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7854 While on driving up and down the 101 on my recent road trip, I passed a surprisingly fair amount of open back trucks full of lemons and oranges. If they would have been parked, it would have been an Instagram dream true, let me tell you! Even though I’m back in Oregon now, I can’t

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6 Zesty Citrus Cocktails for SpringWhile on driving up and down the 101 on my recent road trip, I passed a surprisingly fair amount of open back trucks full of lemons and oranges. If they would have been parked, it would have been an Instagram dream true, let me tell you! Even though I’m back in Oregon now, I can’t stop thinking about those colors and smells.

Plus citrus seems to be in just about every recipe popping up on Pinterest right now, don’t you think? And since I’m no chef, the only other way to make sure I’m taking in the doctor recommended amount of fruit is with these 6 must-try citrus cocktails. Trust me, totallyyy healthy.

1. The Perfect Mimosa via West Elm’s blog

2. Tequila Lime Spritzer by The Glitter Guide

3. Citrus and Sage Cocktail by City Sage

4. Vodka Lavender Lemonade by The Effortless Chic

5. Grapefruit, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sake Cocktail by The Bojon Gourmet

6. The Bee’s Knees via Camille Styles

Hopefully they’ll get you through the rest of the work week! Which one will you try first?

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DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-abstract-painted-ring-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-abstract-painted-ring-holder/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:07:56 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7818 Time: 20 minutes + cure time Materials: ceramic ring holder, vitrea 160 paint, brush, sharpie I am a total ring fanatic. The flashier the better I say (who’s with me?!). Instead of leaving my favorite pieces around the house, where they’re destined to get lost, I decided to give my boring plain ring holder a makeover.

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Time: 20 minutes + cure time
Materials: ceramic ring holder, vitrea 160 paint, brush, sharpie

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!I am a total ring fanatic. The flashier the better I say (who’s with me?!). Instead of leaving my favorite pieces around the house, where they’re destined to get lost, I decided to give my boring plain ring holder a makeover. Who knows, maybe it will to encourage me to store my rings properly when I’m done wearing them.

Fingers crossed!

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!I used Vitrea 160 paint because I like the translucent feel. it’s also dried completely flat and there are no visible brushstrokes. You can use acrylic paints, but results will vary.

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!The best part about this project is that you don’t really have to have experience as a painter to achieve this abstract look. Just start by brushing on your lightest colors. You can then go back in with your darker colors, somewhat overlapping what you just painted; however, be sure the previous color has dried so you don’t smear. I found with the Vitrea 160, the lighter colors still peeked through (you can see that a bit in the photo above).

Once all of the paint is dry, you can add dots, dashes or other patterns with a Sharpie.  If you used the same paint that I did, you’ll want to let it dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F to cure completely.

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

 

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

 

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10 Reasons Why you Should Attend Craftcation 2016http://thecraftedlife.com/10-reasons-attend-craftcation-2016/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-reasons-attend-craftcation-2016/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:01:16 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7796 You may be thinking to yourself, reasons to attend a conference a year from now?! I know, crazy. But after my experience this year, I feel like you should go ahead and mark this conference down in your calendars because there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll want to attend.  And although this list could

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10 Reasons to attend CraftcationYou may be thinking to yourself, reasons to attend a conference a year from now?! I know, crazy. But after my experience this year, I feel like you should go ahead and mark this conference down in your calendars because there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll want to attend.  And although this list could be double in length, here are my top ten reasons why I think we should meet at Craftcation next year:

1. The people. The people that attend are the best. Everyone is kind, open, and just willing to help you out with your business. There are no cliques and no feelings of superiority that you might find at other events. To follow with that…

2. The environment. There’s such an energetic buzz that surrounds Craftcation unlike any other. People just want to kick ass at owning their own business and seem to be happy to be connecting with others who feel the same.

3. You get to actually make stuff. Like stuff you’d actually want to make. A lot of times, conferences can be an overdose of information. To balance that out, there are TONS of hands-on craft and food workshops for those moments when you want to switch gears.

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4. It’s on the beach. Had to, because it’s amazing.

5. It’s laid back.  You can wear jeans and sneakers, you can wear lipstick, you can wear dresses. It doesn’t matter. There’s less pressure on changing outfits multiple times a day and more focus on what you’re going to takeaway.

6. Bernina. I first learned to sew at this conference on a Bernina machine and haven’t looked back. Their reps are also just the sweetest.

7. It’s affordable. Tickets are only around $400 (less I think?) for about 4 full days of panels and workshops; the hotel around $160 a night.

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8. The Information. The panels/classes are jam packed with key things you absolutely need to know for your business, ie: bookkeeping, how to build your newsletter and brand, how to take better photographs.

9. City of Ventura. You can wonder downtown (a 2 minute walk away) to wonder in and out of the great thrift shops, restaurants, and of course Superbuzzy. You also get to each lunch at city hall, dinner at the fairgrounds, and some of the workshops are even off site. You aren’t stuck in the hotel the entire time. LA is also only an hour away, great for squeezing in a quick trip.

10. Nicole and Delilah. If you haven’t connected with these women yet, you absolutely need to. Not only do they plan and execute the entire event, but they are present and engaging throughout. They sit on panels. They take the photos. They meet and great you at registration. They genuinely want to connect with the people that come and that energy is felt.

 

Have you ever been to Craftcation before? What are some of your favorite conferences?

 

 

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Happy Early Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-early-weekend/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-early-weekend/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:03:32 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7777  (via Instagram) After spending the last two weeks driving up and down the coast, speaking at Craftcation, and now fighting a cold, I am exhausted! So, I’ll be heading out a day early this week so I can drive back to Oregon and get some rest. Plus honestly, how can I top yesterday’s April Fools

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After spending the last two weeks driving up and down the coast, speaking at Craftcation, and now fighting a cold, I am exhausted! So, I’ll be heading out a day early this week so I can drive back to Oregon and get some rest. Plus honestly, how can I top yesterday’s April Fools prank? I totally got you, right? While I’m away, be sure to check out these fabulous links:

- Martha Stewart shared one of my photos on Instagram. I can retire now, right? Also, Martha forever.

- Get on my walls ASAP! And this too!

- I cannot wait to try this! Also, I’m convienced Justina can do anything (got a major girl crush going on right now!)

- If you’re decorating eggs this weekend, this method takes no time at all.

- Do you think this would work on a large scale? Because I am in love!

- I never got on board with the pineapple craze, but this, this I’d make.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

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