The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:14:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Happy Friday!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-friday/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-friday/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6313 (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

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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!

xo
Rachel

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Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatichttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-gifts-for-the-stationery-fanatic/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-gifts-for-the-stationery-fanatic/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:01:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6278 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:

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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

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 4. Watercolor Birthstone Calendar by Squirrelly Minds Paper

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 5. Looking Good Greeting Card by Idle Wild Co

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 6. Look at My Phone Card by Emily McDowell

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 7. More Than This Wrapping Paper by Shana Frase

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 8. Look Up Card Set by Scout’s Honor Paper

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 9. Better Than an Email Post Card by Wit & Whistle

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 10. Ecosystems Multipurpose Card Set by Small Adventure

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Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift Tagshttp://thecraftedlife.com/cranberry-sauce-dipped-gift-tags/ http://thecraftedlife.com/cranberry-sauce-dipped-gift-tags/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:02:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6268 Time: 10 Minutes + dry time Materials: tags, brush, cranberries, water, paper towel Perhaps 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

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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?

 

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DIY Typographic Wall Hanginghttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-typographic-wall-hanging/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-typographic-wall-hanging/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:14:25 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6257 You 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.

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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

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Eight Must-Try Pillow DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/eight-must-try-pillow-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/eight-must-try-pillow-diys/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:14:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6231 This time of year is my absolute favorite. The decorations, the mass amounts of hot cocoa I inevitably consume, and of course, the chillier weather. In Portland we’ve been having those days that are just perfect for staying indoors and cozying up to watch a movie. And what says cozy more than handmade pillows? Whether you’re

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8 Must-Try Pillow DIYSThis time of year is my absolute favorite. The decorations, the mass amounts of hot cocoa I inevitably consume, and of course, the chillier weather. In Portland we’ve been having those days that are just perfect for staying indoors and cozying up to watch a movie. And what says cozy more than handmade pillows?

Whether you’re making these for your couch, your bed, or even a chair, here are eight pillow diys that will keep your home comfortable and stylish all winter long!

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS1. Pom Pom Pillow by Vintage Revivals

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS2. Pet Pillows by Yellow Brick Home

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS3. Iron on Pattern Pillow by Paper & Stitch

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS4. No Sew Pillow Covers by Homey Oh My!

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS5. Heart & Punctuation Pillows by I Spy DIY

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS6. Painted Cross Stitch Pillow by Craftberry Bush

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS7. Conversation Heart Pillows by Studio DIY

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS8. Pom Pom Pillow by The Hunted Interior

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Weekend Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-6/ http://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-6/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:06:51 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6222 (My garage makeover on Design Sponge!) You could say that this week was a good one. I saw bits of snow (in Portland, no less), listened to Christmas music for this first time this year, and oh yeah, was featured on Design Sponge! When I started blogging in 2011, Design Sponge was one of the

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The Crafted Life on Design Sponge(My garage makeover on Design Sponge!)

You could say that this week was a good one. I saw bits of snow (in Portland, no less), listened to Christmas music for this first time this year, and oh yeah, was featured on Design Sponge! When I started blogging in 2011, Design Sponge was one of the only blogs that I read at the time. It was so surreal to see my garage makeover on the front page that I still need someone to come over and pinch me!

Before I take off to celebrate this weekend, I wanted to share some other awesome links I came across this recently:

- My friend Tan opened her Etsy shop and everything is beau-tiful!

- I don’t think I’ll ever be over copper projects, at least not after seeing this one.

- I need to learn to knit asap!

- Genius use of an old belt buckle.

- Isn’t Lidy’s dinning room makeover stunning?!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maudehttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-harold-maude/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-harold-maude/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:06:48 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6210 If you’re ever feeling down about anything, make yourself a huge bowl of popcorn and watch Harold and Maude. Seriously, it does the trick every time. Maude (played by Ruth Gordon) has such a zest for life that it’s contagious–plus a bowl of  popcorn never hurts. And if you don’t have 91 minutes to spare, the

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If you’re ever feeling down about anything, make yourself a huge bowl of popcorn and watch Harold and Maude. Seriously, it does the trick every time. Maude (played by Ruth Gordon) has such a zest for life that it’s contagious–plus a bowl of  popcorn never hurts. And if you don’t have 91 minutes to spare, the soundtrack is equally as good. So whether you watch or listen while you make the following movie inspired crafts, just make sure you’re having fun :)

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude1. Paper Flowers by Kojo Designs

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude2. Painted Pots by Offbeat + Inspired

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude3. Fruit Slice Umbrella by Studio DIY

To persuade you even more, here is one of my favorite lines from the movie:

A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.

Be sure to check out the crafts for Annie Hall and The Grand Budapest Hotel too!

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10 Ways to Make Wall Arthttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-ways-make-wall-art/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-ways-make-wall-art/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:14:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6186 After hanging my gallery wall, I realized that you can never have too much art. Even if every square inch of your walls are covered, it’s still nice to be able to swap out pieces to refresh a room every now and then. Also, if your walls are entirely covered, please send pictures, because I bet

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10 Ways to Make Wall ArtAfter hanging my gallery wall, I realized that you can never have too much art. Even if every square inch of your walls are covered, it’s still nice to be able to swap out pieces to refresh a room every now and then. Also, if your walls are entirely covered, please send pictures, because I bet it looks amazing.

If you’re on a budget, or are just looking for ways to incorporate your own flair into your existing collecting, here are ten awesome ways to make wall art:

10 Ways to Make Wall Art1. Large Scale Art by Brittni Mehlhoff via Curbly

10 Ways to Make Wall Art2. Calendar Gallery Wall by The Creativity Exchange

10 Ways to Make Wall Art3. DIY Paper Wall Art by Sugar & Cloth

10 Ways to Make Wall Art4. Black & White Poster Art by Lay Baby Lay

10 Ways to Make Wall Art5. Dotted Wall Art by Morning Creativity

10 Ways to Make Wall Art6. Stamped Wall Art by Emma Dime

10 Ways to Make Wall Art7. Photo Stripe Canvas Art by Amy Anderson via HP

10 Ways to Make Wall Art8. DIY Abstract Art by Love From Ginger

10 Ways to Make Wall Art9. Basket Wall Art by Design Improvised

10 Ways to Make Wall Art10. No Sew Resolution Banner by Breathe Happiness

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Veterans Dayhttp://thecraftedlife.com/veterans-day/ http://thecraftedlife.com/veterans-day/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:23:32 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6179 (Image via My Little Fabric) Hi friends, just wanted to drop a short note letting you know that I will be taking today off to observe Veterans Day. To all those that have served, and to those with friends and family in the Armed Forces, my thoughts are with you.

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(Image via My Little Fabric)

Hi friends, just wanted to drop a short note letting you know that I will be taking today off to observe Veterans Day. To all those that have served, and to those with friends and family in the Armed Forces, my thoughts are with you.

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DIY Modern Christmas Tree Hanginghttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-modern-christmas-tree-hanging/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-modern-christmas-tree-hanging/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:02:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6167 Time: 1 Hour Materials: bleach, cotton fabric, scissors, brush, needle/thread, tape, dowel rod Brace yourselves friends, Christmas projects are coming. And while I’m trying to resist playing Christmas music all day while I work, I have given into making a few holiday crafts. What can I say, I’m a sucker for this time of year.

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Time: 1 Hour
Materials: bleach, cotton fabric, scissors, brush, needle/thread, tape, dowel rod

DIY Modern Christmas Tree HangingBrace yourselves friends, Christmas projects are coming. And while I’m trying to resist playing Christmas music all day while I work, I have given into making a few holiday crafts. What can I say, I’m a sucker for this time of year. Head on over to Curbly to see the full tutorial for this DIY Modern Christmas Tree hanging! It’s perfect for small apartments… or if you just want a tree in every room :)

DIY Modern Christmas Tree Hanging

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