The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:04:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-3/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-3/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:01:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6952 (photo: betsy & iya) If you missed it yesterday, I was over on Lovely Indeed gushing about one of my favorite Portland shops, betsy & iya. If you’re ever in town, or live here and haven’t stopped by yet, add this shop to your must-visit places (read all about it here)! Here are some other gush-worthy

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Portland City Guide: betsy & iya(photo: betsy & iya)

If you missed it yesterday, I was over on Lovely Indeed gushing about one of my favorite Portland shops, betsy & iya. If you’re ever in town, or live here and haven’t stopped by yet, add this shop to your must-visit places (read all about it here)! Here are some other gush-worthy links I came across this week:

- I’ll take one of everything please.

- Cutest (and easiest) manicure ever!

- I might just have to make these this weekend.

- If you live in LA, be sure to go to this workshop!

- My desk could use this right about now.

- I was interviewed for the latest issue of Uppercase. Consider me ECSTATIC!

xo
Rachel

*ps, would you guys be interested in seeing more of Portland on this ole blog? Perhaps great shops and restaurants to visit? 

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8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blueshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-floral-diys-beat-winter-blues/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-floral-diys-beat-winter-blues/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:00:35 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6933 Now that we’re almost done with January, I’m sure most of you are sick of winter (especially after that snow storm on the east coast this week!). So, if you can’t be somewhere warm and sunny, at least the internet is full of gorgeous pictures of flowers. What’s even better is that some of those

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8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter BluesNow that we’re almost done with January, I’m sure most of you are sick of winter (especially after that snow storm on the east coast this week!). So, if you can’t be somewhere warm and sunny, at least the internet is full of gorgeous pictures of flowers. What’s even better is that some of those stunning blooms can be incorporated into diy projects! Here are eight gorgeous flower projects to help you beat the winter blues:

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues1. Everyday Floral Brooch by Oh Joy!

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues2. DIY Floral Letters by Honestly Yum

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues3. Fresh Flower Framed Mirror by Paper & Stitch

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues4. DIY Dried Flower Coasters by The Crafted Life

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues5. Easy Flower Wall Art by Decorate with Flowers

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues6. Hanging Flower Installation by Sugar and Cloth

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues7. DIY Bike Basket by The Merry Thought

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues8. DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case via Etsy Blog

**For more flowery goodness, be sure to follow my Plants & Flower board on Pinterest!

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DIY Hanging Air Plant Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-hanging-air-plant-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-hanging-air-plant-holder/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:03:00 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6922 Time: 15 minutes Materials: bell cup, hammer & nail, cord, wooden beads, acrylic paint Guys, listen up. This diy is crazy easy. On one hand I want to make 100 more, but on the other, I don’t want to be known as the crazy plant lady. That’s totally a thing, right? Either way, you can make this hanging air

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Time: 15 minutes
Materials: bell cup, hammer & nail, cord, wooden beads, acrylic paint

DIY Hanging Air Plant HolderGuys, listen up. This diy is crazy easy. On one hand I want to make 100 more, but on the other, I don’t want to be known as the crazy plant lady. That’s totally a thing, right?

Either way, you can make this hanging air plant holder in about 15 minutes. They’re completely customizable and you can see how I did it on Curbly!

DIY Hanging Air Plant HolderClick here to see full tutorial! 

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Hand Painted Apron DIYhttp://thecraftedlife.com/hand-painted-apron/ http://thecraftedlife.com/hand-painted-apron/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:02 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6908 Time: 1 hour Materials: fabric paint, plain apron, brush You might have noticed me working on this project on Instagram over the weekend, and let me tell you, it was the easiest diy ever! For all of those who made the resolution to cook more, what better way to convenience yourself to get in the kitchen

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Time: 1 hour
Materials: fabric paint, plain apron, brush

Hand Painted Apron DIYYou might have noticed me working on this project on Instagram over the weekend, and let me tell you, it was the easiest diy ever! For all of those who made the resolution to cook more, what better way to convenience yourself to get in the kitchen than with a hand painted apron?

Hand Painted Apron DIYPaint your design on to your fabric and let dry. Easy as that! The paint I used didn’t even require a heat set (be sure to check your instructions though!). If you’re short on time, consider making your pattern larger, like oversized polka dots or triangles.

Hand Painted Apron DIY

Hand Painted Apron DIYThis would also make a great Valentine’s day project for the foodie in your life!

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7 Places to Take Classes Onlinehttp://thecraftedlife.com/7-places-take-classes-online/ http://thecraftedlife.com/7-places-take-classes-online/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6891 One of my favorite things about the internet is the amount of knowledge that’s being shared. You can learn essentially anything you’ve ever dreamed of in the comforts of your own home, all for a more affordable rate than most universities. So grab your sweatpants, computer and a notebook, and learn something new today with

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7 Places to Take Classes OnlineOne of my favorite things about the internet is the amount of knowledge that’s being shared. You can learn essentially anything you’ve ever dreamed of in the comforts of your own home, all for a more affordable rate than most universities. So grab your sweatpants, computer and a notebook, and learn something new today with any one of these seven places to take classes online:

1. Creativebug– art & craft video classes by expert makers. Can access on desktop or through their mobile app. Membership gets you unlimited viewing of classes and is $9.95/mo with a free two week trial.

2. Coursera– classes from top universities that you can do for fun, specialization, or certification. Learn law, medicine, business, etc from professors at Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and more. Membership is $0 (that’s right, free!).

3. Skillshare– creative classes you can watch on your own time. You can also engage and collaborate with other students in your class. Membership ranges from $0-$10 a month.

4. Treehouse– Video classes that focus on web design, coding, business and more. Practice your skills through quizzes and challenges to earn badges and connect with other students in the class. Membership ranges from $25-$50 a month.

5. Atly– Classes that range from business to food, to photography to language and more. Can upgrade account for instructor feedback to help you improve your skills. Enrollment fee varies by class.

6. Udemy– Largest online learning marketplace with a huge catalog of classes (22,000+) on almost any topic. Can even take courses in different languages. Enrollment fee varies by class.

7. Craftsy– creative classes in knitting, quilting, cooking, arts, and more. You can also shop the supplies and pattern section to get the materials for your classes. Enrollment fee varies by class.

*Have you tried any of these platforms out? Know of any others?

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7 Must Try Adhesive Vinyl DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/7-must-try-adhesive-vinyl-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/7-must-try-adhesive-vinyl-diys/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:00:26 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6871 Okay guys, confession: I’ve never used vinyl in a project. Not even outside of this blog. ::let the stone throwing begin:: I know, it’s a magic tool (can be used on glass, cloth, walls and more), and I have yet to use it. After coming across these seven awesome diys, however, I think I’m ready

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7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYSOkay guys, confession: I’ve never used vinyl in a project. Not even outside of this blog. ::let the stone throwing begin:: I know, it’s a magic tool (can be used on glass, cloth, walls and more), and I have yet to use it. After coming across these seven awesome diys, however, I think I’m ready to take the plunge. Sometimes all you need is some inspiration to kick you in the pants, right?

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS1. DIY Travel Mugs by Studio DIY

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS2. Scalloped Jars by Sarah Hearts

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS3. Gem Boxes by Oleander and Palm

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS4. Black Triangular Wall Hearts by Hello Lidy

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS5. DIY Bar Bottle Labels by Lovely Indeed

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS6. Mustache Glasses by A Spoonful of Sugar

7 Must-Try Vinyl DIYS7. Gold Scallop Napkins by Sarah Hearts

Have you ever used vinyl in a craft project before? I’d love to get your take on it!

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Stenciled Pencil Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/stenciled-pencil-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/stenciled-pencil-holder/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:46:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6853 Time: 30 minutes Materials: pencil box, Americana Multi-Surface paint, stencil, stencil adhesive, brush When organizing my desk for the new year, I noticed that my supplies were looking a bit drab. That’s got to be the reason my desk was so messy in the first place, right? I decided to add some much needed color and

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: pencil box, Americana Multi-Surface paint, stencil, stencil adhesive, brush

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderWhen organizing my desk for the new year, I noticed that my supplies were looking a bit drab. That’s got to be the reason my desk was so messy in the first place, right? I decided to add some much needed color and pattern to my pencil holder with this quick stencil diy!

 

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderAmericana Multi-Surface paint is the perfect paint to pick up for this project, especially if you’re grabbing your pencil cup at a thrift store. It won’t matter if the one you find is made of wood, plastic, ceramic or metal, the paint will still look/apply great!

Also please note that I have tape in the pictured supplies, but found out that it didn’t work nearly as well as the spray stencil adhesive. The closer to the surface you can get the stencil, the crisper the lines.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderSpray a light coat of the adhesive to the back of your stencil. If you use too much, it will goop up on your pencil box.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderPosition your stencil and start dabbing on your paint.

DIY Stenciled Pencil HolderWhen finished, peel stencil and let dry. I recommend doing this step before the paint dries so that you can fix any unwanted paint mistakes.

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

Fill with your desk supplies and enjoy! Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Be sure to visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration!

DIY Stenciled Pencil Holder

This post is sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels Craft Stores. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep The Crafted Life making!

 

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Améliehttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-amelie/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-amelie/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:19:13 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6840 If you have the Monday blues, put on some Yann Tiersen and dream of summer in Montmartre. Better yet, grab a bottle of wine and your dvd player because today’s movie inspired crafts come from Amélie! It’s quirky and whimsical nature is bound to make you forget about the week ahead. And if not, well, at

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If you have the Monday blues, put on some Yann Tiersen and dream of summer in Montmartre. Better yet, grab a bottle of wine and your dvd player because today’s movie inspired crafts come from Amélie! It’s quirky and whimsical nature is bound to make you forget about the week ahead. And if not, well, at least you had wine!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

Travel Album in a Box via Camille Styles

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

Raspberry Ice Cream Pie via Love Taza

Movie Inspired Crafts: Amélie

DIY Gold Rimmed Acrylic Jewelry Box by House of Earnest

 

And for one of my favorite lines from the film:

Voilà, ma petite Amélie, vous n’avez pas des os en verre. Vous pouvez vous cogner à la vie. Si vous laissez passer cette chance, alors avec le temps, c’est votre cœur qui va devenir aussi sec et cassant que mon squelette. Alors, allez y, nom d’un chien!”

Translation: So, my little Amélie, you don’t have bones of glass. You can take life’s knocks. If you let this chance pass, eventually, your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton. So, go get him, for Pete’s sake!

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Friday Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-2/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-2/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:14:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6827 (Shopping at the LA Flower Mart with Hello Lidy last summer) Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it! Although I’ll be spending some time of the next few days working and painting, we also have some friends coming in from SF that I can’t wait to see. Weekends should

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LA Flower Mart(Shopping at the LA Flower Mart with Hello Lidy last summer)

Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it! Although I’ll be spending some time of the next few days working and painting, we also have some friends coming in from SF that I can’t wait to see. Weekends should really be three days long, don’t you think?  Whether you’re up to something big, or just relaxing at home, you’ll want to include these links in your weekend reading material:

- If I made these hangers, I’d probably do laundry more.

- I don’t think it gets any cuter than this!

- Started a new column earlier this week and would love your input.

- This image is downright amazing.

- I’ve seen potato stamping before, but never this chic!

- Must invest in a heat gun.

Last but not least, I’m hosting a workshop next month with my friend Becky and we’re looking for goodie bag donations! If you’re interested, email me at hello@thecraftedlife.com.

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8 Brilliant Ikea Hackshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-brilliant-ikea-hacks/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-brilliant-ikea-hacks/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:14:56 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6804 I’m still in the process of furnishing our apartment and am trying my best to avoid Ikea. Don’t get me wrong, they have some great pieces, but if you get too many in one room is starts to feel like you actually live in an Ikea/college dorm room. After seeing these projects, however, I’m starting

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8 Brilliant Ikea HacksI’m still in the process of furnishing our apartment and am trying my best to avoid Ikea. Don’t get me wrong, they have some great pieces, but if you get too many in one room is starts to feel like you actually live in an Ikea/college dorm room. After seeing these projects, however, I’m starting to think there’s hope after all. If I came across these items on their own, I would have never guessed they were Ikea hacks. And that’s what makes them brilliant and certainly worth the try.

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks1. Ombre Plant House by Monster Circus

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks2. Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard by Sugar & Cloth

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks3. DIY Pouf by Kristi Murphy

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks4. Ikea Coffee Table Makeover by The Hunted Interior

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks5. Ikea Card File Drawers Hack by The Painted Hive

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks6. DIY Bar Cart Hack by Kicsihaz

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks7. Quick Ikea Office Chair Hack by Hither and Thither

8 Brilliant Ikea Hacks8. DIY Marble Coffee Table via Poppytalk

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