The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:35:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Color Me Friday: Black & Whitehttp://thecraftedlife.com/color-friday-black-white/ http://thecraftedlife.com/color-friday-black-white/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:35:22 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7308 Instead of sharing my favorite links for the week, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and get color coded. And although my heart typically swoons for all things color, these black and white DIYS are not to be overlooked. Plus any of these projects can be completed over the weekend, while still leaving

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Color Me Friday: Black & WhiteInstead of sharing my favorite links for the week, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and get color coded. And although my heart typically swoons for all things color, these black and white DIYS are not to be overlooked. Plus any of these projects can be completed over the weekend, while still leaving you time to binge on Netflix and popcorn. Seriously, what’s not to love about that?!

Faux Speckled Candle by Almost Makes Perfect

Potato Prints via Design Sponge

Black & White Acrylic Trays by A Bubbly Life

Dotted Wall Clock by Fall for DIY via Design Sponge

Black & White Poofs by I Spy DIY

Marbling Using Nail Polish by Hello Lidy

Hand Painted Apron by The Crafted Life

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

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Hump Day Giveaway: Bonlookhttp://thecraftedlife.com/hump-day-giveaway-bonlook/ http://thecraftedlife.com/hump-day-giveaway-bonlook/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:24:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7292 Happy Wednesday! Even though it’s not quite the weekend, I thought it would be fun to celebrate today with a little giveaway to Bonlook! I recently got new glasses from them and am in love, so why not share the goodness?! If I could have a jewelry box full of different prescriptions glasses I totally

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Win a pair of glasses to Bonlook!Happy Wednesday! Even though it’s not quite the weekend, I thought it would be fun to celebrate today with a little giveaway to Bonlook! I recently got new glasses from them and am in love, so why not share the goodness?!

If I could have a jewelry box full of different prescriptions glasses I totally would, but they aren’t always affordable. I think that’s what initially drew me to Bonlook– the frames are under $100 and are completely modern and stylish. I’m wearing these frames, but they also carry men’s styles for all the gentlemen out there.

Win a pair of glasses to Bonlook!

And now for the fun part, the Giveaway Details!

Contest is 0pen to US & Canada residents only. Winner, chosen at random, get one free pair of Bonlook eyeglasses. Ends March 3rd, 2015 at 5:00pm PST. Enter below! 

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8 DIY Washi Tape Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-diy-washi-tape-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-diy-washi-tape-projects/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:23:01 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7271 If there’s one thing I learned from this Instagram post is that we all have an addiction to washi tape. And rightly so, it’s pretty much the stuff dreams are made of! You can get it in just about any color or pattern and it’s removable (which means the possibilities are endless). These eight must-try

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8 DIY Washi Tape Projects

If there’s one thing I learned from this Instagram post is that we all have an addiction to washi tape. And rightly so, it’s pretty much the stuff dreams are made of! You can get it in just about any color or pattern and it’s removable (which means the possibilities are endless). These eight must-try diys are a great place to start if you’re looking for more ways to bring washi into your life!

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects1. Herringbone iPhone Case via Chronicle Books Blog

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects2. Decorative Power Cord by DesignLoveFest

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects3. Clay Gift Tags by Mahalolena

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects4. Decorative Picture Holders via Home Depot Blog

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects5. Washi Tape Frames via 100 Layer Cake

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects6. Statement Wall via Brit + Co

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects7. DIY Strip Doorway by A Beautiful Mess

8 DIY Washi Tape Projects8. Washi Manicure by Polish Police

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30 Minute Wall Art DIYhttp://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-wall-art-diy/ http://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-wall-art-diy/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:05:06 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7160 Time: 30 minutes Materials: paper, scissors, brushes, canvas, paint Valentine’s Day may be long over, but my love for all things heart shaped is still going strong. After rounding up these diy wall art projects a while back, I decided that I’m well overdue for making some of my own. Even if you’re not a fine

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: paper, scissors, brushes, canvas, paint

30 Minute Wall Art DIYValentine’s Day may be long over, but my love for all things heart shaped is still going strong. After rounding up these diy wall art projects a while back, I decided that I’m well overdue for making some of my own. Even if you’re not a fine artist, as long as you have thirty minutes, you’ll still be able to make this wall art!

DIY 30 Minute Wall Art

30 Minute Wall Art DIYIf you don’t have a heart stencil at home you can easily make one by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out half of a heart, just as you did when you were making Valentine’s as a kid. Lightly trace the shape on your canvas with a pencil.

To make sure your outside lines are smooth, I recommend lining your shape with a smaller brush before filling in with paint.

DIY 30 Minute Wall Art DIY 30 Minute Wall Art

DIY 30 Minute Wall Art

 

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-6/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-6/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:14:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7256 (via Instagram) Happy Friday y’all! It’s totally cool to say y’all since I’m currently in Texas, right? If you have any recommendations for what I should eat/see/do in Austin, leave me a note in the comments below! Between traveling and hosting a workshop last night, I haven’t had much time to explore what’s been happening

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Happy Friday y’all! It’s totally cool to say y’all since I’m currently in Texas, right? If you have any recommendations for what I should eat/see/do in Austin, leave me a note in the comments below! Between traveling and hosting a workshop last night, I haven’t had much time to explore what’s been happening on the internet this week. I did however come across these links and think you’ll love them:

- I have a feeling I’m going to make tons of these!

- Who knew there were so many ways to make your own perfume?!

- I may have to give hand lettering another try.

- I think I found my new favorite breakfast food.

- Definitely on my must-try cocktail list!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo
Rachel

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6 DIY Jewelry Displayshttp://thecraftedlife.com/6-diy-jewelry-displays/ http://thecraftedlife.com/6-diy-jewelry-displays/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:19:20 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7232 Let it be known that I stink at keeping my jewelry organized. I don’t know what it is I do, but I can’t even tell you the number of single earrings I have in my collection. In attempts to do better, I found these 6 DIY ways to display jewelry. Who knows, maybe if I

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6 DIY Ways to Display JewelryLet it be known that I stink at keeping my jewelry organized. I don’t know what it is I do, but I can’t even tell you the number of single earrings I have in my collection. In attempts to do better, I found these 6 DIY ways to display jewelry. Who knows, maybe if I make them all, one of them will stick? Wish me luck people.

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry1. Easy Clay Dishes by Hello Natural

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry2. DIY Wooden Jewelry Box by Craft Hunter

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry3. $10 Jewelry Holder by Hammer and Heels

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry4. Jewelry Display Blocks by Emily Henderson

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry5. Hanging Jewelry Display by I Spy DIY

6 DIY Ways to Display Jewelry6. 5 Minute Jewelery Stand by The Crafted Life

 

And if you’re looking for more jewelry project to fill up your new displays with, give these fifteen a try

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Thrift Store Frame Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-frame-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-frame-makeover/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:02:12 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7212 Time: 30 minutes Materials: frame, contact paper, X-Acto knife, pencil, bone folder (optional) I recently teamed up with Etsy (someone seriously pinch me!) to show you guys how to makeover a basic thrift store frame that doesn’t require painting! If you have thirty minutes to spare, and enjoy wrapping presents, then you can totally do this

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: frame, contact paper, X-Acto knife, pencil, bone folder (optional)

Thrift Store Frame Makeover DIY

I recently teamed up with Etsy (someone seriously pinch me!) to show you guys how to makeover a basic thrift store frame that doesn’t require painting! If you have thirty minutes to spare, and enjoy wrapping presents, then you can totally do this DIY. Plus when you’re done, you’ll still have some contact paper leftover to make this 2 Minute Vase!

Click here to see the full tutorial on Etsy!

Thrift Store Frame Makeover DIY

PS Tomorrow is the last day to grab your ticket to my bead decorating workshop! There’s only a few spots left!

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Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Potteryhttp://thecraftedlife.com/meet-maker-salt-stone-pottery/ http://thecraftedlife.com/meet-maker-salt-stone-pottery/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:17:06 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7181 I first discovered Salt + Stone Pottery through Instagram and have been head over heels with her pottery, and top-notch behind the scene shots, ever since! I’m so excited that she agreed to be part of this new series and think you guys will just love her and her work. Without further ado, meet Jade! 1. Tell us

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Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone PotteryI first discovered Salt + Stone Pottery through Instagram and have been head over heels with her pottery, and top-notch behind the scene shots, ever since! I’m so excited that she agreed to be part of this new series and think you guys will just love her and her work. Without further ado, meet Jade!

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Jade. I was born in Vero Beach, Florida but I’ve lived all over {Boston, Austin, Miami Beach, and currently Los Angeles}. I am the creator of Salt + Stone, a collection of one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic goods.

2. Have you always been a maker or did you pursue other careers first?

Although the medium has changed over the years and it hasn’t necessarily always been my main focus, I have always been a maker. From a very young age, I found the best way to express myself was through art. I have dabbled with everything from paper craft to woodworking to painting and ultimately went to college for fine art before finding my passion in clay. For nearly six years, I worked for Anthropologie creating displays and merchandising product. They place a high value on their customer experience from an aesthetics perspective, which means as a visual manager, you are constantly learning. Clay, paper, cork, wax, wood, cloth, metal, plastic.. all of these materials are in my wheelhouse.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

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

When I first began honing my craft, I would give pieces away to family and friends.. the response nearly every time was something to the effect of ‘this is beautiful! You should be selling this!’ While I knew the audience was biased, they also gave me a confidence to at least explore the idea of selling my work. It was also then that I realized I needed to be selling my work to be able to continue creating.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

4. Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things.. nature is endlessly fascinating to me, I love to travel and explore new places, music has a way of bringing out different sides of my creativity, colors, textures, people who are continuously bettering themselves,  even certain scents have their own way of inspiring me.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

5. Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

My husband and I spent the better part of the last two years on a road trip around North America.

**Be sure to check out Jade’s website and follower her on Instagram!

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DIY Color Blocked Leather Keychainshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-blocked-leather-keychains/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-blocked-leather-keychains/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:03:14 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7113 Time: 30 minutes Materials: leather, hole punch, rotary cutter, cutting mat, leather paint, tape Ever since we moved to Portland, I’ve had one key on my key ring. As you can imagine, 99% of the time I can’t find it anywhere. To put an end to the madness, I decided to make a keychain that would

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: leather, hole punch, rotary cutter, cutting mat, leather paint, tape

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainEver since we moved to Portland, I’ve had one key on my key ring. As you can imagine, 99% of the time I can’t find it anywhere. To put an end to the madness, I decided to make a keychain that would really pop amongst all the other stuff rattling around in the black hole known as my purse. What can I say, I think I have a problem.

DIY Color Blocked Leather  Keychain

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainCut your leather into strips (about 6.5″ long x .5″ wide) with a rotary cutter. If you haven’t used one of these before, please be careful– and use a ruler. This will both give you straight lines and protect your fingers.

Fold your leather strip over and punch with rotary punch to make a hole. Secure your rivet by hammering it on top of your anvil.

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainTape off the section you want to color block then paint. Let dry (only takes about 5 minutes), attach your keys, and you are good to go!

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainDIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainAnd if color blocking isn’t your thing, you can always customize your keychain with stamping instead!

DIY Color Blocked Leather  Keychain

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-5/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-5/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:52:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=7155 (DIY Clay GIRLBOSS Gift Tags) Happy Friday friends and happy Galentine’s Day! This week really flew by, didn’t it? Since I’ll be heading to Texas next week for my friend’s wedding, and to host this workshop (get your ticket while you can!), my weekend is booked with less than romantic errands. Regardless if you’re celebrating

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Galentine's Day DIY: Clay Girlboss Gift Tags(DIY Clay GIRLBOSS Gift Tags)

Happy Friday friends and happy Galentine’s Day! This week really flew by, didn’t it? Since I’ll be heading to Texas next week for my friend’s wedding, and to host this workshop (get your ticket while you can!), my weekend is booked with less than romantic errands. Regardless if you’re celebrating Valentine’s with your sweetheart, friends, or with your favorite movie and a bottle of wine, you won’t want to miss these links:

- All things yes.

- I watched Advanced Style earlier this week (on Netflix) and am obsessed!

- Built-In Shelving that I think I could actually make.

- Reason enough to drink more water.

I will never say no to sequins!

xo
Rachel

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