The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Resolution Updates + See ya in 2015!http://thecraftedlife.com/resolution-updates/ http://thecraftedlife.com/resolution-updates/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:51:22 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6704 Last year I shared this DIY Resolution Time Capsule project and today is the moment of truth (please don’t judge). Here’s how I did: 1. Make More Smoothies; Well, I stuck to this… for the first part of the year. After that breakfast became a rushed meal. Old habits die hard,right? 2. Rebrand; check and check! If

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DIY Resolution Time CapsuleLast year I shared this DIY Resolution Time Capsule project and today is the moment of truth (please don’t judge). Here’s how I did:

1. Make More Smoothies; Well, I stuck to this… for the first part of the year. After that breakfast became a rushed meal. Old habits die hard,right?

2. Rebrand; check and check! If you missed this change by chance, here’s how I became a blogger (part one and two).

3. Send More Mail; I managed to send both Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards this year so I’d consider that a win!

4. Learn to Cook; Yeah, nope. Didn’t happen.  My baked chicken is getting better though, so that’s something.

5. Start a Business; Unfortunately my plans for my initial idea fell through. I did, however, open an Etsy store and sell at my first craft fair, so things are moving in the right direction.

I’d love to know, how did you do this year?

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On another note, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for 2014. I’m going to take some time to travel, see family, and recharge the creative juices. I can’t even begin to express how amazing this year has been and it’s really thanks to you. I’m only able to do this full time because of you, so to that I say you are amazing!  I will still be active on Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to follow along if you aren’t already. And the Project Gallery is full of ideas if you plan on crafting over the holidays!

I’m so excited for what’s in store for 2015. See you there friends <3

xo
Rachel

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Elfhttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-elf/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-elf/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:07:51 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6692 If you couldn’t tell by this last month of posts, I love Christmas. One of my favorite holiday movies to watch is Elf, so naturally it seemed like the perfect selection for this month’s movie inspired craft series (see the other posts here)! For your next movie night, make yourself some hot chocolate, get some

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If you couldn’t tell by this last month of posts, I love Christmas. One of my favorite holiday movies to watch is Elf, so naturally it seemed like the perfect selection for this month’s movie inspired craft series (see the other posts here)!

For your next movie night, make yourself some hot chocolate, get some marshmallows and poptarts for your spaghetti, and give these Elf inspired crafts a try while you watch!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf1. Medallion Snowflakes by One Dog Woof

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf2. Snowball Float Recipe by Sugar & Cloth

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf3. DIY Snow Globe by DIY Decor and Crafts

 

And if that wasn’t enough, then these 34 Elfs Quotes are sure to give you a sugar fix!

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Bow Garlandhttp://thecraftedlife.com/bow-garland/ http://thecraftedlife.com/bow-garland/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:12:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6670 Time: 20 minutes Materials: ribbon (wired works best), twine, scissors, hot glue gun There may only be 8 days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop decorating! After browsing the #MadeWithMichaels hashtag on Instagram, I came across this holiday garland by Simple Bliss Blog that encouraged me to make one of my

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Time: 20 minutes
Materials: ribbon (wired works best), twine, scissors, hot glue gun

DIY Bow Garland

There may only be 8 days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop decorating! After browsing the #MadeWithMichaels hashtag on Instagram, I came across this holiday garland by Simple Bliss Blog that encouraged me to make one of my own.

Chances are that you’ll have left over ribbon from wrapping/receiving gifts, and before you toss it away, consider making this simple bow garland!

 

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandYou’ll need about 12 inches of ribbon to make each bow. I recommend playing around with length until you find the perfect size.

DIY Bow GarlandTo make your bow:

Make a loop and hold in place. Wrap the right side around your loop and then make a second loop. Slip the second loop under the ribbon wrapped around your left thumb and pull right. Make your adjustments and snip the ends.

Continue making bows the same way (and same size), until you have enough for your desired length. I made about 12 total.

DIY Bow GarlandApply a dab of hot glue on the back of your bow (in the center).

DIY Bow GarlandPush bow down on your twine until the glue is dry. Hang and enjoy!

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandBe sure to share your holiday projects with #MadeWithMichaels on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideashttp://thecraftedlife.com/16-diy-holiday-gift-wrap-ideas/ http://thecraftedlife.com/16-diy-holiday-gift-wrap-ideas/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:31:12 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6639 Sometimes how a present is wrapped can be just as exciting as what’s inside, don’t you think? If you’re looking to make the gifts you give this year really shine, you’ll want to check out these 16 DIY gift wrap ideas before running out to collect your supplies. Who knows, they may even prompt you

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16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap IdeasSometimes how a present is wrapped can be just as exciting as what’s inside, don’t you think? If you’re looking to make the gifts you give this year really shine, you’ll want to check out these 16 DIY gift wrap ideas before running out to collect your supplies. Who knows, they may even prompt you to give a few extra gifts just so you can show off your wrapping skills!

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas1. Sharpie Bow by Dream Green DIY

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas2. Inspirational Wrapping Paper by Walk in Love

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas3. Stamped Wrapping Paper by Paper & Stitch

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas4. Photo Gift Tags by Mer Mag

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas5. Stamped Wrapping Paper via Hello Natural

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas6. Christmas Tree Gift Toppers by Fellow Fellow

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas7. Paper Cup Gift Boxes by Paper Mash

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas8. Shrinky Dink Gift Toppers by And We Play

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas9. Ornament Boxes by Studio DIY

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas10. Cursive Candy Cane Clay Gift Toppers by Lines Across

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas11. Chalkboard Packaging by Going Home to Roost

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas12. DIY Adorned Glitter Clothespin Gift Toppers by Creature Comforts

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas13. Paint Splattered Gift Wrap by Go Forth

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas14. Typographic Gift Toppers via Curbly

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas15. Last Minute Gift Wrap by The Crafted Life

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas16. 5 Gift Topper Ideas by The House That Lars Built

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DIY Color Dipped Ornamentshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-dipped-ornaments/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-dipped-ornaments/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:02:02 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6629 Time: 45 minutes Materials:  Glass bulbs with removable caps, acrylic paint, brush, fringe scissors, foil tissue paper confetti This holiday season, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY ornament projects. And let me tell you, if these 17 ornament projects weren’t enough for you, you’ll definitely want to check

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Time: 45 minutes
Materials:  Glass bulbs with removable caps, acrylic paint, brush, fringe scissors, foil tissue paper confetti

DIY Color Dipped Ornaments This holiday season, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY ornament projects. And let me tell you, if these 17 ornament projects weren’t enough for you, you’ll definitely want to check out what everyone came up with. I’m blown away with the materials that were used (think copper sheets, veneer, peppermints, paper and more!)

And if you’re looking to take a bright and festive approach to the holidays, then you can find the full tutorial for my color dipped bulbs here!

DIY Color Dipped Ornaments

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Crafty Wonderland, This Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/first-craft-fair-crafty-wonderland-weekend/ http://thecraftedlife.com/first-craft-fair-crafty-wonderland-weekend/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:02:27 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6619 Hey Pacific Northwest friends! This weekend I’ll be selling at Crafty Wonderland. It’s going to be my first time selling at a craft fair, so if you have any tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’ll also be taking detailed notes so that I can share everything I learned, in

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Crafty Wonderland Show, Portland ORHey Pacific Northwest friends! This weekend I’ll be selling at Crafty Wonderland. It’s going to be my first time selling at a craft fair, so if you have any tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’ll also be taking detailed notes so that I can share everything I learned, in case you were thinking about selling your goods at a craft fair as well :)

Okay to the details:

When: Saturday/Sunday, Dec 13th & 14th from 11am-6pm both days

Where: The Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D; Portland, OR (I’ll be booth #116)

Who: 280 vendors; see full list here

Additional Info: Free admission, goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers each day, and free craft projects hosted by Collage. Woo!

Can’t wait to see you there!

xo
Rachel

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DIY Winter Votiveshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-winter-votives/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-winter-votives/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:38:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6586 Time: 15 minutes + dry time (for set of 5) Materials: glass votives, sponge brush, Deco Art Chalky Finish paint, sealer If there’s one thing I miss about winter as an Midwest transplant living in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the snow! What can I say, I’d gladly take pretty white flakes over rain any day.

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Time: 15 minutes + dry time (for set of 5)
Materials: glass votives, sponge brush, Deco Art Chalky Finish paint, sealer

DIY Winter Votives If there’s one thing I miss about winter as an Midwest transplant living in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the snow! What can I say, I’d gladly take pretty white flakes over rain any day. So to bring a bit of that into our holiday decor this year, I decided to make these wintery votives. They only take 15 minutes to make AND you can enter to win the paint supplies you’ll need to make your own (see below)!

DIY Winter Votives I used the color ‘Everlasting’ to achieve a wintery snow effect. The ultra-matte finish helps to really give the votives a frosted look that you can’t really achieve with standard acrylic paint. I was able to find all of the materials at Michael’s (even the delicious smelling candles!).

DIY Winter Votives Lightly dab the paint around the base of your votive with a sponge brush. Be sure to dab and not paint so that you get a light, transparent texture.

DIY Winter Votives Set aside and let dry (doesn’t take long at all). To ensure your paint lasts, since it can easy be scratched off the glass, you’ll want to seal with either Americana Decor creme wax or varnish. Add your candles and enjoy all winter long!

DIY Winter Votives

DIY Winter Votives

DIY Winter VotivesEasy right?! Be sure to visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

DIY Winter Votives If you’d like to recreate this project for yourself, Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Michaels in the wood and finishes aisle. Or you can enter below to win 8 colors of your choiceclear and dark creme waxesSoft Touch varnish, waxing brush and 2 stencils of your choice!

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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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17 DIY Ornament Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/17-diy-ornament-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/17-diy-ornament-projects/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:32:27 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6556 Hands down ornament projects are my favorite holiday craft. I’m always amazed with other people think of when it comes to decorating and styling them; there are just so, so many possibilities! And if you’re still looking for a few ideas to spruce up your tree, or perhaps to make for gifts, here are 17 diy

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17 DIY Ornament Projects Hands down ornament projects are my favorite holiday craft. I’m always amazed with other people think of when it comes to decorating and styling them; there are just so, so many possibilities! And if you’re still looking for a few ideas to spruce up your tree, or perhaps to make for gifts, here are 17 diy ornament ideas that should get the wheels in your head turning:

15 DIY Ornament Projects1. Temporary Tattoo Ornaments by Tattly

15 DIY Ornament Projects2. Easy Confetti Ornaments via Mod Podge Rocks

15 DIY Ornament Projects3. Illustrated Birch Ornaments by Love From Ginger

15 DIY Ornament Projects4. A Trio of Felt Ornaments by The Purl Bee

15 DIY Ornament Projects5. DIY Brushstroke Ornaments by Vitamini Handmade

15 DIY Ornament Projects6. DIY Emoji Ornaments by Studio DIY

15 DIY Ornament Projects7. Color Blocked Ornaments by The Crafted Life

15 DIY Ornament Projects8. Black, White, and Gold Ornaments by Homey Oh My!

15 DIY Ornament Projects9. Painted Ornaments by Tell Love & Chocolate

15 DIY Ornament Projects10. Custom Color Ornaments by Fancy House Road

15 DIY Ornament Projects11. Paint Dipped Ribbon Ornaments by Sarah Hearts

15 DIY Ornament Projects12. Ornament Garland by Dream Green DIY

15 DIY Ornament Projects13. 2 Minute Botanical Ornament by The Crafted Life

15 DIY Ornament Projects14. Painted Veneer Ornaments by Brittni Mehlhoff for Curbly

15 DIY Ornament Projects15. Monogrammed Ornaments by Sugar & Cloth

15 DIY Ornament Projects16. Faceted Gemstone Ornaments by Jade & Fern

DIY Patterned Ornaments 6 Ways17. Patterned Ornaments 6 Ways by The Crafted Life

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Table Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/table-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/table-makeover/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:03:20 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6400 Time: ~4 hours Materials:  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL, sander, Behr® Marquee™ Paint, Wooster® Pro 4.5” x 3/8” Shed-Resistant Knit Cage Frame Mini Roller and Wooster® Pro 2” Nylon Thin Angle Brush It’s hard to believe I took this table home with me from the thrift store, but what can I

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Time: ~4 hours
Materials:  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL, sander, Behr® Marquee™ Paint, Wooster® Pro 4.5” x 3/8” Shed-Resistant Knit Cage Frame Mini Roller and Wooster® Pro 2” Nylon Thin Angle Brush

Table MakeoverIt’s hard to believe I took this table home with me from the thrift store, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for a makeover project. After some basic TLC, all this table really needed was a fresh coat of paint. So naturally my first stop after leaving the store was to head to The Home Depot to gather everything I needed.

Table Makeover

To prep the surface for painting, I peeled the existing paper as much as I could, then sanded the rest. I used the leftover Behr® Marquee™ Paint (in Cameo White #MQ3-32) from my office makeover as the table base and let dry. I then used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector to tape off my design. I started with the diagonal line then based my stripes from that.

While the Multi-Surface worked great for achieving crisp lines, it did peal a bit of the white paint up and I had to make touch ups. If you’re doing something similar, I recommend using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces for taping over freshly painted surfaces. Because really, who has time for touchups?

For the tabletop design, I was inspired by Charlie Harper’s Serengeti Spaghetti. Because I wanted the table to be colorful verses black and white I used Behr® Marquee™ Paint in Aruba Green (#MQ4-16) and Noble Blush (#MQ4-4) for the top. The legs are Caicos Turquoise (#MQ4-21).

I knew I liked the paint when I used it on my walls, but it really works well for furniture projects too. It only took one coat and it dries relatively fast (which is obviously always a pro). The Wooster® Pro Roller and Brush also helped for a smooth application (no bristles fell out and into the paint!).

Table MakeoverThis project only took be about 4 hours to complete and cost a fraction of what it would to buy the table brand new.

Table Makeover

Table Makeover

Table MakeoverFor more DIY inspiration be sure to follow  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook + The Home Depot on Pinterest, TwitterFacebook, and The Home Depot Consumer Program !

 

I am proud to be a 3M, Behr®, and Wooster® – sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

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6 Gifts to Spoil the Crafterhttp://thecraftedlife.com/6-gifts-to-spoil-the-crafter/ http://thecraftedlife.com/6-gifts-to-spoil-the-crafter/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:12:48 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6525 I’m not sure about you, but I as much as I love crafting, I tend to hold off on buying the nicer supplies (even though I have them pinned 100 times). That’s why my Christmas list tends to be full of dream worthy kits and tools… well that and the occasional piece of jewelry. If

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6 Gifts to Spoil the Crafter

I’m not sure about you, but I as much as I love crafting, I tend to hold off on buying the nicer supplies (even though I have them pinned 100 times). That’s why my Christmas list tends to be full of dream worthy kits and tools… well that and the occasional piece of jewelry. If you’re looking to spoil that frugal crafter in your life, or just looking to pick up something nice for yourself, try these six great gifts!

1. Montana Spray Paint (or you can enter this giveaway to win a whole set!)

2. Learn to Knit Kit from The Purl Bee 

3. Silhouette Starter Bundle

4. Everyday Tote Kit by The Purl Bee

5. Bernina 380 Sewing Machine

6. Calligraphy Starter Kit by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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