The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:35:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 5 Non-Traditional Ways to Paint a Wallhttp://thecraftedlife.com/5-non-traditional-ways-paint-wall/ http://thecraftedlife.com/5-non-traditional-ways-paint-wall/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:28:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5646 Since moving into our new place, I’ve been looking at a lot of home makeover projects. And I mean a lot. Sometime during my browsing it hit me– there are endless ways to paint a wall. Sure, it sounds silly, but I’ve always approached decorating in terms of what color am I going to use

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5 Non-Traditional Ways to Paint a Wall

Since moving into our new place, I’ve been looking at a lot of home makeover projects. And I mean a lot. Sometime during my browsing it hit me– there are endless ways to paint a wall. Sure, it sounds silly, but I’ve always approached decorating in terms of what color am I going to use verse, how am I going to apply the paint. I’ve got a pretty fun office makeover coming soon where I’m going to put what I learned to the test, but for now, here are five non-traditional ways to help you think outside the box when it comes to painting a room!

Green Stripe Wall by Emily Henderson1. Green Stripe Wall by Emily Henderson

Geometric Accent Wall by Sugar & Cloth2. DIY Geometric Accent Wall by Sugar & Cloth

DIY Ombre Wall by PS I Made This 3. DIY Ombre Wall by PS I Made This

DIY Retro Diamond Focal Wall by Vintage Revivals4.DIY Retro Diamond Focal Wall by Vintage Revivals

Stripe Wall by Leclair Decor5. Stripe Wall by Leclair Decor

So what do you think? Would you ever take the leap and paint these walls in your home?

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The Business Bar + Two Free #GIRLBOSS Printableshttp://thecraftedlife.com/free-girlboss-printable/ http://thecraftedlife.com/free-girlboss-printable/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:02:31 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5613 I am so excited about today’s post I can hardly contain myself. I just finished reading the book #GIRLBOSS, and let me tell you, it blew my mind. Seriously, it’s a must read if you haven’t already! So I don’t forget all of Sophia’s wisdom, I thought it would be fun to turn her words

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Free #GIRLBOSS PrintableI am so excited about today’s post I can hardly contain myself.

I just finished reading the book #GIRLBOSS, and let me tell you, it blew my mind. Seriously, it’s a must read if you haven’t already! So I don’t forget all of Sophia’s wisdom, I thought it would be fun to turn her words into art/daily reminders to have around the house. And what better way to bring you The Crafted Life’s first ever printable than by teaming up with one of the most badass #GIRLBOSSes I know, Jordan Brantley.

If you aren’t familiar with Jordan, she’s the brains behind my site design. More importantly, she just founded The Business Bar, which is an awesome resource for small businesses that need help improving their brand identity, marketing strategies, content design and more. They also sell a wide variety of workbooks that are great for any budget.

If you have your own business, or are considering starting one, I hope you’ll check them out. Plus you can use the code: crafted for $10 off! Now, on to the downloads:

Free #GIRLBOSS Printable

Free #GIRLBOSS Printable
Click to Download 8.5″ x 11″ Life is Short Print

Free #GIRLBOSS PrintableClick to Download 18″ x 24″ Life is Short Print

Free #GIRLBOSS Printable*Note that my photographs don’t highlight the color of this print. It will come out for you though!

Free #GIRLBOSS PrintableClick to Download 8.5″x11″ Secret Opportunities Printable

Free #GIRLBOSS PrintableClick to Download 8.5″x11″ Secret Opportunities Printable

Have you ever read #GIRLBOSS? Would love to know your takeaways! And if not, what’s on your current reading list?

All printables designed by Jordan Brantley. 

 

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New in the Shop: Geometric Photo Holdershttp://thecraftedlife.com/new-shop-geometric-photo-holders/ http://thecraftedlife.com/new-shop-geometric-photo-holders/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:07:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5600 After reading your kind responses to my diy geometric photo holder project, I decided to add some to my Etsy shop! Who needs traditional picture frames, right?! You can use these to display photos in your home or even use them as name card holders at a dinner party or wedding. Each piece, made of Makore

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Handmade Geometric Photo Holders available on Etsy

After reading your kind responses to my diy geometric photo holder project, I decided to add some to my Etsy shop! Who needs traditional picture frames, right?! You can use these to display photos in your home or even use them as name card holders at a dinner party or wedding. Each piece, made of Makore wood, was cut with a scroll saw, sanded, and stained by hand. I’ll be adding different types of wood and finishes over the next week or so, so stay tuned!

For a limited time I’m also including a mini print of one of my original photographs (pictured above), so I hope you’ll check them out!

Handmade Geometric Photo Holders available on Etsy

 

Handmade Geometric Photo Holders available on Etsy

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DIY Grill Tool Organizerhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-grill-tool-organizer/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-grill-tool-organizer/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:32 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5588 Time: 45 minutes Materials: ScotchBlue painters tape, pegboard, spray paint, drill, screws/spacers Since moving last month, we have yet to really yet to settle into our new place– everything is a diy project in the making, I tell ya! However, one space we wanted to makeover before winter came was our balcony/deck, so I teamed

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Time: 45 minutes
Materials: ScotchBlue painters tape, pegboard, spray paint, drill, screws/spacers

DIY Grill Tool Organizer

Since moving last month, we have yet to really yet to settle into our new place– everything is a diy project in the making, I tell ya! However, one space we wanted to makeover before winter came was our balcony/deck, so I teamed up with 3M to make this colorful grill organizer project. You can see the full tutorial on Curbly!

DIY Grill Tool Organizer

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Happy Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-3/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-3/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:21:54 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5581 (via Instagram) The weekend is finally here friends! And since I know you’re on your way to make really big things happen, I’ll keep this short and sweet. Here are some projects that totally caught my eye this week: - The prettiest Ikea chair makeover I’ve ever seen. - I have a feeling I’m going to

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@thecraftedlife via Instagram(via Instagram)

The weekend is finally here friends! And since I know you’re on your way to make really big things happen, I’ll keep this short and sweet. Here are some projects that totally caught my eye this week:

- The prettiest Ikea chair makeover I’ve ever seen.

- I have a feeling I’m going to make several of these wire mesh baskets for our place. Fran makes it look so easy!

- Pink + plants = the perfect table runner diy (using inkodye!).

- I’m pretty much in love with everything Kelly does. Seriously, she made rings out of hot glue!

- This retro diamond painting is absolutely stunning and looking surprisingly easy to do.

Until next week!
Rachel

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8 Must-Try Trivet DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-trivet-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-trivet-diys/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:07:07 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5566 I don’t know about you, but I love projects that can be used more than one way. Trivets aren’t just practical, but they’re also a great way to display art in your kitchen without taking up unnecessary space. So whether you’re prepping for a dinner party, or just want a way to spruce up your

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I don’t know about you, but I love projects that can be used more than one way. Trivets aren’t just practical, but they’re also a great way to display art in your kitchen without taking up unnecessary space. So whether you’re prepping for a dinner party, or just want a way to spruce up your weekly meals (without having to cook anything fancy, that is) these eight trivet diys are a must-try!

8 Must-Try Trivet DIYS

1. Woven Trivet via Poppytalk
2. Colorblock Trivets by Sugar and Cloth
3. Wooden Bead Trivet by On a Sweet Sugar Rush
4. Leather & Wood Trivets by Design Sponge
5. Clothespin Trivet by Sweet Paul
6. Knot Trivet by Design Sponge
7. Geometric Wood Trivets by A Beautiful Mess
8. Dyed and Braided Trivets by Martha Stewart

Happy crafting!

 

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New York, New Yorkhttp://thecraftedlife.com/new-york-new-york/ http://thecraftedlife.com/new-york-new-york/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:01:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5541 Annnnd I’m back! What a whirlwind this past week has been. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I spent last week in New York City. After walking about a bazillion miles, exploring different neighborhoods, karaoke bar hopping, catching up with friends, family, and Better Homes and Garden, I can say that

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View From the Plane by @thecraftedlifeAnnnnd I’m back! What a whirlwind this past week has been. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I spent last week in New York City. After walking about a bazillion miles, exploring different neighborhoods, karaoke bar hopping, catching up with friends, family, and Better Homes and Garden, I can say that I had one hell of a trip. 

I never like traveling with my digital camera, so here are a few snapshots I took with my phone!

Brooklyn Bridge by @thecraftedlife(Brooklyn Bridge via Instagram)

I’ve always been drawn to the structure of the Brooklyn Bridge, so I walked across it while I was there. Let me tell you, the view of the city is amazing!

NYC by @thecraftedlife

(From the Ferry via Instagram)

My parents and I took the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. Insider tip that I picked up from a cab driver: the Staten Island ferry also goes right past the Statue of Liberty and is free!

Cupcake ATM in NYC(Cupcake ATM via Instagram)

Yes, it’s true. This really does exist. And I went twice. Worth it!

New York Street Art(Street Art via Instagram)

There’s so much art in the city, both in and out of museums, that I felt constantly inspired to make. The photo above was taken on the street in Little Italy, while the photo below was taken in the MoMA.

Picasso at the MoMA

Rooftop Cocktails by @thecraftedlife(Cocktails via Instagram)

After spending all day in workshops, we wrapped up the Better Homes and Garden StyleMaker event with rooftop cocktails. I’m beyond happy that I was able to spend some time with other bloggers that I’ve been following for so long.  Be sure to check out Chelsey’s, Melissa’s, Sarah’s, Jeran’s and Carrie’s blog for amazing content!

 

Until next time, New York <3

 

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Where to Buy Fabric Onlinehttp://thecraftedlife.com/buy-fabric-online/ http://thecraftedlife.com/buy-fabric-online/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:10:54 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5467 I’ll admit it, I do most of my craft supply shopping online. Of course when I have the time, I love to just go and browse aimlessly; seriously, walking through Michael’s is the best. But since we don’t have a car, the internet is the fastest way to get what I need and get back

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5 Places to buy Fabric Online

I’ll admit it, I do most of my craft supply shopping online. Of course when I have the time, I love to just go and browse aimlessly; seriously, walking through Michael’s is the best. But since we don’t have a car, the internet is the fastest way to get what I need and get back to my day.

When researching online fabric retailers before making this DIY Mousepad, I came across the following amazing shops that you should absolutely check out!

1. Form & Fabric– loads of cute and modern prints (including the Cotton + Steel pictured above) at a great price. They also have amazing customer service. I’m talking about above and beyond here! Here’s the print I used for the Mousepad project. 

2. Drygoods Design– based in Seattle, WA. They sell fun and playful prints and even have a cute goods section.

3. Superbuzzy– Where do I even begin, they have everything! Loads of fabric options, kits, trimmings and more. If you’re attending Craftcation, you’ll be able to checkout their store in person.

4. Spoonflower– Choose from several independently designed fabrics, or even make your own! Great for when you have something specific in mind.

5. Britex Fabrics– If you’ve ever been to their store in SF, then I don’t have to tell you twice about their stuff! A bit pricey, but a wide, quality selection.

5 Places to buy Fabric Online

Do you ever shop for fabric online? If so, what are your favorite shops?

PS Huge thanks to Christine Haynes for the recommendations!

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A Day in the Life of a Craft Bloggerhttp://thecraftedlife.com/day-life-craft-blogger/ http://thecraftedlife.com/day-life-craft-blogger/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:32:19 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5486 It’s always fun to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a blogger. Since it’s a somewhat new career, I think the job description is a but unclear to those who don’t blog themselves. And although on the surface it may look like it’s confetti, crafting and cupcakes all the time, there’s a lot

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A Day in the Life of a Craft BloggerIt’s always fun to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a blogger. Since it’s a somewhat new career, I think the job description is a but unclear to those who don’t blog themselves. And although on the surface it may look like it’s confetti, crafting and cupcakes all the time, there’s a lot of hard work and hours that go into it.

So if you’e ever been curious about what actually happens behind the scenes, you’re in luck. I’m spilling the beans! Working from home has taken a little bit to get used to, but scheduling out my day helps me stay focused. Not every day is the same, and I certainly can’t speak for other bloggers, but here’s what a typical day, Sunday-Friday, might look like for me:

8:00am — Wake up! I read my email, Instagram, and traffic stats from bed as soon as my alarm goes off. This is also around the time I start promoting whatever blog post I publish for that day on social media. 

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger(You may have seen these shoes floating around Instagram. They’re the Highwood clogs in tan by Lotta From Stockholm. I’ve never been much of a heel person, but these are surprisingly comfortable!)

9:00am– Over the years I’ve discovered that shooting in natural, morning light gives me the best results. The exact time may vary depending on the time of year, but overall I’ve found that as early as possible is best.

10:30am– Back on my computer. One of my revenue streams comes from affiliate links, so I spend this time each day uploading links to various sites.

11:15am–Brainstorming session and editorial calendar planning. My calendar changes all the time, it just depends on what ideas I think of and am most excited about. Once I have my ideas for projects, I spend time thinking of what brands I’d like to partner with and send out a few email pitches.

Lunch! Most days I eat at my desk whenever I can/remember take a break.

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger

2:30pm– After lunch, I head out to pick up props/supplies for any upcoming projects. Thankfully I only live a few blocks away from my flower source!

3:30pm– Back home, I edit photos from the project I shot earlier in the morning. If I’m posting a non-original tutorial the next day, I’m researching other projects to include in a roundup.

5:00pm– I set aside this time each day to network (commenting, social media, emails, etc) and explore what others are posting. This not only helps me stay current with what’s happening on the internet, but it also gives me a chance to engage with others. Regardless of your job, I think it’s important to active in the community where you/your brand exist. I also think this time is crucial, because it pushes me to do better. There are TONS of bloggers out there producing top quality content and I need to be able to keep up.

6:30pm– Break time! Gabe and I will usually go out and grab a drink or a bite to eat for dinner (partially just so we can get out of the house for a bit). We might watch some tv, brainstorm together, and just unwind a bit.

 

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger(These are the Highwood T-Bar in red from Lotta and the perfect date night shoe)

9:30pm– Annnd the shoes come off!

9:45pm– I am constantly pinning throughout the day, but because Pinterest is my number one source of traffic, I spend a little more time on it at night. I also take this time to catch up on other social media I may have missed throughout the day.

10:30pm– With all my images queued up and ready, whether it’s for an original tutorial or roundup post, I start writing. There’s something so quiet and peaceful about the night that helps me get in the writing zone.

11:45pm– BRAIN DUMP! I can’t tell you how helpful this process has been for me. Each day, when I’m done working, I make a to-do list of everything that I need to accomplish for the next few days. Once I get all of my thoughts out on paper, I’m able to relax and forget about work for a bit.

12:01am–Publish post and queue up Newsletter. I like to be awake when my posts go live to ensure that everything is okay. If I’m still awake, I’ll return any unanswered email. I make it a goal to get 8 hours of sleep, but it tends to be around 7 or so.

So that is that! Hopefully that gives you a better look into my day to day; I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have too :)

 

Lotta from Stockholm

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Craftcation: Maker + Business Conferencehttp://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-2015/ http://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-2015/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5429 EXCITING NEWS! I’ll be speaking at Craftcation 2015! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the conference, it’s four awesome days of hands-on food and craft workshops + creative business classes. Oh yes, and it’s right on the beach! Early bird registrations opens tomorrow, September 17th, at 9:00am PST and the first fifty people get $45

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Craftcation, Business + Maker ConferenceEXCITING NEWS! I’ll be speaking at Craftcation 2015! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the conference, it’s four awesome days of hands-on food and craft workshops + creative business classes. Oh yes, and it’s right on the beach!

Craftcation, Business + Maker ConferenceEarly bird registrations opens tomorrow, September 17th, at 9:00am PST and the first fifty people get $45 off. You can get your tickets here.

In case you missed it, here’s my recap from last year. This is such a dream of mine (seriously, someone pinch me) so I hope to see you there!

Craftcation, Business + Maker Conference

Photos & Video by Matthew William Photography

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