The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Garage Makeover: Beforehttp://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5885 Yahoo, it’s garage makeover week! I feel bad making these images one of the first things you see on a Monday, or in general really, but what can I say? Our garage was a total dump when we moved in. I can’t even begin to tell you how many spiders I saw/removed/ran from over the

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Garage Makeover: BeforeYahoo, it’s garage makeover week!

I feel bad making these images one of the first things you see on a Monday, or in general really, but what can I say? Our garage was a total dump when we moved in. I can’t even begin to tell you how many spiders I saw/removed/ran from over the course of this makeover. Let’s just say I was afraid for my life at one point…. and I may have cried in fear.

Since moving to Portland from San Francisco a couple of months ago, I have yet to get a car. Instead of keeping this space for storage, I decided to turn it into my studio/work space. Thankfully, I was able to team up with the fine folks at Wayfair to give this space a complete makeover (because boy did it need it!). They had everything I needed, from tool storage to work benches, desks, and more.

Garage Makeover: BeforeThe first thing I did was remove all the old scraps of wood (pictured in the first shot) that were covered in cobwebs. After that, I removed all the nails that were jutting out everywhere and wiped down the wood panels and concrete walls.

Garage Makeover: Before

Garage Makeover: BeforeMy initial plan was to just cover the walls with pegboard, but since they’re concrete it would require some serious drilling. Because we’re just renting, I had to find an alternative solution. All of this will be revealed later this week, but for now, here’s the inspiration I used for the space:

WestElmEtsyPopUp-MeganWelkerPhotography303(String Display via Studio DIY’s West Elm Pop Up Shop)

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(Art and Washi Tape by Seventy Tree)

AV1(Inspiration Wall by Planete Deco)

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of the DIY projects I made for the space, so be sure to come back and check it out!

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Happy Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-6/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-6/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:02:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5878 (via Instagram) It’s happening, folks! Finally! Next week is the big garage makeover reveal. I have tons of before/after shots, tutorials, and even a fun video for you, so I hope you’ll come back to check it out. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to. Now, on to the weekend links:

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It’s happening, folks! Finally! Next week is the big garage makeover reveal. I have tons of before/after shots, tutorials, and even a fun video for you, so I hope you’ll come back to check it out. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to. Now, on to the weekend links:

- Have you entered this giveaway yet? I don’t know about you, but I could always use more fancy spray paint.

- Learn how to frost the perfect cake. It’s almost too pretty to eat… almost.

- DIY wall art that looks like it cost $100.

- Blown away by these DIY Napkins AND that styling!

- If you love gold leaf and jewelry as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to make these.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to tag your projects with #mycraftedlife, so I can follow along to what you’re making <3

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Decorative Pumpkin Vasehttp://thecraftedlife.com/decorative-pumpkin-vase/ http://thecraftedlife.com/decorative-pumpkin-vase/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:27:35 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5869 Time: 25 minutes Materials: pumpkins, knife, paint, small container All this week, myself and other contributors have been sharing pumpkin diys over on Curbly. I’m not a huge fan of halloween projects, so for mine, I decided to combine my two favorite things: flowers and metallics! See the full tutorial here and don’t forget to

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Time: 25 minutes
Materials: pumpkins, knife, paint, small container

DIY Mini Pumpkin Vase

All this week, myself and other contributors have been sharing pumpkin diys over on Curbly. I’m not a huge fan of halloween projects, so for mine, I decided to combine my two favorite things: flowers and metallics! See the full tutorial here and don’t forget to check out the others!

DIY Mini Pumpkin Vase

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30 Minute Frame Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-frame-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-frame-makeover/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:03:43 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5838 Time: 30 minutes Materials: frame, Montana spray paint, Montana acrylic paint maker, drop cloth, paper, tape I’ve had the same print and frame for about three years now. In between all of our moves it’s gotten a little beaten up (hey, the frame was only $4 at Target, I can’t complain). Instead of ditching it

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: frame, Montana spray paint, Montana acrylic paint maker, drop cloth, paper, tape 30 Minute Frame MakeoverI’ve had the same print and frame for about three years now. In between all of our moves it’s gotten a little beaten up (hey, the frame was only $4 at Target, I can’t complain). Instead of ditching it for a new one, I decided to give it a quick makeover! (print by Scout’s Honor Paper) 30 Minute Frame MakeoverEarlier this week I showed you a project with Montana acrylic paint makers and another with their spray paint. Today I’m going to combine the two, because hey, why not! You can find matching marker and spray paint sets in 36 colors AND you can enter to win some for yourself (see below). Now, on to the tutorial:  30 Minute Frame MakeoverStart by painting your frame white. Once dry, tape off the corners and paint with your secondary color. Make sure your paint is completely dry, otherwise the paint will peel up with the tape. It’s also a good idea to cover the other half (thick paper works), so you don’t see any speckling. Once you frame is dry, create you pattern with your matching Montana paint marker. The 2mm tips are great for creating the perfect small polka dot. 30 Minute Frame Makeover 30 Minute Frame Makeover Don’t forget– if you entered already, you can still earn more entries today! Giveaway open to US and Canada residents. Ends Friday at 5:00pm PST. Good luck!

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DIY Ombre Pegboardhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-pegboard/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-pegboard/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:05:17 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5801 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: pegboard, drop cloth, Montana GOLD spray paint   So, as you may know, I’m in the midst of an office makeover (here’s a sneak peek!). While digging through my boxes of supplies on a regular basis, it occurred to me that I need a better way of organizing some

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: pegboard, drop cloth, Montana GOLD spray paint

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

 

So, as you may know, I’m in the midst of an office makeover (here’s a sneak peek!). While digging through my boxes of supplies on a regular basis, it occurred to me that I need a better way of organizing some of my frequently used crafting essentials. And what better way to do that than with a painted ombre pegboard?

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayYesterday I showed you how to use Montana’s acrylic paint markers to decorate a planter, but for today’s project, I’m using their GOLD spray paint. This line in particular is my go-to for spray paint. They really have the best colors (takes a few minutes of shaking just to mix all the pigments!) and the coverage is excellent. They’re giving away a small collection of both spray paint and markers to three lucky readers– keep reading to see how to enter!

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayStart with your lightest color. You’ll want to spray a bit from the top so that the paint speckles up, giving you the lightest color of your ombre (similar to how I made this). You could also buy a third can and start at the top. It all depends on how you want you blend your colors. Spray to the bottom of your board.

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayWith the darkest color, begin spraying lightly (again with the speckle effect), then transition to a solid spray at the bottom of the peg board. Let dry and hang!

DIY Ombre PegboardTo mount, you’ll need spacers, screws, washers and a drill. From the wall, the items should be in this order: spacer, pegboard, washer, screw. This will give you some space in the back so that you can securely hang hooks and baskets through the holes!

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DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday. Be sure to claim your entires for today as well; ends Friday at 5pm PST!

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DIY Brushstroke Planter + Giveaway!http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-brushstroke-planter/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-brushstroke-planter/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:00:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5767 Time: 25 minutes Materials: planter, Montana acrylic paint markers This week is an exciting week friends! For the next three days, I’ll be partnering with Montana (you might remember their paint from this project), to bring you DIYS you can do with their spray paint and acrylic paint markers. Plus, they’ll be giving away 6

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Time: 25 minutes
Materials: planter, Montana acrylic paint markers

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

This week is an exciting week friends! For the next three days, I’ll be partnering with Montana (you might remember their paint from this project), to bring you DIYS you can do with their spray paint and acrylic paint markers. Plus, they’ll be giving away 6 cans of paint AND 6 markers to not one, but three readers, so be sure to come back each day to see the projects and enter to win!

First up, how to makeover a basic planter in 25 minutes (with little cleanup):

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!If you’d like the planter to be anything but terra cotta, paint it! I chose white so the colors would really pop.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!My favorite thing about these markers is that they cut my crafting and clean up time in half. I’m so use to pouring paint on a tray, cleaning my brush between each color, then washing up after (typically spilling it at some point in there). For the markers, all you do is shake and take the cap off. Seriously amazing.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!There are several different tip sizes, but I used the 15mm so that when applied at an angle, it would produce an effect similar to a brushstroke. I recommend practicing on a sheet of paper first so you get used to the feel of the marker. Go around your pot, changing colors as you go, until you achieve the look you want.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!Let dry and pot your plant!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!And now the best part– you can win the supplies you need to create your own! Colors will vary from what’s listed below, but here’s everything (three of you) will win:

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only. Open until 5pm PST 10/17. Best of luck!

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Happy Weekend + The Crafted Life’s Official Hashtag!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-5/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-5/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45:58 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5755 (via Instagram) Yup, it’s happening. The Crafted Life now has an official hashtag– #mycraftedlife! Whether you’re working on a tutorial you found here, or are just making in general, I’d love to see it! Just use #mycraftedlife on social media (mainly Instagram or Twitter) and I’ll be sure to check it out. I’m seriously so

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Yup, it’s happening. The Crafted Life now has an official hashtag– #mycraftedlife! Whether you’re working on a tutorial you found here, or are just making in general, I’d love to see it! Just use #mycraftedlife on social media (mainly Instagram or Twitter) and I’ll be sure to check it out. I’m seriously so excited to see what everyone is working on! Now, on to weekend links:

- My friend Heather is teaching an amazing weaving class in Portland. You should join me! Looks like she’s working on one killer gift bag too.

- Who knew it was possible to make a coffee table this beautiful?!

- Have you ever used vinyl spray paint before? If not, this project is reason enough to pick up a few cans!

- I’ll take a dozen, please.

- Such a brilliant technique for making your own gold foil prints.

- Cheers friends, it’s the weekend :)

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5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Wallshttp://thecraftedlife.com/5-ways-to-display-photos/ http://thecraftedlife.com/5-ways-to-display-photos/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:46:43 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5732 Until recently, I didn’t know it was even possible to love how art is displayed as much as the art itself. But it totally is. Each one of these photo display projects prove that you don’t need a huge budget to display your photographs/art prints, just a bit of creativity! So go ahead, let loose

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5 Ways to Display Photos on Your WallsUntil recently, I didn’t know it was even possible to love how art is displayed as much as the art itself. But it totally is. Each one of these photo display projects prove that you don’t need a huge budget to display your photographs/art prints, just a bit of creativity! So go ahead, let loose and choose the option that’s a bit outside the box frame. Your walls will thank you for it.

5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Walls1. Hanger Display by Scandinavian Deko

5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Walls2. Washi Tape Frames by 100 Layer Cake

5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Walls3. Driftwood Photo Display by Morning Creativity

5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Walls4. DIY Instax Wallpaper by A Beautiful Mess

5 Ways to Display Photos on Your Walls5. DIY Geometric Photo Display by The Caldwell Project

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10 Makers to Follow on Instagramhttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-makers-follow-instagram/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-makers-follow-instagram/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:05:40 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5705 I absolutely love Instagram. It’s by far my favorite social media tool, both to use as a brand and a consumer. So today I’m rounding up the makers/shop owners who make my feed that much more enjoyable! If you’re looking for those revealing behind the scene shots, awesome handmade products, and the occasional cat/dog snap,

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10 Makers to Follow on InstagramI absolutely love Instagram. It’s by far my favorite social media tool, both to use as a brand and a consumer. So today I’m rounding up the makers/shop owners who make my feed that much more enjoyable! If you’re looking for those revealing behind the scene shots, awesome handmade products, and the occasional cat/dog snap, you should follow these ten accounts asap:

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram1. Quill and Fox

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram2. Betsy & Iya

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram3. Cotton and Flax

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram4. The Flair Exchange

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram5. Honeycomb Studio

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram6. Aspen Summit

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram7. Small Adventure

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram8. Rock Salt Vintage

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram9. Shop the Coastal

10 Makers to Follow on Instagram10. The Object Enthusiast

I’d love to know, who are some of your favorite makers to follow? And if you’re looking to grow your brand on Instagram, try these handy tips!

 

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Copper + Gold Leaf Brancheshttp://thecraftedlife.com/copper-gold-leaf-branches/ http://thecraftedlife.com/copper-gold-leaf-branches/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:04:52 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5696 Time: 1 hour Materials: gold/copper leaf kit, branches, sponge brush I love absolutely love flowers, but for fall this year, I decided to decorate with a different natural element. Not only is adding gold and copper foil to branches easy and inexpensive (less than $10), but you’ll be able to keep them in a vase

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Time: 1 hour
Materials: gold/copper leaf kit, branches, sponge brush

Copper + Gold Leaf Branches

I love absolutely love flowers, but for fall this year, I decided to decorate with a different natural element. Not only is adding gold and copper foil to branches easy and inexpensive (less than $10), but you’ll be able to keep them in a vase in your house for the entire season. I’d consider that a deal, my friends.

Head on over to Poppytalk to see the full tutorial!

Copper + Gold Leaf Branches

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