The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:04:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Black Friday Deals + New Items in the Shophttp://thecraftedlife.com/black-friday-deals-new-items-shop/ http://thecraftedlife.com/black-friday-deals-new-items-shop/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:00:07 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6385 Hi friends, hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! If you’re partaking in any crafty shopping this weekend, boy do I have a treat for you! Silhouette is offering all Crafted Life readers a HUGE discount from Nov. 26, 2014, 10pm MST to Dec. 8, 2014, 11:59pm MST. Just enter ‘Crafted‘ at checkout to redeem the

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Black Friday deal on Silhouette machines!Hi friends, hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

If you’re partaking in any crafty shopping this weekend, boy do I have a treat for you! Silhouette is offering all Crafted Life readers a HUGE discount from Nov. 26, 2014, 10pm MST to Dec. 8, 2014, 11:59pm MST. Just enter ‘Crafted‘ at checkout to redeem the Black Friday deals listed on their site. You can also take 40% off your order (excluding machines, downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) and receive free shipping when you spend $25 or more. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in a die cutting machine, today might just be the day to do it! See all the bundle packages by clicking here.

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Today also happens to be my 27th birthday, so to celebrate, I’ll be offering 27% off of everything in my Etsy shop until December 5th. Just Enter ‘Birthday‘ at checkout. There are TONS of new items just waiting to be shipped, so have at it!

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

 

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DIY Wooden Candle Holdershttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wooden-candle-holders/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-wooden-candle-holders/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:01:10 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6347 Time: 40 minutes + overnight dry Materials: wood, saw, drill, spade bit, sander, pencil, protective gear It may just be my favorite time of year, but I must admit that I’m super excited about how early it gets dark outside. To deal with the lack of sun, and to make our apartment cozier, I decided to

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Time: 40 minutes + overnight dry
Materials: wood, saw, drill, spade bit, sander, pencil, protective gear

DIY Wooden Candle HoldersIt may just be my favorite time of year, but I must admit that I’m super excited about how early it gets dark outside. To deal with the lack of sun, and to make our apartment cozier, I decided to make wooden candle holders!

And although power tools are required for this project, there’s no reason to shy away– it’s easy and completely worth it. See the full tutorial on Curbly!

DIY Wooden Candle Holders

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How to Line Envelopeshttp://thecraftedlife.com/line-envelopes/ http://thecraftedlife.com/line-envelopes/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:53:26 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6326 Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10) Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny

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Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10)
Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil

How to Line Envelopes As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny ones), but I also love sending them. To give mine a little extra oomph this year, I lined the envelopes! Here’s how:

How to Line Envelopes Depending on your envelope, you may be able to buy an envelope liner template. I decided to make my own, by opening up an envelope and measuring/tracing the space I wanted to line. Once you have your template, it’s pretty easy!

Trace and cut out your liner. You don’t want the liner paper to be too thick, otherwise it might be hard to get the envelope to close. Place inside your envelope and fold as if you were sealing it. Press the outside with a bone folder to get a crisper/cleaner fold.

Open back up and secure the liner in place with the tape runner. You don’t need to worry about the paper further down, just the visible part. Press with a bone folder and you’re done! It’s such a great way to add a personal and beautiful touch to any card, don’t you think?

How to Line EnvelopesI ordered our cards from Minted this year LOVE them. If you’re short on time, but still want your envelopes lined, Minted will do that for you! They will also address your envelopes for free, which honestly was a huge help considering how busy things are around this time of year. How to Line Envelopes

How to Line Envelopes

 

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Happy Friday!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-friday/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-friday/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6313 (Image by Melaine Burk for Small Fry) With the holiday craft season upon us, it’s always nice to read (and re-read) this quote. If I actually follow through with it, well, that’s a different story. Perhaps for the next few days at least, we can all make a pact to take a step back and

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Do Less with More Focus by Melaine Burk(Image by Melaine Burk for Small Fry)

With the holiday craft season upon us, it’s always nice to read (and re-read) this quote. If I actually follow through with it, well, that’s a different story. Perhaps for the next few days at least, we can all make a pact to take a step back and focus on quality of tasks/projects completed instead of quantity. And what better time to start than with weekend links:

- Easiest tassels ever.

- A talented group of bloggers launched Merry Magazine this week. A must read!

- Who knew plastic beads could look so chic?

- These coasters go great with hot cocoa.

- I’m not sure where to find an apple crate, but I need to find out asap!

- Did you see that you can now edit your own captions on Instagram?! About time, am I right? Don’t forget to use #mycraftedlife if you make anything over the weekend!

xo
Rachel

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Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatichttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-gifts-for-the-stationery-fanatic/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-gifts-for-the-stationery-fanatic/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:01:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6278 We all have that one amazing friend that’s on top of everything. Somehow they rock their day to day life and still manage to handwrite letters and give thoughtful and beautifully wrapped presents at even the simplest of occasions. This holiday season, why not treat them to something you know they’ll both love and use:

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Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic We all have that one amazing friend that’s on top of everything. Somehow they rock their day to day life and still manage to handwrite letters and give thoughtful and beautifully wrapped presents at even the simplest of occasions. This holiday season, why not treat them to something you know they’ll both love and use: stationery goods! Chances are you’ll be getting one adorable thank you card if you do.

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 1. Minimal Bohemian Collection from Sycamore Street Press

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 2. Fawn and Fauna Notepad by Quill and Fox

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 3. Retro Succulent Card by Vitamini

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 4. Watercolor Birthstone Calendar by Squirrelly Minds Paper

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 5. Looking Good Greeting Card by Idle Wild Co

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 6. Look at My Phone Card by Emily McDowell

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 7. More Than This Wrapping Paper by Shana Frase

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 8. Look Up Card Set by Scout’s Honor Paper

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 9. Better Than an Email Post Card by Wit & Whistle

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for the Stationery Fanatic 10. Ecosystems Multipurpose Card Set by Small Adventure

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Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift Tagshttp://thecraftedlife.com/cranberry-sauce-dipped-gift-tags/ http://thecraftedlife.com/cranberry-sauce-dipped-gift-tags/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:02:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6268 Time: 10 Minutes + dry time Materials: tags, brush, cranberries, water, paper towel Perhaps it’s because my birthday tends to fall on Thanksgiving, but it’s just not my favorite holiday to make crafts for. This year, however, I came up with an idea that was too easy not to share. So if you’re in charge

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Time: 10 Minutes + dry time
Materials: tags, brush, cranberries, water, paper towel

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsPerhaps it’s because my birthday tends to fall on Thanksgiving, but it’s just not my favorite holiday to make crafts for. This year, however, I came up with an idea that was too easy not to share. So if you’re in charge of bringing cranberry sauce to the big feast, save some for yourself so you can make these dipped gift tags!

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsTo achieve this look, you’ll basically be making a “watercolor” type of paint with the cranberry sauce and water. Take 1 TSP of cranberry sauce and blend with 2 TSP water. Mesh with a form to make sure the pigment is released from the cranberries. Let sit for 2-3 minutes.

Paint on your tags with a brush. Depending on how many tags you make, you may need to add more water to your mixture as you go. Set tags aside and let dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can also blot dry with a paper towel, however, it may remove some pigment.

Cranberry Sauce Dipped Gift TagsSuch an easy way to add a little color to a hostess (or any!) gift, don’t you think?

 

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DIY Typographic Wall Hanginghttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-typographic-wall-hanging/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-typographic-wall-hanging/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:14:25 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6257 You may have noticed this on my Design Sponge feature, but I have TERRIBLE handwriting. Somehow over the years, it’s evolved into a print/cursive hybrid. Needless to say, I don’t foresee a career in calligraphy in the near future. Thankfully though, there’s a simple trick for reproducing your favorite typeface without having any true skills.

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DIY Typographic Wall HangingYou may have noticed this on my Design Sponge feature, but I have TERRIBLE handwriting. Somehow over the years, it’s evolved into a print/cursive hybrid. Needless to say, I don’t foresee a career in calligraphy in the near future. Thankfully though, there’s a simple trick for reproducing your favorite typeface without having any true skills. If you can hold a pen, chances are you can do this project :)

Head to Poppytalk to see the full typographic wall handing tutorial!

DIY Typographic Wall Hanging

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Eight Must-Try Pillow DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/eight-must-try-pillow-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/eight-must-try-pillow-diys/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:14:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6231 This time of year is my absolute favorite. The decorations, the mass amounts of hot cocoa I inevitably consume, and of course, the chillier weather. In Portland we’ve been having those days that are just perfect for staying indoors and cozying up to watch a movie. And what says cozy more than handmade pillows? Whether you’re

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8 Must-Try Pillow DIYSThis time of year is my absolute favorite. The decorations, the mass amounts of hot cocoa I inevitably consume, and of course, the chillier weather. In Portland we’ve been having those days that are just perfect for staying indoors and cozying up to watch a movie. And what says cozy more than handmade pillows?

Whether you’re making these for your couch, your bed, or even a chair, here are eight pillow diys that will keep your home comfortable and stylish all winter long!

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS1. Pom Pom Pillow by Vintage Revivals

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS2. Pet Pillows by Yellow Brick Home

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS3. Iron on Pattern Pillow by Paper & Stitch

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS4. No Sew Pillow Covers by Homey Oh My!

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS5. Heart & Punctuation Pillows by I Spy DIY

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS6. Painted Cross Stitch Pillow by Craftberry Bush

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS7. Conversation Heart Pillows by Studio DIY

8 Must-Try Pillow DIYS8. Pom Pom Pillow by The Hunted Interior

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Weekend Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-6/ http://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-6/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:06:51 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6222 (My garage makeover on Design Sponge!) You could say that this week was a good one. I saw bits of snow (in Portland, no less), listened to Christmas music for this first time this year, and oh yeah, was featured on Design Sponge! When I started blogging in 2011, Design Sponge was one of the

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The Crafted Life on Design Sponge(My garage makeover on Design Sponge!)

You could say that this week was a good one. I saw bits of snow (in Portland, no less), listened to Christmas music for this first time this year, and oh yeah, was featured on Design Sponge! When I started blogging in 2011, Design Sponge was one of the only blogs that I read at the time. It was so surreal to see my garage makeover on the front page that I still need someone to come over and pinch me!

Before I take off to celebrate this weekend, I wanted to share some other awesome links I came across this recently:

- My friend Tan opened her Etsy shop and everything is beau-tiful!

- I don’t think I’ll ever be over copper projects, at least not after seeing this one.

- I need to learn to knit asap!

- Genius use of an old belt buckle.

- Isn’t Lidy’s dinning room makeover stunning?!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maudehttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-harold-maude/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-harold-maude/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:06:48 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6210 If you’re ever feeling down about anything, make yourself a huge bowl of popcorn and watch Harold and Maude. Seriously, it does the trick every time. Maude (played by Ruth Gordon) has such a zest for life that it’s contagious–plus a bowl of  popcorn never hurts. And if you don’t have 91 minutes to spare, the

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If you’re ever feeling down about anything, make yourself a huge bowl of popcorn and watch Harold and Maude. Seriously, it does the trick every time. Maude (played by Ruth Gordon) has such a zest for life that it’s contagious–plus a bowl of  popcorn never hurts. And if you don’t have 91 minutes to spare, the soundtrack is equally as good. So whether you watch or listen while you make the following movie inspired crafts, just make sure you’re having fun :)

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude1. Paper Flowers by Kojo Designs

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude2. Painted Pots by Offbeat + Inspired

Movie Inspired Crafts: Harold & Maude3. Fruit Slice Umbrella by Studio DIY

To persuade you even more, here is one of my favorite lines from the movie:

A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.

Be sure to check out the crafts for Annie Hall and The Grand Budapest Hotel too!

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