The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:16:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-cactus-inspired-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-cactus-inspired-projects/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:15:24 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9331 Annnddd my love for all things cactus continues! Hopefully you are feeling the same way about the current trend, because you are going to love the following cactus-inspired projects if so! I may dare even say that cacti > pineapples, but I don’t want any of you to mail me a glitter bomb or anything

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10 DIY Cactus-Inspired ProjectsAnnnddd my love for all things cactus continues! Hopefully you are feeling the same way about the current trend, because you are going to love the following cactus-inspired projects if so! I may dare even say that cacti > pineapples, but I don’t want any of you to mail me a glitter bomb or anything like that. Let’s just pretend I wasn’t thinking that just now, shall we?

I’m blown away by everyone’s creativity when in comes in incorporating the cactus shape into everyday home decor. From making a cute patterns to print on pillows, to making your own cactus (that will never die), these tutorials have it all. And if you’re not into the trend just yet, perhaps you’ll change your mind by the end of this post!

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects1. Cactus Cake Topper by Tell Love and Chocolate

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects2. DIY Cactus Pillow by Everything Emily

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects3. Cactus Place Card Holders via Oh Happy Day

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects4. Cactus Pincushions by A Beautiful Mess

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects5. Painted Rock Cacti by Craftberry Bush

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects6. Faux Porcelain Ring Holder by Vitamini Handmade

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour!7. Iron-On Cactus Shoes by The Crafted Life

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects8. Cardboard Cacti by The House The Lars Built

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects9. Cactus Wall Hooks by Shoes Off Please

10 DIY Cactus-Inspired Projects10. DIY Stamped Pillow by Patchwork Cactus

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DIY Washi Tape Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-washi-tape-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-washi-tape-holder/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:48:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9311 If there’s one thing I think we all love as crafters, it’s washi tape. And by love  of course I mean obsess over to the point where we can’t get enough. The only draw back is that sometimes they can get a bit disorganized if you don’t have a way to display/store them. This diy

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DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)If there’s one thing I think we all love as crafters, it’s washi tape. And by love  of course I mean obsess over to the point where we can’t get enough. The only draw back is that sometimes they can get a bit disorganized if you don’t have a way to display/store them. This diy washi tape holder is beyond easy to make and can be customized to fit just about any collection. Here’s how to make your own:

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: dowel rods, copper fittings, spray paint, saw, pipe fitting
Cost: $15

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)You’ll be able to find all the materials you need at your local hardware store. I would recommend that you test to see if the dowel and fittings are the right side (fit in to one another) before leaving the store. I used 2″ copper fittings and a 5/8″ dowel.

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)Start by painting your base so that it can dry while you complete the other steps. Cut your dowel rod into piece. You’ll need four 4″ pieces and three 3″ pieces. Sand ends if necessary.

Once you have your pieces, you really just need to put it together! I used the 3″ pieces for the height and the 4″ pieces for the length. You can easily adjust this to fit your needs. Screw final copper fitting into the base to attach.

All that’s left to do is add your washi! And because I’m sure you’re just itching to know where I got mine, they’re all from Duck®. Not only is their washi super cute, but it also holds great. Don’t even get me started on their prism rolls either. Seriously, I can’t get enough!

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)All my tape used to just sit in a jar on my desk, so this is such an improvement! I’ll probably make it larger as time goes by, but for right now it does a great job of keeping my desk clean while displaying a bit of my collection.

So what do you think?! Easy enough, right?

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)

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Friday Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-21/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-21/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:26:13 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9290 (via Instagram) Happy Friday! And man do I mean happy! I’m currently in California sipping on wine and crafting at the Michaels Maker Summit. I can’t even believe I just typed that sentence because it still sounds like a dream! This is probably the time you’ll want to start following me on Snapchat because I

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Happy Friday! And man do I mean happy! I’m currently in California sipping on wine and crafting at the Michaels Maker Summit. I can’t even believe I just typed that sentence because it still sounds like a dream! This is probably the time you’ll want to start following me on Snapchat because I image things are getting rowdy and crafty at the moment. Hopefully you’ll find time to treat yourself over the next few days! Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy these links:

- My boyfriend Gabe just launched a new app today! Yahoo!

- My inner child is squealing with delight at this fun project.

- Possibly the cutest video tutorial series

- Rethinking all the walls in my house after seeing this!

- Loving these tips.

- This hair. I can’t EVEN.

- Loving these diy throw pillows.

Have  a wonderful weekend!

xo
Rachel

 

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The Hello Sessionshttp://thecraftedlife.com/hello-sessions/ http://thecraftedlife.com/hello-sessions/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:59:51 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9288 Fun news today friends! My two friends, Joy and Melissa, are starting a pretty bomb, hands-on conference here in Portland on October 8th-9th called The Hello Sessions. If you’ve been wondering about the next step for your blog or creative business, this is the perfect event, especially if you’re looking to get to the next

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The Hello Sessions in Portland, OR. Photo by: www.linneapaulina.comFun news today friends!

My two friends, Joy and Melissa, are starting a pretty bomb, hands-on conference here in Portland on October 8th-9th called The Hello Sessions. If you’ve been wondering about the next step for your blog or creative business, this is the perfect event, especially if you’re looking to get to the next level.

The speaker line up is beyond amazing (folks like Lisa Congdon, Molly Yeh, and Tiffany Han just to name a few) that I’m still pinching myself that I’m on the list! That’s right, you can come learn all my Instagram tips and tricks in an hour and half workshop.

AND! For the next week (until July 29th at midnight) you can get 10% off the ticket price by entering code : CRAFTED10 at checkout.

It’s going to be a blast, hope to see you there!

xo

 

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10 Colorful Instagram Accounts to Followhttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-colorful-instagram-accounts-follow/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-colorful-instagram-accounts-follow/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:11:26 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9263 Last year I shared ten of my favorite maker accounts on Instagram and thought that it was about time that I share some more of my favorite accounts! Instead of limiting this list to those who make and sell goods, I thought I’d focus on bright and cheery accounts. Because it’s hump day and we

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10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on InstagramLast year I shared ten of my favorite maker accounts on Instagram and thought that it was about time that I share some more of my favorite accounts! Instead of limiting this list to those who make and sell goods, I thought I’d focus on bright and cheery accounts. Because it’s hump day and we could all use a bit more fun in our lives before the weekend, yeah? Here are ten colorful accounts to follow on Instagram asap:

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram1. Matt Crump

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram2. Rosie Clayton

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram3. The Uncommon Place

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram4. Color Ventures (hashtag feed created by Amy Ventures)

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram5. Ban.do

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram6. Mary Costa

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram7. Little Drill

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram8. Bright Bazaar

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram9. Tiffany Pratt

10 Colorful Accounts to Follow on Instagram10. Ashley Bartlett

 

All lovely, don’t you think? Who are some of your favorite colorist to follow on Instagram? And if you happen to be looking for an extra account to follow today, don’t forget to follow The Crafted Life on Instagram!

 

 

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Homemade Funnel Cake Sprinkleshttp://thecraftedlife.com/homemade-funnel-cake-sprinkles/ http://thecraftedlife.com/homemade-funnel-cake-sprinkles/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:01:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9223 So happy to have Carrie of Dream Green DIY back with us today! You may remember this delicious salad recipe she shared earlier, well today it’s alllll about the dessert. And I do mean the PERFECT summer dessert. Take it away girl! I, Carrie, am a big, big fan of summer festival season—specifically carnivals. Our

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Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!So happy to have Carrie of Dream Green DIY back with us today! You may remember this delicious salad recipe she shared earlier, well today it’s alllll about the dessert. And I do mean the PERFECT summer dessert. Take it away girl!

I, Carrie, am a big, big fan of summer festival season—specifically carnivals. Our local high school hosts a traveling carnival each year, and my hubby and I turn into squealing 4-year-olds as soon as we see those big trucks pull onto the baseball field loaded down with ferris wheel parts and other amusement park rides. This year’s event is right around the corner, so to celebrate the occasion (and my favorite carnival food) I created a batch of homemade funnel cake sprinkles. They are super easy to make and taste just like the real deal. Enjoy!

Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 cup flour

  • Oil for frying

  • Powdered sugar, to taste
Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the egg, milk, salt, baking powder and flour in a mixing bowl and mix until combined.

  2. Pour the batter into a plastic gallon-size bag and snip a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners with a pair of scissors. It’s best to make this hole as small as you can—maybe a millimeter or two in length.

  3. Meanwhile, slowly heat oil in a frying pan on medium to high heat—you’ll want the oil to come up to about a 1-inch depth inside the pan.

  4. Once the oil is hot, squeeze thin lines or “dots” of batter into the oil. If you move quickly enough over the surface of the oil, the batter will come out in small bursts and separate into sprinkle-like shapes. You’ll get the hang of how much pressure to use as you go. TIP: Hold the cut bag right over the heated oil as you squeeze out the batter to avoid splashing the oil onto your hands.

  5. The batter will first sink to the bottom of the pan and then rise to the surface as it cooks. Wait about a minute until the batter starts to brown, and use a pair of tongs to flip or stir the funnel cake sprinkles so that they cook all the way through on both sides.

  6. Scoop the cooked sprinkles out of the oil with a slotted spoon and dump them onto a paper towel to drain and dry.

  7. Serve them over scoops of ice cream in a bowl with powdered sugar on top!

Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!

Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!

Nothing says summer more than these homemade funnel cake sprinkles!

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DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoeshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-iron-cactus-shoes/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-iron-cactus-shoes/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:03:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9227 If there’s one recent trend I can fully support, its the cactus print. Cover my home, clothes, and everything in between with it and I’d still be happy. Perhaps it’s because I miss California, or that it’s one of the only plants I can keep alive and healthy, but I’m wayyyy into it. If you

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An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! If there’s one recent trend I can fully support, its the cactus print. Cover my home, clothes, and everything in between with it and I’d still be happy. Perhaps it’s because I miss California, or that it’s one of the only plants I can keep alive and healthy, but I’m wayyyy into it.

If you have a plain pair of sneakers on hand (or have $7 to spend on new shoes), you can add a bit of the desert to your wardrobe in no time at all! Here’s how I made my cactus shoes:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: sneakers, iron, heat transfer material, fabric (can be scrap piece)

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I used a Silhouette to cut the cactus shape, but you could make a less intricate stencil and cut out by hand if you don’t have a machine. It will most likely add another 30-40 minutes to the make time.

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! Before beginning, stuff your shoe with paper or fabric so that the outside is firm. Cut out all of your cacti shapes and peel the excess transfer material away from the plastic. Position on your shoe (plastic side up), cover with fabric, and iron. I saw the best results when I held the iron in place and just pressed down firmly for 60 seconds.

Peel plastic away from your design and continue transferring remaining shapes until shoe is covered. Then ta-da, you’re done!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I haven’t tested these shoes in anything but sunshine (we’re in a bit of a drought in Oregon), so I can’t say how they’ll hold up in rain. I’d seal with decoupage if you were planning on wearing these outside in different weather.

And if you’re not so into the cactus trend, perhaps these diy glitter shoes are more your style!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour!

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Friday Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-20/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-20/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:02:02 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9208 It’s the weekendddd! Woop, woop! I will be traveling down to California next week (more on that to come), so it looks like I’ll be spending the next few days working in prep for the trip. I promise one of these Fridays to have more interesting plans than that. Hopefully your weekend sounds more fun

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Washi by @thecraftedlife on InstagramIt’s the weekendddd! Woop, woop! I will be traveling down to California next week (more on that to come), so it looks like I’ll be spending the next few days working in prep for the trip. I promise one of these Fridays to have more interesting plans than that. Hopefully your weekend sounds more fun than that! Regardless of how many hours of Netflix you plan on watching or glasses of wine you’ll be drinking during your time off, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

- My friend MJ recently launched her shop, and oh boy is everything in it adorable!

- My friend Sarah also just launched her kit company (my friends are badass, I tell ya) and you MUST check it out!

- Ice cream sprinkle SHOES. Oh yeah, and they’re diy-able.

- I’m not typically into black and white, but this grid pattern is on point.

- Easy and cheap office diy office storage (that’s totally cute)!

- This light project makes me weak in the knees. So does this ribbon.

- Plant perfection.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

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10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-must-try-copper-pipe-diy-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-must-try-copper-pipe-diy-projects/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:01:48 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9185 After putting together the diy blanket ladder in yesterday’s post, I’m completely hooked on copper pipe projects. Since the tubes and couplings are pre-fitted and snap together with little to no effort, you can basically make anything you can think of. Items like tables and stands can be put together in a few simple steps,

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10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY ProjectsAfter putting together the diy blanket ladder in yesterday’s post, I’m completely hooked on copper pipe projects. Since the tubes and couplings are pre-fitted and snap together with little to no effort, you can basically make anything you can think of. Items like tables and stands can be put together in a few simple steps, and without it costing a fortune or requiring any special skills. How my apartment is full of these projects right now, I’ll never know.

Copper is also completely on trend right now (looks so chic when paired with wood, don’t you think?), so it’s a win-win for anyone looking to add some DIY decor to their home without compromising on style. Here are ten projects you’ll want to make for your place immediately:

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects1. Side Table by A Beautiful Mess

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects2. Hanging Copper Planter by A Bubbly Life

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects3. Paper Towel Holder by Squirrelly Minds

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects4. Bud Vase by I Spy DIY

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life5. Copper Tube Necklace by The Crafted Life

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects6. Coffee Table by For Me, For You

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects7. Copper Candles by The Merrythought

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects8. Copper Pipe and Wood Slice Table by Fall For DIY

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects9. Copper Pipe iPad Holder by A Bubbly Life

10 Must-Try Copper Pipe DIY Projects10. DIY Laptop Table via House of Jade

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Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/pinned-made-loved-diy-blanket-ladder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/pinned-made-loved-diy-blanket-ladder/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:13:34 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9169 Okay, so here’s the thing about Pinterest. It sometimes, more often than not actually, can be a black hole. For the amount of time I spend gushing over other’s projects, I’ve rarely made them for myself. Well, that is, until now! Starting today there will be a new column on The Crafted Life called, Pinned

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Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder Okay, so here’s the thing about Pinterest. It sometimes, more often than not actually, can be a black hole. For the amount of time I spend gushing over other’s projects, I’ve rarely made them for myself. Well, that is, until now! Starting today there will be a new column on The Crafted Life called, Pinned It, Made It, Loved It. I’ll be going through some of my favorite pins and actually giving them a go, while sharing the results with you! Hopefully this will encourage you to give some of your dream projects a try along the way :)

For my first project, I don’t think I could have picked an easier tutorial. I found this DIY Blanket Ladder tutorial by Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy and just fell in love. But I since I don’t have that many blankets in our home, I thought I’d make one for fabric storage instead!

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder One difference in mine is that I made my dowels all the same size. Since I’ll be using it for fabric storage, I wanted an extra rung instead of extra space at the bottom like in the original tutorial. I also did not use any glue, and so far so good. I may go back in and add glue later if I notice it not holding up so well.

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder So what do you think?! Have you tried this project before? What are some pins that you’re itching to try?

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder

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