The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:09:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 DIY Hashtag Pillowhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-hashtag-pillow/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-hashtag-pillow/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:03:27 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9061 Yes that’s right friends, a DIY Hashtag Pillow! As if I didn’t love social media enough, right? This project is great for those who are new to sewing because it will help you practice your curves. Or at least that’s what I kept telling myself when I was prototyping this. Here’s how you can easily

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You can make this DIY Hashtag Pillow in less than an hour! Such a fun project for those new to sewing.Yes that’s right friends, a DIY Hashtag Pillow! As if I didn’t love social media enough, right? This project is great for those who are new to sewing because it will help you practice your curves. Or at least that’s what I kept telling myself when I was prototyping this. Here’s how you can easily make one yourself:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: fabric, sewing machine, fabric pencil, fabric scissors, pins, poly-fil, needle and matching thread

You can make this DIY Hashtag Pillow in less than an hour! Such a fun project for those new to sewing.I got the fabric for this project from Minted. Their collection, designed by independent artist, is amazinggg! Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. You can use a rotary cutter for this project, but if you’re new to using it, or don’t have one, scissors are just fine.

You can make this DIY Hashtag Pillow in less than an hour! Such a fun project for those new to sewing.First cut two equal squares that are 19″x19″. If you want to make your pillow larger, adjust accordingly. I don’t necessarily suggest going any smaller than that. On the backside of your fabric on one of the squares, draw the hashtag shape. If you can’t draw at all, you can do what I did and trace a deflated hashtag balloon.

Pin fabric squares together in the corners and cut out. This method works great if you don’t want to have to trace and cut twice. Once you have your two hashtags, pin together so the pattern is facing each other.

When sewing, try your best to stay on the 3/8 seem allowance. You’ll want to use a straight stitch and back stick at the beginning and the end. Only sew around the edges of the hashtag, leaving the middle open. If you sew the middle, you won’t be able to turn your pillow right side out.

After turning right side out, stuff with polyfil. Once full and smooth, pin the center pieces together and stitch closed by hand. Trim the excess thread and fabric with scissors and you’re done!

You can make this DIY Hashtag Pillow in less than an hour! Such a fun project for those new to sewing.So what do you think?! Easy peasy for a sewing project, yeah? I can’t wait to experiment with other shapes!

You can make this DIY Hashtag Pillow in less than an hour! Such a fun project for those new to sewing.This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions expressed are my own.Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep The Crafted Life making!

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Greasehttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-grease/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-grease/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:38:41 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9049 1. DIY Headband by A Beautiful Mess (above) Happy Monday all! I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. If it didn’t feel like summer before, I’m sure after seeing hundreds of firework and bbq Instagrams that you are feeling it more than ever. And what says summer more than summer loving aka the movie Grease?! I know

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease1. DIY Headband by A Beautiful Mess (above)

Happy Monday all! I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. If it didn’t feel like summer before, I’m sure after seeing hundreds of firework and bbq Instagrams that you are feeling it more than ever. And what says summer more than summer loving aka the movie Grease?! I know it’s only the start of the week, but after browsing these movie inspired crafts, you’re going to want to call your girlfriends and make a weekend date for milkshakes and a sing-a-long!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease2. Embroidered Peter Pan Collar by The House That Lars Built

Movie Inspired Crafts: Grease3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake Recipe by She Wears Many Hats

And to close it out and give you a dose of humor:

“We have pictures of you so-called mooners. And just because the pictures aren’t of your faces doesn’t mean we can’t identify you. At this very moment those pictures are on their way to Washington where the FBI has experts in this type of identification. If you turn yourselves in now, you may escape a federal charge.” -Principal McGee

 

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7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4thhttp://thecraftedlife.com/7-summer-fun-diys-july-4th/ http://thecraftedlife.com/7-summer-fun-diys-july-4th/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:41:37 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9038 If you’re anything like me, you are just READY for the weekend. Of course this weekend is July 4th which means barbecues, sun and fireworks! Hellloooo summer! And if between all that fun you’re looking to squeeze in a little crafting, I rounded up a few summer projects that are a must try, especially for

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7 Summer Fun DIYS for July 4thIf you’re anything like me, you are just READY for the weekend. Of course this weekend is July 4th which means barbecues, sun and fireworks! Hellloooo summer! And if between all that fun you’re looking to squeeze in a little crafting, I rounded up a few summer projects that are a must try, especially for this weekend. After all, what better way to celebrate freedom than with desserts and diys?! 

1. Flamingo Ring Ross by Sugar & Cloth

2. Cement Star Votives by Paper & Stitch

3. Palm Tree Manicure by Vitamini Handmade

4. Striped Tablecloth by Say Yes

5. Fruit Infused Ice Cubes by Proper

6. Blueberry Polka Dot Fro-Yo Pops by Handmade Charlotte

7. Painted Patio Umbrella by Lovely Indeed

Happy Fourth!

xo
Rachel

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Instagram Recap: June 2015http://thecraftedlife.com/instagram-recap-june-2015/ http://thecraftedlife.com/instagram-recap-june-2015/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:15:24 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9022 Happy July everyone! Oh man did June just fly right on by, or what? After looking back at my Instagram photos for the month, it almost seems like it came and went all in a blur. Probably because I’ve been miserable and sweaty for weeks because of this never ending heatwave in Portland. Insert gross

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June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeHappy July everyone! Oh man did June just fly right on by, or what? After looking back at my Instagram photos for the month, it almost seems like it came and went all in a blur. Probably because I’ve been miserable and sweaty for weeks because of this never ending heatwave in Portland. Insert gross face emojis here. Here’s a quick recap of non-disgusting things that happened:

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeSo the biggest thing that happened in June was my trip to Ohio, which is where I grew up. The original plan was to surprise my dad for father’s, but it turns out that I can’t keep a secret at all and told him months in advance. I just get too excited! It was nice seeing family and old friends again, and of course it’s always nice to recharge the batteries a bit. This photo is of the theater where I saw the new Jurassic Park movie, which I did not hate at all!

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeWe also ended up staying in an Airbnb in Kentucky for a night when we went to a Red’s game. They had this tile in their kitchen and I just fell in love! Oh the things I would do if I owned instead of rented.

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAshley of Sugar & Cloth sent me the cutest macarons! Sometimes a piece of snail mail can make your entire day better, don’t you think?

June Instagram Recap by @thecraftedlifeAnd of course the highlight of the month, and even the year, was that marriage became a constitutional right. I can’t even begin to express how wonderful it was to scroll through nothing but rainbow colored photos celebrating love last weekend. Seriously, how do we keep that going? It feels like a good time to be alive friends.

Be sure to follow my July adventures on Instagram if you aren’t already!

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Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Saladhttp://thecraftedlife.com/mandarin-orange-poppyseed-summer-salad/ http://thecraftedlife.com/mandarin-orange-poppyseed-summer-salad/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:01:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8991 Guys, today is exciting for two reasons. 1. Carrie from Dream Green DIY is here with an awesome new recipe post. 2. She made a salad that I would actually eat. If you’re new to making meals for yourself, this recipe is easy as it gets. Really, what’s easier than tossing lettuce in a bowl?

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This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer!Guys, today is exciting for two reasons. 1. Carrie from Dream Green DIY is here with an awesome new recipe post. 2. She made a salad that I would actually eat. If you’re new to making meals for yourself, this recipe is easy as it gets. Really, what’s easier than tossing lettuce in a bowl? Probably nothing. Of course there are other tasty (and easy to add) ingredients involved, but I’ll leave it to Carrie to give you the specifics– take it away girl!

I, Carrie, am kind of fanatic when it comes to summer salads. There’s just something so blissful about fresh local produce combined with a sweet salad dressing on a hot day. My latest in a long line of favorite seasonal salad recipes is this Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Salad. It pairs sweet flavors (oranges and poppyseed dressing) with savory, nutty ones (mixed greens and feta cheese) for a salad that feels indulgent rather than health-conscious. Try topping it with chopped walnuts for extra flavor!

This Mandarin Orange Poppyseed Summer Salad is absolutely perfect for summer! Click through for full (and easy) recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups mixed spring greens or spinach

  • 1/4 cup whole mandarin oranges

  • 1-2 tablespoons poppyseed dressing

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1/4 chopped walnuts, optional (but encouraged!)

DIRECTIONS:

Add the spring greens or spinach to a bowl, and top with mandarin oranges and feta cheese. Spoon on the dressing, and serve immediately.

For more of Carrie’s recipes and DIY projects, follow along with her on Dream Green DIY.

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DIY Fruit Slice Coastershttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fruit-slice-coasters/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fruit-slice-coasters/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:09:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8971 Man oh man is summer in Portland! Since it’s been nothing but a scorcher here lately, all I’ve wanted to do eat is fruit. Well that and binge on Netflix, but what else is new? After painting my nails like a watermelon, I thought it was time to take my obsession one step further and

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These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!Man oh man is summer in Portland! Since it’s been nothing but a scorcher here lately, all I’ve wanted to do eat is fruit. Well that and binge on Netflix, but what else is new? After painting my nails like a watermelon, I thought it was time to take my obsession one step further and bring that inspiration to my craft room.   Here’s how I made these fruit slice coasters:

Time: 1 hour for set of six
Materials: cork rounds, DecoArt Multisurface Paint, brush, paper, pen, ruler, xacto knife
Cost: ~$11

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!I used DecoArt’s multisurface paint for this project since it’s thick enough to coverup pencil markings. You don’t need tape, like pictured above, if you just hold the stencil down with your other hand.

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!Start by painting your coasters white. Because the cork is a bit absorbent, I went ahead and did two coats. While they’re drying, you can make your stencil. To do that you’ll need a piece of paper, a pencil, and an xacto knife.

Trace around the outside of your coaster so that you have a circle on your paper. You’ll then mark the circle into eighths, almost like you’re cutting a pizza. Inside each section (triangle) will be your fruit slice, which you can draw in. It’s basically just a triangle with rounded corners. Once you have it drawn out, cut out the fruit slice pieces with your xacto knife.

Place stencil on dried coasters and trace very lightly with your pencil. Remove stencil and then paint with the fruit color of your choice. Since the paint is self sealing, once your coasters are dry, they’re ready to be used!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial! These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!So that’s it! Perfect for summer bbqs, don’t you think? Be sure to visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

These DIY Fruit Slice Coasters are easy to make and perfect for summer BBQs. Click through for full tutorial!

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-18/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-18/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:05:56 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8959 (via Instagram) Happy Friday friends! So, it’s going to be 100˚F here in Portland this weekend, which means I’ll be parked in front of my brand new window ac unit for the next few days. Sorry weather, that’s just too dang hot! If you’re also looking to avoid the heat, or just want a few

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Happy Friday friends! So, it’s going to be 100˚F here in Portland this weekend, which means I’ll be parked in front of my brand new window ac unit for the next few days. Sorry weather, that’s just too dang hot! If you’re also looking to avoid the heat, or just want a few great reads while you kick up your heels and relax, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

- I’ll take all the glitter please!

- The perfect summer shoe.

- Perler beads have never looked this awesome before!

- Get in my mouth. You too delicious cocktail.

- So cool! Must make a version of this for my office.

- Muah!

- The cake that’s taking Pinterest (and my heart) by storm!

- Just the prettiest shade of blue.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

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Let’s Chat: Valuing your Timehttp://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-valuing-time/ http://thecraftedlife.com/lets-chat-valuing-time/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:01:29 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8939  (image via Small Fry) As a small business owner, it’s completely understandable that you’d want to answer every single email that pops up in your inbox and to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. If you haven’t hit your desired level of success, it’s easy to think that what is being pitched

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 Let's Chat: Valuing your Time(image via Small Fry)

As a small business owner, it’s completely understandable that you’d want to answer every single email that pops up in your inbox and to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. If you haven’t hit your desired level of success, it’s easy to think that what is being pitched to you will ultimately be amazing and perhaps career changing. But here’s the truth, more often than not, those emails are just a distraction and you’re probably wasting more valuable time than you know. Now, before you immediately click away from this blog after reading that, hear me out.

I spend a majority of my time on email (sadly, it’s not all glitter and candy over here as my Instagram might have you believe). So let’s say I get 10 emails from companies asking me to share their super cool product with you guys, but that they cannot pay for the ad space, aka they want me to work for free. If I take the time to reply to each and every one, that’s an hour out of my day writing emails that don’t help my business. An hour I could have been making, planning, or emailing brands I actually want to work with. And if I do this each day, that’s THIRTY hours a month that are completely gone. That’s not okay.

The reality is that you have far more important things to be doing than spending all day on your email. At the end of the day, remember that your time is really all you have. Don’t waste it on those who don’t appreciate or understand that.

If you also suffer some inbox madness, here are a few tips and tricks to save you some time along the way:

1. Limit the number of times you check your email in a day. I know, it sounds impossible. But really, think about all the time you waste checking your email in a day and how distracting it can be. Seriously, starting today or tomorrow, make a notch on a piece of paper for every time you check your mail (phone counts too). You might be surprised how many times you passively check.

I try my best to check 2-3 times a day, once in the morning, afternoon and evening. That way, once I reply to everyone, I can put it away and focus completely on something else.

2. Step away from the computer at night.. well at least social media and email. This was by far one of my biggest takeaways from Kari Chapin at Craftcation 2015. Give yourself time to decompress and be a person. Plus, what groundbreaking email have you received for your business after 10pm? Mmhmm, that’s what I thought.

3. Delete emails. So, remember that generic email you got from that company that wants you to work for them for free in exchange for promotion on their super cool site and it’s going to send you tons and tons of traffic? Yeah, delete it. 99% of the time, it’s not going to send you enough traffic to make up for your electricity bill being late that month. Why waste your time responding when it’s clearly not in your best interest? PS also see charging what you’re worth if you’re working for free.

4. Disable notifications on your phone. Every time your phone beeps or lights up, it’s easy to want to check what’s going on immediately. I recently disabled my email notifications and can’t tell you what a time saver it’s been. Now I have to open the app and refresh if I really want to check my mail. It also helps save battery life, so win-win!

How do you value your time? I’d love to hear your tips & tricks in the comments!

 

 

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10 DIY Chair Makeovershttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-chair-makeovers/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-diy-chair-makeovers/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:01:14 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8910 Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of giving a few rooms in our apartment a makeover. I suppose it’s because we have yet to really get our home in that place where I feel satisfied with the decor. Though I’m beginning to think that feeling doesn’t exist (someone please tell me that it does!).

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10 DIY Chair MakeoversLately I’ve been toying with the idea of giving a few rooms in our apartment a makeover. I suppose it’s because we have yet to really get our home in that place where I feel satisfied with the decor. Though I’m beginning to think that feeling doesn’t exist (someone please tell me that it does!). One thing that I’m finding with all my research, aka endlessly browsing Pinterest, is that a good and fashionable chair tends to be way over budget, at least for what I’m looking to spend.

Another finding is that it’s completely possible to makeover a basic chair with a few simple DIY methods. There are so many ways to turn a boring piece of furniture into a quality statement piece for your home, that I just had to roundup a few of my favorites. Here are ten diy chair makeovers I fell in love with:

10 DIY Chair Makeovers1. Painted Chair Makeover by Sugar & Cloth

10 DIY Chair Makeovers2. Mod Podge Chair Makeover by Emily Henderson

DIY Chair Makeover3. Recovered Mid Century Chair by Hello Lidy

10 DIY Chair Makeovers4. Cross Stitch Chair by My Poppet

10 DIY Chair Makeovers5. School Chair Makeover by Dream a Little Bigger

10 DIY Chair Makeovers6. Vinyl Chair Makeover by A Beautiful Mess

10 DIY Chair Makeovers7. Striped Mid Century Chair by Lovely Indeed

10 DIY Chair Makeovers8. Neon Ombre Chairs by I Spy DIY

10 DIY Chair Makeovers9. Peacock Chair Makeover by Design Love Fest

10 DIY Chair Makeovers10. Fabric Decoupage Chair by Little Green Notebook

 

So what do you think? To buy or to DIY? If you’ve ever given a chair a makeover, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Blogging 101: Common Pin It Button Mistakeshttp://thecraftedlife.com/blogging-101-pin-button-mistakes/ http://thecraftedlife.com/blogging-101-pin-button-mistakes/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:03:54 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=8820 As a Pinterest addict and full time blogger, I have read more blog posts than I can even count. And since I mainly discover new blogs through Pinterest, I’ve also come across a fair amount of common mistakes bloggers are making. The good news is that these mistakes pretty easy to identify and correct. Here

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Blogging 101: Common Pin It Button Mistakes (and how to fix them!)As a Pinterest addict and full time blogger, I have read more blog posts than I can even count. And since I mainly discover new blogs through Pinterest, I’ve also come across a fair amount of common mistakes bloggers are making. The good news is that these mistakes pretty easy to identify and correct. Here are a few I’m seeing with the custom pin it button:

Problem: Pin it button is only grabbing current page URL.

Okay, so let’s say that someone finds your project on Pinterest and clicks through to see the full tutorial; however, the person who pinned the project originally was on the home page, not the permalink, and the post is over 6 months old by now.  What ends up happening is that the person coming from Pinterest will land on the main page again, while the tutorial they want is far back in your archives. It sends them hunting for a post, which may cause them to leave instantly even though they were initially interested.

Additionally, let’s say that someone reads your blog post, they comment, and then they decide to scroll back up and pin an image. Because commenting often changes the URL to the comment thread URL, (ie http://thecraftedlife.com/watermelon-nail-art/#disqus_thread) if your pin it button isn’t grabbing just the permalink, when someone clicks through, they will be taken directly to the comment section of your post, not at the top where the content starts.

Solution : Make sure whatever plugin you’re using (talking about WordPress here) for displaying your Pinterest share button is passing the permalink URL in the share button code. For mine, all I had to do what check a box (see image below). Easy peasy. And if you’re not using a plugin and are just putting the share button code directly into your theme, this may help.

Blogging 101: Common Pin It Button Mistakes (and how to fix them!)

Problem: Pinterest pre-filled text is blank or the file name of the image.

Solution: This one is super easy– just fill out the alt text when inserting an image! If anyone shares your post, this also goes for Facebook, you can control the caption with what you fill out in the alt text box. By leaving it blank, you are missing out on an opportunity to optimize repins/shares for more click throughs.

Blogging 101: Common Pin It Button Mistakes (and how to fix them!)

So while it’s smart to optimize your photography for Pinterest, you should also make sure the backend is running smoothly to have even greater success. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, my developer is offering a discount to anyone who mentions this post. Drop a note to Gabe at gabe.ragland@gmail.com and he’ll be sure to help you out!

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