The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:00:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Weekend Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-5/ http://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-5/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:00:17 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6105 (Weaving via Instagram) Earlier this week I took a weaving class, and it dawned on me– it’s been FOREVER since I actually got to do such a thing. It’s so refreshing to get out and make with others, I forgot how much I missed it. Also, weaving is amazing. Have you ever tried it before?

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Weaving by @thecraftedlife via Instagram(Weaving via Instagram)

Earlier this week I took a weaving class, and it dawned on me– it’s been FOREVER since I actually got to do such a thing. It’s so refreshing to get out and make with others, I forgot how much I missed it. Also, weaving is amazing. Have you ever tried it before?

Now, on to the (fun) business:

- I made this decorative leaf mobile for Curbly last week!

- It’s been a while since I’ve done a project using leather. These keychains have my brain stirring with potential Christmas gift ideas!

- Speaking of leather, I’m pretty sure that my new office would use a few (dozen) of these.

- The best brunch cocktail I’ve ever seen.

- My friend Heather opened her shop this week and I want everything!

- There’s still one day of the month left to make this awesome origami project.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend everyone! If you happen to know any great (and easy) last minute costumes, please, dish in the comments below. I’m totally stuck this year!

 

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Hand-Painted Curtainshttp://thecraftedlife.com/hand-painted-curtains/ http://thecraftedlife.com/hand-painted-curtains/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:19:01 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6093 Time: 2 hours Materials: sheer curtains, fabric paint, brush One of the better changes I made in my office makeover was swapping out the dated half-window lace curtains for ones that pack a bit more punch. And while this project took longer than I initially thought it would, I’m pretty pleased with the results. Here’s

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Time: 2 hours
Materials: sheer curtains, fabric paint, brush

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

One of the better changes I made in my office makeover was swapping out the dated half-window lace curtains for ones that pack a bit more punch. And while this project took longer than I initially thought it would, I’m pretty pleased with the results. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsI used cheap sheer curtains (these cost about $13 per panel).

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsIf you aren’t in the habit of making brush strokes, I reccommend practicing on scrap fabric or paper until you get the feel for it. You might also want to start at the bottom and work your way up so that your best strokes are near the most visible point.

There are a few things you should also consider when painting curtains:

- Have enough paint! Two panels took me two full bottles of paint to complete. And I mean every last drop.

- Wear clothes you don’t care about. Since the paint is intended for fabric, you better believe it will stain.

- Protect the surface you’re working on. I found it easiest to work on the floor with cardboard (from the box from my desk) underneath. Just be careful to not let the curtain dry on the cardboard. You’ll want to move it a bit as you go, otherwise the fabric paint that bleeds through the sheer curtains will cause your fabric to fuse to the cardboard.

Let dry and then hang.

PS I really wish I had better pictures to share, but curtains are surprisingly difficult to photograph!

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

 

 

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How to Hang a Gallery Wallhttp://thecraftedlife.com/hang-gallery-wall/ http://thecraftedlife.com/hang-gallery-wall/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:02:06 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6073 You may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet

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5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery WallYou may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet to hang any art, don’t worry– you are certainly not alone. Here are my 5 tips for actually hanging a gallery wall!

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall

1. I cannot stress this enough– but buy or make a hang and level tool. It will save you hours of exact measuring and loads of kleenex from wiping your tears. Each frame is likely to hang differently and this tool helps cut out any second guessing or unwanted holes in your wall. Absolutely worth the investment (around $10 if you buy).

2. Try to collect a majority of your art at the same time. One of the main reasons I’ve put off hanging a gallery wall is because I would buy random pieces of art without thinking about how they would look together on the wall. I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it. I bought all my art from Minted. Because they’re a market place for independent designers, I didn’t have to worry about having too much of the same style or person’s work. Plus they shipped it to me, framed and all.

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall

3. When buying your art, I suggest making a digital mock up before checking out. This way, you can see how the pieces fit together and what sizes you need to order. This comes in handy, especially if you’re ordering from multiple sources (or if you already have prints you want to incorporate). For reference, my mockup is above and the real thing below.

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall4. Once you have your art, and you’re ready to hang, you’ll want to map it out on the wall. This is a step I really wanted to skip, but it’s so important when it comes to getting the correct placement, for both in between each print and in relation to your ceiling, walls, and other furniture. Trace the outline of your frame on paper (kraft or wrapping paper is large enough), cut out and tape in place. I recommend using a tacky tape if you plan on having it up for more than an hour before hanging (no washi here folks, no matter how cute it is).

5. Leave the prints up as you go. You should be careful that you don’t knock them down while hammering in the nail for the others, but it’s great to double check everything as you go, instead of redoing it all at the end.

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall

So that’s that! I know it seems like a lot of work (trust me, it’s why I put it off for so long), but it’s honestly worth it. Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I’d love to know your tips and tricks!

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Office Makeover: The Reveal!http://thecraftedlife.com/office-makeover-reveal/ http://thecraftedlife.com/office-makeover-reveal/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:26:21 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6040 Welcome to my new office space everyone! Because it’s so rainy and grey in Portland, I wanted this space to bright, fun, and colorful. And perhaps I’m biased, and totally in love with that blue wall, but I think I succeeded. I sure do hope you like after shots, (you can see the befores here)

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The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverWelcome to my new office space everyone! Because it’s so rainy and grey in Portland, I wanted this space to bright, fun, and colorful. And perhaps I’m biased, and totally in love with that blue wall, but I think I succeeded. I sure do hope you like after shots, (you can see the befores here) because boy did I take a lot! 

The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverI’ll be sharing all my tips for hanging a gallery wall tomorrow, but lets just say all the effort was worth it. And why yes, that is a spray paint can piñata you see– my friend Ashley made it and I LOVE it.

For the walls, I used Behr’s Marquee line (which I highly recommend). The white was Cameo White and the blue accent was Celebration Blue. Even if you can’t paint as a renter, one of the better changes I made was swapping out the outdated “boob” light pendant for one that was a little more modern and clean. Not only did it give me better light, but it changed the overall vibe of the space. Plus when I move, I can swap it out and take it with me.

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverThis bookcase was the perfect fit for the little wall nook. Because the sides are open, it doesn’t block the light from the window or feel intrusive. Plus, it’s the perfect place to display some of my completed crafts. You might remember these tutorials: photo holders, wooden sign, ombre cloche, and brush stroke planter!

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverSee how to make this ombre pegboard here!

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office Makeover

The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverAnd in case you’re dreaming of an office makeover for your home, here are the projects I ordered from Lamps Plus!

The Crafted Life's Office MakeoverDesk, Bookcase, Light Pendant, Chair, Rug

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Office Makeover: Beforehttp://thecraftedlife.com/office-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/office-makeover/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:03:09 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6017 That’s right folks, I’m back with another week of makeover posts! Since our garage is done, it’s time to move into the house and fix up the room that gets the most use: my office. When we lived in SF my desk was directly next to our bed, which was really not ideal for working

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Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeThat’s right folks, I’m back with another week of makeover posts! Since our garage is done, it’s time to move into the house and fix up the room that gets the most use: my office.

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeWhen we lived in SF my desk was directly next to our bed, which was really not ideal for working at home. Having this new dedicated work space is a HUGE improvement and I really wanted to make it my own. The start is certainly not as bad at my garage was, but it still wasn’t me.

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Lamps Plus to bring a bit of personality into the space. They had everything I needed, from furniture to new lighting (so long boob light), and I can’t wait to show you the results tomorrow!

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeAnd now for my inspiration for the place:

Half-Painted Walls(Half-Painted Wall by Netta Natalias)

Black & White Pattern(Black & White Pattern via The Everygirl)

Art Wall(Art Wall via Front + Main)

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Garage Makeover: The Videohttp://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-video/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-video/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6008 I am SO excited to share this short video of the garage makeover I did in partnership with Wayfair! If you missed all the after shots yesterday, you can still see the full transformation here.  My friend Ian was kind enough to capture the entire makeover process. And while he may have edited out that time those

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I am SO excited to share this short video of the garage makeover I did in partnership with Wayfair! If you missed all the after shots yesterday, you can still see the full transformation here

My friend Ian was kind enough to capture the entire makeover process. And while he may have edited out that time those few times I ran from spiders (yes plural), I hope this helps give you a better idea of the space :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

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Garage Makeover: The Reveal!http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-reveal/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-reveal/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:51:52 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5966 Our garage makeover is officially DONE, whew! I can’t tell you how good that feels to say! My goal for the space was to have multiple working areas. I tend to use tools from time to time, but I also wanted a nicer spot where I could sit down and craft. I was so fortunate

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Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOur garage makeover is officially DONE, whew! I can’t tell you how good that feels to say!

My goal for the space was to have multiple working areas. I tend to use tools from time to time, but I also wanted a nicer spot where I could sit down and craft. I was so fortunate to partner with Wayfair on this project, because they have everything I needed. And I mean everything– I even ordered tape and protractors from them! If you missed the before pictures, you can see them here. But let’s get to why you’re really here… the after shots!

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeSo as you could tell from the beginning shots that the walls were down right disgusting. Because we’re renting, I didn’t want to make too drastic of a change, so I decided to paint with a low-lustre enamel paint from Behr. It’s similar to the original color of concrete, but it looks clean and polished without losing all of the texture.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeBecause the task of installing new floors is not really ideal for renters (and in a garage no less), I went with the more affordable option of adding an outdoor rug to my crafting area. The pattern and texture really helps tie everything together.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeCan I just tell you how much I love this workbench? It’s the perfect height and has a lot of workable room, which is great for making the photo holders we sell on Etsy.

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Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeYou might remember this inspiration board from yesterday’s post! The back corner really just needed some color brighten it up in comparison to the rest of the space.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOne of my favorite things that I did was this yarn installation. It covers up the less appealing wood paneling that was there before, but I’m still able to use the ledges for storage. As you can see, I clearly have enough spray paint and Mod Podge to last a lifetime.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeLast but not least, the thrift store dresser that I made over! Inside is just a cluster of all my craft supplies and I love it. So much easier than trying to find items in boxes.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life For those of your itching to know, here are the products that I used from Wayfair:

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeTool Chest, Desk, Clock, BasketChair, Trash Can, Rug, Candle, Workbench

So that’s it! Tomorrow I’ll have one last post– a video in fact of me putting the entire place together. There will be dancing and glitter shoes, so you won’t want to miss it!

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DIY Inspiration Boardhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-inspiration-board/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-inspiration-board/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:30 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5949 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: plywood, paint I love Pinterest as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s nice to flip through an actual magazine. Instead of just recycling the pages that inspire me, I thought it would be fun to put them on display as part of our garage makeover! You

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: plywood, paint

DIY Inspiration BoardI love Pinterest as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s nice to flip through an actual magazine. Instead of just recycling the pages that inspire me, I thought it would be fun to put them on display as part of our garage makeover! You can see the before shots here in case you missed it earlier this week.

DIY Inspiration BoardBecause tape doesn’t really stick to cement (if anyone has a solution, by all means spill in the comments), I decided to use a sheet of plywood, so that I could incorporate washi. Side note, Home Depot will cut your wood for you if you need it smaller than the 4′x8′.

DIY Inspiration BoardIt’s unlikely that you need a tutorial here. Basically just paint your wood to your liking! This project would be fun with a pattern too, perhaps dots or stripes. I could honestly do this project 1000 times because the possibilities are endless.

Let dry and tape up your magazine cutouts! Have fun and experiment with different colors and patterns of tape to make your board pop.

DIY Inspiration Board

Recognize that #GIRLBOSS print from anywhere? If not, get yours here! Tomorrow is the big reveal so absolutely be sure to come back to see how everything fits in the new space :)

DIY Inspiration Board

 

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Thrift Store Dresser Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-dresser-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-dresser-makeover/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:02:07 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5916 Time: ~ 2-3 days Materials: paint, brush, hammer, sander, heat gun, scraper Next up in the garage makeover: a thrift store dresser makeover! I found this beauty at Goodwill on half off furniture day for $8. The structure was in good condition, but the exterior, well as you can see from the photo above, that

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Time: ~ 2-3 days
Materials: paint, brush, hammer, sander, heat gun, scraper

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Next up in the garage makeover: a thrift store dresser makeover!

I found this beauty at Goodwill on half off furniture day for $8. The structure was in good condition, but the exterior, well as you can see from the photo above, that was a different story. I’ve stored my craft supplies in Ikea boxes over the years, which is a bit limiting. One advantage of converting our garage into a work space means that I have a dedicated space to leave my stuff (not just in piles around our living room anymore! Yay!).

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverThis wasn’t the first time this dresser was painted. There were layers and layers of all sorts of colors hidden under the dirt on the outside. Instead of adding to the bulkiness and just painting over it again, I removed the paint with a heat gun and scraper. If you’ve never used a heat gun to remove paint before, just know that they’re amazing. Be careful though, they get extremely hot!

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverRemoving the paint successfully from the dresser pulls was a bit more challenging (and honestly, not really worth the work) so I knocked them off with a hammer.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverBefore painting, I smoothed out the surface with a sander to ensure the surface would be even.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverThen of course, I painted it! I stuck to my blog’s color palette and chose a darker turquoise for the outside, while painting the sides of the drawers a sea green.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverTo incorporate a bit more of my blog design, I had painted the new knobs. You can see that tutorial right here!

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverOne last thing was to replace the feet with wheels! Wheels allow me to move this about in the garage much easier than plain legs would. Plus, let’s face it, they’re much cuter.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverAnd that’s it! I can’t wait to show you how I actually use it in the garage!

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

PS Huge thanks to Meg for helping me complete this project <3

 

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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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