The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:39:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 A Day in the Life of a Craft Bloggerhttp://thecraftedlife.com/day-life-craft-blogger/ http://thecraftedlife.com/day-life-craft-blogger/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:32:19 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5486 It’s always fun to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a blogger. Since it’s a somewhat new career, I think the job description is a but unclear to those who don’t blog themselves. And although on the surface it may look like it’s confetti, crafting and cupcakes all the time, there’s a lot

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A Day in the Life of a Craft BloggerIt’s always fun to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a blogger. Since it’s a somewhat new career, I think the job description is a but unclear to those who don’t blog themselves. And although on the surface it may look like it’s confetti, crafting and cupcakes all the time, there’s a lot of hard work and hours that go into it.

So if you’e ever been curious about what actually happens behind the scenes, you’re in luck. I’m spilling the beans! Working from home has taken a little bit to get used to, but scheduling out my day helps me stay focused. Not every day is the same, and I certainly can’t speak for other bloggers, but here’s what a typical day, Sunday-Friday, might look like for me:

8:00am — Wake up! I read my email, Instagram, and traffic stats from bed as soon as my alarm goes off. This is also around the time I start promoting whatever blog post I publish for that day on social media.

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger(You may have seen these shoes floating around Instagram. They’re the Highwood clogs in tan by Lotta From Stockholm. I’ve never been much of a heel person, but these are surprisingly comfortable!)

9:00am– Over the years I’ve discovered that shooting in natural, morning light gives me the best results. The exact time may vary depending on the time of year, but overall I’ve found that as early as possible is best.

10:30am– Back on my computer. One of my revenue streams comes from affiliate links, so I spend this time each day uploading links to various sites.

11:15am–Brainstorming session and editorial calendar planning. My calendar changes all the time, it just depends on what ideas I think of and am most excited about. Once I have my ideas for projects, I spend time thinking of what brands I’d like to partner with and send out a few email pitches.

Lunch! Most days I eat at my desk whenever I can/remember take a break.

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger

2:30pm– After lunch, I head out to pick up props/supplies for any upcoming projects. Thankfully I only live a few blocks away from my flower source!

3:30pm– Back home, I edit photos from the project I shot earlier in the morning. If I’m posting a non-original tutorial the next day, I’m researching other projects to include in a roundup.

5:00pm– I set aside this time each day to network (commenting, social media, emails, etc) and explore what others are posting. This not only helps me stay current with what’s happening on the internet, but it also gives me a chance to engage with others. Regardless of your job, I think it’s important to active in the community where you/your brand exist. I also think this time is crucial, because it pushes me to do better. There are TONS of bloggers out there producing top quality content and I need to be able to keep up.

6:30pm– Break time! Gabe and I will usually go out and grab a drink or a bite to eat for dinner (partially just so we can get out of the house for a bit). We might watch some tv, brainstorm together, and just unwind a bit.

 

A Day in the Life of a Craft Blogger(These are the Highwood T-Bar in red from Lotta and the perfect date night shoe)

9:30pm– Annnd the shoes come off!

9:45pm– I am constantly pinning throughout the day, but because Pinterest is my number one source of traffic, I spend a little more time on it at night. I also take this time to catch up on other social media I may have missed throughout the day.

10:30pm– With all my images queued up and ready, whether it’s for an original tutorial or roundup post, I start writing. There’s something so quiet and peaceful about the night that helps me get in the writing zone.

11:45pm– BRAIN DUMP! I can’t tell you how helpful this process has been for me. Each day, when I’m done working, I make a to-do list of everything that I need to accomplish for the next few days. Once I get all of my thoughts out on paper, I’m able to relax and forget about work for a bit.

12:01am–Publish post and queue up Newsletter. I like to be awake when my posts go live to ensure that everything is okay. If I’m still awake, I’ll return any unanswered email. I make it a goal to get 8 hours of sleep, but it tends to be around 7 or so.

So that is that! Hopefully that gives you a better look into my day to day; I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have too :)

 

Lotta from Stockholm

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Craftcation: Maker + Business Conferencehttp://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-2015/ http://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-2015/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5429 EXCITING NEWS! I’ll be speaking at Craftcation 2015! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the conference, it’s four awesome days of hands-on food and craft workshops + creative business classes. Oh yes, and it’s right on the beach! Early bird registrations opens tomorrow, September 17th, at 9:00am PST and the first fifty people get $45

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Craftcation, Business + Maker ConferenceEXCITING NEWS! I’ll be speaking at Craftcation 2015! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the conference, it’s four awesome days of hands-on food and craft workshops + creative business classes. Oh yes, and it’s right on the beach!

Craftcation, Business + Maker ConferenceEarly bird registrations opens tomorrow, September 17th, at 9:00am PST and the first fifty people get $45 off. You can get your tickets here.

In case you missed it, here’s my recap from last year. This is such a dream of mine (seriously, someone pinch me) so I hope to see you there!

Craftcation, Business + Maker Conference

Photos & Video by Matthew William Photography

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DIY Marble Dipped Vasehttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-marble-dipped-vase/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-marble-dipped-vase/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:05:05 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5476 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: glass bottle, nail polish, toothpick, bowl, water As if you didn’t know this by now, I’m sliiiightly addicted to turning old bottles into vases (see here and here). What can I say, I’m a craft-supplies hoarder. This was my first time experimenting with this marbling technique (I’ve marbled

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: glass bottle, nail polish, toothpick, bowl, water

DIY Marble Dipped Vase

As if you didn’t know this by now, I’m sliiiightly addicted to turning old bottles into vases (see here and here). What can I say, I’m a craft-supplies hoarder. This was my first time experimenting with this marbling technique (I’ve marbled paper with shaving cream in the past), and although it wasn’t perfect right away, I’m now hooked! Have you ever tried marbling before? I’d love to know how it went!

Oh yes, and be sure to head over to Poppytalk to see the full marble dipped vase tutorial.

DIY Marble Dipped Vase

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Happy Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-2/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-2/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:00:34 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5459 (Photo taken by Portraits to the People) My what a crazy week it’s been! I’ve been working overtime queuing up posts for next week because I’ll be in NYC catching up with friends, family, and Better Homes and Garden. Yup, BHG! I’ll be attending their 3rd annual Style Maker event, so be sure to follow

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My what a crazy week it’s been! I’ve been working overtime queuing up posts for next week because I’ll be in NYC catching up with friends, family, and Better Homes and Garden. Yup, BHG! I’ll be attending their 3rd annual Style Maker event, so be sure to follow along on Instagram.

Now… on to the fun crafty stuff! Here are some links you don’t want to miss:

- My lovely friend Becky is hosting an Intro to Embroidery class in Austin,TX this weekend! An absolute must if you’re in the area.

- A ring diy that I think I could actually do.

- I want these hexagon shelves in my house asap!

- I can’t get enough of these typography posters. It’s a good thing they’re downloadable!

- All health concerns aside, I’m fairly certain I could eat nothing but this chocolate chip banana bread for a week and still be happy.

- One of the coolest planters I’ve ever seen!

Have a great weekend!
Rachel

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8 Must-Try Clutch DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-clutch-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-clutch-diys/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:01:05 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5442 I’ll admit that I don’t attempt as many fashion diys as I should or would like to, and that goes for both on and offline. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion (and shopping for that matter), but there’s something about them that always seems a bit intimidating. That is until I stumbled across these

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I’ll admit that I don’t attempt as many fashion diys as I should or would like to, and that goes for both on and offline. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion (and shopping for that matter), but there’s something about them that always seems a bit intimidating. That is until I stumbled across these eight must-try clutch diys. While my sewing skills are still very much at the beginner stage, each of these tutorials come with excellent instructions that I think myself, and anyone else, could pull off!

8 Must-Try Clutch DIYS

1. Floral Clutch by Design Improvised
2. Crocheted Leather Flap Clutch by Delia Creates
3. Leopard Fold-Over Clutch by Transient Expression
4. Mini Cotton & Leather Clutch by A Beautiful Mess
5. Gold Leaf Clutch by Vitamini Handmade
6. Cotton and Leather Clutch by A Beautiful Mess
7. Eight Days a Week Clutch by Designlovefest
8. Leather Fold Over Clutch by Say Yes

What do you think? Would you rather buy or diy? Also, I didn’t realize this until after rounding up these projects, but it looks like the best pairing with a clutch is stripes!

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DIY Dried Flower Coastershttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-dried-flower-coasters/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-dried-flower-coasters/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:00:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5407 Time: 20 minutes + 24 hour dry time Materials: wood slices, dried flowers, epoxy resin, wax paper I know I’ve kept you in suspense since sharing how to press flowers, but today is the big reveal! This may just be my most time consuming project to date, but I think the wait was worth it.

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Time: 20 minutes + 24 hour dry time
Materials: wood slices, dried flowers, epoxy resin, wax paper

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

I know I’ve kept you in suspense since sharing how to press flowers, but today is the big reveal! This may just be my most time consuming project to date, but I think the wait was worth it. But then again, I may be biased on this one!

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)You can dry your own flowers following this tutorial (does take 4-6 weeks). The wood slices were cut from a dead tree branch then sanded. If you don’t have access to a saw and need to buy yours, try Etsy.
DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)I pressed my flowers for 6 weeks and am really happy with the way they turned out. For this project, you’ll want the flowers to be as flat as possible. The best results were achieved with the rose petals, hydrangea, and leaf.

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)Place your wood slices on wax paper then position your dried flowers how you want them to be (they will be permanently sealed). Mix your resin together according to the instructions then pour over your coasters, covering the entire surface.

Let sit for about 10 minutes then carefully move to a clean sheet of wax paper. If any resin hardens around the base, it will not be easily removed. You may have to transfer the coasters to a new sheet one more time to avoid any buildup around the base. Let cure for 24-72 hours then enjoy!

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

 

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Movie Inspired Crafts: Annie Hallhttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-annie-hall/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-annie-hall/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:00:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5386 Do you have a favorite movie that you’re always up for watching, regardless of your mood? For me, that would be Annie Hall. There’s something about it that tugs on my heartstrings every time (plus, hello, Diane Keeton is a fashion icon). After reading your responses to my first movie inspired crafts post, I thought what better film

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Do you have a favorite movie that you’re always up for watching, regardless of your mood? For me, that would be Annie Hall. There’s something about it that tugs on my heartstrings every time (plus, hello, Diane Keeton is a fashion icon). After reading your responses to my first movie inspired crafts post, I thought what better film to use for the next one!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Annie Hall(DIY Silk Flower Brooch by A Beautiful Mess)

Movie Inspired Crafts: Annie Hall(Hand Painted Tie by Paper & Stitch)

Movie Inspired Crafts: Annie Hall(DIY Leather Camera Strap by Almost Makes Perfect)

And if you haven’t seen Annie Hall yet, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines:

“You know, this guy goes to his psychiatrist and says, “Doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken.” And the doctor says, “Well why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships– you know, they’re totally irrational and crazy and absurd, but, I guess we keep going through it because most of us need the eggs.”

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Weekend Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-4/ http://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-4/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:02:01 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5374 (Spray Paint via Instagram) Short weeks are the best, don’t you think? It feels like I’ve hardly gotten to my to-do list and it’s already time for the weekend again. And although I’ve hardly cracked the surface of the internet this week, here are a few links I’ve stumbled upon that might give you a

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Spray Paint by @thecraftedlife via Instagram(Spray Paint via Instagram)

Short weeks are the best, don’t you think? It feels like I’ve hardly gotten to my to-do list and it’s already time for the weekend again. And although I’ve hardly cracked the surface of the internet this week, here are a few links I’ve stumbled upon that might give you a few ideas for your weekend projects!

- These bookends! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: concrete projects are rad.

Shrinky Dink cactus magnets. Seriously. Amazing!

- Hand painted pillows you’ll actually want in your house. I love the bright colors.

- Can it be fall already? I want to do this to all my cardigans!

- My love for ombre grows with this gorgeous notebook diy.

- What better day to set up your bar cart than on a Friday? Cheers!

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8 Must-Try Pencil Cup DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-pencil-cup-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-pencil-cup-diys/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:23:02 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5365 Since making a mousepad last week, I’ve been doing a bit of research on other desk accessory projects. I’ve come to the conclusion that my desk is about to get a one (or eight!) brand new pencil cups. And although I may have to buy more pencils, since you really only need a can and

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8 Must-Try Pencil Cup DIYSSince making a mousepad last week, I’ve been doing a bit of research on other desk accessory projects. I’ve come to the conclusion that my desk is about to get a one (or eight!) brand new pencil cups. And although I may have to buy more pencils, since you really only need a can and some paper or paint to make these, I think it’s only fair that I try them all.

1. Cross-Stitch Pencil Cup by Camille Styles
2. Ombre Pen Pots by The Lovely Drawer
3. DIY Desktop Organizer by Marisa Mangum for Freutcake
4. Color Dipped Pencil Holders by Frk Mayas Loft
5. DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup by Lovely Indeed
6. Geometric Pencil Cup by Sarah M Dorsey Designs
7. Leather Wrapped Pencil Cup by Creature Comforts
8. Paper Wrapped Pen Pots by Torie Jayne

Happy crafting!

 

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DIY Embroidered Cigar Boxhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-embroidered-cigar-box-sewing-box/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-embroidered-cigar-box-sewing-box/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:55:08 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5333 Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Materials: cigar box, stencil, drill, pencil, embroidery floss, scissors Over the past few years of running this blog, I’ve shied away from sharing projects that involved power tools for one reason or another. But ever since making these geometric photo holders, I can’t stop day dreaming about new projects that

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Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Materials: cigar box, stencil, drill, pencil, embroidery floss, scissors

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxOver the past few years of running this blog, I’ve shied away from sharing projects that involved power tools for one reason or another. But ever since making these geometric photo holders, I can’t stop day dreaming about new projects that I wouldn’t have done before, including this DIY Embroidered Cigar Box.

If you’ve never used a drill before, this project is the perfect place to start. I picked up this cigar box at an auction ($2 score!), but you can pretty much find them at most thrift stores or online. I chose to do a monogram, but the possibilities are endless!

 

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxDIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxIf you don’t already have a stencil you’d like to use, you can make one by printing out a letter (enlarged) and cutting it out. 

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxPosition your letter on your cigar box then lightly trace with a pencil (you’ll have to erase these marks later).DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxNext you’ll want to mark where you’ll be drilling. I freehanded this by making small dots that were similar to one another in spacing. Also if you were eyeing the color-blocked pencil above, here’s a handy tutorial for how to make your own!

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxDrill, baby drill! Just be sure to not go through the other side of the box. If you don’t trust yourself, put a piece of wood inside the box to stop the drill from going through.

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing Box Erase all your pencil marks and start stitching. I did a back-stitch so that the outline would be solid all the way through instead of dashed.

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing BoxTie off your knots and you’re done. I’m using mine as a sewing box, but you could really use it for anything. Photographs, coupons, secret candy stash, the choice is up to you!

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing Box

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing Box

DIY Embroidered Cigar Box Sewing Box

 

 

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