The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:06:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 How To Press Flowershttp://thecraftedlife.com/how-to-press-flowers/ http://thecraftedlife.com/how-to-press-flowers/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4893 Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book As I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead

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Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.

 

I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!

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Movie Inspired Crafts: The Grand Budapest Hotelhttp://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-grand-budapest-hotel/ http://thecraftedlife.com/movie-inspired-crafts-grand-budapest-hotel/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:01:57 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4872 Let’s mix things up a bit from my standard Friday roundup, shall we? Earlier this week, I finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel (took me long enough, right?!). I was completely blown away by the thought and detail that went into every scene– from the rich colors, to bold fonts, character quirks to costume design

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Let’s mix things up a bit from my standard Friday roundup, shall we?

Earlier this week, I finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel (took me long enough, right?!). I was completely blown away by the thought and detail that went into every scene– from the rich colors, to bold fonts, character quirks to costume design and everything else in between. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. And if my recommendation isn’t compelling enough, perhaps these craft projects that resemble scenes in the movie will convince you!

Movie Inspired Crafts: The Grand Budapest Hotel(Tassel Keychain by Lovely Indeed)

Movie Inspired Crafts: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Ombre Wrapping Paper by The House that Lars Built)

Movie Inspired Crafts: The Grand Budapest Hotel(DIY Lace lined Perfume Bottle Clutch by A Pair & a Spare)

So grab a bottle of wine, some friends, and craft one (or all) of these projects as you watch/rewatch the film. Have a lovely weekend!

 

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Crafter’s Toolbox: Gold Handled Scissorshttp://thecraftedlife.com/crafters-toolbox-gold-handled-scissors/ http://thecraftedlife.com/crafters-toolbox-gold-handled-scissors/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:28:05 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4839 (from Embroidered Paper Bin tutorial) What better way to kick off the first Crafter’s Toolbox post than with gold-handled scissors?! You may have seen these in a project or two (or three), because not only are these my favorite scissors, but they are also gorgeous and photogenic. Basic Info: - Made by Gingher - Bent

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The Best Gold-Handled Scissors!(from Embroidered Paper Bin tutorial)

What better way to kick off the first Crafter’s Toolbox post than with gold-handled scissors?! You may have seen these in a project or two (or three), because not only are these my favorite scissors, but they are also gorgeous and photogenic.

Basic Info:

- Made by Gingher
- Bent handle (used for keeping fabric flat)
- Durable double-plated chrome-over-nickel blade finish
- Extremely sharp
- Available for sale on Amazon

The Best Gold-Handled Scissors!(from Wrapping Paper Clock tutorial)

It may be taboo, but I use these scissors for pretty much everything. Fabric, paper, yarn, flowers stems, you name it. They’re super sharp (I’ve cut myself once or twice) and always reliable.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers(from Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers tutorial)

I own several pair of gold handled scissors (for styling purposes), but they really don’t come close to these in terms of quality. If you’re looking to invest in great pair of gold-handled scissors, these are reasonably priced (about $27). They also come in silver!

The Best Gold-Handled Scissors!I’ve even taken them with me on photo shoots to use as a prop they’re so pretty! I’d love to know, what are your favorite gold-handled scissors?

PS Thanks Dad+Kelly for the awesome Christmas gift!

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Get Inspired: Twohttp://thecraftedlife.com/get-inspired-2/ http://thecraftedlife.com/get-inspired-2/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:13:46 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4812 A bit of sad news folks: our beloved indoor cat has been missing for the past few days, so it’s been a bit hard to focus. Despite everything, however, the images for this week’s Get Inspired were still able to knock me off my feet! (A to Zoe by Tommy Perez) Playing with food has never looked

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A bit of sad news folks: our beloved indoor cat has been missing for the past few days, so it’s been a bit hard to focus. Despite everything, however, the images for this week’s Get Inspired were still able to knock me off my feet!

Tommy Perez's A to Zoe(A to Zoe by Tommy Perez)

Playing with food has never looked so elegant! Artist Tommy Perez teaches his daughter the alphabet through typography in his series “A to Zoë”. See all of this works, and many other drool worthy font projects, here

Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle by Once Wed)(Faux Bob Wedding Hairstyle by Once Wed)

Although this links back to a hair tutorial, I’m more taken in awe of this photography. The image simple yet striking not to mention, how beautiful is that color pallet?!  Okay, you got me, the hair is pretty amazing too.

Smoke by Floto + Warner(Smoke by Floto + Warner)

You may have seen the Colourant series by the photography duo Floto + Warner floating around Pinterest, but this shot is from their “Smoke” series done in 2009 has totally caught my eye. Perhaps it’s the surrealist nature of this shot, or the vivid colors, but regardless, I can’t stop staring!

 

P.S. Any tips you can share about finding a lot cat would be greatly appreciated!

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Embroidered Desk Organizerhttp://thecraftedlife.com/embroidered-desk-organizer/ http://thecraftedlife.com/embroidered-desk-organizer/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:01:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4783 Time: 40 minutes Materials: mesh organizer, yarn, spray paint, scissors While on a recent thrifting adventure I stumbled across this mini organizer… or what I can only assume is an organizer. Have you ever come across items while thrifting and have no clue as to what it should be used for? Because this was one

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Time: 40 minutes
Materials: mesh organizer, yarn, spray paint, scissors

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!While on a recent thrifting adventure I stumbled across this mini organizer… or what I can only assume is an organizer. Have you ever come across items while thrifting and have no clue as to what it should be used for? Because this was one of those times.

It’s too short to hold pens (not to mention the holes in the bottom) and not big enough to function as a mail organizer. Luckily though, I have a lot of miscellaneous craft supplies on my desk in need of a home. So after going back and forth in my mind for a few minutes, debating whether or not 29¢ was worth it, I decided that with a little makeover I could make it work.

 

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!I decided to freshen up the color a bit with a little paint before embroidering. Apply 1-2 coats and let dry completely. If you avoid this step, this project should only take you about 5 minutes.

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!I used the same technique as in this embroidered trash can project, just with a different shape. When making yours, have fun with the design! Remember, it’s completely removable and you can change up the pattern at any time.

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!

How to embroider a desk organizer (click through for full tutorial)!Easy as that! PS If you actually happen to know what I should be using this item for, feel free to leave me a note in the comments :)

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Spiked Rose Lemonadehttp://thecraftedlife.com/spiked-rose-lemonade/ http://thecraftedlife.com/spiked-rose-lemonade/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:12:05 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4762 Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a delicious cocktail to sip on this weekend while you craft, look no further than spiked rose lemonade! On top of being the easiest drink to make, it’s also light, bubbly, and pink. The fermented lemonade has ginger and rose extracts which is great for masking the vodka taste

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How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a delicious cocktail to sip on this weekend while you craft, look no further than spiked rose lemonade! On top of being the easiest drink to make, it’s also light, bubbly, and pink. The fermented lemonade has ginger and rose extracts which is great for masking the vodka taste without being too sweet. Just a warning, after one or two of these, you may just start to think you’re Martha Stewart ;)

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

- 1-1.5 shots of vodka
- 4.5 fl oz. of Fentiman’s rose lemonade (it’s carbonated!)
- lemon
- ice

FIll glass with 4-5 ice cubes, then pour in your shot(s) of vodka.  Add chilled rose lemonade until glass is full. Top off with a squeeze of lemon then stir lightly. You can use a lemon wedge or shredded ginger to garnish. Cheers!

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

How to Make Spiked Rose Lemonade

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Top 10 Reader Favoriteshttp://thecraftedlife.com/top-10-reader-favorites/ http://thecraftedlife.com/top-10-reader-favorites/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:01:19 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4726 For the Q&A section of the reader survey I held a few weeks back, a few of you were curious about what post were the most popular. Well folks, who am I to deny you that answer?! Here are the top 10 most popular projects on The Crafted Life as well as updates on how

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For the Q&A section of the reader survey I held a few weeks back, a few of you were curious about what post were the most popular. Well folks, who am I to deny you that answer?! Here are the top 10 most popular projects on The Crafted Life as well as updates on how I feel about them now.

DIY Rubber Stamp1. DIY Rubber Stamp– still love this project and stamp! Would be great if you’re printing your own wrapping paper or fabric.

10 Minute Vase by The Crafted Life
2. 10 Minute Vase DIY– one of my favorite pieces in our house and really just the easiest thing to make. Just be sure not to toss in the dishwasher; clean with warm water, soap and a sponge.

How to Paint on Glass3. Dotted Vase– you guys sure do love your vase projects which is great because so do I! I wasn’t 100% happy with the pattern I chose for this project, so sadly I don’t have this one anymore. The paint works perfectly, so if you’re looking to learn how to paint on glass, this project is for you :)

DIY Paint Splattered Notebooks4. Paint Splattered Notebooks– fun and colorful, yes please! I haven’t used the acrylic spray since, but it’s still usable. All I need now is another idea to so I can use it again…

How to Make a Terrarium5. How to Make a Terrarium– in all the hustle and bustle of our recent move, I’m sad to say my plant died. Luckily though, I can just plant a new one! However, I might stick with driftwood and moss… just to be safe.

DIY Painterly iPhone Case6. Painterly iPhone Cases– it turns out that I drop my phone A LOT and had to upgrade to a heavy duty case. If you aren’t as clumsy, I highly recommend this project! They also make great gifts.

How to Make your own Envelopes7. DIY Envelopes– to be honest, I’ve been sucking at sending mail recently (sorry New Year’s resolutions). For the next letter I send though, you better believe it’s getting delivered in a handmade envelope!

How to make custom matting for a picture frame8. Custom Matting– still have this exact thing in our house but am thinking about swapping it out with new paper. Such a fun way to spice up a gallery wall without having to buy new art.

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life9. DIY Ombre Cloche– attention friends and family, you will most likely be getting one of these for Christmas this year. It’s one of those projects that I absolutely love looking at on a daily basis.

DIY Color Dipped Photos10. Color Dipped Photos– last, but not least! Still one of my favorite projects from the archives. Colorful and easy; there’s really no reason not to give this one a try!

 

What are some of your favorite projects? I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried any project posted on my blog! And if you’re looking for more crafts, be sure to check out the project gallery.

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8 Easy Wall Art Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-easy-wall-art-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-easy-wall-art-projects/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:01:58 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4715 Even though I studied art history in college, I pretty much lack all fine art skills. Heck, sometimes I can’t even cut a straight line, but that’s besides the point. So when I stumbled across these eight easy wall art projects, I got a little (aka a lot) giddy inside because they look like something

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Even though I studied art history in college, I pretty much lack all fine art skills. Heck, sometimes I can’t even cut a straight line, but that’s besides the point. So when I stumbled across these eight easy wall art projects, I got a little (aka a lot) giddy inside because they look like something that I can actually make. Stripes, check. Dots, check. Cool geometric shapes, check. Now bring on the paint!

8 Easy Wall Art Projects
1. Easy Geometric Art via Squirrelly Minds
2. Oversized Landscape Pop Art by A Beautiful Mess
3. DIY Triangle Painted Art by Hello Lidy
4. Gold Leaf Monogram Art via 6th Street Design School
5. DIY Graphic Circle Wall Art by Homey Oh My!
6. Potato Print Artwork DIY by Oh Happy Day
7. Plywood Pinwheel Art by Vintage Revivals
8. DIY Diamond Art by Whimseybox

Happy painting!

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Maker Spotlighthttp://thecraftedlife.com/maker-spotlight/ http://thecraftedlife.com/maker-spotlight/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:00:31 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4673 This past weekend I was lucky enough to be in Seattle for Urban Craft Uprising. If you’re not familiar, UCU is Seattle’s largest indie craft show. They have two shows a year, one in the summer, and one in the winter (coming up in December). I was completely blown away by all the vendors there

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This past weekend I was lucky enough to be in Seattle for Urban Craft Uprising. If you’re not familiar, UCU is Seattle’s largest indie craft show. They have two shows a year, one in the summer, and one in the winter (coming up in December). I was completely blown away by all the vendors there and would highly recommend catching the second show later this year if you can!

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Maker Spotlight: Abacus Row JewelryAbacus Row– based in San Francisco, CA.  Each piece of jewelry is versatile, unique, and gorgeously crafted. If I had unlimited budget, I would have bought everything right then and there!

Maker Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals Herbivore Botanicals– based in Seattle, WA.  Made with 100% natural minerals and plant oil, this is skin care 2.0. And that packaging, swoon-worthy, right?!

Maker Spotlight: Gary Bodker Designs

Gary Bodker Designs– based in Portland, OR. Absolutely stunning handblown glass pieces ranging from votive holders, to vases, to lamps. The perfect balance of clean lines and vibrant colors.

Looking to discover more wonderful makers from the event? Be sure to check out #urbancraftuprising on Instagram.

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DIY Fabric Scrap Garlandhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fabric-scrap-garland/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-fabric-scrap-garland/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00:38 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=4649 Time: 25 minutes Materials: fabric scraps, scissors, baker’s twine After making this banner last week, I was left with a pile of fabric and no immediate use for it. I absolutely loved the color and painterly feel the inkodye created, but since the pieces weren’t large enough for any other project, I decided to make a

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Time: 25 minutes
Materials: fabric scraps, scissors, baker’s twine

How to make a fabric scrap garlandAfter making this banner last week, I was left with a pile of fabric and no immediate use for it. I absolutely loved the color and painterly feel the inkodye created, but since the pieces weren’t large enough for any other project, I decided to make a garland! If you’re throwing a party or just want to add a little color to your space, a fabric scrap garland is the perfect way to reuse those pieces of fabric that are too good to toss.

How to make a fabric scrap garlandStart by cutting your fabric into strips (I probably made about 20 for a small garland). Mine were about a half inch in width and about a foot in length. Don’t worry about cutting perfectly straight lines since it isn’t super noticeable; just focus on getting the same length. If you’re looking to save time on this project, I recommend using a rotary cutter instead of scissors– just be careful!

Once you have all your strips cut, knot them on your string. You might have to play with the style of knot a bit until you get your fabric to lay flat; I had to double knot mine. If you’re not sure how long you want your garland, I recommend not cutting your twine until you’ve achieved your desired look, this way you can adjust as you knot.

Once done, hang and enjoy! What do you do with your fabric scraps?

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