Movie Inspired Crafts: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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!


Crafter’s Toolbox: Gold Handled Scissors

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!

Get Inspired: Two

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!

Embroidered Desk Organizer

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 :)