New Column: Get Inspired

I’m starting a new column here on The Crafted Life today called Get Inspired! Yahoo! So much of what inspires me to make comes from non-craft related sources that I think it’s about time I share that side with you.  And what better way than with a new column?!

Mixology Series by Sonia Rentsch(Mixology by Sonia Rentsch)

I couldn’t dream of this type of styling even if I had to! It’s clean, clever, and beautifully shot.

Peonies #2 by Emily Faulstich(Peonies #2 by Emily Faulstich)

Sometimes the simplest photographs can be the most powerful. And I think we could all agree that peony season is much too short.

Asparagus by Nicky&Max(Asparagus by Nicky&Max)

Not only is the styling and light for this image gorgeous, but the recipe also looks like it’s absolutely delicious! Cooking is not something I do very often (or very well), so I’m always blown away by those that can.

So what do you think?! What has been inspiring you lately?

8 Must-Try Projects for the Home

Every so often, I come across projects that make me excited about making. So excited actually that I just want to run out to gather all the materials and get to work the minute I stop reading the instructions. Each of these 8 must-try projects for the home made me feel that way over the past week, and I hope they’ll inspire your weekend crafting!

8 Must-Try Projects for the Home1. Ikea Hack Bar Cart by Sugar & Cloth
2. Painted Photo Bottles by Eighteen25
3. Gold Salt & Pepper Shakers by Vitamini Handmade
4. Corked Salt Cellar by Hello Home Shoppe for Poppytalk
5. Wooden Box Shelf by Brit + Co
6. Fabric Photo Frames by Wonder Forest
7. Votive Candle Favors by Something Turquoise
8. Epoxy Resin Coffee Table by A Beautiful Mess

Happy Friday everyone, we made it!

10 Last Minute Mother’s Day Projects

For all you forgetful folks out there, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. No need to worry though, I got your back! These ten last-minute Mother’s Day projects will not only warm her heart, but they can all be done in about a half hour. So put down the finger paints and macaroni noodles and make her something as lovely as she is.

10 Last Minute Mother's Day Projects

1. Polka Dot Umbrella by Henry Happened
2. Ten Minute Vase by The Crafted Life
3. DIY Vanity Tray via Lulu’s (by Sugar & Cloth)
4. Geometric Picture Holders by Passion Shake
5. Brownie Mix by Call Me Cupcake
6. DIY Textured Picture Frame by The Proper Pinwheel
7. Quartz & Rhinestone Earrings by Fall for DIY
8. Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers by The Crafted Life
9. Easy Macrame Wall Hanging by Love From Ginger
10. Decorate Vintage Plates by Angel in the North

6 Must-Try Embroidery Projects

Who knew embroidery was so wonderful?! Okay, I’m sure you knew. I guess I’m just a little late to the game. One of my crafty goals for the upcoming weeks is to channel the inspiration I found at Craftcation into exploring new mediums. Whether or not my experiments will end up on this blog or not has yet to be determined. For now, these 6 embroidery projects are calling my name!

6 Must-Try Embroidery Projects

1. Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery by For the Makers
2. Sewing Sayings via Kollabora
3. Embroidered Cat Tote by The Pink Samurai
4. French Dot Constellation Runner by Design Sponge
5. DIY Embroidered Photo Art by A Beautiful Mess
6. Tapestry Embroidery by Richard Saja via Etsy

I’d love to hear your take on embroidery. Have you ever tried it before? Have a favorite pattern? Perhaps it’s too time consuming?  Feel free to dish in the comments below!