Category Archives: crafts

Heart It

I put together this little piece of art a few weeks ago and have been meaning to take a picture and post it, buuuut yeah, I’m slow.  I cut out a bunch of hearts on my Silhouette cutting machine to the size of my choice and spent more time than I thought trying to space them evenly in this frame, hah.   I just used a glue stick to glue them onto some plain white paper, then stuck it in this frame.  I was originally inspired from an Etsy shop that my friend had showed me.  I decided to go with flat hearts instead of folding them, and making a heart shaped pattern within my little heart mosaic.

I heart it.  You could easily punch out a bunch of hearts with a heart shaped hole punch too, such as this.

DIY Christmas

So I wanted to share the DIY gifts I made for Christmas this year for my friends and family.  Unfortunately you will have to deal with crappy cell phone pictures (I lost my camera battery charger for like 3 weeks in December, fail!).

Vanilla Extract. It is SUPER easy to make and you can get a bunch of vanilla beans online for much, much  cheaper than in the local stores.  I bought mine from Beanilla.  All you do is fill your jars up with vodka and add split vanilla beans. The ratio is about 1/3 cup of vodka to one vanilla bean.  You’re supposed to let it sit for at least six weeks in a dark, cool spot before you use it.  I cut out some circle tags out of kraft paper, stamped them, and attached them with some cute bakers twine.

I also made some fun necklaces. You can’t see them well here I know, but it started as a light piece of wood.  After lots of cutting, a dremmel purchase, sanding, staining and painting…they were done!  They were all the same colors (a dark wood stain with gold paint), but the shapes and designs were irregular.  I loved how they came out.

Letters.

I saw a framed letter DIY a while ago and decided to give it a shot last week.  The only annoying part was trying to comb through the wooden letters at Michaels: none of the letters were in the right spot, a bunch were missing, or broken..so after 15 minutes of that I was SO done, hah! I wish I had some more letters to throw in the frame, but I think it looks pretty cute still.

All you need is small wooden letters, paint (spraypaint is the easiest), some thick paper for the background, a shadowbox fame, and of course, hot glue!  I decided to go a little bit of a different route and use yellow paint to do the “I ❤ U”.  I think it would be super cute to do other little words, sayings, or someone’s name.

DIY: Lovely Valentine


I have a pretty little valentine card DIY for you today!  I’ve had this idea in my head for a few weeks and finally got a chance to tackle it this weekend. You’re lucky I got to share it BEFORE Valentine’s Day.  It’s pretty simple, yet so pretty.

You will need: a sewing machine, thread, scissors, some translucent/vellum paper (available at most craft & office supply stores), either pre-made blank cards or your own card stock to make cards.  Optional: a Silhouette SD or a large heart hole punch.

First, you will need to cut out a bunch of small hearts out of your vellum paper.  You can cut them out by hand, but if you have a heart hole punch or a snazzy Silhouette cutting machine that will obviously cut down your time a bit! I have the Silhouette so that is what I used.  I made my cards to 6″ x 4.5″, which fit (15) hearts on them. My hearts measured about 1.5″x1.25″.

This was my first time using my sewing machine to sew on paper, and I was really intimated. Well, it was SUPER simple and I used my normal sewing settings for sewing on fabric. You sew on paper exactly the same you would fabric.

Grab your first heart and line it up with the top right edge of your card, and just keep adding hearts as you move down the line (see picture below).  You will be able to fit 5 hearts in each column – don’t worry if they overlap a tad, it won’t matter! Repeat for the other 2 columns.

And voila! You’ll have a super cute valentine. Mess around with different colors, prints, designs, etc.  Here are a few different ones I made:

My favorite is just the vellum hearts on the kraft paper, plain and simple. Love love!  Let me know if you try to make these, I would love to see what other people come up with!

xoxoxo

today

So this is what I am {continuing} to do today: organize my disaster of a craft room.  It started with the wedding planning, throwing all the stuff I was accumulating in there (and after the wedding, throwing it all back in there), then having our floors redone and guests stay in our guest room, thus leaving me with no choice but to throw random odds and ends into my craft space.  Then came Christmas and many, many birthdays…throwing gifts, wrapping paper, boxes  & bags in there.

Wish me luck. Ohhh I will need it.

inspiration: craft storage

Not sure what came over me the other day, but I had this urge to start looking for some cute storage pieces for my craft room and now I can’t get it out of my head.  It’s an utter mess right now, mostly because I don’t have places to put things.  Here’s some things I am currently drooling over.

Image sources: 123456

Aren’t these amazing? I am imagining labeling all the drawers with cute papers, throwing all my stamps, pens, paints, and other supplies in there.  It would be all kinds of amazing.  I’m going to have to start hitting up all of the local antique shops, because people don’t really ship things this large (or it’s super expensive). I hope I find something as amazing as these pieces soon!

Crafty Christmas: Goodies & Cards

I haven’t been able to get enought of Christmas lately! Our house is all decorated, and it makes me happy 🙂 Maybe later this week I’ll share some more decor around (and outside!) our house. I’ve been doing a bit of baking for a few Christmas parties I went to recently. One was a cookie swap, where each girl had to bring 5-dozen cookies. It was also a contest to see who made the prettiest and yummiest cookie. Although I didn’t win (I totally should have!!! bitter much?), I wanted to share what I baked because they are sooooooooooo delish!

I made Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies, recipe found here. I’ve been obsessed with salted caramel goodies for a while, sipping on salted caramel hot chocolate, and I’ve even made cupcakes.


This was my little cookie setup at the cookie swap party:


I totally forgot to take a photo of the inside of the cookies, but if you check out the recipe you can see it’s filled with a carmely suprise in the middle 🙂 They were awesome, and pretty, if I do say so myself. Which I do.
I also wanted to share how I am hanging our Christmas cards this year:


I just took some green and red yan and twisted them together, and used some push pins to secure them to the wall. Cards are being held to the yarn with the cutest mini clothes pins (from Michaels). Last year I just taped the cards to the wall, and I like this a whole lot better!