Steve and I decided to go thrifting this weekend and explore some stores we haven’t been to before. The shop didn’t look promising from the outside, but ooo baby were there some gems once we got inside. I saw this vintage Sears Sewing Machine Table and it was screaming “Make me into your craft station pleaseeeeeee!!!!!!” After I double checked that the price tag actually said $29, the table was mine! The wood is in great condition and the top folds out so I can spread out when I need to. It also has the cutest little drawers, including one that is for spools of thread. I can’t wait to line them with fun paper and organize all of my paints, glitter, and supplies. Right now I’m thinking I’m going to try to refinish it and stain it a darker color. I’ve never tried to restore wood before to it’s original glory and I’m nervous! I guess worse comes to worst I can always paint it like I did my other favorite antique table a few months ago.
Does anyone have any tips on staining a piece of furniture?!? Or color/stain suggestions?!?
My favorite day of the week is here…HAPPY CRAFTURDAYYYY! It’s too cold to do anything outside this time of year, so Saturdays have turned into the day where we complete fun little projects. Steve and his brother, Doug, are attempting to make beer caddies out of wood (more on that later) so we went to Home Depot to gather supplies. As I was waiting on them to check out I saw the cutesttttt succulents and had to buy one. Gold spray paint never does me wrong so I used it to fancy up a soup can to use as my succulent planter. I also sealed off a tree round and placed my shiny succulent on it for a sort of rustic chic inspired arrangement. I’m thinking I’ll put this on my desk at work to bring in some life and cheer me up during the long days. Now I want to make a bigger arrangement for the house. Eeeek. If you give a mouse a cookie…..
While I was home for Christmas my mom taught me how to make the cutestttt Knitted Heart Mug Cozies! For me, knitting is like riding a bike. I won’t pick up knitting needles in a year but for some reason my hands quickly remember(and if they don’t, youtube is the best). This pattern is great for beginner knitters and best of all, only takes an hour to complete. Instant craftification! All you need are two different colored skeins of yarn, knitting needles (I used size 15), and a toggle.Knitted Heart Mug Cozy Pattern
- Cast on 21 stitches in your background color
- Row 1: knit
- Row 2: purl 10 stitches, tie on heart color, purl 1 stitch in heart color, purl 10 in background color
- Row 3: knit 9 in background color, knit 3 in heart color, knit 9 in background color
- Row 4: purl 8 in background color, purl 5 in heart color, purl 8 in background color
- Row 5: knit 7 in background color, knit 7 in heart color, knit 7 in background color
- Row 6: purl 7 in background color, purl 7 in heart color, purl 7 in background color
- Row 7: knit 8 in background color, knit 2 in heart color, knit 1 in background color, knit 2 in heart color, knit 8 in background color
- Row 8: purl all 21 stitches in background color. Cut and tie off heart color
- Cast off and fasten your toggle or button to the side. Weave in the loose ends of the yarn with a tapestry needle.
(Sorry I can’t give credit where it’s due. I’m not sure where my mom found this pattern.)
Your knitted heart mug cozy will snuggle up perfectly around a Starbucks cup or a regular sized mug. The looser you knit, the bigger they will be. These are the perfect DIY Valentine’s Day gift for your friends and family. They’re SO fun and SO simple to make, but you don’t have to let your gift recipients know that. Let them bask in your craftiness and think you slaved for days knitting their heart mug cozy. Speaking of gift ideas, if you need a non DIY gift for someone special check out the Poler Napsack. It’s a sleeping bag that you can wear! Steve and I accidentally gave each other the EXACT same one for Christmas. Great minds think alike. Anywho I’m obsessed with mine and wear it around the house now that it’s subarctic temps outside. I can’t wait to use it camping in the summer! Poler Stuff is one of my favorite companies and they have so many awesome things for the outdoor lover in your life.
Let me know how your mug cozies turn out! I’ll be curled up in my napsack with mine all day today…
Ever since I got my DSLR camera for my birthday last April, I’ve been droolinggg over the adorable camera straps on Etsy. As cute as they are, I haven’t been able to justify spending $35 on a camera strap. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to think of it, but Friday while daydreaming at work I decided to attempt to make my own. It couldn’t be that hard, right??I found lots of good tutorials online for making your own camera straps and strap covers, but I’ve never used a sewing machine before and was pretty intimidated by them. While at Michael’s this weekend I peeped at the ribbon section to see if they had any cute ones that I could possibly use in my strap quest. I grabbed a chevrony ribbon for $5 and headed home. The ribbon ended up being exactly the width of my camera strap so I decided to cut out making a strap cover and try just sewing it to my existing Canon strap. After watching a YouTube vid on Singer sewing machines, I hemmed both ends of my ribbon, aligned it with the end of my Canon strap, and sewed the length of it on both sides. My DIY ribbon camera strap is the cutest! It was super easy to do (if you know anything about sewing machines, it’ll take you half the time it did me) and cost me wayyyy less than the ones on Etsy. Not mention the fact that it matches my new Jo Totes camera bag I got for Christmas! I can’t wait to wear my new ribbon camera strap out and about. If you’re still using the strap that came with your camera, take 15 minutes and a couple dollars to sass it up. You’ll be happy you did!
Soon after I started my new job I was able to jump in on the planning of our annual Holiday Party! They like to stick with the tradition of having it at a suite in the Verizon Center every year, but I immediately wanted to spice it up with a DIY Photo Booth. I don’t want to brag, but it might have been the hit of the party. Teehee. To make your own Holiday Photo Booth you basically only need wrapping paper, a camera, and festive props (a little wine couldn’t hurt either). Before the party started, I taped my peppermint wrapping paper to the wall in a little corner of our suite. One of my favorite party crafts is making a glitter banner, so of course I made one that said “Happy Holidays” for the back drop. To make the glitter banner all you need to do is write your message on poster board, cut it out, mod podge the letters, and shake some glitter on them. For props we had santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf hats, red and white glasses, a mistletoe ball, and a mini chalk board for people to write their own message. The favorite prop though seemed to be the silver tinsel garland that I got on amazon. All of the props and back drop cost less than $50 total. I’m sure you have some great things in your holiday decorations box that you could use for free! I set my camera up with an external flash on a tripod and intended for people to use a wireless remote to take their own photos. For some reason they couldn’t figure out how to press the only button for it to work so I monitored the booth the majority of the time. Which was fine by me, I got to see all of the photos happening in real life. Even our executive team couldn’t resist dressing up and posing in my DIY Photo Booth complete with kissy faces and a YOLO chalkboard. It was too much to handle in the best way possible. Immediately after the party we went home and had a huge slideshow of all of the pictures on the tv and laughedddd some more.
When celebrating with your friends and families this holiday season I hope you choose to make your own photo booth so that you can remember the most wonderful time of the year for years to come!
As my collection of sassy necklaces has grown thanks to Target summer sales, I’ve been dyyyinggg to make a necklace holder using knobs from Anthropologie to display them. I found the perfect knobs last month at the Greenville, SC, Anthro on sale of course (You can read more about my love affair with them here) and was super excited to make my necklace holder. The only problem was that I didn’t have a super cool old board to mount them on, and I didn’t know where I was going to find one. My mom found out about a place called Peach Festival Gardens in Gilbert, SC, where they have tons of old windows, doors, signs, and other funky finds. I ended up finding my board half covered in sand, hiding behind a tent they have set up to protect the prized goods. The guy laughed when I wanted to buy it and let me have it and an old wooden tray for $5. Cha Chinggg! Who’s laughin now!?!My piece of sandy wood cleaned up very well and my best guess is that it’s a rectangular panel from an old door. Thank g my dad is a blacksmith artist, has all the tools in the world, and was able to drill 6 holes for me.I wanted to do something to the wood so it didn’t look like I had a dusty old board hanging on my wall, but at the same time wanted to maintain the integrity of it. I painted on two coats of polyurethane semi-gloss and it turned out perfectly! After it dried I simply screwed my knobs in and put little hangers on the back of it. Well maybe I couldn’t wait until it dried…eeeek instant gratification plzzz!All of my necklace holder dreams came true! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. My bejewels are on display instead of hanging out in a pile on my dresser and the final product looks really polished. If you have a big bathroom it would be fun to hang your necklace holder in there and use the middle hook as hand towel holder. Until I move on up in the world, mine’s going to be hanging pretty on my bedroom wall.
I think it’s only fair that I get a new necklace for a job well done, right!?
I absolutely LOVE cards. As nice as it is that we can communicate with each other in an instant, it’s even better when someone takes the time to send you a note in the mail. My etsy favorite’s list is basically entirely filled with sassy, adorable, and sweet lil cards. Sometimes I don’t want to pay $6 for a card, then wait a week for it to ship to me, and lawd knows Hallmark doesn’t have what I want, so I end up making cards myself. Today I looked in my craft bin and saw that I had tons of card stock and glitter and decided to try and make some sparkly fun cards! The only supplies you need are colored card stock, glitter, rubber cement, and scissors.
First you need to cut your cards out of your card stock. I have an old card that I like the size of that I usually just trace. If you’re feeling sassy you can use decorative scissors to edge your card or even make a liner in a different color.
Now you just need to paint your rubber cement on the card in the shapes you want your glitter to be! It’s hard to get very detailed with the gloopy rubber cement so triangles, circles, and stripes work well.Just pour your glitter onto the glue and shake the excess off. I made my cards outside on the deck to avoid too much glitter clean up.It’s so easy and quick to make just one card, that you should probably make a few more while you’re at it.Look how cute! In only 5 minutes you’ll be able to send some sparkle to someone you care about!