Friday, December 31, 2010

List Them and Love Them

Resolutions can seem a bit daunting at times. Especially come September when you realize you have fallen short in your ambitious intentions and the year is nearly over! Instead of making demanding and dreadful resolutions (i.e. loose weight, run a 1/2 marathon, cut out carbonated beverages from diet....), why not make goals that you look forward to doing, that will enrich your life and that you will have fun with? Love your resolutions! For example: build something with power tools, go see a foreign film alone, enroll in an adult education course at your local community college or maybe start a gratitude journal? Does anyone remember the Friend's episode where Monica got her credit card stolen? That's what I'm talking about! Last year I made a goal to enter cookies into our State Fair's competition and it was so much fun! It was something that I was completely unfamiliar with and I was appreciatively introduced to a "culture" that was all very new to me! I will do it again this coming year! 

Here is a simple printout that I made where you can jot your aspirations down on. Tape it to your mirror, your fridge or the inside cover of your daily planner. Seeing them each new day will be a slap in the face friendly reminder of how thrilling it is to empower ourselves by learning something new and how riveting it is to step out of our comfort zones! Maybe if the resolutions are on pretty stationary, it makes them a little less intimidating? 

P.S. I only put 5 numbers on the stationary - why overdo it? Let's just keep it sweet and simple, shall we! 

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I don't know about you guys, but I am a little overwhelmed with all the last minute details before Christmas on Saturday! I still have so much to do! I promised myself that I was going to be really on top of it this year. I was going to start early so that I could avoid days like this. I told myself that I was going to take it all in, savor the season and not get caught up in the whirlwind and chaos. I have failed miserably! With that said, I have not had the time to craft up any projects for you guys! I have, however,  saved ideas from other crafters/bloggers that I think are beyond fabulous! Thanks to them, and their kindness for posting the how-to's on their blogs, I have been saved from posting my own tutorials and will now get to take the week off. I will now go and enjoy my time with my family and get back to my "handmade holidays"!

There are a few really great tutorials by Autumn over at Design Dump on how to add some seriously beautiful package toppers using felt. Find them here and here.

Lola Nova shows you how to make this adorable d.i.y. Christmas tree garland by sewing fabric scraps and trimmings to card stock paper. 

Lisa over at Moore Minutes had the best idea! Her family has a tradition of taking a picture of their tree every year and hanging them up to see how they have changed! Love this!

This lovely little excuse to give your loved ones a big smooch was made by Kacey at Stay at Home Artist. I think I will hang one up at every doorway!

I was really excited to see this tutorial for this holiday poster by Lisa at Her Beautiful Mess.  I think the simplicity in it's design is so perfect for our little modern eclectic home!

My search for the perfect tag came to an end when I spotted these free printable gift tags by Eat Drink Chic via For the Love.  I am really hoping they will help relieve some stress come wrapping time!

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Scrap Fabric Tree - Tutorial

As promised - here is a nice little craft to start off your already busy week! I used items that I already had on hand so I actually didn't need to buy any of the supplies. But if you do, it still would be pretty inexpensive.  This craft also only took me 40 minutes to complete so it may even be something you can fit into your festive schedule!

Materials that you will need:
scraps of fabric (I choose fabrics in reds and greens but feel free to use whatever you have on hand)
glue gun
glue sticks

 Start by painting your canvas. It may take a couple of coats but if you use an acrylic paint like Folk Art or Ceramcoat, the dry time is very quick! I chose Folk Art's metallic Champagne color because I liked the shimmery look of it. 

While your paint is drying, start cutting long thin strips (about 1/2" wide) out of your scrap fabric. Once your strips have been cut, you can now cut them down to approximately 1.5" in length. Your cuts and sizes don't have to be perfect because it actually looks better when there is a variance in measurements. 

 After your canvas has dried, measure out and draw a triangle in the middle of it. This will be your template to guide you on where to glue your fabric. 

Now take the strips you have just cut and begin to glue them onto your canvas. Start with the bottom layer and work up.
Hint: If you are only working with a few colors, it helps to not only keep your cut scraps in separate piles by color, but also by fabric. 

When you are done gluing your fabric and your tree has taken shape, you can add any kind of embellishment to adorn the top! I purchased a frame from a thrift store for $1.00 and painted it red. I also added a piece of brown fabric for the trunk of the tree.

Voila! You are done! See, that wasn't so bad - now you can get back to your cookies and present wrapping! I know I need to!

Click HERE to see a list of blogs that I linked this project to!

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gift Giving Ideas

I am sorry for the lack of posts and also lack of tutorials! I have been so very busy this week and it seems as though the holiday festivities began very quickly this year! My family made a pact to have a "Handmade Christmas" so I have been working my little hands away at making some wonderful things for the wonderful people in my life! It has been so much fun sitting at my table letting the creative juices flow while listening to my Christmas station on Pandora radio and eating homemade cookies! To cover up my absence from this blog, I have provided a little band-aid of a post: I have dug deep in my archives and rounded up a bunch of my tutorials just in case you feel so inclined as to participate in a handmade holiday as well! If you are anything like me, any ideas are greatly appreciated not only for all those hard to buy for people, but to protect the ol' pocketbook, as well! I will be back next week with some DIY crafts just for YOU...I promise! Thanks for hanging in there!

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Beehive Bazaar Goodies!

Oh joy! As I mentioned before, 'tis the season for winter art and craft shows! It makes me gitty just thinking about it! This weekend my precious and sacred spare time will be spent at this year's winter Beehive Bazaar. I am counting down the hours until it starts! And when it does, it starts with a bang!  There is a raging VIP party on Thursday night starting at 9:00 - with a small admission fee of $4.00. And guess who will be helping you check out at the registers? ME! If you are in the area, please come and support this incredible show and stop by the checkout counter and say "hello"! 

I know, I know - not all of you can attend these markets but you can still check out the goods via the vendor's Etsy shops or blogs! Isn't modern day technology wonderful? 

I am really looking forward to seeing what Suzanna Clements with Sorry Clementine has at the show! After strolling her Esty shop, I am in totally in love with a lot of her pieces. Check out that collar - so lovely! I think her mix of fabric is excellent! Especially this one and also this one! Her prices are pretty exceptional, as well! 

Please sign me up for one of these! Ironing may just be the bane of my existence, so adding a little flair like this pretty ironing board cover by Paula Hogan with Compelled to Craft may just be my answer to happier steam presses! 

Angela Flicker with The Artists House has done a pretty good job at blowing me away! Her sewing skills are above and beyond impressive! Her work is flawless and her attention to detail is impeccable! I can't wait to visit her booth and I will try my best to keep my drool from pooling on the floor. 

Is there a baby in the house? There isn't in mine and it makes me a little sad because now I don't have an excuse to buy these Freshly Picked baby mocs handmade by Susan. Maybe one day she'll make them in a women's size 7.5 and I'll gladly wear them around town making grown women cry with envy. 

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? How about a green one? Then you better check out Sycamore Street Press! Eva and the gang (Kristin, Stephanie and Amy) at SSP make the most beautiful paper goods and have taken letterpress printing and design to a new level - their products are printed on 100% recycled cotton paper made from garment remnants and they also use soy based inks! 

Annily Green makes these incredibly cool clutches to hold all that I need: Debit card, phone and red lipstick! Her designs are modern and innovative with parallelogram shapes and vibrant colors. Her talent doesn't stop there - she also makes some killer pillows and canvas wall art! 

Hope to see all you locals this weekend! 

Loved your visit! Until next time....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sew, Mama, Sew Me An Art Tote!

Today my children's art tote was featured on the Sew Mama Sew Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! I have been a long time fan of Sew Mama Sew and was blown away when they contacted me to have my tote be featured! Through the month of November, they are featuring a list of some really amazing DIY gift ideas for that ever so special (and hard to buy for!) person in your life! Be sure to stop over and check out all the talent and ideas to make up their month long list

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free Victorian Printables


Who doesn't love free stuff? I know I do! I stumbled upon this incredible free printable 3D Victorian carousel and theatre awhile ago by Associated Content. I fell so in love with it! I do have a little confession to make here, though. I seriously debated on whether to share it with you all or not. Forgive me for being a bit selfish, but I know I am not the only one who just wants some things to be "special" for just ME. There are in fact times that I don't want everyone to know where I got something and I try to protect it's exclusivity. I thrive on the uncommon, so spreading the word on where I got my favorite shoes or sharing my secret recipes is robbing it's originality. That's just my snobbish opinion, but I know that you know what I am talking about! Right?!
Anyway, I figure you are all pretty cool and deserve a little something special, as well! I put my selfish ways aside and will now let you check it out, too.
(The carousel is already in full color but the theatre (which is 20 pages!) is made for you to color in yourself! So cool!) 

P.S. Feel free to thank me and also congratulate me on growing up!

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DIY Faux Porcelain Leaves

Stark white porcelain and ceramic is all the rage right now. It's no wonder with it's sterile feel and subtle dimensions. It's a dream come true for the monochromatic type and also for people like me who are thrilled to see an age old trade made contemporary and classy. 

Did you catch the Host+Hostess section in West Elm? See? Told you! 

Even Esty shops are popping up with the milky merchandise
1. Whitney Smith                  5. Oenopia 
2. Wendy Jung                      6. White Earth Studio
3. Revisions                           7. Maap Studio   
4. Magalerie                           8. Alyssa Ettinger

Sooooo...when I came across a DIY faux porcelain leaves tutorial by Anna over at Take the Side Street using plaster of Paris, I was hooked! I followed her steps and made myself some pretty white leaves to adorn my walls! I would like to say that this garland would be great for Thanksgiving, but to tell you the truth, it's staying up all year long! I do have one bit of advise to add to her already great tutorial, however. I used a spray paint (Krylon) primer on all my leaves (front and back - 2 coats). This REALLY helped with the bleeding of the dye on the leaves and also made them less fragile and flimsy. You can find Anna's tutorial and list of materials here and make one for yourself too! 

(I also added some pine cones that I had collected from a recent camping trip!)

Best thing about this craft is that it cost me only $7.00:
Plaster of Paris - $2.99
Krylon Spray Primer in white - $3.00
Silk Leaves - $1.00

Thanks Anna for this great tip! You are one clever gal! 

Loved your visit! Until next time...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Looking Forward....

As much as I dread the cold weather and the stress of the holiday season, there are a few things that get me through it. Things that I participate in that can actually help make sense of winter. I love hot chocolate at bedtime, bubble baths, curling up on the sofa and catching up on my magazines that have piled up all year long, making Christmas gifts for friends and family, but what I especially love is going to the local winter craft shows! Here in Utah (yes, that is where I live) we are fortunate enough to have some really great markets to showcase the local talent. This weekend I will be attending what I believe to be one of the best! The Bijou Market will be taking place this weekend on November 19th and 20th from 10-6:00 p.m. They have selected the Old Southworth Hall in Provo to house the event. If you check out Bijou's blog, they have been featuring various artists that are participating in the show and also hosting some great giveaways each day. This is good news for both the locals and the readers from afar! I have already been making my list of "must haves" and checking it twice. Here are some of my faves that I am looking forward to splurging on this weekend:
(For those of you who do not live in the area and can't make it to the show, you can still check out all the goods and some great Etsy shops via the vendor list)

This necklace from Armelle Jewelry.

This print from Sugar Fresh

These bookplates from Nifty Swank

Tea Towels from Vintage Fern

This hoodie from Adri Apparel

And finally, anything and everything by Elsa Bags, because Nicole is my fave!

Best of luck this weekend Emily, Rashelle and Nicole!  I hope it is another huge success!

Loved your visit! Until next time...


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