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o.p.p. – quarter dye t-shirt

if you are in the northern hemisphere… spring is here! and with spring comes cleaning… most of the time which involves closets and getting rid of old + purchasing some new. shopping!!!

quarter dye t-shirt

quarter dye t-shirt

each spring i’m in need of a few good staple tees. this past year i had an obsession for stripes and the year before that it was solid oversized tees. this year i want to spice it up by adding a bit of my own creativity to the wardrobe. (note: i’ve been in a slump for the past couple years when it comes to my fashion. working from home can do that to you. i call pajama pants, t-shirts, hoodies, and ugg boots – “my work clothes”. it’s sad, esp considering i used to consider myself a bit of a trendsetter among my peers.)

i love these DIY tees found over at the sweet paul blog. it’s kind of a take on tie dye without being too hippie. the partial dye job is actually pretty stylish.

places i recommend good cotton tees for dyeing: target, gap, levi’s, h&m (as used for the shirt in the original post), american eagle, and even forever 21.

found @ sweet paul
what: quarter dye t-shirt
where: http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/07/c.html

a holiday crafts infographic

i love this infographic that overstock.com put together. who would have ever thought they were so crafty?!

some great handmade holiday creations here… get inspired.

overstock.com

book page paper hearts


paper hearts made from pages of a used book

well, my friends, i realize that it’s been nearly 3 months since i tied the knot and i’ve yet to share any real projects or photos with you all. my apologies!

let’s kick it off with this one… paper hearts made from the pages of a used book.

our wedding combined elements of vintage + rustic – and among other random things, travel + library decor. to play up the library theme we incorporated a lot of books, accessories + diy. i experimented a bit with various paper projects, but finally settled on this little gem. it’s super easy and they look pretty cute. my mom and i made around 100 of these one evening (over wine + tv).  while you can easily string the hearts to make garland, we opted to scatter them around in some wire baskets. (see below for a photo of the hearts in use at our wedding!)

what you’ll need: an old book, scissors, a stapler

how to create your hearts:
1) rip the pages from the book
2) cut each page into 1 inch strips
3) take 4 strips of the paper, stack them on top of each other and staple them together at one end
4) take the other ends, holding 2 with one hand and 2 with the other
5) bend them backwards to form a heart shape touching the loose ends to the stapled end
6) pull the inside strips down a bit to create a smaller heart inside the bigger one
7) cut off any excess paper
8) staple the loose ends to the already stapled end
9) … and the hearts are ready for display!


the paper hearts on display at our wedding in august!

twig & doily dreamcatcher

the past couple of fridays have been a “craft night” – just me, my supplies, a bottle of wine and some tv. at 32, i find this is my preferred evening entertainment (my inspirational programming of late has been junk gypsies, project runway and most recently – project runway all-stars).

this weekend i had a few projects in mind, a rummaged through my craft drawers and found nearly all the supplies i needed – which is always a plus on the pocketbook. then after a walk out to the garden (???) and $30 spent at the craft shop i was set.

i’m going to share one of those projects with you, but first a little story (which leads into my inspiration for the project)…

i’ve always been a lover of the southwest. rustic, colorful, full of history and heat (i love any place that boasts sky rocketed temps in the summer). a couple of years ago, i did one of my famous midwest to west coast road trips – solo. on the way back east, i spent time in arizona, new mexico and texas. it was a blast. soaking up the scenery, exploring the local cuisines and taking in some of america’s most authentic culture. i can’t wait to get back.

southwest-us-2009
clockwise: eastern arizona sunset; meteor city exit (also one of my favorite joe purdy songs – i listened to it as i passed by, cheesy – i know.); abandoned souvenir shop near flagstaff; me and don henley standing on a corner in winslow, az; the most awesome tour bus ever in santa fe, nm; santa fe native american handmade vendors

while in new mexico, i bought ross a dreamcatcher. for the past 3 years we’ve had it hanging in our home(s). as a dreamer, i’ve always been in love with these native american good luck charms. my first dreamcatcher was a gift from my grandmother 20+ years ago.

for those of you that don’t know the background… certain native american tribes believed that a dreamcatcher could filter good and bad dreams only allowing the good ones to slip through the holes, down the feathers and into one’s sleep.

ok, now on to the project… a twig & doily dreamcatcher. i figure what better way to prompt only the best dreams than to make one of my own???


my handmade twig & doily dreamcatcher

what you’ll need:

  • a freshly cut branch/twig
  • a lace doily
  • leather cord
  • feathers
  • beads
  • super glue
  • string
  • ribbon

1) cut a branch off a tree… you must use a freshly cut one for flexibility and the ability to wrap into a circular wreath. 2) attach the doily to the wreath – i used some needlepoint string 3) tie three pieces of leather cord to the wreath, cut these so the middle one is the longest 4) string a few beads onto each cord 5) at your desired length lightly glue your feathers 6) pull down the beads over the top of the feathers 7) trim any excess leather cord 8) tie a ribbon around the top of the wreath 9) hang in your favorite spot 10) you’re done!

twig-doily-dreamcatcher-supplies

craftstudio: i heart this app!

i decided to make this past saturday a “me” day. my husband was off brewing beer with friends so it was perfect timing. i woke at 10am, video chatted with my mom, listened to music, did a bit of crafting, listed some things on ebay, cleaned out my closests, and watched 8 episodes of the US version of “The Voice” on hulu (i’m nearly caught up!). my day actually ended the next day at 3am! ok, i know this day sounds hectic to most, but believe me this was a perfect day for me. i am not a person that sits still, so to be able to pick each of those things that kept me busy (and truly enjoy them) was heaven.

we all need a “me” day from time to time! (have you had one recently?!)

so the one thing i did on saturday that i’ve yet to mention… i discovered a great new app on my ipad. the app is called CraftStudio and it’s brought to you by the crew over at Martha Stewart. while the app costs $4.99, it’s a craft lovers gem. it’s basically digital scrapbooking, stationary making and photo blinging (the non-technical term) all-in-one.


happy birthday macy!

the app allows you to add a photo and then layer it with paper, punch shapes and designs, add stickers and sayings, custom write text, and much more. once you’ve finished, you can save the project, share it on socials, email, print, or send to snapfish and order as photos or greeting cards. currently the app has 4 themes you can mix and match with: everyday, doilylace, birthday party and nature. i will admit, the one thing missing is a holiday theme. this would be great for creating christmas cards.

above is a screenshot of my latest creation. yes, it’s a birthday card for a cat, but not just any cat. meet macy. macy the cream of the crop when it comes to felines. i’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old, and today is her 10th birthday! although she’s now a decade old, she still moves and communicates like a kitten. i always say that she’s a dog trapped in a cat’s body, but without the neediness of a dog. macy will play fetch, come to you on command, and she has a sassy little personality much like someone else i know. she’s pretty much perfect. happy birthday girl!

read more + download the CraftStudio app here!

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