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o.p.p. – green beer

while i’m no longer in the land of green rivers (the body of water nor the soda)… my love for st. patrick’s day and all things green continues to persevere.

to keep the kitschy spirit of the holiday alive, i bring you a recipe that is sure to put a smile on many faces. drum roll please… how to make ‘GREEN BEER’ from the folks at myrecipes.com!

it’s a pretty easy no brainer figuring out the key ingredients here. beer, food coloring, a glass or mug -and- some luck of the irish.

cheers!

found @ myrecipes
what: green beer
where: http://www.myrecipes.com/holidays-and-occasions/st-patricks-day-recipes/how-to-make-green-beer-10000001880390/

o.p.p. – braided bead bracelet

i’m in the need of a little fashion revive. with my obsession of pinterest at an all-time high and a u.s. trip planned for next week (clothing & accessories are much less than in oz), i’ve been on a rampage pinning & online shopping.

re: fashion – i used to be a bit accessories obsessed.  I still have 2 large treasure chests filled w/ necklaces, bracelets, rings & earrings – some nice, some cheap (aka – forever 21) and some handmade by me and other etsy artisans. these days i tend to wear a necklace & my swatch watch nearly every day… however, i’ve been recently thinking that i need to get a couple new pieces of bling for my wrists (i’ve retired my famous brass snake bracelet… for now.) with that comes today’s project…

these beaded + braided bracelets are ‘too cute’, easy & just my style (they also come from a great website for diy).
found @ honestlywtf
what: braided bread bracelet
where: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-beaded-bracelet/

 

 

get your read on…

earlier today i muttered the words “there are a lot of creative people out there” to a friend – this was in response to the fact that there are so many damn cute and creative shops on etsy! whether it’s your work, a friend’s or a stranger’s – handmade is inspiring.

the authors below have the creative gene + are pros at curating it (something i strive for here on little ol’ Howd.i.y).

so… i bring you 4 new handmade books worth checking out (+ some worthwhile stocking stuffers for the crafter in your life!)

oh, happy reading!

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Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the
New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In
Author: Joan Tapper
($15.63, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

Make Hey! While the Sun Shines
Author: Pip Lincolne
($39.95, Readings.com.au – released: October 1, 2011)

Weekend Handmade:
More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting

Author: Kelly Wilkinson
($17.62, Amazon.com – released: September 1, 2011)

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts:
225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations
Author: the editors of Martha Stewart Living
($16.01, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

say it with a signature

one of my great friends is a blogger too.  paige is witty, real and for the past couple of years has been sharing the journey of her life over at barefoot & vintage. this past year, paige’s world got a whole lot more exciting when she reconnected with the love of her life + found out she had a bun in the oven (baby zoey is due in just 1 week!) + got married… all this documented over at bf&v.

while i urge you to check out her lovely little blog – that is not the reason for this post.  instead, i want to share something that my dear old friend uses to sign off from each entry… a fun little find that i think all you crafty communicators would enjoy.

let me introduce ‘mylivesignature’.




whether you want to use the wizard or scan your actual handwritten moniker… this fun little tool can turn your name (or any word) into an image/HTML.

give it a step by step try over at mylivesignature today.

put. a. bird. on. it. – take 2.

earlier this year, i (along with thousands of other crafty fans) found obsession in a 101 second phenomenon called ‘put a bird on it’.  the title was that of a segment from season 1, episode 2 of IFC’s ‘portlandia’. SNL castmember fred armisen & indie rocker carrie brownstein created + star in this sketch comedy series that takes place in portland, oregon and focuses on the eccentric nature of the city and its people.

the show itself is a winner, but ‘put a bird on it’ takes the cake by calling out the fact that birds seem to be a new staple in design. the thought: if you put a bird on it, it will instantly become interesting and purchase worthy.  people love birds… right?!

the sketch which IFC posted on youtube has now had over 700,000 views… with people all over the world relating to the ‘put a bird on it’ bandwagon.  i was in melbourne this past may, when i noticed that the famous shop ‘meet me at mike’s’ on brunswick st. even had a ‘paboi’ window display!

longing for some more bird action, i stumbled on over to www.putabirdonit.com recently and found that you can now put a bird on virtually anything across the web! simply use their ‘go put a bird on something’ tool to spruce anything up!

check out below where i stuck a bird on a retro tourism van that i snapped a photo of while visiting santa fe, new mexico a couple of years ago.  this beauty of a vehicle paired with a bright orange bird relaxing over top = art.

have fun.

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