Valentine’s Day is less than ten days away and I am so excited to start my valentine crafting! There are so many amazing valentine and love themed diy projects out there on the web. Pinterest is a never ending source and inspiration. You can find a bunch of projects on my Pinterest board, Be My Valentine, Here. I thought I would share a few of my favorite lovey-dovey DIY’s with you all this week. Check em’ out:
As some of you all know by now, I am a big fan of Instagram! I love taking pictures with my phone and tablet, and Instagram makes it easy for me to add artsy filters and easily share them with everyone! Last year I discovered Printstagram, and fell in love with their products! I have been instagramming every day this year with the end goal of creating a 2014 Printstagram calendar for next year. I have bought a few items from the company in the past, including the mini stickers, minibook, and miniprints. I love the feel of the paper and quality of the printing, and the miniprints are so lovely! They even have space for you to write on them! When I bought my miniprints, I wanted to do something fun with them and make some sort of scrapbook. I discovered that they actually are a perfect size for a vintage tin recipe box. So, with a bright floral mod tin recipe box, my miniprints, and some scrapping supplies I made this fun scrapbox journal!
*Mini Scrapbook Papers (I used a set I found at Michaels that I can no longer find, but it is very similar to project life)
*Paper Die Cuts or Labels
I am sure there are many ways to lay out a scrappy box, but here is how I did mine. I started off by organizing my miniprints. I wrote little notes on them with dates, names, or little memories. Certain pictures were just cute photos of my animals or family, and some were pictures from trips or events. I wrote up some journaling pages to go with the pictures of things I wanted to remember like the day we brought home Beaureguard, Hannah’s trip to DC, or even the little everyday things like when Beau stole the cat’s toy and got blue feathers stuck all in his mouth. Once I had my pages written, I paper clipped them to the corresponding picture or group of pictures. I taped some of my pictures to scrapbook papers, and I added some little sets to the mini pockets I had. Then I organized my collection into sections separated by the mini pockets. I made a section for Beau and Sadie, a section for the cats and the chickens, a section for family, and a section for me and the hubby. I added in a few decorative pages that had quotes on them in the bunch. I then arranged everything in order inside the recipe box. To finish off my box, I added a fun die cut to the top of the box for a little decoration.
I LOVE my scrappy box! It is stuffed full of cuteness and memories! It holds my photos and pages perfectly. I have never really been into scrapbooking and creating super embellished pages, which is surprising for me since I tend to have an “everything but the kitchen sink” style when designing and decorating. The great thing about this project is that you can make it as fancy or as simple as you like. I have also discovered that you can fit two rows of the miniprints side by side in the box nicely. So, if you are more of a minimalist, a sweet vintage recipe box still makes for a perfect place to store your miniprints. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! Go get yourself some fantastic miniprints from Printstagram, and a vintage recipe box, and create a one of a kind journal to store your favorite photos and memories in! I’ll be back next week with more fun diy projects. Until then…
Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I am happy to be sharing this month’s favorite pins from my pinterest boards! It has been a little bit of a crazy start to the summer around here lately, but I have been able to squeeze in a little time for Pinterest here and there. It remains to be one of my favorite things to do! There is so much inspiration from all kinds of subjects to be found. I could spend days going through all the amazing categories. If only there were extra hours in the day, right! Here are some of my favorite pins from the past month:
This reminds me so much of my dog! I have to pull him out of bed in the morning.
This one cracks me up!
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I have to say I probably pin animals and diy projects the most. I guess that shows where my heart lies. I hope you all enjoyed these awesome images. To see these pins and more from all my boards, visit me on Pinterest Here. I hope you all have a beautiful day!
Hi guys! Gosh, today went by so fast! I am really excited to share this project with you all tonight, vintage fishing lure key chains! These are so adorable, and they are so easy to make! You can make these fun key chains in about ten minutes. Not bad eh? There are so many awesome wooden lures out there. I bought mine on Ebay, which has a nice selection. I have also seen quite a few on Etsy recently as well. They are not only simple to create, they are fun too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Wooden Fishing Lure
*Eye pins and head pins or wire
These are so incredibly simple to make! If you have ever tried your hand at jewelry crafts, this will be a breeze. The first thing you need to do is open up the eye loops and remove any hooks that are on the lure. Next, assemble your beads. I used tiny beads for the accent hooks, and larger beads for the main wire that will attach the lure to the key chain. Use the head pins for the accent loops and loop the wire around the eye. Use the eye pin for the main wire. Attach the eye of the eye pin to the eye loop on the top or bottom of your lure. Load up your beads onto the eye pin. Loop the wire around and loop it through the clip that is attached to your key ring. Now you are ready to load up your keys on your new key chain. Enjoy!
Aren’t they so fun! These are sooo darn easy to craft, and if you aren’t as attached to vintage as I am you can find replica lures pretty cheap. These would be a great little gift for any guy, and would be perfect for Father’s Day! I hope I have inspired some of you to give this simple project a try. You’ll love it! I’ll be back Thursday with another fun project for Father’s Day! Until then….
Hi Everybody! Welcome to day eleven of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts. Today I have a couple fun diy’s for you that are inexpensive and easy, to make great stocking stuffers. I am going to show you how to make rings and cufflinks out of vintage buttons. Fun right!
The first thing you want to do is thread your buttons. Either with a needle or with your fingers thread the floss through the button a few times and clip the excess threads short in the back of the button. Now place a big dab of glue on your button back and glue onto your cufflink and ring blanks. I placed the cufflinks and rings to dry straight on my thread spools. Let them dry overnight and they are good to go.
These little gifts could totally stand on their own, but they also do make an impressive and inexpensive addition to your holiday stockings! I have several of the rings and I wear them all the time! They are a lot of fun, and with adjustable ring blanks you can always be sure they will fit who you are gifting them to. All the men I know love the cufflinks. I hope some of you will try out these fun and easy little projects! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for my final gift diy of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Until then….
everybody! Today I have a super fun craft for you all! I have been in love with string art for quite some time now! I have been so inspired by the beautiful and fun pieces on pinterest, so I decided to try my hand at it. The basic idea behind it all is that you take a picture, or a word and nail around the outlines onto a piece of wood, tear the paper off, and commence with the long, but fun, process of stringing. You can find some wonderful tutorials for different types of string art from The Harpster Home, Que Linda, Green Wedding Shoes, and Creative in Chicago. Here is my version:
What You Need:
*A box of nails- I used #18 3/4″ nails
*Fun Christmas font printed word on paper to fit your board
*Yarn, twine, string
Step 1: Make your board- Draw your funky shape onto your plywood. Have fun with it, it can be any shape you like. I went for a fancy frame like shape. Once you have it drawn out to your liking, carefully cut around the outline with a jigsaw. Then, sand the edges all around your shape until it’s nice and smooth. Paint your board in your desired color. I used a fun holiday green.
Step 2: Nail- To get your letters the right size measure your board and divide the width into the number of letters adding extra space for spacing. Set your word to be the size you need in your photo editing program and print. Lay out your paper on your board centering it to where you need it. You can tape it down if you choose to. Now you are ready to nail. Starting at the edge of your first letter nail in a nail on the outline of the letter and into your board leaving about 1/2 inch or so sticking out of the board. Grab another nail and nail into the board about 3/8 inch away from the first nail and sticking out of the board the same height. Continue nailing around the outline of your letters spacing about 3/8 apart until you have outlined your whole word. Next, carefully tear off the paper from the board. Mine came off pretty easily. Starting at one corner and tearing at an angle seemed to help me.
Step 3: String- I used divine twine for my string, but you could use embroidery floss or thin yarn, whatever you like best. Tie a knot around your starting nail on your first letter, snip excess thread. Now you can start stringing. Start stringing back and forth around your letter, then go the opposite way, and then go willy nilly around how you like until you are satisfied with the pattern of the string and your letter looks full and clear. I made sure to close the gaps on the outside of my letters here and there while stringing so my letters would have a sharper outline. When you are happy with the design snip a tail of twine and tie off the end of your twine around a nail and snip of excess twine tail. Repeat with your other letters. This part does take a while but it is easy and kinda therapeutic at the same time. Once you tie off your final letter you are finished. You can add a sawtooth hanger to the back or just sit it on a shelf or table.
I had a really fun time making this “Believe” string art sign for Christmas! I think I will definitely do more in the future. These fun little signs can spell out anything you wish. You could make one for every season, or to say something special. They would also make fantastic gifts for loved ones. And it is a pretty inexpensive DIY too. I bought my plywood in the scrap section at Home Depot for $4.00 and although divine twine is pricey, I only used a bit of it. Embroidery floss would definitely be a more economical choice. To see more string art ideas check out my links above, and check out my DIY Pinterest Board. I hope I have inspired some of you to try one of these yourself. They are so fun! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more Holiday fun!
Today I have a super easy holiday DIY project for you, a vintage ornament mobile. This craft is a great way to showcase some of your favorite ornaments! I have so many ornaments sometimes things get a little lost in my tree. One of my favorite sets is my vintage plastic ornaments I picked up at the flea market last year! They are so kitschy and cute, I just love them! This is so easy to do as well, and all you need is your ornaments, some twine or string, and an embroidery hoop.
The first thing you need to do is paint your embroidery hoop. Next, cut various lengths of string for your ornaments to hang down on, and cut four equal lengths of string to hang your mobile. Tie your ornaments onto one end of ornament string. Then you want to tie the other end to your inside hoop of your embroidery hoop at equal distances. I had five ornaments so I tied four of them onto the hoop and I left one to tie in the middle. Next, tie your 4 equal length strings to your hoop an equal distance apart. Gather up the four strings to meet in the middle of the hoop. You can add a middle string ornament to the four strings at this point if you wish. Tie a knot at the top of your strings for hanging. Clip any excess thread above the knot and hang. Easy right!
I really love how this little mobile turned out! I love how it adds a fun element to my holiday decorating! You can hang it wherever you like. I think it would be really cute over a bed, or maybe my favorite chair. We’ll see. You can really change the look with these too by using different color paints for your hoop and different ornaments. There are so many possibilities! I hope you all enjoy this super simple DIY! I’ll be back next week with more holiday fun! Be sure to tune in later today for a fun craft round up!
Hello everyone! Welcome to day 6 of my 13 Days of Halloween! Today I have something super fun to make, a mini haunted house bell jar. I love bell jars! Sometimes they can be hard to find, or really pricey. I was at the thrift store the other day and found an old plastic clock in a glass dome, and thought it might work for a bell jar. All you have to do is remove the clock. And at three dollars for the clock, it’s a great substitute!
Here’s What You Need:
*Exacto knife and self healing mat
*Old domed glass clock
Step 1: Form House- Print out template for the house. Cut out the template. I used an exacto to cut out the door and windows. Fold the tabs on the front and back and roof lines. Glue the front and back to the sides, and then glue on the roof. You can use black cardstock, or if you don’t have any like me, you can paint the cardstock black.
Step 2: Glitter House- Starting on one side of the house, paint a layer of modge podge onto the cardstock. Sprinkle the glitter over the wet glue, and then tap off. Repeat with the rest of the house.
Step 3: Make Hill- First cut your styrofoam ball in half so you have a small dome. Next, glue moss to the dome little bits at a time until you have covered your dome and there are no bald or thin spots. Then, take your painted little branch and insert it into the foam. Then glue the house on top of the hill.
Step 4: Finish Bell Jar- Remove the clock from the base. I cut the clips off with a dremel from the underside. Spray paint the base. When the paint is completely dry, place the hill with your house on top of the base and cover with the glass domed lid. And that’s it. Pretty easy right!
I really love how this little house turned out! It was really easy to make and it cost me around $10 for all of the supplies. I think it adds a spooky and cute vibe to the fireplace mantel. I am already on the lookout for more glass clocks to make some christmas themed domes. I hope you all enjoyed my DIY, and I hope I have inspired some of you to go out and make your own. Tune in tomorrow for more fun Halloween crafts! Until then…
Today Beaureguard and I have a special DIY for you. I am going to show you how to make a martingale collar. These collars are used a lot in dog training. There are two parts to the collar, the collar neck piece and the control loop. The collar fits nicely around your dog’s neck when they are sitting or walking easy with you, and if they pull, the control loop tightens the collar around the neck. The tightening is mild and doesn’t hurt the dog like a chain training collar can. Martingale collars are fantastic for sight hounds(like my italian greyhound Beau), as well as any dog that has problems with backing out of their collar. It’s the only type of collar we use for little Beau and his sister Sadie. It is a bit hard to find martingale collars at the pet stores, especially cute ones. So today I’m going to show you how to make your own. They are quick and easy to make, and all you need is a few supplies.
Here’s What You Need:
*Cotton or Nylon Webbing
*Hardware set- two sliders and one D ring( I found mine Here)
Step 1: Measure and cut- Measure your dog’s neck. You want to take two measurements. The first measurement is around the widest part of the neck. The second is around the neck right behind the ears. You want to make your collar loose when worn freely, but able to tighten at the neck so the collar can’t slip over the ears and head, but not too tight to where it chokes the dog. Take your second measurement and add 1.5 to 2 inches to it and cut a strip of webbing that size (my 2nd measurement was 10.5, so I cut my collar to be 12.5 inches.) Then take your second measurement and subtract it from your first measurement. My first measurement was 12.5, so 12.5-10.5= 2″, then double the difference since this will be a loop, so that would be 4″, and then add another 2″ allowance for sewing to get your final measurement for your control loop, mine was 6″. So to repeat the formula again:
Measurement 1- around widest part of the neck
Measurement 2- around the neck right behind the ears
Measurement for collar= measurement 2 + 2″
Measurement for control loop= Measurement 1- Measurement 2, doubled, then add 2″ (or basically a little over half the length of the collar)
Once you have your correct measurements, cut your collar and control loop strips of webbing and ribbon
Step 2: Sew Ribbon to webbing if using ribbon- Tuck end of ribbon over the edge of one side of your webbing. Carefully topstitch all the way around the ribbon on the machine and snip loose threads.
Step 3: Sew Collar- Insert webbing onto one of the sliders fold over about an inch and stitch down webbing closing over the slider. Measure your collar again. You need to count in the webbing plus the sliders and enough allowance to fold over the other edge of webbing into the second slider bar. You want your finished collar piece to be the exact measurement of measurement 2. If you need to trim some off, go ahead and do so. Then, insert your loose end of webbing into the second slider buckle, fold over and stitch closed.
Step 4: Sew Control Loop- Thread both of the sliders onto your control loop. Make a loop and overlap the ends by around 2″. Stich down the end underneath close to the end, making sure your top end of the webbing is loose and free. Slide the d-ring onto the top loose flap of the webbing and scooch it down to the seam you just made. Then, stitch down the top flap of webbing. You should end up with a loop of webbing that has a d-ring sandwiched in between the ends, and two sliders.
Poor Sadie was very upset Beau was outside and she was not!
Aren’t they cute! These collars are so easy to make, and with all the adorable ribbon out there you could make one for every day of the week. Beaureguard really likes his collars, and it makes me feel better to know that he can no longer escape his collar, so I don’t have to worry about catching him if he decides to make a break and go after a squirrel in the park! So go ahead and give one a try for your favorite pooch.
Hi everybody! I am really excited to announce that I am going to be starting a new tradition with the blog and doing a Holiday ornament swap for Christmas. I know, I know, it’s only September and still hot as hedes in some parts of the country. But, I want to make sure to allow enough time for it all. This is something I’ve always wanted to do! I love to craft, and I am especially smitten for all holidays, but my favorite is Christmas.
If you have never heard of an online swap before, here is how it works… A group of people create a craft with a theme in mind, like ornaments. There are a certain number of people in the group, so you make an item for yourself and one for each person in the group, and then you mail out your special craft to everyone separately. Not only is it fun to make, you get to share your craft with others, and in return, you get to enjoy keepsakes from other swap members too.
Here are the rules for my 1st annual ornament swap:
*The swap craft theme is holiday ornaments. They don’t have to be anything fancy! Just have fun with it and create something you will be excited to craft and share! And something you will want to make 15 of.
*There are 15 slots available.
*The swap will be open to sign up from today until September 30th, 2012. You can sign up by emailing me at this address: BinkyandLola@gmail.com, to sign up you will need to leave your name and info on where to mail your packages to for other swap members
*Once the sign up is closed or we reach 15 I will email everyone with the address list
I am really excited to start this swap! If anyone has any questions, please shoot me an email. I look forward to crafting with some of you all really soon! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.