Archive for the ‘Handmade’ Category



WitchCrafts!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Last Monday I went to a Halloween Craft event hosted by Lyndsey of The Stationary Place and Marie LeBaron of Make and Takes at Trophy Cupcakes. It was such a great, relaxed event full of fun crafty goodness! Marie and Lyndsey taught us how to make Felt Rosette Wreaths, Hand-embroidered Spider Cards, Glittered Spider Rings and my personal favorite – Pipe Cleaner Spiders.

It was the perfect occasion for any type of crafter. The ladies were so prepared and had everything all set out for us and ready to use. Sadly, I forgot my camera and wasn’t able to snap any pics at the event but I did manage to finish my Rossette Wreath and Spider Rings and take some shots over the weekend.

The wreath is an easy craft that anyone that can handle scissors and pins can manage. Check out Kristen’s tutorial on Domestifluff for step-by-step instructions and pictures.

The Glittered Spider Rings are another brilliant idea and insanely easy to do! Purchase plastic spider rings from a craft store and simply paint the top surface with crafters glue. Once covered, sprinkle with glitter making sure to cover well and let dry. Wear as a festive ring or add them to a wreath like I did by cutting the band in the middle and attaching them to a rosestte!

Be sure to check out The Stationary Place and Make and Takes for tutorials on the rest of the crafts. And don’t forget to make these adorable Pipe Cleaner Spiders, kids would LOVE them!



T&T featured in Design*Sponge at Home!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Image via Anthropologie
I am so happy to finally share some exciting news! A tutorial that I submitted to Design*Sponge, nearly three years ago, has been included in Grace Bonney’s book, Design*Sponge at Home! I haven’t been able to share it until now but I can say it was definitely worth the wait to be part of such a great project.
If you haven’t seen the book already, you must check it out! It’s a fantastic collection of home tours, DIY projects and step-by-step tutorials. My project is featured in the exclusive Anthropologie version amongst the 16 additional pages of bonus content.

Below are the complete instructions for how to create your own Japanese Masking Tape Book Covers. I was looking to make my home bookshelves a little more appealing and some of my older books needed a good face-lift. With the help of craft paper and simple masking tape, my books were transformed! Hope you enjoy!

SUPPLIES
1. Masking Tape (I used this Lime Sparkle collection by mt)
2. Craft Paper
3. Parchment Paper
4. Scissors
5. X-acto Knife

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Create a pattern with tape on a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure that once trimmed it will cover the spine of your book as well as at least an inch to wrap around on either side.
2. Once your design is complete, trim out using a ruler and x-acto knife. The parchment paper will act as a sticker backing that you will peel off.
3. Pre-cut and fold your craft paper to wrap around your book. Crease the spine edges – they will help you place your tape.
4. Once you’ve determined where to place the design slowly peel back the parchment paper from the back of the tape and put into place on the craft paper. Take your time with this part. The tape may shift some so you may need to tweak as you go. Work your way down the whole spine. Fold and crease the edges again to get a crisp look.  Taa-Daa! Now you have a new and refreshed book that looks great on any shelf!




Put A Pin it!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Here’s another project that I recently finished for work. I wanted to play off a Día de los Muertos aesthetic but interpret it in a new way. Foam-core was used for the base and standard sewing pins to created the larger image. After that, I used bright thread to fill in the rest of the piece.

I love how it turned out and I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to try this technique on! This first one was quite ambitious and terribly time consumming but I learned some valuable tricks along the way. I’ll be sure to share more projects soon!



Let’s Get Together!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Love this series of Get Together cards from Kathryn Whyte’s Etsy Shop. These would get used right up in my household!



Hands Off!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Beautiful hand stitched and personalized luggage tags by HarLex on Etsy.