DIY Beaded Bar Necklace

16/02/2015





Happy Monday all! A couple weeks ago I finally got around to making this beaded bar necklace that I had bought supplies for last June (!) on my road trip to Nova Scotia. I just love the simplicity of bar necklaces. The coral-pink glass beads I used are so pretty! This diy was also super quick - it only took me about ten minutes to make it. 

P.S. How lovely is this gilded china plate from my granny!? 


Materials needed are: small glass beads, chain, jump loops, a clasp, and some wire.


Prepare your necklace by measuring the chain to the length you wish, cutting it in half, and adding the jump loops and clasp to one end of both cut chains. To make the bar, loop the wire around the opposite end to the jump loop of the chain. Twist the wire loop to secure it's place. String on as many  beads as you'd like. Finish the necklace off by twisting a wire loop at the end of your beaded bar to the other end of the chain necklace. 









So easy and pretty! Have a wonderful week and take time to make something that makes you happy! 

DIY Mini Gift Box

09/02/2015


Hello friends! I can't believe we are almost to the middle of February...Spring will be here before we know it. I'll admit that I am so ready for warmer weather! It is hard to be motivated to work on my school assignments (or anything!) when I all I want to do is curl up in blankets with a good book and a hot drink. However, with the constant producing of work for school, I recently felt the urge to create some content for the blog. I honestly love crafting, styling and photographing for this little place on the web! So here is a diy for you, from me. Happy Valentines day! 


What you will need is a cardboard paper towel roll, card stock, adhesive for gluing it altogether, and anything else you'd like for embellishment. 

Cut the roll down to the size appropriate for your gift - mine is 1 inch tall. Cut the ring for the lid shorter than the base ring. Slit the ring for the lid so that you can make the width of the ring/circle smaller than the base (see example in the 'materials needed' photo.) This allows for your finished box to easily and snugly close. Cover the tube in pretty materials such as velvet ribbon and patterned washi tape.

Next, cut out a card stock base and top, then adhere them to the rings. I covered the tubes' exterior in card stock as well.  If you like, embellish the box with patterned paper (how pretty is that metallic gold paper?!), glitter dots, or anything else! 

Lastly, fill with a special gift for a special person...Maybe handmade jewelry, cinnamon hearts, or a chocolate truffle? 

Have a lovely week friends! 

Morning Pondering

30/09/2014



Hello friends, long-time-no-post! :) Walking home from the gym early this morning I was smiling as I realized that I've found myself in a routine at school and I'm not nearly as tired as I was the first couple of weeks. It is going well!

Something I've been learning as I am being immersed in projects is that in order to be an artist, designer, or creator in general you must constantly have your eyes on the lookout for inspiration everywhere. In order for me to productively produce project after project, week after week I need to have a supply of ideas for colour combos, lines, shapes, textures, compositions, and more! Also, Pinterest doesn't cut it for me -  it can be more of a productivity block then an inspiration source as it wastes precious time! I'm finding myself flipping through books and magazines in the library, pulling out my camera to snap photos often, and jotting ideas down on everything. I'm sure, like my schedule, I will find a routine for creative projects. So I am genuinely interested, can you pinpoint things that fire you up? What are your sources for creative inspiration?

DIY Patterned Tape

20/08/2014

Washi tape is definitely my favourite craft supply, it makes everything so much prettier! I remember making magazine stickers at the summer camp I worked at and had the idea to make some "sticker tape" from patterns clipped out of magazines. I simply enjoy my time crafting, so going the extra mile to make my own tape from some very pretty patterns was lots of fun for me!







Start by finding and cutting out strips of patterns found in magazines.



Next, carefully smooth packing tape on so that it covers the entire top of the magazine clipping.


Then cut it into the shape you would like your tape to be. Use a bone folder or your nail to firmly go over the entire sticker a couple of times - adhering the tape to the clipping's ink.



Place the tape into a container filled with warm water for approximately 5 minutes. When you remove them from the water you should be able to easily peel the back paper from the tape. The ink pattern will be left on the tape and when dry the stickiness should return. Have fun decorating cards and envelopes, school supplies, and more! I found that with some pieces I needed to add a bit of extra stickiness from a glue stick to help with the adhering, but overall they turned out beautifully!


DIY Beaded Bracelet

04/09/2013





















Hi everyone! Remember a couple weeks ago I said I wanted to post on a more regular schedule? Yep, that so did not happen! Life got busy (maybe I'll share a little personal update later). I am still on my jewelry making kick, so today I have a pretty beaded medallion bracelet tutorial for you.









































You will need: Some circles cut from felt (I put them in fabric stiffener, but after doing it I didn't think it was necessary), beads of different sizes, chain, thread, and a needle.





























































Step 1 is to begin sewing your beads onto the felt. Start with a bead in the center and work your way around that first one. Finish it off with a knot at the back to secure the beads. If you have any excess felt, carefully trim around the medallion with scissors.









































With lots of thread work your needle through the felt backs and string the medallions together. When you get to the end stitch on the chain, make sure that it is on securely. Then work your way back through the medallions to thread the other end of the chain on.





















This was such a fun project to make! I've got some other bead patterns in my head that we'll see if I can find the time to make! Though I do find beading relaxing, so maybe I should make the time for it. :)

DIY Linen Pin Board

14/08/2013

Hey everyone! Quite a few months ago I made the above pin board inspired by Restoration Hardware ones.  I really liked their look of the white frame against gray linen and wanted to recreate one for myself! I did and it was simple and easy, so I thought I would share the three steps with you!

Pin Board How To:














Step 1:  Find a large frame for your pin board. Sand the frame down and paint it with two white wash coats. Make the white wash by doing a mixture of half paint and half water.

Step 2: Cut a piece of cork board to fit inside your frame. Next cut a piece of linen and wrap it around the board. Staple the linen to the cork.

Step 3: Lastly, position the fabric covered cork into the frame and secure it into place.
























DIY Wall Art

Back in November 2011 I created a tutorial for creating a chevron patterned painting. I'm pretty sure it has been my most popular post. I guess you all thought it was something you could easily do yourself as 80+ of you left kind comments and, just recently, HGTV featured it on their blog Design Happens. I loved it too! It was a fun project, but after living with it for three years I was ready for some fresh art! So I did another one using colors I've been obsessed with for forever, purple and navy blue all the way people (I'm not sure why I used orange as I've never really been a fan!).

Step 1: Create a pattern using masking tape on canvas.

Step 2: Use acrylic paints to dab and brush your colors of choice onto the canvas, covering everywhere.

Step 3: I like a little gold sparkle, so after painting I took it outside to give it a light splatter-spray of gold spray paint in certain areas.

Step 4: When dry, carefully peel the masking tape off to reveal the clean white spaces.

For further instructions and photos check out the original tutorial here.

 

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