Saturday, June 11, 2016

DIY: Easy Poppy Magnets

You wouldn't think a fridge would need a make-over, but here we are. Mine needed one desperately. Photos and thank you cards from 5 years ago, expired coupons, crappy magnets that don't hold anything up. You get the gist. We even had our marriage certificate buried under drawings by my niece. It was the perfect reason to get crafty.

Whether your fridge needs some brightening up or you're just in a crafting mood, these magnets are a quick project that can be done on the cheap. You can get almost everything you need at the dollar store. Or splurge on some fancier silk flowers from the big craft store in your town. I recommend strong magnets, since the flowers tend to be a bit heavier. 

What you'll need:

A couple bunches of fake flowers
1-2 packages of strong magnets
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Start by pulling the flowers off their stems. Trim as close as you can. If your blooms start to come apart, you can just glue them together!

Tip: Use a piece of tin foil to protect your work surface from hot glue. 

 Apply enough glue to securely hold the bloom to the magnet. I would say about 1/8 of a teaspoon. I start by applying the hot glue directly to the center and then circling outwards once or twice. Remember to work quickly! Press it on to the magnet. You can even press the petals into the glue for extra hold. Let cool for a few minutes and your done!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Links à la Mode, June 9

Thank you so much to IFB for including me in the roundup for this week!

Links à la Mode, June 9
Grazielle Camilleri: Denim Shorts and Colourful Tee
InCorporate Mode: Guide to Shopping in Paris
Minnie Rose: #DOFB
Outfit Zest: Strawberry Season
That Trendy Fellow: Color Pop
The Wanderbliss: White Out!
We Are Ready Made: Japonisme

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Look of the Day: Black Mockneck & Blue Linen Joggers

My favorite trend of the moment has to be sleeveless mocknecks. Will it make sense in 6 months? Probably not. Will I donate them all back to Value Village by Christmas? Most likely. But for now, I'm digging the minimalist vibe they bring to an outfit.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Look of the Day: Stripes on Stripes

I've been looking for this skirt for approximately 3 years. I finally found it at the Goodwill, but man, it took a long time! There are two lessons here: first, don't expect to find exactly what you're looking for immediately. Most importantly, though, is you can find that perfect piece. And for so much cheaper!

 Everything but the sunglasses were found at thrift stores in the past 2 weeks. What's the point of paying full price? Unless, of course, you have the money for everything here.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Look of the Day: Linen Gingham Babydoll Dress

These pictures don't quite do this dress justice. I just love the simple fit and the fact that it's linen! It's cooled off a bit here, but you can bet I'll be wearing this all the time once the summer heat officially arrives!

I only wish it had pockets.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DIY: Hand Carved Stamps

If you're a follower of any of my social media accounts, you know that I love carving my own stamps. I was hoping to teach a class on it at work, but it just hasn't worked out, so I'm doing a mini how-to here on the blog! Thanks to UncommonGoods, I was able to try out Yellow Owl Workshop's Carve-A-Stamp Kit. It's a great kit for someone just starting out! 

If you're in search of more crafty kits or gift ideas, UncommonGoods is your kind of website. Their goal is to introduce you to up-and-coming artists, designers, and small businesses that make unique products. They also focus on sustainability, both in the products they sell and the way they run their business! To read more about their company, visit this page.

Okay, down to business. I always have an idea, or little obsession, I wanna turn into an image. Sometimes I draw it directly onto my rubber block, but usually I sketch out some different versions before making a decision. This bird was a little more complicated, so it took more research. 

When designing your stamp, consider how you want it to print.  Do you want your image to print solid, like this crystal? Or do you want to have lots of white space with the printed part being thin detail lines? If you're just starting out, I recommend coming up with a design that prints like the crystal. It's much easier to carve.

If you get the kit, it comes with everything you need. Not shown: a little pencil, a sheet of ideas, directions, and a transfer sheet. I have a box of vintage carbon paper, so I usually use that to transfer my image. Remember: your image will be reverse once carved! This is critical if you decide to carve a word or phrase. Make sure you carve the word backwards so it reads right when printed.

The set of carving knives in the kit are great for starting out, but if you want to do more detailed stamps, you're gonna need something sharper. I use Speedball, especially the smallest blade, No. 1, which is a V-shaped blade. Once I have my image transferred, I use this blade to carve out the general shape of the image. Carefully carve around the smallest details, then work up to the bigger blades for the larger areas. Carving the smaller areas first will give you a bit of a buffer when you switch to the bigger blades. 

When you feel like it's pretty complete, use black ink to do a quick print. This will help you find any areas you missed. You'll probably also find that the background has to be carved quite a bit deeper than expected, or it will leave little marks. Be careful not to carve all the way to the wood, though.

For the blue detail, I used a chunk of MOO Professional Carving Block that I cut down to a smaller size. You can get it at Blick and on Amazon. The block that comes with the kit is double-sided, but I didn't want to waste it for such a small, plain stamp.

All done!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Look of the Day: Handmade Strapless Sundress

I wish I had bigger boobies so this dress would fit better. If I were in to sewing at all, I'd downsize the bust. Instead, it's for sale in my Etsy shop. How perfect would it be as a prom dress or low-key wedding gown?

Handmade sometime in the 80s or 90s, it features boning, pockets, and a sweetheart neckline. It also comes with a matching belt!

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