Whenever I go to the beach, I always collect shells – it’s so hard to resist picking up that one shell that looks special and unique compared to the ones around it. I’ve ended up with handfuls of shells from many beaches, and they just sit on my windowsill gathering dust! So, when brainstorming summer DIYs, I wanted to find something to do with my existing shells and find an excuse to collect more shells. And then I realized – I can turn them into candles!Read More
I've started following a few fellow Etsy-ers on Instagram, and it's SO fun. I get lots of inspiration for new projects, and it's honestly really cool to see how AWESOME some people are at such unique things. Three of my favorite discoveries are: The Dapper Jackalope, who makes the cutest and quirkiest illustrations; Be Good Natured, who makes incredibly realistic wool felt portraits of animals (you HAVE to see this!); and Forage Workshop, who creates really cool wood slice ornaments!
So, when brainstorming Mother's Day gifts a couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the Forage Workshop and decided to try making wood slice coasters for my mom. I didn't have any fancy supplies, so I originally just painted them. But then, they were so cute, I decided to experiment with some other methods of decorating the wood, including stamps and woodburning. Stamping is definitely the easiest in terms of effort and dexterity required, while painting and woodburning are a little bit more advanced. Read on below to see how they turned out!Read More
My friend Liz sent me the most wonderful surprise package earlier this year - a homemade stamp. It was such a thoughtful gift and totally up my alley, and Liz, being the most artsy person I know, made something so ordinary feel so special.
Of course, I was thinking - how can I make more of these? While Liz carved the stamp from a linoleum block with a special linoleum cutter (both of which you can purchase at an art store or online here for fairly cheaply), I decided to take a much less committed, less professional approach. The linoleum of the stamp Liz made me felt just like an eraser, and as soon as I made the connection, I knew an eraser would be a good beginner's material. As for my weapon of choice? I decided to test my dexterity with a Swiss Army knife.Read More
Two weekends ago, I went to Re:Make, a DIY festival hosted by Brit + Co at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and I am brimming with new project ideas and a refreshed excitement about tackling my DIY bucket list! The space was filled with hundreds of people reveling in the talents of local artisans and makers, fueling their imagination and creativity with various (free!) DIY projects, and taking advantage of the many awesome social media-worthy photo ops.Read More
When I was at my old job, my office manager asked if I wanted to help her with a little craft project. (Given that I spent the of majority of my workday buried in Excel, this was a welcomed surprise.) She wanted a little letter/mail box for people to write thank you cards or nice notes to other people in the office, and my mind was of course running with ideas within the first 30 seconds of her coming up to me. After some quick Google and Pinterest searches, I knew I wanted to make an old-fashioned style mailbox, like this.
I'll say now that this is a super crafty project - reusing a shoe box really made me feel like I was back in third grade. But it turned out really cute, and I can totally see it as a wedding guest note box, valentines box or suggestions box!Read More