Wednesday, February 19, 2014

F i n d i n g I n s p i r a t i o n . . .

Posts have been getting pretty slow around here and the truth is I'm in a bit of a crafty lull.  Thanks to class, work, and a looming thesis deadline, I'm finding less and less time and motivation to work on my hobbies. I've decided it's time to make sure I get around to some creative projects -- I mean I'm writing a thesis about how arts participation good for you -- I should probably heed my own advice! 
I'm going to start with reading this lovely handbook to boost my inspiration :) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

C r a f t B r e a k : L o o p E a r r i n g s

Here are some photos from a project my dad and I completed recently! We made these silver earrings after I got some inspiration from the jewelry posted in the lovely shop by Moorea Seal . This was another one of those "I bet we can make that" project inspirations and I'm so happy with how they turned out! They have quickly become one of my favorite pairs of earrings.

Friday, January 17, 2014

C r a f t B r e a k : B e a d e d K e y c h a i n s

Make these beaded keychains to add some decoration to your keys, purse or backpacks! Paint wooden beads however you like (I used 1" and 3/4" beads) and finish with a clear coat (mod podge works well). Take a length of leather cord and thread through a large lobster claw clasp or keyring and knot. Thread on the beads and knot again. Now just find something to clip them to!
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

C r a f t B r e a k : C a l e n d a r

If you haven't already put up your 2014 calendar, give this simple DIY a try! 
I found the inspiration from this lovely blog post and downloaded the calendar here.

Basically, all you need to do is find a piece of wood veneer, print a calendar to an appropriate size - so the veneer makes a nice frame, and then attach the calendar to the veneer with washi tape. Punch or drill a hole at the top and thread some twine to hang! I think this adds a nice extra touch to a simple calendar and you can change the color of the washi tape each month.