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to make: valentine’s round-up

Call me a sucker, but I heart valentine’s day.   A day to remember to tell those that you love, hello lovely lovies.  A few hand-made ideas to help you spread the love without spending too much dough…


{images and instructions found via A Golden Afternoon  and The Style Files}

I’m a little late coming around to the chalk party – but love the endless possibilities!  Personalize a mug, pot or anything else you can get your hands on…

{images and recipes clockwise from left via Alexandra’s Kitchen, Two Peas & Their Pod and Our Best Bites}

Whip up something special in the kitchen.  I’m partial to  desserts of the chocolate salted caramel or nutella type and anything italian

{images clockwise from left via iVillage, Paper Culture and Paper Source}

Print or frame a favorite image, sew a felt heart, make a card.

xoxo. 

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Hello friends!  Here I sit at home – patiently awaiting the arrival of our first baby.  Who is either apparently going to have an extreme personality – either very Zen-like and calm (fingers crossed!) OR very stubborn and strong-willed.  The due date has come and gone and the little one sits snug and quiet, showing no signs of coming out to meet his/ her anxious parents!!  Oh well!  In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on all things web and wasting enjoying lots of time reading, window shopping and bookmarking future craft projects and recipes (for when I have some free time around about – say, oh, 2013.)  A few favorites from the week so far:

 {via Metal Pressions)

Eyeing these beautiful pendant charms to commemorate the little ones arrival.  Someday.  Soon.

{via spoon fork bacon}

Looking forward to making these spinach stuffed shells as a hearty winter dinner.  And also looking forward to reading this new-to-me blog more often…welcome to the reading list spoon fork bacon!!

{via Ruby Press}

Seriously crushing on this monogrammed letterpress stationery from Portland shop, Ruby Press.  Added to wish list, check!!

{from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts via Oh Happy Day}

My new gift wrap for holiday?  Maybe…just maybe.

{via Urban Comfort}

Lace decoupaged vases…a seemingly simple craft even I may be able to pull off in mass!

{via Purl Soho}

After many, many delays – my iPhone 4S is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  And I think I’ve found the perfect case!  A hard case just waiting for you to apply your own cross-stitching wizardry.  Love.

Shop to Love: Olive Manna

Hello bloggy friends!  I’m so sorry for my absence – life has been so amazingly FULL lately that I’ve had to let a few things fall to the wayside.   Regular blog posting being one of them.  I’ll try to be back a little more often this fall, but with the arrival of baby Sones fast approaching – I’m not making any promises:)  In the meantime –  I wanted to share some soothing eye candy with you this Tuesday.

A shop I’ve long adored – but recently rediscovered, Olive Manna, is proving to be a great site for nursery inspiration!  After spying this nursery nook on ohdeedoh, I immediately hopped over to Olive Manna’s shop to track down some must-have supplies.

A few of my current obsessions are shown here – don’t you think they’d make the perfect finishing touches for a nursery?  Soothing for baby and mom…

I’m off to place an order pronto!

gaga for gawker.

Come close.  I’m about to share with you the most inspiring time-sucker I am currently obsessing over.  Have you been to the wonderful gawker family of sites yet?  If not, click fast my friends and find your new obsession. It’s a never ending stream of the most beautiful food/ crafts/ spaces and weddings all presented for you to sort, hunt and gaze your way through.

Foodgawker

Craftgawker

Dwellinggawker

Weddinggawker

Gawk away my friends…

craft-tastic.

via apartment therapy

i finally broke in my sewing machine this weekend, really broke it in.  i’m embarrassed to admit that it has mostly set as a prop in my office for the good part of last year.  and i’m even more embarrassed to tell you that it was my husband who saw me struggling with needle and thread and suggested i get it out.   my craft day has me hooked and on the hunt for my next project. a few that have made my someday sewing list:

*easy floor cushions to rest my head during movie nights.

*this simple apron would make the perfect summer cookout accessory.

via spool sewing

via Amy Butler

*i love this silhouette art project…i’m thinking modern chair.

*fingers crossed, i’m going to attempt my first piece of clothing with this lovely skirt.

via burda style

via Martha Stewart

*seriously cute felted animals.

*a bushel of these tomato pincushions.

Anything catching your sewing eye lately?

 

 

DIY easy notebooks

Remember those Muji notebooks I was raving about last week?  Well, I got my hands on a bundle and started crafting this weekend!  Using my Japanese paper tape, I grouped it into color stories for my crafting.

For this one, I made a simple graph design.  Alternating a vertical with a horizontal.  I love this tape because it’s so easy to work with…tears easily by hand, can be easily removed and reapplied if you don’t like your lines.

This was the first of the notebooks I’ll be making for easy holiday gifts.  Paired with some color coordinated pens, I can’t wait to gift a few of these this season.

Can’t wait to craft my way through this stack!

DIY: Yarn Wrapped Branch

I spent much of the past weekend getting my house guest ready for the holidays…hanging pictures, getting rid of clutter we had accumulated and a touch of decorating.

I had picked up this branch on my fall trip to Broken Bow and couldn’t decide what I was going to use it for.  Until I ran across some gold yarn I had picked up for a crewel project that’s still unfinished. So I thought – quick, easy DIY.  So easy in fact, I’m a bit embarrassed to post directions…but anywho.  Any branch or yarn would work – one without the pinecones would be a bit easier, and just as pretty.  I picked the crewel yarn for it’s color, and also for it’s texture – it’s a bit more lofty than other yarns, so has a nice cozy feel – perfect for fall. I’ve seen other variations online that mix several colors of yarn, but for me – I prefer the modern look of one bold color.

To start, I secured one end of the yarn to the branch with some heavy duty tape…which gets wrapped over and over, so it’s never seen.  I would have preferred hot glue, but my gun bit the dust on my last craft project and I’ve yet to replace it.

I tried a variety of wrapping techniques…starting out using a single thread and wrapping many times around.  But as I got going, I experimented with using two sets of two threads to cover more area a bit more quickly.  To end each section, I would simply knot the ends and cut them off as close as possible.

Some sections I double wrapped, which went a bit slower than the above, but was easier to maneuver.  To start, I would use a slip knot so the yarn stayed in place…this was a helpful way to also hide the knots.

Don’t worry if bits of the bark fall off, I lost quite a bit – but in the end you will never miss them!

And done!  I left the tips exposed because I liked the juxtaposition of the bark and yarn, but feel free to end yours wherever you feel!  A quick, inexpensive, cute holiday home project.


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