9/26/13

DIY Accessories Hanger


A few months ago my mom bought these cute rabbit napkin rings for her Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party but wound up not using them. She bestowed them upon me for DIY purposes and, as usual, I threw them in a drawer and forgot about them. When I found them again, I was in the middle of organizing my closet and realized they could be repurposed to help me!


You'll need: cool lookin' napkin rings, a wooden plaque, and a sawtooth hanger.

1. Attach the sawtooth hanger to the back of the plaque before you glue stuff to the front. 2. Measure out and mark where you want to glue your napkin holders. 3. Glue the napkin ring to the plaque with epoxy or some other strong glue. My rabbits already had a rough bottom so they glued easily with E6000. 4. Hang your things!









-lisa

9/22/13

Fave 5 // Westfarthing


1. Courtney Brooke is one of my favorite photographers on Flickr. All her photos are dreamy and feel like they came out of a storybook.

2. I've been following Jake Wyatt on Tumblr as he puts together Necropolis. It is a beautiful comic that I hope gets published so I can buy it and stare at it in person.

3. Today is Hobbit Day! In honor of Bilbo and Frodo's birthday I suggest making these Hobbit door ice cream sandwiches.

4. This pretty free font by Sydney Goldstein is based off the South Rose Window in the Norte Dame Cathedral.

5. This crazy lady DIY-ed these jaw dropping Harry Potter potion stations. If you needed some Halloween inspiration, look no further.

-lisa

9/19/13

Easy Moon Art


I've seen a lot of moon themed things around lately and I'm really enjoying the trend. I sort of have a thing for the moon, which is perhaps a weird thing to say. I used to be really into Greek mythology and Artemis, goddess of the moon, was my favorite. Anyway, as we just had a full moon last night (a harvest moon since it is almost autumn), why not make some easy lunar art?

You'll need: a wooden plaque and some paint.

1. Paint the plaque black. 2. Steal your brother's old protractor and make a circle stencil. Make sure to keep the circle you cut out. Measure the length of your plaque and make sure you can fit 3 of those circles on it. 3. Using the circle stencil, paint 3 moons. I just used a paint brush and dabbed it like a sponge. I also looked a picture of our moon as a vague reference. 4. Now use that inner circle as a stencil to paint the crescents. You can paint them any color, even black, but I went with a shimmery champagne. It seemed more lunar-y somehow. 5. Optional: label your moons.








-lisa

P.S. Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches us the importance of Harvest Moons:


9/13/13

Fave 5 // Animalia and Special Effects



HUZZAH! Get ready for faves! It's been awhile but everybody deserves a break from time to time and we did just that with our weekly show and tell. We think it's a good time to bring back the FAVE 5 because they are fun to put together and I like looking at stuff on the interwebz and sharing it with the rest of the interwebz!

1. DIY - I've been dying (or D-I-Y-ing... puns) to make something with Electroluminescent wire. El wire makes everything look like it's from TRON and I really wouldn't mind living in a luminescent video game universe. This El wire bow tutorial from Adafruit is TRON-tastic! Zoom.

2. The art of paper cutting fascinates me so. Artist Antonio Bui has taken my heart with this beautifully cut handwritten song lyric. How wonderful would it be to pick up Your Song?

3. Corgis are the ultimate cutie pies of all dogs! I just love their handsome faces and short bodies. How About Orange shared a link to a corgi origami how to! Also check out all the other animals paper-crafted in the link. Love it!

4. Wishlist - This Sloth Running Team design is definitely on my graphic tee wish list! I adore sloths and their seemingly lazy activities. I can relate! Let's just say I do just as much running as sloths!

5. The wallpaper collective has a cool and slightly creepy wallpaper that shows the skeletons of the animals when it catches light. Imagine walking down a hallway with this stuff with a flashlight at night in a lighting storm! Jeepers!

-Monica



9/11/13

Upcycled Journal


I have a lot of journals. I'm talking tons of journals. I just love journals! My friends are always getting me journals as gifts and they have accumulated over the years. So I decided to start experimenting with them and came up with this incredibly easy DIY.


You'll need: a journal and a watchband (or 2)

1. Paint your journal or leave as is. My design was inspired by this wall. I rubbed blue paint in a circular motion with a paper towel then painted the stars over. 2. Figure out where you want to place your watchbands and glue them to the front and back cover. I latched the watchband together, placed it around the journal, marked them, then glued.





That's it! Super easy. Now to figure out what to write in it...

-lisa

9/6/13

T-Shirt to Pillow


Hey there everyone! We accidentally went on a little hiatus there, but we're back! Alright, so I live in t-shirts. They were basically all I wore in high school and, honestly, not much has changed. The problem is now I have a bunch of t-shirts I never wear. I decided to not let them go to waste and turn them into something else comfy: a pillow! There are a handful of tutorials already out there but since it's such a simple DIY I thought I'd try it out!


You will need: a t-shirt, polyfill, and a sewing machine (you can sew it by hand if you choose)

1. Cut out a rectangle (or whatever shape you like) from the front and back of the shirt. My shirt had designs on both sides, so I cut out the front rectangle then pinned it to the other side and cut out the back. 2. Pin the pieces together inside out and sew the sides. Leave about 3 inches open to stuff. 3. Cut the corners. 4. Turn it right side out and stuff it full of polyfill. The higher quality polyfill you use the less lumpy it will be. 5. Use an invisible stitch (like this one) to close the hole. And you're done!





-lisa