Archive | Crafts

A New Way To View?

19 Apr

Hey everyone! I came across a new website the other day and thought I would share it. It’s a mix between blogging and pinterest. For those bloggers who like short & sweet posts with pretty pictures this may be for you! It’s called :

It looks so similar to the way you view pinterest with the blocked off sections and topics to choose from but these are all bloggers or magazines who blog! Although I haven’t used Sulia to write a post on I have used it for reading material and finding new blogs. It’s been interesting to flip through this in the morning and see what else new is going on. I tend to check the crafts tab which looks like this:

I’d flip through until I found something that caught my eye and then yLou can click the link or add them to your “trusted” sites to view. This is like wordpress’s reader. You trust or follow someone and get to see their new posts on your “feed”. I found this bib necklace interesting so I l clicked on the link to see the blogger!

Needless to say I got distracted for a little while! I don’t know if I”ll be checking in on a daily basis to see what’s happening over there since half of my reading time is following most of you on wordpress ;) but who knows – this could be future!

What do you think of Sulia?

Love Always,

Jennifer

 

Pinteresting Sunny Finds

12 Apr

The warm weather is here and it’s my favorite time of year! <3 I’m a sunshine type of girl so as you can probably guess – I’m all about finding fun things to do in the sunshine. Check out my latest finds on Pinterest for those warm weather days :)

 

Over sized bags for keeping all the necessities in ;) Towel, water, book, sunscreen, sunglasses, wallet, snacks, you name it – I’ve got it in my bag!

A change up in recipes! No more weigh me down food and more light and fun food!

A warm weather reading list! I love basking in the sun with a good book!

Fun flirty dresses! Now I’m not stuck in layers of clothing anymore – I can breath!!

Yummy sangria! Nothing like a refreshing glass to keep you cool on a nice warm day :)

Exploring new places! Getting outside and having an adventure!

Flippy Floppies!!!!!!!!!!!! I love sandals and flip flops!

Frozen Treats – Especially the home made ones!

Warm weather arts & crafts! Not to mention all the DIY projects that we’ve been waiting to do ;)

and don’t forget the seriously awesome amount of sunglasses to choose from!

What are you favorite things about warm weather?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Craft Hope! Project 21 – Are you in?

8 Apr

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share with you today a small group of people who are making a HUGE difference in the world as well as the handmade community!

C was made by a wonderful woman named Jade. She had a dream of making the world a better place and decided to create this website to do just that. On Craft Hope’s website you’ll see projects which they do. They find a place, people, or charity in need and figure out what handmade item would best benefit it. For example when a tornado hit southeastern USA, they decided to collect handmade security blankets and send them to those who survived – 366 blankets were made! For the wildfire in Texas they collected sock monkeys for the children who lost their homes – over 600 sock monkey’s were collected and delivered.

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If there is one thing I love – it’s giving to someone in need and to give something handmade just makes me ten times happier. After starting my business online on Etsy and being welcomed into the handmade community with open arms and more help then I could ever ask for – I can see how this site has become the massive hit it’s been.

This week they posted They are collecting blankets, scarves, and hats of all kinds. Crocheted, knit, sewn in all shapes and sizes! This is a huge effort to keep the children in Romania warm throughout the winter and I couldn’t help but sharing this! Let’s all join together and make a difference in these children’s lives! You can click on the link above to see the details and where to send the blankets to. If you decide to join in the fun please comment below to let us know and feel free to share pictures of what you send to us by email at acharmingtwist(at)gmail(dot)com!

Are you in?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Goodbye Easter!

3 Apr

It’s detoxing time in our house. We are FINALLY packing up the Easter eggs and getting rid of all the candy in the house. There comes a time after every holiday where I can’t take the sugar rushes or the temporary holiday decor and it gladly disappears! Here are some cute Easter things I found that I might have a harder time letting go if they were at my place ;)

 

Are you ready to get rid of your Easter things or you are you hanging on to something you aren’t ready to let go of yet?

 

 

Love Always,

Jennifer

All Natural Easter Eggs

26 Mar

All Natural Easter Eggs

I’m sure many of you looked forward to Easter as children: easter egg hunts, candy, picnics, and especially dyeing easter eggs!  When I was growing up, we did the usual food-color with vinegar dye.  I was trying to figure out some ways to make some more grown-up Easter eggs that my mom might like, and I came across some suggestions using tea leaves, beets, spices, and even yellow onion peels for dyes.  I just loved the brown, natural looking eggs I found on pinterest that suggested the use of dark yellow onion peels in the water for boiling and an idea to cover the eggs with leaves and other flora from around the yard.  I have plenty of foliage outside, but I had none of these other ingredients that were suggested for coloring the eggs.  Then I thought, of course!  We always have coffee in the house, and decided to try out boiling the eggs in coffee.

Materials you will need:

4 Cups of DARK coffee

some small sprigs of clover, leaves or flowers

some panty hose you don’t mind destroying

some rubber bands or small hair elastics

1 tsp vinegar (to help keep the eggs from cracking)

Instructions

1. Make some undrinkably strong coffee, put in a pot, and let cool

2.  cut up your panty hose so that each section is big enough to cover an egg

3. cover your eggs in your chosen greenery and cover with a section of panty hose, pulling tightly and fastening with an elastic

3. Add the vinegar to the pot

4. Add your eggs to the pot and bring to a rolling boil

5. Cover the pot, remove from the stove, and allow to cool for 12 minutes

6. Place the eggs in a bowl of cold water to keep them from cooking further

7.  Remove your eggs and unwrap from their stocking casings

The end result are some beautiful and classy, grown up Easter eggs you can eat!  Obviously, mine need a little tweaking so I will be working on making them perfect :)

Happy Egg Hunting!

Leslie

Cool New Urban Art

21 Mar

Recently, I have had some spare time, browsing the internet to find inspiration and anything interesting or funny that is out there in the digital outer space.  Yes, I found some funny memes, cute cat pictures, and even a video of an adorable pug that, for some reason, is completely unable to learn how to run, but does skips and flails to get around (it is very adorable and hilarious so I will post this at the end).  But amongst all this useless humor I found some profoundly interesting art forms that I fell in love with!  Unfortunately, most of them are illegal (at least on public property), so I won’t get to go out and create my own masterpiece.  Or maybe I’ll just get brave for the sake of giving the public something awesome to see on their way to their jobs, just to spice up a monday!

Reverse Graffiti

This art form is one that I find very educating: it reveals to the public just how dirty the city can get, shows the city that they need to do something about it, and demonstrates how beautiful the city can be if we all chip in to clean up!

These artists go out and, instead of painting on a clean wall, clean a dirty wall (or car!  you could be next) in a design or image that they want portrayed.  The end result is fantastic!

Girl With A Pearl Earring…in dust on a car! Spectacular.

In the caption (which is quite small), it says that this was created in San Francisco and is still visible now, a year later.

Really cool car :)

The British five pound note.  Hello, Queen Elizabeth!

Awareness for emotional and psychological crisis, a great message for those who read it!

A dirty tunnel gets cleaned up, and we see how white the perforated walls used to be!  I love how detailed this one is.

Urban Knitting

This one is really interesting.  I have been learning how to crochet, and in the first five seconds I learned that IT TAKES FOREVER!  I’m sure for these tasks, huge teams of knitters run out and get this done before they get arrested!  Yes, this is illegal, and gets taken down immediately and investigated.  It may annoy the authorities, but it makes me smile :) .

Haha!  Car hat!  I’m betting someone did this to their own vehicle, so that makes this one I could try out!  I just have to get human-size down first and I’ll work up to it.

Who knew? Sweaters look good on trees!

I love this one!  I want that bus, and I can’t even drive one.

Now, I don’t know how this was managed and I’m surprised it lasted long enough to get a pic!  New York must have liked it.

This is just a really cool picture :)

Moss Graffiti

Another find was moss graffiti!  You use moss and some other extra things to make a mixture and put it in a spray bottle for a green eye-catcher.  This form of art takes some time and maintenance, since you have to trim the moss, but it turns out a most beautiful green.

Some wall art.

Carefully sculpted gator!

A testament to the need for oxygen in our air, and the ability of plant life to provide it.

And best of all, you can make moss graffiti at home, on your own!  Decorate your plain brick walls with moss in any design that strikes your fancy!  This whole thing kind of reminds me of a chia pet.

And here is the random video of Loca, the adorable dog that cannot walk!  Just watch it.

I hope you enjoyed these interesting finds!

Get Inspired!

Leslie

To keep up with another budget friendly project I’m showing off the side tables I restored for our bedroom! For those of you that followed me previously sorry for the reposts on these projects but stay tuned! Next week I have a NEW redo project that might just get you excited :D

I took these two side tables given to us from my mother-in-law and decided to make them pop a little more!

My goal for this room is to slowly transition everything into a black, gray, and white color scheme and have pops of yellow throughout. These two side tables completely blend in except for the fact that my two lamps are making a statement! They each also have a little wear and tear on them.

You can see here that the handles are a little scratched up as well as a few other places. So I cleaned out the side tables and took them outside for a little sanding. Please note – you probably shouldn’t go through your husbands side table to clean it out without asking him. Luckily, all I found was video game things and change ;)  Gotta love my hubby!

There are two ways you can sand furniture. You can hand sand it with a sand block or use a palm sander. I chose a palm sander because it’s faster but for the intricate parts of table like the drawer you are going to need a sand block. Since this side table had only been painted once there wasn’t layers upon layers to sand so a quick light sand is all you need. When something is painted previously with a gloss or there are obvious layers of paint then you are going to want to use a heavier sheet of sand paper or heavier sand block in order to make the process of sanding easier on you.

As you can see I didn’t take off the entire layer of paint. That’s not necessary – it’s just important to get off the top gloss and give the paint somewhere to hold onto when you paint it. If you decide not to sand and just paint as it is then the first time you scratch the paint or nick it a little it’s going to peel a good chunk off of your furniture. Paint needs something to hold on to in order to really stick.

Here comes the fun part – the first layer of paint! Your first layer is never going to look good. Especially when you are painting over a dark surface but it’s okay! Give it a nice little layer and let it dry for a couple of hours. If you are impatient like I am, find something to do to keep busy until it dries – in my case I painted the second shelf and the drawers!

You don’t always have to paint the entire drawer. I wanted to paint the inside because I plan on putting shelf liner in it to make it pop when you open the drawer, so I wanted to make sure the rest of the inside of the drawer looked pretty too!

Once you have let everything dry you can go back and do the second coat of painting. A hard lesson that I have figured out is to let the second coat dry over night. If you are like me – you will want to put it all together and put it back where it was to see the finished project and be proud of yourself for accomplishing it! Don’t.. The paint will feel dry but it’s still wet underneath. If you put the drawers back in and let it sit the paint will try to dry and end up sticking to whatever it’s touching. Which means you won’t be able to open the drawer and if you do – you might be damaging the paint job you just worked so hard at finishing.

Once its dried over night it’s ready to be used! I’m really excited about the white transformation! My next step to finishing these babies up is to by shelf/drawer liner to put in the drawers and the back panel of the cubby. I’m looking for a yellow pattern that will go along with the lamps but I’m having trouble finding exactly what I’m looking for so I’ll keep searching and wait until I find what I’m looking for!

It definitely gives it the POP of white that I was looking for :D

When you are a person like I am, that changes their mind about what they want, what they like, and their favorite color – you really should be thinking about the most budget friendly options. I change my mind so much that it’s probably best to keep all the furniture I have and just keep repainting it until I’m happy with the outcome.

For those of you who have read this post I still haven’t found the yellow paper lining I’ve been looking for. I’ve been searching for the perfect item but unfortunately haven’t found one that isn’t too girly for Brian! If anyone knows where I can get good shelf/drawer liner that’s pretty let me know!!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pinteresting Crafts!

15 Mar

Great Craft Ideas I found on Pinterest going along with the theme of reusing items for other things!

Turning an old bookshelf into a sandbox! AWESOME!

Using old magazine and wrapping paper to make a cook wreath design!

Making cars out of cardboard boxes, paper plates, and things lying around the house – this looks like too much fun!

Using an old sweater you never wear anymore and turning it into a decorative pillow. LOVE this idea.

What do you think? Do you have any other awesome craft ideas using materials you may have around the house?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Desk Makeover

13 Mar

As I promised here is a project that I did last year that was a thrift store purchase and I used items around the house to upgrade it into something new!

I got out all the supplies and set up camp in the backyard to work on this itty bitty desk I found while thrift to shopping!

Here’s the gorgeous little chair I started with!

I sanded it down real quick with just a light touch to get the shiny cover off of it so it would hold the paint.

I did one coat of white paint which was not enough! I let it dry for about 20 minutes and did another layer.

And TADA! Here is the finished second coat of white just sitting out to dry :D

I cut out batting and fabric to cover the seat and make it padded. My favorite part about staple gunning fabric to a seat is the fact that you can just rip it out later and change the fabric to fit the style you want it to be!

Here is a close up of the seat! The secret to keeping the shape of the heart while padding it was to pull the fabric tight in the middle of the top of the heart and stapling it there first. Then spread out the fabric and pull around the rest of it. Next part is painting the top of the desk with chalkboard paint!

I am so excited with the new desk :D  Emma is a too small for it right now so the next step is deciding if we are going to keep it or not… it’s such a tough decision!


Maybe just maybe if I can find a cute spot to put it in without it being in the way ;)

Just so all of you know – Emma uses this on a daily basis now and we did keep it! <3

This project cost me all of $8. I think it was a win! What do you think?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Challenge Update: Placing This Mat!

6 Mar

So as most of you know I started a new challenge to make myself crochet something new as much as I can!! I decided to start off with the placemat:

This woven type placemat really intrigued me because with the basic placemat you can really jazz it up with custom colors and designs. This picture is a great fall & thanksgiving like feel but I am also picturing spring colors and maybe even some custom designs!

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I started out with the foundation and took my time reading the pattern. I’m one of those girls who has a hard time following patterns – I like to make up my own as I go along and change things but I promised myself  I’d stick to it this time so I could see how it turned out in the long run!

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It didn’t take long and it really started looking exactly like the pictures in the book which just boosted my excitement! This is four rows in and if it weren’t for me watching TV at the same time it probably would have only taken 10 minutes or less!

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Once you get past row five it’s just a repeat until the ending so as you can see this part is going to be a breeze from here on out! I have a feeling I could finish this in a day or two depending on how many distractions I have (oh yes I am easily distracted!!)

Here’s a close up so you can see the holes which will be filled with different colors of yarn in the end :D I’m so excited!

If you are challenging yourself with a new project and have posted about it please share you blog link below! I love seeing what others are in the middle of working on!

 

Love Always,

Jennifer

 


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