DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet

imageWe LOVE this wrap bracelet!  A little background:  Jen and I probably spend WAY too much time watching Fixer Upper on HGTV.  Don’t tell her I said this, but I think Jen might be a little obsessed with Joanna Gaines–both for her personal style and her design sense.  Anyway, on several episodes, you can spot her wearing a bracelet like this, and Jen was dying for one but thought that I could probably spend a lot less to make something similar.  She was right, and if you keep reading I’ll share the directions with you!

-Viv

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Unusual Sources for Craft Supplies

We LOVE craft supplies! Ummm ok, we’re aware we might have an obsession.  But we do want to point out that you can be creative about acquiring materials for crafting.  The first photo below shows a recent purchase from a hardware store.  All those supplies cost us about half as much as the craft store items in the second photo.  We’re going to use all of them to make jewelry, so stay tuned for a post or two about DIY bracelets soon.  in the meantime, if you’ve ever shopped for craft supplies from an unusual source, let us know!

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Fast felt balls. Could it be true?

We LOVE felting projects! So, it happened again.  The other day instead of doing something productive, I spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos on how to make felt balls.  I blame social media. I blame that for a lot of things.  It sounds so random that I chose to watch videos on felt balls as opposed to watching something more stimulating such as watching paint dry, but here’s the back story:  Every time I log on to Instagram or Pinterest, or anything Internet-y, someone has a really pretty rainbow felt ball garland strung across some part of their crafty home and then just like that, total case of mind control kicks in and I need to have one too.  Keep reading to find out how I fed my inner craft beast.

-Jen

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String art. Another new craft obsession.

imageWe LOVE string art. Okay, guys…I’m working on my “need to try” everything approach to crafting.  It’s a slow process, a very slow process, which is why I should stay off of Pinterest and Instagram.  I see.  I buy.  I try.  Sadly it’s not always a “happily ever after” result, which kinda makes me sad when I blow a wad on crafts that will eventually end up at the local Goodwill. However, today, I found my crafty soul mate…its name is “string art”…and you, my friends,  YOU WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER TOO IF YOU TRY STRING ART.  It’s so super 70s.  Revived & modernized circa a few years ago.  Finally discovered by me today because I live under a rock and I’m not cool.  Until now.  Read on to learn how to be cool and make string art yourself.

-Jen

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City Girls Visit Local Farm

 We LOVE visiting farms!

Jen’s little guy is already as obsessed with animals as we are.  At Underwood Family Farms, in addition to getting close to animals like alpacas, emus and baby goats (squee!), you can pick your own everything.  But don’t pick your nose.  That’s unsanitary and socially unacceptable.

Click through for a peek at my recent farm visit with friends.

-Viv

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Succulents Save the Day! (Drought-Friendly Gardening)

We LOVE succulents!

With the recent heat wave that’s passing through my neck of the woods (Santa Clarita) and California’s strict landscape watering restrictions, my back yard looks like a cemetery from a really bad horror film.  Our grass is no longer salvageable and it’s become pointless to water it at all, given the reduced allowances.

Normally I wouldn’t care about my yard;  my general life rule is this:  I don’t garden and I won’t garden.  However, it’s looking so bad that i’m pretty sure I should sleep with one eye open because at any moment, zombies are going to ascend from it.  Keep reading to see my solution.

-Jen

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Easy Peasy Bunting Banner!

 

imageWe LOVE bunting! They’re bright, colorful and whimsical. I use them for every party I throw and every family photo shoot I plan. I’ve got them draped around my little guy’s bedroom as well as his reading nook. Bunting banners make an otherwise dull space bright, cheery, and colorful without too much work. I know this is not news or rocket science. A search for “bunting” on Pinterest or Etsy will produce more results than you care to scroll through. But since we LOVE DIY, why buy a bunting banner when you can make one? Read on for the details.

-Jen

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