Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons

imageWe LOVE personalized gifts!  Today I’m going to show you how to use steel alphabet stamps to customize some wooden spoons that would make a perfect gift for anyone with a kitchen.  Caveat:  you do need a special set of stamps for this project, but they’re fairly inexpensive.  However, you could riff on this idea by freehanding it with any sharp object and a permanent marker, or with a wood burning tool,  if you have one.

Keep reading for the instructions.

-Viv

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How to Make Paper Roses

imageWe LOVE flower crowns!  Who cares if they’re #basic…we don’t believe in that.  Wear whatever makes you happy!  If you’re into paper crafts or boho/festival fashion, this is the tutorial for you, because today we’re going to show you how to make paper roses you can string together to create an adorable (albeit admittedly cliché) flower crown.  And, if you’re not heading to Coachella anytime soon, you can use the flowers to make a decorative bouquet or wreath.  They also make beautiful gift toppers instead of a generic bow.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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DIY Kitty Flats

image We LOVE these adorable ballet flats, you guys!  LOVE!  I’ve been dying for a pair of these for a long time.  I’ve seen cat flats in multiple online shops and put them in my virtual shopping cart, but I could never pull the trigger.  Only recently did it occur to me that I could make my own, duh!  Seriously, you won’t believe how easy these are, and I can’t wait to show you.  Keep reading for the instructions.

-Viv

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Another Easy Nail Art Idea!

imageWe LOVE nail art, and we especially LOVE when it’s easy!  Today’s post is another idea for a professional looking manicure you can do at home.  Just like our last nail art post,  you don’t even need to click through to see the rest of the instructions, they’re that simple.  Here we go!

As always, apply a clear base coat and let it dry.  Follow with a thin coat of your base color and let that dry as well.  Apply a second coat of color, and while it’s wet, make a dot in a contrasting color near your cuticle, centering it as well as you can.  Placing the dot on wet polish creates a smoother surface, but this will also work just fine if you can’t move fast enough or simply prefer waiting until your second coat of color dries–just be aware that your dots may be slightly raised.  Do make sure to let your dots dry a bit before applying top coat, so they don’t smear.

You could buy a special dotting tool for this manicure, but you can also just use a bobby pin like I showed you in my leopard nails post.  This time, I wanted bigger dots, so I stuck a glass head sewing pin into the eraser of a pencil and used that.  I LOVE saving money by using what I already have!

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My special “dotting tool.”

Of course, for a more festive look, you can put polka dots all over instead of doing just one.  You can also experiment with multi-colored dots and different color combinations.  Whatever you decide, let us know how it turns out, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!
-Viv

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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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Bangle Key Ring

imageWe LOVE clever ideas that make daily life easier!  Whenever I hang out with Jen, I notice that she often has to dig through her large purse to find her keys.  This is not criticism, by the way.  She usually puts her keys in her pocket, but not all outfits have pockets, you know?  Plus, as mommy to a 5-year-old boy, she needs everything in that large purse, so kudos to her for simplifying by keeping just one or two absolutely necessary keys on her key ring. Unfortunately, on no-pocket days, that means her keys disappear into the abyss.

So, I came up with this idea when I was Christmas shopping recently and stumbled on this.  It’s a bracelet that allows you to wear your keys, but unlike those generic ones that look like old school phone cords, it’s actually stylish.  Another advantage is that it’s large but not bulky, so it won’t weigh down your purse, but it will help you find your keys in the sea of lip balms and Altoids you keep in there.  Anyway, I thought it was such a smart and cute way to solve the problem of buried keys, and I knew I could figure out a DIY version.   It turned out to be an inexpensive, fun, and easy project!  Read on to find out how you can make one too.

-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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