Crafty Father’s Day Ideas

June 15, 2010 - Filed under Father's Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet here are a few DIY ideas to get you inspired.

father's day craft ideas

1. Superhero Gift-box for Dad – Download the labels and make your own gift-box for the superhero dad in your life.

2. Mustache Mug – A silly gift for dad. Use porcelaine gel to paint a fun mustache on a mug.

3. Folded Shirt Cards – use origami to make your father’s day card a little more unique.

4. Dad’s Notepad – Decorate a basic note pad for dad’s office, and he’ll be reminded of you everyday.

5. King of the Grill Apron – Make Dad his own apron just in time for BBQ season.

Posted by: kelly

I’m back!

June 15, 2010 - Filed under Other

First of all… sorry for the extended absence. Things have been a little busy around here. First my computer broke… then I got slammed with work, and since last posting we’ve moved from Honduras, through Belize and are now in Mexico. It’s been a crazy couple of months, and although I wish I would have posted more I just haven’t had the time, or motivation.

Things are still a bit wonky with my computer, but there is an Apple store here in Mexico so hopefully they can fix it fully before the warranty expires and I can resume regular posting. Thanks for bearing with me!

broken_computer

Posted by: kelly

broken computer

April 8, 2010 - Filed under Other

Just wanted to let you all know I haven’t forgotten about you. My laptop is broken and being that we’re currently in Honduras, it’s taking a little longer than I’d hoped to figure out what’s wrong with it, and get it fixed. Please bare with me, I’ll be back as soon as I can.

broken_computer

Posted by: kelly

Flet Egg Book Tutorial

March 29, 2010 - Filed under Easter, Felt, How-to, Sewing

Felt Book - Decorate Eggs for Easter

A cute spring idea for your little ones. Holly from Chez Beeper Bebe, has an adorable tutorial for this felt egg book, that lets your kids decorate eggs over and over. Cut out all sorts of shapes and let their imaginations run wild, and when you’re not decorating you can store all the little pieces in the handy pocket at the back. Such a great idea, and beautifully crafted.

Download the tutorial
Purchase one of Holly’s from her Etsy Shop

Posted by: kelly

St. Patrick’s Day Printables

March 17, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Hope you’re all wearing some green so you don’t get pinched! In honor of the day, I’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day printables for you. Perfect for last minute crafting, they’re all printable from your own computer, and the perfect way to bring a little festivity to your day!

St Patrick's Day Printables

1. Lucky Pillow Box – stuff with your favorite St. Paddy’s day Treats. Think lucky coins, green m&m’s, or irish cream truffles. {Free!}

2. Lucky You Cupcake Toppers – 4 styles for you to print. {Free!}

3. Favor Box and Candy wrapper kit – Wrap your fav candy bars with a little irish flare. {$5.00}

4. Modern Sham-rock Stationary Set – Why not write all your notes today on these fun note cards. {$6.00}

5. More Cupcake Toppers – cause I love cupcakes, but you can also use em as napkin rings, wine charms or pins. {Free!}

6. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt – follow clues from a leprechaun to his hidden treasure. {$3.99}

7. So Lucky Stickers – Print them out on sticker paper and have fun sticking them to your friends and family all day. {$5.00}

Posted by: kelly

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

March 5, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Awhile ago I posted about carving your own rubber stamps. Today I came across a really cute idea from Just Something I made. Cathe took a wallpaper seam roller and a rubber band, and made this fantastic rolling pendant stamp. What a great way to decorate cards, envelopes, packages, or any number of things.

Head on over and check out her tutorial so you can start rolling pendants on everything!

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Posted by: kelly

Recipe Look – Draw your way to yummy food!

February 24, 2010 - Filed under illustration

recipe_look

Two of my favorite things together at last… food and illustration! Run by Tom and Amelie, Recipe Look is full of interesting food ideas all drawn by hand. The recipes are all user submitted so each one is unique in style. It’s great to see not only what people’s favorite recipes are, but how they interpret them from boring text recipes into works of art.

Visit the site to submit your own illustrated recipes

Posted by: kelly

Handmade Pottery in Costa Rica

February 22, 2010 - Filed under Ceramics, Classes & Courses, Travel

In my quest for crafty adventures while we travel I came across the Guatil Pottery Studio in Playa Tamarindo. It’s a small shop run by Arbin Espinosa Guevara, who learned the traditional art of Chorotega Pottery from his mother in the village of Guatil (about 1/2 an hour from Tamarindo). In addition to selling his beautiful pieces, Arbin teaches classes to anyone wanting to learn. I spent a few days with Arbin at his studio, learning the traditional ways of Chorotega Pottery, a pre-columbian form of pottery, that has been handed down from generation to generation for over 800 years.

The whole process starts with a dense clay-like soil called barro, which is found in the hills that surround the village of Guatil. The Chorotega indians believe that the barro must be collected at the end of the lunar cycle, otherwise the density and strength of the clay is compromised. The barro is combined with a fine sand, called Iguana Sand, and then mixed with water by foot, similar to stomping grapes! Read More…

Posted by: kelly

Happy Hearts Day & Happy Chinese New Year!

February 14, 2010 - Filed under Valentine's Day

valentines_newyear

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The Olympics are here!

February 12, 2010 - Filed under Baking, Vancouver

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Today kicks off the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and what better way to celebrate than with these adorable cupcakes from Coco Cake in Vancouver. The Opening Ceremonies start tonight at 6pm pacific time. Go Canada!

Posted by: kelly