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Pinterest: Fall Craft DIYs

As usual, I’ve been hopelessly addicted to Pinterest and finding all kinds of fun things. Most recently my interest has turned to Fall themed craft and decorating ideas and I wanted to share a few with you!

1. An Elegant Leafy Wreath

I love the style of this wreath from the way it drapes at the bottom to the lovely Autumn colors in the leaves. It’s a nice prelude to the evergreen wreaths that are just around the corner.

 

2. Beautiful Blue Felted Acorns

I am completely in love with these. I’ve been meaning to get into felting for a while now, but I think this pin might just be the persuasion I need to finally start. They’d make great earrings, necklaces, and simply stand alone decorations! Might be a sweet idea to make a handful and gift them to a friend in a little mason jar or something.

 

3. Colorful Felt Leaves

These look simple to make, yet very cute and colorful and perfect for seasonal decorations! I believe these were originally intended to be used as coasters, but they’d also look great on headbands or on a necklace if they were smaller.

 

You can check out my Pinterest for more fun Fall craft ideas and keep an eye out for the next Pinterest blog post!

Pinterest Finds of the Day: Nail Polish, Bottle Stoppers, and a New Life for Old Vases

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I’ve been in a crafty mood lately and for lack of motivation to actually do anything about it, I have been browsing Pinterest all day and loving it! There are so many creative people on that site with so many fun DIY projects I just couldn’t help but share some of my favorites today. While I haven’t done any of these yet, I definitely plan to in the future.

Pin 1: DIY Nail Polish

Simply pick a favorite color of eye shadow or blush, add to clear nail polish, shake, and enjoy! If you can’t find a color you really like you can always mix a few together until you reach your perfect tint! I know I’m excited to try this one.

 

Pin 2: Animal Bottle Stoppers

 

This pin just cracks me up. There’s something perfectly goofy about half a little plastic animal sticking out the top of a nice wine bottle. And it looks pretty easy! Just pop into your local dollar store and grab a bag of these little fellas, buy some reusable corks and securely affix the rear end of the animal to the top. Make sure the animal is on there good and permanent so it doesn’t pull off when you’re trying to open said wine bottle.

 

Pin 3: Faux Porcelain

Faux porcelain seems to be surging in popularity recently and I can see why! Do you have an old, ugly vase or even some junky old plastic toys needing a new life? All you need is some white glossy spray paint from your local hardware store and you’re set! Just look at how elegant that rhino looks. I know want some sweet porcelain animals to decorate my house with. They’re the prefect fun and fancy accent piece for any living space.

 

Those are my top 3 favorite pins for this week! Check back in a day or so and I’m sure there will be plenty more!

Happy crafting!

 

[If you like the pins I shared in this post, check out the rest of my boards on Pinterest!]

 

Do-It-Yourself: Business Cards and Wedding Favors

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A while ago I designed some business cards and had them printed through Vista Print. I wanted a way to make them stand out so I ordered a corner rounder to snip off the sharp corners in the hopes that it would help give the cards that extra umph they needed. I am pleased to say that this was the best twelve dollars I’ve spent recently and I love the way my new and improved cards look. If you’re looking for a fun easy way to make your business cards unique, I highly recommend this! It’s easy and fun and SO satisfying.

 

Another fun do-it-yourself project I completed recently is my collection of wedding favors for the guests on Saturday! (I can’t believe my wedding is THIS Saturday!) My beautiful maid of honor suggested we buy some tiny terracotta pots from the dollar store (3 for a dollar) and plant succulents in them. Her front yard was being overtaken by hen and chicks succulents so we pulled up all of the small ones and brought them back to my house to plant! Overall we spent $24 on the favors plus the $8 for potting soil so I’d say we pulled this one off well. I love the idea of giving a wedding favor that can be kept and enjoyed rather than eaten at the table or quickly discarded. And the whole bunch of them together look so lovely.

Re-purposed Champagne Cork Stamps- Recycle and DIY!

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For my first ever tutorial, I want to teach you how to reuse old champagne corks to make elegant, unique handles for home-made stamps.

Materials You’ll Need:

Stamp rubber for carving

A set of stamp chisels

Champagne cork

Sharp knife

Mod Podge

Pencil

Paintbrush

Paper towel

Rubber band

Ink

(I realize I left a few things out of my picture. Better luck next time.)

Use a sharp knife to slice off the top end of the cork. Cork cuts like nobody’s business, but it helps to use a gentle sawing motion to get a quick, clean cut.

Carefully cut your new surface until it is angled correctly and is relatively flat. You’ll want the stamp to lay flush against it later for gluing!

Place the cork over your stamp rubber and trace around its perimeter.

Select the straight blade tip or, if you don’t have one, the knife from earlier will work alright.

Cut in only a few centimeters along the line you’ve traced. And it doesn’t matter if the cut is sloppy. Any imperfections can be shaved off later!

Now gently peel the circle away from the rest of the rubber. This will create a curved edge which creates a smaller circle on the bottom of the stamp. I love the effect that this has because it gives it a rough, rustic look so you don’t have to spend all of your time trying to make it smooth and even. 😉

Here’s what it should look like when you’ve got it all punched out!

You’ll probably have some seriously messed up looking edges at this point so take that blade tool and carefully shave this problem areas down. Remember to continue the angle that you created with the torn rubber into the areas you’re carving.

Here is an idea of what the bottom of your stamp should look like after pruning the edges.

And here’s that the profile should look like! Not the combination of slice marks and torn patches intermingling to make a cool, rough look. The edges are also slightly curved though this picture doesn’t seem to show it as much as I remember.

Time to doodle! Sketch your stamp design onto the rubber with a pencil. If you mess up, just erase it and start again! If you’re planning to use text on your stamp PLEASE keep in mind that you’ll have to write it backwards so that it will stamp the correct direction later on. I learned that one the hard way.

Swap out your straight blade for a fine chisel for the detail cutting.

Do a quick trace of your design with this chisel hugging close to your lines without cutting into them.

Here’s my outline finished. You’ll notice as you carve, especially with the tiny chisel, a lot of rubber dust will collect in the grooves. That’s where the paintbrush comes in handy! I like to brush out my stamp every now and then while I’m working to make sure I’m seeing everything clearly and I haven’t missed something important.

Now it’s time for the big guns. Choose a chisel with a broad semi-flat blade for carving out the body of the stamp.

Slice away! Be careful of your design as you’re carving around it and make sure you carve deep enough to allow the design to stand out on its own when stamping. I personally like the look of grooves as opposed to a perfectly smooth stamp body, but you can play with this design element as you like.

Dip the cork into Mod Podge and smooth the glue over the entire surface. I find that it’s easiest to shake the Mod Podge and then stamp the cork directly into the glue in the lid.

Now slap on that stamp! You’ll notice that it’s probably not a perfect fit, but never you fear; we’ll be fixing that after the glue dries. Also make sure to remove any excess Mod Podge with a paper towel to keep your stamp looking neat.

Wrap a rubber band securely around the cork and stamp and align them to your happiness. You want to make sure that the rubber band is holding them tightly together because this will result in a sturdier bond with the Mod Podge.

Once the glue has dried (I left mine overnight just to be careful) remove the rubber band and pop that flat blade back into your chisel handle. This is my favorite part. Carefully cut back and stamp material that hangs over the line of the cork. This is your chance to fix any lumps or mistakes and give your stamp a smooth, seamless look.

And that’s it! You’re done! Now take that pad of ink and get stamping! You may find that there are some parts of the stamp that show up even though you’ve carved them back, so be prepared to add some finishing touches to your stamp once you’ve applied the ink.

I hope you enjoyed my first ever tutorial and that it wasn’t too wordy or picture heavy! I had a lot of fun working on it so expect to see more in the future!

Pinterest is the new love of my life

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t get past just how much fun Pinterest is. I get in these crafty moods every now and then when I’m too lazy to actually make anything, so I hop on Pinterest and find a bunch of projects I want to do later on! It’s amazing the kind of stuff you can find on that site. Anyway, I got into another Pinteresty mood last night and made a board for all of my Tiny Octopus Designs creations. I’m hoping they’ll get some movement around the site, but so far only one of my friends has liked them all. Ah well. It’s my newest advertising experiment so I’ll see how it goes!

My Pinterest handle is “Spider in the Wine” because it was the name of a book I was planning to write and have yet to actually get started on. I have a board for “Upcycle and DIY” and a board called “For Eating” that’s packed with wonderful looking recipes. I also have a wedding board, because how could I resist? And I have a few other on Disney, clothing, and house related stuff. Then of course there’s my Tiny Octopus Designs board that I’ll update as regularly as I can!

So check out my Pinterest and drop me a comment if you have one too so I can see what you’ve pinned too!

And because I hate to publish a post without a picture, here is a little teaser from one of my boards: 

P.S. This is how I do my makeup now. 🙂 I think this woman is gorgeous.

 

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