Paper Rage

Posted on March 13, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Have you ever tried to make paper sculptures? Well, when these cute little paper gems were floating around the internet a few months ago I felt compelled to give them a try!

I envisioned a garland of little paper gems strung around my den.

Let me tell you, I've never had a craft project throw me into such a rage before. I guess I just don't have the patience for this kind of work. And there was something about how tiny and delicate the little gems were that made me want to CRUSH THEM INTO BITS every time the smallest thing went wrong.

Please visit Minieco, the creator of these gems because she is clearly a much better person than I am. Not only did she successfully assemble them, she made the freakin templates! It's an understatement to say I'm a bit jealous.

Speaking of jealously, here is the work someone I'm in complete awe of. Chloe Fleury.

Yes, that's all made of paper! Her work is so adorable and beautiful, I want to vomit with envy.

She also designed the gorgeous cover of the latest issue of Anthology.

So maybe I'll give paper sculpture another shot (after some therapy), or maybe I'll just stick to art projects I'm good at. Like.... gluing stuff to other stuff.

The View from my Phone: Week 10

Posted on March 11, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Well this is a first, this week there are more dog pictures than kitty pictures here! But this dog is special, he's a celebrity. The theatre I work at is running Legally Blonde: The Musical right now, and that handsome man plays Bruiser! The photo in the top right is from my DIY post on Hand Embroidered Cards and you should check it out! Hope you all had a good week, it's been beautiful weather here in Toronto and it's about to get even warmer. Next week will definitely be a lot of outdoor photos because I plan on getting as much sun as possible. Also, I'll be posting another art DIY project that you will totally love. See you soon!!

If you want to see the first 9 week of this series, just click on the pink "Photos" tab at the top of the page.

Hand Embroidered Cards

Posted on March 9, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Look what I found in my desk drawer!

I made these embroidered cards so long ago and then just tucked them away in a drawer to be forgotten about. What a shame!

I thought these cards would make a great DIY for the blog because they're easy and fun to make, and you probably have all the supplies on hand already. If you're anything like me you have waaaaay too many colors of embroidery floss tucked away somewhere.

What you'll need:

  1. Pencil for drawing your design
  2. Piece of thick cardboard
  3. Embroidery floss
  4. Sheets of blank paper
  5. Embroidery needle and a pin with a head
  6. Blank Card

Start by drawing out your design on a piece of thin blank paper. It's best to keep it simple unless you're super awesome at embroidery. Tape your design on to the card or secure it with a couple paper clips.

When I made my fruit cards, I actually used an iron-on transfer from Sublime Stitching, which is a really great book that you should all run out and buy right this very second. I transfered the design on to a sheet of card stock so I didn't put holes in the original.

Now you can start poking holes along the lines using the pin with a head. A push pin will also work, you just need something to hold on to. Put the piece of cardboard behind the card so you can poke the pin all the way trough. The holes will be your guide when you start the embroidery.

Now comes the fun part! Oh, did I say fun part? I meant painful part! Seriously though, I haven't done any embroidery in a while so my fingers got pretty sore. Be careful not to pull the thread too tight or you'll tear the paper. I used 4 strands of thread for my stitching. I found that the whole piece of floss was too hard to pull through and less than 4 strands showed the holes too much.

I just used a back stitch for my whole design, but you could get really creative here with different stitches. Just carefully tie knots in the back to secure your stitches.

Once you're done, admire your work!

The back didn't look too bad, but I wanted to cover it up anyways.

I just cut a piece of white paper just a bit smaller than the card and secured it using a bit of glue along the fold.

There are a million possibilities for this project, so let me know in the comments if you decide to give it a try. I'd love to see your work! You'll notice in the photo with the supplies, I also have a card made from black shimmery cardstock. I have plans for that guy, and I'll show you the photo when I'm done!

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EDIT: If you liked this post, check out this one. Stitch your own neon gem card, with a free pattern.

Little Miss Fancy Pants

Posted on March 7, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, Favourites with comments

A big trend for spring/summer this year is going to be colored denim, the brighter the better. I can't even tell you how much I want a pair of fuscia or red pants! I've put together 3 looks using the Rock Star Colored Skinny Jean from Old Navy to show you how you can wear this trend and make it your own.

If you're worried about standing out too much in bright jeans, just keep it monochromitic with neutral colors like white, cream, and gold.

  1. Rock Star Jean
  2. Embroidered Gauze Top
  3. Studded Cuff Bracelet
  4. Riley Tote
  5. Born Brilliant Flat

This time I stepped it up by added a second color with the navy striped top and the aqua shoes. Keep it from looking like you're a teenager with adult accessories like the brown satchel and watch.

  1. Rock Star Jean
  2. Off-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse
  3. The Bands of Time Watch
  4. Aruba Blue Chuck Taylor
  5. Upwardly Moblie Satchel

You can easily dress up bright jeans with a little black and some metallic accents. Hope this has given you some ideas on how to wear your new jeans, there are a million possibilites so just have fun with it.

  1. Rock Star Jean
  2. Upstaged Tee
  3. Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Ultragirl VII Flats
  4. Fan the Breeze Bracelet
  5. Boxcar Bag

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