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
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
She also designed the gorgeous cover of the latest issue of
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.
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.
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
What you'll need:
- Pencil for drawing your design
- Piece of thick cardboard
- Embroidery floss
- Sheets of blank paper
- Embroidery needle and a pin with a head
- 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
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.
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.
- Rock Star Jean
- Embroidered Gauze Top
- Studded Cuff Bracelet
- Riley Tote
- 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.
- Rock Star Jean
- Off-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse
- The Bands of Time Watch
- Aruba Blue Chuck Taylor
- 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.
- Rock Star Jean
- Upstaged Tee
- Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Ultragirl VII Flats
- Fan the Breeze Bracelet
- Boxcar Bag