DIY: Crazy for Crosshatch

Posted on March 21, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Once you start with this crosshatch pattern, you won't be able to stop!

All it takes is a few minutes and a couple dollars worth of supplies. You probably have most of this stuff hanging around already.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • something to decorate (card, notebook, etc.)
  • cardstock, scissors, pencil OR a pre-made stencil
  • painters tape
  • ultra-fine point Sharpie

Start by drawing a simple shape on to the cardstock and cutting it out. Or, if you're using a pre-made stencil, just tape that bad boy on to whatever you're decorating.

Make sure you really secure your stencil with painter's tape and start drawing your lines. I'm a jittery person, so I think it looks good when the lines are little wavey. Gives it a hand-drawn look. Also, I can't draw a straight line without the aid of a ruler.

Once you're done filling in the lines in one direction, start on the other way! Btw, if you don't already own an ultra-fine point Sharpie, go get one now! You'll find so many uses for it.

Try not to be too heavy with your Sharpie around the edges of the stencil or you'll get little dots along the edge.

Now peel off the stencil and take a look at the pretty crosshatch pattern you just made.

Repeat the previous steps on everything you own. Just kidding! Well sorta...

I liked how this turned out so much, I immediately reached for a mini Moleskine notebook and stenciled an 'F' for my last name. Sharpies come in roughly ten million colors now, so pick up a couple shades and get going. Stenciling someone's named in multi-colored crosshatches on a card would be a really cool addition to a gift.

Fruity Ice Cubes

Posted on March 20, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

Are you ready for spring yet? I know it's only March, but the weather has been amazing lately and since it's the first day of spring today I thought we needed a fun warm weather drink.

All you have to do is pick up a couple pints of berries at the grocery store, whatever is on sale or in season.

I love my heart shaped ice cube tray from Ikea!

Just toss the berries in the blender until they are completely puréed. I did each kind seperately, but a mix would be nice too.

Next I strained out the seeds, because I didn't want seedy ice cubes, and poured them into my ice cube trays.

After a few hours in the freezer, you'll have brightly colored fruity ice cubes. They taste great in simple, clear drinks like a Vodka Tonic. Or just add them to some soda water.

As they melt, they'll color your drink a bright pink and add a little sweetness.

Tip: The blueberry ice cubes didn't turn out as pretty as others. I thought they would be purple, but they were more of a burgundy.

DIY: Braided Bracelet

Posted on March 16, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Here's a quick jewelry DIY for you on this beautiful March day! It's the middle of March in Canada and I have the patio door wide open, how crazy is that? Although, as soon as it gets above the freezing mark you'll see Canadians 'oot and aboot' in shorts!

Do you have any old bracelets laying around that are maybe just a bit too plain or boring? I know I do! My husband's grandmother gave me a bunch of her old jewelry around the time we got married and while I love most of it, some of the pieces are just not my style. Today's DIY will spruce up a plain bracelet in just a few steps.

It's best to use a bracelet that is a tiny bit too big on you because once it's braided it will be a little smaller. If you have twig wrists like me and can never find bracelets small enough, you'll love this project because it will make your bracelet fit you better.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • embroidery floss (4 colors)
  • plain bracelet
  • scissors

One other supply I used that is not pictured above is hair wax. It's optional and you'll see where it comes in later.

Start by attaching 3 colors of embroidery floss to the end of the bracelet. Each bracelet is different so just try to find a good spot to add your floss and tie a tight knot.

The length of my floss was about 2 times the length of the bracelet. This allowed me some extra on the ends to play with. Now just start braiding the 3 colors together. This quickly caught the attention of Marshall and turned into an adorable game of tug o' war!

When you're done the braid don't tie it off, just add a little piece of tape on the end to keep it in place.

Now cut 3 lengths of the fourth color into pieces 2-3 inches longer than the bracelet. Separate all the strands and add a couple strands of another color if you want. I used one of the pinks in the first braid.

This is where the hair wax came in. I rubbed a bit on my hands and started twisting the threads together to make them one string. The wax will help them stick together a bit better.

Just tie your newly made string onto the end of the bracelet and start braiding them all together. You'll need to twist the waxed one as you braid to keep the strands from separating. Find a spot to tie your embroidery floss on the end of the bracelet and you're done! Easy as pie!

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DIY Wall Art: Bubbles

Posted on March 14, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

If you liked my DIY on triangle art, then you're going to love this one.

I saw something similar in a blog post about cool offices, and I thought 'Hey, I could make that!' This project is super fast, will cost you almost nothing and looks amazing. The holy trinity of DIY art projects if you ask me.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • a stretched canvas
  • big paint brush
  • scissors
  • white acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • tissue paper in primary colors

Stretched canvases can be purchased in any arts & craft store. If you buy a cheap one, and why the hell not, they're not as expensive as you think. You can often find the store brand canvases are bundles in packages of 3 for a cheaper price. Since you're buying a cheap canvas, you'll want to paint the whole thing with a nice coat of white paint first. Even if the canvas looks nice and white, it will look even better with a coat of paint on it!

Ah, that's better. Set that aside to dry and now here comes the only hard part in the whole project. Cut out 3 circles from your tissue paper. Get creative and play around with different sizes. Here comes the 'cheap' thing again, buy the cheapest, crappiest tissue paper you can find. You don't want that thick, expensive stuff because it won't be translucent enough. I got mine from the dollar store where they had a huge selection of colors for $1 each. Try to get bright colors that will pop against the white background, the 'red' in this trio is really a bright magenta.

Before you make anything permament, play around with the positioning on your canvas. The secondary colors that the paper make when you lay them on top of each other will look different depending on who's on top. Also, I think it looks cool when some of the bubbles goes off the edge.

When you figure out your arrangement, spread a thin coat of Mod Podge where you want the first circle to lay. Carefully and slowly lay the circle down while smoothing the air bubbles and wrinkles with your brush. It's easier to start from one edge and work your way across.

Once the circle is smoothed out and most of the wrinkles are gone, put another coat of Mod Podge on top. BE CAREFUL with this step because the paper is wet and will easily tear at this point. And if the paper tears, your face will look like this.

Repeat the same steps for the other 2 circles.

If you're amazing and more patient than me, you'll take your time to smooth it out perfectly. I kid myself into thinking it looks better with wrinkles.

But seriously, it's not the end of the world if there are still some wrinkles.

After all the circles are in place, add another coat of Mod Podge to make it look uniform.

I really like how this project turned out and I hope you like it too. Some other ideas: cut little squares or circles for a confetti look or change up the shapes for some variety.

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