Sunday, August 17, 2014

Special Sunday Etsy Picks: Black & White

Start Today Inspirational Print
Happy Sunday Everyone,
Its been a while since I've done a Special Sunday Etsy Picks! I looked at my archives and the last time I wrote one of these post was in June. Needless to say, I thought it was time for another installment. 

As you can tell by the title, everything I rounded up is black and white. Personally, I've always love the colored combination and always thought graphically it just look cool. For example, I love the '' Start Today'' print above. To me its not only pretty graphically but really catches your eye and makes you think about starting that dream/goal today. If I were to buy this print, I would included it as part of a gallery wall. I think it would look so good surrounded by other black and white prints and a few colored prints. 

The other items I found would make any technicolor person wish for little more black and white ;)

Enamel Teapot
50s leather frame bag
Ceramic Bowl in Black and White Hearts
Audrey Hepburn Fan Club Pin

I do have to say my favorite item out of this whole thing is the above Audrey Hepburn fan club pin. Katie from Scathingly Brilliant designed these pins and has everything from food, to tv shows and celebrity pins in her shop. The Audrey Hepburn, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully pins are my favorite. 

So are you a fan of black and white?

xo Katie 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY Trend: Shark

Shark Hat DIY
Hello Everyone,
As you all know by now, shark week is upon us. I'll admit that I don't watch that much of shark week but I did happen to see Sharknado 2 (which was funny/ridiculous). Needless to say, you have probably see several shark inspired projects in the past few weeks. 

Since every year shark week is becoming more popular, I think its safe to say that (at least during shark week) sharks have become a ''trend''.

DIY Shark Attack Coaster
DIY Shark Themed Jewelry
I'll be honest, this trend is one that I really love! From marshmallow pops to flip flops it amazing to see what some crafters can make with just the inspiration of a shark. For example, those sharks hats above are just adorable! It makes me wish that my school's mascot was a shark so I could wear them to games or something. I mean, who doesn't want a shark hat? 

In a weird way I think shark week has made sharks more ''lovable'' or at least more understandable. Discovery Channel should definitely come up with more animal theme weeks. I mean who wouldn't want a fox week or quokka week (which is the happiest animal in the world). Ok, my idea of animal theme weeks may be cute and fuzzy but I still think they should happen. 

Even though I love this shark trend, I have never made any shark inspired projects. So next year I will definitely come up with a shark project to post on the blog. 

What are your thoughts? Do like this trend or are you not a shark fan? Also what animal theme week would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below or leave your thoughts on the blog's new facebook page.

xo Katie

p.s If you know of a craft trend that you would like to see featured in this series, then leave a comment here or on facebook!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Paper Plate Chalkboard Wall DIY

Hello Everyone,
Today I am super excited because I have a fun diy to share with you guys! 

A few weeks ago I was contacted by PartyPail and was given the challenge to create a craft project using there party supplies. I love a good challenge and this was one that sounded like alot of fun. So I made some sketches, requested some supplies and went to work. For some reason in my mind I felt like I was on some sort of craft reality show because I was sitting at my kitchen table with all my supplies ready to create ''that project'' out of all those ''weird'' materials (am I the only one who has these moments?) .  

Anyway, after some testing I came up with a project that would be great for either a party or just for home decor. This project, is a paper plate chalkboard wall! I loved how it turned out and from a distance it doesn't even look like paper plates (which I think is pretty cool). 

Chalkboard Paint
E6000 Glue
Foam Brush
Old Lipstick Tube (optional)
Mini Clothespins (optional)
Command Strips (not pictured)

Step 1: Paint the inside of your paper plate with chalkboard paint. I only painted the inside of the plate and little bit of the inside edge (I didn't cover the whole plate in chalkboard paint). 

During this step you want to follow the directions on the chalkboard paint you are using. Some paints have different drying times and a set number of coats you should paint. For this project I ended up painting four layers of chalkboard paint with each layer going a different direction (the first layer I painted vertical, the second horizontal and so on). Between coats I let the paint dry an hour and then (once all four coats were dry) 24 hours for the thing to cure.

Again just follow the directions on your chalkboard paint bottle.  

Step 2: Once your chalkboard paint is all dry, take a piece of chalk and write/smear chalk dust all over it. Then take a damp cloth and wipe the chalk off. Now your chalkboard is ready to be used. 

Step 3: Now take some of your plates and glue some mini clothespins at the bottom. Let them dry.

Step 4: Take your lipstick tube and take off the cap. Clean it out, turn it upside down and glue it to the edge of one of your plates. By doing this, you have now creating a little holder for your chalk.  

When all your plates are dry, take some command strips and place them on your wall. Once your happy with the look, your ready to start using your new chalkboard!

Besides parties and home decor, I think this project would be great for dorm rooms or for any young adult who is trying to decorate there space on a budget.

Another nice thing about this project, is that you can customize the whole thing to fit your style. For this project I used 9 inch square plates but you could use smaller plates, round plates, different colors or do some sort of combination. PartyPail has such a great section of colors and sizes for all there products. So if your looking for colors like pistachio or tropical teal, then I would definitely check out there site.

Speaking of PartyPail, I wanted to give you a little more info about there supplies and who they exactly are. PartyPail is a company that sells party supplies of all kinds. They sell specific supplies for parties like baby showers, kids birthdays, anniversaries etc, and they also sell party supplies that can be mix and match to fit your celebration. There prices are very reasonable and the section of colors is pretty amazing.

If you want to learn more about PartyPail you can check them out on Facebook.

So what do you think of this paper plate chalkboard wall diy? Let me know in the comments below or leave your thoughts on the blog's new facebook page.

xo Katie

*All opinions are my own and I was given the supplies by PartyPail to make the DIY*

Monday, August 11, 2014

Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive Review

Hello Everyone,
Today I wanted to give you a reivew on Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive. 

Before we get into the actual review, I wanted to give you a little back story about why I bought this glue to begin with.

While at Walmart one night I was shopping for supplies for my no sew pizza slice pillow. I knew I needed fabric glue and was going to buy Aleene's Fabric Fusion (which is a great glue) but I happen to notice this Super Fabric Adhesive from Aleene instead. So after reading the back of the package and going back and forth between both glues, I thought that the Super Fabric Adhesive might work better for a no sew project then the normal Fabric Fusion. I bought the glue and used it in the project. 

Since then, I haven't used the glue that much. 

Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive (in a nutshell) is an industrial strength glue. Its made to be used on a variety of fabrics (like felt, denim, canvas, etc) and is designed to attach embellishments (like buttons, rhinestones and charms) to those fabrics. On ILoveToCreate (where they sell Aleene products) they describe the glue as ''an industrial- strength adhesive to bond fabric and hard-to-hold embellishments. It’s machine washable and dryable, and dries clear and flexible'' (source). 

This glue in a lot of ways reminds me of E6000 or a cousin of E6000. For example, the glue has the same  tacky glue/rubber cement type feel or texture (if you were to get it on your hands). Also the glue starts coming out of the bottle like E6000 and has a distinct smell.  So if you have ever used E6000, then you already have a pretty good understanding of this Super Fabric Adhesive.

In terms of a glue, I do like the product. It work well on my no sew pizza slice pillow and did dry clear/flexible like the packaged stated. 

Personally, I feel this glue is designed more for big fabric projects then little ones. If you needed to fix your shoe or wanted to add an embellishment that was a bit bigger/heavier than your normal button (to some fabric), I think this glue would work great. 

So far I only used this glue on small projects and in a way its been more of a hassle.  

The hassle comes from the design of the bottle and the extra ''cap'' they give you. In the picture above you will see a white extension ''cap''. When you buy the glue, you get this extension cap which is supposes to help you control the glue. On the white cap you have lines where you can cut the cap to get the exact size you want. I cut the top part off so I would have a nice stead stream of glue. After cutting the cap, I put it on the glue bottle and begin squeezing the bottle.

Needless to say, it did not work. The glue came out of the bottle but was so thick, that it did not want to travel down the white cap. I ended up taking the cap off and encounter a gluey mess because the glue had collected right at the opening of the bottle. Also the cap itself was a mess to clean. 

Honestly, I think the white cap is really unnecessary and kinda useless. I feel that the actually glue bottle tip should be pointed (like E6000) instead of rounded. That way there would be no need for the white cap. 

All in all, I would give this glue a 7 out of 10. As a glue its a very nice product but the packaging (in my opinion) needs some work. I really think (for this glue) is all comes down to what you are going to use it for. If your looking for a glue for small projects, I wouldn't recommend this glue. I would check out Aleene's Fabric Fusion which has always been my favorite fabric glue. It also is better to control. If you want something a little more ''super'' because your working on bigger project that might get more wear and tear, then I would check out this Super Fabric Adhesive. 

If you want to learn how to use Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive and want to learn more about the glue, then check out this page by ILoveToCreate. 

So have any of you used Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive? Let me know in the comments below or leave your thoughts on the blog's new facebook page.

xo Katie

*All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsor post from Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive or ILoveToCreate*

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Favorite D.I.Y'S Right Now: Video Edition

Hello Everyone,
Its been a long time since I've shared some of my favorite diys (from other crafters) here on the blog. I thought instead of doing a normal ''My Favorite D.I.Y'S Right Now'' post, that it would be more fun to do a video edition! 

So today, I rounded up some craft project videos from some of my favorite crafty youtube channels. 

I don't know about you but I love watching crafters make projects! Its kinda like watching a chief cook, there just something about watching a whole project come together from start to finish. Watching these videos reminds me of HGTV and how they use to have a ton of crafting shows on there network. Does anyone remember The Carol Duvall Show or Crafters Coast to Coast? I loved those shows!

If you want find more crafty youtube channels to watch, you should check out my series ''Favorite DIY YouTube Channels''. So far I have three parts in the series which contain four different youtube channels in each post. Click on the links to check out part 1, part 2, or part 3.

Do you have any crafty youtube channels that you watch? Let me know in the comments below or leave your thoughts on the blog's new facebook page.

xo Katie
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