Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lovely Features

Hello Everyone,
This past month the blog has been getting a lot of love! I been so thankful and blessed by God, that people have enjoyed my projects and felt the need to share them with others.  

The above picture is from  Kollabora where they featured my Eyeshadow to Paint DIY on there homepage banner. If you miss that fun DIY you can check it out here.  

The other feature the blog had this month was in a WhimseyBox article called DIY Trends – 10 Constellation Inspired Projects. In the article they featured some of my constellation DIYs.

In all honestly, the pass two months has been pretty amazing with features and comments from awesome bloggers and crafters. So thank you so much for your continued support and thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to leave a comment or send me an e-mail.  

It always makes my day! 

xo Katie 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fabric Moon Clock DIY

Hello Everyone,
As you can tell by the title, today I'll be showing you guys how to make another moon project! I love making these projects and for some reason they are my most popular (so its a win win). 

This DIY was first a craft fail because I tried to make this moon clock out of wood. Long story short, the wood piece I bought was to thick for the clock kit to go through. Not knowing what to do, the idea of a fabric clock came to my head. After doing some ''DIY research'' I though making a fabric moon clock sounded like a better DIY. 

I will say (unlike my other DIYs)  this project is more time consuming but its totally worth the end result!

Embroidery Hoop
White Fabric
Paint (in gray, black and white)
Textile Medium (medium that can turn acrylic paint into fabric paint)
Clock Kit
Glue (not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)
Glitter (not pictured/optional) 

Step 1: Put your embroidery hoop on top of your piece of cardboard and trace around the inside. Cut your circle out and put it to the side. 

Step 2: Now take your embroidery hoop, place it on top of your white fabric and trace around the inside.

Step 3: Follow the directions on your textile medium and mix it into your acrylic paint. This textile medium will turn your acrylic paint into fabric paint. Use the circle that you traced onto your fabric as a guide and begin painting. I painted a little bit outside the circle to make sure that enough of my fabric was painted. 

The way I painted the moon, is the same way I paint all my moons. I usually start out with a layer of solid gray paint and then (using a sponge) dab on black, light gray and white paint. I keep doing this process until all the colors mix together. While your doing this step, you can also add glitter for some moon dust sparkle. 

Also you want to make sure that you have something under your fabric while your painting. The paint itself will blend through, so you want to make sure the surface your working on doesn't get damaged. I use some old brown craft paper. 

Step 4: While your fabric is drying paint your embroidery hoop to match your moon. 

Step 5: When both your fabric and embroidery hoop is dry, assemble the pieces together like you normal would. Then cut off the extra fabric around your embroidery hoop.

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Step 6: Take your awl and poke a hole into your fabric that is big enough for your clock piece to go through (picture 1). Then take your cardboard circle and place it in the back of your embroidery hoop. Poke through the hole in your fabric (again) but this time go through your cardboard (picture 2). By doing this the holes will be the same size and line up with one another. 

Step 7: Now take your cardboard circle and apply some glue to the edges. Then place it back inside of the embroidery hoop. Let it dry.

In case your wondering, were adding the cardboard so the clock will be more stable. 

Step 8: When the glue is dry, add in your clock kit. 

Now just add a battery and hang your new clock on the wall!

I loved how the clock turned out! The sliver of the moon and the gold clock hands compliment each other nicely.

What do you think? Do you like this fabric moon clock?

xo Katie 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

Diy Woven Wall Hanging
Hello Everyone,
Today I wanted to start a new series called DIY Trend. In nutshell these post will be about current ''trends'' in the craft world and then (in the comments) we can discuss whether we lovem, hatem or even try them. 

To kick off these series I wanted to talk about a current trend that is making a comeback which is the woven/loom/wall hangings.

A Woven Wall Hanging
DIY Woven Wall Hanging
This trend, is one that I could definitely get on board with. Which is kinda-of a surprise to me because I'm not usually into bohemian styled wall art (which is the feel I get from looking at these wall hangings). I guest I'm a fan of ''customizable projects'' and these wall hangings can definitely be altered to fit someone's personal style.  

I also love all the different colors and yarn textures that you could use to make one of these wall hangings. As I'm typing this, I'm thinking how pretty a woven pastel wall hanging would look with some mint colored yarn and some chunky off white yarn. The possibles are really endless. 

I haven't made a woven wall hanging yet but I have been eyeing a few tutorials. Here is one about weaving from Etsy and A Beautiful Mess recently wrote a post about weaving basics. Also (on a side note) every time I see one of these wall hangings, I think how cool it would look as part of a gallery wall. 

What are your thoughts? Do like this trend or are you not a fan?

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 below!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eyeshadow To Paint DIY

Hello Everyone,
Today I have a very unusual DIY to say the least. This idea has been swirling around in my head for quite sometime and I finally got it all put together.

As you can tell by the title, today I'm going to be showing you how to turn eyeshadow into paint. It might sound a little weird but trust me its fun! Before I began experimenting with this idea, I did some research to see if anybody else had done a tutorial for something like this. The only thing I could find was tutorials (like this one) which showed you how to turn eyeshadow into watercolors. Now I have nothing against watercolors but I wanted my eyeshadows to be more like acrylic paint. So if your interested in watercolors I would definitely check out the tutorial I linked. 

When I was experimenting with this technique, I used what I had on hand in my craft supplies. I didn't go out and buy any fancy products or painting mediums. I just wanted to make this project as super simple as possible. So this technique could easily be improved and experimented with further. Also for this project I didn't used a very expensive type of eyeshadow. I used Color Concept which is a fairly inexpensive brand and was something (as you can tell from the photos) I had a lot of. I wouldn't use your best/favorite eyeshadow for this project. If you have a color that your not loving anymore or have an old palette that you don't use, then it would be perfect for this project. 

Also by no means is this eyeshadow to paint ''professional paint''. I wouldn't use it on any ''important projects''. This technique (I think) would be great if your into mix medium and wanted to add something a little extra to a Smash Book or to mix medium type painting.

In this tutorial I show you want it looks like on a small 5 by 7 canvas (which would be great for a weekend project). 

Ok, after all my rambling, lets get crafty! 

Paper Plate (or plastic bowl)
Eyeshadow ( I used Color Concept)
Textile Medium ( I used Anita's Textile Medium)
White Paint
Tooth Picks 

Step 1: With your toothpick, scrape out the color of eyeshadow you want to use onto a paper plate. 

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Step 2: Put about 5 to 7 drops of textile medium on the same paper plate (picture 1). Then mixed the eyeshadow and textile medium together (picture 2). Keep mixing the two together until it smooth without any ''crumbs''.

You may need to add more or less textile medium depending on how much eyeshadow you used. 

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picture 2
Step 3: Now put about 3 to 5 drops of white paint on your paper plate and mix it into your eyeshadow (picture 2). Also you may need to add more or less white paint depending on how much eyeshadow/textile medium you mixed in step two.

Once your happy with the ''look'' of your paint, your ready to use it in your project.

After I was done turning my eyeshadow into paint, I used it to paint a small abstract painting. I loved how it turned out and by the look of it, you wouldn't know it was eyeshadow. You can compare this painting to my Chain Canvas DIY (where I used actual acrylic paint) and see some similarities.

What do you think? Do you like this eyeshadow to paint DIY? Leave your thoughts/questions below!

xo Katie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Projects I'm Loving From Darby Smart

Constellation Canvases
Hello Everyone,
Is anybody else glad that its Friday? I know I am. This weekend I definitely want to do some crafting, so I've been pinning, hearting and liking a whole bunch of projects on various sites (to give me some ideas). One of the sites I was looking at was Darby Smart. Now for those of you who don't know, Darby Smart is a craft box subscription service. You can order a craft project, get it sent to your door and inside you have all the items you need to make the project. Its really a lot of fun! 

Lately the site has been uploading some pretty cute projects. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites. 

Studded Tote
Build a Clock
Woodland Jewelry Box
Golden Seashell Necklaces
All these projects are fabulous! The constellation canvases and woodland jewelry box are probably my favorite out of these five. 

One thing I love about Darby Smart is that, when you buy a project, part of the money goes to the designer. So your really supporting the designer and the ''handmade community''! If your interested in become a designer, check out the link here. I did and has been an awesome experience

What do you think? Are you loving these projects?

xo Katie 

* This post was not sponsored by Darby Smart but I am a designer for them*
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