Saturday, May 23, 2015

Now Follow Running with a Glue Gun on Google +

Hello Everyone,
Hope you all are having a great weekend! 

As you can tell by the title of this blog post, you can now follow Running with a Glue Gun on Google Plus. This was something I was going back and forth about because of the whole thought of ''manging'' another social media account. However, I decided to throw caution to the wind and just join the site! 

I created a page specifically for the blog which you can find here or by clicking the Google Plus badge in the sidebar. I'm very new to Google Plus (since I never payed much attention to them before) and am still trying to figure out about communities, people, circles and all the other terminology (lol). So if you have any tips about how to use Google Plus or groups to join, I would love to know. Also if your on Google Plus and follow me, I'll be happy to follow you back!

xo Katie 

Monday, May 18, 2015

25 Craft Books You Should Read

Hello Everyone,
If you're like me, then you probably love finding a good craft book to read! Ever since I was little, I have always loved reading craft books and checking them out from the library. When I was in high school I would order a bunch of craft books from different libraries then run down to my local library to check them out. Back then (and still today) it was a great way to discover new authors and new styles of crafting without spending any money. 

Recently I was looking at my stash of craft books and thought it would be fun to compile a list of books that could help any crafter (whether a newbie or expert) discover a new author or crafting style. Some of these books I own and have done reviews on while others I've just check out at the library. Either way all these books have something to offer and provide a great preservative on diffident types of crafting. In this list I try to include craft books that cover a variety of topics like sewing, jewelry making, geek style crafts, retro style crafts etc.

Now all the craft books are listed below in no particular order. Just click on the title that grabs your crafty attention and it will take you to Amazon where you can learn more about that book! 

What is your favorite craft book? or What craft books would your recommend reading?

xo Katie

* All opinions are my own and this post is not being sponsored by any of the authors or companies listed above.*

Friday, May 15, 2015

Eye Print Box DIY

Hello Everyone,
A few days ago I wrote a new DIY Trend post and mention that I was going to be making my own eye print inspired project. Well today I'm going to be showing you guys how you can transform a plain wooden box by adding a simple eye print! 

Wooden Box
Black Paint
White Paint
Sewing Pin 
Blue Paint (not pictured / optional)

Step 1: Paint your box (inside and out) white, then set it aside to dry. 

Step 2: Take your straw and cut it down to a smaller size (about 3 to 4 inches). Then take your straw and ''flatten it'' so its in the shape of an eye. Once that is done, dip your straw into the back paint and begin stamping your box. When your done, set your box to the side to dry.

You may want to test out your straw stamp on a piece of paper before actually stamping your box. I found that the best way to use the straw stamp was to rock it back and forth while you were stamping the eye image.

Step 3: Now take your sewing pin and dip the ''head pin part'' (which in this case is the green cap on the sewing pin) into your black paint. Then begin stamping in the middle of each eye, by doing this we are creating the eye's pupil. Once your done set your box to the side to dry. 

Again you may want to test this out before stamping on your actual box. 

Step 4: Decide on what kind of eyelashes you want to to add to your eye. Once you've decided begin painting them on by dipping your toothpick into your black paint. If you didn't want to use a toothpick and black paint, you could also just use a black pen. 

For my eye I started out with a mod looking eyelash but then went back with a black pen and adding more finer lashes. To get a better idea of the different ''shapes of eyelashes'' you may want to look at this print and this print from Pinterest. 

Step 5: Once your box is dry, take another toothpick and dip it into your blue paint. Then begin making small blue dots all around your eye print. Now this step is optional but I think it adds a nice touch to your box. 

When your box is completely dry, your ready to begin using it! 

I just love how this little box turned out! It also ended up being the perfect box to hold all the screwdrivers and extra screws that we use for our glasses (since I come from a family who wears glasses all the time). 

What do you think? Do you like this eye print box?

xo Katie 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DIY Trend: Eyes & Eyelashes

Hello Everyone,
I spy with my little eye the next DIY trend you might try! 

Ok, thats a corny opening line but someone has to write these things (haha). Its been a while since I've written a DIY Trend post and since my last one was so popular, I thought it was about time for another installment. 

Make your decor | Eye print cushion cover
As you can probably tell, today we will be talking about the eye print / eyelashes trend. Now in most cases its just an eye print being used in a craft project but I also included eyelashes in this post because I've seen some pretty cool projects just using that theme. 

Anyway, this trend of using an eye print has been around for while but recently it seem to show up again in a ton of different DIY projects. The first project I saw this trend being used in was the eye print pillow that is pictured above. From there I kept seeing this trend being used in projects ranging from nail art to fridge magnets. 

DIY: Trench "All eyes on me"
Eye Love You Poster

DIY Eyelash Earring
DIY eye wink shoes
Honestly when I first saw this trend I didn't know whether I actually liked it or not. Part of me thought this trend was really funky and cool while the other part of me just thought it was a bit weired. However after seeing it being used  in a variety of ways, it sort-of started to grow on me. For example, I liked how in some of the DIYs that the ''look'' of the eye (like the shape and over all color scheme) is more retro. I think the eye wink shoes and the nail art (pictured above) are a good example of that retro feel. 

DIY Eye Print Kitchen Towel
Personally, I think this particular trend is one of those love-it or hate-it sort of things. I could see some people finding this trend a bit ''creepy'' and perhaps too bold  for there overall taste. Then again I could see someone like an artist or a graphic designer loving this trend because it could look like a modern print or piece of art. 

Now I have never created a DIY project using this trend but after researching for this blog post I came up with my own eye print project! I'll be sharing this project with you later on during the week, so stay tune to find out what it is. 

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!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Printables

Hello Everyone,
Can you believe that Mother's Day is almost here! The month of May is going by pretty quickly and doesn't seem to be slowing down. 

Now, if you haven't gotten your mother a card or a gift yet have no fear because free printable are here! I went surfing the crafty web to find the best Mother's Day printables and found the following six. 

Free Printable: To The Best Mom Ever Mother's Day Card
Free Recipe Card Download (Just in time for Mother's Day!)
DIY: Free Mother’s Day Printable Card and Poster, Thanks for Teaching Me
Mother’s Day “You’re So Cool” Ice Cream Gift
Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons
Free Printable Donut Themed Mother's Day Cards
My favorite printables out of this bunch are definitely the ''You're So Cool'' ice cream gift and the donut themed card. Whats your favorite? 

Also, did you make your mom a gift this year or did you buy one?

xo Katie 


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