Making Your Own Luck

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Happy Sunday, all!

This coming week includes a very special day of the year for me – St. Patrick’s Day! I have a rather large affinity for my Irish heritage, always having been obsessed with stories and images of the island, it’s music, and the knot work that is often incorporated into Irish art. One of the most prevalent symbols of the particular day, though, has been the shamrock. This humble little plant, found in grassy knolls across the world is a symbol of pride and tradition to those of Irish origin and descent. It’s considered lucky to find a four-leafed clover but the three-leafed shamrock (origin of the word in Irish Gaelic simply means “little clover”) is also a source of luck, inspiration, and spirit, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s usually a bit too cold yet here in the Midwest to find a field of clover so we’ve been forced to make symbols of our own. I’ve found some great ideas all over the web for “greening up” the place!

First up is for those with a rather large stash of washi tape:

If this inspires you to start a washi tape stash, I am so sorry.

Or how about something for that big tin of buttons (or maybe raid grandma’s?):

Everyone still plays the cookies or buttons in the tin game, right?

Do you perhaps have some Scrabble tiles from other projects? Then this may be the project for you:

Or maybe just a game of Scrabble that happens to be missing some pieces?

I’m a rather large fan of this burlap and felt wreath, especially for the little rainbow that’s included:

Those super cute shamrocks could be used for other things as well.

Lastly, to adorn yourself in a bit of greenery, there is always a bit of crochet to be had:

Cute and easy with a little safety pin on the back!

I wish you luck and light this week and all the rest of the year. We’ll see you next week wherein I’ll start digging up some spring inspired projects!

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Some Heartfelt Decor

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Happy Sunday, all!

There’s less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day and I’ve been feeling quite crafty lately (not that there isn’t truly a time when I don’t feel it) so why not dig up some cute V-day DIY décor ideas? I found a few that seem easy and look great, including, of course, one that helps with a little recycling. On that note, first up is this very tasteful cork heart:

Classy and an excuse to drink a little more wine!

The tutorial (found here) is pretty straight forward – use some corks, hot glue, paint, and cardboard backing to give your place a bit of flair! Next up, I was never really a big fan of those little conversation hearts as they all tasted pretty much the same…like chalk. But they are cute to look at! So why not personalize some super sized ones for your wall:

Even if you don’t want to include names, you could make these naughty hearts as well!

Again, this tutorial (found here) seemed straight forward and simple – find the heart shaped wood (I’ve found them at local craft shops), add some paint and ribbon and voila! A sweet little decoration for the home. What about personalizing things a bit further? Do you have some pictures of family sitting around? This next one I simply love and don’t think it should be relegated to JUST Valentine’s décor:

I simply adore the idea of including pics of grandma and grandpa or mom and dad with the kids.

Truly a beautiful expression of how V-day doesn’t have to be about romantic love but love of family, as well. The tutorial (found here) does recommend using high quality paper and a laser printer simply so the images come out crisp and don’t smear but if you wanted to give them a dated, antique feel, I’m fairly certain regular will do just fine. The last tutorial I discovered actually introduced me to a new paper folding technique that I fully plan to put into use in the future, iris folding:

Just like the iris in a camera, these folds draw your eye to the center!

Named after the iris of a camera, this folding technique purposely pulls the eye towards the center of the piece. The tutorial and many others on the technique can be found here. You could make a whole series of these out of different color schemes, frame them, and then arrange them on the walls! I hope you are all feeling the love right now. Next week I’ll have some follow-up ideas on creating some of your own unique Valentine’s greetings.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


DIY Bathtub Tray

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December, the month of holidays, starts tomorrow, and I’m back with another DIY gift idea for your loved ones. This week it’s a DIY Bathtub Tray from the folks at Lil’ Luna that requires no power tools and could probably be done in an afternoon if you’re determined.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1’×10′ pine board cut to width of tub (so make sure you measure before you go get your wood, but most hardware store will cut it for free; also make sure it’s a thick board like 1″)
  • sandpaper
  • stain or paint (their formula for a warm gray stain is here)
  • sealant (gloss or matt; can also get a stain with a sealant included)
  • 2 cabinet pulls with screws
  • self-adhesive grippers

I would also recommend not just one, but two levels of sandpaper be used. A harder grit (around 80) to sand the edges down of any jagged parts, and then follow it up with a finer one (160 or so) to get it primed for staining. Don’t be afraid to sand and restain again after the first round if the board feels too rough. This is fairly common and nothing that another round of the finer sand paper and then staining again won’t fix. Once the stain is done and dry, simply apply the self adhesive grippers (which will keep it steady on a slippery tub) and then install the cabinet pulls. It’s just that simple. 🙂 You can find a fully documented step by step guide with pictures right here at lil Luna though if you need it. 🙂


Hook Up Some Halloween

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Halloween is getting so close, Sunday readers!

But it’s not too late to work up some super cute decorations. As I’m pretty sure I’ve expressed many times over, I’m a big fan of cute amigurumi and I’ve definitely found some Halloween themed ones that fit the bill. For instance, first there are these adorable little traditional pumpkins:

So plump and traditional.

So plump and seasonal! They could double as Thanksgiving décor.

Or if you are a fan of the most notorious Halloween candy, these candy corns with a twist would make an excellent addition:

The eyes have it!

The eyes have it!

I personally like to indulge in a little bit of harmless deviltry around this holiday and these little cuties can help with that:

It's really wickedly cute, isn't it?

It’s really wickedly cute, isn’t it?

Or, of course, appealing to the geeky fandom side of things is always a good way to go. This crochet Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is a sure bet:

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs...

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs…

So there we go! Have fun adding to your ami collection while prepping some spooky décor.

Next week, I’ll take you through a nice tutorial for making a creepy and elegant Halloween wreath.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


October Greetings

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Happy Sunday and happy October! It’s finally here! While I am sure this month will be full of spooktacular ideas and projects, I wanted to kick off with some excellent purchase ideas. I really love getting into the spirit of the season by changing the décor in our condo to fit the mood. So why not make your home a lab with this great light switch cover:

Flip the switch, Igor!

Flip the switch, Igor!

If we want to go with something a little bit less subtle and perhaps freak out guests, there is always this creepy pillow:

I think it really pops...right out of that pillow!

I think it really pops…right out of that pillow!

Now that we’ve seen some things for the home, how about a lovely bit of shiny goodness to put on yourself to show off your love of the season:

Because one can never have too many pendants, especially with cats on them.

Because one can never have too many pendants, especially with cats on them.

As it is definitely the costume season, this post wouldn’t be complete without at least one. So I give you the cutest destroyer costume ever:

The form of the destroyer has been chosen and it is adorable!

The form of the destroyer has been chosen and it is adorable!

I assure you that there is plenty more where these came from. Next week I’ll have some DIY ideas for the season.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


DIY Black Cat Pumpkins

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It’s Halloween season! 😀 Time for costumes and make up and fun decorations. I found a really neat looking simple one that I wanted to share since I’m biased and have my own black cat.

Designed by the folks over at Sunset, these adorable kitties are made with various pumpkins sizes, felt/card stock, and a cucumber. Here’s your list of supplies:

  • Knife or carving kit
  • Pumpkins
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Stiff felt or paper for ears
  • Newspaper
  • Curved cucumber or skinny gourd for tail
  • Mini pumpkins for paws
  • Black floral spray
  • Wood floral picks (5 or 6 per pumpkin; optional)
  • Mallet or hammer for attaching picks to base pumpkin (optional)
  • Tea-light candle in flat dish or jar lid
  • Clay polymer or poster putty

If you don’t want to use real pumpkins, you could easily change those out with foam ones that most craft stores carry, though the shapes they come in may not be as good.

Once you have your supplies, simply follow the step by step instructions to make your own lovely black cat decoration. Not me though. I’m just training my cat to sit and stay for a very long time….it’s…it’s not going so well. ;P

-Nicole


DIY Fall Wreaths

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While the temperature outside likely doesn’t agree with the calendar, it really is September and the “”official” start of the fall season. So what better way to encourage nature along then to remind it what it should like look by making a lovely fall wreath for your door. They’re also a pretty inexpensive way to decorate as all you need is hot glue, a circle worm of some sturdy material, and your decoration items. 😀

Oh, and a wreath doesn’t have to be round if you don’t want it too. As long as it’s something you like, you can have just about any sort of decoration become a ‘wreath’ for your front door. The above one from Gluesticks is a nice simple flower arrangement that gives the fall feeling while not making you have to bust out the hot glue gun. Simply click to picture or go here to see how to design your own.

If you want to celebrate the season with a nice country twist, try your hand at this wreath design by Run to Radiance. The burlap and cotton embody the south in a lovely way while avoiding the more cliche decorations.

This one is great if you’re like me and want the minimum number of changes to deal with, while also spending very little money. XD It was designed by I Heart Naptime and only requires pliers, a wire hanger, pine cones, and floral wire. All I need to do is find some pine cones and I don’t have to buy a thing.

Lastly I’m going to share this nut wreath as I do feel like fall is when people have more ~exotic~ nuts. That and the shells for the bigger ones, like chestnuts, are very aesthetically appealing. This also comes from a site that is all about making wreaths called How to make a Burlap Wreath, so even if you don’t like the ones I’ve chosen, you may find another that suits your tastes there. 🙂

 


Questing for New Decor

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It’s a new year and this means changes for a lot of us. In my case, I like to freshen up the look of my surroundings and since I am a geek at heart it usually includes something fandom inspired. I am very pleased to have found some artisans that can help me in my quest for new art: Super Craft Bros! The two “bros”, Joe and Steve, are former game developers so they sure do know their stuff. They make wonderful wooden sculptures that would be just the thing to spruce up just about any nerdy den or game cave.

SCraftBrosZeldaDin  SCraftBrosZeldaFarore  SCraftBrosZeldaNayru

Their very versatile pieces can be hung on walls, placed on pedestals, or casually grouped almost anywhere.

Where everyone can see or be seen by them!

Where everyone can see or be seen by them!

These guys have plenty to choose from and are always adding more (and more ideas for displaying them).

Oh, boo, is it time for a new clock?

Oh, boo, is it time for a new clock?

Even if you do not see anything you like immediately, the very talented Craft Bros will also make custom designs for any occasion.

Like commemorating your favorite city, perhaps (I may be a bit partial to this one)?

Like commemorating your favorite city, perhaps (I may be a bit partial to this one)?

If you need more décor to help you reach the next level in your home, Super Craft Bros can be found on Etsy, Facebook, and both Joe and Steve’s Instagram accounts.

May your craft questing be successful!

~Laura


Sparkling Icicles

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We’ve been having some surprisingly warm weather lately where I live and so one of my favorite parts of the season have not even had a change to form. There is just something magical about sunlight hitting beautiful icicles hanging off the eaves of a house or from the branches of trees. I’ve been a little disappointed that my sparkling fairy forest hasn’t manifested yet so I went searching for an alternative. Enter Third Wind Studio with shiny hand blown glass icicles to save the day! The simple lines and lovely artistry help to create that image I crave.

Clear, classic, and so pretty.

Clear, classic, and so pretty.

For a bit more of a holiday spin, they also offer different colors swirled into the glass.

RedIcicles GreenIcicles

If you aren’t quite as enthusiastic about these seasonal decorations as I am, then how about a little bit of beautiful geekery? If you would like something to bring “light to dark places”, Third Wind also makes replicas of Galadriel’s phial of starlight for that Tolkien enthusiast in your life.

 

May contain the light of the elves' most beloved star.

May contain the light of the elves’ most beloved star.

Third Wind definitely seems to have the sparkling part pegged down. You can check out their other work on Etsy and Facebook.

Here’s to hoping I will still get my real icicles sometime this winter.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Christmas Ingenuity

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Yup, it’s gonna be here before we know it. If you are hosting anything and want to add a little last minute flair or just need some tips on how to get that icing just right. I got you covered today. 😉

While they are slowly becoming a dying breed in this K-cup loving world, you can still pick up a pack of coffee filters cheap from just about any dollar store for some easy snowy tree decorations.

Don’t have the money for expensive containers for people to take that truck load of cookies you made home? Make up a few of these so they have no excuses on keeping their car crumb free.

Yeah, you bought that box of candy canes cause it was cheap of what you always have done, but if you’re anything like me they just get tossed out after the season is over. They’re still not being eaten once they become a place card holder, but at least they look great! XD

Need a last minute decoration? If you have them, put those tomato cages to work in the winter by wrapping them in a strand of lights. ta da! Instant tree.