And just because it’s back to school season, let’s say hey to the substitute teacher:
Insubordinate. And churlish.
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Some women are crazy about shoes; I’m all about the school supplies. Give me a pencil sharpener and a box of crayons and I’ll show you a happy girl!
Granted, I don’t have kids to send off to school, and it’s been a while since I have been in a classroom, but, I am in the middle of starting my own business. This means late nights, lots of paperwork, and a few emergency trips to Office Max. So what if I was looking for an external hard rive? Did you see the pen situation up in here?
So I stocked up.
Now. I wanted to make a dry erase board to keep stuff in one spot without ten berjillion sticky notes. I find it easier to keep track of things when they are in compartmentalized spaces, so I decided to mark off four distinctive plots. The process could not be easier, all you need to do do is grab an old picture frame and paint the back of the glass. Bam!
Step 1: Remove glass from picture frame.
Step 2: Use white craft paint to create four distinct rectangles on the back of the glass. Allow to dry. You may want to consider a second coat if the white does not appear opaque.
Step 3: Fill in any gaps with splotches of colored paint. This can be done in one swoop or several stages.
Step 4: Flip glass over and put it back in the frame, smooth side out.
Step 5: Get going and make some lists. Some notes. Some stuff. Get down to business!
…Or not. You can also use it to draw out a storyboard of last night’s True Blood episode.
Thank you Office Max. Don’t miss weekly savings from (Aug 24-30): Select PaperMate Flair 4pk’s: $4, Sharpie 12CT Asst Fine & Ultra Fine Asst: $6, Sharpie Dozen Box Black Fine & Ultra Fine: $6.
Ways in Which Tassels are Rad by Aunt Peaches.
Tassels are rad because of lots of the following reasons. Ahem:
1. Tassels look very cool.
2. Your cat will think they are toys.
3. Tassels make your outfit look ethnic and bohemian enough to be interesting, but not so ethnic and bohemian you look like you work at the Renaissance Faire.
4. Tassles are Pom-Pom’s big sister, so that’s pretty neat.
5. Tassels look good on doorknobs.
6. Tassels are easy to make. Even for kids. Or people who say they are “all thumbs.” Because people with hands full of thumbs deserve cute jewelry too.
….actually, not the end. Actually there is a lot more. This is a huge post. Keep going!
That thing took five minutes to make. No, really. Five.
This one took a bit longer. Maybe 20 minutes. Half an episode of True Blood. That means I got a cool necklace in half the time it took to kill a vampire. Epic winning.
When Blitsy contacted me about making something featuring their awesome craft supplies, I thought this one was a no-brainer. Literally, you don’t have to think about it. You just get some embroidery floss and go to town.
The secret here is the embroidery floss. You buy it in these teensy candy colored bundles. Or, if you are like me, you buy it in a not-so-teensy jumbo pack and supply yourself for a year of tassel making (listen, I don’t mess around. Christmas is coming and the tassel situation is about to get real).
What do you need?
Two loops of embroidery floss and a plain bead necklace (salvaged from the back of your jewelry box, or make one custom), and your sharpest pair of scissors. Now let’s get started!
How do you make it?
Tie the two floss loops of floss together in the exact center. Fold over, then use the knot strings to attach it to the necklace with another knot. Bring those knot strings back into the rest of the floss, and use a new 6″ piece of floss to wrap around the entire bundle tightly. Tie a double knot, then trim off the bottom as long or as short as you see fit. Presto!
Here is another version in green. I cut it a little shorter to keep it nice and neat. It goes with everything. Jeans. Pajamas. Ballgowns. Hospital robes. Everything.
Speaking of tiny tassels…want to make something a little more high end? No problem. It’s easy to make and you can get all the supplies from Blitsy.
What will you need?
Embroidery floss (one loop will make two small tassels), jewelry quality twine, large wooden beads, small metallic beads, O rings.
How do you make two tassels out of one loop of embroidery floss?
Thread a 6″ piece of floss to the middle of an O ring and tie in the center. Use the knot strings to poke through a loop of embroidery floss and tie at one end. Repeat this process at the other end of the floss loop. Use another 6″ piece of embroidery floss to tie off the bundle of thread 1/2 from the end. Repeat on the other side, then snip in the middle
How do you make a necklace?
Slide the following onto an 18″ length of jewelry quality twine (BB = Big Bead, SB = Small Bead, T=Tassel)
…then fill up the reminder of your strand with small beads and tie a secure knot. This is why I like making jewelry with twine – simple knots. No need to worry about fasteners or findings. Only thing you have to be careful about is that the hole in your small beads is large enough to thread twine. I’m crazy about the contrast between small metallic beads and big chunky wooden beads, but you can do all sorts of nifty things with just about any combination.
I’m thinking about revisiting this project with a whole hodgepodge of beads and tassel of varying sizes (stay tuned!) but I like the look of this one, especially paired next to a bold pattern fabric. Very Anthropologie.
This post is sponsored by Blitsy, an awesome source for online jewelry making materials, as well a host of other craft supplies at discount prices (seriously y’all, they have some good deals). Drop by their website, or connect with them online: Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter.
Have I mentioned my hate of waste? I hate waste. But above all things, I hate pretty waste the most.
I can get rid of egg shells and cardboard tubes, but when they come in pretty packages, I can’t do it, I can’t. Eggshells end up in the garden and cardboard boxes end up ask desk caddies and I end up spending half the night thinking about all the cat food cans sitting in the recycling bin.
It’s a problem.
My least favorite thing to waste is craft supplies. As a craft blogger, I am lucky to get samples of a lot of products sent to me (most of which I give away) but on the occasion that I should use the product, it feels like a gift and thereby I have to use alllllllllll of it. It’s like if someone gave you a concert or theater ticket and you left at intermission. Not cool.
My recent work with ILoveToCreate has prompted me to do a lot of tie dye projects lately, which is all kinds of rad, however, it prompts me to have these plastic bottles with little droplets of dye on the inside. Something must be done!
I could rinse them off and chuck them in the recycling bin, orrrrrr, I could add water and mail tags for an overnight jacuzzi rendezvous for two.
Make that an overnight jacuzzi rendezvous for 500.
And at the end of the night it would look like this.
My long term plan is to keep a ready stash of tags for gifts down the line, but my selfish plan is to use them as hang tags on some of the baskets in my workroom. I have a lot of baskets. They require a lot of taggage.
Raise your hand if you can’t cross a hardware store without picking up a paint chip.
I see you.
After years of letting them pile up in a baggie, I decided it was time to break them out and make some art. I have done something similar a few times in the past, but never had a chance to photograph it step-by-step.
Many thanks to my pals John and Noeleen for offering their living room for this project. It’s great to have friends with blank wall space and an open mind 🙂
Hot and bothered, August is known as the only month without holidays. What’s up with that?
As a kid that bugged me. Could they not come up with a holiday for August? Were they waiting for someone to die so they could be commemorated? Why would there be no big hoopla August holiday? As an adult, I’m over it. But, when you think of it, there are more important things to celebrate in August than any other month of the year. For example:
–Left Handers Day
–National Middle Child Day
-Davy Crocket’s birthday
–National Rootbeer Float Day
-The 147th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s patent for his Kinetoscope
– Prime time television no longer sucks
– Back to school supplies are dirt cheap
Yeah, baby! August has a lot to celebrate.
As part of Michaels Makers back to school challenge, I decided to make over my school supplies using some awesome tapes with nifty colors and patterns. Because, honestly, even if I have long out-grown my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper (YOU GUYS – IT WAS SO COOL!)…I am still using binders and notebooks on a daily basis. Why should they not be decked out and snazzed up? Who says adults have to miss out on the fun?
A couple weeks ago I bought a bunch of duck tape to make this desktop organizer using old cereal boxes (FYI: it came out pretty rad) and I have been on a tape kick ever since. You will find all sorts of tapes at Michael’s big honking duct tape in crazy patterns, colored masking tape, as well as tiny little rolls of washi tape. Mix them altogether and pair with your favorite school supply, you are ready to rock and roll!
Binders are super easy…
The edges can get a bit ragged so I cover them up with a single vertical line of gold tape on the inside. It lends a special touch and will increase durability for years to come.
If I was still in school, that inside flap is probably where I would tape down my class schedule. As I am not in school, this is where I would insert coupons for unglamorous things like mouthwash and tampons. So beat that, Lisa Frank!
And this is where I keep my pencils. All you need is a plastic baggie with a slide lock closure.
Tip: Getting the tape to stick to the bag nicely is much easier when you lay it on a flat surface.
Another Tip: You can add a 1″ flap of of heavy duty tape to the bottom of the bag, then punch three holes in it and keep it in your binder. COLOR ME NIFTY!
I’m not sure what this is for but I made it out of the cardboard tube leftover after I finished off a roll of tape. Recyclin’. Haayy.
Are you looking for more tricked out school supplies? Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Boardto find project ideas to kick the year off in style!
Check out these creative ideas from some of the other Michael’s Makers.
Got me a new coffee table! It’s sparkly and glass and gold and looks like my favorite math toy of yore: the spirograph.
Note: I can empathize with the haircuts of all four people in that commercial. Damn I miss the 80s.
Like most good things in life, this new coffee table is inspired by something I saw on a PeeWee’s Playhouse commercial break, and came to reality by way of something really weird I found on Craigslist.
In it’s former life it was glossy wicker with a crazy brig around the middle. Very Golden Girls. And $25. You know I had to hit that. So I drove out to the boonies to get buy it. The former owner told me she bought it at a garage sale and intending to spray paint it, weave it with twinkle lights, then fill the cavity in the center with silk flowers. Not really the look I was going for, but you can tell the gal had swagger!
I’m diggin it. It feels modern and kitchy retro at the same time. It’s big enough that I can sprawl out, but the visible footprint is small, so the room doesn’t feel so cramped. Part of me wishes the base was metal instead of wicker, but for $25 you won’t hear me complaining. It’s here. It’s done. It’s awesome. Welcome home, spirograph coffee table!
Last week I watched a woman in a store buy a $26 “oven liner” and it damn near gave me a bellyache watching her do it, knowing there was no need to waste good money like that. I assumed everyone’s mother taught them to line their oven with aluminum foil, but upon a formal survey (read: I Gchatted three people) it appears this tip is in need of revival.
For me, one piece of foil will last for ages until inevitably a hunk of cheese falls off a frozen pizza or a tray of lasagna. You would think the sides would eventually get dirty, but I have not found that to be true. In fact, I just gave my oven the finger smear test and I’m telling you, it’s clean. Totally clean. Stick it in your ear clean. And that is saying something.
After cooking in that thing for 3-5 times a week for two and a half years, you’d figure it was due for a scrub. But no. Unless you are cooking hot bubbly sludge of some sort, the foil on the floor trick should cover it. Go figure? Foil!
Honestly, I don’t know how people are functioning with out this. One time I forgot to replace the foil and something spilled and it was a molten, smokey, charred up mess. Then I tried to clean it while the oven was still warm, burned my forearm and ruined my sponge. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Get some foil. You’re welcome.
Inevitably, every summer, a few trends pop up and weave their heads through the surface of American culture like a bad rash. Sometimes it’s a pattern. Sometimes it’s a brand. Sometimes it’s a song (I’m looking at you Robin Thicke!). Normally I’m not a fan of the summer trend train, but this year it’s one I can get behind: Watermelon.
Stuff with watermelon prints have been popping up all over the place. Including my house. A while ago it occurred to me that I really wanted to wear something watermelon print to the first day of school. Nevermind I haven’t had a first day of school in many years, I wanted a cool outfit. I wanted a watermelon jean jacket with matching hair barrette and alternating green and pink scrunch socks. Was that too much to ask?
No. I think not.
So. I may not have the wholllllle outfit, but by the ghost of Josh Harnett’s career, I got my watermelon jean jacket. I will be the coolest kid on the non-existent school yard for 30-something year old adults. SO AWESOME.
Head over to ILovetoCreate.com to see how to make it. Shut up. I know you want one too.
Three things that fascinate me:
1. Mandy Patinkin.
2. That eery lavender-green light that only occurs the first ten minutes after sunrise.
3. How Top 40 hit music gets translated to marching band anthems.
This video contains two out of three, plus a farmer. He’s no Mandy Patinkin but homeboy can work a trombone.