DIY Marble and Gold Canvas Wall Art

January 12, 2016

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I may have said this once (or maybe many) times before but I’m very partial to white decor and I especially have a thing for gold and white together. Whether it’s in furniture, home accessories (like my DIY gold splatter coasters) or fixtures, I think it’s such a beautiful combination that gives a sense of lightness and cleanness, while also giving off a subtle hint of luxury. So when I realized I hadn’t done a canvas art project in a while, which is one of my all time favorite types of projects to do, I knew exactly what color scheme I should go for! And instead of just plain white, I wanted to add a textural element too, which is where the marble comes in. I really love the look of white marble and, in fact, once I have the chance to renovate a home, it’s definitely going to be one of my go-to design elements.

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My fondness for marble goes pretty deep, you guys, and I’ll tell you why. When I was about 5 years old, my parents were finally able to upgrade from the small apartment they shared with several other families and bought the house that my siblings and I grew up in. Before we even moved into the house though, there was a kitchen fire that burned nearly the whole first floor of the house, which took out the kitchen, dining room and the half bath that was right off the kitchen. Luckily the house had sufficient fire insurance coverage, so we were able to rebuild everything without much expense of our own. But when my parents rebuilt everything, the tiny and simple half bath turned into a full bathroom that was 3/4 covered with shiny marble tile, and the rest decked out with huge mirrors and gold / brass fixtures. As a kid, I thought it was so fancy! While the marble they chose isn’t the white marble that I love today, I remember thinking, man, you can’t get any cooler (literally!) than marble tiles. I think from then on I always had a thing for marble. 🙂

Anyways, probably the best thing about this DIY is that it’s WAY easier than you could imagine, thanks to an ingenious invention – marble contact paper! And in fact, when I showed my husband this finished project, he thought it was real marble and was seriously puzzled – that’s how amazing this marble contact paper is. Read on to learn how to make your own marble and gold canvas wall art:

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Materials:
16″ x 20″ stretched canvas / marble contact paper / gold paint / ruler or T-square / painter’s tape / scissors or exacto knife / pencil

Directions:

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1. Tape off a portion of your canvas where you’d like the gold portion to be. I measured mine to be about 1/3 to 1/4 of the canvas.

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2. Using whatever medium of gold paint that you have, paint the taped off portion of your canvas. I had gold spray paint, so I laid a large protective layer of inexpensive newspaper paper underneath before I started and did my painting next to several open windows for ventilation.

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3. Let it dry completely and then remove the tape.

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4. Take your marble contact paper and lay it over your canvas where you’d like for it to be. Leave about 2 inches extra at the top and cut off from the roll. The great part about using this particular size stretched canvas is that it is the perfect width to use with this contact paper. Also, if you notice any bumps on your contact paper like I have here, don’t worry! You’ll be able to smooth these out when you attach your contact paper to the canvas later on.

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5. Flip your canvas face down onto the contact paper and adjust to where it should be laying. Using your ruler and pencil, mark off and cut a small rectangle from each of the top corners.

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The reason you want to do this is so that when you adhere the contact paper to your canvas, it’ll be easier to do and you won’t have excess paper at the corners to cause bumps or anything.

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Here is what it looks like after you snip off the two rectangles.

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6. Next, you’ll attach your contact paper to your canvas, which is a bit tricky if you’re not careful! First, peel back just the top few inches of the contact paper’s adhesive backing and attach the sticky top flap onto your canvas as shown above.

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7. Next, flip your canvas over and slowly pull the adhesive backing from underneath as shown here, while smoothing the sticky contact paper onto the canvas as you go along. And finally, finish by pressing the contact paper onto the sides of the canvas (use some tape to make sure it’s extra secure, if you’d like!).

And now you’re done!
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I love love love how this turned out and it happens to also be one of the easiest canvas art projects I’ve done to date! I think it would compliment many different home decor settings and in different corners of the house, which is always a lovely bonus 🙂

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What do you think of marble and gold together? Can you think of other ways to use this amazing marble contact paper?

Thanks for stopping by!

Read, Love & Listen // 03

January 8, 2016

Happy Friday!!

Man, is it just me or did that first week of 2016 fly by pretty quickly? I have to admit that it took me a couple of days to fully get into the swing of things earlier in the week, but today I feel really pumped about making this a super productive month (and year)! I finally got my Craftsposure 2016 Planner & Diary (which is sadly currently sold out :X ) pictured above and I love it! I only recently discovered the wonderful world of planners and this one is just perfect for anyone pursuing a creative passion. I highly recommend getting a great planner if you haven’t yet!

Anyways, we don’t have anything much planned this weekend, which I feel hasn’t happened for months, so I think we’re going to try to take advantage of the relaxed pace and do some year-end cleaning and maybe even go see a movie. What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever it is I hope it’s a great one! Here are some things I’m reading, loving, and listening to lately!

Read:
8 Inspirational New Years Quotes for people who hate inspirational quotes (Metro UK)
25 Ways the world changed in 2015 (Business Insider)
Why 2016 is poised to be the year that it all comes together for Pinterest (Quart)
13 Productivity Hacks That Worked for Real People (Forbes)
Here’s What Your Life Will Look Like (Tech-Wise) in 2020 (Brit + Co)
Raiders of the Lost Web; If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can (an investigative journalism piece by The Atlantic)
Baby experiences pure joy when being introduced to bacon (video, originally on Youtube)
14 books to help you live your best damn life in 2016 (Mashable)

Love:
– I just discovered Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld, a hilarious web series that I can’t believe I’d never heard of before and I LOVE it (past interviews include Kevin Hart, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Stephen Colbert, and tons more)
– I’m on the hunt for the perfect white cable knit sweater and I have my eye on this onethis one, this one, and this one!
– This is one of the most elegant kid’s 1st birthday party setups I’ve ever seen and that gold photo backdrop makes me nostalgic for my own wedding where I had one just like it 🙂 (100 Layer Cake-let)
– And speaking of gold, this faux zebra rug DIY is one of the most ingenious home decor DIY’s I’ve seen in a while! (Brittany Makes)
– Pink and ombre DIY Brushstroke Dyed Napkins…A DIY after my own heart! (Home-ology Modern Vintage)
– If you love freebies and organization as much as I do, you’ll appreciate these 24 Free Printable Calendars For 2016 (POPSUGAR)

Listen:
Here are few songs that I have on repeat lately including one from Zara Larsson who I just recently discovered (she looks like Adele and sounds like Rihanna!!), a beautiful acoustic from the amazing ginger man Ed Sheeran, and my current major girl crush, Hailee Steinfeld (of “Love Myself”). I think she’s just so adorable and at the same time so talented (she was nominated for an Academy Award when she was only 14! Was also in Ender’s Game and Pitch Perfect 2) and I love her voice and attitude, especially the fact that a lot of her songs are about self empowerment and being different.

Zara Larsson – Uncover

Ed Sheeran – Who You Are (acoustic cover, original by Jessie J)

Hailee Seinfeld – Hell Nos and Headphones

Tomato & Avocado Salad w/ Sweet Chile Lime Dressing

January 6, 2016

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For my new years resolutions this year, I purposely didn’t choose the typical health goals of losing weight and going to the gym, etc. Not because I’m not prioritizing my health (I totally am!), but because for one, I’ve long concluded that I will always ALWAYS prefer a varied and flexible at-home workout over a gym workout, and second, I feel that setting those particular goals at the beginning of the year is just SO expected and unless it comes from a genuine place of determination and desire, they never get done. I also realized that the more I hyper-focus on my weight, the more I would stress out and the more my body would mess with me. No thank you!

So what I did instead this year is I made smaller, more specific health-related resolutions that I started aiming for even before the new year arrived, which are: 1) Drink more tea instead of coffee, 2) Don’t hit the snooze button more than 2 times, and 3) Eat more fruits and veggies everyday – I’ve always been an enthusiastic vegetable and salad-eater, but obviously the holidays have thrown me off a bit! I fully believe that if you make very specific resolutions for yourself, you’re way more likely to stick to them and achieve that feeling of accomplishment that is so great when you’ve hit your goals.

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We’re less than a week into the new year and I’m already in the habit of drinking 2-3 cups of tea a day, so I’d say I’m off to a great start! I’m going to need a bit more practice for my 2nd resolution, but to help kick off my 3rd resolution I decided to put together a super easy, but super flavorful salad. Avocados make everything more delicious, in my opinion, so that’s what started this Tomato and Avocado salad with a Sweet Chile Lime Dressing. Learn how to make it down below!

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Ingredients:
– 2 tomatoes, diced
– 1 ripe avocado, diced
– 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
– 1 tablespoon of feta cheese crumbles
For the dressing:
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– a pinch of chile powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
– 2 teaspoons of honey
– 2 teaspoons of lime juice (about half a lime)

Directions:
Really the only steps to make this salad are cutting up your ingredients and making the dressing. To make the dressing, simply mix all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and adjust until it’s to your liking.

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Toss all together, top with additional chile powder if you’d like, and enjoy!

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This is a great low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian dish that is really refreshing, while still being satisfying from all the bold flavors. It would also go really well with some lean protein like chicken or fish (just omit the cheese) to make a nice healthy entree. If you like these flavors, you’d probably also love my avocado toast with lemon ricotta!

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What are your health resolutions for the new year? Are you making one or two big ones, or a few smaller ones like I did?

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 2016 + 2016 Calendar Blue Hydrangea Desktop Wallpaper (Free Download)

January 1, 2016

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Happy 2016!!!

How was your celebration? Whether you went out last night and braved the crowds to get toasted and watch the ball drop, or if you were like me and rang in the new year cozily indoors with some dear friends and loved ones, I hope it was a great one!!

This year was an interesting one for me, filled with travel, new experiences, and lots of personal and professional growth. Some of the highlights include traveling to Thailand, Japan, Chicago, Las Vegas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and a couple of other places, seeing my best friend and my (only) brother get married to two amazing people, and of course, starting this blog – something I’d been wanting to do for years and I’m so glad to say that I finally got off my butt and did it. I’d say if I had to choose one theme that would represent this year for me the most it would be the idea of new beginnings and my coming into my own as an adult. After getting married a couple of years ago, I went through a period of “getting to know” my adult self, which was ultimately me trying to understand more deeply what I should be spending my time on this earth doing. In 2015 was when I turned a new leaf in that respect and I know that 2016 will lead to a lot more of that. Let’s just say it has a lot to do with continuing to nurture this blog and just continuing to be creative in multiple ways – and I’m so excited for it!

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In honor of the new year, I made this 2016 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper that I’m sharing as a free download down below.

Download here for: Standard | Widescreen | Ipad

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I’m really excited for 2016 and have lots of fun stuff I plan to share here so I’m hoping you stick around! Whether this is your first time visiting my blog or if you’ve visited a time or two, thank you so much for your support! I hope you get even half as much enjoyment out of my posts as I do sharing them. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and cheers to an amazing 2016!!

xo,
Linda

Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

December 29, 2015

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Hope you all had a great holiday week last week, whatever it is you celebrate! We celebrated a very nice Christmas over here with both of our families and also had a lot of relaxing post-Christmas family hang out time which is always so much fun. Aside from quality time with family, one of my favorite things that I look forward to during the holidays is lots of sweets! Both my sister and sister-in-law are always whipping up some amazing baked goodies (this year was cinnamon sugar nutella monkey bread and glazed pecan pumpkin bread!!!), and while the downside is having to try really hard not to overindulge, the benefit is that I always come home inspired to make something sweet and creative too! After some thought, I decided I was gonna make some sprinkled-bombed white chocolate truffles 🙂

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A while back when we were still dating, Dave and I took a chocolate making class that taught us the basics about chocolate like how it’s made, where it comes from, the difference between the different brands you find in stores, different states of chocolate, and also, my favorite part, making truffles! The class was led by a renowned chocolatier and had all sorts of proper professional tools and cooking vessels, but the great thing I took away from that class is you don’t necessarily need all that to make your own homemade truffles. You might not get a perfectly flawless truffle (who needs that anyways), but it’ll be just as delicious!

The two main things you need to know about making truffles is how to correctly temper your chocolate (slowly warming the chocolate from room temperature to a warmer, more workable temperature) and how to make ganache – that soft inside part of your truffle that is made with either just chocolate or sometimes with chocolate and other ingredients mixed in, like nuts, dried fruit or toffee. For these truffles, I chose the flavor combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels because those are some of my absolute favorite types of treats and I wanted a truffle that had a lot of crunch, sweet and saltiness, and a lot of depth in flavor. I also added a bit of butter to soften the bite and dryness of the pretzels since I added quite a bit of them, but you really don’t need any butter when making truffles.

Read on to learn how to make your own homemade truffles!:

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Ingredients:
-1/2 cup dark (or milk) chocolate chips
-1 and 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
-1 cup crushed pretzel sticks
-1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
-2 tablespoons light cream
-2 tablespoons melted butter
-sprinkles to decorate

Directions:
1. Place your pretzels in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

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Crush until you reach a pretty fine consistency overall but with some small pieces, to maintain texture.

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2. Make your ganache by placing your 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used dark, but you can use any type) and 2 tablespoons of light cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heating it in the microwave for about 1 minute (add 15 second intervals if necessary). Check halfway through to check on consistency and to mix.

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You should end up with a smooth ganache. (This also goes great on cakes and cupcakes or as a filling, just add additional cream to adjust consistency)

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3. Add your ganache and peanut butter to the crushed pretzels and mix thoroughly.

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4. (Optional) Mix in melted butter.

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5. Form small balls from your mixture about the size of 1 tablespoon each and lay them out on parchment paper. Use your spoon and the palm of your hand to gently roll the balls, but work quickly so that the warmth of your hand doesn’t melt them! Once finished, place these in the fridge while you make the white chocolate coating.

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6. Place your 1 and 1/2 cups of white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 2 minutes total, checking on it every 30 seconds to mix and again, adding 15 second intervals of cook time if necessary. Once it’s melted, quickly take your chocolate pretzel balls from the fridge and start coating each one with white chocolate. I used a pair of chopsticks, which works better than a fork since you have more control over the truffle. If you wanted a dark or milk chocolate coating, the process would be the same.

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Lay each truffle out on your parchment paper to set.

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7. Take your remaining white chocolate and reheat for 30 seconds to 1 minute if it has hardened. Place a small dollop on each truffle (which acts as adhesive!) and add sprinkles for decoration.

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And now you’re done!

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This is what it looks like on the inside. YUM!

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I love that these little guys are bite-sized and super party-friendly. They would also make a great gift for someone who loves chocolate and thoughtful homemade goodies!

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Look how pretty! 🙂

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Now that you know how easy it is, will you try making your own truffles? What other truffle flavors and combinations can you think of?

Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Ombre Ruffled Paper Christmas Tree

December 23, 2015

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We are officially less than 48 hours away from Christmas morning and to be honest, I’m so unprepared! Okay, not toootally, but I definitely have a pile of presents still needing to get wrapped and a few last minute gift cards and a bottle of wine to pick up before we go to our first (of several) family Christmas gatherings tomorrow afternoon. I’m going to do my best to try and relax though, because at least I’ve got all the important presents covered, and what’s the point of the holidays if you feel stressed the entire way? For me, all it takes is some comfy pajamas, a good Christmas playlist, and positive attitude. 🙂

But before I head off, I wanted to share a quick little project that would be really cute to dress up your mantle or your Christmas dining table. As you guys might already know from my last Christmas tree DIY, I’m a big fan of unique and alternative holiday decorations. So this ruffled crepe paper Christmas tree is right up my alley in that sense… and it’s PINK! Whoever thought pink wasn’t a Christmas color, think again my friend!

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Another great thing about this cute little ruffled tree is that it only requires a few inexpensive paper materials from the craft store and stuff you already have. Cute, bright and inexpensive are definitely my favorite adjectives when it comes to DIYs.

Learn how to make this tree below!:

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Materials:
2 sheets of plain card stock / ruler / pencil / scissors / tape / glue stick / crepe paper streamers in three shades of pink

Directions:
1. Take one sheet of card stock and fold it in half lengthwise.

2. With the fold on your left, draw a line from the top left to the bottom right of the card stock.

3. Cut along the line. You now have one tree cutout.

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4. Repeat these first three steps one more time so that you end up with two tree cutouts that look like this:

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The next steps will be creating your ruffle pieces by gluing strips of crepe paper to your cutouts.

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5. Starting with your lightest shade and at the bottom of your tree cutout, glue down strips of crepe paper to your tree cutout, making sure that the paper strips cover all of the card stock and hang over the edge a bit. For my trees, I did 5 strips of the lightest shade of pink, 8 strips of the middle shade, and 13 strips of the darkest shade (bottom to top).

6. Let it dry.

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7. After covering one whole side with your crepe ruffles, flip your tree cutout over and trim off the excess paper but leaving about a half an inch overhang.

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You should end up with something like this:

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Do this to both sides of your two tree cutouts. Once everything is dry you can move on to assembling your tree!

8. Lightly fold one tree cutout in half so you can find the center. Cut from the bottom and up the center of the cutout, stopping halfway.

9. Take your other tree cutout and again, lightly fold in half to find the center. This time, cut from the top and down the center of the cutout, stopping halfway.

10. Place your cutout together by sliding your first tree cutout over and onto the second, so that they nest into each other.

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11. Run your hand along all sides of your tree to ruffle up the ruffles and give them volume. And finally, use tape to secure the tree and help it stand up.

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And now you’re done!

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I added a little star to my tree that I cut out of some leftover gold glitter paper from this DIY silver and gold holiday wreath.

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The great thing about this tree is that it’s small enough to fit in with other tabletop or Christmas mantle decor that you have, but it’s also bold and interesting enough to create a statement! I love that it’s a bit feminine and unexpected.

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What do you think of a hot pink tree? Would you make something like this for your Christmas decor?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

xo,
Linda

Watercolor & Calligraphy Mini Canvas Art for We Make Collective

December 21, 2015

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Hi guys! I just came back from a little tropical getaway with Dave and I’m frantically trying to get back into the swing of things before all the crazy Christmas activities start kicking in, so I thought today would be a great day to introduce something really special that I’m so glad to have discovered this year – We Make Collective.

We Make Collective is a bi-monthly creative materials kit created by an incredibly talented and creative lady Fran (who also blogs over at Fall for DIY) and it’s this beautifully smart way to get crafty and creative no matter who you are or what level of creativity you think you have. We Make Collective is premised on the idea that we all have the ability to be creative, because, as even the website says, “creativity is something we practice and learn…not something we’re gifted with.” – and I absolutely agree! Even if being creative is not your “thing”, spending time on a creative project every now and then can be so fun and satisfying for the mind and soul.

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We Make Collective’s December Calligraphy Kit, ready to open!

Every kit is different, focusing on a different creative medium, and with every kit you get access to an online members area where you find lots of clear, easy to follow projects and tutorials on how to use the materials in your kit.

Earlier this year I had the awesome privilege to join as a We Make Collective contributor for their second kit – the calligraphy kit. I’ve dabbled in calligraphy and handwriting here and there as an extension of drawing but I hadn’t done many projects with it, so it was a real treat to work with the calligraphy kit materials to develop something unique and different than anything I had ever made before.

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I’m so proud of how my project turned out and am so happy that it’s helping to guide and inspire We Make Collective makers. If you were able to snag a December kit, you can access my full tutorial up on the We Make Collective members area along with all of the other amazing contributor tutorials (some seriously amazing projects!) to give you some ideas for things to make with your kit.

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If you didn’t get this kit or are just learning about the Collective now, don’t worry! The next kit looks like its going to be a really good one. The February kit will focus on Natural Dying, Shibori and Batik, which is another medium I am dying to try out and am so glad that I’ll be able to get some inspiration (and instruction) about from the kit. This would make a great gift for that creative person in your life or as a little present to yourself for a more creative new year! We Make Collective is relatively new, which means there are SO many different types of mediums it has yet to explore. You can learn more about the collective and how to subscribe here.

What do you think about We Make Collective Kits? Are you going to sign up?

Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Lighted Canvas Christmas Tree

December 15, 2015

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Whether it’s a freshly cut tree from the local tree farm or a beautiful assembled one that you can re-use year-to-year, I think we can all agree that your home just isn’t Christmas-ready until you have a tree. And while nothing’s more quintessentially Christmas than a perfectly trimmed real tree in your living room, decorating with something so large and disposable just isn’t feasible or desirable for some of us (me included).

I’m here today to share a nice little solution – this modern DIY Lighted Canvas Christmas Tree. This tree is perfect for anyone who either doesn’t have access to a real Christmas tree, is limited on space, or just loves the idea of a unique, minimalistic Christmas tree that still lights up and that you can still put your presents under!

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In my family household growing up, we put up and decorated the same plastic Christmas tree every year that we pulled out of storage and we loved it. I mean, my parents didn’t grow up here and so they had never had an “American” Christmas in their youths, so for me and my siblings, Christmases were a result of my parents doing their best with what they had and just learning as they went along. I like to think that’s why I like thinking outside of the box with Christmas decorations now. And maaaaybe that’s also why this is the only “tree” currently to be seen in our place with <10 days til the big day! 🙂 (hey, it’s also because we’re extra limited on space this year!)

Anyways, learn how to make this minimalist lighted canvas christmas tree below!

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Materials:
Stretched canvas (24” x 36”) / battery-powered string lights24” T-square / black or chalkboard spray paint / gold thumbtacks / pencil / exacto knife

Directions:

  1. Spray your canvas with 1-2 coats of paint, until it reaches the coverage you like.

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2. Let it dry completely.

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First, you’ll work on the outline of your tree.

3. Using your T-square and pencil, find the middle of your canvas and draw a small, straight mark of where you’d like the base of your tree to be. Then, move your T-square to the top of your canvas (making sure it stays in line with the mark you just made on the base) and mark off where you’d like the top of your tree to be.

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4. Place your T-square about 6-8 inches above where you marked off the base, and lightly mark off how wide you’d like the bottom of your tree to be with one mark on the left side and one on the right. Don’t worry too much about how high or low you make these marks, but just be sure to choose a width you like.

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5. Starting from the two marks you just made, draw straight lines up to the mark you made for the top of the tree to complete your tree outline. Step back and make sure you like the shape of your tree before you move forward!

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6. Take your gold thumbtacks and begin filling in your tree trunk. I did this freehand, but you can use your T-square as guide to make sure you’re filling them in straight. I found that a row of eight thumbtacks across was the perfect tree trunk width for this size canvas.

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7. Make your tree trunk as tall as you’d like – mine was ten rows tall.

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8. Lay your T-square across the top of your thumbtack covered tree trunk. Using the marks you made in Step 4 as a guide, push in a gold thumbtack on each side of your tree outline.

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9. Fill the space between the two thumbtacks you just placed with a straight line of thumbtacks.

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You can now see the bottom of your tree!

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10. Using your T-square, draw a diagonal line up from the bottom right corner of your tree to the left about 12” up, stopping at the left outline of your tree.

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11. Fill in that line with thumbtacks and repeat three more times up the whole tree in a zigzag pattern.

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You end up with something like this:

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Next step is adding lights!

12. First, unwind your string lights. You can turn your lights on or keep them off throughout the next few steps. I alternated back and forth as I went along to help me envision how it would look lit up.

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13. Using your exacto knife, cut a small slit at the bottom left corner of your tree and thread your string lights under and out through this hole.

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14. Pull the string across your tree towards the right, up to where you want the next corner to be.

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15. Continue to “hang” your lights on your tree by:

Making two small slits about half an inch apart near the outline of your tree (where you want your string your lights to hang). Thread the string lights down into the first slit, and then thread back up and out of the canvas through the second slit.

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Repeat this technique all the way up the tree and around the entire outline of the tree. Secure any access string lights (plus the battery pack) to the back of your canvas and then you’re done!

alternative christmas tree

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You can lean your canvas tree against the wall like I did here or you can hang it up. It would go great with my DIY origami paper star garland seen here! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Read, Love & Listen // 02

December 11, 2015

Happy Friday all!

How was your week? This was a nice week for me filled with some visits with friends, some holiday-themed crafting and cooking, and lots of holiday shopping (mainly from home in my PJ’s, though :P)! I only have a few more presents to go and they include the ones I have the most trouble deciding – my mom and dad’s gifts. Every year they say they don’t want anything and not to get them anything, but you know I have to get something! They’re the best, and the people who are the most selfless and giving in life are the ones that really deserve getting spoiled every once in a while – don’t you think?? 🙂

Anyways, hoping you’re having a great holiday season so far and that you get your holiday shopping (at least mostly) done this weekend – only 2 weeks remaining! Here are a few cool things I’m reading, loving and listening to!

read //
11 Finance Tips You Wish You Could Tell Your Younger Self (Wise Bread)
Nineties Nostalgia: Gifts for People Who Grew Up In The 90’s (Apartment Therapy)
Workplace Buzz Words That Will be Obsolete in 10 Years (Forbes)
7 Books Every Successful Woman Should Read in Her Lifetime (Bustle)
For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be The Smartest Option (NY Times)
15 gift types for every type of dad (Business Insider)
Office Cubicle Gets Transformed Into Cozy Christmas Cabin (ABC News)
10 Christmas movies to queue up (CNN)

love //
been looking for a new Christmas sweater and this snowman one is so freakin cute!
loving these minimalist diy mini wood christmas trees (Homey Oh My!)
thinking of putting my printer to work for these adorable 9 Free Christmas Printables (Design Eat Repeat)
wouldn’t these gingerbread cookie sticks go perfectly with some hot chocolate? (Make Bake Celebrate)
this foraged triangle christmas wreath majorly appeals to my geometric-obsession (Fall for DIY)
not your typical Christmas sweater, but loving this black sweater dress with snowflake-like print

listen //

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather (Max & Alyson Stoner Cover)

Justin Bieber – The Feeling ft. Halsey

Daniela Andrade – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Cover)

Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

December 9, 2015

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I love a good holiday-appropriate garland and I also have a huge appreciation for paper crafts and origami (check out my origami gift box DIY!), so this season I went along with that idea and made this adorable silver and gold origami paper star garland. The bigger stars you see here are actually made of leftover wrapping paper!

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I’m not one for your super traditional red and green christmas decor, so this light, modern and semi-monochromatic color scheme is right up my alley and makes me so happy for the holidays. See my full tutorial over at Curbly!