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Mindfulness and Mandalas: Drawing for Relaxation

Sarah : May 18, 2017 7:30 am : Crafts / DIY, Paper Crafting

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I am always looking for ways to relax at the end of the day. Sometimes it is a Netflix show, sometimes I diffuse a calming essential oil, but other times I’m looking to create something with my hands while I’m spending a few moments on myself. I already knew that knitting can be used to promote mindfulness and calming brain waves because of its repetitive nature and steady rhythm, but I was wondering if there was another craft I could complete that would have the same effect. A quick Google search and I was pointed in the right direction: mandalas.  more »

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DIY Broken China Mosaic Tea Tray

Sarah : May 8, 2017 6:28 am : Crafts / DIY

DIY Broken China Tea TrayWhile browsing on ShopGoodwill.com, I found the perfect set of china. It had a 22k border and a robin’s egg blue center with pink roses. I splurged on myself and bought the entire set. However, three dishes didn’t make the trip to my house in one piece, so I had a few pieces that needed to be transformed. more »

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Suzy Lou Llama: A Tutorial

Sarah : May 3, 2017 6:41 am : Crafts / DIY, Mixed-Media Art

Suzy Lou Llama: A TutorialI was looking for a project that was whimsical and fun when I stumbled upon a llama on a planner at Michaels. With that image in mind, I created a fun llama painting with three-dimensional details and named this character “Suzy Lou Llama.” I think it would be perfect for a girl’s nursery, or just for brightening up a wall. Here’s the tutorial for making your own! more »

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Girl with Book: A Mixed-Media Tutorial

Sarah : April 25, 2017 7:05 am : Crafts / DIY, Mixed-Media Art

Girl with Book Mixed-Media Canvas

This mixed-media canvas sat unfinished for about a month until I was sketching one day and created this girl. Instantly, I knew that she would complete this collage. The Prima Marketing Water-Soluble Oil Pastels created a wonderful effect for the details. more »

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DIY Woodburned Ukulele: A Review

Sarah : April 21, 2017 6:13 am : Crafts / DIY

DIY Woodburned Ukulele Kit

I bought this kit on a whim a few months ago and it’s finally finished! I wanted to take the road less traveled and instead of just assembling this ukulele kit, I decided to add some texture and pattern to the body of the instrument. Here’s how I added a little pizzazz to this kit with just a stencil and a woodburning tool. more »

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DIY Upcycled Cello Lamp

Sarah : April 18, 2017 6:28 am : Crafts / DIY

DIY Cello LampThis cello was destined for the dumpster before I saved it. My aunt is a music teacher and had this instrument returned to her with the neck broken off. Instead of wasting such a beautifully made instrument, I decided to transform it into something else. It would never play music again, but it provides light for our music room, so it now has a new life and new purpose. more »

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DIY Mermaid Crown

Sarah : March 14, 2017 7:50 pm : Crafts / DIY

DIY Mermaid Crown

Here is the long awaited tutorial to make your own mermaid crown. This was the perfect accessory to my Ursula costume from Halloween. Everyone asked me where I had purchased it, but I just smiled and said “I made it myself!” This is a super easy tutorial that anyone can do with a little glue and spray paint. more »

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Free Crochet Fox Pattern: What Does the Fox Say? Amigurumi!

Sarah : February 26, 2017 5:02 pm : Crafts / DIY, crochet, Yarn

Free Crochet Fox Pattern: Fox AmigurumiThis darling crochet fox was a birthday present for my friend’s one-year-old. His nursery is woodland-themed and I thought this cute little fox would be the perfect addition. This free crochet fox pattern is a Beginner+ level pattern and uses entirely single crochet in the round with increases and decreases to create shaping. more »

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Mixed-Media Self Portrait Step-By-Step Tutorial

Sarah : February 12, 2017 4:25 pm : Crafts / DIY, Mixed-Media Art, Paper Crafting

Mixed-Media Self Portrait

I’ve always been hesitant to create a self portrait. Something about trying to capture a true version of yourself never seemed attainable. Then, I was creating a fun, nerdy girl with some mixed-media details and I realized that I had accomplished a self portrait without even meaning to. It is a fair likeness and I love that I somehow managed to capture my crazy hair and my burgundy glasses. Here’s how I accomplished this mixed-media self portrait.  more »

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Hammered Penny Boho Chic Necklace

Sarah : January 26, 2017 3:07 pm : Crafts / DIY, Jewelry

Hammered Penny Boho Chic Necklace

A while ago, I was admiring a lady’s necklace at a wedding. It had tiny, symmetrical disks clustered together. They looked a little like fish scales. It wasn’t a necklace that I would wear, but it had an interesting look to it and it made me want to experiment with clustering some charms made from a simple hammered penny to create a similar look.

For this necklace, I hammered pennies flat, then attached them to create a beautifully organic look with handmade copper disks that are truly one of a kind.  more »

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