DIY Ombre Tote Bag

Ombre tote bag via Make Something Mondays

This week’s Make Something Mondays project is a DIY ombre tote bag. Everyone seems to be so excited about the ombre style that I wanted to see what the hype is about. The whole way through this DIY, I kept thinking it is only okay. When I finished it though, it looked beautiful! I’m a big fan. Maybe just because the tote bag is pink? I’m not sure. I hope you guys enjoy this one!

Materials for making your DIY ombre tote bag

Things You Will Need:
Tote bag
Paint brush
Fabric glue
Fabric paint
Masking Tape (not pictured above)

*If you are interested in making your own tote bag there are a ton of patterns on Pinterest. I bought mine at Pat Catan’s but you could find one at any hobby shop.
*I highly recommend Martha Stewart muti-purpose paints. I’ve never had a bad experience with these and you can use them for almost anything.

lay out your masking tape

Step 1:

Lay out your masking tape. Make sure it is pressed down tightly against the fabric.

step 1 to your ombre tote bag

Step 2:

Paint panels 1 and 3 to make the process move quickly. Let it dry for one hour before removing the tape.

*As you can see, I didn’t think this through and painted panels 1 and 4, so it took me an extra hour to do this. I’m trying to save you some time ūüėÄ

step 2 to your ombre tote bag

Step 3:

Remove the tape for panels 1 and 3 and lay out the tape for panels 2 and 4. Paint panels 2 and 4. Let dry for one hour.

fabric glue for your ombre tote

Step 4:

Using your fabric glue, adhere to scarf to the sides of the tote bag. You could sew this if you wanted to but I am going to be lazy and use fabric glue. It works just as well.

DIY ombre tote bag

There, you have yourself a cute ombre tote bag! I plan on using mine for a beach vacation that I am overly excited for!

Ombre tote bag via Make Something Mondays

Happy crafting!

Wonderful Team Member Award

Thank you so much Amanda¬†¬†for nominating me for the¬†‚ÄúWonderful Team Member Award‚ÄĚ! Please check out her blog because she has posted some nifty photographs and they keep getting better.

Wonderful team member award



The rules are as follows;

1.The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.
2.The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little.
3.The Nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during 7 days.

Her are my 14 nominees in no particular order. These people have been with me for quite a while and I am more than lucky to have found such great and interesting people. Thank you!

  1. wannabephotographer87– I am absolutely giving this back to you because your blog is wonderful and it always inspires me.

Psychology of Color: Design Edition

The Psychology of Color

Pretty fascinating compilation right? Infographic via webpage fx. Check that out, there is more.

As a designer, I’ve always been interested in color theory. During college, I took some psychology and sociology classes because the why behind everything sucked me in. Why do I like the color black? It isn’t a bold color that draws you in… Wondering is one thing, but I took it to a whole separate level and researched it, because I wanted to know why.

I’ve learned that my attraction to the color black had to have started in childhood. By the way, I don’t think it was necessarily anything black that I liked, I think it was the opposite. I was never much of a girly girl, but my mom would dress me in frilly, bold colored dresses (sometimes with polka dots) and put my hair in pigtails with a bow on each side. Awful, right? No offense Mom, but my hatred for those things probably stemmed from that time period when I had little to no say in what I wore. It is okay though, I’ve grown out of it. I love pink! Dresses really don’t make the cut though. They probably never will.

But I digress… There is a reason why we respond to each color in a certain way. A lot of that is cultural which is why the color theory works so well in marketing.

Thoughts? Are there any psychologists out there who can give me a different perspective?



Throwback Thursday: 3D Mock-Up

I don’t always participate in throwback Thursdays. In fact, I rarely do. But I was reflecting on some of my college design work and wanted to share my Ava Banks skincare line.

Ava Banks skincare line 3D renderThis design for a skincare line was inspired by chocolate packaging. You’ve seen it before, the stacked chocolate gift boxes that carries a design throughout the boxes. I wanted to do something like that with skincare because companies always tell you that you have to use their products together for it to be fully effective, or some junk like that. I thought this was the best way to tie it all together. So, I made up a company called Ava Banks, designed the packaging and made a 3D render of what I imagined the Ava Banks product line looking like.

I got a lot of criticism for this design because I always think of a more in depth design and this one was very simple. I look back at it now and remember my inspiration. I am happy that I’ve learned from it and can reflect positively.

Mosaic Art By Saimir Strati

Portrait of nails

These massive mosaics were created by Saimir Strati, an Albanian artist. He is most famous for his work with mosaics using nails, toothpicks, eggshells, coffee beans, corks, sea glass, etc. The distingishing factor that sets him apart from other mosiac artists is that he uses every-day materials for his art. He is reviving an old technique by recycling these materials.

Saimir’s inspiration comes from his music. His artwork¬†The Four Seasons¬†is derived from¬†the¬†Vivaldi¬†concerto. Each musical instrument represents a season.

What you are looking at below is a mosaic of Leonardo Da Vinci¬†made of industrial nails. Saimir set a Guinness World Records¬†as¬†the World’s Largest Nail Mosaic. This artwork contained about 882 lb. of nails.

Saimir currently holds 6 world records for his work.


Artist at work
Saimir Strati nail art

Reinless Spirit, the images below, also holds a world record for¬†the World’s Largest Toothpick Mosaic. The artwork contains¬†a total of 1.5 million toothpicks to display a horse.¬†The work was dedicated to¬†Antonio Gaudi.

Toothpicks shaped like a horse toothpick art by Saimir Strati

images © Saimir Strati

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

DIY Citrus Body ScrubI love body scrub. The smell and the feeling are unbeatable. For me, body scrubs come in second (runner up to lip balm) in the beauty department. I’ve made my own sugar scrub before, but this time I wanted to try a different kind. I made a citrus scrub with lemon, orange, and honey.

There are actually some benefits of using body scrubs, in case you are interested. Honestly, I have no idea if the benefits are realistic but its worth a shot. you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. What do you have to lose?

sugar scrub materials

Things You Will Need:
Vegetable oil

sugar scrubStep 1:

Start with 2 cups of sugar. You will probably have to add more but that will come later.

lemon scrub

lemon body scrub

Step 2:

Add your lemon and/or orange to your sugar. I didn’t measure it but I probably used a little less than 1/4 cup. Mix it up. You should have something that looks like the above photo.

Honey and lemon in body scrub

Step 3:

Add in a tablespoon or so of honey and mix well.

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

Step 4:

The last ingredient you will be adding to your sugar scrub is (2 capfuls) vegetable oil. Stir it again.

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

Now you have sugar scrub! It is wonderful. I love it ūüėÄ

happy crafting!

Paper Art by Peter Callesen



hummingbird by Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen is a Danish artist known for his work with paper art. He started out studying architecture and switched to art. He enjoyed painting, video, and performance but has discovered the joy of paperwork. He prefers to work with A4 paper.

He begins his paper art by cutting out a silhouette from the A4 paper. He, then, uses the pieces to make a 3D figure. Peter focuses on the positive and negative.

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castle by Peter Callesen skeleton by Peter Callesen paper craft by Peter Callesen skeleton hand by Peter CallesenImages © Peter Callesen