No Craft on Monday Due to Overactivity

My best friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party was this past weekend and I’ve been preparing everything (along with the help of her wonderful bridesmaids, mom, and soon-to-be mother in law). We’ve been cooking, making decorations, shopping, etc. to get ready for the festivities.

So, instead of making a craft this week, I’ve decided to share some pictures with you from the shower. They aren’t amazing or anything because I took them with my phone really quickly before the shower started, but you’ll get the gist. When I get good pictures from Aarika, the Matron of Honor (who also happens to be my other best friend and an awesome photographer) I will post those here, too. Everything was very personalized. We made all of the food and decorations for the shower. Aarika even used my tutorial for the centerpieces. 🙂 That was exciting.

The bridal shower was New York themed because the couple got engaged in Central Park. We had NYC pictures, pink everything (because that’s the bride’s favorite color), candy apples as the favors (big apple = NY), and some other fun stuff.

As people walked in the door, they wrote down a date night idea for the couple on a popsicle stick.

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We used light and dark pink table clothes. Cute white glass vases with with fake gerber daisies (the bride’s favorite flower), and a picture of NY as the centerpiece. The favors were at each setting.

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The gift table (a little too early). 20140629-205713-75433480.jpg

The cake!

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The food tables.

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The bridal party table. See those cute glasses? The bride made those for us 🙂 Much like my glitter wine glasses craft (but I think she did a much better job).

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Incredible Wave Photographer: Clark Little

Wave photography by Clark Little

I originally saw this post on David Kanigan’s blog and was in awe for the whole 3 minutes and 36 seconds of this video.

Clark Little is an incredible wave photographer. Clark started out as a surfer, but quickly found his passion in photographing the waves. He bought a $150 waterproof camera and got to work. Before he knew it, he was a worldwide sensation.

You can see his amazing photography on his website and watch his story in the video.

Clark’s work has been exhibited at

  • the Smithsonian Museum
  • Alden B. Dow Museum
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Parco Logos Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Ritz-Carlton Resorts

He’s also been published in 

  • National Geographic
  • New York Times
  • LIFE
  • Nikon World
  • Paris Match
  • Outdoor Japan
  • Sierra
  • Geo
  • Nature’s Best Photography
  • Rangefinder
  • Surfer’s Journal 

 

DIY Mason Jar LED Candle Decor

DIY mason jar LED candle decor
Summer is here and you’re going to need some cute indoor/outdoor decor for your bridal showers, bonfires and various other parties. So, I made a tutorial for this really cute DIY mason jar candle decor with LED lights so you can take them outside without the winding blowing the flame out. It costs about $4 to make one of these and took less than 5 mins. It would cost less if you used only one color of water pearls.
DIY mason jar decor materials

Things You Will Need
Ribbon
Mason jar
Water pearls
Tealight candle
Tealight Mason jar holder

*You can find all of this stuff at a craft store and probably at the Dollar Store.

decorative water pearls

Step 1
Drop a few water pearls into the bottom of the jar. Add just a little bit of water to keep them hydrated. Put the lid back on the jar and shake them up to mix the colors.

LED tealight holderStep 2
Fasten the LED candle holder to the Mason jar.  It just pops right on.

LED candle in decorative water pearls

Step 3
Turn the candle on and place it in the holder.

DIY mason jar LED candle decor

Tie the ribbon around the jar and fasten with a bow, and you’re done! See, it will only take a few minutes to create a few of these. Your guests will love them!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

DIY Dad’s Stache Father’s Day Jar

DIY dad's stache jar
My dad’s birthday and Father’s Day are within 1 week of each other. Each year we usually go do something like whitewater rafting, but this year he said he just wanted to get dinner.

So, along with dinner, I made him a Dad’s stache jar and got a few gift cards I knew he would use. He’s a big car guy and he’s always working on a new car project, so I knew he would use the Auto Zone gift cards. He’s also a big reader so Amazon was a given.

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Things You Will Need:
A jar
Paint pen

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step 1
Using your paint pen, add your desired text and a fun mustache to the jar. If you’re concerned about the quality, you can print it out, tape it to the inside, and trace it.

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step 2
Put some gift cards or cash in the jar, and don’t forget the Father’s Day card!

What did you give your dad for Father’s Day?

Father’s Day Gifts 2014

Buying a gift for Father’s Day can be difficult, especially if Dad doesn’t have many hobbies. I’ve run into this problem many many times so, I compiled a bunch of ideas that could work for just about any guy with or without hobbies.

I have put together ideas in the past as well, so if you didn’t find anything good in this post, you might find the older ones helpful:

Gifts for him

These are both Valentine’s Day gifts but are still applicable:

More gift ideas

Even more gift ideas

wooden wallet

Slim & Light (Red X Walnut) Armoury M wallet via Ingenious Bros

bottle opener keychain

Bottle opener keychain by TomisTreasures

Father's Day cup

Father’s Day cup by MorningSunshineShop

engraved 50 caliber bullet

Engraved 50 caliber bullet by BottleBreacher

 Some of my DIY gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day

 

 

 

The Amazing Moleskin Sketches and Doodles

hardback moleskin notebook

You’re familiar with the brand Moleskin, right? The one that makes those little hardback notebooks that you see in Barnes&Noble. I never really paid much attention to them. I buy their notebooks for sketching purposes, but beyond that, I never thought twice about it. It’s a notebook, that’s it.

Ohhh, I was sooo wrong. It turns out that Moleskin has a huge following of artists and designers. I found this massive group of artists on Twitter from looking through photos of people’s sketchbooks. Check out the awesome drawings in these notebooks! There are a ton, so don’t stop here. Head over to Twitter and type #moleskin in the search bar.

Car drawing

’59 Corvette drawing by Cole Derochie @colderoshay

doodle while in a meeting

Creature doodle by Christian Hammer @artisthammer

sketches

Sketches by jesse aclin @JesseAclin

creature doodles

Creature doodles by Tom Joyce @tomjoyce1

window drawing

Window drawing by JoMcCreadieDesign @JoMcCreadieD

Women painting by AG Ford @AGFordArt

Women painting by AG Ford @AGFordArt

These make me want to draw more… and I think I will do that. 🙂

Do you draw in a Moleskin book? I would love to see your drawings!

DIY Matchbox Party Favors

matchbox party favors

You remember Jennifer, from Station Teen, right? A week or so ago, she asked me what I was making for my next craft for Make Something Mondays. We started talking about crafts and she gave me this great idea: decorate matchboxes with scrapbook paper and embellishments. Since she owns her own stationary and greeting card business, she offered to send me the materials I needed to make them along with a few samples so that I could make my own with a tutorial. She’s fantastic isn’t she?

Making one of these matchboxes takes about 1 minute. This project was a fun get-your-mind-off-of-everything-else craft. It would make a great favor for a wedding or party. So cute!

DIY matchbox materials

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Glue stick
Matchboxes
Embellishments
Scrapbook paper cut to 2 1/4 wide x 3 1/4 high*

*Make sure you measure the matchbox first, you might have to trim your paper a bit more.

gluing paper to matchbox

 

Step 1
Run your glue stick around the whole matchbox cover except the striking area for the matches.

scrapbook paper cover

Step 2
Wrap your paper the whole way around the matchbox and press down firmly to make sure the paper sticks.

DIY Matchbox Party Favor

Step 3
Adhere your embellishment, and you’re done!

matchbox party favors

 

I had only planned on making a 2 or 3 but, as you can see, I made a few more than anticipated. They’re so easy to make and it’s really fun to match the embellishments to the paper.

party favor variety

Here are a few that Jennifer sent me. I can see these as favors for a baby shower, even.

DIY Soy Candle

Or you could make my DIY Candle craft and tie one of these matchboxes to the jar with a matching ribbon. That would make a really cute gift!

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s store, too. She has the best greeting cards. Check out the one she sent me (below). The paper is pretty thick and the stationary picks are great. (I promise I wouldn’t be talking her up if I didn’t think her stuff was amazing.)

Thank You card from Station Teen

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you have any other creative ideas on ways to use the matchboxes?

Happy crafting!