Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + etsy + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013

Printable animal masks

The Etsy blog asked me to come up with a kid-friendly Halloween costume idea and I decided to do some more masks because who doesn’t love a kid in a mask? Well, let’s talk about how kids faces are scientifically proven to be cuter than anything else that covers their face. That’s why these little guys are perfect–they focus attention on the cute faces.

Choose from a panda, giraffe, elephant, all free to download. Check it out here.

And I must talk about these two cuties. Meta of One More Mushroom was kind enough to let me use her space AND her adorable little ones. Henrik LOVES being photographed and knows how to work the camera. Maja, on the other hand, would much prefer to play “rina” and remain in her ballet slippers and tutu showing off her dance moves. Can’t blame the girl. She’s got great taste.

Photography by Ciara Richardson with second image by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine.

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DIY + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 23 Sep 2013

How to make an envelope pillowcase in 5 minutes

Photography by Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom 
Blogging hiatus. Check! Just in time to reveal another episode of the Laura Ashley blog. Last time I made a camera strap from one of their scarves, and this time I did an envelope pillowcase from one of their anniversary fabrics, Emma, which is basically the easiest and fastest thing in the world. Laura Ashley is celebrating 60 years this year and they are doing a giveaway every day until September 30th, and you could potentially win a trip to England. Please and thank you! Enter here.
Supplies: fabric (I used the lovely Laura Ashley Emma pattern in camomile, my favorite), pillow insert, sewing machine, scissors, thread
To measure the fabric: Wrap the fabric around the pillow.  Then extend the fabric a quarter of the length of one side of the pillow more. Make sure you like how the pattern is positioned on the front side of the pillow and adjust as necessary. Cut the fabric length. To determine the width, measure the width of the cushion and add ½” on both sides.  You want the pillow cover to be snug. You will sew the width at 1/4″ in from the edge of the fabric.
  1. Fold and iron both the short edges (width) ¼” down and then ¼” down again. Sew a straight line across.
  2. You will now determine where you want the placement of your insert by placing the pillow insert on the fabric. Bring one side of the fabric over the insert. I set my edge about three quarters of the way down the pillow.
  3. Bring the other side of the fabric over the insert covering about three quarters of the insert. Note where you make these folds by ironing the fabric flat once you have removed the insert.
  4. Turn the case inside out and fold along the creased lines. Sew straight along the edge of both sides  1/4″ in from the edge of the fabric.

Head on over to Laura Ashley to check it all out.

And thank you Meta for working with me on this! And a fun fact: she designed and manufactures this bed, called the Henrik bed! The coolest, right? It comes in natural, natural with dip dyed legs, and white. It’s such a lovely, minimal bed that is SO easy to put together. It literally takes 30 seconds or less. Check it out here.

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DIY + downloads + Projects / Friday, 16 Aug 2013

Back to school stickers

Apparently it’s that time of year. SHUDDER. Though I refuse to acknowledge anything besides spring and summer, my friends with kids on Facebook are telling me that it’s back-to-school time. It’s also about time that Michele Brummer-Everett came back with one of her awesome projects. Remember the St. Patrick’s popper and Oscar ribbon pins? She’s the best. She was showing me some of her work last week and I practically begged her to do something for Lars. She might be the most gracious person I know (and I might be the most shameless–our friendship works well) and kindly obliged. She came up with these little scholastic illustrations that you can print off and use as stickers. Aren’t they adorable? 
Download the illustrations here.

Also, Michele has a brand new website and it’s so so so beautiful. I mean look at that cover image! Plus, she does adorable textile design. Just check out the whole site, would ya? 
photography by Daniel Everett 
download the stickers here

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DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013

4 things to do with my 2013 calendar

So, I came out with a butterfly calendar for 2013 based on the story of Thumbelina. And THEN, I accidentally reordered not once, not twice, but 3 times. Yes, I’m that slow. So, I have an abundance of butterfly calendars sitting here in my studio. I don’t want them to go to waste, so I cam up with a few ideas that you can do with them. The printing on them is just lovely and it’s printed on a wonderful cotton paper so it’s nice and thick. Because of this, you can do so many wonderful things with them like…

I tend to get a little crazy with my wrapping in general so this isn’t uncommon. Wouldn’t you want to receive a butterfly tower on your gift? Right?! 
OR, butterflies in your hair. Gah, the idea could be so 1997 (remember?!), but this approach is a bit different. Just stick them in your hair with some bobby pins. They’re especially great for little girl’s hair.

 OR, stick them on some skewers to top your cake or cupcake. Just add a little washi tape to the back.

Want to know how to do it? Here’s how to make the wrapped gift:
Materials: scissors, my Thumbelina butterfly calendar (on clearance on The House That Lars Built Etsy shop), glue gun, wire, wrapped gift, glue gun
Step 1: Cut out the butterflies.
Step 2: Using the curve of the wire, glue gun the wire to the top of the gift. I used three different strands of wire at different lengths to build it up.
Step 3: Glue the butterflies to the wire.
Step 4: Add some moss to the top to cover the wire and glue spots. Glue it down.
DONZO. Pretty spectacular with very little skill required. Also, I sprayed a bit of gold to the gift for a little va va va voom.

Again, find the calendar here.

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DIY + Projects / Monday, 5 Aug 2013

DIY vintage ribbon camera strap

I know, I know…”But you just did a camera strap DIY!” I can hear it now. Last month I made a camera strap from a Laura Ashley scarf and it was a hit. I gave the strap to Maurine as a thank you and so I needed one of my own. I have a little thing for ribbon and most of my vintage ribbon is just sitting rolled up on my shelves. I have NO idea what to do with beautiful ribbon. Seriously. Anyone? AND THEN, like lightening, I thought…camera strap! It’s the perfect size, it will get seen and used, and it adds so much to a black hunk of plastic. I bought a few yards of this beautiful ribbon from the Brooklyn Flea when I was there for the Today Show in May, and I’m so glad I found something to do with it.
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