Posts Categorized: Projects

collaborations + Design + Life + Projects / Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

Custom pillows and DIY lampshade

Custom Pillows with Roostery and SpoonflowerFor her BFA a number of years ago, my sister designed several textile designs and had them custom designed on the then new-to-me platform, Spoonflower. She then sewed pieces of clothing and had all the guests at her final show dress up in them. I was living in Denmark at the time so sadly, I was unable to experience the magic, but I’ve been told that it was indeed magic (You can see some of her work here). They had brought her designs to life.DIY lampshade with Spoonflower fabric

Spoonflower was the first platform I had heard of that offered the ability to create custom fabric from your own designs. I first heard about them while I was a graduate student in interior design and textile design. I ended up trying out a number of different patterns of my own designs over the years and being super pleased with it. Well, I hadn’t checked in with them in awhile and was super surprised to find out how much the platform had grown over the years. If you’re unfamiliar, on the platform, you can either design your own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap and get it printed on a variety of fabric and paper OR you can sell your designs OR you can select from the other designer’s fabrics. And there are SO many great options to choose from!

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Life + Projects / Monday, 7 Jan 2019

Becca’s Top 15 Projects

Becca's Top 15

Happy new year everyone! I’ll be sharing a year in review later this week, but I wanted to start with some news that still breaks my heart even though I’ve had a bit of time to come to terms. After almost 3 years, our dear designer, content editor, and confidant, Rebecca Hansen, left just right before the holidays. It’s still so tough to address and speak of because I cry nearly every time I think of it. In fact, it got so bad I couldn’t even say good-bye–I just said “see ya later,” which is how I normally like to leave things because good-byes are THE WORST and I never really think they’re final. In this case, she still lives close by so I may just show up on her doorstep every now again. Surprise!  Read on →

christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Friday, 21 Dec 2018

DIY Custom Christmas Stockings

For years I’ve been planning on making stockings for my little family, but I never managed to scrape out the time. Before I knew it, a year would come and go and my stocking dreams we postponed for another year. But not this year! I suppose Jasper added some additional motivation, and I finally sewed up a batch of stockings for the Jepson Family. I referenced a really simple and clear tutorial to create the stockings with some fun graphic fabrics. To jazz them up a bit, I embellished them with embroidered vintage trims and ribbons. The combination of folk with punchy patterns was just the look I was going for! I used customized ribbon to identify each stocking and I love the way they turned out! Read on →

christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018

DIY Nativity Puppets

Last year we made what might be my favorite project ever, our Painted Nativity Set! This year, now that I have Jasper, I wanted to create something that was a bit more child-friendly. I was inspired by these ornaments to create puppets using paper mache balls. I’ve been wanting to do this forever, only to find out my good friend, Merrilee had already done something similar! Great minds think alike! I enlisted the talented Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville to illustrate the faces for each character in the Nativity. To turn them into puppets, we drilled a hole into each sphere, inserted a pencil, and clothed each one in a simple fabric tunic. So simple! Jasper is already a big fan.

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Oversized Paper Christmas Stars

Oversized Paper Christmas Stars

With winter in full swing, I was searching for something to warm up my home during the dark, cold months. These Oversized Paper Christmas Stars were the perfect solution. These magical stars have are a common sight during the Christmas season in Scandinavian countries and have recently gained popularity in the United States and Canada. Traditionally hung in the window and filled with string lights, the stars would welcome visitors during the long and dark winters. We used our Cricut machine to create a small version to use as a tree topper a few weeks ago, so make sure you check out that post for a handful of Swedish-inspired Christmas decorations! These stars use the same templates, we just enlarged the size for an oversized result.

Learn how to make your own Oversized Paper Christmas Stars to welcome visitors this season! 

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