DIY: Tugging at the HeartStrings

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Hi DIY team!

I am so so sorry for the delay in posting. I am now officially done for the school year! And between celebrating (read: drinking) and catching up on sleep (read:hungover) I wasn’t quite able to get cracking on the DIYs I have been dying to try.

Yesterday I did this one for my mom. I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated it. But I think I have now fallen in love.

Of course I chose the most difficult shape. For my good knowledgeable-in-Canadian-geography pals, you can (hopefully!) recognize my shape, it is the island of Newfoundland. This is where my momma was born and where half my family still resides. I made it for my mom 🙂 I think it would look good at our family cottage.

Thank you and credit goes to Jojie for the fabulous idea.

Materials

  1. Piece of wood, mine was about 1 inch thick. Size depends on you. I picked mine from a scrap collection my dad has. I recommend doing this as you can find cool shapes or a distressed look. Otherwise Home Depot my friends.
  2. String – I used thick industrial-like string, but embroidery thread would work as well (and you can choose cute colours!), try Michaels
  3. Nails, mine were 1 inch long, Home Depot, pack of 100 for $10
  4. Hammer, Home Depot, $10
  5. A print out of the place you wish to use! Try searching for the image on Google Images.

Instructions

  1. After deciding upon your location, find a good map image of it, in the size you want, and print it out.
  2. Cut out the map
  3. Either outline the map lightly with pencil onto your wood, or lightly tape it to the surface
  4. Start nailing! This is the hardest, most trying part. You want your nails to be half a centimetre apart ideally. This requires patience. Don’t hit your thumb either!
  5. Once you have your nail outline, remove your map. Pick a place to put your heart (ideally the middle). Trace or free hand draw your heart, and again, start nailing!
  6. After the nailing is finally complete, take your string and go to town. Tie it around your starting nail and go! I didn’t really have a method to my madness but I know Jojie did. You want to hit every nail, and connect it to the heart, you will be going around nails more than once, and maybe for more than one round. Make sure the string stays taut.

What city/town/province/country/state/planet tugs at your heartstrings?

xo CP

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DIY: Best Head Band

Apologies again for the less than spectacular photography. This headband is one of the most comfy I have owned, and its pretty! And does not give me a headache! And it was free! I know its hard to tell by these pictures all the awesomeness, so please check out blogger Make it and Love it for some inspiration. I credit this post to her!

Materials

  1. Any fabric you choose. I cut up an old black jersey material tube top. Jersey material is good because it is comfortable and has some stretch to it. Cotton, spandex, or some blended form probably would work fine too
  2. Either glue gun and glue sticks – Dollarama or thread (preferably in the colour of your material) and needle.

Directions

  1. Cut five strips of the fabric. Each strip  should be twice as long as the measurement around your head. They can be off any thickness, obviously the thicker the strips, the thicker the headband will be. Make sure the strips are evenly cut and of the same length
  2. Place the strips on top of each other and either sew or glue the pieces together at the top. Pull on each strip of fabric so that they slightly curl on the edges.
  3. Lay your strips down on your work surface and tape the top part down to help you while braiding. Split up the strips by putting 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the right.
  4. Now you will be creating the 5 strand braiding that you will continue to do down to the end. Make it and Love it has created wonderful directions WITH photos to help you out with this part. please see her website for the rest of the directions! Her photos speak words better than I could type!

Can’t wait to make some more of these… i thinking some pastel colours for spring, and neon for summer!

xo

CP

Wanted: Craft Station

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Okay. So the problem with being a crafty procrastinator is that you’re willing to craft anywhere, anytime. So long as you have the supplies, your good!

Or are you?

Turns out I was not. I was not being good! I was being a bad, bad crafter. I had my supplies, but no designated crafting area! Sure you can spread out plastic bags or newspapers but that usually takes up an awkward space, and does not have an 100% leak proof record.

There are some really cool crafter stations out there. I really, really want one (like this one by DeSerres) but my 700 square feet condo won’t allow many large additions!

As an attempt to get me off of our new floors and furniture, my dashing boyfriend surprised me by buying me the table pictured above. Both the table and chair fold and tuck away which is great, and no more paint on the couch which is also a bonus. It’s perfect for now, but I do envision one day having a room to myself 🙂 Or at least one of those bad boys by DeSerres

I want to see YOUR crafting space!

DIY: A Girl’s Pearls Framed

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Well if you happened to come across my DIY: Wine Charmed, you will already know the instructions! With pinks, pearls, and creams this project is especially girly ❤

Materials

  1. 1/2 inch thick foam board – Deserres, price depends on size ($6-$20)
  2. Picture frame – mother’s basement (or try Dollarama)
  3. Fabric – mother’s basement (or try Fabric Land)
  4. Glue gun and glue sticks – Dollarama
  5. Push pins – as many as you want, in any style (Dollarama has pretty ones). I glued old fake pearls to push pins to keep some consistency.
  6. your jewelry!

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut foam board to fit into frame. If you do it exact enough, it will squeeze in and not need any support
  2. Cut fabric so that it is slightly bigger all around your piece of foam board
  3. Glue the fabric to the board by gluing the extra fabric to the back of the foam board, pulling it tight so it stays taut
  4. Put fabric covered foam board into frame. Place push pins and jewelry in the order you want
  5. Hang – ta-da!