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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dig into Your Creative Side this Summer with These Handmade Jewelry Ideas



Hello all, I have a special treat for you today. Please welcome Kacey from 

Summer welcomes a colorful palette into your life when it comes to fashion, with breezy floral skirts and bright bandannas. Naked earlobes, neck, fingers, wrists and ankles need to be adorned with color and fun, too.
Let your creative side shine under the sun by making your own jewelry by hand. You will only need a few basic supplies, patience and whimsy to follow these simple instructions for beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewelry:


  1. Sea Shell Bracelets
Release your inner mermaid by saying this, “She shall make sea shell bracelets for the seashore style.”  Use a few small and beautiful shells you’ve collected from the beach or buy some at the craft store, which need to be of similar size.
You may want to use a small drill, but it’s not necessary to make this sea shell bracelet. You’ll need:
  • 18-22 sea shells
  • chain
  • lobster clasp or clasp of choice
  • jump rings
  • awl
  • wooden board
Mark the hole with a pencil, and lay the shell on the board. Carefully apply pressure with an awl, slowly rotating it, to the mark to make a hole. Turning the shell over and enlarging the hole on the other side will help it become round and smooth.
Jump rings are inserted into the holes, and the shells are attached to the chain with about three connection rings between each shell. A ruler will help you judge if the length is right, and it helps to also wrap the length around your wrist. Apply the lobster clasp and you’re done!


  1. Beach Souvenir Sea Shell Necklace
Photo Source: Beach Bliss Living
Your bracelet needs a necklace to match it! Have you ever noticed how some small sea shells have natural holes? These are perfect to slip a cotton cord or beautiful chain through to create a beach souvenir sea shell necklace.
All you need is that one special shell you placed in your pocket at the beach, a jump ring and a cord or chain. Attach the jump ring to the shell, and then slip it onto the cord or chain. Jazz up your creation with paint or extra dangling beads!

  1. Vintage Spoon Ring
Photo Source: Craftsy
Connect with your ancestors by making this spoon ring, wrapping around your finger like history. Ask family members for old and odd spoons, or explore thrift and antique shops for the perfect selection. Avoid stainless steel and search for bendy sterling spoons: The stamp on the back will say “sterling” or “.925.”
This spoon ring jewelry making project is slightly involved, but not hard for the beginner with patience. If you’re interested in making more jewelry and unique projects like this, you may want to consider investing in some basic jewelry tools, such as round nose pliers and a jewelers saw. For this project, you will need:
  • Spoon
  • Jewelers saw or cutting tool
  • File
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Nylon or rawhide mallet
  • Torch
  • Pickle Pot
  • Ring bending pliers
  • Strip of thick leather

Pick the finger you want to wear the ring on, and measure where you want the ring to start and end. There will be overlap so your measurements are allowed to be off. Mark the length on the spoon, where you want to make the most of the design. Use the saw to cut the length, and then file down the edges.

You’ll anneal the spoon with the torch and pickle it, which makes the piece more manageable. Tweezers will help you safely grab the hot spoon before pickling it in the pot, or dipping it in water. It sounds hard, but it’s fun to watch. You might want to do this part on a cement patio or other safe surface.
Once ready, the piece is wound around the ring mandrel (which has ring sizes marked on it), as you hammer it smooth. You’ll flip it around, and slowly work it into a spiraling ring.

  1. Wire Wrapped Crystal Pendant
Photo Source: Brit + Co

Making a wire wrapped crystal pendant will connect you to the Earth, and there are many crystals to choose to match your mood or attributes you want to emphasize. For example, quartz is good for anything, but rose quartz symbolizes friendship and love.
You’ll need round nose pliers, sturdy but flexible wire and a crystal of choice. A round stone is easy to wrap, by cutting five or six lengths of your wire that will wrap around the circumference. Bundle these like straws, and cut four small pieces to tie off the bundle in equally spaced places. Wrap the bundle around a round object smaller than the crystal, like a dowel or marker.
Place your crystal in the loop and form the top, using the ends to create a loop at the top. The bunched strands around the crystal will be spread out to make a wire fishing net of sorts to hold the stone in place. String it through a necklace cord, or gift your car with jewelry for a positive vibe on the road.
Summer is about all color and fun. Express yourself: upgrade your summer fashion wear with these handmade pieces that’ll make your look personalized and pop with creativity.





Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.





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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Lighting and Architecture Aren't Mutually Exclusive



Why Lighting and Architecture Aren’t Mutually Exclusive


When you first walk up to someone’s house, what are a few of the first things you notice about the exterior? Is it the stonework of the walk path? Do you notice the color of the door and its ornate brass knocker? Maybe you haven’t noticed any of that. If the lighting isn’t right, not only will you not witness the character of the architecture and the landscape surrounding it, but you won’t be able to see your own two feet very well either. If the front path or stairway isn’t very well lit and someone should fall and seriously injure themselves, not only is the owner living in a very boring abode, but they could be served with a lawsuit too.

No one wants to be slammed with a lawsuit, nor does anyone want to live in a drab house. To keep yourself out of litigation and living in comfort and style, read why your outdoor space needs outdoor lighting.

Photo Source: DIY Network

Reason One: Outdoor lighting will enhance the natural and built landscape surrounding your home. Why limit the time you spend outside? 
PBS notes that “in lighting design, we compose space with contrast, both in brightness and hue. The key design principle is that in visual perception, nothing is absolute and all is relative, because human [beings] have evolved a visual system that is attuned to relative relationships rather than absolute measures.”

You choose not to go outside after nightfall because you cannot easily see the contrast between what is light and what is dark; without enough light, all is dark. Well-placed outdoor lighting manipulates the landscape; therefor we are able to recognize the depth of the paved stone steps and the curvature of the wisteria tree at the bottom of them. After climbing down the steps lit by path lights, the bollard lights lined along the verdant, fragrant bark island planted with hydrangea and other plants make the garden pop. The sloping lawn will look awash in light. You’ll be able to use your outdoor space after hours without fear of tripping over your own two feet.

Photo Source: DIY Network


 Reason Two: Outdoor lighting isn’t used only to safely light walking paths, it’s used to sharpen the architecture of your home, too. Retailers like Lumens sell outdoor lighting fixtures that are functional and aesthetically beautiful. Lighting changes the atmosphere; it creates a mood. American Home Shield writes that outdoor lighting increases the curb appeal of your home. This is true. Pendant and sconce wall lighting will put a spotlight on the architectural elements of your home; the lighting will refine the architectural elements of the home. The shadows the covered awning will play against the grain of the painted wood or the stucco of the exterior wall. A house that in natural daylight looks picturesque will look strong and modern at night.

Lighting can deeply impact the way a house is approached and viewed from the street. Do you want to drive home after a day of work and feel welcomed as you walk up the path, or would you rather it be uninspiring, dull and dark?

Photo Source: Tomorrows Adventures


Reason Three: Your house is where you spend at leisure time after school, work and travel. Your home is where you go to recharge. If the space is unremarkable and has no visual appeal, you won’t get a significant recharge. Instead, the house will only feel like transitional space; it won’t have any meaning and life will feel bland. Good lighting will play on the architectural elements of your home and help you to recognize its natural and built beauty.


If you own your home, you have already invested in it. Don’t let it go by not making updates. Good outdoor lighting will go a long way in making your house a home.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mastering the Art of DIY

You don’t have to undergo a major home renovation in order to increase the value of your home. After all, hiring a contractor or a team of construction and design professionals is an undertaking all its own. Not to mention that renovations often run over budget, over time, and can cause mountains of headaches along the way.

If you don’t have the money, time, or the inclination to take on such a project, you can join the thousands of homeowners across the country who have been rolling up their sleeves, dusting off their toolbox, and heading to home improvement stores. DIY is an attractive option for those of us who may not be plumbers, carpenters, or electricians, but can follow instructions and want to keep much of our hard-earned cash in our wallets.


Even if you’re not the handiest homeowner out there, don’t let the phrase “do-it-yourself” scare you. A project can be as simple as painting a door or hanging a curtain. In fact, there are plenty of simple projects that you can undertake to increase your home value, and most of those don’t even require a tool belt.




What’s important to know about DIY is to start small and to not do anything too intimidating. It can be tempting to look at the TV shows, the Pinterest boards, the YouTube clips and the like and think that you can handle it – and if you can, more power to you! – but the last thing you want to happen is to decide you can tackle a bathroom renovation, power through the demolition of the tiles and the dismantling of the sink, and then be at a loss of how to put it all back together.

DIY should be approached like any other project, by looking at your budget, your time frame, and whether or not you have what you need to complete the job. That doesn’t necessarily just mean tools, but also whether or not your skill set is up to the task. If you’ve never laid flooring before, converting your entire living room from carpet to hard wood in a weekend might not be the best place to start. What are the stakes involved if you end up taking a wrong step? If you want to try a funky stencil on a wall, you can always paint over it if it doesn’t turn out right. If you want to or create some holiday d├ęcor to deck your halls, you can always trash it and start over again. Paving a walkway, on the other hand, would be a different story altogether, requiring a lot more time, equipment, and manual labor to do the job right.


And let’s not forget that doing the job right is imperative. While cosmetic DIY changes done wrong simply look unsightly, more intensive projects done improperly can cause a lot of damage and can be a danger to the inhabitants of the home, not to mention cost a lot of money to correct the issue. Improper plumbing, for example, can cost thousands of dollars in water damage. Improper wiring can be a fire hazard. Once you have a sledgehammer in your hand, removing a wall can seem like no big deal. But not paying attention to necessary load-bearing supports can compromise the structural integrity of a home.

Remember that DIY doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, for example, you can always hire a plumber and/or contractor to deal with the plumbing and waterproofing of the bigger items, such as the shower, bathtub, and sink, while you handle more manageable tasks such as painting and installing fixtures. Small scale renovations can be just as satisfying as large-scale ones, and they can also increase your home value more than you might expect. And if you need a little guidance, don’t be afraid to ask for it! Employees at your closest home improvement store – whether it be an independent hardware store or a big box chain like Lowe’s or The Home Depot – are more than willing to share their expertise with you.



DIY improvements can give you even more of a sense of pride in your home and the work that you’ve done, with the added benefit of increasing the value of your home. Pick a project and dive right in – if you choose smartly, you’ll be happy that you gave it a shot.

You can increase the value of your home too with these easy home improvement ideas. Great ideas that won't break the bank!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DIY Heat Transfer T-Shirts + FREE Download



I know, I know it's been way too long since my last post!

My excuse... LIFE!

I thought several times of calling it quits. But I love blogging, and I love this blog. And well, I have to live by my motto...
"Crafting is the cure for my insanity!"
And it really is true. I may not be able to blog as much as I'd like but hey at least I can still do it when I can.

This post is even more long over due because

was so gracious to give me a sample pack of their easy weed heat transfer vinyl.



My Cricut cutter had some hiccups, which prevented me from making cool stuff with their vinyl pack. But that's ok, because I finally gave in and bought a Silhouette!

Omg, I love this machine!


I'm a bit of a Silhouette addict.
Hopefully there will be a therapy group soon!{insert giggles}
Ok, so on with the tutorial...
First I designed the image for my t-shirt.

Then using your Silhouette cutting machine,
import the image by selecting open under file.
Then select your image.
Enlarge your image on your design mat.
Then select the trace button, and then select the trace selected area, once you get to that page.




 Once you have selected the area to be traced, then click on the arrows pointing upwards on the High Pass Filter.


Keep clicking the arrow up until you see that there is hardly (or none at all black lines in your image).

This image looks really grainy because I cropped and enlarge the print screen shot.

Next, click on trace.


Click on the image, pull it to the side and right click to delete that layer.



And now your all set to cut the image!

Don't forget to reverse your image.






For this shirt, I chose Siser Easy Weed SILVER color.

I won't go into cutting your image and the heat transfer process (maybe on another tutorial).



But here's the finished shirt!


For a limited time, I'll give away this file for FREE.
Click Here to download the Silhouette file.

Thank you so much Siser for giving me this sample pack to play with!
I have more projects to soon post, so stay tuned.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Funquarium Giveaway WINNER Announcement

Hey Ya'll, happy Monday!

Time to brighten a lucky Crafty Allie reader's day.


Taylor C.

Congrats! Check your email Taylor, I've emailed you!

Thank you to all of you who participated!!!

Stay tuned... I have a fun craft I'll be posting soon!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Funquarium GIVEAWAY!


Hello everyone!  I’m so happy and grateful 

to be here with you today. Allie has been very

 kind in letting me share my product with

 you on her awesome blog!


I’d like to introduce to you the 

Funquarium Shark-Shaped Fish Bowl.


It’s a fun and unique way to display fish

(with plants, decorations, etc). 

It can also be used as a candy jar, a bank 

(Sharky is the friendliest “loan shark” you’ll 

ever find), 



 or fill with anything else you can safely

 imagine.


The Funquarium is lovingly handmade around

 a one gallon plastic fish bowl. It’s lightweight,

 but it’s a heavyweight in the fun department.



 It’s great for both those young and young at

 heart. It also makes for a wonderful gift and

 an excellent conversation piece.




To kick off the Funquarium, I’ll be giving one

 of these charming guys away to a lucky

 reader of Allie’s blog!



Please Make sure to check it out 
(with full description, and bonus bowl tips) 
at my etsy shop



See you there, and good luck in the Giveaway!


Thank You Sarah!
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Your Essential Spring Interior Lighting Guide


Your Essential Spring Interior Lighting Guide


When the spring and summer months finally arrive, we are embraced by the sun’s warm natural rays of light and we delight in the vibrancy of color found in spring’s blooms. Everything else by comparison feels drab and artificial, including our interior spaces.


With today’s interior design developments, we can now bring the light and natural colors of the world into our very own home. Using nature as our source of inspiration, here’s not just a few lighting designs to try, here are some lighting principles to live by.


Getting the Look: Natural interior Lighting
Lighting in the home is as chief a design element as the Georgia O’Keeffe print hanging above your media console. Lighting enriches user experience through subtly telling the occupant how the space should be used, as well as through highlighting the masterful design of the interior. SFGATE writes that a well-lit room is not only more appealing, it’s also more user-friendly.


There are a total of three lighting styles that every interior needs. They are: Task, Ambient and Accent lighting. All three lighting styles when working together craft a space that feels as though it is made out of the very essence of nature. Who knew that lighting design could so easily manipulate our senses and create a space of air and light?


Let’s take a quick look at what each of the three lighting styles does for the interior:


Task Lighting: As you probably surmised by its name, task lighting is necessary for completing certain tasks. Think of task lighting as a spotlight. It casts a steady, current stream of light on your work area. Task lighting is perfect for activities like crocheting, cooking or even just looking through a magazine.


Ambient Lighting: This type of lighting design provides general overhead light in the interior space. Houzz suggests that by pairing ambient light with natural light, you can create the illusion of an open and airy space. This can help you feel like you are sitting out on the patio when you’re actually sitting pretty in your air conditioned living room.


Accent Lighting: To bring the glow of spring into your home, accent lighting should be your design style of choice. Accent lighting, similar to task lighting, shines a spotlight on specific areas in the home. Unlike task lighting, which focuses its light source on user tasks, accent lighting brings into focus particular architectural and interior design elements. This brings user attention to the details of the home.


Lighting Fixture Types
The real question is, what type of lighting fixture would best help to accentuate your space and usher in the spirit of spring?


The first thing to think about is where you want the focus to be in your home. Do you want it to be on your multi-colored Marocco Rug with its floral mandalas, or do you want to shine a light on your succulent-filled retro bullet planter? Maybe you would prefer showing off the geometric pastel graphic printed pillows designed by Alexander Girard sitting on your sofa. Or maybe you just want a room that feels as open and light as your private garden. Guess what? You can accomplish all of this at once with a mixture of task, ambient and accent lighting.


The Chandelier: The chandelier encapsulates accent and ambient lighting through producing an overhead light that illuminates the entire room. The low-hanging tapered design of the Patrona Chandelier by Tech Lighting company has 22 arms that extend and hang from the ceiling much in the shape of a fruit-laden vine. Its 22 bulbs produce a light that glitters as it passes through their crystal shades.


The Wall Sconce: The wall sconce provides task, ambient and accent lighting all in one unique fixture. Hung at any level, the sconce can illuminate your reading material or frame a prized item in light, The Steampunk wall sconce by Boyd Lighting is oval in shape and industrial in design. It’s no nonsense sentiment makes the user fix their mind on the happenings of the space, not the walls.

We all enjoy a good dose of natural light. Now we can bring it into our home by simply arranging our fixtures in such a way as to make us believe the room is an extension of the outside world.

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