Crafty

 

Before I begin, I just want you to know that I am the opposite of crafty. So, when I saw this tutorial for how to make a a workout shirt (with no sewing involved!) on Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth's blog, I didn't think I'd be able to do it! But, I DID it! I wish I would have taken a before picture of the t-shirt. It was just some old t-shirt that I never wore. I didn't want to start with a nice t-shirt in case I messed up royally. But, it turned out so cute! I plan on going to the thrift store to find some cheap t-shirts & do it to several more in the future. It's perfect for working out. All I have to say is that if I can do this, any of you can! Below is the t-shirt from Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth's blog. She has step-by-step directions that make it really easy. If you try it, let me know how it works out!

(Above image & tutorial via Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth.)

{1. Owl Pumpkin;  2. Scalloped Pointelle Loop Scarf in Orange;  3. Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate;
4. Cute pumpkin cupcake;  5. Oval shaped Flowers Print / Orange / Yellow;  6. Erika Persimmon Duvet Cover }

Fun fact: I'm obsessed with everything pumpkin! Seriously, you guys. October is one of my favorite months (in part) because I can unabashedly express my adoration for the color, flavor, scent and any/everything related to pumpkins! With that being said, I've decided to hand-picked a few of my favorite pumpkin-related items to share with you. I am especially fond of the owl pumpkin. He/she may be making an appearance in my home sometime soon.

Do you have any obsessions that come along with a particular month or season? Are you as obsessed with pumpkin as I am?

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I wanted to share this quick & ridiculously easy patterned clipboard wall display I made! I got the inspiration from this photo.

The steps are pretty much nonexistent. All I did was take plain clipboards and cover them with some cute scrapbooking paper I found at Target. I used an exacto knife to cut the paper to match the clipboards. Then, I sprayed an even coating of spray adhesive (careful! it's hard to get off fingers!) onto the clipboards and carefully smoothed out the paper. The key is to already have the paper lined up and clipped down at the top; that was you guarantee a perfect finish!

I couldn't figure out how to get the very top part covered with paper without unscrewing the actual clips at the top. And, I was too impatient. I know it's not perfect, but it's a nice quick fix to the alternative of blank & boring walls. If you try this yourself, please send me pictures of the finished products!

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Here in Cincinnati, we've had two (that's right TWO) Snow Days this week. These are the times when I truly savor being a teacher & still getting to enjoy the finer things that come along with being a kid. There is nothing quite like the giddy feeling of waking up to a blanket of snow & a voicemail telling you to stay snug in bed. Now, since I'm feeling all cozy & watching the snow fall, I figured it was the perfect day to round up some warm & cozy gift ideas for that someone special. Enjoy & stay warm this holiday!

These beautiful beige fingerless gloves ($35) from Homelab are so darling--especially with that wrist strap & button.  I love unnecessary, decorative buttons!

This sweet print ($20) by the lovely Elisabeth over at Poppy and Pinecone makes me want to whip out my over-sized headphones, bundle up, & go explore in the snow!


I've been wanting a pair of Frye boots for a while. I just wish they weren't so dang expensive (the ones pictured above are $318). For those of you that have them, do you feel that they were a smart purchase?

I love this knitted leaf barrette (only $6!) made by Amanda Lee at I Love Life I Love You. What a perfect little gift to use as a stocking stuffer!

If I bought these snuggly red owl sweater lace-up booties ($34) from Urban Outfitters, they would never leave my feet when I got home.


This ruffly scarf ($38) from Anthropologie would be a great way to accessorize my winter attire.

What winter accessories are you lusting over this winter?

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Cincinnati is an amazing city. I've lived in this area my entire life & I've loved every minute of it. Don't get me wrong-- I'm not opposed to trying out a new city. But, Cincinnati really is a great place to call home. Just recently, I moved to the historic Over-the-Rhine (pictured above) & I couldn't be happier! There is never a lack of things to do. There are  great local bars, a thriving art scene, & wonderful events always happening.  I hope to make several blog posts in the future highlighting some of the great things about living in Cincinnati.

But, the main point of this post is to let all my Cincinnati readers (whoever you are) know about the Crafty Supermarket that is happening this Saturday (November 20, 2010) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. I'm super pumped! There are more than 50 artists and crafters signed up!

I'll be sure to write a follow-up post on the event! But, if you're from Cincinnati, you definitely don't want to miss it!


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It's getting cold here, you guys. I've finally broken down & turned the heat on (hmmph!). Since it's simply too cold to do anything outside, I'm spending my Saturday afternoon on the couch watching soccer with the boy (he's kind of obsessed) & the puppy & lots of blankets. While I'm here, I figured I might as well share a couple images & products I've found particularly inspiring over the past week. An inspiration dump, if you will. Hope you enjoy!

As a typography & a wine enthusiast, I am swooning over this print.

I am inspired by this beautiful workspace. Found via pinterest. (I'm not sure of the original author of this photo - if you know, tell me!)


This stunning 18kt dragonfly wing is so lovely & dainty. Unfortunately, it is much too far out of my price range.
So, I'm posting it here-- which is the next best thing to buying it, I suppose.

I want this coffee cozie. Unfortunately, it's sold out. Hopefully the owner of the shop will be making more shortly!

Well, I suppose that will do for now. Feel free to leave a comment giving me links to pretty pictures, products, etc! I love inspiration & can't get enough!

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These handmade brooches designed by Grainne Morton are so refreshingly charming & delightful. I can see them paired with a nice cardigan, colorful skirt, & some flats. Just in time for spring. I really like that most of the brooches & other jewelry designed by Grainne Morton is created using a combination of found items. If you haven't noticed by now, I like people who can think outside of the box!

{All of the brooches pictured above can be found here.}