I bought this shirt from the sale rack at Superstore and thought I would add it to my winter wardrobe. The flower pattern was a little too much though, so I decided to eliminate some of it by cutting off the sleeves. I absolutely love how it tuned out; pretty, easy, and cute – my new go-to summer shirt!

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sleeveless for summer

Jun29
Adri
craft, style
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I hardly ever print real photos anymore, it is easy enough to snap a quick picture on my phone and store it on Instagram. If I somehow lost those photos I would be so upset because many of them are from trips and have sentimental meaning. I decided to make a mini collage to put up in my room using an empty ikea frame I’ve had laying around. I ordered the prints from Firebox, they come printed out in polaroid style on thick photo paper & a mini sharpie pen! This project took about five minutes and I am so happy with the way it turned out! I think this would make a lovely fathers day present (you could do pictures from a family trip, or pictures from when you were little)!! The instructions are pretty easy, its really up to you how you want your collage to look, I taped my photos to the cardboard that the picture frame comes with and then hung it in my room!

 

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Summer Project: Instagram Picture Collage

Jun14
Michaela
craft
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For me, summer is synonymous with cut off denim shorts. The concept of shredding a pair of pants after a long winter is completely satisfying. I have seen many variations for this upcoming summer, particularly ones with precious lace detailing. I love the idea of ripped and tattered with a pretty accent. These were so simple and fun to make, I know I will be living in them all summer.

 

 

Tools: Old pair of denim jeans (I used some old levis)// lace or plaid for decoration//fabric glue, tweezers//scissors// cheese grater// sand paper (basically anything to help scruff up the denim) , pen for marking preferred length

Directions:  Before you start cutting, decide on the length and then mark it with a pen or chalk. Once you’ve finished cutting one leg, fold over the jeans and cut out the other//make a few incisions in the denim to create holes. With sandpaper, rub back and forth, up and down against the holes. Measure the lace before you trim and put it anywhere you like; it would be cute to place it around the legs as well! Then, using fabric glue, begin to glue and press the lace in place! I also cut up an old flannel shirt to add a few touches of plaid on another pair! Have fun!

 

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daisy dukes

May29
Michaela
craft
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In my early years I would spend every summer at my cottage on lake superior. Our place is about four miles off the trans canada and where the road meets the highway there is a delicious ice cream store to help combat northern Ontario’s surprisingly hot summers. With a little convincing my mother would drop my friends and I off to enjoy a frozen desert followed by a walk/run back to the cottage. On one of these excursions we passed some neighbors having a garage sale. My mother is always up for treasure hunting so we pulled over to take a gander. The sale had your usual plastic figurines, exercise equipment and tacky placeholders but we were immediately drawn by two pre second world war cruiser bikes. Five dollars each and they were ours! Excited we set off on our newfound toys while dreaming about how many more ice creams we could devour with our prehistoric wheels! No sooner had we reached our top speed, the pedals locked and both bikes coasted to a standstill. We now were stranded with two heavy pieces of metal to drag for the remaining three and a half miles home. Struggling to reach the next milestone and Ill admit lacking the grit of a war hero we were forced to ditch them off the side of the road. Upon arriving empty handed my mother had no sympathy, making us return to retrieve the bikes from their premature grave.

 

The following summer I was bored and looking for a summer project. Remembering the old cruiser bikes, I set out on a mission to restore and beautify one. My Father and I set off for town to pick out some paint, a pretty basket and some WD40 to free the seized drive chain. By the time I was finished with the bike it was a matt shade of bubble gum pink and I was in love. I rode the bike all summer long commuting between the neighbors house, ice cream store and the beach. I had put the bike to such great use and couldn’t bare the idea of going a day without it. Luckily my uncle, a truck driver, offered to transport my pink bike from ontario all the way to Canmore, Alberta. Since its arrival it has provided me with countless summer memories and experiences all the while reminding me of my childhood on lake superior.
I took the pink bike out for a spin today. I am happy to say it is still going strong, although it may be time for a fresh coat of paint.

 

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The Pink Bike

May24
Michaela
craft, inspiration
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Now that it’s finally reading week, I’ve had time to indulge in activities other than studying! After my last midterm on Friday, I travelled back home and haven’t cracked open a textbook since. I was rummaging in the back of my closet and found a pair of old, slightly grubby shoes from Wal-Mart so I decided to spice them up a bit! My family just booked our tickets for Hawaii in the spring so I’ve been in the Tropical mood of late. : ) I put on some Jack Johnson and doodled away. This craft was easy and relaxing and I love how they turned out! I was tempted to stick with the black and white but ended up adding some colour anyway. Just imagine long boarding with these, jean shorts, a baggy tank and a topknot! If only I knew how to long board!

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summer sneakers

Feb19
Adri
craft, style
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I am so excited to share with you this DIY leather clutch that Adri and I made. I love anything crafty; crocheting, card making, sparkles and glue, I didn’t realize just how much fun leather-crafting can be. Everything from creating your design, punching holes, hand-stitching, the entire process is fantastic and its a rewarding one. I made this video to show you the main steps, but here are some tips that simply can’t be shown on camera:

1. Find a local leather shop like http://www.tandyleatherfactory.ca/ You will need these tools:

 

  • needles
  • awl
  • pricking wheel (not necessary but spaces stitching nicely)
  • ruler
  • exacto knife or rotary cutting tool
  • leather
  • waxed thread

 

2. Plan your design, we went for a simple envelope design with stitching up either side. Our measurements were 25 cm width by (30 cm + 13cm length)  +13 is for the fold over!

3. Make your measurements on the leather and carefully cut along your lines using the ruler as a straight edge.

4.  Next apply contact cement along both sides you will be stitching. This helps keep the holes aligned while stitching.

5. Using the pricking wheel trace along each side, marking the path your stitch will follow.

6. Measure out about 3 1/2 times the distance needed to stitch.

7. Thread the needle as shown in video. Basically you pull the thread through the eye of the needle and then split the thread with the needle pulling it all the way down the shaft of the needle.

8.The hand stitch is basically a figure eight motion each needle goes through each hole. You always want to begin the stitch from the same side. Once you get to the end make sure to double back two holes.  This diagram is really helpful!

9. You may need a little extra arm strength to hammer in the fastener, so make sure to ask for help! (or just use a screw on one like on our brown clutch)

10. When drilling your hole the second time around increase the drill bit size so it is able to fit over the fastener (this is also why we created the slits)

Good Luck! xx

Note** If you need anymore tips or advice make sure to leave them in the comments section and we will try our best to answer them! Also, if you do visit a leather shop, some may have kits with all the tools you need to start leather-work!

 

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DIY leather clutch.

Jan23
Michaela
craft
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It’s never too early to start planning out Christmas gifts for friends and family. One of my favorite gifts to receive is a homemade card. I find them so meaningful, especially when they are personalized just for you. Lately I have been loving the look of a black sharpie on white paper, its so easy! There are so many beautiful quotes to live by, you really can make someones day with an inspiring message:)

 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes that would be nice on a card for any occasion:

 

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss

 

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J R R Tolken

 

“All you need is tea & warm socks”

 

“Every oak tree started as an acorn”

 

“Storms make trees take deeper roots” -Dolly Parton

 

x

 

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“all you need is tea & warm socks”

Oct17
ashressaday
craft
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Excitement fills my heart as summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to transform into beautiful bursts of colour. This time of year reminds me so much of my childhood: embarking on a new school year while holding onto the last sweet memories of summer. We have just prepared our cottage for winter and said our “good-byes” until next year. The last few days required the constant maintenance of logs on the fire to stay warm, cozying up in a blanket and a pair of Grandma’s handmade socks with a cup of warm Ovaltine; pure comfort . Once I returned home I took inspiration from the many changes around me, the muted yellows and the deep rustic reds on the trees. So keeping with the “warm and cozy” theme, I decided to pick up my old knitting needles and attempt to make a scarf. I cast on an easy 22 rows to get me started. The lyrics of Joni Mitchell in the background: “I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun, I want to be the one that you want to see, I want to knit you a sweater, I want to write you a love letter, I want to make you feel free.” made for a successful beginning to my autumn scarf.

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autumn scarf

Sep18
Michaela
craft
3 Comments

I saw an idea for an inspiration board on pinterest so I made one for myself! If you have old magazines, pictures, and random things that inspire you lying around, try putting them together on a bulletin board! I tied some twine around mine and hung little items with mini clothes pins. Having an inspiration board is a great way to get creative juices flowing and inspire new ideas. It takes no time at all to throw together a little display to brighten your workspace!

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creative habit

Aug21
Adri
craft, inspiration
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I saw these cute earring holders in Urban Outfitters and I couldn’t wait to try making one myself! It’s a brilliant way to store your earrings and still have them on display!

Instructions:

1. Find an old frame and cut mosquito screen material to fit inside.

2. Hot glue the edge of the screen to the inside of the frame and let dry. Use plenty of glue so the screen is secure!

Turn it around and decorate it with your earrings!

 

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crafty solutions!

Jul8
ashressaday
craft
4 Comments