July 24, 2014
I love scrolling through Kickstarter every now and again and checking out the creative projects on there. Do you ever do that too? Even though you may come across some weird ones (like the guy who raised over $50,000 to make potato salad) there are some really well designed products and inspiring ideas on there. Here are a few of my favorite recently funded and current campaigns.
Minka Inhouse creates gorgeous home goods out of Santiago, Chile. They are committed to paying their workers fair wages while creating stunning products that display their culture.
Blogger and chef Anna Waston Carl is creating a cookbook that I cannot wait to get my hands on. She created 100 sure to be delicious recipes in 8 months for The Yellow Table Cookbook.
The Fairmount Living Tiles are DIY garden kits that are perfect for city dwellers. They can be placed on a patio, balcony, or even a roof and contain everything you need (minus the seeds) to have your own little garden.
If you love tech gadgets then you’re going to want to splurge and back this project. The Coolest is a retro-inpsired cooler that has a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable blender, and USB charger on it. It also does a ton of other things making it pretty much the coolest cooler around.
What Kickstarter campaigns have you backed? Or which ones would you love to see funded and produced?
July 23, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing all the pretty things in the Leif shop and stumbled upon these gorgeous mini spoons. Since they weren’t something that I really needed right then, I decided to wait and try to DIY them for less. So I hopped on Amazon and found the perfect little white porcelain egg spoons for less than $7 for a set of 4. Two days later (thanks to prime) these cute little spoons arrived at my door and I immediately got DIY-ing.
I just love projects that are really easy and have a big impact and this is exactly one of those projects. In just a few minutes (plus drying time) you can have your own set of gorgeous gold dipped mini spoons. Now I just need to decide what little things I will serve them with first.
- white porcelain mini spoons (I found mine on Amazon)
- metallic gold paint
- small, flat paint brush
- paint thinner
- painter’s tape
- a cup of rice or dry beans
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July 22, 2014
I’ve can’t seem to get enough of mint and coral these days and I’m loving the more muted versions in this color palette. Pair it with chartreuse for an unexpected pop of saturated color.
Painting by Hillary Butler. Similar paintings available in her shop.
July 21, 2014
One of my favorite things about the end of summer was always the back to school shopping. Even though I was never excited about actually going back to school choosing just the right patterned folders, sparkly pens, and the perfect backpack were my favorite. I’m actually starting to miss school just thinking about it!
While I was picking up a few office supplies last week I stumbled upon these clear vinyl pencil pouches for $1 each. And even though I’m not going back to school next month I thought they would be perfect for storing all sorts of supplies. I grabbed some gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a scalloped rectangle using my Silhouette. Ever since creating the little scalloped storage jars I’ve wanted to put scalloped decals on everything! I added polka dots to the other case because you can’t go wrong with gold polka dots (you know I do have them all over our guest bathroom), right?
Download the template to create your own gold vinyl pencil pouches:
- SVG template for use with a Silhouette or Cricut Explore
- printable PDF template
If you’re like me and you’re not heading back to school this fall you can always use these pouches for other things, like a makeup bag when you’re traveling or even a business card holder when you’re heading to a conference.
Check the other projects I’ve created with my Silhouette Cameo here.
July 18, 2014
I know I say this about every week but this week really flew by! Maybe that’s because we’ve had family visiting the past two weekends or because I spent most of the day yesterday trying to recover video footage off a broken SD card (with no luck). Either way, I’m excited for the weekend. My brother and his fiancé are in visiting and we’ll definitely be hitting up all our favorite spots in town. If you have some free time this weekend, you’ll definitely want to try one (or all) of these projects and recipes.
1. These DIY plant stands by Dream Green DIY for eHow are so simple and would look lovely with fresh flowers or special trinkets on them.
2. This modern cooler makeover by Almost Makes Perfect is so clever and so chic. I think I may have to pick one one up at a thrift store soon.
3. This ginger mint watermelon sorbet by Oleander & Palm is making my mouth water. Maybe I’ll have to add some sorbet recipes in my ice cream series.
I’m also loving:
These gold drink stirs made from brass tubing by Sugar & Cloth.
This DIY cedar planter by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
The throw out 100 things challenge over on Jess Lively makes me want to declutter my house. Right now.