Friday Five Roundup

So I just got my first big girl camera this week and I’m super excited to try it out this weekend! And since I’m in a photography frame of mind (pun intended), today’s Friday Five is all photography themed.  Allons-y!

As much as I love crafting and blogging, it’s hard to constantly create while going about everyday life. I definitely admire people who are constantly making, the ones that create something every day are my heros! One such master of her passion is Spanish artist, Sandra Suárez. She creates new masks using cardboard and other readily available materials and photographs herself in them EVERY DAY! They range from whimsical, to funny to mindblowing. Follow her on Instagram and maybe get inspiration for your next costume party.

Hello Spring! Play us a song! Let them eat cake! Glasses + a ladder? Life in the fishbowl

 

Annalisa is a high schooler who created authentic self portraits of 100 years of culture/counterculture for her photography class. I give her an A+!

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Awesome creepy pictures by Nick Brandt of birds and bats who have been preserved in a chemically charged lake.

Stone Lake Flamingo by Nick Brandt

Stone Lake Sparrow by Nick Brandt

 

Vika Ivanova is a Russian advertiser, teacher, and kickass photographer! She creates narratives out of everyday objects that truly surprise and delight.

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And finally, I’m a total nerd and have read the entire manual for my new camera. But gray and black pictures and manufacturers details sometimes aren’t enough. The amazing ladies over at A Beautiful Mess know a thing or eleventy about photography. They are a great resource for novice and expert photographers alike.

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Send in some snaps from your awesome weekends!

 

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and you don’t even have a tortilla in the house. Don’t worry, I have all the inspiration you need for your own last minute fiesta!

¡Vamonos!

welcome your guests with plain door mats sprayed in festive colors

welcome your guests with plain door mats sprayed in festive colors (via)

Deck out your buffet with a quick and easy tissue paper garland (via)

Deck out your buffet with a quick and easy tissue paper garland (via)

These easy to find Mexican sodas pull double duty as colorful decor and as a refreshing drink

These easy to find Mexican sodas pull double duty as colorful decor and as a refreshing drink (via)

Cinco de Mayo and cinco ingredients!

Cinco ingredients are all you need for flautas! (via)

Blender-free margaritas (via)

Blender-free margaritas (via)

un-fried ice cream that's under 200 calories. We say, Ole! (via)

Mexican un-fried ice cream that’s under 200 calories. We say, Ole! (via)

Send your guests home with mini pinatas that take no time at all! (via)

Send your guests home with mini pinatas that take no time at all! (via)

Friday Five Roundup

It has been a while, right? Spring has sprung and I’ve been itching to get back to you all! Let’s just jump right into it – Allons-y!

The brief hint of warm weather was all I needed put away the sweater tights and boots and daydream about getting rooftop drunk. Alas, Mother Nature reneging on the sunshine earlier this week will not stop me from starting an indoor springtime cocktail revolution! These recipes from Bon Appetit are just what we all need to keep the faith until the warmth comes to stay.

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Just because I haven’t been crafting, doesn’t mean I’m not constantly looking out for inspiration. This DIY broach the ladies at Honestly WTF created is just fun, awesome, and GINORMOUS. Love at first click!

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Things that are great: coffee, bikes, owning your own business, and being green. This coffee cart has it all! To quote the Fast Company article:

The project is currently raising funds on Indiegogo, and for an early-bird price of $1,800, someone can get an entire Wheely’s Cafe: A bike with a solar-powered battery to run a coffeemaker, a sink, storage, and an umbrella to protect customers from the sun and rain. Everything is branded with the Wheely’s identity so cart owners have the advantage of being recognizable.”

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CJ Hendry. Follow her instagram. Be blown away.

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And finally, Maddie on Things is just a great photoblog of Maddie the coonhound on, well…things! Brings a smile to your face and reminds you that it’s almost the weekend, so go on an adventure of your own!

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Hiatus, much?

So, I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve had a good reason! Not only did I start a new full time job – I moved to a new city. The big city! The Big Apple to be precise! Exciting right? I couch surfed for a month and now have my very own overpriced, undersized death trap slice of heaven. My first DIY has been installing the A/C (as it has been crazy hot here!) But I’m going to post mostly how I’m making my new space a home on the quick and cheap. So if you have a small/rental space you can use some of the ideas too. Wish me luck and stay tuned for the adventure!

Craft Testing: Doctor Who Modge Podge Screen Printing

I remember in college making shirts for EVERYTHING! Concerts, parties, holidays, Friday night movies – the Old Navy t-shirt section was never safe. Back in the day I invested in the whole screen printing kit: frames, screens, bulbs, photo emulsion, the whole nine yards. It was expensive and time consuming, but the shirts always turned out great and that was enough for me. This week I decided to try my hand at a more budget and time friendly option – modge podge. Yes, that wonder glue can really be used for anything.

About the design:

It’s no surprise to the people that know me that I am a big nerd and I watch a LOT of television. My favorite show of the moment is Doctor Who. As the longest running show on television, there is no way to sum it up effectively, but here is the super cliff notes version: it’s about an alien who can travel through all of time and space with his spaceship (accidentally) disguised as a 1960’s police call box, and usually has a human companion with him on his adventures.

In one episode, companion River Song uses her hallucinogenic lipstick to escape her space prison cell. The guard thinks he has her detained, but it is really just a drawing. I thought it would be cool not only to put this design on a shirt, but to embroider a set of lips on it as well.  Get it?  Yeah, I know, nerdy awesome!

Check out how it went after the jump. Allons-y!

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What you’ll need:

  • T-Shirts (got some for my favorite Whovian fellas from Target)
  • Fabric paint
  • Small brush (for the details) and Foam brush for the larger areas (note: the brush will be ruined after this so use a cheap one)
  • Silk Screen and frame (I had left over screen and an old picture frame I stapled it to. Depending on the size of your design, you can use an embroidery hoop and even a pair of pantyhose instead)
  • Squeegee
  • Design
  • For embroidery: fabric stabilizer, embroidery floss, needle, and hoop, straight pins

Step 1: I’m very high tech, so I traces my image straight off the television with a pencil and tracing paper :) I then traced it again on my sheet of screen fabric with a sharpie to make sure I could see the lines clearly.

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Step 2: Starting with the details, I painted the modge podge with the small brush onto the screen. You can hold it up to the light to make sure you are filling in all the holes. Remember: whatever space you miss, paint will show on your shirt

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Step 3: I taped around my design just to make sure my painting surface was secure. I poured on the white paint in a thin line in the taped area and used the squeegee to spread it across the design. I went back and forth to make sure paint saturated all of the design.

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Step 4: Because the shirts I used were so soft, I had to use a fabric stabilizer and embroidery hoop to ensure my hand stitched design would not pucker. Once again I used my high tech method of tracing, this time off of the computer screen, on to the tracing paper, then again onto the fabric stabilizer. I used the water soluble kind because I think it’s the easiest to clean up (just wet it to wash it away). I cut a square slightly larger than my design to pin to the shirt. With this type of stabilizer since it is so thin you will need to layer several sheets (3-5 will work for a design this size). I outlined the lips in a back stitch and filled it in with a split stitch.

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And ta-da! River Song was here!!! Here is my buddy and fellow Whovian, Quenten showing off his limited edition shirt!!!!

Quenten has had a brush with hell...in high heels!

Quenten has had a brush with hell…in high heels!

All in all, modge podge screen printing is definitely a cheaper alternative than the more robust traditional version. That being said, I think it also works best for simpler less detailed designs. It gets a 8.7 rating from me in the quick and dirty DIY department. If you guys try it out, let me know how it works for you. And remember to beware of time travelers reapplying lipstick!

Things I Made Last Week

Sorry for the random post, y’all! I’m in NYC (again!) and definitely scrambling around (but thats the New York way isn’t it?) For once I’ll be here all weekend instead of just one afternoon. There’s a blogfest with a bunch of design expos I’ll be covering, so I’ll make sure post pictures of all my adventures this weekend. And yes, this is basically my excuse filled way of saying there is no Friday Five Round up! But hopefully Allons-y Craft will be chock full of awesomeness this special weekend that you won’t even notice…other than me pointing it out right now :)

But below are some things I spur of the moment crafted. If you remember those left over branches I had, I used the rest in my room to make a hanging jewlery organizer. Saves space on top of my dresser and helps me see all my bling! Plus it looks pretty cool :)

I also had a small, clear vase from Michael’s that I just kept shoving receipts in, so I decided to glam it up! I used liquid gold leaf on the inside (waaaaay easier to use than the foil) and two coats of powder blue spray paint on the outside. I used painters tape just to give it a fun angle instead of just half and half.

And finally, I made an embroidered felt barrette for the Cubs game I went to. It was super easy and only used two types of stitches! I totally suggest you make them for your favorite team this season.

Have a great weekend and keep checking back. Allons-y!

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Friday Five Roundup

Happy Friday everyone! The end of the week is here, so let’s see it out in our special roundup way! Allons-y!

I’m not going to beat around the bush – I am so freaking excited about the Great Gatsby coming out this weekend!  I love the book! I love the original movie! I just…I can’t wait. Then I found these great illustrations by Danish illustrator Mads Berg and I got even more excited (how is that possible? I don’t know but it is!) They aren’t Gatsby themed per se, but it just evokes that feeling in me (the one of the couples dancing is my absolute favorite!)

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I always think it’s so funny when people are amazed when I make the simplest craft. To me it’s nothing, but to them I’ve made something they never would have thought of. Granted that’s the same way I feel about engineers or programmers. Everyone has that thing that just makes sense to them. But there are some basics that every man, woman, and child should know – crafty or not – and that is sewing on a button! To me that’s a non-negotiable skill, like making a PB&J. So make your great-granny proud and head over to Papercut Patterns to school yourself. Who knows, you may catch the sewing bug!

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I mean, once you can sew on a button the next obvious step is upcycling old stuff around the house into awesome works of art, right? I’m pretty sure that’s what Peter McFarlane did. Buttons pops off blazer, sews it back on. Goes to garage, makes Native American-style headdress out of lawn mower blades. The obvious progression of skill!

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So if there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m always hungry. I love food. It may or may not be close to 1AM as I actually type up this post and I may or may not be eating a bowl of noodles (it is and I am – sorry I’m not sorry). So when I stumbled upon Foodiecrush Magazine, I had to get a snack halfway through surfing the site. The pictures are amazing. The blog posts are inspired. And the recipes make me want to go grocery shopping to restock the pantry. So grab a snack, then check it out (trust me, you want to do it in that order!)

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And if there were two things you should know about me, it’s that I love to travel. If I’m not in another city/state/country/continent every few months, I go stir crazy. It’s like my whole life is cabin fever until I am on a plane, train, or automobile headed to a new locale. So to fight the wanderlust, I visit the Cool Hunter’s Amazing Places page. They are now up to six, and the images are so amazing. Places I never knew existed and I’m not quite sure where some of them actually are! If I had to sit in a cubicle all day, this would be a mini-vacay (serenity now!) So this Friday, I give you a mental trip around the world. You’re welcome.

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DIY Mothers Day

No really, Mothers Day is in 3 days you really shouldn’t be waiting until the last minute! And at this point if you only show up with a card on Sunday, she will know it’s because you forgot. No worries, if you’re an über procrastinator like me, I found a few quick DIY’s to save your butt. Allons-y!

Bath salts that won't make your mom eat your face

bath salts that won’t make mom eat your face (allons-y!)

Classy DIY bling for mom

classy DIY bling for mom (allons-y!)

let's face it, she's totally going to cry looking at the adorable picture through the cut out

let’s face it, she’s totally going to cry looking at the adorable picture through the cut out (allons-y!)

Who's that cool lady with the awesome bag at the farmer's market? Oh, that's just my mom!

“Who’s that cool lady with the awesome bag at the farmer’s market?” Oh, that’s just my mom! (allons-y!)

You make the tray and mimosas, someone else can do the dishes!

You make the tray and mimosas that go on it, someone else can do the dishes! (allons-y!)

So this year score brownie points for actually making something á la your elementary school self. And trust me, these are waaaaaay better than a macaroni necklace.