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Category Archives: Crafting
I’m late to the party. But the party is still hopping, and probably will be for a looong time to come.
What party is this, you ask?
Why, the pinning party of course!
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest…well, then you probably just don’t spend as much time trolling the internet as I do. (read: you are infinitely cooler than me) I’ve been hearing about it for some time, but it was just last week that I jumped on the band wagon and started to get my “pin” on.
In a nutshell, some genius came up with the idea of “pinning” images you find online that you want to save. Previously I was just going the old school right-click-save-image route, collecting tons of images in folders on my desktop. They were somewhat arranged according to what category they fell under (in my case–style inspiration, interior design, shoot styling, special projects, etc…), but it was a royal pain in my rear to rename each image to something that would remind me which site I found it on in the first place. Just not the easiest way to access inspiration when needed. Plus, I could only get to my inspiration files when I was on whatever computer I saved the image to…mega lame.
Then, along came Pinterest.
Now, I’ll be reading a blog, window-shopping online, or just looking for some inspiration, and if I see something I want to save/remember/share, I merely click the handy-dandy “Pin It!” button on my favorites toolbar.
Voila! I can pick which “board” I want to save it to (mine range in title from “photography” to “cool stuff +things” to “fashion + style” and so on), and it does all the work of remembering the image’s original link for me.
And, even cooler, people can follow my boards to see what’s inspiring me, and I can follow other people to see what they’ve been digging on lately.
See…all my boards in one place! So! much! inspiration! Click here to follow my boards.
Good. Gracious. Does it get much better than that??
No, no it doesn’t. This is the epitome of excitement for an inspiration-web-troll like me.
Here’s a little snapshot of one of my Pinterest boards…it’s for a little project (hence the title “Special Project”) that I’ve got in the works, so hopefully sooner than later you’ll see this inspiration actually turn into reality. :)
Happy pinning, ya’ll! :)
Today, I shall show you the re-purposed frame. Again, disclaimer. These little projects are examples of lazy creativity. I totally got excited about crafting on my un-planned weekend, and I then lost all motivation to actually do them the right way since the idea struck me at like 10pm on a Saturday and I got tired as soon as I began. You should just be happy I took photos to share.
Ok, so the thought process was the same for this project…in a nutshell, I need a better way to display my accessories so they are easy to see. Headbands are now on a fruit basket, but I’ve got these pesky beautiful flower pins/hair clips that need a home.
Step 1: Locate an empty frame that conveniently has a Styrofoam piece instead of cardboard backing.
Step 2: Pick out some fabric from your scrap fabric drawer. (Every good crafter needs a scrap fabric drawer. My mom had a scrap fabric CEDAR CHEST, which was pretty much the coolest thing ever. I aspire to be that craftingly cool someday, but for now, I gots a drawer.)
Sorry the fabric photo is blurry…I forgot to take a picture of the fabric by itself, so I just enlarged a swatch of it from the final shot…way lame, I know. I’ll get better at the crafting posts, I promise.
Step 3: (I did not do this step, but I probably should have. Don’t judge me.) Spray paint the frame a color that goes with the fabric. In my case, I had brown patterned fabric and a black frame…AND I JUST LEFT IT THAT WAY. Oh the horror. No but seriously…I don’t think it looks all that bad, and it does the job for now. I’m sure I’ll continue to get more flower pins (because I’m so Carrie Bradshaw like that), and when I upgrade to a bigger frame I’ll do this craft the “right” way.
Step 4: Cut the fabric so that it’s about an inch or two wider than the Styrofoam backing piece thing.
Step 5: (Lazy alert!) Get a handful of thumbtacks (the flat kind), fold the fabric around the edges of the foam, and tack the fabric down. And don’t worry if the tacks start falling out, because a few will manage to stick, and once you put the Styrofoam back into the frame and put the metal claspy thingys back into place, everything will be ok. (To be slightly less lazy, you could use hot glue. But tacks just seemed so logical at the time!)
Step 6: Hang on your wall and adorn with flowers (and/or a Venician carnival mask, if you are so inclined). Admire your handiwork.
(Following steps are optional.)
Step 7: Vow to be less lazy next time and paint the frame.
Step 8: Play dress up with your clothes for hours because you can now see all your accessories.
Step 9: Buy more flower pins, because the other ones are lonely.
Ok, I keep talking about how I un-planned my weekend, right? Well, apparently my lack of structure gave me a much needed jolt of creativity and inspiration. Ok, that makes it sounds like I came up with some brilliant idea, but really I just re-purposed a couple things laying around my apartment.
The line of thinking went started like this…Wow, my accessories are kind of a mess…where should I put this new scarf…Or these rings…Crap, I really need to organize my stuff better…I wish I had a bigger closet with an empty wall for accessories…Someday I’ll have a closet like Carrie Bradshaw’s….the one in the movie, not the show…and it will have carpet, and mirrors, and Manolos floor to ceiling…and, and…oh man, my stuff is still a mess…Ok, I need to organize…these headbands and flower pins need a home…ah, look at this fruit basket…and this frame….
Haha…or something like that. I had a fruit basket I was getting rid of and two frames I was going to get rid of, so I decided to re-purpose them instead. Today, you get to see the fruit basket transformation. Tomorrow, frame # 1. And if we are lucky and I stay on this crafty blogging streak, you’ll get to see frame #2 the day after that.
Keep in mind that while I think these are decent little crafts, I was also WAY lazy with these projects. But don’t worry, I’ll own up to the spots where I was lazy so maybe if someone out there actually tries this for themselves, they can do it better/nicer/more awesomer than I did.
Alright, here goes…
Step 1: Locate previously abandoned fruit basket.
Step 2: Bend the handles back and forth until the thin wire just snaps off. (This was actually an accident. I was just trying to bend in the handles, and then the wire snapped after fiddling with it too much. But I actually like it without the handles.)
Step 3: (Here’s where the lazy comes in…I DID NOT do this step, obvious by the lack of photo. But if you are cooler and more motivated than me, you should do it.) Spray paint the basket so it is a pretty color that goes with your décor. (Rather than just blending right into your rented-apartment stark white walls.)
Step 4: Nail fruit basket to the wall.
Step 5: Slide headbands in the mesh/wire/whatever it is.
Step 6: Pat yourself on the back. You were just semi-creative at 10 pm on a Saturday. (Because THAT is how cool kids spend Saturday nights. Duh.)