‘Crafts’ Category

Reuse Tues: Butterflies, Tin Cans & a Really Cute Bag

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Tonia 2 Comments

I have been pinning all sorts of fun craft projects lately, but alas have not had time to try any of them. Is it terrible that I’m already looking forward to fall/winter because life slows down and I’m able to sit at my kitchen table and whittle away at little projects while This American Life crackles on the radio?

I wish I had time for these three projects in particular: The butterflies made out of colorful magazine pages would make a beautiful garland for our screened porch. I would love to have a dinner party with those strung all around, and the paint-dipped tin cans on the table filled with napkins and silverware.

And that skirt turned into a purse is incredibly cute and looks like it’d have plenty of room in it for my flip flops, sunscreen, book and towel…

Okaaaay so I actually don’t want summer to be over at all. I just want more time to do all the things I want to do. Have you been crafting this summer? What have you re-purposed around the house lately?

How to Make a Terrarium

Posted on March 16th, 2012 by Tonia 3 Comments

A few of you asked about the terrarium sitting on our bookshelf. It was a Christmas gift from a friend, and has added a much-welcome burst of greenery to our living-room this winter.

Our neighbors Sarah and Bob also gifted us a homemade terrarium for Christmas, made out of a recycled olive oil bottle and filled with rocks and moss from our property.

My parents visited recently and, after noticing our two beauties, began chuckling about how popular terrariums were back in the ’70s. What a wonderful reminder that spring will return- a miniature garden in a bottle! We just need about five more of them, and then no area of our house will be without one!

If you’d like a terrarium- or five- of your very own, check out this tutorial.

And Speaking of Eggs…

Posted on February 19th, 2012 by Tonia 9 Comments

I found this beautiful project floating around on Pinterest and just had to share it. The source is a website in another language, so I took some time to search for directions in English and found them here!

This is definitely on my spring to-do list now…I’m imagining a kitchen full of my lady friends, huddled over our steaming pots of natural dye and gossiping. And we will definitely follow up all our hard work with carrot cake and vanilla hazelnut tea. Who’s coming over??

Homemade Holiday Gifts: Yogi Eye Pillows

Posted on December 22nd, 2011 by Tonia 2 Comments

We’re down to the wire, folks! Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re still struggling to think of a good gift for a friend or relative, here’s another quick and simple project that you can accomplish in about a half hour and will delight your yoga-practicing pals {or anyone who enjoys some quiet time to themselves in the bath, in bed, or in the hammock once in a while}: eye pillows!

My mom is a yoga instructor and she made an eye pillow for each of her students a couple years ago. She used a beautiful silky fabric that was just heavenly. This project uses very little fabric, so it’s a perfect way to use up scraps or maybe re-purpose an old shirt {soft, worn-in fabric would feel so lovely over the eyes.}

I found two great tutorials. The first one is very simple and the second one is a bit more complicated. Personally, I am a little sensitive to lavender, so I will be filling mine with other lovely scents. It’s a highly personalize-able project, which makes it really fun. Have at it!