Archive for the ‘Crafty’ Category

Coffee Filter Light Fixture

April 17, 2011

Hello free stuff! I literally saw my neighbor throwing out an old floor lamp and grabbed the yucky shade as soon as her back door shut. I realize that this points out the obvious, that I have no life. Sigh …

When I brought it in, I knew I wanted to use it in the bedroom, where we’ve been staring at a bare bulb on the ceiling forever. I’ve seen the whole coffee filter light fixtures floating around online and decided to go that direction, instead of recovering it in amother fabric. My logic? I thought this would be easier.

Well that’s where I was wrong.

I just dove straight in with no directions. About a third of the way through, I saw my errors, but there was little I could do about it at that point. To make a long story shorter, I should have placed the filters much, much closer together. But after spending hours getting high off of Mod Podge gluing around 200 filters onto the shade, I called it quits. I hung the whole thing up with a clip on bulb adapter.

I figure if I really, really care (and right now I soooooo don’t) I can go back and add about another 200 filters and make it look really fancy and full like this awesome one. And probably a light diffuser, if I’m to be completely honest.

It’s giant, boyfriend approved and peeks out at you anytime you pass the door way. Me loves.


Valentine’s Day Garland

February 9, 2011

I put together a little garland to decorate for Valentine’s Day. To be perfectly honest, I really hate the heart-themed holiday, but it’s probably for selfish reasons because my birthday falls just two days before. I love to craft and decorate, so I chose very nontraditional colors, and ended up throwing in a pale pink for fun.


3 different shades of card stock
3 paper punch in different sizes
Mod Podge, or any glue
Paper roller
Twine, to your length

Cut twine to desired length. Next, punch varied sizes of card stock out. I used a thicker weight paper from Paper Source. Putting your first side down, apply glue and twine, then put second circle on top. Roll once with paper roller. Continue, varying sizes, until you have reached the end of your twine. Now wasn’t that easy?

DIY Trunk Show

November 19, 2010

For the last few years, I’ve been at the Jingle Bash this weekend, but since I’m not in Dallas, I’ll be heading over to the DIY Trunk Show tomorrow.

DIY Trunk Show

It’s in Pulaski Park from 10 am to 5 pm and I’ll be with with my Chicago Rebel Craft League, so it should be a good time. I’ve secretly always wanted to go after reading about it on Making It Lovely for so many years.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the One of a Kind Show and the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale on the same weekend in December.

Pinch me, I’m having a craftgasm. Yes, I did just say craftgasm. Oy.


November 4, 2010

I made a super simple EAT sign for the kitchen. I cut out the Helvetica letters using an X-ACTO knife and painted over them on a piece of wood I found. I thought it went really well with my letterpressed ‘Get Busy with the Fizzy‘ print.

I’m sure there’s a ton of easier ways to achieve the same effect of wood and paint, like free-handing it for one, but this is how I do.

Oh yeah, that’s my little coffee bar on the butcher block. Maybe it should have said DRINK now that I think about it. Dang …

Yo, Yo, Yo

January 30, 2010

Yo-yo’s are just about the easiest thing to make, so I thought I’d whip up a broach for my black coat while watching a Friends DVD marathon. Somehow in the middle of everything, it turned it into a necklace!

I really, really just love this Patricia fabric from Ikea … and bought four yards months ago and needed to make use of it. The chain was from another necklace that was a tad on the short side so I split it in half and attached it to my yo-yo corsage.

It’s a pretty big and bold necklace and I kinda love it. I might even add buttons to the center of each later, since I left the edges ragged. I think it would be great if I could find the same color of burnt yellow.

There’s a first time for everything

January 6, 2010

So it seems that a certain giant crafty bizarre is totally migrating South this Spring. And yes, I’m totally freakin over here!

Save the date Dallasites because Austin will be hosting their first Renegade Craft Fair May 15-16. Jealousy aside (what’s wrong with Big D?!), I am so there.

Get ready y’all!

Holiday Lights Gift Tags by Kristina

December 2, 2009

Check out my feature, Holiday Lights Gift Tags by Kristina, on Creature Comforts today! As part of her wonderful 18 Days of Festive Freebies & Holiday Tutorials, these vintage-inspired tags include a free download and some suggestions on my favorite crafty tools. Head on over!

Big thanks to Ez for including me in such a special feature. If you aren’t reading Creature Comforts, add it to your feed pronto!

PS: In the spirit of giving, I encourage you all to visit the Angel Giving Tree or give to a food pantry this season. Don’t know where to start? Click here for more info on the Angels. Everyone needs a little extra help this year. Please give, if at all possible, and change someone’s life.


October 12, 2009

CityCraft finally launched their website today! I’ve been eagerly waiting for this day. Their page says they are a “modern fabric boutique and sewing lounge.”

Um, you had me at modern fabric. No, but seriously, it sounds like it’s going to be a fun new shop to add to the Dallas craft scene.


I’ve been in the market for some fun fabric, so I plan to stop by as soon as the doors open. I’ve already spotted something that has caught my eye, the yellow zig zag. It’s lovely and faintly reminds me of this zig zag print I’ve had a crush on for some time.

Check out their blog for the latest news. I know I am …

Sasquatch? Or just a giant squash?

October 9, 2009

I found this pumpkin at the New Flower Market. It was huge and ugly and I fell in love. But that fact that it weighed around 30+ pounds made me hesitate and we parted ways.


This weekend I’m headed out the the Arboretum for “The Great Pumpkin Festival” with few friends so I’m sure many photos are to come. Also, there just happens to be the Southern Artisans Market there this weekend. Lucky us!

And speaking of craft fairs, this Sunday is a BIG one. We’ll be heading over to Make’s Urban Street Bazaar. Make Studio, if you remember, is the place I took the sewing class at. So good times are expected all around. I’m hoping to come home with some fun stuff, and get more inspiration as a designer and Etsyer. (Is that a word? Probably not.)


Ooooooh, and how could I forget! I’m so excited to tell you that Studio 67 and Saucers & Milk will be both sponsors at the BIGGEST craft extravaganza of all, the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash. I’ll be including a couple of stickers and a coupon for the shop in the goody bags they give out to the early birds. Look for us there!



October 1, 2009

Happy October! I don’t usually announce the beginning of each month on the ole blog here, but October is different. She’s special. She’s my favorite month of the year.

Maybe it’s because October marks the beginning of Fall and it finally starts to get a bit cool here in Dallas. Or that it’s that it’s more socially acceptable to wear black in this month?

Okay, most likely it’s just the fact that October is the month where it’s cool to dress up and pretend you are someone or something else … and most likely in Spandex. (Come on, we’re all looking back in horror when we see our boyfriend in a Spiderman costume, right? No, just me?)

Are you have a Halloween party? I sure wish I was (if only I didn’t live in a little over 650 square feet currently). And if I did, I’d be sure to hang these totally clever candy corn bunting flags. Wouldn’t you?