Small Steps

Quick peek of the happenings last weekend:

Our weekend was filled with many small steps moving very fast! Barricade building, concrete smashing, workshop attending & revelations

We (he) built barricades using planks from the fence we took down last summer.

We removed the sidewalk in front of the house. The concrete was not level and was busted by the huge Catalpa roots that pushed against the sidewalk.  My job was to locate and expose the python sized roots.

A friend and I attend a workshop hosted by I Heart Art PDX at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The charming Rachel did a great job. Check out her affordable and nifty bike accessories: BikeCozy

If You Can’t Buy It….Make It

I am not the fanciest clad gurl in town. My daily uniform consists of  jeans, hoodies, cardigans, multiple layers of  tops (I freeze at 70 degrees), tall boots or high top sneaks. To sass up my American Apparelish uniform I add vintage scarves, random bracelets and lip gloss, yes lip gloss.  I wanted add some neck flair to my uniform but couldn’t go out and buy the ones I really wanted.  What’s a girl to do? Get ta makin’… Below are some designer pieces that caught my eye…and below that are the pieces I made using components from necklaces I already owned, fancy yarn, feathers and a swatch of leather from a thrifted jacket.

Betsey Johnson $38

Harajuku Lovers $98

House of Harlow $80

MadeByDiana $0

MadeByDiana $0

DIY.01-Everyday Tags

Here’s a super easy and quick project to up-cycle security envelopes.

What you’ll need:

  • Used security envelopes
  • 3X5 index cards
  • X-Acto knife
  • StudioTac dry adhesive
  • Straight edge
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Twine or yarn
  • Awl or push pins
  • Embroidery needle

Gather your used envelopes and carefully tear the seams open.

Place a 3×5 index card back side down onto the StudioTac (any adhesive will do, I just happen of own stacks of this stuff). Firmly rub the card to ensure the “sticky dots” adhere to the backside of the index card.

Once the back side of the index card is fully covered with the “sticky dots” lay it onto the outside of your used envelope. Again, rub firmly to fuse the card and envelope together. Time to trim the card off. Line up your ruler along the card and carefully follow along with your X-Acto knife.

Be careful when placing the index card down onto the envelope.

Cut the index card into thirds.

I created a template to ensure the hole for the twine would be centered. Using your awl or push pins, punch on each of your tags. Thread the twine through embroidery needle and insert through the hole (yes I just said that).

There you go! Pretty little tags for any occasion. Security envelope projects are endless, check it