Posts made in September, 2014


DIY Round-up: Autumn Home Decor

DIY Round-up: Autumn Home Decor


Posted By on Sep 29, 2014

September has finally arrived! We’ve made it beyond the Autumnal Equinox and it’s time for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to experience some cooler days and longer nights. It’s time to celebrate! (This Yankee girl living in Tennessee can’t be the only one rejoicing, right?)

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tutorials on the Web for a DIY deck-the-halls bonanza.

DIY Fall Decor Roundup

First up, this autumn leaf bowl craft from Hello Lucky is deceptively simple – just a few supplies and you’re good to go! It would be a great craft to make with kids, if you’ve got ’em. Use these bowls to display holiday treats, pine cones, acorns, or floating candles!

Image from Hello Lucky

You know Oprah wouldn’t steer us wrong! We love this idea for turning a pumpkin into an ice bucket! Chill a bottle of autumn wine or a spiced apple cider in a container that looks as good as it works!

Image from Oprah.com

Raid your pantry for this next tip, which is an easy and fun take on a trifle theme! Amanda from My Heart’s Desire shares all the details on her blog.

Image from My Heart’s Desire Blog

If you’ve been bitten by the essential oils bug, then you might just find yourself owning a variety of brown bottles that don’t have another purpose once the oils are gone. If so, the gals from At the Picket Fence have got you covered with a fast and easy decor idea:

Image from JoJo and Eloise, via At the Picket Fence

I’m not sure if I’ve publicly made this confession here at the Patterned blog yet or not, but I have a bit of an addiction to garland. This one from 6th Street Design School is so simple, and yet the results are completely stunning!

Image from 6th Street Design School

From 6th Street to 36th Avenue, look at these great hot pads! Jazz up a basic set from the dollar store and use them for your own home or give them as a hostess gift for a Fall party!

Image from The 36th Avenue blog

So, have we missed anything? What’s your favorite DIY Fall decor? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

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#ThinkCreateReflect: About Face

#ThinkCreateReflect: About Face


Posted By on Sep 26, 2014

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment at the end of the week to give our brains a work-out! We provide a creative prompt every Friday to help you grow your own mind and your business, so welcome!

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This week, take a look at your About Page on your website. (Don’t have one? Use this activity to make one!)

Think about this: what if your biggest fan – the hypothetical raving lunatic who loves your work so much that she stalks your studio windows and rifles through your garbage – wrote your About Page for you? Write the page in her superfan voice and see how it inspires you to do a little more on the actual page to sing your own praises.

Care to share? Post a link to your page on social media and tag it #ThinkCreateReflect!

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Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a moment, mid-week, to celebrate the Maker in all of us!

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So, this week I’ve been second-guessing myself a little bit, and arguing inside my own head. It all started because my husband and I have plans to see Book of Mormon when it comes to Nashville in November, and I wanted something snazzy to wear. I decided to make a knitted shawl to go with a dress that I haven’t yet purchased. So I pulled a soft, sparkly, green skein out of my stash and got to work! I picked the Morrigan pattern because it’s lovely (and free, bonus!), and leafy, and fun. I thought it would be a nice way to challenge myself to get back into knitting lace, and a gorgeous finished shawl at the end. Here’s my in-progress shot:

morrigan

I got into a groove with this pattern on the second repeat of the first chart, and I started feeling pretty good about it! And then … Project Doubt set in. I started having the argument inside my head:

Me 1: This is fun! I’m enjoying this!

Me 2: Yeah, but are you really going to wear it? It’s going to be pretty big, isn’t that kind of formal and/or old-fashioned for wearing to Book of Mormon?

Me 1: Well, maybe, but I can always scrunch it on my neck – and besides, what else am I going to wear instead?

Me 2: Um, how about your silk chiffon South Park infinity scarf? Isn’t this, like, the perfect opportunity to wear that thing?

Me 1: Well, crap. You’re so right! I’m totally gonna wear that scarf instead!

Me 2: So, why are you still knitting that shawl?

Argh! Right?!? Oh well, I’m still going to knit the shawl, because it is a fun and somewhat challenging knit, and it will be beautiful when it’s finished. If I decide it’s too formal to me, I can always use it as a decoration or give it away as a gift.

So, what are you making this week? Do you ever argue with yourself inside your own head about your projects? I’d love to know – share in the comments or tag social media posts with #MakersWednesday!

PS. You really want to see that scarf, don’t you? I thought so – here it is:

You’re welcome.

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Welcome back for #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment of creative reflection time in a busy week full of work. Thank you for joining us!

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This week, we’re talking about dreams:

photo credit: pavlinajane via photopin cc

photo credit: pavlinajane via photopin cc

This week’s challenge for you: Grab a journal and a pencil, and start scribbling away all your fantastical dreams until your lead runs out.

Share your scribblings with us in the comments below, or tag us on social media with #ThinkCreateReflect!

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#MakersWednesday: Stripey Mitts

#MakersWednesday: Stripey Mitts


Posted By on Sep 17, 2014

Hello, and welcome back to #MakersWednesday, where we take a break mid-week to celebrate the creative spirit in all of us.

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This week I’ve been working on some projects for my youngest kiddos. First up, a pair of simple fingerless mitts for my daughter:

So, what have you been making this week? We’d love to see – share on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MakersWednesday!

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