Circle & Dot Flowerpot Design-A-Wall TMNT Party Rainbow Fish Geometric Photo Frame

Metal Stamped Washer Necklaces

Friends, you all know that I love creating all types of projects; everything from crochet to painting and sewing to using the Silhouette Cameo.  But I’d have to say that my all time favorite kind of creating to do is jewelry making.  I particularly enjoy projects that incorporate metal stamping because it allows me to make things that are so incredibly personalized.  I’m always looking for new design ideas, so I thought I’d share with you a basic design style I recently used for two similar yet unique necklaces for people I love.

Metal Stamped Washer Necklaces

Stamped Washer Necklace

The basic design is that you stamp around a washer, then you stamp on a smaller charm and attach the two together.  I used the same core supplies for both of these necklaces, with just a few variations to make them personalized for the recipients.

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Our #HappiMess: Circle & Dot Flowerpot

 

Here in the Artsy Family, we are expert mess makers!  When hubby and I first got married, I intended to keep everything in the house neat and clean at all times…but then I realized I had to choose between that and actually enjoying life.  You see, I’m happiest when I’m creating something {a trait Little Crafter has inherited too}…and creating almost always means a messy process. Sometimes it means there are beads and wire covering the floor.  Sometimes it means there’s paint all over the table {and our hands}.  Sometimes it means finding glitter literally everywhere.  Our messes take a lot of different forms, but they always mean the same thing: we had a blast!

Take this one, for example.

happimess

 

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Easy DIY Cat Toy

Hey, friends!  If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you already know the Artsy Family’s big news…we got a cat!!  Her name is Fuzzy and we had absolutely no intention of getting any cat as of last week this time.  We were visiting some friends on Saturday night for our fantasy football draft when they started talking about one of their cats; they received her from her elderly owner who had passed away, and their son was being too rough with her and making her unhappy.  She also happened to be hypoallergenic!  They said they needed to re-home her and asked if we were interested…were we ever!  She’s a real sweetheart and a fun addition to our family.  Here’s a fun little toy LC helped me make for her to welcome her to our home!

DIY Cat Toy

Materials:

- Oly*Fun {you can substitute felt or fabric}
- Scissors
- Polyester fiber fill
- Catnip
- Ribbon or yarn
- Google eyes
- Thread and sewing machine {you can also do a no-sew version}
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue

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Design-A-Wall with Shutterfly

Thanks to Shutterfly for sponsoring today’s post.  As always, all opinions are honestly my own.

For years now, I’ve wanted a gallery wall in my home.  I see these beautiful ones on other blogs and on Pinterest, and they inspire me.  But they intimidate me too.  It’s hard enough for me to hang one picture straight, let alone a gallery full.  I’ve always been afraid I couldn’t translate what was in my head to the wall in front of me.  Then, I heard about the new Shutterfly Design-A-Wall feature.

Design-A-Wall

With Design-A-Wall, you follow three simple steps:

STEP 1: Choose from six different wall art materials, from wood to metal, and more than 45 arrangements.

STEP 2: Personalize your design with your favorite photos and art.

STEP 3: Easily display with our step-by-step instructions and customized template.

I decided to give it a try and found it to be easier than I expected!  Here’s how it looked when I went through the three steps.

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Rainbow Fish Craft for Kids

Thanks to our friends at Elmer’s for sponsoring today’s post and providing us with lots of fun supplies for our project!  All opinions are honestly my {and LC’s} own!

Hey, friends!  As summer winds down and we get ready for Little Crafter to head back to school, we’ve been trying to make the most of our time together by spending lots of it crafting!  It’s always been one of our favorite mutual activities and I love seeing his creativity develop more and more as he grows.

Rainbow Fish Craft

 

A few weeks ago, we received some happy mail from our friends at Elmer’s; a retro lunchbox filled with an Early Learners glue pen and glue stick, scissors, magnets, a paper bag, and some construction paper.  They challenged us to use what was in the box along with anything else we might have on hand to create an animal.  We happily accepted their challenge, and  Little Crafter created his own Rainbow Fish, based on the popular book series.

 

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