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Entries in crafty (10)


DIY watercolor fairy art

i'm back with another fairy inspired DIY project: custom watercolor art! the best part of this project is that you can resuse the stencil and play with lots of different color palettes. (unless you have a toddler, like me, who wants to use all of the colors at once and it turns in to a big brown blob.)

what you'll need:

a fairy stencil (i made this one by printing out an outline of a fairy, enlarging it, cutting it out on white paper, taping it down to black poster board, and then cutting out the inside of the outline to create the stencil)

washi tape to hold the stencil in place

watercolor paint

watercolor paper (definitely go for the higher quality watercolor paper on this one. regular printing paper will get bumpy from the paint & water)

a glass of water for cleaning your brush + some paper towel or a rag to sop up extra paint or water

tape down your stencil on top of the watercolor paper and have fun mixing up your color palette!

i stuck to cool colors (green, blue, purple) on this go around, but a warm palette of red, orange & yellows would be nice, too. pick colors you love and play around with them. it also helps to use the lid of the paints as a mini palette to create your own hues. it's also good to dab your brush on some paper towel every so often to get rid of the excess water.

et voila! a fun and easy craft project to bring a little magic to your space.


'magic is something you make' print by elise blaha cripe

tie-dyed tea towel by betsy olmstead

'you are beautiful' sticker

pinterest mug was a souvenir from my visit to their HQ back in 2013

fujifilm instax mini 90 neo classic instant film camera

farmers market basket from anthropologie


this post is sponsored in part by lucasfilm's new movie, strange magic, in theatres on january 23rd.

this post also contains some affiliate links. all photos, words and opinions are my own.



DIY fairy bottle party favors

these little fairy bottles are super easy to make, plus fun and sparkly. what more do you need?


clear bottles with cork stopper (or screw on lids)

distilled water


glitter, sequins, metallic confetti, etc.

ribbon, lace, or twine to wrap around the neck. (i used ribbon i had on hand, but i kind of want to redo them with lace and sparkly twine!)

to make:

pour distilled water and glycerin into the bottle at a ratio of 1:1

add glitter, metallic confetti, sequins, etc. in to your bottle

close the bottle
wrap pretty ribbon, lace, or twine (or a combination!) around the bottle neck


give them a shake and set them out for your guests to take home after the party!

hold up to the light and enjoy!


this post is sponsored in part by lucasfilm's new movie, strange magic, in theatres on january 23rd.

this post also contains affiliate links. all photos, words and opinions are my own.


DIY birthday party invites

little miss o is turning THREE in a few weeks and i kind of can't believe it. so much so that i forgot to set party details in time to order custom invites from minted or tiny prints without paying expedited shipping. :/

DIY to the rescue!



other items in the top photo: tiny animals, noise makers from oh joy! for target (spring line discontinued, but there is a new line out for the holidays!)

i LOVE this photo of olivia. great expression, her eyes pop, and there is a lot of negative space to work with.

i opened the photo in photoshop and resized to 7"x 5". be sure to set the resolution to 300 dpi so your photo will print clearly!

note: if you don't have photoshop, you can use the free online editor ribbet to add text.

next, i added a text layer and entered the party details.

and here's the finished digital product! the top font is savu and the bottom is good ol' times new roman. both are easy to read and put the focus on the facts and that cute smiling face. ;)

i printed my photos at home, but you could also use a print service like persnickety prints, snapfish, etc. i used a semi-gloss photo paper, so if you send out to print, i would suggest selecting a matte finish (but that's just my preference).

now it's time to add some sparkle. simply use the glue pen to add a little dab of glue where you want to place a sequin. lay the sequin on top of the glue and then use the pen cap to push it down for a few seconds. i used about seven sequins per invitation, which added just enough shine without feeling too overwhelming.

you can either put one in an envelope and mail off to your guest, or add a 7"x5" piece of patterned paper to the back to make it a little firmer &/or add some more color.


**disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.


hiho batik

earlier this summer, i was invited to hiho batik, to make my own custom t-shirt. on a sunny saturday morning, we headed up to park slope to meet julia and get to crafting.

they have an adorable store front on 5th avenue in park slope, but the art studio in the back is where the magic happens.

julia instructed me to draw a simple picture that we could transfer on to a t-shirt for olivia. my first attempt was this silly little bunny rabbit and we all decided it was the winner. good thing all of that magna-doodle drawing finally paid off. ;)

next, julia helped me use their AMAZING light table to outline my drawing in hot wax on to a t-shirt.

then, it was time to add some color!

olivia was still a little too young to help, but i did ask her opinion on which colors to use and she added a few dots here and there.

a few days later we picked up our super cute t-shirt! olivia was very proud to model it for me. we got a size up from her current size so that she can grow in to it.

isn't it cute? i think it would be SO MUCH FUN to have a birthday party here for slightly older kids. maybe in the 5-10 year old range? if you are in brooklyn, definitely go and check them out!

thanks again to julia & robyn for having us! we had a great time!

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hiho batik: 184 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

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i was not paid to write this post, but i was provided a t-shirt free of charge. all text and photos are my own.

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I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a pair of glasses free of charge. As always, all opinions and text are my own. - See more at: http://eliseblaha.typepad.com/golden/page/3/#sthash.OSi71KCI.dpuf


project life

i think i first heard about project life on ali's blog. then, i saw that elise and kelly were giving it a go this year and thought it looked really fun. sadly, the main page protectors were sold out, so i was going to have to wait for a while. but then kelly came to the rescue! she sent me a few page protectors, so i was able to go back and fill in january and get started on february. i love it so much already!! can hardly wait to see how the year unfolds. and i am especially excited to be documenting olivia's first year.

here is what i have so far for january:

it was fun to print off instagram shots in different sizes to add to the pages. and i'm always up for dipping in to my washi tape supply to pretty things up. i purchased the clementine core kit, but i'm also looking forward to using some of my paper supply, like that pretty aqua one from paper source.

i made these weekly title cards in photoshop after seeing something similar on katrina's blog.

thank goodness for my iphone! aside from taking daily shots with instagram, i'm loving taking screen shots of facebook, twitter and other apps. they are the perfect little size to print off and fit in the small pockets (although, that twitter pocket is a screen shot from the laptop). i'm also printing off tv show posters and book covers to remember what we were watching and reading throughout the month.

detail of an anthropologie price tag and gift card on top of patterns that i found online and printed off on card stock.

i need to find a better spot to take photos of my pages, though. my apartment is so dark in the winter.

i am completely in love with these printed off screen shots of pinterest. in LOVE i tell you.

project life is awesome. if you've been thinking about starting it, do it! you won't regret it. promise.


and if you need more inspiration, i've been pinning pages that i like and i even made a little treasury on etsy of fun products to add to your book. enjoy!