September 22, 2014

Open Thy Heart + Leather Fox Journal Giveaway

Hey guys! Today I wanted to let you know about the release of Open Thy Heart, a YA Fantasy novel written by my friend, Jessica L. Brooks. I've read both books in the series (and the novella) and I love the story.

Open Thy Heart is the second book in the Flora series. You may remember when I created some custom totebags to giveaway for the release of the first book in the series, If I Speak True.

Jessica asked me to create something again, so this time I decided to create a handmade leather journal to include in Jessica's giveaway to celebrate her new book! There is a fox in the book (named Clementine) that the fox on the cover was inspired by. I wanted to make the journal inspired by the book, but also something that those who hadn't read Jessica's books yet would also want the chance to win it.

Here's a peek at it:

You can purchase any of the books in the Flora series from Amazon here. Trust me when I say they're all very good! Here's a little more info on Open Thy Heart.

Open Thy Heart (Flora, #2) 

The secrets just keep coming.

It’s summer in Shaver and, frankly, Dahlia Kennedy is bored. Even though she and Eva are throwing a party for David and she gets to visit Rowan in Ambrosia easier on account of summer hours, it seems like senior year is never going to come. Worse yet, it’s looking like the one thing she’s planned on doing for forever isn’t going to happen.

Cue Dahlia’s Embarrassing Incident: the tipping point that seems to shift everything into a new direction. David’s acting weird. Something happens to Rowan. Dahlia’s forced to ask the least likely person ever for help. A secret is blown wide open.

Conflict between the Lennox Rochforts and the Townsends grows more and more out of control until so much is going on in Ambrosia, Dahlia can barely keep up with life at home. Frustrated with trying to keep track of who knows what, Dahlia continues fighting to help the people she loves, and slowly, the truth is exposed.

Enter to win 1 annotated copy of IF I SPEAK TRUE (Flora, #1), $15 Starbucks gift card, Red Dahlia Burt’s Bees set + book swag + My handmade leather fox journal.

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September 19, 2014

Custom Minion Converse Shoes

I just finished another pair of custom painted Converse shoes. If you're new here, I paint canvas shoes and sell them in my etsy shop.

This pair is nearly identical to a previous pair of converse I did. The lady that asked for these shoes wanted them the same color and design as the pair I'd done before so they're pretty close.

Minions are so popular, I always get compliments when I wear my minion shoes around town. :)

If you're interested in a pair of my custom shoes, just go to my etsy store. I do 4 types of shoes-

To see my portfolio of shoe designs, go here. I can do pretty much anything. ;)

I had fun making the .gif above using the PartyPartyApp by Elsie + Emma.
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Book Review- Beaded Bracelets by Claudine McCormack Jalajas

Hey guys, I wrote up this book review of the book Beaded Bracelets and shared it on the Indie Crafts blog a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share it here as well.

If you didn't know, I'm the Indie Crafts editor at Craft Gossip. So, if you ever have any indie craft news, craft products or books you'd like me to review or indie craft tutorials you'd like to see me share there, please send them in.

Today I am reviewing the book Beaded Bracelets by Claudine McCormack Jalajas. Here’s a quick blurb about the book-
Beaded Bracelets (Running Press; August 2014; $18.00 US / $21.00 CAN) is a jewelry crafter’s guide to 25 original beaded bracelet designs that are contemporary, beautiful, and wear comfortably. Fully illustrated with both technical diagrams and photos, the book focuses on 4 main stitches— peyote, crossweave, right angle weave, and herringbone techniques —which can be applied to companion pieces of bead-weave jewelry, and is sure to appeal to both beginners and expert crafters.
The Author, Claudine Jalajas is a blogger and beadwork expert,with over twenty years of experience, and who shares her passion for the craft of beading by teaching jewelry-making classes. She currently sells her jewelry, patterns, and bead kits on ETSY, Craftsy and at various artisan shows. Claudine lives in Suffolk County, Long Island. You can read her blog here.
I’m a beginner beader, and at first glance a lot of the bracelets in this book look pretty complicated. After reading through the book though, Claudine has well written instructions and super helpful illustrations and patterns that even a beginner like me can understand!
In the beginning of the book you have an introduction, and after that Claudine gives a list of what tools and materials are required for making these bracelets as well as where to purchase, what brands to use and other special notes.
I like that there is a section in the front of the book with photos of the 25 different bracelets and where to find them in the book. Super easy!
Overall, the bracelets in this book are gorgeous and I think with a bit of practice, anyone could do them! You can find the book on Amazon here.
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September 18, 2014

The iPhone 6 is Here- 5 Gifts for iPhone Lovers

All the talk about the new iPhone 6 got me in the mood to look up cute iphone accessories. I decided to share some of my findings with you guys as well.

I actually just got the iPhone 5c so these ideas are not only great for myself, but they would also make really great gifts for anyone with an iPhone in general, no matter the model!

1. Phone Lens- I think these phone telephoto lens by Photojojo are really neat to add on to your own camera lens! They've been on my wishlist for a while now. What iPhone photographer wouldn't want a lens for their phone?

2. Felt Fox iPhone Cozy- With foxes being super trendy right now, I don't think you could go wrong giving someone a handmade phone case that looks like a fox. It's adorable! If you haven’t yet seen the oddly hilarious music video that started this fox craze, check it out on Youtube.

3. Raw Leather USB /Earphone Cable Management-This leather cord manager is sure to come in handy for anyone who wears headphones, or just to hold a USB cord!

4. iPhone 6 cases- I didn't know until recently that Shutterfly offers a personalized iPhone case section. I love that you can use your own photos and custom text. Pictured here is the Brightly Wrapped case and the Collage Squared iPhone 6 case. They also have iPhone cases for the 5/5s, 5c, and the 4/4s. 

5. Pug Charm Dust Plug- Isn't this handmade earphone charm just the cutest? Perfect for pug lovers.

So, there you have it. 5 simple gift ideas for yourself or the tech lover in your life! 

What are some of your favorite iphone accessories?

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DIY Felt Fox Notebook Cover

I love owls and foxes. I think they're just so adorable. I know I'm not the only one, woodland creatures are pretty trendy right now- foxes especially!

Last time I was at Office Depot I picked up a couple of notebooks that were on sale (back-to-school!). Restyling notebooks is one of my favorite things to do. I mean, the possibilities are endless. For this notebook I decided to use some felt and make it look like a fox.

Supplies: Notebook, Orange, White, and Black Felt, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Embroidery Thread, Needle

1. Start by cutting out a piece of orange felt the size of the front of your notebook. You'll also need to cut 2 rounded triangles from white felt, 2 small black eyes and a small black triangle for the nose.

2. Stitch your face onto the piece of orange felt. I used a sewing machine, but you could also do it by hand.

3. Take a needle and some black embroidery thread and stitch on a mouth. I also decided to add a few stitches above his face, curving around the white felt. That's totally optional, but I liked the look.

4. Apply craft glue to the back of the orange fox and stick him on the front of your notebook, pressing it down firmly and the letting it dry.

That's it! 4 steps and you have this adorable notebook perfect for Autumn!

If you want more notebook ideas, I have a lot of restyled notebooks on my tutorials page.
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September 17, 2014

Indie Craft Sampler September Box Review

Today I am reviewing September's Indie Craft Sampler box. I was surprised (in a good way!) with the amount of stuff I received inside the box.

What is Indie Craft Sampler? Indie Craft Sampler is a new monthly subscription box that focuses on indie crafts! Each month a new box can be mailed to you full of handcrafted goods & services. 

The boxes are $27 + free shipping (for USA, slightly more for international) and you can choose if you want your samples cute/girlie, traditional, kitschy/geeky, or a mix! I like that you can choose!

In my box was about a dozen different handmade items from indie artists. All really good quality and cute! My favorites being those pictured below-

(I'm a sucker for anything galaxy!)

Right now I don't subscribe to any subscription type boxes but if I were to, Indie Craft Sampler would definitely be on the list! As an artist myself, I love the opportunity to support other indie artists while receiving fun handmade items in the mail monthly!

You can purchase your own Indie Craft Sampler here . Find out more + follow here-
Thanks to Indie Craft Sampler for sending me a free kit to enjoy and review!
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