Thursday, May 9, 2013

Baby News

This past month has been insanely busy. I've thought up at least 20 different blog posts, and just haven't had the time/attention span to actually sit down and put them together. I've spent the past couple weeks in an apartment hunting frenzy because New York is a crazy place and the earliest you can start looking for an apartment is about a month before your move date. Then, when you find a place you think you like you have to go for it pretty much immediately because otherwise someone else will. This really stresses me out. Especially because while I was out looking for apartments hubby was working, which means I decided on a place for us to live that he's never even seen. Luckily, we found a place in a great location and most importantly, with room enough for an extra family member.

I am 15 weeks pregnant! I tried to come up with a fun way to announce my pregnancy here, but everything I saw was either too cutesy or required too much work (like having pictures of us taken for an announcement) when all our friends and family already know. So in a very uncreative moment, I decided to announce it to y'all by taking a picture of our fridge! Maybe I'll come up with a clever way to reveal the gender when we find out. Although lately my creative thoughts have been about all the fun baby things I can make before our little one arrives at the end of October.

On a DIY note - with all the ultrasound pictures Hubs and I are acquiring I've noticed we have a serious lack of magnets to put things up on our fridge. I fixed that problem by making these adorable little origami arrow magnets from How About Orange.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Upcycled Credit Card Bracelet

Delightfully DIY: Upcycled Credit Card Bracelet
I had another post planned for today, but then I started reading Truth (book 2 of Althea Romig's Consequences trilogy) and I cannot put it down. I don't even know why I'm so enthralled by these books. It's definitely not my normal type of reading material and I'm continually horrified by Tony's actions, but I have to know what happens next and what the motivation is behind it. Anyways - that means today's originally planned project is definitely sitting half finished in our living room. Luckily, I realized I had another project that I haven't yet shared with y'all!

Back in February I was asked to participate in the March edition of Buzzfeed's Craft Wars series. The challenge was to create something with old credit cards. Of course, my favorite thing to create is jewelry, and while I LOVE upcycling and recycling (and basically anything else Earth-friendly) I didn't want to make jewelry that looked like it was made from credit cards. In theory that seems like a neat idea, but in reality I would never wear it. I'm so happy with my final creation. It's easy to make, pretty, and I don't think it's immediately obvious that the golden squares are actually made from an old insurance and AAA card. You can find the full tutorial here.

Delightfully DIY: Upcycled Credit Card Bracelet

Linking up to: 504 MainCraftionaryCreations by Kara | Design, Dining, + DiapersSomeday Crafts | Somewhat Simple | The Frugal Girls | WhipperberryYesterday on Tuesday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Quick Earring Storage

Delightfully DIY: Quick Earring Storage
I love stud earrings. (Or are they called post earrings?) I have tons of them and they are one of my favorite things to make (and also to buy). I have always had a problem when it came to storing them however.

There are so many cute diys out there for earring storage, but most of them seem to be for the dangly variety. I've tried a couple different things for my stud earrings (cork boards, picture frames, ribbon, and even this complex thing I made out of cardboard and foam core), but none of them have worked perfectly. Finally the other day I came up with something so stupidly simple that I can't believe I didn't think of it before. Also, since I'm sure I'm far from the first person to think of this I don't know why I didn't come across it while I was scouring the internet for diy earring storage.

You will need:
6 sheets of craft felt
6 never sharpened pencils (or for larger drawers 6 wooden dowels)
glue gun
jewelry box drawer or a similar sized box (I thought about using one of the Beauty Bar Sample Society boxes I get every month)

I am not big on making permanent changes to things, since I'm constantly changing my mind, so this DIY is completely removable if you don't want it in your jewelry box forever.

Measure the width of your box and cut a piece of felt to fit. You will have to play around with the length of the felt depending on the size of your drawer. For mine, the craft felt I used was pretty thin, so the length ended up being almost 8 inches.

Next, put some hot glue along the length of the pencil and glue it to the edge of your felt.

Give the glue a couple seconds to dry, then roll up the felt around the pencil. Put a line of glue at the end of the felt to secure it. Do this 5 more times and place the felt rolls into your drawer.

Delightfully DIY: Quick Earring Storage
Put in your earrings and you're done!

Linking up to: 504 Main | CraftionaryCreations by Kara | Design, Dining, + DiapersSomeday Crafts | Somewhat Simple | The Frugal Girls | WhipperberryYesterday on Tuesday

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY J.Crew-Inspired Pearl Necklace

True to my OCD tendencies, it has been driving me crazy that I have several DIY posts on Not Without Heels and obviously the rest of my DIY posts on this blog. I want them organized and all in the same place. So - I decided to move the few tutorials I have over there to Delightfully DIY. I'm not changing anything when I move the post, aside from updating images with new watermarks (again - to satisfy my OCD need for things to be the same) and resizing (because for some reason I decided to make my images here about 20 px wider than on my other blog). As I post them here, I'll update the original post on Not Without Heels with a link to the post. Or maybe if I'm feeling super ambitious I'll figure out a way to forward that page to the new page here.

Here is the original post:

Delightfully DIY: J.Crew Inspired Pearl Necklace
A couple days ago I decided to try and come up with some new ideas to use up some of the beads I have had forever and the result has been me in a bit of a jewelry-making frenzy since then. When I found this J.Crew Pearl Ball Choker it seemed like the perfect DIY inspiration for the stockpile of glass pearls that I've had (and haven't used) for probably 3 years now. (On a side note: if you actually wanted to make a DIY version of this necklace and not just something inspired by it's shape/colors, I think you could probably find similar beads on a site like Fusion Beads, Beadaholique, or maybe Etsy.)

You will need:

2 different sizes of chain (the smaller about 12 inches and the larger only 3 inches)
220 6mm glass pearl beads (12 per bead ball plus a few extra)
Fishing line
Lobster claw clasp
2 eye pins
2 jump rings (one slightly larger)
E-6000 glue (or something similar)
Small round pliers

Cut a piece of fishing line (I used 12 inches which was overkill but I wanted to make sure I had plenty) and string together 12 pearls to make a beaded ball. If you don't know how to make a beaded ball, Hello Whimsy has a great tutorial on how to put these together.

Put a pearl on one of the eye pins. Then, using the rounded pliers, bend the extra metal down (almost to a 90 degree angle) and then form a loop. You will need two of these.

Attach one of the eye pin pearls to one end of the smaller chain. Time to start threading the chain through your bead balls! Tying a needle to the end of the chain makes threading these much simpler. Also, make sure your chain doesn't get too twisted.

Once all the pearls are threaded on the chain, find where to cut the chain and add the second eye pin pearl. This can be a little tricky because you want to find the link right at the end of the last bead. Since the tension (or something like that) is different when it is laying down, pick the necklace up to do this part. Once I found the correct link I put a piece of thread through it so I wouldn't lose which one it was.

Using the rounded pliers, open up one side of the eye pin and attach it to the last link on the chain. Now both sides are even and the main part of the necklace is finished.

For the first part of the clasp, attach the larger jump ring to the unattached end of the eye pin on the left side. Next, take your larger chain and use the smaller jump ring to connect one end to the loop on the bottom the the lobster claw.

To finish the necklace, open the unattached end of the eye pin on the right side and attach the other end of the chain. Because I had a couple left-over pearls, I put one on a head pin (done the same way as the eye pin) and attached it to the larger jump ring (the one where you close the necklace with the lobster claw.)

Delightfully DIY: J.Crew Inspired Pearl Necklace
All done! I now have a pretty pearl choker and I've used up some beads that I've had hanging around forever!

Linking up to: 504 Main | Craftionary | Design, Dining, & Diapers | The Shabby Nest | Thirty Handmade Days | Simply Designing

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIY Paper Arrow Earrings

I'm finally back! Last week hubs had a week of vacation, which was awesome since being a resident he hardly even gets weekends off. (Seriously, it's so rare to have a whole weekend off they refer to it as a "Golden Weekend" when a resident has both a Saturday and Sunday off.) First, my parents were in town for a few days, then hubs and I took a much needed break from New York and headed to a cute little town in Pennsylvania for a few days, and finally the day after we got back his dad and stepmom came to visit, along with hubby's brother and his wife! A great, but super busy week!

I came up with these cute little paper earrings while impatiently waiting for hub's week off to arrive. I've been wanting to come up with a good stacked paper jewelry idea for a while, so when I saw a pair of arrow shaped enamel earrings on Pinterest I thought that would be perfect!

You will need:
1 sheet of cardstock to cut arrow shapes (you can use my template)
1 set of earring posts with backs
E-6000 glue
Glue pen or white glue (I used a ballpoint-tip glue pen from Martha Stewart Crafts - I got it at Michaels)
Aleene's Paper Glaze (or something similar)
Scissors and/or ruler and x-acto

You can use my arrow template (click here to get it) or make your own. My arrows are 1/2 inch wide. There is probably a better way to do this (where the arrows don't have color printed on the back), but I couldn't figure out how. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!

Start by cutting out all 20 arrows from a piece of cardstock. I used a ruler and x-acto for the sides and scissors for all the other edges. I don’t know why, but that seemed like the easiest way.

Begin gluing them together front to back, making sure to line them up as best you can, until you have two stacks of 10 arrows each. Use the glue pen (or white glue and maybe a small brush or toothpick?) to spread glue on arrows.

Once the stacks have dried, put a layer of Aleene’s Paper Glaze on top. (Also - try to ignore the fact that I seriously need to redo my manicure in this picture!) Allow it to fully dry, and then add another layer to give the arrows a more 3D look on top.

Put a drop of E-6000 glue onto the flat surface of the earring back. Press it down in the center of the back of an arrow. Do the same with the other earring back/arrow. Let the glue dry and your arrow earrings are ready to wear!

Linking up to:  504 Main | CraftionaryCreations by Kara | Design, Dining, + DiapersSomeday Crafts | Somewhat Simple | The Frugal GirlsWhipperBerryYesterday on Tuesday

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guest Posting

For being such a short month, February has been super busy! I've done three guest post jewelry tutorials in the past couple weeks - two of which are posted so I can share them with y'all!

The first is a Quartz Crystal Necklace I made for My Chic Life. If you haven't stumbled across this blog yet, I definitely recommend checking it out. There are tons of great tips on entertaining, recipes, cocktails, and diys! You can find my tutorial for this necklace here.

I am monthly contributor (along several other super talented ladies) over at Limefish Studio. My post for February was these super cute, super quick Flower Cabochon Earrings. Click here to see my tutorial. And of course - make sure to check out the other awesome, creative posts on Danielle's blog!

I'm super excited about my last guest post this month and I'll share it with y'all as soon as it's up!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Liebster Award

Both Michelle from Moonfield Lane and Meredith from The Mitten Wife were nice enough to pass along the Liebster Award to me! The Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers and is a fun way to discover new blogs/support other bloggers.

I don't know how it got such different images to go with it, but since they're both cute I put them both up.

Here are the rules:
  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you + create 11 questions for the people that you've tagged to answer.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.
  5. No tagbacks!

11 Things About Me:
  1. I am super introverted.
  2. I come up with lots of my DIY ideas in the shower. I often get out and rush to my sketchbook to get them in there before I forget.
  3. I don't like scented stuff (perfume, body wash, lotion). I use Skin Milk body wash and lotion because it just smells creamy and clean. (I don't know how something can smell creamy, but that's the word that comes to mind). I feel like I'm really branching out with scents because my deodorant is wild rose scented.
  4. I own all eight season of Bewitched on DVD.
  5. My junior year of high school I dyed my hair red. I started with a nice auburn (which actually looked pretty good), but ended up seriously red (I mean like Lucille Ball ginger-colored). With my super pale skin and penchant for wearing green I think I looked like a leprechaun.
  6. I absolutely hate voicemail. Bost listening to it and leaving it.
  7. I went through a phase from 7th grade to probably around 11th where I spelled my name with two e's at the end instead of a y. (Emilee instead of Emily) I don't know why, I guess I just got bored.
  8. I am currently addicted to both The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.
  9. I got my belly button pierced in high school. Yep. I almost passed out afterwards. It's out now, but there is forever a dot/mini hole above my belly button.
  10. I have a tendency to be sarcastic that I often tone it down when I blog because I'm afraid people won't understand that I'm using sarcasm and will just end up thinking I'm really strange.
  11. I always wanted to be left handed. I think it's because in school the left handed kids got all these neat, different left handed school supplies.

Since I have questions from both Meredith and Michele (and 22 questions + 11 things about me seems like a ton) I decided to pick 5 from each of theirs and 1 that they both asked as my 11 questions to answer.
  1. What's your guilty pleasure? Playing the Sims. Seriously. Either that or candy. I love candy. And cute little candy stores. There is an adorable store in Cobble Hill that I adore.
  2. Why did you start blogging? I love the share the things I create.
  3. Best vacation you've ever taken. Our honeymoon in Spain.
  4. What's your favorite dessert? Creme brulee. Hands down.
  5. What's your biggest fear? Space. I can't explain it and I have no idea why but pretty much anything about space absolutely terrifies me. Ironically, I really like science fiction. (Which if you read my next question/answer you realize means that I like sci-fi romance and often it's set in space)
  6. What's your favorite book? No idea. I've never had a good answer to that question. I don't have a favorite movie, tv show, or song either. It all changes with my mood. I am (somewhat) embarrassed to admit that I pretty much only read romance though. I can't help it - I love people in love and a happily ever after.
  7. Favorite boardgame? Life. Or Clue. I used to have a crush on Colonel Mustard when I was little.
  8. How would you describe your decorating style? Colorful. I have to constantly remind myself that neutrals are very important with all my color. Otherwise our home would look like a rainbow threw up.
  9. Go-to recipe. Black bean enchiladas. I usually make them with spinach or sweet potato mixed in (and any other veggies we might have that sound good).
  10. What's your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the shower.
  11. If you could be an animal, what would you be? Maybe a cat. Partly because they seem to just do their own thing and partly because I would love to know what they are thinking when they do some of the crazy things they do. (In particular when Poe darts around the house for 20 minutes like a maniac.)

Passing this award along to:

The Garden Grazer
Craftivity Designs

My Questions:
  1. Where would you like to travel?
  2. Do you have any hobbies (besides blogging)?
  3. What is your favorite type of candy?
  4. What book are you reading right now? (Or last book read/next book to read)
  5. Something you can't leave the house without?
  6. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
  7. What is your favorite Disney movie?
  8. Do you have a pet peeve? What is it?
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  11. Favorite places to shop online?