Shop News: Free Worldwide Shipping + New Prints

sea-blue-creaturecomforts Hi friends! Several of you have very kindly requested prints of some of the shots I’ve taken with my phone and shared recently on Instagram…and today I’m happy to announce that I’ve just added a few of those to my Society6 shop. While you’re visiting, be sure to take advantage of FREE worldwide shipping on your order. Note: this free shipping offer can only be accessed when shopping via my promo shop link. I hope to see you over there! xo Ez free-worldwide-shipping-71314

Tried + True: DIY Air-Dry Clay

tried-and-true-diy-air-dry-clay Hi friends! Today I’m kicking off a new mini series called Tried + True! I figured that since I try my hand at so many of the craft projects that I find via Pinterest, that it only makes sense to share the results of some of the really good ones with you. Tried and true!

tried-and-true-diy-air-dry-clay-1 The first project up is this DIY Air-Dry Clay from Full of Great Ideas (via). You know I love a good air-dry clay project or two, but the cost of store-bought clay can be a bit of a buzz kill when you’ve got a great idea brewing and only a few pennies in the bank. As luck will have it, you only need three simple pantry ingredients to whip up a batch of this clay…which means no trips to the craft store (another bonus)!

tried-and-true-diy-air-dry-clay-2 I followed the full recipe and directions found on Full of Great Ideas’ post. Mid-way through the cooking/stirring process I started to think that I might have a big Pinterest fail on my hands…but luckily I just kept at it, and suddenly a few mixes around the pot later I had a clumpy bit of clay!

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I decided to allow my clay shapes to air dry (they are drying in my kitchen right now) and they are looking great so far. If you want to bake them, be sure to read through Full of Great Ideas’ original post…she walks through both the air-drying and baking methods.

Here are few notes from my experience:

  • While cooking, it takes quite a lot of stirring and elbow-grease to get the clay mixed up once it begins to thicken. Because of this, I don’t recommend having young children help during the cooking stage.
  • Be sure to allow clay to cool enough before use.
  • This clay is also very drying for your skin. If little kids will be working with the clay, be sure to help them wash their hands as soon as they are finished, so as to avoid irritating their sensitive skin.
  • Keep extra clay stored in an airtight container.
  • Have fun!

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All photos taken with iPhone 5c

If You’re Waiting for a Sign, This is it

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I collect inspiring quotes and sayings like they are going out of style, and today I thought I’d share a few of my current favorites from my Typographical & Words of Wisdom board over on Pinterest. I hope one (or more) of them will inspire you during your upcoming week! xo Ez

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Quotes pinned here: Waiting For a SignLife is a Daring Adventure… | Doubt Kills More Dreams… | …You’ll Need Other People… | …Live Anyway

Color Crush: A Boardwalk Summer

color-crush-max-wanger This gorgeous photograph by Max Wanger shot for the Ban.do Summer Look Book has me tantalized with its sweet candy-colored palette. For me, the shot seems to conger up a blissful Summer afternoon spent riding along a boardwalk…the golden sun warming your skin with not a care in the world. The perfect inspiration for a new Color Crush!

1. Outdoor Dishes | 2. Britt Bass iPhone Case | 3. Candy Makeup Bag | 4. RGB Nail Polish | 5. Bkr Water Bottle | 6. Fine Note Card Sets | 7. Hex-i-Candle | 8. All Eyes Mug | 9. Kate Spade Reversible Gift Wrap | 10. Rainbow Balloon Kit

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Quick DIY: Festive Tassel Napkin Ties + Gift Toppers

diy-tassel-napkin-ties-1 I didn’t originally plan for this post to fit in with the 4th of July holiday, but it ended suiting the day really well, so here you have it! Of course I hope you won’t feel limited to using this tutorial for just one occasion. These quick and easy DIY Tassel Napkin Ties and Gift Toppers can be color-customized to suit any decor or holiday…and they take only minutes to make! I hope you’ll enjoy creating them as much as I did!

DIY Tassel Napkin Ties

diy-tassel-napkin-ties-floss You will need:

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Start by wrapping your first embroidery floss color around the four fingers on your non-dominant hand. Wrap the thread snuggly as you wind around your hand, but not so tight that it pulls your fingers on top of one another. For these tassels here I wrapped the floss around my hand 40 times. Snip the end and carefully remove the thread bundle from your hand. Repeat with your second color.

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Carefully snip each thread bundle at the bottom and drape them over your thumb side by side. Gently straighten out any overlapping threads. It’s okay if the bottom ends are a tad uneven at this point.

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Place your two thread bundles atop a long length of contrasting embroidery floss, leaving a long thread tail of 6-inches or more on one side. TIP: At this stage, I prefer to use the entire spool of contrasting floss instead of cutting it, so that I make sure to have enough for wrapping. Tie a very tight double-knot around the top 1/3 of your thread bundle. Do not cut your thread yet!

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Begin to tightly wrap the long end of your contrasting thread around your thread bundles, starting where you tied your double-knot, and working your way upward. Make sure that the 6-inch thread tail remains uncovered. Wrap as far up the tassel as you’d like and then wrap back down until you reach your original starting place. Double-knot the loose end (the one you just used for wrapping) with the 6-inch tail you left in the previous steps. Cut the loose thread so that it is the same length as your thread tail (you should now have two long tails of contrasting thread). Trim off any uneven threads from the bottom of your tassel.

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Woohoo! You just made your first tassel!!

diy-tassel-napkin-ties-finished Now if you want to jazz your tassels up with some glittered stars you will need:

  • Heavy-weight paper / card stock
  • Star template (optional) | you can also cut them freehand like I did here
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s or craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Fine glitter(s)
  • Mini hole punch (optional) OR pushpin
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Cut stars from heavy-weight paper (or download my printable star template). Work on top of a piece of scrap paper and use a paintbrush to coat one side of each star with craft glue. Generously sprinkle glued surface with glitter and let dry. Punch a hole in each star using a mini hole punch or poke a hole with a pushpin.

Thread stars onto your tassels, tie a knot to hold them in place, and you’re done! Tie finished tassels around rolled napkins for a festive table setting…

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…Or use them to top gifts! Enjoy! xo Ez

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