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Sunday
Jun032012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Two

Happy weekend friends! Are you having a nice one so far? I have to say mine has been quite lovely. I have read, I wrote a couple letters yesterday (something I haven't done in SO long), I ate a yummy meal with my family last night. I'll be picking up my camera today and taking photographs. All the things that make for a nice few days. What have you been up to?

Here is my Instagram recap of last week, which was week twenty-two of 2012.

Sunday: These are some filler flowers that we picked up from Trader Joe's. I like filler flowers by themselves so these got put on display in a mason jar. They were a little messy and had a very Dr. Seuss quality to them.

Monday: We also scored these peonies from Trader Joe's, the last bunch. We just finally had to throw them away but these flowers were so beautiful all week. I was seriously captivated by them and how they changed colors and transitioned from closed-up buds to magnificent blooms. I took a bunch of pictures to capture the different stages and I'll be sharing them this week.

Tuesday: I did a DIY project this weekend and used electrical tape for the first time. I really liked it! These orange and purple colors were unexpected and I might try them out in my packaging more often.

Wednesday: Home Depot was actually selling flowers in these vintage-looking crates. This one is a welcome addition to our front porch.

Thursday: I sat outside in my backyard two days this week. It was rather warm but better in the shade and it just felt good to get out and see some sun. I worked and sketched out new ideas for upcoming projects. This old chair of ours is my favorite piece of patio furniture. It was my grandmother's and I remember it from her house when I was little.

Friday: I made up some scrambled eggs in the morning and was surprised to see this batch all stamped. An unexpected detail.

Saturday: I devoted some time to writing letters, something that I've been 'meaning to do' for far too long. It felt good to sit at my desk and just write. The only writing I do normally is on the computer. I used this old typewriter paper that has this amazing texture and these neat red lines at the margins. Now if only I could get my typewriter working then I'd really be set.

So that was a peek into my week twenty-two. What did yours look like?

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

Friday
Jan132012

Font Love, Vol. XXV: Roskrift Clean

Happy Friday friends! The second week in January is coming to a close. Can you believe it? It's been awhile since I shared a Font Love post (since December) so here we go with our first pick of 2012. It's another freebie (for personal use) because a gratis font is oh, so nice. Today I want to highlight Roskrift Clean by designer Måns Grebäck. Grebäck is actually the designer behind a bunch of favorites including Feathergraphy, Channel, and Espesor Olas Half. Browse all of his free fonts here on FontSpace.

Roskrift Clean is actually the cleaner version (hence the title) of the original Roskrift which has a sketchy look. I like both versions but this one is newer and Roskrift has been a Font Friday favorite before. The reason why I was drawn to Roskrift Clean today was because it is a handwritten font (I dream about having calligraphy skills like that) and this week is Universal Letter Writing Week. On Tuesday blog friend Lisa shared this with me and now I'm encouraged to get a few letters out. Yes the week is almost over but any encouragement to send out snail mail is welcome. It would be so lovely if my handwriting would look like Roskrift here but sadly it does not. I guess my mail recipients will have to settle for my script instead. 

So if you have a little free time this weekend, take a few moments and write someone special a handwritten letter. It's little things like this that mean so much to friends and family. Or as an alternative, type out a letter using Roskrift and pop it in the mail.

I have a super cool DIY planned for Monday. I'm going to be experimenting today and hopefully achieving some super awesome results. I cannot wait to share it. Spoiler alert: it involves mason jars. Yep, get excited! Happy weekend friends!

image credit: me! 

Oh...I almost forgot. If you want to see more cool fonts, check out the blogs of my other type-lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Thursday
Jul212011

Whisker Graphics July DIY

Just last week I (excitedly) made the announcement that I was a part of the Whisker Graphics Design Team and would be doing a monthly project over on the Whisker Graphics blog.  Today (even more excited) I get to show you my first DIY that got posted earlier in the day.

I decided to start this thing off using one of my latest craft obsessions, airmail bakers twine.  I have gushed about my love affair with it before and in no way is the love lessening.  It is a packaging essential to me, especially when paired with airmail washi tape (yum!) like I did in this project.  

The inspiration behind this was to encourage all of us (me included) to create our own cards and write more hand-written notes to loved ones.  This DIY is proof that you can make something quickly that is still cute and has great design and you definitely don't need to spend a fortune doing it either.  I made this card in about 10 minutes.  I wanted manila colored paper so I actually just cut up an old filing folder (recycling).  I punched a few indents in the paper with a hole punch and wrapped the twine around.  A rubber stamp set was used to customize the card with a message.  And...that's it!  Fill out the back with a quick note and pop in the mail.  Whoever receives it will feel so special.  

Receiving little notes that let you know someone is thinking about you are so important.  I remember there were a few times when my Mom taped a note to the bathroom mirror or wrote something and left it in my lunch box when I was little.  Those are the best!  Thanks Mom!  Do you leave little notes or messages to loved ones?  If not, hopefully this post will encourage you to make a few cards.  I write this as a reminder mostly for myself...I always intend to write more letters but I get distracted and busy and then I don't do it.  I need to change this.

See my full post up on the Whisker Graphics blog.

Happy Thursday!  

Saturday
Apr242010

The Anthropologie Project: Stitched Heart Card Set

YA!  It’s a Saturday post and even better it’s another installment of The Anthropologie Project (you can see the first project here), where I craft something inspired by an Anthropologie display or product.  I love most things that the store sells but more importantly I appreciate their philosophy and attention to detail.  These posts are my attempt to give my life more of that Anthropologie-esque feel. 

 

This time I was inspired by a card that was designed by Bird & Banner for Anthropologie.  Now first let me say that I am a huge fan of Bird & Banner’s work.  Definitely check out their other projects because they are all stunning.  Their main focus is wedding stationary and I would most definitely hire them if I was getting married.  Each project incorporates multiple layers and materials and I really like that variety because it creates so much visual interest.  Stationary, because it is paper, can feel very flat but Bird & Banner’s work has a three-dimensional quality.  So basically I think it is awesomeness and their work really inspires me.  I was very much intrigued by the card they designed for Anthropologie because they stitched embroidery thread into paper, choosing to treat paper differently and use it like fabric.  I like embroidery because it’s easy and anyone can learn how to do it (especially something like a backstitch).  And everyone has paper so the following card set I created is within the reach of crafty people.  I designed an entire card set, instead of just a single card, because this idea can become a great handmade gift for friends and family.  And without further ado…The Anthropologie Project #2:

 

What inspired me:

Photo: Bird & Banner

And more of my interpretation:

What you'll need:

- white cardstock

- metal ruler

- x-acto knife and scissors

- pencil and eraser

- thumb tack

- needle

- embroidery thread (I used red and baby blue)

- patterned/colored scrapbook paper for envelopes

- red & white baker's twine

- address labels (I used ones found on www.leblahg.com here)

- double-sided tape

 

Instructions:

1. From the white cardstock, cut out whatever shape you would like your cards to be.  I cut strips of 8.5” x 4.25” and then folded that strip in half. 

2. Lightly write your message onto the front of the card with the pencil.  You will eventually erase the pencil marks so do not mark too darkly.  The message I chose to write was “♥ YOU.” 

3. Using the thumb tack punch holes into the cardstock along the lines you wrote.  Make sure to space the holes far enough apart so that the paper does not rip.  After you have punched the holes, erase the pencil lines.

4. Thread a needle with embroidery thread and tie a knot at the end.  Start to stitch the thread through the holes you punched using a simple backstitch.  Stitch your entire message and tie a knot at the end when you finish.  Repeat these steps on all of your cards.

5. Create envelopes for your cards using patterned/colored scrapbook paper.  I took an existing envelope, unfolded it, and then used that as a template to create my new, fun envelopes.  Fold your new envelopes and use double-stick tape to hold them together. 

6. Double-stick tape an address label onto the back of each envelope. 

7. For the envelope fronts, I created round tags that had a special quote on them to remind my letter recipients why hand-written correspondence is important.  The quote was by John Donne who said, “Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak.”  I made the tags using a template in Photoshop.  You can download what I used here.  I printed the tags out on white textured cardstock and cut them out with scissors.  Double-stick tape the tags to the front of the envelopes.

8. Use red & white baker’s twine (string or ribbon works also) to bundle your letters, envelopes, address labels, and tags.  Give this letter set as a gift to friends and family to encourage writing.

 

And more of the finished product:

   

I'm excited to send out a few letters to my friends using my new stationary.  Happy letter writing!

Sunday
Mar142010

Jane Austen Obsession

Lately I just cannot get enough of everything Jane Austen and the whole Regency period.  Everything seems so romantic and whimsical.  I want to step back into time and experience the lifestyle myself.  I was hooked after watching the PBS Masterpiece Emma.  The movie was so well done, including the acting and the cinematography, which was truly stunning!  The movie aired over three nights and after the first and second parts I was dying to catch the next installment.  I had never read Emma before so the storyline was new and exciting for me.  Although modern life has its perks, I would not mind stepping back in time for just awhile.  The fashion is truly spectacular.  Unlike other eras, women's fashion in the Regency period is very beautiful, with its floral patterns, and yet simple and not too gaudy.  Each item has a romantic and feminine touch.  I particularly enjoy seeing how the men dressed.  Why can't this be the style today?  Everyone was so formal then and today, especially in California, we are just too casual.  

All photos courtesy of Jane Austen's World, a truly spectacular and informative site if you're at all interested in Austen-esque things.

 

The whole movie I was just dying to have Emma and Mr. Knightley end up together.  The two characters had such great chemistry and I loved how they had been friends for so long before realizing their true love.  Sweet!  I am now reading the book and I am enjoying it so much.  I really appreciate Austen's writing and I think I'll reread Pride & Prejudice once I'm finished.  The romance is just to die for.  Like where can I get some of these Austen men to tell me that they've always ardently loved and admired me?  Where are they hiding?  I think Mr. Darcy says it best:

 

"In vain I have struggled.  It will not do!  My feelings will not be repressed.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you...Almost from the earliest moments of your acquaintance, I have come to feel for you a passionate admiration and regard, which despite my struggles, has overcome every rational objection.  And I beg you, most fervently, to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife."

 

And then there is the movie version of course...which is just as AMAZING!!

 

"You must know...surely, you must know it was all for you.  You are too generous to trifle with me.  I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before.  If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once.  My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever.  If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you.  I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

 

Sigh!  Where is my Mr. Darcy? 

Image courtesy of allmoviephoto.com.

 

I particularly enjoyed watching all of the letter-giving in these movies.  Mail was such an important part of people's lives then and with email today, it's just hard to imagine.  The letters themselves are works of art.  They were folded pristinely and written with such a careful hand.  The handwriting is just unbelievable.  I consider myself to have nice handwriting but Regency era writing puts mine to shame.  And having to write in cursive all the time, especially exquisite cursive, is definitely something I avoid.  I got some inspiration from these letters and decided to write a few myself to some friends and family.  I Googled how to fold Regency letters (I used this tutorial which was great), wrote my messages, and then even sealed them with a wax stamp.  I felt very Jane for a minute!  Hopefully my friends appreciated the effort.

I must work on perfecting my craft of wax sealing.  The wax didn't drip perfectly for me.

 

I worked on this Jane Austen collage this morning which includes another great romantic quote.  This quote if from Persuasion, said by Captain Wentworth to his love Anne Elliot.  The quote in full is this:

 

"I can listen no longer in silence.  I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach.  You pierce my soul.  I am half agony, half hope.  Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.  I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.  Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.  I have loved none but you.  Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.  You alone have brought me to Bath.  For you alone, I think and plan.  Have you not seen this?  Can you fail to have understood my wishes?  I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine.  I can hardly write.  I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me.  You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.  Too good, too excellent creature!  You do us justice, indeed.  You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men.  Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating."

 

Yes, another too-good-to-be-true man.  Well, I can't produce these romantic men but I can produce this romantic Austen picture collage!  Better than nothing.

Images used to creat the collage were found on Flickr: here, here, here, here, and here.