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"Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde

Quick DIY: Gift Wrapping

Wrap your gift in the gift wrap or tissue paper of your choice. I used a thick tissue paper with a printed floral design. Cut a long strip of tissue paper about 3.5 inches wide (I used the entire length of the tissue paper, use as much as you want). Fold it in half lengthwise and then widthwise. Using scissors, cut a scalloped pattern on the unfolded edge. Using an individual hole puncher, punch holes in the middle of each scallop.

Using a smaller hole punch, punch holes on each side of the large holes.

Unfold the tissue paper (I used two sheets) and tape it around the gift. Tie raffia over the tissue paper.

You could stop there, but if you have excess tissue paper, fold it back and forth like a fan, then fold it in half, and punch a small hole in the base.

Place raffia in the hole and tie it together as well as to the raffia on the gift. Glue open edges together and separate the folds.

DIY Ceramic Painted Mug

I meant to post this up a while ago, but I got caught up with school. This is a mug I painted for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to give him something he could use often. “Cute” is not his style at all so I tried to think of something more masculine that he would enjoy looking at. I originally wanted to use a quote from the movie “Amelie,” because it’s one of our favorite movies and also one of the first we watched together - but I thought a quote alone would look too plain.

Fast Folks is a bike store in Austin that has a badass logo and a special place in his heart. It’s where he bought his first fixed gear bike. The owner, Natalie, sold him a bike frame she previously owned and loved, and they forged a friendship right off the bat. My next thought was to use the logo, but I thought it wouldn’t fit well with the quote so I scrapped the quote idea. Luckily I found a cute picture of a heart made out of two U-locks on Bicycle Store Paris’s tumblr which I thought would be a perfect replacement and would fit with the bike theme.

I’m not the best at drawing or painting things that need to be symmetrical, so to give myself an outline to start with, I printed out the images at the size I wanted and used them to make my own stencils (you can buy blank stencils). I just placed the paper images over a blank stencil and used an X-Acto knife to cut out some of the largest sections. Most of the details were too small to cut out so I had to paint them on free-handedly with paint. I bought a customizable mug from Michael’s craft store which came with special markers. I only used the markers to fill in the stencil and to make a general outline. Then I painted over it and added details with Americana Gloss Enamels Paint in black (for wood, glass, and ceramics). The paint dries relatively quickly so you have to be very careful! You can wipe some of it off right away, but it smears and might leave permanent smudges. I used the X-Acto knife to scrape off some of the paint where I messed up but this also left scratches on the mug. I messed up a lot but was happy with the result overall. After painting the Fast Folks logo on one side and the heart made of U-locks on the other, I added our anniversary date on the left of the skull without any punctuation marks. This gave it a kind of “barcode” feel which I thought went well with the rest of the mug. He loved it!
The only downside was that the mug is not microwave or oven safe, but the instructions on the paint bottle say that I should bake the mug for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. I wasn’t sure what to do so I just let it dry and told my boyfriend to be careful with it. I would have used a different mug, but it’s all they had at the store. The next time I make one, I’ll buy one that is microwave and oven safe!

The elephant is finished! See how it started here. I didn’t add the tusks because I felt it made it look too masculine. The eyes had to be sewn on crooked because I put the ears on crooked. I made so many mistakes with it, but I think it looks okay in person. I have a few more to make, so hopefully I’ll do better on the next one!

Joan of Arc Armor Made from Tire Tubes - BuzzFeed

Grace Duval spent a total of 50 hours into this magnificent work of art

Assorted holders from Anthropologie.

I was looking at these and realized I could totally make them! Just gotta get some batting and cute, cheap fabric - possible ideas for reusing old clothing, tablecloths, etc. :)

My new knitting project and first time to knit in a round with double pointed knitting needles. I’ll post the finished product when it’s done!