Friday, August 22, 2014

crafty with a cause: Fruit Themed Greeting Cards for the Elderly Nutrition Program

Whenever I get the chance, I make a few cards for the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels program. The organization includes handmade greeting card donations with meal deliveries, and also keeps the cards on hand at the office for elders who want to pick some up and gift to friends and family.

Once I reach 25-30 cards (usually in about a month), I send over the batch to the program. I love doing this because it's a great way to volunteer even if you're a super busy lady like myself. I do take part in on-site volunteering around the New York area - but this is a fun, creative way to continuously volunteer even when you have a few minutes of free time each day. As they say...if you want to do it, you'll find a way!

And of course, I love meshing my craftiness with my nutrition grad background. These cards were an ode to the ending of summer; time to brainstorm some fun autumn ideas!

To donate some cards, send as many as you'd like to:

Elderly Nutrition Program
40 N. East St., Suite C
Woodland, CA 95776

Want to check out my past "crafty with a cause" posts? Click here!

...Speaking of California, I'm actually in San Francisco right now. Next up is Colorado on Sunday. As much as I love New York, it's really nice to be out on the West Coast for a change of pace.

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, August 21, 2014

diy to do list: 7 DIY Cross Body Purse Projects at Studs & Pearls

After looking at this list, I think it's safe to say that I prefer cross body purses over anything. I love the hands free aspect, and they're so much easier to carry around (as opposed to a bulky tote or hand bag). Furthermore, I always feel safer carrying a cross body. No grabbing things out of my hands, thankyouverymuch! If you're another cross body purse fan - or any kind of purse fan, really - check out 7 DIY projects that I've shared over the years at Studs & Pearls:

1. I've taken on the Marbled Purse twice - once on this blog, and once with Verily Magazine. That's just how much I adore this project.

2. Liquid gilding is one of my favorite materials to work with. I mean, what is more awesome than liquid metal? After making this Metallic Brushed Purse DIY for eHow, I want to cover everything with it. Nothing is safe now.

3. Last year, I took some inspiration from Chanel's SS 2014 show. Bring out your artsy side with this Paint Palette Purse DIY.

4. More than a year later and this is still one of my most used projects to date, the Lace Panel Purse. Great way to upcycle a thrifted bag.

5. This Fringe Strap Purse was actually one of the original 30 projects for the book, but didn't make the final cut. Still love it, though!

6. Here's a major throwback from November 2012: Shattered Metal Purse, made with spray painted broken CD shards. The ultimate recycling project.

7. If you've been following me for a while, you're very familiar with my adoration for this technique. The Painted Floral Purse takes inspiration from brush embroidery (a cake/cookie decorating technique), using the method with paint. Food can totally be inspiration, too. 

Xo, Kirsten

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#intel2in1 diy: Watermelon Print Intel 2 in 1 Laptop (Sponsored by Intel)

While it may be nearing the end of summer, I’ve been obsessed with all things watermelon…(Watermelon Shorts, anyone?)

A few weeks ago, I came up with the concept of spicing up my HP Pavilion x360 2 in 1 laptop using a simple technique. The vibrant red shade of the sturdy shell laptop-tablet hybrid is what sparked the idea; I have a feeling I might not be able to look at red items the same way again. My Intel 2 in 1 is ideal for the gal on the go, thanks to the lightweight nature and easy transition between laptop/tablet configuration. I am doing quite a bit of traveling these next few months, so I thought – might as well make doing work while traveling fun, no? 

What I Used:

HP Pavilion x360 2 in 1 laptop 
- Black Faux Leather Contact Paper (purchased at Home Depot)
- Craft Scissors
- Cardboard, Pen (optional)
- Green Masking or Painter's Tape, such as Frog Tape (optional)

For ease and efficiency, you can draw and cut out a tear drop on a piece of scrap cardboard. This piece can then act as your stencil, making it much easier to replicate the tear drops.

On the reverse side of the faux leather contact paper, trace the tear drop at least 12 times.

Cut each tear drop out. When randomly placed against the Intel 2 in 1’s unique shade of red, the tear drops can instantly double as “seeds”. Contact paper isn’t permanent and can be peeled off the tough case of the device, so don’t worry about ruining it!

Optional: For good measure, add a strip of green painter's tape or masking tape to really emphasize the watermelon look. You'll most likely have more luck finding green painter's tape as oppose to masking tape; Frog Tape comes in a bright shade of green, and can be found at hardware stores. This was the perfect finishing touch for the project!

Since the “seeds” aren’t permanent, you can always remove them if you change your mind.

Stay tuned for a roundup of innovative DIY cases to make for your Intel 2 in 1 Convertible PC! I’ll also be sharing tips & tricks to stay creative, and will be including how I use my Intel device to do just that.

Xo, Kirsten

FTC Disclaimer: 
This #intel2in1 post is sponsored by Intel. HP Pavilion 11t-n000 x360 Intel 3530 was provided by Intel for review, feature and consideration. All thoughts and comments are my own. Click here to read more information on my policies and procedures for sponsored posts and collaborations. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

a dash of inspiration: Paige, Alexander McQueen, Elizabeth & James, Stephen Webster


left: Paige Jimmy Jimmy Patched Boyfriend Jeans
 (Saks Fifth Avenue)

right: Alexander McQueen Fox-Tail Print Tee, $595 (Saks Fifth Avenue)


left: This reminds me of the No Sew Patchwork Jeans that I made for eHow Style back in June 2014. I'll definitely have to make a plaid flannel version for the fall! 

right: With the right images (a chain and a fox tail), a printer, and iron-on transfers, you can create a similar statement making tee.


left: Elizabeth and James Riley Studded Flared Skirt, $295
 (Saks Fifth Avenue)

right: Stephen Webster Sterling Silver Studded Wide Cuff Bracelet, $1950 (Saks Fifth Avenue)


left: Stitch or glue multiple pairs of vintage stud earrings (with the backings removed with pliers) to a plain skater skirt.

right: Glue a section of pyramid stud trim to a plain bangle. You can find studded trim by the yard at fabric or trim stores. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

eHow diy: Lace Back Panel Button Down Shirt

With fall well on it's way, I can't stop thinking about projects made for layering. My latest eHow project is perfect for just that; check out my Lace Back Panel Button Down Shirt tutorial, right here!

Xo, Kirsten