Who doesn’t love a tree house? You can’t honestly say that you didn’t make a tree house as a kid, right? I hope not. I was always climbing around when I was little and making tree houses was one of my favorite past times. This tree house is waaaaay beyond anything I could’ve dreamed up though. this is just proof that you should never let go of your childhood hobbies. As an adult you can make them so much greater.
This tree house is better know as the Hemloft. It is a “secret” (and I put that in quotes because it can’t be a secret if there are pictures on the internet) tree house deep in the woods of Whistler, Canada. The maker used plywood ribs to make the frame and scavenged wood to fill in the rest. To learn more about the Hemloft, check out the original post on My Modern Met.
I haven’t made earrings in a while so, I made some wire wrapped earrings for this weeks DIY project. These are really easy to make, and only took me about 20 minutes. Please ignore my chipped nails…
Things You Will Need:
If you’ve used a Things-A-Ma-Jig, you can find them at Michaels. They’re great for any type of wire wrapping or beading.
Using your rounded pliers, form a loop in the top of the wire.
(Please ignore my horrible nails.)
Set up your Thing-A-Ma-Jig like the above image. You can leave the large bottom peg off the board. I just forgot to take it off.
Wrap your wire around the pegs so it looks like this. When you’re done with this part, take off the wire and flatten it a bit.
Add the bead and put a small downward bend in the wire.
Put another look in the bottom of what is soon to be your earring.
If there’s extra wire, clip it off at the top of your loop.
Add on your earring clasps and hooks, and you’ve got yourself some cute earrings! They’re so much better when you make them yourself.
Hope you like them! Happy crafting :-)
If you live in or around PA, you should spend a weekend in Cook Forest. It is one of the most relaxing, non-commercialized areas I’ve ever visited. It is a national park with plenty of camping areas, bed and breakfasts, and a few hotels. I guess I should preface this with, if you don’t like being outdoors, maybe don’t try vacationing here.
What is Cook Forest
Cook Forest is a great place just to get away, even if it’s just for the weekend. There’s no cell phone reception so, even if you want to reconnect with the world, you can’t (unless you need it so badly that you’re willing to drive about 15 miles to get it).
My boyfriend and I spent the weekend up there at a lodge called Clarion River Woodland Lodge and it was awesome. The lodge is a combination bed and breakfast with a restaurant and bar. The chef there made the some of the best food I’ve ever tasted (including pork belly mac and cheese, Dr, Pepper braised beef short ribs, Carmel Apple pork chops, bacon or duck fat fries, etc. not to mention the fantastic Easter buffet). Breakfast was included in our stay, and it was within a few miles from some great hiking trails.
The best part? We were in great company. We met some very nice people (some of which stayed at the Clarion River Woodland Lodge, all who worked there, and some nice people on the trails) while we were up there that really made the whole trip for us.
I really wish I could share pictures of the lodge, but I didn’t take any. I know, shame on me :-( but we will be going again so I’ll be sure to take some then. Here’s some shots from a 7 mile hike we took yesterday.
Everyone needs something to spice up a room. A little pop of color or some wall art usually does the trick. Even as an artist, I find a lot of artwork to be too expensive, so I think it is important for people to be able to create their own decorative art. When you’re looking to upgrade a room, you aren’t necessarily looking to spend a lot of money doing it. Save the billion dollar artwork for the art collectors and make your own decorative elements.
With this DIY project, I wanted to accomplish just that. Originally, I wanted to use several more mini canvas, but I thought I would test it out with these 4 to see how I liked it. You can get these canvases at any craft store and, if they are on sale, you can get them pretty cheap. Watch for the deals.
Things You Will Need
2 4×4 black mini canvases
2 4×4 white mini canvases
As usual, don’t forget the newspaper.
Paint your white canvases two different colors. I chose orange and red because it will look good with the white paint.
Let them dry.
Position the canvas so that the black canvas and the colored canvases are diagonal to each other like in the image above.
Get out your white paint and make some fun designs that span the canvases. You can experiment with different colors or brushes to get a different effect.
Hang them up for some fun, new accented wall art!
I plan to add more canvases throughout the summer. Maybe I can take over the whole wall, haha. Wouldn’t that look awesome?!
Hopefully you give it a shot if you like my results. It was an enjoyable project and, if you add 10 or so canvases, it could make a great family weekend DIY project!
I was browsing the other day and found a DIY tutorial on http://recycle-craft.com I thought you guys would like. It is similar to my Cardboard Flower Wreath tutorial from a while back. Honestly, I like her method better. I will have to try using spray paint next time instead of acrylics. The effect is much nicer.
Want some more toilet paper roll crafts?
This is a cute one for giving out candy for the holidays. I made these for Valentine’s Day. They are especially great for children because you can’t fit a ton of candy in there, so they aren’t eating a crapload of sugar.
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I don’t know why I never thought of this, but this girl is freaking brilliant! I have a whole box of saved toilet paper rolls, and guess what I’m going to do with them?
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This one is soooo cute and I really want to try to make it. I wasn’t sure what to call it because it looks like a wind chime, but it doesn’t have any elements that would make noise in the wind. We’ll just call it a wind chime.
Anyway, this one doesn’t have a tutorial attached to it, but I don’t think it would be hard to make. Some toilet paper rolls, paint, a sealant, some wire, and clear thread and I think that’s it.
If you have more to add, let me hear it! Leave your ideas in the comments.
You still send birthday cards, right? I hope so, because people appreciate them. Sometimes they appreciate them more, though, if you make your own.
My friend Jennifer at Station Teen Makes and sells some really cute whimsical stationary. The goal of the business is to encourage teen girls to build strong relationships with family and friends while also providing a community for them to share and appreciate good design. I completely endorse the idea.
Station Teen has a really awesome video tutorial on a DIY Cupcake card that I wanted to share with you. A fun, bright, adorable card.
If you liked the video tutorial, make sure you let her know!
You can find StationTeen on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, Pinterest.
Here are a few of her card designs. You can check this out, as well as some other great designs, on her website (above).
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