diy crafty like a fox necklace

Today I’m sharing a diy crafty fox crossstiched necklace that I create for Maya Road. Whew!n That was a bit of a mouthful. Are you crafty like a fox?
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The main piece was cross stitched onto the vintage wood scallop and circle charms using a simple pattern that I made. Oh, and I did apply a quick coat of white paint to make the background a bit more neutral for my project.
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After I finished stitching, I added jump rings to the top to attach it to a chain, and add my vintage findings charms.

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Can you see the youngest doing his homework in the background? Ha!

 

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Happy crafting!

the sunday post – march 8

The sunday post is a weekly collection of links to things that have caught my eye around the interwebs. It’s intended to inspire, inform, and engage with you on everything from current events, to business, art, or crafting. You can find past Sunday Post entries here.

It’s the End of Fashion as we Know It in DeZeen magazine (shared by Holly Becker) – this is a really interesting article, and I have to agree with her, as someone who follows fashion. I don’t know what’s in store for the industry, but it’s definitely changed.

4 People you Need on Your Team by Tara Gentile – I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I work on expanding my business. How to connect with people, grow and expand!

Why I don’t Give or Sell Digital Files by Sarah Petty for the Joy of Marketing. I’m not sure where I stand on this as a photographer, but I found this article really interesting. And I totally get her point.

It is Well with my Soul DIY Wall art by Bonnie Christine – I came across this a WHILE ago, but since I’ve been repainting and doing some things around the house, I’ve been thinking about it again. I’m not sure that I’ll use gold letters, but I want to put up a quote on our walls.

25% of people have a 4th cone and can see colors as they are by Prof Diana Derval – Um. This is cool. I have no idea on the neuroscience behind it, but it makes sense to me. I saw 38 of the 39, and have always had a knack for mixing and matching colors – even when I don’t have a swatch. I should ask my husband to take the test, just to see how he sees it differently, huh? We always assume that our experience is what everyone else has, but it would make sense that not everyone even sees all of the colors on the spectrum.

Have a lovely week!

 

the sunday post – february 22

The sunday post is a weekly collection of links to things that have caught my eye around the interwebs. It’s intended to inspire, inform, and engage with you on everything from current events, to business, art, or crafting. You can find past Sunday Post entries here.

 My own life – Oliver Sacks on Learning He has Terminal Cancer: The New York Times – this is such a moving and beautiful piece.

No Pain, No Gain Fifty Shades of Gray by Anthony Lane for The New Yorker – I’m not even going to touch the controversy surrounding this book and film. Though I haven’t read or seen either of them, this satirical piece totally made me chuckle.

Three Bird Nest: The Etsy Success Story Redefined by Abby Glassenburg - This is an insightful piece that’s very well written. This has been such a controversial story amongst Etsy sellers, and I can share through personal experience this very same issue has affected my sales as the marketplace has shifted from being filled with purely handmade, artisan shop owners, to include people that are re-selling imported goods. I understand the spirit behind their allowing outside manufacturing. I think it’s essential, for example, for artists creating graphic prints, or t-shirts. The shift in the marketplace has prompted me to diversify my selling methods in order to continue to grow my business, and part of me is a little sad. But the business side of me understands completely.

Sex is Tricky – Momastery by Glennon Doyle Melton – Oh my gosh. I died laughing at this hilarious blog post regarding the random questions your kids ask that make your freeze mid-motion. So much so, that our boys asked me what was so funny as I shook with mirth at my desk/dining table. Sorry, kiddos, not sharing this one!

Nine American Habits I Lost When I Moved to Germany by Vanessa Van Doren on Matador – The older I get, and the more I learn, the more I’m understanding myself. I don’t think I ever have wanted to visit Germany, in spite of that being a large part of my heritage, until I read this article. This, I can get down with. These are all characteristics of my family, and I’m finally beginning to understand! Combine that with the Jewish genes, and my biggest challenge in life is keeping my sarcastic honesty in check. Because I’ve learned the hard way, that not all people think honesty is a good thing. But the positive cultural characteristics balance it out – like, “not assuming other’s guilt”, and “offering a willing helping hand”. It’s almost me in a nutshell.

Enjoy! And I always love hearing your thoughts!

love tag

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I took a moment of creative time a while ago to create this fun mixed media tag for Maya Road. You can see the full post on the Maya Road blog. On this weekend holiday associated with love, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary! We typically ignore Valentine’s all together in favor of that. Although I usually pick up a small treat for our boys! How do you celebrate? Or do you ignore it? (We always say we don’t need the excuse of a holiday to hang out together.)

Just a small note – this is the type of post that will be migrating to my personal blog after this weekend (hopefully, fingers crossed as I set it up!), so keep an eye out for that this week!

using social media for project inspiration

Why, yes, I’m a big lover of social media. I love how it inspires me and gives me a way to connect with others that have similar likes, hobbies, work, and dreams. One thing I really strive for in my use of social media is to make sure that I’m not just becoming a “collector”. You know exactly what I’m talking about – it’s so easy to pin this project for inspiration, or save this recipe, or like that photo, but instead of actually translating that inspiration into a real life project, it just becomes something cute to look at on your phone or computer. So this week I shared a project I created using inspiration from instagram so you can see for yourself how easy it is to do.

leah farquharson maya road coffee layout(Psst. Aren’t these new felt flowers and metal trinket charms from Maya Road awesome? They’re new and will be shipping very soon!)

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Read all about my inspiration for the layout on the Maya Road design team blog here.

If you’re interested in checking out more of my scrapbooking projects, you can see them here. I do a lot less now than I used to, but I still definitely enjoy it!

 

 

new favorite mixed drink – baby guiness recipe

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I’ll admit, I had wanted to share this lovely baby guiness mixed drink recipe that my husband discovered and brought home this past month. Well, he brought home the idea, and I looked up the recipe. I tried a few different versions, and this is the one we settled on as a favorite – and since I don’t really measure anything, it’s super easy to put together. The only thing that takes a bit of practice, is keeping the two drinks from mixing as you pour. Here’s what you’ll need:

Baby Guiness Recipe

coffee tequila (I use XO cafe patron)

Irish Cream Liquor (I use Bailey’s)

a 1 ounce shot glass

a spoon

Chill the tequila, Irish cream, and the shot glass or glasses by keeping the liquors in the refrigerator, and placing the glasses the the freezer. Fill the glass 2/3 of the way with the coffee tequila. Using a spoon, pour approximately 1/4 oz. of Irish cream over the back of the spoon to keep the two liquors from mixing. This will float the Irish cream on top to mimic the look of a draft guiness. I sometimes pop the finished glasses into the freezer for a couple of minutes to add a bit of extra chill. Sip to enjoy.

make merry diy #4 – hanging wreath

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Today I wanted to share this hanging Christmas wreath from Emily of “our house now a home”! What a perfect way to brighten up a room with some holiday cheer. I’ll admit – I’ve always wanted to make one of these to hang over the dining room table.

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Be sure to stop by and check out her charming home diy blog our house now a home, and see her diy hanging Christmas wreath post here.

Have a holiday idea you want to share? The “make merry” blog series is all about sharing and linking up holiday ideas from all across the making community! There isn’t too much for rules, just well photographed and well written ideas and designs that we can feature, link and share! You can find submission details here. I can’t wait to hear from you!

christmas scrapbooking with the december jbs mercantile kits

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I finally took a few moments on Monday to crack open my December JBS Mercantile kits – and the only awesome thing about being so late was that I actually scrapbooked a few of our holiday activities this month. Sadly, this is the last month’s offering of the papercrafting kits, BUT, if you follow Jenni’s blog and instagram account, she’s been showing peeks at the new things she has coming in 2015. So exciting. Really.

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It was fun to get out the paints and play a bit.

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I love giving. It’s one of my favorite things about the holidays. I honestly love searching out just the right gift that will make eyes sparkle when they open it.

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We took in an afternoon showing of this year’s annual christmas pageant last saturday, and it’s always magical.

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It was seriously fun to be able to take a moment and scrapbook some of our memories of the holiday season! The kits came together beautifully, and were such a pleasure to work with!

make merry diy # 3 – handmade christmas ornaments – rustic twig arrows

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Oh, how I love ornaments. Have I ever mentioned that I grew up with a tradition of receiving one each year as a kid? By the time I struck out on my own, I already had everything I needed for a pretty tree, and each and every one of the ornaments meant something to me. I also filled several craft fair tables with ornaments to sell starting when I was in jr high or high school. I made the above clay ornaments a few years ago, and the banners yet another year. This little tree in our master bedroom is probably my favorite. I love it so much that I keep it up until valentine’s day as a winter decoration…

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These particular rustic twig arrow ornaments by thoughts from alice for yellow bliss road satisfy just enough of the love of the rustic to remind me of the woods. And cold air. And fresh fallen snow. I thought it would be fin to add a 2014 charm to the end of mine, so I grabbed a set from the TulipJewelrySupplies etsy shop.

 

See the full DIY for these rustic twig arrow ornaments on the yellow bliss road blog!

 

Have a holiday idea you want to share? The “make merry” blog series is all about sharing and linking up holiday ideas from all across the making community! There isn’t too much for rules, just well photographed and well written ideas and designs that we can feature, link and share! You can find submission details here. I can’t wait to hear from you!