Fave 5 // Week 26

1. 2012 is almost done with and it's time to get a new calendar for your digs! I really like this lunar phase calender sold at school house electric. It's not the greatest for keeping track of the days. It just looks really cool and if you ever needed to know what moon cycle we are on, just take a look.

2. Girls night out! We recently had a girls night out and it was simply a joy spending times with my girls sipping on yummy drinks. It was our first time at d bar in downtown San Diego. Lisa and I ordered a bubbly concoction called the germain bubbles which is the perfect drink for New Years!

3. I love how glittery new years decorations are. This feather dipped glitter DIY would be an easy project for a New Year's party decoration. It is really easy and looks cute.

4. Geometric designs are something that I love to look at and Geometry Daily on tumblr offers you a daily dose of lines, shapes or patterns that are designed by some guy named Tilman. It's definitely worth a peek and follow!

5. There are so many cool headboard DIYS out there and this light up text headboard is no exception, These kinds of things make sleeping and dreaming a whole lot sweeter!

>> Have a happy New Year!



DIY Soda Can Cookie Cutters

Merry Christmas ...Eve! Today is the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas DIYs! Happy Holidays to everyone, regardless of what you do or don't celebrate!

When The Dark Knight Rises came out this past summer, I wanted to make Batman cupcakes. As in, yellow cupcakes with bat shaped chocolate cake in the center. I thought it was a good idea until I realized that I didn't have a bat shaped cookie cutter. Thus began my search for DIY cookie cutters. There are plenty. Of. Tutorials. Out there. and I tried the aluminum pan thing but it was tough to work with. Long story short, my cupcakes were terrible. Now, with The Hobbit out and Christmas baking upon us, I replaced my Batman cupcakes dream with Middle Earth cookies, so I searched again. I found this tutorial that used soda cans and decided to try it out. Way easier. Finally, I made my own cookie cutters! Click below to see how I made them!


Fave 5 // Week 25

1. A cool handmade gift would me these forest bookends that Kirsten from Studs & Pearls made. I saw these ones on Pinterest and thought about making them and now all I have to do is follow Kirsten's tutorial!

2. In honor of the Mayan-predicted apocalypse that is very obviously happening around us as I type this, here's 25 DIYs to help you survive. If you happen to survive the fireballs and zombies and natural disasters wreaking havoc (look outside your window! It's happening!), these would also make cool gifts.

3. This wooden wall tree from Swoon Studio is adorable and perfect if you can't get/fit a tree in your house.

4. These mini gingerbread houses on the ModCloth Blog are so cute! They're not exactly practical on your cup, but they're perfect for serving hot drinks at holiday parties.

5. Speaking of serving at holiday parties, these little wreath stirrer sticks on Project Wedding are equally as cute.

-lisa, happy holidays! and happy apocalypse!


DIY Sweater Beanie

I saw this tutorial from Kirsten at Studs and Pearls a couple months ago and knew that I was going to attempt it as soon as it got cool enough here to actually warrant wearing hats. It turned out to be way easier than I was expecting. There's also this tutorial from Consciously Modest on YouTube if you want a closer look at what's happening. But I promise it's not difficult. Check out how I did mine!


Peppermint Hot Chocolate On A Stick

 Hot chocolate is one of my favorite wintertime treats! Back in September I posted a Fave 5 with a photo of hot chocolate cubes on a stick. I did some research and it actually is easy to make, a little messy but easy nonetheless! I am really happy with how these turned out. I followed this recipe from giver'slog. I recommend checking out her page for more details on the cocoa process. For our version we stuck in candy canes for a more festive tasting experience. Photos and such after the jump.


No Sew Infinity Scarf

Cold weather calls for warm accessories like scarves and hats. Here is a really easy way to turn an old scarf into an infinity scarf! What's and infinity scarf? Basically it's a scarf that loops around itself in a figure 8 shape. You can just throw it on and not have to worry about the ends flipping around because there are no ends! No ends falling into your soup (has happened to me more than once)! Tutorial after the jump.


Reindeer Headband

You know those people that put reindeer antlers on their cars? I don't get it. Now, on your animals? Yes, please. I made these reindeer antlers on a whim and now I can't stop putting them on my dogs' heads. It's funny every time! Plus, Mia (who posed for this post) is the perfect color! She reminds me of Santa's Little Helper from The Simpsons. Anyway, if you would like to learn how to make these antlers that you can put on your pets (or your own human head I guess) then click the read more!


Fave 5 // Week 24

1. I am lusting over this sterling silver antler ring from AetherDesign's etsy shop. It is so delicate and and beautifully made.
2. Washi tape picture frames! This is a great idea for those who can't poke holes through their walls to hang stuff. The neat thing is that if you get bored of a design you can change it up because washi tape comes in all kinds of colors and patterns!
3. Pantone has announced their color of the year and it's Emerald! How lovely is this color?! I am tempted to buy this mug or even this iphone case in honor of the color choice! Hey, I'm a sucker for colors.
4. These ombre painted ornaments from Ambrosia kind of remind me of Pantone swatches. Making your own is a breeze.
5. Diamonds may be a girls best friend but geodes actually might be mine! I love these geode rings from swellmayde. I would be proud to show off those rocks!



Snowflake Catchers // DIY Felt Glove Patch

On the 7th day of Christmas my crafting friends made for me... felt snowflake patches for my winter gloves! This is as easy as it gets! Not really sure what else to say but I hope these make keeping warm a bit more fun!


Winter Terrariums

I love small stuff. I'm not sure if I've established that already, but let it be known: I love anything miniature. So it's no surprise that I really like terrariums. There are a lot of really good tutorials for terrariums and snowglobes out there, like these: floating terrarium on Poppytalk, winter scene mason jars also on Poppytalk, minatures in a jar on Salt Tree, bell jar ornaments on My So Called Crafty Life, a sugar ornament on Craftberry Bush, and mason jar snow globes from The Lemonista.

I decided to try making some of them and I love how they turned out! Some were more difficult than others, but I was also doing this late at night during finals week so, you know, take that into account. Anyway, these are a few different ways to make a terrarium so click below to find out how to make your own!

(kind of image heavy, you've been warned)


Pet Gift: Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

This past weekend we headed to our friend Caroline's house ...to visit her corgi, Charlie. What is it about corgis? They're just so magical. Anyway, we decided to bake him a little Christmas treat: these peanut butter doggie biscuits from Brown Eyed Baker. There's only 4 ingredients, it was super easy, and Charlie loved them (we gave him a little too many). They would be perfect gifts for the dog lover in your life. So get your paws on some peanut butter (dog puns) and click below!


Fave 5 // Week 23

1. These embroidered constellation pendants by Zelma Rose on Poppytalk Handmade are really cool. They would make really good gifts.

2. I've never made a tart before but these pear and hazelnut tarts on Cannelle et Vanille look so good I might have to try it. The mini ones would be great for a holiday party.

3. Listen, I'm gonna be honest. I should have been born in the U.K. Europe is the best at Christmas. You can bring a little bit of that to the States with these Christmas crackers from Oh Happy Day.

4. A Beautiful Mess has this recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing. They say to use buttercream to outline the cookie before you flood it with icing, but you could just make the icing stiff first, outline, then thin it with water. Just a suggestion.

5. I've been looking for a good map to hang to mark where I've been and this scratch off map is perfect. It would make a great gift for those wanderlusters.



Felt Gingerbread House

A late Day 4 post! I love gingerbread houses. The actual assembly? Not so much. I don't think I've ever made a gingerbread house that didn't fall apart. Until now! I looked at a couple tutorials like this one and I really liked this one from Salt Tree. Their pattern is easier than the one I drew up but I wanted to make sure my gingerbread house had defined edges and such so I made more pieces. So if you want to make your own gingerbread house, click away!


Winter Glitter Wreath

 Today we are celebrating winter with this sparkly wintry wreath tutorial I snagged and altered from Homemade by Jill. Instead of glittering paper I found pre-glittered craft foam to save some time. The colors make this wreath an awesome seasonal decoration. I love how it turned out and it was really easy to put together! Check out the process after the jump.


Golden Snitch Ornaments

Harry Potter fans! Want your very own golden snitch to hang from your tree? Of course you do! These would make cute little gifts if you want to make something for a bunch of people. You can personalize them anyway you want. I like this tutorial from Tiny Apartment Crafts. She painted a pattern on her snitches that looks really good and I based my cardboard wings on her wire wings. I also like this golden snitch necklace on Instructables.

For this tutorial, I did two different wings: cardboard and wire. I also had some filigree earrings that I never wore and used those for a couple snitches. These were really easy to make (despite trying to spray paint in the rain) and I love the way they came out. I might add some designs on them later. Check out how to make your own after the jump!


12 Days of Christmas // Easy Garland

Welcome to 12 Days of Christmas! We're going to be bringing you a holiday DIY Monday through Thursday from now until Christmas!

Looking to decorate on the cheap for the holidays? Making a chain garland is super simple and easy. I remember making paper chain garlands as a kid, but pipe cleaners (or "chenille stems" if you're fancy) are way easier! So join me in making the easiest garland ever!



Monica and Lisa's Holiday Wishlist 2012

Check out what's on our wishlist this year! We tried to keep it cheap for our very Secret Santas!

1. Cross Stitch iPhone case - This cell phone case would be a fun way to experiment with cross stitch designs. I can already picture at least 7 cool patterns!

2. Victoria's Secret Love Spell body lotion - I never really got into this scent as a youngin but recently it's been my go to scented lotion. 

3. Scallop Lace checkbook wallet - I've been searching for a cute wallet and I think it's a good time to get organized with a wallet with more than one compartment.

4. UrbanEars Pastel Color Headphones // for a cheaper version Coloud Colors Headphones - I love pastely colors and purples, if you were askin'

5. Game of Thrones Direwolves names Tote - This tote is awesome! If you can find a real Direwolf that would be even more awesome! haha


1. Spiked headband - I've been looking for a good spiked headband for awhile. I particularly like this one from Urban Outfitters.

2. Kate Beaton's Small, Fat, and Mighty mug - I love love love Kate Beaton, especially her pony comics. Oh, pony. You are truly small, fat, and mighty.

3. Photojojo Nikon lens mug - Mugs! If all I got for Christmas this year were mugs I would be happy. I would throw them all on my bed and make mug angels in perfect contentment.

4. Astrological jewelry stand - I've wanted this jewelry stand for a long time now. There's a slightly cheaper one at Icing but they're pretty much the same. Sidenote: I tried to DIY one and it was a mega-fail :(

5. Neil Gaiman's Stardust Gift Edition (or, you know, the way cheaper paperback edition) - Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors but I've never read Stardust. I've seen the movie (and really liked it) and since I love Gaiman and I love fairytales, I'm 95% positive I'll love this book.


Fave 5 // Week 22

1. I love this wintery table setting that Meg Allen Cole put up on her blog. She also has a video on how to make those geometric stones. Something we will probably make for our holiday party!

2. This leather gift bow DIY is such a good idea! This is a good idea for decorating gifts. I can see a gift wrapped with leather and studs all over, how cool would that be?

3. I was browsing the web one day for wood patterns and stumbled upon The Wood Database. It's pretty much a website with a ton of information on different kinds of wood. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood??

4. Gingerbread cookies are festive and remind me so much of christmas time. I'm loving this drunken gingerbread cookie recipe from Will Cook For Friends. Maybe we can build a gingerbread bar for all those gingerbread drunkards.

5. Don't have a pair of oxfords? Mom Spark shows you how to paint the design on a pair of sneakers!

Have a great weekend!


DIY Pearl Sweater

I've always had a liking for pearls, my birthstone is the pearl (June)! They remind me of classy ladies and classy mermaids. If only I was a classy mermaid lady... Back to this! Pearls are fun so I decided to deck out a sweater with them. Pearl it up after the jump.


Fave 5 // Week 21

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Eat to your fill? And Black Friday? I hope no one got into a fistfight over a toaster or anything. I had a very relaxed Thanksgiving and then later at night laughed at Monica's texts from Black Friday shopping. I also went to Disneyland on Friday in lieu of shopping which is why this Fave 5 is a day late! Enjoy it anyway!

1. This DIY photo transfer tote would be a really great personalized gift. I can picture vintage book covers or quotes or poems on it. Honestly what really sold me on this DIY tote was the ship photo she chose to transfer.

2. All Things Paper has a roundup of folded paper stars. They're all perfect for some DIY holiday decorating.

3. I've been looking into making some bookends and I love love love these ones from Etsy seller Garth Borovicka. Maybe it's my obsession with anything miniature...

4. ...like these pies. I love these tiny pies in jars from Camille Styles. She gave them out as parting gifts at a party. They're adorable and look pretty simple to make.

5. These light stencils from Photojojo are amazing. They're kind of dreamy and surreal. The possibilities with this are endless. Really excited to try it out.



Cake Stand and Jewelry Dish

Cake stands and jewelry dishes. Similar, yet entirely different. Since these cake stands and jewelry dish were made in the exact same way, we thought we might as well throw them into the same tutorial. It's amazing what a simple display can do for your food or jewelry. Instant fanciness. Check out how to make these easy displays after the jump!


Fave 5 // Week 20

1. I adore patterned walls and folks at The Painted House have come up with an interesting concept, patterned paint rollers! This is basically a patterned roller which you can use for your walls, fabrics, giftwrap, anything really.

2. Etsy seller AMradio has some really cute geometric ornaments that would make your christmas tree look awesome. I might make something like this for my baby christmas tree.

3. In Japan they have set up the world's first 3D printing photobooth. The results are amazing, a tiny 3D figure of yourself that you can show off to your friends and their friends. Sweet!

4. I was browsing Pinterest's food section and was having a hard time controlling my mouth from watering so I quickly moved on to something else and came across this lovely moon phase earring set from Cisthene. I have a really hard time controlling myself around food and cute jewelry.

5. This lovely lace collar necklace DIY from teahab is sweet and simple.

- monica


Print Your Own iPhone Case

Before you say it, I know. iPhones. They're everywhere. We are consumer zombies with our faces shoved into our glowing smart phones. But at the same time, I think it's fascinating to have this kind of technology literally at our fingertips. I saw a tweet awhile ago (wish I could remember who said it) that said: think about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and now realize that that sh*t exists and is called an iPad. And with that thought, I decided to make my phone into my own Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Check out how under the jump.


Fave 5 // Week 19

1. These DIY tea towels from Lana Red are really cute. She just used some fabric markers and stenciled away. I love her patterns.

2. Did you know that both Monica and I took floriculture in high school? Our school offered a whole course on how to arrange flowers as part of our agriculture program. Good times. Anyway, A Beautiful Mess has some tips on autumn floral arrangements. I'm not totally into the feathers in them, but I really like themed arrangements.

3. Is it too early for Christmas DIYs? I just love this melted snowman ornament so much. It's kind of sad and funny at the same time. It looks super easy, too. The only thing you have to "make" is the carrot nose out of some polymer clay.

4. TARDIS snow-globe! I desperately need one of these on my desk to procrastinate with. It just looks so shiny and glittery (which is exactly how I imagine traveling through time and space). I might make some for Christmas.

5. I nearly died when I saw these dinosaur heels. I love kitschy stuff like this. I wish I had somewhere to wear raptor heels. Clever girl...



Pumpkin Macarons

We had wanted to try making macarons for awhile and when we were carving pumpkins, inspiration struck: pumpkin macarons! Of course, we headed to Google for a recipe and found this one from Marina at Yummy Mummy Kitchen. It was super easy to follow and she even made her's pumpkin shaped! Check out our pumpkin macarons below!


Fave 5 // Week 18

1. Check out this DIY chandelier made from freezer paper! This is on my crafting to-do list for sure! :)
2. Along the lines of home decorating, this book headboard DIY looks interesting, decorated with old books found at thrift stores. If you are in bed and get "board" you can just read your wall?
3. This is a really smart idea to put matches in a mason jar with a sandpaper lid. There are hundreds of uses for mason jars out there and this has to be one of my favorites.
4. The news has been going around that Disney has officially bought out Lucasfilm, artist Paul Shipper disneyfied his drawing to go along with the news. Also this video of Darth Vader at Disneyland is pretty funny too.
5. Finally, you can download and print out these wrapping paper patterns from mineco.co.uk for free. The patterns are raindrop, pacman ghost, and lightning blolt.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Also, I can't believe it's November already!



Glitter Mint Carves Jack-O-Lanterns

Take a look at our pumpkins we carved this year! We invited our friend Sandra (maybe you saw her as Dorothy?) over and had a pumpkin carving adventure. I've been carving pumpkins since I was a kid but it was Monica and Sandra's first time carving one! Since I hadn't done this in years, it was nice to learn carving pumpkins is still fun as an adult! Check it out below!


Fave 5 // Week 17 // Halloween!

1. Wired has 10 geeky and cheap Halloween costume ideas. As a massive Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan, my favorite is Arthur Dent. Bathrobe and towel and done.

2. In a collaboration with Claires, I Spy DIY came up with five DIY costumes. Check out her round-up!

3. Brit & Co came up with eight pop culture costumes. My favorite is the "binders full of women." Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, that quote is costume-worthy.

4. Megan at Polish the Stars made her own Hocus Pocus spell book. My inner witch cannot resist a DIY spell book.

5. And finally, a little gift from one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Mr. Gaiman wrote and recorded an unpublished short story that is available to download on Audible for the low price of free! And that's not even the best part. The best part is that for every new download, Audible donates a $1 to Donors Choose if you're in the US and  Audible UK donates a $1 to Booktrust if you're in the UK. You can listen to a scary story by an awesome author for free and help these charities. It's part of All Hallow's Read. You can read about it on Neil's Tumblr. He's much more eloquent than I.


Costume Week // Day 5 // Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Today is another classic costume from a classic movie: Mary Poppins! There is a Whovian theory out there (that I subscribe to) saying that Mary Poppins is a Time Lady (lady Time Lord). A bag that's bigger on the inside, appearing out of nowhere, helping humans, funny hat, bow-tie, etc. I say it's canon! This costume was made completely out of things I had in my closet, with the exception of the hat accessories. I don't have fake cherries lying around. Check out the Super-Nanny-Time-Lady costume below!


Costume Week // Day 4 // Dorothy of Oz

Today we have our lovely friend Sandra modeling a Halloween costume classic: Dorothy Gale! I don't know anyone that doesn't like The Wizard of Oz. It's a classic movie with an iconic outfit (several actually, who wouldn't recognize the tin man or scarecrow?). We had fun walking down our imaginary yellow brick road and mastering Judy Garland's doe-eyed, pouty-lipped, awed face. Check out our take on Dorothy below!


Costume Week // Day 3 // Bad To The Bone

Bones, bones, bones! Today's costume idea is a really cute and easy DIY for anybody! I would love to see a whole family decked out in bone garb! More details after the jump.