How to make Velvet Pumpkins

Monday, September 30, 2013
Halloween is becoming less black and orange and more elegant and refined.  That's why we absolutely love these dyed velvet-wrapped pumpkins.  They are both stunning and sophisticated and can easily be taken beyond Halloween and into Thankgiving as well, depending on the color Tulip Fabric Dye you use.  Here's how simple they are to make...

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How to Make a Spider Web Necklace

Friday, September 27, 2013

If you are in need of a super fun and striking accent to your upcoming Halloween costume, I think this spider web necklace might be right up your alley (hopefully it's not a creepy nighttime alley). All it takes is three things to make this spider web necklace...what's easier than that?  Watch the video below and I show you step by step how to make it!

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Fuzzy Monster Snap Bracelets

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

As soon as I spied these fun fur snap bracelets in the Halloween aisle at Target, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  They're only $1.00, so I scooped up three!  Using various sizes and colors of googly eyes, some craft felt scraps I had in the studio and three types of Aleene's adhesives I made an armful of fuzzy monster snap bracelets that are sure to scare up some fun!  These are so easy and inexpensive to create, they'd make a great craft project for kids or teens.  (Though I'm a fully grown woman and I would rock these in a hot second. 
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Hand-Stamped T-shirt Totebag II (The Sequel: with Veggies!)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
When you're talking fruit and vegetable stamping, a change of seasonal harvest can herald a whole new palette of patterns and textures to print with. And with them, a whole new no-sew T-shirt totebag tutorial -- this time, with fringe! Before the summer fruits and veggies officially relinquish their harvest reign to the autumn root vegetables (reminder: potato printing=boring!), see what you can scavenge from the last of the September haul to make some colorful T-shirt prints -- and a sturdy T-shirt tote to bring to next weekend's farmers market! Behold, this fall's hottest accessory (see this summer's no-sew tote here)....
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Candy Corn Tie Dye T-shirt DIY

Fun and spooky times are upon us, so there's no better time to get in the spirit, than with a festive shirt to ring in the occasion!  This super easy candy corn tie dye shirt will be the perfect look to add to your wardrobe. Pair it with a cute pair of jeans or a frilly tutu and you have an instant costume for your upcoming Halloween party too! Here's what you need to make it!
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Dip Dye a Wool Sweater

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall is officially here, so it's time to Dip Dye a Wool Sweater! As the weather gets cooler we all want to wear more cozy sweaters and just because you’re wearing wool doesn’t mean you can’t dye it or do any of the fun things you’d do to cotton. Wool can be a tricky fiber, but it can absolutely be dyed or dip dyed to keep you warm, cozy and on trend for fall.
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5-minute Simple Sparkle Pumpkin

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Pumpkins are my my all time favorite thing to craft!  I have almost 40 or so pumpkin projects on my blog (you can see some of them here).  I love that they are the perfect little palette to make prettiness happen for fall.  Here's a simple sparkle pumpkin that you can make with just three supplies. If you are looking for a quick fall craft to instantly sparkle up your space, this is it!  Let me show you how easy it is to make.
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I Got the BLUES

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Have you noticed the color BLUE everywhere? Well, get ready...Dazzling Blue is Pantone's top spring color for women for 2014. It's the same as the nail polish Facebook sells in its office, called 'Social Butterfly Blue' and meant to match the company's signature blue. And, it's the same color as the one used for the New York City bike share program, Citibike. Look for a wide range of blues to be hip hues for 2014. 

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New Crafty Chica Products & Michaels Tour

Friday, September 20, 2013
It’s that time of the year again! I’m headed out to California for the 4th Annual Crafty Chica Michaels tour! Come Wednesday, September 25, we’ll kick off the road trip here in my hometown of Phoenix, and then the next morning we are headed out to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Santa Barbara! I’ll be demoing the new products and MayaInTheMoment will be giving out Crafty Chica Glitter Tattoos that were provided byiLoveToCreate (they also manufacture my line and made it all happen!). Please come see me if you live in the area!
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Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day The Project Life Way

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. To celebrate I thought I would share a sneak book into one of my scrapbooks. I have been playing around with jewelry findings, vintage embroidered table cloths and of course Aleene's Tacky Glue.
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DIY Zebra Glitter Shoes

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Glitter shoes have been all the rage for the past couple of years!  I adore shoes and I knew I wanted to give my own spin on this popular shoe trend!  I took it too the next level with a fun set of zebra strips, because who can resist an animal print?  I know I can't.  Here's how you make this fun and sassy pair of kicks.
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Dipped For Fall 2013

Summer may be coming to a close but not all summer trends are in the rearview mirror. Dipping - using dye, bleach or paint - is still a HOT trend! You'll find plenty of dipped goods at Urban Outfitters, Asos, and Anthropolgie as we head into the fall season. But be smart and save some bucks for your holiday shopping by making your own dipped delights with these inspiring products! Just check out the various surfaces that become even more interesting and fabulous when they are dipped in color or bleach.
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What's going on people! It's already time for cinnamon-pumpkin candles, veggie soups, football and lot's of Fall and Halloween crafting. I always try to have something in my daily outfit that POPS and the fact is some day's all I want to wear is a cute pair of skinny leg blue jeans and white v neck shirt. What is one to do to make their outfit POP at this point? 


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Thunderbolt Shoes

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

No matter what kind of shoes I buy my boys, they always end up favoring the boat/deck type shoes that they can slip on and off easily.  They are great because they are inexpensive and easy to find, but we like to add a personal touch to make them extra fun.  My oldest requested red thunderbolts and here's how they turned out.
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Retro Halloween Tabletop Decor

Monday, September 16, 2013
Paper mache cones lend themselves to all manner of retrofabulous DIY projects, like these DIY Retro Tabletop Decor objets d'art.  That's a fancy pants way of saying, stuff you can use to decorate for Halloween.  I like these cones because they can be interpreted a lot of different ways, as Halloween party hats, Halloween trees or if you add black cardboard circles to the bottoms and take the felt balls off of the tops, fabulous witch's hats!  There are so many yummy trims out there that would be perfect for these, from rick-rack to rhinestones to lace ribbon.  If you want to take this further, make each hat slightly different but color coordinated.  Add black glitter to give them a little more sparkle.  These make delightful tabletop centerpieces for a party!  Tulip Soft fabric paint works like a dream on the paper mache and dries to a perfect matte finish.  Tacky Glue and a glue gun make quick work of adding trim.  This is a great girl's night in project too.  Have a glass of wine while the glue dries and then dive right in!
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DIY Halloween Paint Blob Monster T-Shirt Tutorial

Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Fun with the Darby Smart 80's Throwback Tote

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Have you heard of Darby Smart?  They are a cool crafty/DIY kit company that make easy & on-trend craft projects that you design yourself. We are excited about the latest Darby Smart kit...the 80's Throwback bag, because it features our Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, along with a cool Ronda Palazzari mixed tape stencil from Crafters Workshop, and a super stylish and sturdy Baggu tote bag, complete with pockets on the inside!
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DIY Feather Painted Pumpkin

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I have become obsessed with foam pumpkins over the past few years.   I'm not alone, as pumpkin crafts have taken off on the internet!  They're so much fun and so simple to DIY.  Every different technique and treatment lends a totally different appeal.  This feather painted pumpkin is the perfect companion to the Goth Glam projects I created last year.  You'll have a blast using feathers to paint these bold graphic strokes, a technique you can use for fabrics, shoes, furniture and get a very chic mid-century modern inspired effect.  Try using different sizes of feathers and different colors of paints.  You can use this technique to make faux marble as well with a little more squiggling of the feathers.  True Craft Confession: I initially planned to accent the ridges with only the black sparkly ribbon, but I ran out mid-pumpkin and the gold chains came to the rescue.  I think they work here nicely, but you can opt to use all black instead.
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Monogrammed Bags, DIY

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

 Along with working in "The Blog World" I have a regular 40 hour a week job, working with some amazing people. Associate Appreciation Week is this week and I wanted to make them something that was specifically tailored for each one of my them that shows  how much I value their hard work and dedication. I have always loved monogrammed bags so I thought that I would make each one of them a bag with their initials monogrammed it. Tulip made it so easy with their Spray and Tube Fabric paint.

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Messenger Bag DIY

Monday, September 9, 2013

Add a personal touch to a plain canvas bag, using stencils, fabric markers and fabric spray paints to create a cool personalized Messenger Bag DIY. I used the Tulip Body Art Stencils to create tattoo inspired designs on this bag, by filling them in with fabric markers. This is a really cool and simple way to create designs and patterns quickly and easily. 

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DIY Skeleton T-Shirt

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I have waited as long as I can stand. It's time to start the Halloween crafting. I spent the summer doing demos for I Love to Create across Austin tie-dying shirts. I'm a bit of a pro now. Anywhoo, I have several large T-shirts lefts. I have been dying, cutting, revamping and more. My latest creation - a skull T-shirt. Lemme show you how easy and cute this T-shirt is.
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DIY Dyed Ikat Sneakers Tutorial

Thursday, September 5, 2013
If you ask me, chevron is kind of on its way out and ikat is ready to take its place as the "in" pattern. Ikat is popping up in fabric, home decor and clothes but I've yet to see any ikat shoes.
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DIY Faux Fabric Milk Glass Pumkins

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
What is going on people! It's already time to start putting out our FALL decor and if one person is ready it would be me! A long time ago I had a problem with this season and the colors that went along with it. Don't get me wrong, I love orange, brown and yellow but I love white, black and green much more. Now the question is how can I create FALL decor with these colors. I am starting with this faux fabric milk glass pumpkin. The name is sorta tricky which is why I love it. I transformed a bright orange pumpkin into a soft delicate work of art. I promise, if you do 20 of these and place them all over your house they will make you smile from ear to ear. There are so many options with them and I love that they make any space feel clean and crisp.
Wanna see how I made them? Come see!
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Bitty Bow Headbands (No Sew!)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Now that I have a baby girl it's been fun to throw in some girly projects among all the boys projects I'm usually working on.  These little headbands are super easy to make and don't even require sewing.
They add a little girly flair to any outfit.  Here's my little girl.  She's almost 3 months old and I love putting a headband on her with her crazy hair flying out all around it.
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DIY Neon Colorblock Cosmetic Bag

Monday, September 2, 2013
 I found this nifty cotton cosmetic bag at Michaels recently and had to pick it up!  It's a perfect blank canvas. This would make a great little pencil case for Back to School, too.  A little painter's tape, Tulip fabric paints, some angled paint brushes and in under thirty minutes you can make a custom bag with just a few splashes of neon.  Neon works best as an accent for maximum visual impact.  The quilting on the bag made it easy to create a colorblock pattern, which is vaguely chevron inspired, but given a fresh, asymmetrical spin.  I love this so much, I want to make a matching purse!
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