a west elm event is my fave

October 24, 2014

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I have some fun news today! Every room in my house has at least one item from west elm in it so I was beyond excited when they asked me to host a DIY holiday workshop. Come craft some party poppers (great for place cards, advents, or new years eve!) alongside me on November 13th at west elm Denver. The event is free but there is limited space so in order to attend, you need to rsvp right here.

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This workshop will also be held at west elm stores in Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, and El Paso.

Don’t see your local store on the list? Three other crafty bloggers are hosting events across the country. You can see all the who, what, and where right here on Front + Main (every store will be holding an event!).

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Even if you wouldn’t define yourself as crafty, all of the projects are user friendly so come join in. Plus it’s a great excuse to check out the holiday collection, bust out the festive tunes, and meet new friends.

west elm Denver DIY Party Popper Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 2955 E. 1st Avenue, Denver
Click here to rsvp

a swan and a strawberry are my fave

October 23, 2014

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easy diy halloween costume

I couldn’t let the season pass by without putting babies in cutesy homemade costumes. And good news for you non-crafters, both of these costumes only require scissors and a hot glue gun. You know I don’t like to over complicate things.

Find instructions for the swan right here and the strawberry right here on Julep.

PS Even though it says my daughter on the swan post, that’s actually my friend’s adorable little girl Ettie.

halloween buckets are my fave

October 15, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

When I was a kid I was so proud to walk around the neighborhood with the candy bag my mom sewed to look like a jack-o-lantern. So, of course, I wanted to make something similar for my kids to use year after year. That is, until I realized that sewing is not my strong suit. So, I opted for this Halloween bucket hack instead.

Supplies: All you need to make a Halloween candy bucket is a galvanized bucket from a hardware store, a can of spray paint, a little bit of vinyl, and a sealer. That means no real crafting skills necessary.

Process: While waiting for the spray paint to dry on each bucket, I hopped over to the Cricut Design Space and picked out a few spooky figures, loaded my vinyl, and pressed GO on my Cricut Explore. But if you don’t own a Cricut Explore, you could just as easily cut shapes out with scissors or an x-acto knife. Once the shapes were cut, I placed them right onto the bucket and finished with a bit of decoupage to protect the paint and vinyl from Halloween shenanigans.

Time: This was super easy and took less than 30 minutes.

And, do I even have to mention that this didn’t cost much more than the cheesy plastic ones found at Walmart? Step it up people, step it up.





This post has been submitted as an entry to the Cricut Design Star Challenge.

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spectacular stamping is my fave

October 14, 2014

I’m teaming with Craftsy to learn some new skills and share them with you. Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes in sewing, cake decorating, photography, art, cooking and many other categories all led by expert instructors.

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I have to admit when I heard about Spectacular Stamping, the latest free Craftsy class I tried out, I thought stamping was so basic there was no need to take a class about it. If you have the same thought, take a look at what you’ll learn in this class:

– masking technique
– stamping in foregrounds and backgrounds
– heat embossing and embossed resist stamping
– stamping on vellum and acetate
– fussy-cutting embossed images

I hadn’t even heard of most of these techniques so what I thought would be a basic class actually turned into the one I’ve learned the most from so far. I used these newly acquired skills to create this embossed pillow box and favor bag. stamped pillow boxes

My projects are simple (you got to start somewhere, right?) but Joy Macdonell, the education director for Simplicity and EK Success Brands and instructor of this class, gives expert tips that will have you making intricate cards in no time. Perfect for the upcoming gift giving season!

Want to add these skills to your crafting repertoire? You’re in luck because Craftsy is offering this class to yamf readers for free! Just sign up here for the free class and start stamping away. This is the perfect way to try out Craftsy, risk free. Cheers to that.

Craftsy is a yamf sponsor but I would love their classes even if they weren’t. View their entire class catalog right here.

a halloween garland is my fave

October 10, 2014

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Our neighborhood goes over-the-top with Halloween decorations, even more so than Christmas. Beck is enthralled with them all so with some prodding from him, I decided to make a quick Halloween garland using the grade school paper loop method. The black and white patterns are more my style, I’m not so much into the gory/scary parts of the holiday.

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To make your own, download and print (double sided) the patterns then trim into two inch strips. Loop together and attach each one with a staple.

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To hang it up, I used Command Party Banner Anchors from their new line of party products and they worked perfectly. One of the first things Ryan had to do to prep our house to sell was fill in all the holes I had made hanging party decorations, I kid you not. So I’m genuinely excited about the entire line (the balloon bunchers would work great for a balloon wall) and know I will use the products frequently, especially since they’re reusable.

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The patterns would also work great for a traditional triangle garland or gift wrap. Can I say I have Halloween spirit now?

designs created by Kirsten Bingham

Command is a yamf sponsor but I would like their products even if they weren’t. See the entire line of party specific products right here. Command Party products can also be found in the party aisle at your local Walmart.


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