Mini agate boxes

Mini agate boxes

Lately I’ve been coveting lacquer/lucite boxes with agate stones adhered to the top of them. These beautiful boxes from Gilt.com, or other gift stores run the gamut in prices…anywhere from $45 to $125.

I have been dying for one of these boxes, and when I ran across this rock and gem store called Rock Paper Silver in Whistler B.C., I scooped up some flat agate stones for $3 a piece! I figured instead of paying an arm and a leg for a large box…I’d make some mini ones! And this is probably the easiest craft to date….glue and your done. How awesome is that? :)

MATERIALS

  1. Mini lacquer box
  2. Glue gun and stick
  3. Small flat agate stone (Approximately 2.5″ x 1.5″ in size.)

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Heat up your hot glue gun.

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Step 2:

Flip the agate on the backside, and place four dots of glue on each side approximately 1/4″ in from the edge. (This will hide the glue spread from coming out the sides.)

Quickly flip the agate back over to its right side and press it down onto the lid of the box.

Step 2

That took all of 5 minutes and you’re done!

Mini agate boxes

Give them away as hostess gifts, or to your friends!

Mini agate boxes

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Paper-Ya – Vancouver B.C.

Paper-Ya

On my recent trip to Vancouver B.C., I came across this great paper store on Granville Island called Paper-Ya. If I wasn’t on my way to meet my boyfriend and his friend for drinks…I would have stayed longer. :) The next time I visit Granville Island I will most definitely be going back to Paper-Ya.

The store had an amazing array of paper goods ranging from books, journals, cards, paper, tape, etc. I was in hog heaven!! I stepped away with a few things that I’m dying to use in some crafts.

After assessing my damage, I realized that three of the items I purchased were from an Australian line called Dailylike. After further research on their site I realized that I LOVE everything they offer! I will most likely be going back for more!

Paper-Ya purchases

  1. Merchant & Mills Sewing Book, by Carolyn N.K. Denham – HOLD ME BACK!!! I can not wait to make a project out of this book! Absolutely beautiful projects that are my style. This will be one to watch for. :)
  2. Dailylike “Daydream” Collecting Paper Vol. 2 – I’m not sure what “collecting paper” is…but I’m down with collecting it! The package came with 2 sheets each of 16 different patterns. These whimsical patterns are perfect for paper crafts, cards, or scrap booking.
  3. Dailylike fabric tape – The shop had several different options of this tape, but I chose this set of yellow and green tape because they reminded me of Easter colors.
  4. Dailylike fabric sticker – I had never seen a fabric sticker before! I can’t wait to do something with this new find. :)

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April craft-spiration

Spring has sprung! On a 75 degree day in Seattle we took off on a road trip for a few days to Canada. We only had a few days, so we stopped in Whistler, and Vancouver B.C. It was a whirlwind trip, but full of beautiful sites, and time with friends. I hadn’t been up to Canada in awhile, and was reminded of how beautiful the area is.

These are just a few photos of what inspired me last week, and prompted some needed craft brain-storming when I returned home!

Krafty Kath

Inspired by nature

Canada nature

Inspired by art

Canada art

Here’s to a artful April!

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Little joys | Ice cream dish switch-a-roo

Little Joy Ice Cream Dish

Little Joys are little bits of crafty happiness!

Every year the Easter bunny would visit our house and leave Easter baskets full of fun treats. It was highlight of Easter morning…next to my Mom’s Almond Bread. :) Now that we are older, we usually try and add a little treat at the dinner table for each person. Use these inexpensive ice cream dishes for holding chocolate or jelly beans, and then switch them out at the end of the night for serving individual ice cream scoops! Easy and super cute.

MATERIALS

  1. Ice cream dish
  2. Candy of your choice
  3. Green paper grass
  4. Ice cream & spoon (Not pictured)

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Put a little green filler inside the ice cream dish.

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Step 2:

Put a few candies on top.

Step 2

Step 3:

Use as candy dishes around the house, or place at each person’s place setting for Easter dinner.

Ice Cream Dish

Step 4:

Switch-a-roo time…replace the candy (and paper grass) with ICE CREAM! How awesome is that?!

Ice Cream Dish

Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your friends and family!

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Concrete casting class | Makerhaus

concrete planter

Recently I took a concrete casting class from Makerhaus in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Makerhaus is this great studio of “maker” equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers and a complete wood shop. They offer monthly memberships as well as classes. I decided that I wanted to try a class, so I signed up for Concrete Casting!

First you create your mold. Then you mix and pour the cement. Fast forward to a week later and the removal of the mold. I went for a more basic piece, however some of the people in the class got much more creative with their materials.

Here is a few photos of my experience.

Concrete planter

I enjoy my planter so much, I may bring it to work to sit on my desk. But for now they found a nice little home in my family room. :)

Concrete planter

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DIY |Spring grass table decor

Spring grass table decoration

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a cute bunny decoration…but if you aren’t a bunny person (gasp!) and you want a spring decoration this April, this DIY is quick and easy and will freshen up any table.

Note: I bought these mini mushrooms a few months back from Shop Sweet Lulu. It doesn’t look like they have them anymore but you can find them on The Piece by Piece on Etsy, and here on Terrain.

MATERIALS

  1. Container of wheat grass
  2. Mini mushrooms
  3. Plastic sandwich bag
  4. Berry basket
  5. Scissors

Materials

Step 1:
Cut your sandwich bag in half. Discard the top portion.
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Step 2:
Remove your wheat grass from the container over a garbage can. Trim off about half of the bottom root portion off. This makes a mess so do it carefully over the garbage. You can also take this time to give your grass a little haircut!
Step 2

Step 3:
Now slip the trimmed grass bundle into the sandwich bag and place it into your berry basket.
Step 3

Step 4:
Straighten out the grass so it fills the container nicely.
Step 4

Step 5:
Now take 2 floral mushrooms and place them towards the front of the basket.
Step 5

You can stop there, or you can add extra spring accessories to your container like pinwheels!

Place them on each table setting, or in the center of your spring table! Enjoy!
Easter berry container

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DIY | Spice jar organization

spice jar organizer

Awhile back I acquired a industrial rack from Haven Vintage on Etsy. I wanted to use the rack for hanging and displaying items on the wall in my studio. A few months later along came some extra Crate and Barrel mini oval spice jars from my coworker. Then the brilliant idea came to me…why not use these to hang from the rack! Insert pat on the back. :)

Plus it was a great excuse to use my awesome embossing Dymo. Every house had one of these growing up in the 70′s and 80′s! I wish I still had my Mom’s vintage one but this one I got at my neighborhood Ace Hardware. This DIY will take you all about 5 to 10 minutes….awesome!

MATERIALS

  1. Dymo labeler (optional)
  2. Hanging spice jars
  3. Light duty s-hooks

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Gather up the items you want to store in your spice jars. These will be small items like nails, screws, mini clothespins, stickies, paper clips, eyelets, needles, etc.

Step 2:

Use your Dymo to create your labels.

Step 1

Step 3:

Adhere them to your spice jars.

Step 3

Step 4

Step 4:

Hang them up using the S-hooks.

Spice jar organizer

Easy peasy!

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