Looking Back.


Well, September is coming to an end, and I thought it would be fun to look back over some of the projects featured on the blog this month. Here we go...

The Nerdy Chic Book Clutch is probably my all time favorite project ever.  I can't wait to make a few more in new fun fabric combinations.

These oversized glitter & painted clothespins are a fun way to jazz up a desk.


I do love brooch pins.  This month I made a fun floral Monogram Brooch.

I'm smitten with how these baubly beauties turned out. The pearls add a touch of ladylike sophistication, while the neon adds a jolt of fun.

I sent these beautiful bows (pattern here) off to a new home as I participated in my first yarn bomb. Thanks for organizing the #sheepishyarnbomb day, Meredith! 

Well, it may be the end of September, but the fall season is just beginning. I can't wait to see what it will bring with the the changing leaves and turn in weather. I've got a lot of fun projects spinning in my head that I can't wait to share.  Stay tuned! 

Also, be sure to follow along via Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Bloglovin / Instagram so you won't miss out on a single fun project.

Do you guys have a favorite from the projects above?  Care to share a favorite project or post of your own from September?  Link up below!!  :)

See ya in October!

Yarn Bomb.


It's official, I'm a rebel.  A rebel with a cause, that is.  My mission... to paint the town with yarn.

I was so excited when Meredith from One Sheepish Girl decided to put together a Sheepish Yarn Bomb Day. I knew it was the perfect time to try out this cute (and free!) bow pattern, which Meredith featured on her blog this week as well. I had so much fun being sneaky and leaving this colorful little surprise on an old iron gate.  I hope it brings a smile to someone's face. I know it brought one to mine.



Wanna participate in the Sheepish Yarn Bomb Day?  There's still time.  Grab some yarn and go out bombing! Not a knitter or crocheter? Check out this simple heart design that anyone can do.

Be sure to share your yarn bomb too. It is so fun to see what everyone is doing. Hashtag #sheepishyarnbomb for Instagram and Twitter. Meredith is also planning on doing a group post on her blog next week.  

So what are you waiting for??? Join in!! All the cool kids are doing it. (How is that for peer pressure?? lol!)  ;)

And, whether you decide to be a yarn bombing rebel or not ... HaPpY weekend guys!!

UPDATE: #sheepishyarnbomb day was a huge success.  Check out the details at Meredith's blog, One Sheepish Girl.

She loves me. She loves me not.


Hey guys! Today I'm guest posting over at Michaela Noelle Designs. Michaela has a wonderful design and style blog and I'm thrilled she invited me over today. Come on by to read about my current loves and love me nots. While you're there, leave a note to let me know what you loving and not loving lately too!  See you there!

DIY: Neon/Neutral Triple Cluster Pearl Bracelet


Being a DIY kinda girl, it's a bit surprising that I haven't really dabbled in jewery making before.  (*Gasp*,*shock*, *horror*... I know... lol!)

I figured it was about time for that to change. Luckily, my sister, Rene (who I first introduced to you in this post), is a jewelry making pro and was able to help me out with the design and creation of these bauble beauties.

Wanna make your own?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:







You'll also need wire cutters (not shown above).

Looking for the perfect beads?  Here are neon and pearl versions.  Of course, feel free to branch out and try any color bead you'd like to.

Note: Make sure the gauge of the wire you use will fit through the hole in your bead.


Method:



Here's how to make the single bead that hangs down in the cluster.  Make a total of six with this pattern:


1. Thread the bead on 4 inches of wire.

2. Crisscross the wire ends over the bead.

3. Bend one of the ends up 90 degrees using the needle nose pliers.

4. Wrap the other end of the wire around the base of the wire is bent up. (Wrap around 4 times.)



5. Use the wire clippers to trim off the extra wire that was sticking out in Step 4.

6. Use the needle nose pliers to bend the remaining wire back 90 degrees. The wire should now run perpendicular to the hole in the bead.

7. Use the round nose pliers to create a loop at the top. (This tutorial is helpful if you need a step-by-step how to for creating a wrapped loop.)

8. Wrap the remaining wire around the base of the loop 4 times.  Finally, snip off the excess wire that is sticking out from the bead with the wire cutters. Your bead should now look like the finished bead at the top of this section. Make a total of six using this pattern.



Now, we will make the triple clusters that make up the bracelet.


1. On four inches of wire create a wrapped loop at one end. (This tutorial can help walk you through creating a wrapped loop.)

2. Thread on a bead, the bead you made with the single bead pattern in Part 1 and then another bead. See the cluster forming?

3. Using the needle nose pliers bend the wire 90 degrees. Be sure to leave a little space between the bead and the wire as you'll need room to wrap the wire later.

4. Create a loop at the end of the wire, but don't wrap the wire at the base yet.



5. Attach the tri-cluster to another tri-cluster by slipping it into the loop. 

6. Wrap the wire around the base of the loop and trim the excess wire.

7. Once all the triple clusters are completed and connected, attach a split ring to each end and add a clasp.

That's it. Now you have some lovely baubles to wear proudly on your arm.


Which to do prefer?  I really like how the ladylike pearls look next to the surprising bolt of neon color.  It's a little bit lady and a whole lot of fun!  

P.S. I'm planning some posts to show you how I've styled these beauties. Stay tuned!

Treaty times!


We love our treats over here. Shhhh... don't tell Paddy that's actually his heartworm meds.  ;)

Hope you've got a few treats planned for your weekend as well...  

(P.S. Next up is the long awaited jewelry tutorial, so stay tuned!!)

DIY: Monogram Brooch Pin


Well, it's been a little while since Pin Week and I figured it was about time for another 'pin'torial.

I had a wooden letter laying around my craft room and some pretty paper left over from this project that I knew I had to put to work.  And so, this tutorial came to be.

Wanna make a monogram pin of your own?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:



Decorative paper

Scissors

Decoupage adhesive

Wooden letter (Look in the woodworking section of your craft store. I chose a 'P' for my last name.)

Paint (I chose a shimmery neutral, but a bright, bold color would be a lot of fun as well.)

Paintbrush

Pin 

Superglue


Method:

1. Paint your letter.



2. Trace your letter onto the paper. 



3. Cut the letter out of the paper along the outline you drew.



4. Glue the paper cutout to the wooden letter with the decoupage adhesive.




5. Glue the pin to the back of the letter with superglue.


Ta-da!  Now you have your very own monogram pin.



If you liked this tutorial, be sure to check out the striped anchor pin, glitter heart pin and floral pin tutorials as well. 

Here's to a great week ahead guys!


Featured.

I'm so excited that a few of projects from Caught On A Whim have been featured across the web.  First up is the DIY - Conversation Hangers tutorial.  It was featured over at Tip Junkie.  I'm so excited Laurie decided to include this project her round-up of clever hanger DIYs.

Next up is the ever popular DIY - Neon Edged Boxes tutorial which was  featured over at Craft Habit.  I'm thrilled to be included in this collection of bright projects. Thanks Meagan!



I also wanted to take the time to mention this sweet project by Stephanie from Owls In My Heart. She put a pretty lacy spin on the DIY: Covered Book Tutorial and created her own wedding guest book. The result is stunning, and now I'm thinking about covering some books with lace as well. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!



Lately.

Enjoying the last fruits of summer.


Waffles and berries... no better way to start the day.


When someone calls a building "the shed", you certainly don't expect this to be inside.


Puppy Hall of Shame. My plants didn't have a chance.


DIY: Nerdy Chic Book Clutch


Alright, you nerds, it's time for another 'book'torial.  The whole reason I created the first two 'book'torials (here and here) was so that I could create this nerdy chic book clutch.  I'm completely smitten with how it turned out. Carrying a library card never looked so fashionable.  ;)


Wanna make your own?


HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:



Book

Matte Mod Podge

Fabric

Needle and Thread

Clasp (This is the one I used.)

Wax paper

Wooden paint stirrer

Wood glue

Epoxy glue (I used J.B. Weld)

Note: Make sure the book you choose is big enough to hold the items you'd like to carry.  For instance, your cell phone, keys, lipstick, etc.


Method:

1. Cover a book with fabric using the DIY: Fabric Covered Book Tutorial.

2. Hollow the book out using the DIY: Book Safe Tutorial.  Note:  Don't glue the pages together just yet. We'll get to that later.

3. Cut a piece of fabric to fit the inside cover of the book and glue it in place using the Mod Podge.  Do this on each side. We want the inside to look pretty too!

4. Now, we'll prep to glue the pages together with Mod Podge. Place wax paper in three different sections to keep these pages from being glued together. Place one piece in the middle of the book. This is where the opening of the book clutch will be.  Place the other two on each end leaving out about 10 pages on each side. The pages on each side need to be free so that we can sew in fabric inserts later. 

5. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge along the page edges in the two middle sections between the wax paper only. Be sure to do the edges inside the hole in the book too. You'll need several thin coats to thoroughly seal the pages together. Place a stack of heavy books on top as you wait for it to dry. When you are finished, the outer 10 pages on each side should be unglued.  The middle should also be unglued. Your book should now look like this:

5. Using a needle poke through the outer pages.  This is where we will sew in the fabric inserts.

6. To make the pattern for the fabric insert, open the book as wide as you'd like the clutch to open and trace the basic shape.  You'll then need to add an extra inch or so allowance on both sides.  The allowance at the bottom should be a quarter inch longer than the width of the hole inside the book.

7. Once you have that basic shape, you'll need to create a mirror image as shown below. (Note: I practiced my pattern on a paper towel first to be sure it fit the dimensions of my book. I also used this pattern as the template for cutting my fabric.)

8. After you have the fabric cut outs (you'll need two), fold each one in half.

9. You should have the wrong side of the fabric facing out.  Now, sew the bottom edge together like so...

10. Flip the fabric so that the right side is now facing out. Iron a crease down the middle so that they will fold nicely when you insert them into your book.

11. Next, stitch the insert into the pages through the holes you punched out earlier.  The narrowest part of the fabric insert will be closest to the spine of the book.  The crease in the fabric should point into the book.

12. After you've sewn the inserts into both sides of the book, use the Mod Podge to glue together those last few pages that were previously left free to the rest of the pages. Then, do the same to the book cover. Remember to use wax paper to prevent the opening in the middle from becoming glued shut. 

13. Finally, glue the clasp to the front. First, I added small wooden risers to the book with wood glue so that the latch would stick out over the edge of the book. (Hint: I created the wooden risers by cutting a paint stirrer I had lying around the house.) Then, I glued the clasp these wooden risers with the epoxy glue. Be extra careful not to glue the opening shut in this step.  Wax paper can help make sure that this doesn't happen.

And that's all there is to it.  Grab your phone, keys and library card and you are good to go....


So, will you guys be sporting the nerdy chic look?