Today I went to the park and made this little book.
Do-it-yourself caviar manicure. I used the tutorial that Marianne posted, which you can see here. First, make sure you have the base colour you want. Pick up some microbeads from Michael’s crafts. Hint: these are by the Michael’s brand Recollections and you will find them in the scrapbooking aisle, not in the bead section. They come in individual containers or sets; I bought a small container of black. Another hint? Michael’s offers weekly coupons you can print or find on their iPhone app, which is free and usually offers 40% off one regular priced item. Paint one coat of base colour and let dry. Then paint one nail, dip gently into a Tupperware with microbeads. Use your finger to press the beads into the polish, especially around the edges. Continue one by one until complete. You can try with this with various colour combinations or ombre as Marianne did.
Mother’s Day isn’t for a few months, but here’s a sweet gift idea. Etsy has tons of old card catalog drawers, so why not pick one up and fill it with your mom’s favourite recipes? You can repaint and customize, or leave it as it is; I like this one with the bright yellow front panel and fruit sticker.
I love the (inexpensive) idea of covering books with brown craft paper. A relatively simple task once you get into the swing of things, it makes a bookshelf or pile look uniform and gives it a focused colour scheme. This particular pile belongs to Mara Zepeda—look at her wonderful handwriting! I found this through one of my favourite design-related blogs ‘escapade’, formerly known as ‘a life more fabulous’. I’m 90% sure that the author is a fellow Canadian, so bonus points there. Check out her blog here.
Etsy find of the day: a pattern for the cutest bear in existence! I think I actually squealed when I first laid eyes on him. I want to make this little guy. Pattern created by the Old Pincushion.