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While I didn't love working with paint & cork- I was really excited about working with the fabric & cork. Because I sew a lot- I have quite the stash of fabric in my home. So I searched for some great scrap pieces to use for this project!
Cork Board Mouse Pad
You don't need much for this project- you need your cork board, fabric, mod podge, fabric, a marker & scissors.
First step is to cut your fabric! Trace your cork onto the fabric. Simple.
Then, make your cut on the inside of your tracing. Once it's all cut you're ready for the next part!
You might notice when you cut your fabric that it might be fraying. Normally, when I cut fabric I use pinking shears-they create that triangular edging that helps prevent fraying.
What I suggest here is if you have fray guard- use it. But if not, make sure to seal it by using your mod podge once your fabric is glued on. This will seal it so that fraying won't continue.
Next, get your cork board layered with mod podge! You want a nice, thick, even coat of it before you put your fabric down.
When you're ready, begin to place your fabric over your cork board. Use your fingers to make it flat & push out any bubbles.
Once that's done, you're done! Let it dry for few hours & you are good to use it as mouse pad or to hang it and use it as a regular cork board.
Now, onto my favorite tutorial for the cork!!
This was my absolute favorite project of the cork boards! You use the same techniques as above but you take it a step further. You'll still need all the same materials as above plus a picture frame. This can be any size you'd like (based on the size of cork you have of course). You can purchase a new one, use an old one or make your own (click here for a simple tutorial).
Cork Board Earring Holders
I happened to have 3 of these simple, black frames laying around which was perfect!
You're going to follow the same steps as above- depending on your frame size & cork size, you might need to trim the cork too like I had to.
So, trim your cork if needed, cut your fabric, glue the fabric onto the cork, push out any bubbles & let dry.
I didn't let it fully dry, I waited about 45 minutes which was sufficient.
Then you simply put your cork into the picture frame- leaving out the glass piece.
You can use this as a regular cork board if you like, but I opted to use it for an earring holder. I am constantly losing backings of earrings or it takes me way to long to find a pair of studs.
So what I did was, I pushed in my earrings into the cork! Depending on how thick your fabric is, you might have to push a little harder but you still want to be careful so you don't bend your earring posts.
I seriously loved this! I loved this so much I made a second one to use!
For me this idea works- I'll keep my earring backings in the same drawer in my jewelry case as I always have. But now I save myself time grabbing a pair of earrings and not finding another pair that has a backing that I can grab.
You can add way more earrings on this too which is great! I don't quite know yet how it'll work with earrings without posts- this might not be the way to store them!
But regardless, this is an awesome project- simple, fun, inexpensive! I hope you try it out & love it too!
As a crafter, I'm always looking to try out new crafts and new techniques. I realized not that long ago that I haven't really played around with cork board.
This started my curiosity about what I can do with cork board. So I went out and purchased this 4 pack of cork tiles which were super in expensive. I liked that they were already cut & ready for me to experiment with. I figured, I didn't want to spend that much on cork until I mastered a technique.
So, I figured I'd try transforming the cork using 3 different materials: paint, fabric & chalkboard paint. This first post in the series of 3 will focus on the disaster I had with regular paint! I learned quickly that this would be my least favorite!
So I don't know if I didn't like how this turned out because it wasn't clean or crisp how I envisioned. I didn't use painters tape mostly because I thought I had some but couldn't find it. And my paint didn't come out how I wanted it to.
I would suggest using painters tape if you have it (I used masking tape) and tape any type of design you'd like. I chose stripes to start off easy.
I worked out any bubbles in the tape and make sure it was tightly on the cork. Then I began painting.
The first color is actually a light purple- but on the cork it came out more of a white which I wasn't thrilled with.
The second color I used was this really awesome blue- which wasn't reflected in the cork. The cork was obviously going to soak up some of the paint, but I'm not sure why it absorbed so much of the blue & not much of the purple?
Once I was done painting- I got pretty over painting a billion coats of the blue just to see it get soaked up- I began to peel off the tape. You want to peel off the tape before the paint dries.
I really didn't like how the lines weren't clean when I pulled the tape off. I do think painters tape would have helped with that since it's meant for well, ya know, painting.
I also wasn't a fan of how the colors dried. I would try this again, using painters tape & different paint to see if I got the results I was looking for.
I did try it with a second cork board & my first initial. I stayed away from that blue since it did nothing for the first cork. I liked this one more but still didn't love it. Even the paint was uneven despite how even my coats were. It still looked cute though!
I say, try this attempt anyway! Even though I didn't have luck with it, that doesn't mean you won't! And I will try this again- maybe using a thicker, higher quality cork!
Later this Week: Cork & Fabric
OK let's all be honest, we've thought about it. If one day by sheer, magical luck, you won the freakin' lottery. You've thought about the first thing you'd do with the money, heck you probably thought of 15 things you'd do with it in the first year.
Let's make some assumptions & adjustments to the reality of how the lottery system works.
Lets assume that after you won, you paid off all your debts, made many charitable donations & invested some of it.
After all that, you're magically given a check for $150 million. Now what?
What would you do first?
I've thought about this time & time again. I can never decide if I would go on some amazing trip to someplace I've never been or purchase a house to turn into a home. I go back & forth with what would come first.
I think a trip would be first- a month or 2 exploring a foreign land to me. Go out of my comfort zone & have some adventures. I'd take whoever could come to make memories with. Eat great food & explore.
Then, I'd buy my dream house. My dream house is more of a cottage type home, one with nooks & crannies. It would have the original hardwood floors & crown moldings. I would turn the large barn in the back (I'm not sure why it's there, but in my head it is) and turn it into my Love Struck haven. It would be where all the crafts, sewing & scrapbooking would happen. I would only walk a few feet every day to be there!
I'd rescue my pups; Karl & Patrice, (of course I have their names picked out) after I flipped my perfect little cottage that's not too close to neighbors but not too far away either. Karl & Patrice would love the fun adventures of frolicking around outside-because we'd have lots of land of course- maybe a stream or lake.
Where this magical place exits, I have no idea except for in my head!
I wouldn't be one of those people who would stop working & not do much. I'd still work with Love Struck. I'd leave my 9-5 job though, but I'd invest in my skills & my business to take it to a whole other level. I'd ty and make as many memories as I could with my favorite people. Go on trips, go to concerts & plays or Yankee's games (yes, I'm forever a Yankee girl). I'd make sure my favorite people were happy & taken care of so they can explore the world with me!
I don't know how many other things I'd always do. But tell me 3 things you would do if you were given $150 million?!
For the past few months, I've seen the whole nail polish mug marbling situation come up on my Pinterest. While I was skeptical, I was intrigued & finally got around to trying my version of this craft.
I had actually purchased a few glass jars for a gift I was working on & couldn't decide which jar I wanted to use. When I made my decision, I was trying to figure out what I would do with the un-chosen jar. And I was like well, of course, lets try out this nail polish situation!
I figured that even though it wasn't a mug, the same technique would work & hopefully would be successful. So here's how it all went down!
First, my glass jar was clear & I felt that the design would pop more if I painted the inside of the jar white. So, I squeezed a good amount of paint inside & slowly began twirling it around, bringing the paint down. When i was successful in that, I then placed the jar upside down on a plate for the excess paint to drip out.
I let the jar stay dripping for about 10-15 minutes, and then was eager to start! The original pin (which you should check out by clicking here) called for a container to do the dipping in- one you don't mind ruining, warm water, a toothpick or skewer & nail polish. I used a clear container that I just store paints in anyway.
I put my jar in the container before I put water in it to see how high I should fill up the container with water. Once I decided that, I filled it on up!
So the next step is to add the nail polish. What I did wrong the first time (yes, I did this part twice!) is the first time I spread the nail polish around as I was pouring it into the container AND THEN I took my skewer & tried to create some sort of design. Mistake!
When you put the nail polish into the water, you have to work quick because it gets filmy & then it got clumpy. So I dumped out that container (you can see the picture below) and started over. The second time, I just poured the polish in one spot & then swirled it around with the skewer.
As soon as you do the swirling, dip your jar into the container & pull it out! Then that's it! Place it onto someplace protected so it can dry. I didn't take pictures of my second attempt, I felt too much pressure to do it super quick to get it done!
Every jar or mug you do, you'll have to do the water process over & once you do it, you'll see why!
This didn't come out totally how I anticipated until it dried. I like it a lot more now that it's settled. I don't think I'd do this with mugs though until I perfected it. Mine has some bumps & textures- I'm not sure if that happens all the time or just on my first try.
I would love to try this on a mason jar & maybe with a few different layers of colors! Who knows! It would also make a cool vase too- add a fun twist on something so conventional!
Here's a full 360 on how mine turned out! What do you think?
Don't forget to check out the original pin!
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I absolutely love to add new products to the lineup!
It really gives me the opportunity to branch out a little bit & get a little more creative!
This time around, we've added both tumblers & ring dishes and couldn't be more excited about them both!
I actually created tumblers a few months ago for my best friends bachelorette party. I customized it with everybody's names & her hashtag for the night.
We all loved them & they were such a fun touch to the night that I decided it was time to make them for the store! Right now they're set up for the fun designs we created and in the create your own (which you'll learn about more!) Soon we'll set them up for bridal parties or birthday bash events! But if you're looking to order a set for a party like this, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work with you!
The second product is ring dishes! Rings are my favorite piece of jewelry- I don't wear earrings often because with being on the phone so much at work, they irritate my ears & I'm not the best at accessorizing. But one day I decided to start branching out & ring dishes were at the top of my list. They're actually a part of a greater plan in which you'll see coming up! But these are so cute & so simple and oh so very functional. They can be customized in any which way & they are perfect for throwing your rings in at night or when you're in the shower!
We also added...
This really great option for plates, mugs, tumblers & ring dishes called "Create Your Own!"
Basically, we're giving you the option to work directly with us to create specific designs for those 4 options. So if you know a couple who's getting married & has a specific hashtag or favorite song, we can create an entirely new design for a plate!
Or if you're looking for a housewarming gift & think of a great mug idea that completely embodies your friends, we can do it! Need tumblers for a bachelorette? We got you covered!
This option is fun because as we keep expanding our lines, you keep contacting us for even more specific ideas & we love that! We are all about creating customized & unique products and the create your own option really helps us give you what you are looking for!
We're hoping to add even more products to the create your own option but for now, we're excited for all the possibilities! We hope you are too!
As you know, I love soup! I am also always looking for meals with lots of protein since I'm a vegetarian & this black bean soup was just that! I'm also obsessed with all recipes that require a crock pot because it makes my life SO much easier!
I based this recipe on one I found on Pinterest of course, from Emilie Eats & you can find the original recipe (and many other great ones) by clicking here!
The reason I did a variation on this recipe was because I like a little bit of kick in my food but I'm not a big spicy person. I also wanted to add more veggies to load it up all the while not making all 6 servings. I knew before making this that nobody in my house would want it & didn't want any of the soup to go to waste. It ended up making a little more than 3 servings of soup which was perfect for me!
So what do you need for my variation (3-4 servings):
-1/2 Bag of dried black beans
-3 cups Broth or stock (either vegetable or chicken)
-1 Bell pepper of your choosing
-1/2 White Onion
-4 Cloves ofGarlic
- 1 ear Corn
-3-4 pieces of Celery
-3-4 stalks of Carrots
-and Seasonings based how how much of a kick you want! I used salt & pepper, and a tiny bit of cayenne
The first thing you do, is soak your beans overnight. Pick out any of the shells or broken beans. Add enough water in the bowl to cover all the beans by 2 inches or so of water. Let the soak while you sleep!
When they're done soaking, drain & rinse them then throw them into the crock pot.
Then, chop up all your veggies & add them into the crock pot. Then, add your broth & seasonings. If you need to add more broth, you can!
Once everything is mixed in. Turn on your crock pot on high for 6 hours and let it work its magic!
When it's done,you can either leave it as it or choose to blend it- you can use your immersion blender to make it semi smooth or use your blender to make it super smooth!
Then it's ready to eat! You can serve it with fresh avocado on top too (because who doesn't love avocado?)
)About 2 Christmases ago, my sister asked me what I wanted. I couldn't think of anything, literally nothing was calling to me except for a memory foam cooling pillow (which is amazing might I add). That was the moment when we decided that we were over giving gifts & that it was time to do something about it.
So instead, we opted to go out there & make memories. There were so many things we wanted to do but we just weren't doing them. We felt every year obligated to buy a gift instead of changing it up & it was part of why we were missing out.
Then we realized that the amount of money we were spending on Christmas plus our birthdays was perfect for a budget of doing what we wanted!
We talked about the things we could do & began planning. We started off with booking seats to a play. Both of us wanted to see pretty much all of the musicals out there but landed on "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" starring Darren Criss who we both loved (from Glee and other things). We ended up getting a stellar deal & got to sit 4th row center which was unreal. We were SO close to the stage that we literally felt his sweat when he danced (which is much more exciting when you're in the moment.)
After the play, we went to 4 concerts- country music of course. It was weekend after weekend of such great music & it was honestly so much fun. I went to 7 concerts last year, and I honestly don't think I could choose a favorite because they were all absolutely incredible!
Since that fist year, we've continued to do things over giving things. We saw Tracey Morgan live in his first stand up show back since his accident (I got to personally talk to him during his act and I still pinch myself), we went to the ballet for the first time, we booked tickets to more concerts & we most recently, we took a rock climbing class!
What I love most is how much fun we get to have. I'm not huge on going out to bars, I get irritated with having to yell to whoever I'm with or being annoyed by an obscene amount of drunk people- that was fun when I was in college. I like to relax at home with tea and my sewing machine & things like that make me happy. But going and getting to do things with my sister has been such a great experience. We constantly talk about the fun things we've done, we plan for all the things we want to do- like go to the opera!
We've gotten other people in on this with us too! Friends have come to concerts & we went to the ballet with our aunt and cousins. One of my friends & I have adopted this for ourselves too! We've gone to some concerts (if you couldn't tell, I'm a HUGE music fan) & we've taken a cooking class!
It has been the most fun making memories instead of getting gifts that more often than not, get lost in my room or become useless (except for my memory foam cooling pillow, I'm snuggling with it now). The memories we can't lose- they don't' stay hidden on a dusty shelf or get forgotten about. When I hear a song from a show we've seen or talk to people about things they've tried out- I remember the times that we have.
It's so much fun to tell other people about what we do & I love hearing about the memories other people make when they explore the world. There's nothing like making memories that will last us always! I'll keep my quiet nights in with my tea & sewing machine, but I am constantly looking forward to all the adventure that are to come!
Do you do memories over things? Share with us your favorite memory you've made!
We started off with just one plate about 2 years ago, when a friend of mine got engaged. I wanted to make her & her fiancé something special to add to their engagement gift so I opted to do a cute gift basket which included couples mugs & our first plate, the Love Story plate.
We've done a bunch of the Love Story plates & have been able to add some customization including names or special dates. We love being able to add that sort of personalization to make something so simple, so special.
A couple of months ago I decided to expand what plates we create because they're just so fun! I opted for another love one that can be given as part of an engagement, bridal shower, wedding or anniversary gift.
Then I decided to branch out a little by adding some fun birthday ones! I am a little bit sassy, so making plates that reflected who I am a little bit was so much fun! If I got one of these plates as a gift, I'd absolutely love it! There's nothing like adding humor to any occasion!
The best part about these plates is they can be completely customized! We can add names to all of them or dates! We can change up the colors or do multiple colors- all for no extra charge! Add some fun to each of them!
Offer only available from 8/1/16 -- 8/5/16
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!