10 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas #diy

Mother’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to start brainstorming gift ideas. We believe the best gifts are handmade (especially when they’re for mom). We’ve dug through our archives and gathered 10 DIY projects we know our moms would love to receive. We hope you’ll find inspiration in these ideas and make… 

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TOOLBOX: Water Color Masking Fluid

I love playing with watercolors, I’m going to admit that right now. I love the way the colors run together, the little blotches of pigment, and basically everything else about it. I’m not a watercolor expert, which means that whenever the paint does something unexpected I have the giddy feeling that I just discovered something… 

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Book Review: Make It Might Ugly by Kim Werker

BOOK REVIEW: Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker

I’ll admit I’m not a huge reader. I find it difficult to concentrate on words (where’s the pictures?) and I read rather slowly, which usually means I never finish a book I start. I stole Alison’s copy of Make It Mighty Ugly months ago and set it on my bookshelf intending to sit down and… 

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TODAY: The Magic is in the Making

Every month we send handmade badges to our favorite DIY Challenge entries. Rachel has made most of them, because she’s a whiz, and I was too scared to attempt embroidery. When I finally sat down to try* I found myself enjoying the process, and realized that the little imperfections were just fine. They were evidence of… 

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DIY: 8 Watercolor Inspired Projects

DIY: 8 Watercolor Inspired Projects

Since the theme for this month’s April DIY Challenge is watercolor, we decided to dig through our archives to find our favorite watercolor inspired posts. We hope you’ll enjoy revisiting these ideas! 1. DIY Watercolor Affirmation Cards 2. DIY Watercolored Business Cards 3. DIY Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags 4. DIY Appearing Leaf Drop-Dyed Tissue 5. DIY… 

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TOOLBOX: 8 Watercolor Techniques for Beginners

After sharing my thoughts on basic watercolor supplies and techniques last week, I thought it might be fun to show you some more techniques to try. There are a lot of fun ways to use watercolor and today I’m going to show you 8 of my favorite techniques that are perfect for beginners (or any… 

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TOOLBOX: Watercolor Basics

TOOLBOX: Watercolor Basic Supplies & Techniques

Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums and since we are exploring this theme all month with our DIY Challenge, I thought I’d put together an introductory post for anyone interested in trying watercolor for the first time. Paper There are three different types of watercolor paper available: hot press, cold press and rough. Cold… 

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Toolbox: Drawing with Gouache and a Nib

A while back I took a calligraphy class from Tara Bliven, and it opened up a whole new world of drawing tools. Not only did I get to try out new tools and techniques, it was the first time a pen and nib really worked for me. (Sometime I’ll give my whole “It’s tough being a lefty”… 

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SHOW + TELL: Rachel Goes To Panama

SHOW + TELL: Rachel Finds Peace In Panama

I had the unique opportunity to spend the month of March in the countryside of Panama, my first trip out of the country since college. My mom and I stayed with her childhood best friend, Linda, who retired there a few years ago. Linda has battled ovarian cancer since she was in her twenties, and… 

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Hoppy Easter from Adventures In Making!

TODAY: Be Hoppy

We hope you have a wonderful (and inspiring) Easter weekend.  

DIY: Easter Inspiration

DIY: Easter Inspiration

Easter is just a few days away we’re soaking up some inspiration in preparation for Sunday. I usually keep things pretty simple on Easter. Fresh flowers, dyed eggs, brunch and an easter treat are my favorite ways to celebrate. This year I’m hoping to make something new and even start a new easter tradition. How… 

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