TODAY: The Magic is in the Making

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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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April DIY Challenge: Watercolor #diycraftchallenge #watercolor #adventuresinmaking

April DIY Challenge: Watercolor

April DIY Challenge: Watercolor Watercolor is a favorite medium of ours and what better way to celebrate Spring than playing with colorful paint. Whether or not you consider yourself an ‘artist’, watercolor is a wonderful way to experiment and create no matter your skill level. So get our your favorite paints and make something inspired… 

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DIY Challenge Award Winner #diycraftchallenge #adventuresinmaking

March DIY Challenge Results!

This month’s DIY Challenge theme was close to our hearts, so we’re very excited to share a roundup of submissions we received from our readers. With a theme like ‘Letters’ you know you’re gonna have some fun. Without further ado, here are the April DIY Challenge Award Winners along with the gallery of everyone’s lovely submissions… DIY… 

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TOOLBOX: Saddle Stapler Review

You may or may not have heard of a saddle stapler– but let me tell you, I love this sucker. I mainly use it for binding small booklets, but it’s handy for any project that you need to staple further “in” than the 1-inch you get with a regular stapler. Plus they are heavy-duty, sturdy,… 

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