SHOW+TELL: Saint Patrick’s Day Bracelets

ididntforgetstpatricksday_1We’re not happy unless we’re making things- which means we have a whole slew of projects from the time before A-i-M. We thought we take time now-and-again to share some of these projects from the DIY vault. We’ve touched them up a little, so they should still be new to you, even if you’ve been following us forever.

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One night, a couple of years ago I looked up and realized it was the day before St. Patrick’s day, and I was fresh out of green and orange. (Orange is required in our family.) I do NOT like to be pinched, so I dug through my random craft supplies and came up with a couple of ideas.

In typical fashion, some things worked better than others; and a few whiskeys later, I had two serviceable bracelets (read: pinch protectors.)
I wanted to include this Show+Tell from our vault because I think it’s a perfect example of using a problem as an opportunity to make something. It wasn’t all pretty, but it was pretty darn creative.

I will be sporting one or both of these buggers next week, so don’t expect to catch me unawares.

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The first bracelet is just a large paperclip, embroidery floss, and a drop of glue.
(1) Bend the paperclip around, and in, and around, and in, and over and over to make the clover shape. (The orange drawing on the entry above shows how it works.)
(2) Attach a knotted end of embroidery floss to the stem with glue, and wrapped the wire in floss.
(3) Cry as everything comes unwound everytime you move your fingers.
(4) Yell at someone for “getting in your light”. (Could be roomate, husband, or pet.) This is an important part of the process.
(5) Realize you are going to have to start all over again. Pour glass of Irish Whiskey to get in the spirit.
(6) Repeat steps 2 through 4. Tie lots of knots.
(7) Have more whiskey to reward yourself for getting the clover wrapped.
(8) Relearn friendship bracelets. Take a trip down memory lane.
(9) Tie the thing to your wrist. It better be sturdy cause you are never going to try that again.
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The second bracelet is a better project for the sane. It is simply a piece of ribbon, some contrasting floss, and a pretty button.
(1) Cut ribbon to a length that will tie around your wrist.
(2) Place in embroidery hoop (if you have one).
(3) Make small, somewhat even, stitches across the ribbon till you get to the middle.
(4) Sew the button on.
(5) Continue stitches. Make a knot at the end.
(6) Thank the good St. Patrick that it was easier than the other bracelet.

Wow, that was a lot of talking. I’m exhausted.
Now for Saint Patrick’s Day!

SHOW + TELL: Watch Ali Draw Words


I think that it’s one of life’s small miracles that no one has to listen to all the noises that go on in my head while I’m working. The cajoling, the reassuring, the brainstorming, the problem solving, the bickering, the promises, the compromises… you get it. It’s noisy, but generally productive (“What were you thinking, Ali?” “You can do it, Ali!”) That’s my process.

Since this month’s craft challenge is all about LETTERS, and so am I, I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into the sketching steps of my lettered pieces.

img_6405I showed you my travel kit of supplies, but my sketches rely on just a few tools. A mechanical pencil, a ruler, a compass, clipboard, lots of erasers, and some thin white card stock.

img_6411I usually have a concept that I’m trying to convey in words. Often it’s one of the mantras I repeat to myself while I’m working (which makes the whole process very meta.) I will write down a bunch of phrases, and think about…
• Priority of words (Visual Hierarchy) – The most important words should generally be biggest and easiest to read to reinforce the message of your piece. I like to think that if you only read the big words, it would be like a summary of the whole statement. As fun as it is to make a really big and elaborate THE, it doesn’t make much sense. (THE message gets hidden.) You can also use visual hierarchy to hide a message and make people really look.
• What shapes I can use in the phrase: Is there a representative shape I can work into the overall form of the lettering? If I’m writing about lemonade, should I make it fit into the shape of a glass?
• What kind of typography would best represent the words? – Some words want to be formal (“Typography”) and some want to be flourishy (“Passionate”). Sometimes it’s fun to mix those up.

I’ll also start looking at the way a word is structured so I’m sure to give it enough space per letter.

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When I have a general idea of the shapes I’d like to play around with, I’ll build myself a make-shift grid with the ruler and compass. I find that I like to make mostly symmetrical pieces, so I’ll map out the middle of the page and go from there. I end up with a lot of extra reference lines, but that’s fine.

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Then I will start very lightly penciling in the skeleton form of letters. I do A LOT of erasing, so light lines are important. Usually while I’m working on the basic structure of the letters, I will start to think about the shape they will take in the end.

img_6421I am constantly working to find the center of a word or phrase. I can count letters in my head, but nothing beats a quick jot down of the phrase. I’ll then count (including spaces) and mark the middle. (This is also helpful because if a word has a lot of skinny letters – like Ilif – it will be much shorter than one with fat letters – MmNn)

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(More penciling.)

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At some I will inevitably get a “better idea” and shift a bunch of letters to work better. In this case I shifted my grid up, erased and re-lettered.

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Practice makes better.

One of the best consequences of lettering practice is that I’ve started to think of writing as “drawing letters” which makes it sometimes possible to write backwards or sideways. This helps with lots of things including spacing words from the center line (see above). It is also SUPER handy when you’re a lefty who loved to drag your hand through wet ink all the time.

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When I have the skeleton of the letters basically where I want them, I will make decisions about how to flesh them out. My first inspiration was the word “Letter” which reminded me of a typeface I love in my very precious American Wood Type book. (We’ll be showing our favorite lettering books later in the month!)

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I love to keep printed samples of type on hand to look at. I used to try to look at inspiration on a screen, but it never translated right in my brain. I’ve started saving all sorts of printed materials (filed by style) to look at when I’m lettering.

img_6435Again using a light touch, I will start to add details to the letter using my inspiration pieces. Sometimes I make little changes in a letter form to better fit my space (hey, I can do what I want!)

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Sometimes the skeleton of my letters will have to move to allow for more space for some letters

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and sometimes the letters stretch outside of my borders.

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Once I’m happy with the general form of everything, I’ll start erasing the extraneous pencil marks.

IMG_6443Once they are gone, I will sometimes look at the whole thing and decide to make changes.

img_6501Like for instance, I might change the phrase itself.

But that’s okay- it’s just a sketch. If I love it I’ll take it to the next level with paints and ink, and if I don’t love it I’ll put it away to inspire me another day.

 

What’s your sketching process? Is it anything like mine?

TOOLBOX: Samto 3D Printing Pen Review

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I saw a “3D Printing Pen” for the first time a couple of weeks ago on an old Kickstarter. Which made the one that arrived on my doorstep yesterday that much more interesting. (Happy Birthday to Me!)

How is it that there’s a bizarre doodling device that I hadn’t heard of? What else am I missing?

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The set I got (Samto® 3D Printing Pen) came with three spools of ABS plastic filament (my dear sister-in-law made sure I had lots of extra color choices though), a charger, the “pen”, and a manual that’s little or no help at all. Fortunately, there’s a labeled diagram, and after pushing all the buttons I think I figured it out. (The kickstarter videos for LIX and 3Doodler are also helpful.) If you watch the videos, or look at the ads, you’ll see beautiful samples of the Eiffel Tower, birds, naked ladies and lettering. I managed to make this masterpiece…

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It’s modern art. You don’t get it because you. aren’t. meant. to.

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The pen itself is a lot like a glue gun with a motorized feeding system that feeds plastic. You push the little trigger button, and a stream of hot plastic comes out (you adjust the speed) then cools (as you hold it) in 3-D. It was lots of fun to play with, but almost impossible to direct into any recognizable shape unless you drew something out on paper.

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If you use the higher speed to draw on paper, it’s a lot like icing a cake. The plastic spreads on, cools, and pops off of the paper easily. (I figured out that it worked best to use lots of pauses while drawing. Draw a bit, then let off the button, then continue. Any hot material will bond to cooled material.)

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To make 3D letters I drew the letter twice, then pulled the pieces off the paper, held one above the other, and connected them at the corners.

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A tad messy for my taste, but still somewhat legible.

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Notice the heart thrown in there? You’ve got one more day to enter your own heart into out Monthly DIY challenge, for a chance to win a card with little patch embroidered by yours truly. I might even 3D doodle you something special.

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It was very difficult to get a consistent flow of plastic, since the little motor went “cachug cachug”. Messy messy messy stringy mess.

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Am I a cat? I just don’t know.

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So. The Samto® 3D Printing Pen is messy, tricky, unpredictable, and had a tendency to smoke a little (Safety Husband says “… It really shouldn’t.”)

What’s the point?

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Here’s the point: I spent the majority of the afternoon making abstract messes, and I had a blast.

I got that tickling feeling that I do when I am using a different part of my brain. Managing the goopy material in three dimensions is absolutely fulfilling. I wanted to try every color, and loved the feeling of crushing my little messes in my fingers. I was a kid again for an afternoon.

Now I’m going to make Safety Husband try it out himself.

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It’s Cooper approved.

Get yours here – Samto® 3D Printing Pen

(We didn’t receive anything from this company or any other for writing this review. We just like playing with new toys. If this looks fun to you, and you’d like to try it out, support Adventures-in-Making by purchasing with the link above. We get a tiny cut, and you pay what you normally would.)

January DIY Challenge: Yarn

Need a creative boost to start off the New Year? Join our DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Glitter here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

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Sources left to right: Weaving Class Basics by A Beautiful Mess, Crochet Granny Square Cozy by Ellebel, Yarn-Wrapped Flower Pots by Celebrations At Home, Sunshine Wall Hanging by Yarnspirations, Pompom Bookmarks by Design Mom, Friendship Bracelets by The Purl Bee, Yarn-Wrapped Monogram Letter by Catch My Party, Octopus Yarn Doll by Celebrations, Crochet Mollie Flowers by Roman Sock

JANUARY CHALLENGE: YARN!

For us, January is a time to relax and work on projects we didn’t have time for during the holidays. If you are a knitter/crocheter this month’s theme is for you! But don’t worry if you can’t figure out the whole needle and hook thing. Use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill or get creative and making something unique! There are tons of ways to use yarn without the traditional method of knit/crochet. You can use actual yarn to make something, or use ‘yarn’ as a theme for your project.

Need more inspiration? Take a look out our Pinterest board for more yarn project ideas.

 

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, January 1, 2015 and ends on January 29, 2015. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on January 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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DIY CHALLENGE: December Glitter

Need a break from the holiday madness? Our December DIY Challenge is the perfect excuse to escape to your craft room (or kitchen table) for an afternoon of making. There’s something so therapeutic about sitting down with a simple craft project and a tasty snack. Invite a friend to join you and make something together!

Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Herbs & Spices here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: Glitter! Join us in our monthly DIY Challenge. The theme for December is GLITTER!
(Sources left to right: 1. DIY Deer Glitter Ornaments by Sweet Paul 2. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments by Adventures-In-Making 3. Glitter Silverware and Gift Tag by The Perfect Palette 4. Gold-dipped Feathers by Ruffled 5. DIY Glitter Glass Jars by Something Turquoise 6. DIY Glitter Polka Dot Napkins by Copy Craft 7. Geometric Paper Ornaments by Best Friends For Frosting 8. Glitter Champagne Flutes by HGTV 9. Glitter Bobby Pins by A Subtle Revelry)

DECEMBER CHALLENGE: Glitter!

We have a confession to make: we LOVE glitter! And nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like the sparkle of a handmade glittered ornament or edible glitter cupcake! You can create something using your favorite glitter, or use ‘glitter’ as a theme or inspiration for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, December 1, 2014 and ends on December 28, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on December 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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November DIY Challenge Results + A Holiday Recipe!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Herbs & Spices’ and we were blown away by the delicious looking food, beautiful crafts, and homemade concoctions. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Relaxing

Because we all need some self-love this time of year, the award for “Most Relaxing” goes to Sarah White who made her own Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub. Check out her recipe and tutorial on her blog, Our Daily Craft.

November DIY Challenge Results!

I came across the new crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The theme, Herbs & Spices made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s cold and dry I also thought of body scrub recipes, because I love scrubs for exfoliating and moisturizing in the winter. They also make great gifts, so keep it in mind for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever little giftable occasions you have coming up. – Sarah White

Visit Sarah’s blog for the recipe and more DIY projects and crafty inspiration.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Wearable

The award for ‘Most Wearable’ goes to Christine Stoll. We are in love with the vintage necklace she created inspired by the herb, Mustard.

November DIY Challenge Results

I’m Christine Stoll from Bellevue, Washington, and I love working with vintage materials. I chose an image of the mustard plant from a 1953 Webster’s Elementary Dictionary for one side of the pendant, on the other side is a clipping of the definition. Joining the pendant are a vintage button in the color of ground mustard seed, a vintage metal drop, and a bird charm. – Christine Stoll

Visit Christine’s Etsy shop for more beautiful repurposed and reinvented jewelry. Connect with Christine via her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Mouthwatering

Amanda was kind enough to share her favorite holiday recipe, Homemade Cranberry Sauce!

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Amanda's Cranberry Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 bags of cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • a pint of orange juice
  • ¼ cup of port
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Throw it all in a pot and simmer on low, like all day (4-6 hours). Smooch the cranberries when they get soft enough. Once it reaches a sauce consistency of you're liking you're done!
  2. So this is awesome as part of the traditional meal, but it's amazing on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, bagels, toast.... you get it, anything!

Amanda lives in Seattle, Washington and makes beautiful knit scarves. Take a look at her Etsy shop.

Herbs & Spices Gallery

November DIY Challenge Results: Herbs & Spices

Credits Left to Right:

1. Simmering Cranberry Sauce by Lindsay McCoy from Oregon City, Oregon
2. Herbal infusion (to be made into a chest cold salve) by Branda Tiffany from Milwaukie, Oregon
3. Hand-carved herb stamps (used to make Herb Garden Markers) by Sarah Bak from Seattle, Washington
4. Hand-lettered wrapping paper by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
5. Gypsy soup recipe by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
6. Homemade vanilla extract by Stacy Dutton from Portland, Oregon.

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’ll be back on Monday to announce next month’s DIY Challenge theme! Here’s a hint: the December theme is also one of our favorite craft supplies.

Happy holiday weekend!

October DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received from you all for our first ever DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Fall Leaves’ and we were blown away by the creative projects everyone came up with. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Practical

The award for “Most Practical” goes to Donna Herron who made this gorgeous knitted cowl. We just love the whimsical leaf pattern she created and the bright colors she chose.

DIY Challenge Awards: Most Practical #diycraftchallenge

Donna Herron is an avid artist and crafter. Originally from New England, she now lives in the Southeast USA, but still loves knitting warm, cozy, and colorful items. She’s been designing her own knitting patterns for a few years, but enjoys crafting in a number of mediums as well.

My submission is my Changing Leaves Cowl. I love all the gorgeous colors of autumn and wanted to use bits of my favorite variegated yarn to depict these bright colors. I took a leaf from my yard to create a knitting chart for the leaves in this cowl. – Donna from Southeast USA

Donna’s Changing Leaves Cowl Pattern is available on her blog for free! Thanks so much Donna!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Decorative

The award for ‘Most Decorative’ goes to Beth Watson. We love how she cut letters out of silk leaves to create a festive banner for fall.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Decorative #diycraftchallenge

Beth Watson lives sunny SW Florida where there is no seasonal change with fall leaves, inspiring her to come up with several projects that incorporate them each year. Beth is a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home décor. You can check out her blog, here.

These are large silk leaves that I found at the craft store and I wanting to make them into a banner. I tried all kinds of letter stickers and chipboard, but finally decided to trace around the letters and cut them out with a craft knife. I have them hanging in my window, so the sun shines through them and creates cool shadows on the floor! – Beth from SW Florida

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Creative

The award for ‘Most Creative’ goes to Shirley and her 8-year-old grandson Noah. We absolutely loved the face they created using collected fall leaves and flowers.

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Creative #diycraftchallenge

Thanks for the challenge. It was a lot of fun. Noah had a tough time thinking in such an abstract way. We worked together, and he finally figured out there was no wrong or right way… then it was great! – Shirley from Nebraska.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first DIY Challenge! We had so much fun seeing your creative projects. We hope you’ll join us again next month! (Next month’s theme will be announced tomorrow).

Fall Leaves Gallery

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Credits left to right:
1. Leather Leaves Mobile by Lin from Okinawa, Japan
2. Autumn Leaf & Pinecone Garland by Tamara (via Instagram)
3. Cardboard Autumn Tree by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon
4. Embroidered Leaf Hoop Art by Alissa Thiele from Portland, Oregon
5. Embroidered Felt Leaf Brooches by Lindsay McCoy from Oregon City, Oregon
6. Chalkboard Sign by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
7. Family Tree Leaves by the Halperin Family from Winfield, Illinois
8. Crochet Leaves by Kat Duke from Seattle, Washington
9. Cross-stitch Fall Leaf Hoop Art by Kim J from Northwest Georgia
10. Appearing Leaf Drop Dyed Tissue by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
11. Fall Leaf Prints by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon

Stay tuned for next month’s DIY CHALLENGE! We hope you’ll join us!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card 6-Pack

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Can you believe it’s time for our next giveaway already? This month we are giving away a lovely greeting card pack! One lucky winner will receive a set of 6 blank cards, 3 of which were designed by me, Rachel (of Camp Smartypants) and 3 designed by Alison (of So, There).

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

Greeting Cards designed by Camp Smartypants (blank inside)

The three Camp Smartypants cards are designed using a combination of pen and ink drawings, watercolor and photoshop. I love using bright colors in my designs, so each Camp Smartypants card is sure to make someone smile!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

Letterpress greeting cards designed by So, There (blank inside).

The three So, There cards are designed using hand lettering, illustration, and letterpress. If you are a letterpress fan, you’ll love receiving these cards!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

How To Enter

Leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite fall traditions.

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The giveaway ends on Sunday, October 26 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, October 28. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 11/27/14

This giveaway is now closed. We will announce the winner tomorrow, 11/28/14

GIVEAWAY: Make every day an adventure

GIVEAWAY: Make Every Day An Adventure #lettering #art #win

It’s time for our next giveaway! Hurray! One lucky winner will receive a ‘Make Every Day An Adventure Print’ plus an official Adventures-In-Making swag kit!

This awesome print was illustrated by Alison, co-creator of this blog and owner of So, There! She designed, hand lettered and watercolored this inspiring wall art perfect for your home or work studio. It measures 9.5″ square and is easy to frame (frame shown in photo will not be included with the prize).

The winner will also receive an official Adventures-In-Making swag kit which includes a handmade mini notebook, pencil, stickers!

GIVEAWAY: Make Every Day An Adventure #lettering #art #win
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How To Enter

Leave a comment below telling us about a recent adventure you had.

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Click to tweet: I just entered to #win an inspiring #art print at @adventuresinmkg! You should too! #giveaway (click to tweet)
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Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, September 28 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, September 30. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 9/29/14

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

COLOR INSPIRATION: Autumn Breeze

It may be less than a week away from our first official day of fall, but the weather is still warm and breezy here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m itching for homemade soups while still enjoying light summer clothing, open windows and garden harvests. How are you sipping up the last moments of summer?

COLOR INSPIRATION: Autumn Breeze #fall #palette
(Sources left to right: 1. Bobbins by The Pearl Bee 2. Pumpkins by Source Unknown 3. Illustration by Edward Mcknight Kauffer 4. God’s Eye Mandala by Jay Mohler)