cupcakes & craft fairs

Today, I want to tell you about the wonderful weekend I had. On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to make it up to Wicker Park to check out the Renegade Craft Fair.

IMG_3097There were over 300 venders from all over the country! It was a crafter’s paradise. Luckily, I was able to snap a few photos of some of my favorite items I stumbled upon. Enjoy! And if you weren’t able to make it, you can live vicariously through these photos!

The first thing I saw when I walked into the fair were these amazing aztec-inspired necklaces.

The first thing I saw when I walked in were these amazing aztec-inspired necklaces.

I absolutely want this floral mannequin for my room.

I absolutely want this floral mannequin for my room.

These were very interesting. They are handmade guitars, but the bodies are in the shape of a square. They sounded very incredible too.

These were very interesting. They are handmade guitars, but the bodies are in the shape of a square. Some were made of wood and others of tin. They sounded very incredible too.

There was this amazing piano that people were playing. Even better, this kid was playing Daylight by Matt & Kim.

There was this amazing piano that people were playing. Even better, this kid was playing Daylight by Matt & Kim.

I think anything with maps is super cool, so naturally I was drawn to these mini-journals.

I think anything with maps is super cool, so naturally I was drawn to these mini-journals.

An entire set of wooden alphabet stamps.

An entire set of wooden alphabet stamps.

There was also this amazing 'message' tape.

Amazing ‘message’ tape.

I was in love with these wooden gift tags. So great!

I was in love with these wooden gift tags. So great!

There were cards upon cards upon cards. Everywhere I turned, there were adorable hand-written, letterpress cards. <3

There were cards upon cards upon cards. Everywhere I turned, there were adorable hand-written, letterpress cards. ❤

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Thank you cards.

Thank you cards.

These wallets are made from vintage book covers. How cool is that?

These wallets are made from vintage book covers. How cool is that?

The same guy who made the book cover wallets also made bracelets out of vintage book spines.

These bracelets are also made out of vintage book spines.

He also made necklaces and rings from book covers. They were very interesting.

He also made necklaces and rings from book covers. They were very interesting.

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There were also a lot of art prints. Typographical or otherwise.

I also saw a lot of art prints. Typographical or otherwise.

These are hand-carved wooden magnets, incredibly neat.

These are hand-carved wooden magnets, incredibly neat.

And what better way to end my weekend than with a Maple Bacon flavored cupcake from Sprinkles? The best.

IMG_3101Have a fantastic week!
Caroline : )

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paint-dipped wooden utensils

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I’ve been in a painting mood for a few weeks now. Last week I painted wine glasses. This week I decided to spice up some of my wooden utensils! I’ve been seeing a lot of paint-dipped things lately; utensils, bowls, glasses, etc, so I decided to give it a shot.

Grab some utensils.

Grab some utensils!

Tape around the area you want to paint to make sure you get a crisp line.

Tape around the area you want to paint to make sure you get a crisp line.

Pick your colors and paint away!

Pick your colors and paint away!

It took me about two coats of paint to completely cover the wood.

It took me about two coats of paint to completely cover the wood.

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The last thing you need to do is seal it all in. You can use any type of varnish or shellac.

The last thing you need to do is seal it all in. You can use any type of varnish or shellac.

The most exciting part of it all is peeling the tape. : )

The most exciting part of it all is peeling the tape. : )

And we're finished!

And we’re finished!

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So add a pop of color to your kitchen and paint your utensils! It only takes about 20 minutes and the result is adorable!

Caroline : )

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hand-painted floral wine glasses

I found some wine glasses on sale this past week and decided I’d add some hand-painted flair. I’ve seen floral painted glasses before and wanted to give it a shot!

I found 4 balloon wine glasses on sale for a dollar piece.

I found 4 balloon wine glasses on sale for a dollar piece. They even had these little bubbles infused within the glass.

I thought they'd be the perfect canvas for hand-painted flowers. : )

I thought they’d be the perfect canvas for hand-painted flowers. : )

The first thing you want to do is create the basic shape of the flower petals. Luckily the acrylic paint I was using was easy to wipe off with a wet tissue if I made a mistake.

The first thing you want to do is create the basic shape of the flower petals. Luckily the acrylic paint I was using was easy to wipe off with a wet tissue if I made a mistake.

To make the petals more opaque, I needed to add another coat of paint.

To make the petals more opaque, I needed to add another coat of paint.

Next, I added a lighter color pink to the tips of the petals for some dimension.

Next, I added a lighter color pink to the tips of the petals for some dimension.

Now pick a nice green for the stem.

Now pick a nice green for the stem.

Now paint some leaves!

Next, paint some leaves!

Let the paint dry for a few hours.

Let the paint dry for a few hours.

Acryclic scratches off glass very easily, so you'll want to paint a clear varnish over it to keep it from chipping. I used Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.

Acrylic scratches off glass very easily, so you’ll want to paint a clear varnish over it to keep it from chipping. I used Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.

And now you're finished!

And now you’re finished!

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! Next time, I might try painting different types of flowers, maybe daisies or lilies. I hope this has inspired you to add some personality to any wine glasses you have lying around.

Caroline : )

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engagement photo package

Last week, Matthew & I took a trip to Stoughton, WI to visit our friends Matt & Ashley and to take their 50’s style engagement photos. This was our first time shooting engagement photos, so we were a little nervous, but Matt & Ashley made it incredibly easy for us. After their shoot, they even took us out to Madison for a night on the town! While Matthew did most of the shooting and editing, I was able to not only put in my two cents in regards to posing and props and such, but I was also in charge of figuring out how we were going to present our photos to them. I decided to go all in with the packaging, finding inspiration through our photos. Along with the CD of files, we printed some 8x10s, 5x7s, and wallets for them. I wanted to keep it simple, but also add some 50’s flare. Here’s what I eventually came up with:

I am thrilled with the result! There’s something about having a tangible package that makes receiving photos even more exciting. Matthew & I are also planning to shoot their wedding the fall, so I already have loads of ideas for our next packaged set—I can’t wait!

Caroline : )

Terra Cotta Jewelry Pot

As I was shopping through Michaels the other day, I stumbled across these mini terra cotta pots and thought they would be the perfect size for a jewelry holder. I usually just lay my everyday jewelry on my dresser at night and have been looking for a small dish to keep them in for a while now so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for this.

Here are the pots I found in Michaels.

Here are the pots I found at Michaels.

I'm a sucker for anything mini, plus these were only .60 cents a piece!

I’m a sucker for anything mini, plus these were only .60 cents a piece!

After debating whether to paint or cover my pot in fabric, I remembered that just a few days earlier I had to trim about 3 inches off a pair of pjs because they were too long. :P I was so in love with this pattern that I didn't have the heart to throw away the scraps; now I'm so glad I kept them!

After debating whether to paint or cover my pot in fabric, I remembered that just a few days earlier I had to trim about 3 inches off a pair of pjs because they were too long. I was so in love with this pattern that I didn’t have the heart to throw away the scraps.

You only need enough fabric to wrap around the pot once and then have maybe half an inch to an inch excess on either end of the pot.

You only need enough fabric to wrap around the pot once and then have maybe half an inch to an inch excess on either end of the pot.

Take your mod podge ( I used matte) and coat a section of the pot.

Take your mod podge ( I used matte) and coat a section of the pot.

Place your fabric on the mod podge and make sure there aren't any bubbles. Continue this around the entire pot.

Place your fabric on the mod podged part of the pot and make sure there aren’t any bubbles. Continue this around the entire pot.

For the bottom, cut off any excess and fold all of the edges towards the center and put mod podge over the corners to help them stay secure.

For the bottom, cut off any excess and fold all of the edges towards the center and put mod podge over the corners to help them stay secure.

If you planned to use your pot as a mini planter, you could be done now. However, I wanted to use mine as a jewelry holder and wanted the inside to be filled with fabric.

If you planned to use your pot as a mini planter, you could be done now. However, I wanted to use mine as a jewelry holder and wanted the inside to be filled with fabric.

Cut a square out of your fabric and put a slit on each corner and edge.

Cut a square out of your fabric and put a slit on each corner and edge.

Put mod podge inside the pot and then carefully push your fabric square to the bottom. Because we slit each corner and edge, they should neatly lay over one another.

Put mod podge inside the pot and then carefully push your fabric square to the bottom. Because we slit each corner and edge, they should neatly lay over one another.

The last thing you need to do is secure all of the fabric by placing a thin coat of mod podge on the entire pot & let it dry for a few hours.

The last thing you need to do is secure all of the fabric by placing a thin coat of mod podge on the entire pot & let it dry for a few hours.

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For a 20 minute craft, I think this turned out wonderfully, and it’s just as functional as it is adorable! I’m thrilled to finally have a place for my jewelry. Hopefully this gave you some ideas for using any scrap fabric you may have lying around, or inspire you to keep your scraps instead of tossing them in the trash—just look what could become of them!

Caroline : )

send a heart attack box!

For my boyfriend’s birthday today, instead of a card to go along with his present, I decided to spring for a ‘heart attack box.’  Took a little more time, but it was totally worth it. Basically, I cut out a million hearts of different colors, wrote something nice on each of them, and put them all into a box. In case you want to tackle this project, I’ll show you how I did it.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

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Now you need to draw some hearts for a template. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now you need to draw some template hearts. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now cut those hearts out!

Now cut those hearts out!

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Now for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

Time for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

I cut about 30 of each size.

I cut about 30 of each size.

Then you can begin writing on your hearts! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you'll be giving the box to.

Begin writing your messages! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you’ll be giving the box to.

I've started working on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more, but I think I've made some great progress.

I’ve been trying to work on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more practice, but I think I’ve made some great progress.

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I got bored with just the stripes, so I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow on the top. If you want to see how I made the bow, you can check out my latest blog post:

I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow to the top. If you would like to see how I made the bow, click here!

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So next time, instead of a card, send a heart attack! You could even send it through the mail if you put the hearts in a cardboard box and tape it shut.

Good Luck!
Caroline : )

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