Make a Felt Heart Envelope

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I read something so inspiring yesterday on social media, a message urging people to consider Valentine’s Day as a way to spread love to people who might need it whether it’s a note, a flower or a kind word. It sounds simple, but it’s easy to get caught up in your own plans (or lack of plans) and forget that small gestures can mean so much to someone else! Today’s post is a craft tutorial that makes a perfect small gift for Valentine’s Day or any day.

After experimenting with a variety of fun ways to decorate envelopes, I made this handmade felt envelope craft to send to friends and my top blogging supporters to say Thank You. It was a little Valentine’s Day gift. Here’s how you can make your own, step by step.

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You’ll need: Two colors of felt, embroidery floss, scissors, needle, hot glue, buttons and thin elastic. Quick tip: instead of sewing you can use hot glue.

Step 1: Start with a diamond shape cut out of a piece of felt. The envelope can be made small or large depending on the size of your felt. The ones I made were the right size to hold a business card or some coins, and the flat edges of the diamond measured 5 1/2 inches long each.

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Step 2: Fold the sides in and bottom up in preparation for sewing or gluing these edges together to form the envelope shape.

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Step 3: If sewing, pin the edge you’re not working on down to hold it until you make your way back to it. Optional: carefully trim down the pointy edge to make it flat, as in the photo below.

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Step 4: Add a fastener. I did this two ways. One was to hot glue a piece of velcro. The other was to sew on a button to the envelope body and add a loop of elastic to the flap. The button looks nice, but the Velcro is easier. Take your pick.

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Step 5: Hot glue on a felt heart to the top of the flap. You can experiment with using different colors of felt for different looks.

DIY felt heart envelope coin pursesAnd you’re done!  Share what you think of this tutorial in the comments and let me know if you have any questions!

Definitely check out more envelope decorating ideas, and follow along for more craft ideas on Pinterest.

DIY felt envelopes tutorial

Valentine Envelopes To Make This Year

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They say happiness is homemade, and I am inclined to agree. Lately, I’ve been really into decorating envelopes. These were featured on Midwest Living along with more envelope decorating ideas, so you can see the full list there.

These can be used to hold homemade love notes or add an extra personal touch to your store bought cards (this card is simple and cute). You can use these techniques for any season, I just personalized these for Valentine’s Day. It’s coming up in less than a week! Don’t miss my cake banner tutorial for more Valentine’s craft inspiration.

Eco-friendly upcycled paper bag envelopes

To make this card, I unfolded a crumpled old envelope I didn’t need and then traced around it onto a grocery store paper bag like the one I used in the gift wrap tutorial. After cutting out the new envelope shape, fold the sides in, the bottom up and the top down and an envelope shape should appear! Glue the edges securely and it’s ready to decorate.

I used white acrylic paint and a brush to put a design on the front. White really pops against the unbleached paper, but you could also use a metallic sharpie or gel pen to make this job way easier. I would recommend this if you’re writing anything longer than someone’s name, since painting was a little tedious. Remember gel pens? They still sell them. I just discovered that now there’s Gelly Roll Glaze, which gives a raised design. I haven’t tried them but they look enticing.

Add a Valentine’s sticker or heart cutout to the back and you’re done!

DIY valentine's envelopesWatercolor resist envelopes

The second technique I’m sharing with you is so easy that it’s popular with kids but way more impressive looking than a children’s craft. It’s a classic watercolor resist! Use a white envelope that’s on the thicker side. You can buy watercolor paper envelopes, make your own out of cardstock following the steps above, or just pick a fairly thick commercial envelope. Using a sharp white crayon or waxy colored pencil, write the name and/or address. The hardest part of this whole process is not really knowing what you’re writing! An alternative is to use a metallic silver colored pencil.

Then do a water color wash over it with 1-3 colors that blend well together. As you can see in the photo below these envelopes are artsy without being overly feminine, which is nice if the object of your affection isn’t into hearts and lace.

DIY-watercolor-envelopesWhether you’re sending something to a special someone or every friend and loved one in your life, these card techniques add something extra. Let me know how you enjoyed these techniques and if you have any questions in the comment section below.

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3 Steps to the Best Single Valentine’s Day Ever

How to have fun on valentines day when you're singleSo you’re single on Valentine’s Day. A fate worse than death, if you ask some people. Personally, I am 100% convinced that the holiday peaks in first grade with pink heart crafts and everyone in the class getting a Valentine card.

“Who is this sad girl?” You’re probably asking yourself. “And why is she indifferent to the world’s most romantic holiday?” The day is one of my favorites, actually. I was obviously born to make crafts for it. I just think of it as an equal opportunity holiday that can be enjoyed (and laughed at) no matter one’s dating status.

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day while single

So how do you make it a fun single Valentine’s Day? According to one of my friends, it’s a three-step process:

  1. Abandon all hope
  2. Embrace that this is it
  3. Treat yo’ self with the money you would have spent on your significant other

It’s not a bad list really, but let me offer an alternative 3-step list.

1. Show your single pride.

Turn off the dating apps. Time is not of the essence. Having no date is better than an awkward first date, if you ask me (or any sane person). Instead, sport a funny shirt which does double duty by embracing how awesome your single self is while subtly announcing your status (just in case the cute guy in your building notices). Awesomely, you can get this shirt at one of my favorite online places to shop, Etsy, along with other classics including “If you’re single and you know it pet your cat” and “Just a single mom trying to raise my plants.”

Single valentine's day pride2. Host a Galentine’s Day party.

You do the cute ice skating and dinner date with heart-shaped cheesecake once and you’re good, honestly. But getting together with your squad never gets old. Contrary to popular belief, a party with your single friends doesn’t need to be a sad affair where everyone drinks wine while silently swiping through Tinder. It also doesn’t need to just include single friends. Get all your favorites together for a Galentine’s Day brunch or gift exchange. If you do a gift exchange, just please promise me you’ll bring a cat bonnet as your gift.

3. Do a cute craft

Crafting endorphins are a real thing, but I cannot prove it because I am not a scientist. DIY something cute like these envelopes for your single friends, or make a cake banner for your Galentine’s party. Or this pretty decor idea from Michael’s:

Galentine's Day party ideasThese three steps will bring back some of the everyone-gets-a-valentine joy from elementary school. And remember no matter what happens on February 14th, you’re not the guy who got friend zoned on Instagram.

Check out my other posts if you need a laugh at Valentine’s Day’s expense!

How to have fun as a single person on the most romantic day of the year

How to Try Spring Style Trends on a Budget

How to incorporate trendy styles on a budgetTweed, Pink, Plaid and Pleats

With pleats in style for spring last year, they’re back again but lighter and airier. Think a delicate few pleats in flowing fabrics. Not gonna lie, I’m not really into this 70s/90s thing fashion has going on right now but I can work with a pleat here or there.

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This outfit is a great example of how you can incorporate a trend seamlessly into your look, without needing to buy an entirely new outfit. In general, trend pieces are not where you want to spend a lot of money, because you likely won’t be wearing them for many seasons. Yes, things do come back into style eventually but only after you’ve finally given those items away. It’s practically a scientific law. Just ask my choker collection, which went MIA just in time for the Great Choker Revival of 2016.

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I picked up this skirt last spring when pleats were everywhere, just so I could try the trend. I hadn’t worn pleats since…I don’t know, 2003? The tweed jacket and plaid scarf are items of classic style and good quality. Admittedly, I did not splurge on them as they were given to me secondhand. But they are items I would say you could spend on if you wanted. The designer purse was a splurge (A similar one here  is a majorly discounted), the necklace a vintage heirloom and the cowgirl booties and tights were just things I had in my closet.

Spring style trends on a budgetSo the takeaway here is: Save on trendy items + Splurge on quality classics + Combine them into outfits that are the perfect mix of staples you can wear again and on-trend pieces that won’t destroy your clothing budget.

Then you can throw your scarf in the air without a care in the world!

Save money on style trends These photos were taken by Mo Ashley. They have a lovely early spring, Secret Garden-inspired aesthetic that I’m really enjoying. It reminds me of my Secret Garden Literary Scarf. For more of her work, see these earlier posts I did with her on my favorite ever Anthropologie dress, transitional season style and subtle colors.

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What are you looking forward to this spring?

For more spring inspiration, take a peek at my Style Inspirations board on Pinterest.

How to try style trends on a budgetFor immediate shopping ideas to create your own look, start here:

 

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How to Take Photos That Look Like Your Life Isn’t Falling Apart

Hilarious parody of a lifestyle blogger's instagram accountDoes your life look perfect enough online?

Recently a friend and I were talking about how perfect some people appear on social media. We know it’s not really that way of course….right?

She flipped on her phone. “Look,” she said, “See this picture I posted?” It was a beautiful new porcelain compost container photographed against the pure white tile of her renovated suburban home. “It looks like it’s from a magazine,” I said.

“Yeah, well it was the only square foot of real estate I could find that wasn’t covered in clutter, cat hair and dust,” she responded. Well, she fooled me with just one photo. And she fooled the forty other Facebook followers who called her a goddess from heaven sent to teach the people of earth about sustainable housekeeping.

Those picture perfect couples holding hands in matching flannel shirts still fight. Their beautiful smiling babies still vomit all over their work clothes right before they’re ready to walk out the door. And that friend #blessed with a promotion at #dreamjob still has days she can related to this:

 

How to use photography to make it seem like your life isn’t falling apart: A Definitive Guide

You, too, can have a picture-perfect life online. As a lifestyle blogger I’ll teach you what you need to know. The trick, my friends, is how to successfully curate your life to look good. To look like it isn’t…you know, falling apart. This might sound difficult to achieve but it’s actually really, really easy with just four steps.

Make it look like your life isn’t falling apart in four easy steps

1. Cropped AF. 90% of lifestyle photography is cropping the shot until there’s nothing ugly in the background. If the clutter doesn’t make it into the shot, is your house still a trash heap? The answer is a definitive no.


2.  Add Sugar. Nothing makes your photos look classy like macarons, frosted donuts and cupcakes. This makes it appear as though you have nothing but time on your hands to sip a latte at a Parisian cafe and not worry about calories. After you take the photo of a single donut, eat the entire the box and tell no one. Calories don’t count if they aren’t Instagrammed.

3. Pretend to Love Minimalism. Uh-oh, people might start to notice that you’re wearing the same clothes in all your photos. Tell your Instagram followers you are creating a “capsule wardrobe.” This will make you temporarily forget the fact that you want to cry into your undone piles of laundry at night.

4. Use Creative License on Captions. “Great start to the day! I hiked a mountain and did yoga at the summit while the sun rose. #morningslikethese.” Caption your photos to successfully deflect away from the fact that you’re in yoga pants today because it’s a day that ends in -y, not because you actually worked out.

Can we keep this weather, please? #lakelife #onlyinmn #minstagrammers #pup

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At the end of the day, we use social media to add beauty to a dark world. It’s reality mixed with a healthy dose of aspiration. So when you’re depressed about where your life is going, just scroll your own Instagram feed. You are a badass bitch who has at least one square foot of clean house, eats sprinkle donuts for breakfast, has a faux capsule wardrobe and did yoga once. Don’t let your real self forget: you are amazing.

Want more satire? Check out How to Shop For Baby Clothes.

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