Quick and dirty! Another one…

Uh.. I think a new blog label is born. Due to lack of time right now I’m not doing huge projects but sometimes I NEED things so urgently that it has to get done. Quickly. NOW. So today I will be cruisin‘ round town and hopefully will need some business cards. I checked my belongings and got started.

colored paper – check!
stickers – check!
woven labels – check!
stamps and inkpad – check!

Actually this is the list of things that I used at the end because when I sat down I had no idea what I’d need except of paper. I grabbed the paper, then the labels… as I was sewing the labels on the paper the stamping idea came up…while stamping and not having an idea how I can implement my email address as its too long and the stamp is too short I took some stickers from the „Crafty Stickers“ book, wrote it on, put it on the back of the cards. That’s ok for now. The whole abracadabra took me 30 minutes maybe and now I have 6 handmade business cards (one I screwed up).

Quick and dirty. As I said.

needs

cutouts

done with the business cards

No the numbers aren’t weird. I photoshopped a bit on my phone number. You never know who wants to stalk you…

Quick and dirty!

In the process of making my heavenly working space a bit more lovely (Paola… do you get the hint?! girl, I LOVE this task! Really!) I just put together a quick and dirty pin board for my wall to which I can stick my to do lists, some notes… whatever I can pin up with a needle.

By quick and dirty I mean.. it’s a 5 minute project for which you don’t need much.

You need a piece of cardboard (mine is 5 mm thick, filled with foam by Kapa but any thick cardboard will do the job, too), a piece of fabric and duct tape.

cardboard and fabric

You just have to cut your fabric and wrap it like a present. Duct tape it. Done.

cardboard and cut fabric

finished pin board back

pin board

Ok… maybe it even takes less than 5 minutes. I used the same fabric as the couch because I didn’t have anything else available right now and actually it fits together and it’s already 11:30 pm and I just wanted to get it over with for tomorrow. :-) Sometimes it doesn’t need much to satisfy me and who thought I would be crafty THIS week.  I love my new board and it will remind me of the important things to do in the near future.

Livin out load by Keri Smith

Here’s my second book review and it’s about LIVIN OUT LOUD by Keri Smith.

If you’re lacking ideas you can find them here! This lovely spiral binded book is nicely illustrated, colorful and loaded with playful exercises that will make your creative juices flow once you flip through the pages. Keri encourages you to be original, write a journal and gives you tips on how to start one and why you should enjoy it, a chapter on how to make a living doing what you love (yay). Then there are activities for you to do e.g. „Lifestyle for Sale“ (what would you sell if you had a lifestyle store) that challenge your imagination. Throughout the books you find stickers, postcards with quotes, nice illustrations, crafty tutorials… the book is full of nice discoveries.

I read it once but I always come back to the book to read a certain chapter again. Some activities are not for me but overall it’s a cool book which inspires me and cheers me up. It’s a little kick in the butt as well when you’re down and you lack of motivation. Get it! It’s fun!

livin out load mosaic

see them pictures bigger in my flickr.  one, two, three and four

Carnival – A tribute to Rio de Janeiro

It’s carnival time. In Germany and in Rio. Today the famous parades in Rio de Janeiro start. I’ve been there in 2008 and it was the most amazing trip I’ve ever done. A 3 week round trip through the whole country visiting most hidden places.

I dedicate this post to a beautiful city that I miss a lot and that I definitely have to visit again. And again. Please have a look.

rio christ heart

rio christ

ipanema

copacabana

graffitti

sambadrome

And just to come back to the subject one more picture for you to crack up a bit. We visited the sambadrome where the big parades take place every year. It’s actually a street, 800 m long and the audience sits on the left side with full view over the happening. There is a little booth by the entrance. It’s a museum that displays some costumes and where women work handcrafting costumes for the next year. It’s a big business in Rio. For a handful of coins you choose a costume and you can go outside and take a picture. The outfit is super heavy and I cannot imagine a woman to wear that and dance the samba at the same time without looking like a bobble head. I chose the TREE costume :-)

carnival lou

Valentine’s presents

I’ve found this wonderful tutorial for a nice crafty valentine’s day present here at Paper n Stitch the other day. With my 8 hour job and loads of work there I wasn’t in the creative mood to think of something myself. So now I made this. It’s really easy and a nice keepsake.

I still had some binding leftover from my christmas quilt that was perfect for this as it was long and already sewn together. Quickly went to the craft store and got me a glass of white fabric color. Of course I had a roll of thread so I could start right away. I love projects that are so easy and don’t require tons of material so that you can do it with the stuff you have at home.

Valentine's present 1

Valentine's present 2

Valentine's present 3

Valentine's present 4

Done! The stamping required some time actually. But it’s worth it.

That was part one of my DIY valentine’s surprise. I banned my boyfriend from my blog until Sunday so I could show you my latest projects. :-)