Make Your Own Drip Painting

This project was half intended masterpiece and part absolute experiment. Most of the time I toss whatever comes out of these wacky trial projects, but today’s product is now sitting nicely in a frame! It was a great activity to get me back in the creative swing of things after my week long fight with the flu! Read on to see how I stumbled into this project!

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Jackson Pollock made this technique famous; even if you don’t know who he is, you likely have seen one of his paintings…namely because they are accompanied by statements like “my seven-year-old could paint that.” That, my friends, is why this technique is so lovely. You don’t need to be the next reincarnation of DaVinci or Monet. It is pure expression of whatever makes you happy.

But, I love drip paintings because of their anonymity. Fifty people could observe the same Pollock painting and each could walk away with a different message. It’s meaning to you belongs to you alone, so you don’t have to worry about other people saying things like “Man, that looks depressing!” Your thoughts are private, not spread out on the canvas for everyone to read.

To start, you’ll need:

  • paint or ink
  • paper or canvas or cardstock or…you get the idea
  • water
  • paint brushes

I have a small spray bottle that I filled with water and used to wet particular areas on my paper. Then, I placed small dots of India ink on the wet spots.Tipping the paper and spraying more water over certain areas spreads the ink like in the photos below. AND YOU’RE DONE. So easy it’s a wonder why we aren’t all seeking paint therapy! Keep in mind, though, that the wetter your paper based material becomes, the heavier it will get. You definitely don’t want your gorgeous piece to fall apart because it’s too heavy.

But, don’t stop there! There are tons of creative ways to use this painting technique to create completely different looks.

01. DIY Drip Painting at Take the Side Street; 02. Monochrome painting found on Tumblr; 03. Art by Shawn Dulaney; 04. HGTV’s Drip Painting video tutorial

Go wild and have fun, creatives!

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Sew Your Own Sock Rice Warmer

Migraines are my worst enemy; sufferers who live with neurological conditions usually struggle to find relief without turning to medications with incredible side effects. That’s why I love rice warmers, which are really to make anyway, but wait ’til you see this DIY…with socks!

A coworker and I were talking about our migraines; she has had them for a long time, and I’m always picking her brain about her path of self management. She uses herbs, teas, and super simple things like sock rice warmers to live a richer life. “My husband always has that one sock in a pair that has holes,” she explained, which I completely understand. Husband is hard on socks, and the creative in me hates throwing things out if I can repurpose them somehow. Read on to see how a sock can bring you hours of relief!

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any project that is as universal as rice warmers. No matter the season, they are perfect gifts for family and friends who have sore muscles, headaches, back pain, and the list goes on. I’ve made them in the past with colorful and comfortable fabrics, but socks are perfect for this. They are rather durable, soft, and the best part is that it limits the sewing you have to do!

I used a striped knee high sock to make my first rice warmer. To start, I cut off the toe end of the sock, turned it inside out, and stitched that end closed with embroidery thread. After turning it right side out, I slowly started adding rice until it reached the first white dotted line. I pinned closed the first pink segment of the sock and threaded it closed. That’s it. I repeated the pouring, pinning, and threading until I reached the last black segment at the top of the sock. I chose to leave the top unfilled and used a blanket stitch to close the end.

When I said it’s easy, I meant it’s really stinkin’ easy! You could personalize your rice warmer with dried herbs or oils like lavender. What sets this project apart from other rice warmers is how light it is, while maintaining structure. I have other warmers that go unused because they are just too heavy. But, the socks don’t need reinforced, they don’t burn because the weave of the material is more substantial, and they are machine washable! My coworker said she makes them in all sizes for her family, and said they are perfect for the freezer. I tossed mine in the freezer overnight and it helped an early morning headache today!


How’s your self-care Sunday, going? Spoonies, what’s your go to technique for finding relief?

Have a relaxing day, dears

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DIYs For Your Desk

Our city has swelled tremendously now that August is in full swing; school is back in session! I took part last week in a huge block party our town throws to welcome all the university students back. It was a blast, and the weather was so beautiful! Since then, I’ve had college on the brain. The school experience has changed and evolved in the last four years since I’ve been out, but one thing remains the same: dorms are bland. Which is great for us creatives! But, it makes it hard to focus on school work if you feel like you’re in a cinderblock prison. That’s one reason I always changed the look of my dorm, especially my desk area. The same goes for tiny apartments that have strict decor rules. Here are two easy DIY projects – a sparkly glass pen holder and a whimsical mini mobile – that I came up with to brighten up your desk!

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Don’t worry, these two projects are easy and cheap. You’ll need:

  • a jar (or clear plastic container)
  • craft wire
  • fabric or paper scraps
  • thread or string
  • paint
  • rubbing alcohol
Mini mobiles and metallic pen holder – just what the creative ordered!

Cute, Mini Mobile

To create the mobile, you’ll first want to find something circular (like the lamp in the photo!). Cut a piece of wire and wrap it around your shape to form a circle. Twist the ends together. Now for the fun part: using up those scraps! If you don’t have fabric, you can easily substitute paper. Simply take your fabric and tie ends around your wire circle. If you are using paper, just put a dab of glue on one end and wrap it around the wire. I braided some of the pieces together to create different weights and textures. To finish of your mobile, cut another piece of wire and wrap both ends around your circle. Tie a piece of string around the center wire and boom! You’re done! This took me maybe an hour…Star Trek is so addicting!

Metallic Pen Holder

This project is so easy it’s almost unbelievable. First, clean your jar, cup, plastic container, or whatever clear object you want to use. Once it’s all shiny and pretty, you’re going to dump in your paint. As you can see, I used gold and silver paint, but you can use any colors you want (like black and gold, eh Hornets?). Roll the jar around so the paint starts to spread. Now, you’re going to pour in a bit of rubbing alcohol. Add in around a tablespoon or so; remember, you can always add more, but too much is hard to remove. Swirl the rubbing alcohol and paint mixture around the jar for a couple of minutes or until you’ve achieved the look you’re going for. Let it sit for a minute or so, then gently rinse the excess mixture. I let my jar sit for a day before I dumped all my paintbrushes in.

Now, take dozens of photos of your newly decorated desk and show Mom that, yes, you are in fact loving every second of your new journey!


Now your desk should be just as bright and full of life as your new school year!

I’m curious: what’s your favorite memory from college, or if you’re just starting, what’s the thing you look forward to experiencing the most!?

Here’s to all of who are chasing your dreams in the classroom!

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Decor On A Dime: DIY Mini Paper Wreath

You know how sometimes, life throws you a curve ball and then rears back to reload? Not only did our internet and cable go dark for a week (yeah, I’m still not over it), but we also had no running water at the beginning of this week! I feel like a need a vacation just from playing phone tag to get everything fixed!

All in all, getting offline was good, though. It gave me time to hole up in my craft room and create without any distraction. I love paper crafts, especially when they recycle materials that otherwise would go in the trash. My mini paper wreath is made from an old physics textbook and La Croix cardboard, perfect for those bland and boring college dorm room walls!

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It took me a couple hours from start to finish, but I am so happy with the results. No special tools are needed; in fact, there are only a couple of things you need to create your own wreath:

  • cardboard
  • paper (the thinner the paper, the easier it will curl)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pencil

Read on to see how I made it and three other mini wreath projects to try!

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Tips From A Planner Addict On A Budget

Learn how to feed your planner addiction while staying within a budget.

Don’t get me wrong, I love perusing all the planner accounts on Instagram, but I’ve always been the kind of person to do my own thing. Especially when I’m doing said thing on a budget. I’m a part-time librarian, so we really rely on Husband’s full-time job. But, just because we keep our purse strings pulled a bit tight doesn’t mean I can’t decorate the hell out of my planner.

It all really comes down to reusing things most crafters already have in their supply. I do buy things on rare occasion, but I also rely heavily on my local public library (also coincidentally my workplace). A library?! Oh, yes! Read on to find all my juicy tips, tricks, and suggestions to help you strengthen your planner game!

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Your Planner

My planner goes everywhere with me. Work, meetings, the grocery store- everywhere. So, it matters to me that my planner will stand up to being tossed into my tote bag (and under my desk, and under my rolling desk chair…). The second stipulation is customization. If I can’t completely change it then I will get bored of it fast. I love to add flare to my things, but not when the planner sets me back $60.

My solution: I simply use an A5 three ring binder!  It’s simple, clean, and serves it’s purpose well. I can add my own covers, and decorate literally every inch of it while trusting the rigid structure to protect my ideas. It’s perfect!

The Takeaway: Planning shouldn’t be about what brands you use. It should be all about your brand.

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