Valentine’s Day can be a very divisive topic. You love it or you hate it. It does feel like a very commercial holiday that pointlessly makes us buy tons of things covered in little pink and red hearts and end the night with a self-indulgent candy binge. I’ve never been a fan of store bought cards or heart-shaped chocolate boxes. But boy do I love a good old fashioned handcrafted sentiment. That’s why these wire words are the perfect craft for this time of year. Give them as a gift or simply use them in your own home as decoration. This year, make something from the heart to remind those you hold dear how much they mean to you. Go ahead, state the obvious.
“The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say- because they were too obvious.” -Andre Gide
take a look at my crafting outfit: Script Logo Tee, 1889 Double Front Dungaree, & Sandstone Berkley Jacket
This is a really simple DIY that only takes a few minutes. A mini, portable bulletin board is such a simple concept, and it’s incredibly useful. You can use it to display some fun pictures and keepsakes or even keep track of receipts and important papers. If you drop by your local hardware store, they usually have a scrap bin they’ll let you pick through for free. Grab a small block of wood, cover the front side in cork, and you have a mini bulletin board! Get creative and see how you can put your own spin on this project.
On another note, it’s time for fall clothes to get mixed into your outfits. Check out what’s new for Carhartt Women this season. I’m so ready for sweater weather!
Ever since I was a kid, I loved going to the hardware store. To this day I still feels like a wonderland. There are so many odds and ends that have so many great purposes you can repurpose a million different ways. I’ve been seeing Infiniti symbols around a lot lately. Kinda cool new trend. Well guess what– an “s” hook looks a lot like an Infiniti sign! And so began my mission of making a bracelet entirely from hardware. Here it is. Give it a whirl. You’ll love it. I’m never taking mine off. It’s a great accessory for any Carhartt girl.
Alright ladies, it’s time to fight for your right to wear summer clothes! Before the cool weather really starts rolling in, make sure to wear those flip flops and shorts as much as you can. In the spirit of Crafted in Carhartt, I wanted to carry an adaptation of this great quote by Marie Curie around with me.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that?
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
I stenciled it onto the back of my Carhartt Annapolis Shirt. What a great reminder to yourself, and those walking behind you, of the hard work we should put into our passions.
It’s that simple. Do what you love. If you’re crafty and love finding ways to bring nature into your living space, this DIY project is calling your name. You can pick up these supplies at your local craft store. It’s quick, simple, and to the point.
What you need: adhesive moss paper, a tree ring, an inspirational quote, pencil, sharpie, and scissors
1. Pick out a quote that inspires you.
2. Type it up on a computer, mirror it horizontally so that it reads backwards.
3. Cover the back of the paper in graphite so you can transfer the letters to the back of the moss paper.
4. Flip the paper right side up (so that it reads backwards again), place it on the back of the moss paper, and trace the letters.
5. Your quote should appear backwards on the adhesive side of the moss sheet.
6. Trace over the graphite with a sharpie so you don’t smudge the tracing off while cutting.
7. Cut the letters out.
8. Peel and stick to the wooden palette.
And you’re done!
check out my crafting outfit here: Traverse City Hoodie & Straight Fit Slim Jean
Pewabic Pottery in Detroit was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton. Her ceramics were nationally renowned, landing her a spot in the Michigan’s Women Hall of Fame. Mary went on to win several awards and established the ceramics department at the University of Michigan. The touch she had on Michigan and the arts and crafts community will always be remembered. The shop is still operating to this day and is now a National Historic Landmark. Nicole, pictured above, works as a ceramicist for Pewabic creating commissioned work and their trademark Pewabic blue pieces.
shop this look: Women’s Quarter Zip Sweatshirt, Double Front Work Dungarees, and Duck Nail Apron
One of my best stress relievers is painting— how the paint moves around the canvas naturally, flowing together in some places and beautifully discordant elsewhere.
When I paint, I throw on a pair of Carhartt bib overalls. Since I’m the master of making a mess when I get into arts and crafts mode, they are the perfect thing to wear. I don’t mind when paint splatters on them. In fact, I kind of love it. It shows that they are well loved and I remember all the things I’ve made while wearing them.
Another reason why they are perfect for us ladies is that the clasp that hooks the strap onto the button in front is flat so that it doesn’t catch onto long hair. (We all know how much it can hurt when your hair gets caught while working.)
You can snatch a pair of Carhartt bib overalls here.