New Studio Checklist

New Studio Checklist / Crafted in Carhartt
This week I got the keys to a brand new artist studio. My first additions to the space were a pair of bibs and my favorite tool bag. I like to think of my overalls as an apron. Crafting days always have a mind of their own. You never know where your work will wind up taking you. With a pair of these guys on hand, you’re always covered.

I’ll keep you updated in the weeks to come with the fruits of this new work space. In the mean time, take a closer look at my new studio must haves: Carhartt Women’s Denim Bib Overalls & Legacy Tool Bag.

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DIY Tool Box Planter

Tool Box Planter DIY / Crafted in Carhartt
The slow-coming spring gave me plenty of opportunities to devise several new plant fixtures around my apartment. This tool box inspired planter is one of my favorites. It’s skinny enough to fit along a window sill and has a handle for easy lifting. Just like the plaster planters from last week, this would be a great gift for Mom this coming Sunday. Tool Box Planter DIY / Crafted in Carhartt
For this project you’ll need the pieces to build your box (or you could even find a vintage one to up-cycle), a hammer, screws, dirt, rocks, plenty of succulents, and the right gardening clothes. I wore my Minot Shirt and a pair of Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungarees. Tool Box Planter DIY / Crafted in CarharttNow there is more than one way to piece together your tool box. Here’s how I went about it. I also used a little bit of wood glue to secure the seals and prevent leakage once the plants were in place. Tool Box Planter DIY / Crafted in CarharttNow it’s time to pour in dirt, insert the succulents, and add a layer of rocks to keep everything in place. Water and enjoy! If tools are for girls, then so are tool boxes! Tool Box Planter DIY / Crafted in Carhartt

The DIY Dremel Guide

The Dremel tool is one of my favorite goodies in my tool bag. Using different bits and attachments, you can do a million different crafts. The first step in using a Dremel is picking the ideal bit for your project. I like to think of it as a mix-and-match game. Ask yourself these two questions:

  1. What task to I want to do? (like cutting, sanding, or engraving)
  2. What material am I going to use? (like wood, glass, or metal)

Find the attachment that works with both of your answers to the questions above and you’re ready to get started. I always like to experiment a bit before I dive into the craft at hand. It helps ease your nerves, find your groove, and gain confidence. As you practice, play around with the speed settings and various bits to see what happens.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, find a simple do it yourself piece to put your skills to the test. Engraving a piece of wood is a fun place to start. Give this Valentine’s Day DIY a try.
How to Use a Dremel / Crafted in Carhartt
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 What I’m wearing: Carhartt Women’s Dodson Shirt, Ravenden Sweater, & 1889 Slim Double-Front Dungaree.

DIY: Wood Chiseling

After watching Aimee Inouye chisel away at the gorgeous bench she was working on last week, I was inspired to give woodworking a try. The first thing I discovered is that the type of wood you use matters. Wood comes in varying hardness and grains. If you’re a beginner looking for the perfect substrate, I’d suggest basswood or butternut. You can find blocks and panels at your local craft store or even larger hardware stores. Now as they say, practice makes perfect. So grab a few scrap blocks to practice with before you attempt the project at hand.
You’ll need a pencil, wood, a chisel set, and a rubber mallet. Take a look at the steps below. I’m drawn to a more handmade aesthetic, so I made my chisel marks pronounced and jagged to give it a personal touch. If that’s not your taste, be a bit tidier with your lines.

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
Now that you’ve gotten the hang of the basics, you can move on to the real thing. It’s always good to have a plan, so start off with a template of how you’d like the sign to look. Use that template to create a shallowly traced guide into the wood. Once you have your pattern, make deeper cuts. You may want to go over a the letters a few times to make the incisions thicker and deeper into the surface. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s the nature of handmade arts.

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt

My crafting outfit: Carhartt Women’s El Paso Utility Jacket, Clarkston Cami Tank, Sibley Denim Shorts, & Carhartt Legacy 14″ Tool Bag. 

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for Dad

Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt

 

It’s can be hard to think of the right gift for Dad. If you’re looking for a thoughtful and useful present, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few DIYs to help organize around the garage and the perfect work shirt any guys would love. Let’s walk through these ideas step by step.

1. You can use shower curtain hooks as organizers for nuts and washers on a peg board you hang in your garage. Get creative. You can use the shower curtain hooks to arrange a lot of other things too; like wrenches or paintbrushes with a hole drilled into the handle.
2. Another great idea is a shelf for screwdrivers so that it’s easier to find the right one when you need it. Find a long, skinny piece of scrap lumber you can drill holes into as slots for each tool.
3. Try thinking green. Recycle an old palette and use it as a way to store gardening equipment. Hang it on the outside of the garage. It looks cool and it’s functional.
4. The Carhartt Men’s Workwear Pocket T-Shirt is a great gift for Dad. Right now they are 2 for $25 and big/tall are 2 for $28. That’s a great deal! It’s made of sturdy material and it comes in lots of colors and big/tall sizes.

 

 

DIY: Hardware Candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

DIY hardware candelabra

I made another trip to the hardware store to get inspiration this week, and it hit me– a candelabra made out of pipes! It’s different, sturdy, and easy to do. This is a great idea for a Valentine’s gift. Make a night out of it; pizza and beer by very rustic candlelight. Use some great textures to to set the table. Faux fur and wool blankets, a nice slab of wood for a flat surface, bamboo plates, his favorite beer, and a nice pizza pie are the perfect set up for a cozy night in. Forget the cards covered in pink hearts and get to the hardware store! This will be a piece you can keep around forever. It’s a fun conversation starter in the home and perfect for late-night picnics.
While you’re at it, cuddle up in this Carhartt Clarksburgh Quarter-Zip Sweatshirt & Copper Harbor Hat.

DIY: jewelry from the hardware store

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

Carhartt DIY Corner Bracket Bracelet

When I was young, I always spent time fiddling through the toolbox in our garage. I was intrigued by all the nuts, bolts, and screws. It’s no wonder now that I love going to the hardware store and figuring out how to turn those odds and ends into jewelry. Check out this simple starburst necklace made out of corner brackets. It’s such a great tomboy twist on the geometric accessories that are trending right now.
Give it a try!

take a closer look at my outfit: Carhartt Women’s Portland Down Jacket, Linwood Chambray Shirt, Calumet Long-Sleeved Crew Neck, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungarees, Acrylic Headband, & Women’s Wellington Boots

Carissa and Claire of Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota is 25 acres of large scale installations and machinery. I visited last week and it was like a winter wonderland of creativity and fun. Carissa and Claire live and work at this unique community arts organization. Each year, new artists apply to Franconia for fellowships. Artists work, create, eat, and live together. It’s not often that you can find an open and innovative environment that provides work, residence, and exhibition space to emerging and established artists. The girls showed me around their workspaces and the scenic art that covers the land. The pink forklift, affectionately referred  to as mother, helps get the job done. Who said forklifts are a man’s tool?!

Check out the girls’ outfits: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Berkley Jacket, Women’s Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree, & Quincy Hat / IFD Women’s Detroit Jacket, Women’s Clermont Sweater, Annapolis Long-Sleeve Shirt, Carhartt Pants, & Maysville Hat

I’ve Got Turbo Blue in My Veins

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Remember Adrienne from a few posts back?
We wanted to share a bit more of her story. 

Q: What is your first memory of your fascination with automobiles?

A: Both my parents work in automotive industry. There was always car stuff and art work around the house that my mother or father had done. My dad always had cool cars. I was always so excited when he brought home cars when I was growing up. I remember being three or four years old and he came home with this 4th generation Corvette manual with a stick. I would help him wash it and work on it. One day, I was sitting in the drivers seat of the car and I pulled on the gear shift and it started rolling. My Dad yelled at me as he jumped in the car and pulled on the hand brake. That’s when I first fell in love with cars. That was the beginning of my obsession of cars.

Q:  What car did you learn to drive on and what was the first car you owned?

I first learned to drive my mom’s minivan when I was 10 years old and she let me back it out of the garage. When my dad said I could officially start learning to drive, it was music to my ears. My dad had a 50th anniversary Corvette and that was the first car he took me out in. That was a pretty cool car to first learn how to drive. We would go to the parking lot at a school by my house. I was pretty picky when it came to picking out my first car, which was a 1999 Camaro SS.

Q:  Why did you start working in a body shop?

A: I started working in the shop with another women who was building a funky transformer car. We were the only two women in the shop and when that gig ended I asked the owners if I could stay on and apprentice with the guys in the shop. They said yes!

Q:  Why are so many women in drag racing? Why are you building a drag racing car?

A: The sport of drag racing is more receptive to women than other forms of car racing. They look at you as a racer first, a man or woman second. I spent a lot of time drag racing in college. That’s what my friends and I were doing. So naturally that’s why I wanted to build my own car. And my racing friends are all guys. I only have one girlfriend. I don’t hang out with girls too much.

Q: Can you describe what makes this car so special?

A: What I like about the first generation Monte Carlo is that it’s a muscle car but it’s got an underdog quality. It’s an unconventional hotrod. My plan for it is comes partly from inspiration from drag cars and partly from the inspiration of mid-century stock cars. I’m building a completely custom dashboard with gauges.

Q: Tell us about your day job?

A: I work in promotion in the motorsports industry. I travel around the country to all kinds of car racing events including NASCAR, American Lemans Series (ALMS), dirt track, and Indy Car races. I manage mobile event tours and also relationships with race teams and tracks. I love it! I get to spend my weekends at a racetrack. I’m in heaven. The hardest part about my job is not being in a car or a pit crew. I want to work on cars and drive them, but that’s not my job. But I get to be an advocate for the sport, which is rewarding.

Q:  Do you think you’ll make the switch to the other side of the track, ie. to driving?

A: My parents didn’t put me in a go cart when I was four, so I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not going to race cars for a living. My passion is still around my work, so I’m grateful.

Q: How is it to be a woman in the field of auto sports? How do the guys treat you?

A: In my day job, I don’t volunteer information about my own mechanical skills and knowledge of cars. I just don’t boast about it. But people who know cars can pick it up. It’s not like it used to be. Racing is still male dominated, but there are lots of women who work in motorsports, and people don’t seem to judge whether you’re male or female. You just have to do a good job exceptionally well.

Outside of work, to be honest, my favorite part of driving my cars would be when I would pull up at cruise night and step out with my designer clothes, and no one expected a women to walk out of that car, never mind own it. They always thought it must be my boyfriend’s car. I don’t have a boyfriend. Generally guys thinks it’s cool that I work on cars, but they are also intimated by it. I’m an intense person. My dad says I have to put a radius on it, my intense personality that is.

Q: What does the future look like for you?

A: To stop procrastinating and go to graduate school and get my MBA.

See what Adrienne is wearing here: Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt, Clarkston Cami, Logo Loop Belt, & Billings Safety Glasses with Anti Fog Lenses.