My Favorite Lifestyle Blogs

I'm not entirely sure that I even understand what a "lifestyle" blog is... but I've come to understand that it's a category that describes a lot of my favorite, very active blogs. The ones that mix in DIY and crafty projects along with new products, tech tips, travel dreams, great finds from around the web, pet stuff, and more. Now that I know this is what to look for when I'm trying to find more great new sites to read, tweet, and follow obsessively, I thought I'd round up some of my faves and hopefully get some suggestions and find some new favorites...


The first six (in what was supposed to be sort of alphabetical order)...

7. pretty shiny sparkly, 8. Lauren Conrad, 9. iVillage, 10. Jezebel, 11. PopSugar (and FitSugar, YumSugar, PetSugar, SavvySugar, TresSugar, and more! I love them all, but PopSugar is the original/main one), 12. Refinery29



So, are you excited to check some of these out? Do you know of any that I missed? Is there a better way to discover them (besides searching "lifestyle blog", which seems to turn up all kinds of lifestyles that I'm not looking for)? (Really, I'd love some more awesome sites to get lost in for hours and completely ignore the passage of time...)

I'll be sharing with my favorite linky parties....

Wooden Wall Art

I'm a little embarrassed that I haven't already shared this little tutorial because I love this project so much it's in my living room... 

...AND a close up of it is my G+ header (and has been for awhile).

Awhile back we needed something with a few blue shades in the living room and I'd seen some fun coffee stirrer art online (AMAZING examples from Make & Do Girl here, Ali Does It here, True Gypsy Soul here, and Merf's Turf here)and figured that could work for me because I didn't want to spend too much...

Supplies
  • Paint, paintbrush(es), containers for paint
  • Woodsies (little coffee stirrer-looking things, I found them at AC Moore in the section with wooden dowels, shapes, etc.)
  • Glue
  • Cardstock/thick paper (to fit in your frame)
  • Frame
  • Scissors

Instructions
For this project, my frame is about an 8"x10" and I used about 2.5 packages of the woodsies and I went to town painting them. 

I mixed up various shades of blue, a few white woodsies, added silver to some of the blues... and had fun. Two coats gave me the opaque color and I made sure to paint the sides of the woodsies so you'd just see solid color.

I laid out the painted woodsies and played with how I wanted to arrange them. Then I just glued them onto some cardstock that I cut to fit inside the frame. 

I mixed up the colors and trimmed and broke some of the woodsies to fit the framed area...

Forgot to take pictures in my excitement and then just popped my art into my frame and voila!


Obviously one of my favorite pieces.... it makes me so happy every time I look at it which is a big success in my mind!

A few more photos of my work...


Super-easy to make and ties together a lot of the pretty blues in our living room!

I'll be sharing with my favorite linky parties....

2011 Scrapbook {Part 2}

As I mentioned before, I've gotten back on the scrapbooking bandwagon and had a blast making scrapbooks for previous years, starting with 2011. I shared part 1 here and now I want to share part 2...


If I don't tell you where I got the particular supplies listed below, you should go look for them on this page of my Amazon Store (cleverly disguised as 2011 Scrapbook), and the washi tape is all listed here.*

This page from the spring shows Max at the duck pond and some pretty flowers I captured when we went there. I used regular scrapbook paper and then the Sew Easy tool and some paper doily tape (from a Crafty Steal or maybe Pick Your Plum* deal?) to make the vertical pink lines on the right. The flags behind the photos are washi tape and then page title is light pink vinyl I got as part of a discount pack from Pick Your Plum.

For an independent consulting gig I had during grad school,  I went to The Citadel and it was obviously gorgeous so lots of photos here... the yellow on this page is all washi tape. The scalloped paper is marbled paper that I made this year with the Mr.

This is the other Citadel page. The yellow chevron is ribbon (from a Pick Your Plum deal), the yellow flags are washi tape, the blue title is vinyl cut with my Silhouette, and everything else is scrapbook paper and photos. 

Around this point, I stopped taking the pages out of the plastic because it was getting windy and I was worried about dirt... they're also in an album that eventually got switched out for the one you saw in the part 1 post. But this page is just photos of crafty projects I made with a Sharpie-doodled title and some washi tape. 

More pictures of the chicks highlight April. This page is all scrapbook paper, with the help of a scallop paper punch, and then a vinyl page title courtesy of the Silhouette.

This is from when Champ licked a baby chick at the farm and I managed to get awesome photos. The page title is yellow vinyl cut by the Silhouette, the numbers are stickers, and then I used ribbon and a scallop punch to make the tag label/description.

A few pictures of the goats here... I used the remnants of some scrapbook paper that I'd had the Silhouette cut some hexagons out of, then had the Silhouette cut the page title from other scrapbook paper. The black and white circles are also paper cut with the Silhouette.

These photos are from the first time I ever got my own paper targets! The teal vinyl letters were cut with the Silhouette, the flags are all washi tape and the green circles were all cut with the Silhouette from scrapbook paper. I outlined the vinyl letters with a fine tip Sharpie.

These pages have the hexagons that the Silhouette cut for me (where I used the extra leftover paper on the page before this one). I cut out Max's name by hand from some of my favorite marbled papers (made with the Mr. earlier). That's a Project Life Tropical kit card with some twine and then the "on the bed" is a piece of washi tape I cut and labeled with a Sharpie.

This was kind of the year of the paint chip for me so I featured those products here.... I glued some leftover paint chips to a heavier piece of cardstock, then cut out the letters by hand from other paint chips and used paper punches to punch flowers out of even more paint chips. I used brads to secure the flowers and then attach them with adhesive squares. I had the Silhouette cut out some big letters and then just traced them on various things like the marbled paper above and the paint chips here.

I went to a professional conference in May and made this page. The month is made from Silhouette cut lavender vinyl. I used a Sew Easy tool to get that diagonal line of twine. The corners are made from a paper punch and scrapbook paper, as is the orange label.

The conference was in Florida so I had the Silhouette cut out the shape of the state in dark pink vinyl and layered it on there and drew a heart (with gold Sharpie) where we were. I used the same vinyl (and the Silhouette) to cut the page's title. That's a card from the Project Life Teen (Girl) kit, three small washi tape flags, and the rest is scrapbook paper.


Some cute Max and Champ (Mr. Crafty Scientist's mom's dog) pictures for June. The Silhouette cut out the title and I outlined it with a colored pen. The stripes on the right side are washi tape and some yellow buttons I sewed down to the page by hand.

Early in the summer we had lots of fun boating around Lake Hartwell. I cut out the "Hartwell" letters from marbled paper we made and added a few other pieces of marbled paper behind the photos.

Some more marbled paper here, a card from the Project Life Tropical kit, and then I stamped the title with regular letter stamps and ink.

More pictures from Lake Hartwell. I cut the letters by hand using my "stencils" and then a Project Life Tropical card, some scrapbook paper, and a card from a We R Memory Keepers pad of tags/cards. The title of the page is on some marbled paper we made.

This is a little spot we found by hiking through the woods one day and came back to a number of times. I used the Sew Easy tool to make the loops at the bottom of the page, Silhouette-cut vinyl for the title, a Project Life Tropical card for the caption, and various scrapbook papers (and flower paper punches) bound together with brads to make this page. And that's it for the first half of the year... the next post will be the start of the second album for 2011 (there are only two albums, I swear). 


If you read this far, thank you! And please tell me what other scrapbook supplies I need to invest in (or places to get inspiration - I need both)!

I'll be sharing with my favorite linky parties....
*I added affiliate links here so if you buy from these sites after clicking the links, I will make a little bit of money, which helps keep me in craft supplies. But I'm linking to the actual products I used (and loved!) or what I think is the closest thing to what I used (because I tend to hoard things from years ago).