Farewell to Google Reader

I know you guys all know that Google Reader shuts down tomorrow (July 1) and I'm not sure I'm fully prepared and I'm definitely still sad, but I just wanted to remind any of you guys who might be reading this in Google Reader that I'd LOVE it if you'd follow The Crafty Scientist elsewhere!

My fave Google Reader replacements so far are Feedly and Bloglovin'. You can find The Crafty Scientist on Bloglovin' here OR click the Bloglovin' icon/element box on the right sidebar, as you can see in the photo below... easy peasy!

And you can just add The Crafty Scientist home page to Feedly to start subscribing - pretty much the same process as Google Reader. This is what it will look like (once you read everything)!

If you're not sure which RSS feed reader is right for you, there are some good lists and reviews from Gizmodo and Lifehacker here.... anyone have any other great favorites?

Insta-Life

While Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the other social media giants stopped being fun for me a lont time ago, I LOVE Instagram. LOVE love it. It's fun and easy to browse. We're all on roughly equal footing with the camera and supplies (no $200 Photoshop extension/add on, no $5000 lens... at least not for most people so I don't feel terribly out of place).

I still feel like I don't follow or "know" that many crafty people on Instagram though and so I figured I'd show you some fun stuff I've been posting up there and encourage you to follow me so I can follow you back... I'm "craftyscientist" on Instagram and you can see my whole feed here.

So if you check me out on Instagram, these are some themes you might find...

1. Places we've explored around the DC area... the historic monuments, Baltimore, Richmond...

2. Pictures of our gardening efforts - from strawberries and basil to daisies, lettuce, daffodils, clematis, and more...

3. My attempts to organize, clean out, and de-clutter the house... things I might want to post on the blog, but I realize are just not that fun or I really only have a super-dark iPhone picture... 


4. Life in general... beaches, creeks, walks, storefront windows, pup-cakes, soundtracks, work trips, making stuff around the house, and my new engagement ring!

5. And of course, gratuitous puppy pictures... trying out the kiddie pool inside and out, sitting on Mr. Crafty Scientist's back, car rides, and snuggles... 

To be fair, you'll probably also see some yummy food, colorful cardigans, and sports highlights over here. What's on your Instagram feed? And feel free to leave your user name so I can follow you (if I'm not already)... I think it's the only social network I'm particularly active on and use regularly... : )

Fabric Rag Wreath

I made this fun wreath with some leftover bits of fabric I had and figured I'd show it off here on the blog because it turned out pretty cute!

Here's how I made it....

Supplies
  • Fabric, cut into strips
  • Pinking shears
  • Wreath form or foam insulation and duct tape
  • Ribbon
Instructions
I made my wreath form from some piping insulation from Lowe's... this was actually a small leftover bit of insulation so I made it into a small wreath form that looked like this...

Then I cut the fabric I had into long, thin strips using the pinking shears so that they wouldn't fray.

I cut quite a few strips...

Then I just tied the strips around the "wreath form" I made.

Keep tying the knots around the wreath...

The inside of the wreath looked like this after tying lots of fabric strips.

And this is the outside of the wreath....

And here's the wreath after I tied fabric all the way around the wreath...

And then I tied a ribbon through the wreath, made a little bow (see this tutorial for more info) so I could hang up the wreath.

And ta da!

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties..
Mondays: Monday FundayThe DIY ShowOffCraft-O-ManiacMaking the World CuterSkip to My LouMad in CraftsSew Can DoBoogieboard CottageKeeping It SimplePinkapotamusSinging Three Little BirdsColours DekorDIY Home Sweet HomeBe ColorfulThe Gunny Sack3 Mango SeedsI Should Be Mopping the FloorSarahndipitiesSumo's Sweet StuffProject Inspire{d}Between Naps on the PorchNinth Street NotionsSew ChattyThrifty Decor ChickClaireJustineOXOXCreate With JoyAlderberry HillA Round TuitMarvelously MessyAn Oldie But GoodieMoonlight & Mason JarsReinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party)

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerMom 4 RealIf It's Not BaroqueTime to Sparkle

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsNight Owl CraftingLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty Things

Thursdays: Somewhat SimpleHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's DilemmaYesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerProject Stash Link PartyCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link Up, Create It Thursday

Fridays: Fingerprints on the FridgeThe Shabby NestTatertots & JelloSimply Sweet Home30 Handmade DaysWhipperBerryLovely Crafty HomeCatch As Catch CanNap Time Crafters504 MainMy Simple Home LifeSimply DesigningThe Picket FenceChic on a ShoestringThe Hungry HypoFrench Country CottageLadybird LaneThe Answer is ChocolateTruly LovelyLittle Becky HomeckyDelicate ConstructionSerenity NowSee Vanessa CraftHappy Hour ProjectsOne Artsy MamaSo You Think You're CraftyFinding Fabulous For LessIt's a Hodgepodge LifeTidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionaryFive Days... Five WaysDiana Rambles

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsYoung & CraftyBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms SharePolkadot PrettiesCandace CreationsSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy ClutterThe Weekend Creative

Sundays: I Heart Nap TimeUnder the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of Faith, Our Sunday Best

The Floral Library of DC

When Mr. Crafty Scientist and I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in April, we also happened to stumble upon DC's Floral Library. I know virtually nothing about it, other than they had tons of tulips in a variety of colors and shapes and they were seriously gorgeous... there were several I'd never seen before and so I figured I'd definitely show you all some of the pictures I took...


So you understand where this little gem is, I was standing in the middle/front of the floral library and had this view of the Washington Monument (under construction until half past the end of time)... 

And you can see that everything was divided into little patches of flowers and then the cherry blossoms (and Cherry Blossom Festival and Tidal Basin) were behind the Floral Library. 

Here's the sign for the Floral Library... 

I wasn't sure how to organize these photos and I'm trying not to overload you with pictures so I'll show you one or two from each cluster or patch of flowers and then organize them by color, to satisfy my organizing compulsion.

These are some orange and yellows...



Some oranges and pinks...

More pink...


Purple...

Red and kind of star-shaped... maybe a kind of lily?



Several yellow varieties...



Bottom line is that if you're visiting DC and happen to be near the Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin, look around for this little area... I'd never seen it before, but it was really quite pretty and we had a fabulous time looking around at all the flowers!
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