DIY: Couch Arm Tables


Hello All! It’s been awhile since I posted as a result of a lovely new job. I’m so thrilled to be working full time and managing a pretty kick-ass lifestyle in NYC, but it has dramatically cut into my creative time. I finished a DIY for wooden couch arm tables at the dawn of man several weeks ago, but never got around to posting it. Ah well, better late than never!

I bough an Ikea Kivik couch as part of Operation: Apartment a while back for my new living room specifically because of the large armrests. Having a tiny living space, I needed something that would allow a table without needing side-tables. Having seen many wooden armrest covers all over the place, I figured I could save myself a few hundred bucks and make them myself. You can find other DIYs for the same thing here and here, but the first one requires a fancy saw I don’t have access to as well as brackets that I was afraid would hurt my couch, and the second only uses glue which seems like it might not last as long as I would like. This DIY will allow anyone with a hand saw, a drill, and some time to make an arm table that is sturdy, professional, and lovely.

Read past the jump for supplies and instructions!

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“Crafter” of the Week: Nava Lubelski

Nava Lubelski - Yellow Cloth

Yellow Cloth, 2009, thread on stained tablecloth, 60″ x 50″

With this blog and with my work in general, I’ve continuously tried to show the connection between hand-craft and art. While the impetus and the ultimate goal of the creator can be different, the individual sense of expression and translation of emotion remains the same between the two disciplines. Ultimately it is this quality – the reflection of life’s circumstances into physical works – that leads to things I find appealing and filled with substance. As a result of this, when I find an artist who not only uses traditional craft methods in their work, but also uses their creations as a jumping board for individual exploration, I instantly fall in love with their work. Nava Lubelski is one such artist who has received an impressive amount of recognition, proving that I’m not the only one who values these qualities.

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DIY Rustic Rope Knotted Coasters


Hello all! Like the new look? It’s still sort of a work in progress, but I think it’s much more hipster-tastic professional than my old layout.

But today we’re talking coasters. When you’re a kid, coasters seem like such a stupid thing, but then you grow up and plop $200 on a nice table, and suddenly thousands of tiny beads of water are encroaching upon your hard earned cash. Not cute.

We started by making some pallet coasters awhile back, but they came out kinda crummy and fell apart quite quickly. After seeing this knot DIY, however, I figured it was the perfect thing for some rustic coasters. Easy to make and totally gorgeous, you could almost sell these babies at Restoration Hardware. Read on to see how to make them yourself!!

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Pattern Project: Date Jar – and Ideas!


The boy and I have been living together for about 3 months now, and since we are both partially unemployed we have a lot of days where we want to tear off each other’s heads don’t have much to do. You can only binge watch so many Netflix shows before you need something else to do, but how to answer the age old question – what do you want to do today?

Enter the Date Jar! This is far from an original idea and so I hesitate to call it a DIY, but it was inspired by multiple Pinterest posts. My jar took less than 5 dollars to make after purchasing all the supplies at the 99 cent store, and it took about an hour to write out all the ideas. Use colored popsicle sticks if you want to code your activities;  since we are low on cash right now we color coded for at home, free (or almost), middling, and pricey. You can also color the tops of the sticks to do the same thing!


The real trick with this DIY is not making the jar however, but coming up with the ideas! likely you have some of your own, like things you already love to do together, things you’ve been meaning to do, or activities specific to your area. Everyone needs a little inspiration however, so I’ve compiled some good lists here:

50 Things to Do Together (Other Than Watch a Movie)
50 More Things to Do Together (Other Than Watch a Movie)
Unusual Date Ideas (These are weird, but I love some of them!)
121 Things to Do Today (Other Than Spending Money)
30 Cheap and Awesome Date Ideas Under $30
50 Best Cheap Date Ideas
25 Free Date Ideas That Don’t Suck
32 Stay at Home Date Ideas
100 Cheap Date Ideas
50 Fabulous Outdoor Date Ideas

Those are just my favorites – about a million more can be found by searching “date ideas’ on Pinterest, including loads of great date jars since I couldn’t possibly do something totally original! If you’re young and broke take a look! You’d be surprised how much fun you can have with just a little money.

The apartment improvements have taken a short backseat after discovering our A/C unit was broken and had to be replaced, a not so cheap affair. But with the boy getting more freelance work everyday and me applying to literally 50 jobs a week, something is bound to work out soon! All the trials and tribulations of being a young person.

If you guys have any other date idea links you love, feel free to share and I’ll add them to the list!  And while you’re busy having fun in the world, remember:


Operation: Apartment

EDIT 11/3/16: I started this idea awhile back and quickly realized having everything in my apartment be DIY was A: dumb and b: exhausting and surprisingly expensive. As a result this never really became an actual series, but I’ve left this post here for posterity and because it has lots of great links to other folks’ interior DIYs that you might like. 

Hello! I haven’t made a post since the dawn of man November, or right before I started writing my thesis. That, along with the hub-bub of graduating college and starting my life, has made working on blogging kind of a non-essential activity. But now that’s all done, and I’m back!

A bit less than a month ago I moved into a brand new apartment that’s sized less than 500 square feet, a space I also share with my messy and cluttered lovely boyfriend. As many of you city-dwellers are probably aware, small-space living requires not only scaling back your possessions – a tough task for us crafters – but also incredible organization skills. We’ve done a bit already, but the apartment has a long way to go. As a result, I’m starting Operation: Apartment a new series that will include interior decorating, DIY, organization, and lots of pinterest testing. I have a lot planned, but I’m excited to hear everyone’s input as this thing evolves over the next few months. Without further ado, lets get going!!

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I’m Back! (?)

Hey guys!! I know it’s been a long time so I wanted to say a quick hello and let you know what’s up.

If you guys didn’t know, I’m a senior in College, so between classes and my personal life I have little to no time for projects, let alone blogging about them. I’ve felt a new revitalization of my work lately, however, and want to share it. Between thesis samples, Christmas presents, planned pins and other projects, I have tons of stuff to photograph and talk about. Unfortunately I am still in school, and still super busy, so I can’t guarantee tons of posts all the time.

I do want to post as much as possible tho! I’ve noticed a spike in website traffic since I left and I want to keep that going! I have a few DIY’s already photographed and tons of work to share, not to mention more artists and inspiration to keep that craft train going. So don’t give up on me yet! I’m in this for the long haul.

Should have a new DIY up in the next few days (fingers crossed!) so keep an eye out. it involves shoes, so you know you want to check it out. Please follow me for more of that and tons of other cool and crafty stuff, and in the meantime,


DIY: T-Shirt Palooza!!!!!!

T-Shirt Palooza!

So it’s summer time here in the great city of New York, and that means it gets HOT. Like boiling lava sticky yucko hot. It’s hard to look cute when you’re sweating the entire Hudson river out your armpits, but wearing light fabrics like cotton make a HUGE difference.

Enter the lowly t-shirt

The t-shirt is probably the best summer apparel you can find: it’s comfy, it’s light, and it can have anything you want on it. No other clothing item allows you to proclaim your love or hate for stuff so easily. Unfortunately for the fashion forward, it’s often tricky to find t-shirts that work well with the rest of your wardrobe and fit the feminine figure without making you look like a robot or box. Thus, I present to you the ULTIMATE pretty decent guide to t-shirt altering. What I’m showing may be simple, but I can guarantee that it’ll make your t-shirts look like cool Brandy Mellville apparel and not weird torn festival wear. I wanna be comfy in my t-shirt, but classy too! If you agree, read on for tips on cropping, dyeing, designing, and even how to make your favorite comfy sleep T into a cute summer dress!

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DIY: Embroidered Eye Mask

Eye mask

Hello! I promised more DIY and I am delivering! Part of the reason I’ve been so slow making new posts is that I had to move into a new room in my building. The room is super awesome and has a balcony and everything, but it gets literally the worst morning light known to man. I’ve been woken up at 8am or so every morning as a result, and I’m sick of it on days when I can sleep in. As a result, a face mask was in order.

All the face masks I’ve been able to find commercially are extremely fugly not really my style, so I decided it would be a good project to try out myself. While I’m not the best at sewing, I do kinda rock at embroidery, so I figured I could make a cool mask using basic embroidery techniques. Read on for instructions and patterns, both for the mask and the embroidery!

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Pattern Project: Cross-Stitch Program Round-up and Lil’ Bub Pattern

SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATE: I made this post a couple years ago and lamented Coricamo’s lack of a PDF, however I have found a way to make that happen! Use Coricamo in Chrome browser and “print” your file with the chosen chart type. Then in the print window choose “open PDF in preview” and voila, a PDF is generated than you can then save. I assume using Chrome in a Windows system will give a similar option (“open in windows photo” or something like that). With this awesome discovery I have to say that Coricamo REMAINS the best program and now gets a 10/10. Read on for the original article and the FULL breakdown of online charting programs, with links.

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Hello all! As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been spending the nonexistant minimal free time I have had lately working on patterns for a replica of Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent altarpiece.

Yes, I’m a crazy person.

Now, a truly crazy person would chart the various panels by hand, but considering the level of detail and the size I ultimately want to use (about 1/3 the original 10 foot high scale), I decided the best way to create my charts was to use some sort of photo charting software. These programs aren’t perfect, but they are definitely probably better than what I can do by hand. As a result, I figured this week’s pattern project could be spent going through the various programs available and which one I think is the best using everyone’s favorite kitty, Lil’ Bub. NOTE: I have a Mac, so I will not be looking at PC specific programs (ie: PCStitch). If you have a PC, there are already plenty of articles about PCstitch and it’s obvious superiority, so go find that. If you have a Mac like me, read on after the jump!

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