The Crafty Social: A Fall Inspired DIY Workshop


In a previous post I mentioned about how I was in the middle of preparing for this event. It is time I can finally announce The Crafty Social! It is a fall inspired DIY workshop that I am hosting here in southwest Louisiana through the Women’s Ministry at my church. It will consist of four DIY projects (all supplies included except for scissors and no crafting experience necessary!), snacks, and giveaways.  If you are local, you can register here. If you are not local, you can still participate and purchase the limited edition t-shirt and wait for the DIY posts that I will share mid October covering a few of the projects so you can make them at home. The above video is a closer look at all the projects. Clark Miller of Zoe Photography helped bring my vision to reality for that. It turned out so good!

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The first campaign for this t-shirt will be open until Monday, September 11, for orders. This allows for those who want to receive it before the event to get it in time. As soon as it is over, I will start another campaign for it though. That one will be open for orders until October 9th. There are a few color options available. Below are the four projects that we will make together. A few of them have color options that you will be able to choose from when you register. The first is these cute pumpkin mason jars. I made four, but there are six colors to pick from.

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The second project will be this tassel key chain.

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The third will be pinback buttons. Each participant will create three (one being The Crafty Social collectors pin and the other two being selected during the event).

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The fourth and final project will be this fall felt banner. There are three color options available for this project.

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I do hope you can join me for The Crafty Social 2017 DIY Workshop. And if not, I hope you consider purchasing a limited edition t-shirt and then coming back to check out the tutorials later in October. Be following along on social media #thecraftysocialworkshop -jess

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Corbel Wall Lamp DIY

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I love when a project turns out even better than what I was hoping for! That is what happened with this corbel wall lamp diy. Miss E’s room has been mostly done for a while, but she’s needed some type of lighting for reading at night. I was on instagram and saw these wall lamps in someone’s foyer, and I instantly remembered these bookends I had bought at Magnolia last year. I just bought them because I thought they were pretty but then didn’t know where to put them. Lo and behold, they were the perfect thing to make these with! And good news! No electrical knowledge needed ;)

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To make your own you will need:

  • Corbel (I used these corbel bookends)
  • Lampshade that is size appropriate for corbel (I used these lampshades)
  • Mason Jar Lamp Adapter (small mouth/wide mouth…. use the size that would look best on the corbel you use. I used the small mouth ones)
  • Strong Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Optional: Spray paint and cord cover (you can easily make a diy cord cover like I did too)
  • Hanging hardware of your choice
  • Tools: staple gun and tools necessary to attach hanging hardware you chose

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First do any preparation to the corbel that is needed. If you are using antique ones, you might need to clean it up, repaint, etc. Since these were technically bookends, I had to scrape off the black things, sand it down, and change where the hanging hardware went.

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This next step is optional, but I wanted to spray paint the top of the lamp adapter a bronze color (I used this). To make sure the cord didn’t get any paint on it, I covered it with a plastic bag and taped it in place. I also taped over the on/off switch and put a paper towel in the top to protect the light bulb socket.

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Once the paint dries, glue on the lamp adapter. Make sure to try it in place with the lampshade first though. You want to make sure that the lampshade won’t hit the wall when it’s in on. When the glue has dried, you can use a staple gun and secure the cord down in a few places. If you would like to add a cord cover you can find them already made or you can make your own. I just used burlap ribbon with metal in the edges. I hand sewed it together over the cord and then scrunched it up. The metal edging keeps it in place so it keeps that scrunched up look.

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I am so impressed with the finished product and it didn’t take long at all. Let me know if you make one. I would love to see one of these made with different types of corbels. Share on social media using #happytogetherbyjess Happy creating! -jess

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Recent Publications

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We are currently at home watching Hurricane Harvey come through. Thankfully we are safe, but we are a little anxious watching all of our friends and others who are being affected by it. We are continuing to pray for all who are down here that need help and for all those who are helping. Since we are stuck inside for a while, I decided to catch up on some things. I’m currently in the middle of planning a diy workshop (!!!!! will share more on that next week for anyone who might want to attend it here in southwest Louisiana) and working on getting some things blogged that have been sitting on my camera for months, like these publications. Back in November, Happy Together was one of the blogs featured in the Artful Blogging magazine. It was volume 10, issue 4 which was out through January. My favorite part was showing my girls that they were in a magazine! I loved the pictures they chose to use and I wrote an article about one of my favorite parts of blogging, community. If you didn’t get a chance to get one when it was out, you can still order it here.

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I also had three projects published in the book Mom Crafts, which came out in the spring. It’s full of diy crafts for the expectant mom. I was able to create three that focused on the momma: a lavender eye pillow for those tired eyes, a modern nursing bag to carry around that baby stuff in style, and an infinity nursing scarf that doubles as a nursing cape and a fashion accessory. If you happen to grab the book and make any of these projects, please share! I would love to see what you create. -jess

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My Craft Table and Wayfair Feature

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In the past, there has always been a way for me to have a craft table in a room that was dedicated to an office space. When we moved to our current house, my husband’s new job required him to have a home office which also had to hold a sleeping area for guests when they visit. I no longer had an area for my table. It really wasn’t that bad, but after constantly having to pull things out of storage and put them away every day we decided to make an area in our bedroom my craft space. Since it’s in our bedroom, I wanted it to blend in so it didn’t mess with the room’s feel too much. I used this long and narrow table that I had bought from a stationary store that was going out of business when we lived in Jacksonville, FL. I like how it gives room for all my equipment without sticking too far out. I added a coordinating indoor/outdoor rug runner that I found at Target to help catch the messes I will make. Then I added a few decor accessories to also help it fit in.

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You can read a little more about my craft area on Wayfair here, along with nine other diy bloggers. It’s always fun to see how others create their space. You might see a great idea to implement in your own craft area. PS….I totally put all the cords away for this picture so it wouldn’t distract and look messy, but there are cords and typically my desk is covered in my projects. Although, I do try to keep it nice now since I sleep next to it hahaha.

-jess

Other item info: Chair-Hobby Lobby; Fur rug on chair, floor basket, and candle-Marshalls; Design boards, gold cup, and white pot-Target

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An Impromptu Quilt

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Last week I really wanted to sew something. I had been doing a lot of wood working projects and just needed something different. I wanted to just use what I had, so since I have two girls and lots of girly fabrics, I went with an impromptu quilt for a baby girl. I went in my closet and picked out some fabrics (which are either from Hobby Lobby or Lola Pink) and started with this fun quilt block here.

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I actually shared the progress on my insta stories, so here is a quick run down of how the rest of the quilt went. All of the other pieces of this quilt, besides the second scrap bin geese quilt block, were just random choices I made as I went. I did this as messy as possible as well hahaha. No pre-ironing, no cutting using rotary cutter, etc. I just wanted to have some fun sewing! My only goal was to make sure it was big enough and looked pretty. Thankfully it turned out great even with me not taking my time at all.

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The end result was a fun quilt that measured 29″ x 33″. I really enjoyed this process and I think I liked it more than following an actual quilt pattern! Have you ever made a quilt this way? -jess

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