Rag Flag Fourth of July DIY

{Blog writer below, Abbey, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew for the summer and has the best style ever (she’s been on the Sioux Falls shop ELOFSON street team!)!  If you try this Rag Flag out for the 4th and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $5 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

If you’re looking for a way to show your pride for our beloved country, while maintaining a rustic style, we have the perfect DIY for you! With just a few materials and a couple hours, you will have a beautiful, patriotic piece to hang in your home this Independence Day.  We used inspiration from this blog and came up with some extra step-by-steps to share with you to make it happen!

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Making the Rag Flag was super easy and I loved seeing it come together at the end. Although the purpose of the flag was for Independence Day, I think I’ll keep it around quite a bit longer, as I love the look of it.

My favorite part about this craft is how simple it is to make it your own–you have all the freedom (no pun intended) to choose what will make up your flag. For mine, I decided to stick with darker reds, lace, burlap, and denim. I picked up all of my materials (with the exception of the dowel) from a local thrift store, so, after it was all said and done, the cost of the project was in the ballpark of $20.

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You can choose to either make this a no-sew craft, or, if you have the ability and necessary equipment, you can do a bit of sewing, as I did. However, I will provide the instructions to both methods below.

Materials needed

For the union: swatch of denim or any blue fabric at least 10″ x 12”

For the stripes: have fun with this! I recommend lace, burlap, ribbon, yarn, and any sort of fabric in variations of red and white.  {My “stripes” varied in width from ½” to 1”}

To hang: twine or yarn

Wooden dowel, cut to 24” in length

Scissors

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Either a hot glue gun or a sewing machine, whatever fits your fancy (and your skillset)

White acrylic craft paint

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Steps

1.  Obtain materials from craft stores and/or local thrift stores.

*Money saving tip: craft stores generally ALWAYS have a 40-50% off one regular priced item coupon that you can find online–it’s always worth it to check!

2.  Cut materials to appropriate sizes:

  • Cut the dowel to 24” in length.  {I shot for a size of about 2′ x 3’ for my flag, so I cut my materials accordingly (see diagram) – if your cuts are not exact, that’s okay! You can trim afterwards.}
  • For the union (denim swatch), 10″ x 12”.
  • For the stripes not connected to the union, 36” long.
  • If you’re using yarn, I recommend braiding thin yarn 9 pieces at a time, and thicker yarn 6 pieces at a time to add thickness and texture.
  • For the stripes beneath the union, 24” long
  • Cut one 22” piece of lace, fabric, or denim to cover the wooden dowel at the end.  {Make sure it is at least 1” wide.}

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3.  Begin planning of your flag:

  • Lay out your materials on a tabletop or the floor and begin arranging your materials to your liking.
  • Make sure that the stripes are close enough together so that once it is finished, it is as full as you would like.

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4.  Put the flag together by either sewing or using a hot glue gun.

Sewing:

  • Sew the materials to the piece of material you cut to 24” earlier, leaving enough space to adhere the 22” piece to the dowel itself.
  • Sew the shorter stripes to the bottom of the denim piece.
  • To attach to the dowel, you can either sew the 22” piece into a loop for the dowel to fit through, or hot glue the piece to the dowel itself.
  • Trim away extra fabric.

Hot glue:

  • Glue each stripe to the dowel itself, including the denim piece.
  • Glue the shorter stripes to the bottom of the denim piece.
  • Trim away extra fabric.
  • Glue 22” material cut earlier to the dowel on the side that would be considered the front of the flag.

5.  Trim stripes:

  • Trim the stripes across the bottom to a length you prefer.
  • Don’t worry about making them all even or exactly 36”–I love the look in the variation.

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6.  Add interest to the union (optional):

  • Use the white paint to complete the union of the flag by adding stars, polka-dots, hearts, etc.
  • Use twine or yarn and tie to the ends of the dowel–this will be used to hang the flag.

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7.  Enjoy your work of art!

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– Abbey

Psssst…you know what else you should make for the 4th?  How ’bout some of this goodness?!

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and

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DIY S’mores Pie

S’mores Pie

{Blog writer below, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!  If you try this recipe out and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $5 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

Because Summer’s official date was June 21st. Because we like marshmallows. Because we are on a S’more kick. Because we want chocolate and we want it NOW. We bring you this, SUPER EASY, Chocolaty/Marshmallow goodness in pie form.

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There are S’mores Cookies, S’mores Brownies, S’mores Cupcakes, traditional campfire S’mores… But check out this EASY S’mores Pie. It will please your Campfire S’mores craving right at home. It is the perfect Summer treat – Chocolaty, Toasted Marshmallow, and a great texture of Chocolate Fudge like Filling. Refreshing and comforting on a Summers Day! It would be great for a night indoors, to bring to a picnic or lake, or even a potluck. Loved by children and adults alike.  A classic favorite made as a pie! You can whip this simple recipe up in only 45 minutes. It is so easy, but extra delicious!

Supplies Needed:

9-inch pie plate

For Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

For Filling:
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cup milk
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 eggs, whisked
20-30 large marshmallows

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Gather Heavy Whipping Cream, Milk, Chocolate, Vanilla, Salt, Eggs and Marshmallows.

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2.  Make the Crust:  Put the graham crackers in a bag and whack the heck out of them with a rolling pin (or just roll to crush)!

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In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the crushed graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until evenly coated.

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Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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3.  In a medium saucepan, whisk together cream and milk.

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Warm over medium-low heat. Add in chopped chocolate and pinch of salt.

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(I enjoy using these Guittard Semi Sweet bars. The chocolate comes in perfect bars that are easy to break apart and measure the amount you need. They are extra rich and dark, bringing out a bit of tart fruit and cherry notes. But, you can also use any semi-sweet chocolate chips).

Stir until chocolate has completely melted and is smooth. Slowly add in vanilla and whisked eggs. Whisk this mixture very hard, until it is completely smooth.

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4.  Pour chocolate filling into baked pie crust.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chocolate filling is set and does not jiggle when pie is lightly shaken. Remove from oven.

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5.  Using a kitchen shear or a knife, cut all marshmallows in half.

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Place the halves going in a circle around the top of the pie.

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Make sure oven rack is positioned in the middle of the oven, and set oven to the lowest broil setting (Usually 400 degrees). Place pie on the rack and lightly toast the marshmallows. This will only take about 1 minute. WATCH CAREFULLY and take the pie out as soon as the marshmallows are slightly browned.

You can also use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows instead.

Chill pie in the refrigerator to set for 2-3 hours. Or it can also be served slightly warm. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if desired.

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*Creative Note:

Based on last week’s Marshmallow DIY… If you feel like going out of the way and having it over the top GOOD; You could create the pie above by baking it off, and then rather than topping with cut marshmallows, you could whip up fresh marshmallow batter (from the previous recipe) and just scoop the Marshmallow Goo on top of this pie (in a swirl fashion or even pipe it on-top) and let the marshmallow setup for its recommended 6 hours or more. After all set, you could pop it in the oven under broil to toast the top and ENJOY!

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Allie (message Allie on her Facebook baking page with any questions you have on homemade s’more pie)!




Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows!

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{We are so excited to be adding to our Unglued crew with our team in Sioux Falls!  Allie is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE) – check out getting all DIY and sweet below with her awesome blog on marshmallows!  If you try this recipe out and tag @ungluedmarket on Instagram with a photo of your finished product – and yourself – we’ll get you a $5 gift card just for getting all creative with us!}

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We really love desserts here at Unglued! With the warm weather and the 4th of July around the corner, it is the perfect time to get CRAFTY with marshmallows!  One can definitely go to the store and buy a bag of Marshmallows for pretty cheap, but they aren’t as tasty and pretty as homemade. One could get pretty crafty with making homemade marshmallows, that is why we are bringing you the idea and sharing the simple recipe!

Here are a few things that could be done with marshmallow making – coloring the marshmallows with food dye (you could color half of the batter and make layers of pink, white, pink), you could dip the marshmallows in chocolate, or even flavor them with different extracts such as strawberry or any other flavor. One could color them red white and blue for the Holiday, or color them pink for a baby shower! They are simple and sweet (Just like all of us?!).

Homemade marshmallows aren’t exactly healthy, but they are at least free of unnecessary ingredients and can be an extra special treat. Making marshmallows is surprisingly pretty easy. However, you must give it your devoted attention and it can be a bit messy. Hot sugar is HOT and hot marshmallow clings to everything. But, melted gooey marshmallow.. come on, doesn’t that sound delicious?! Be ready for a bit of stickiness, but the whole process is pretty fast and believe me, pretty dang tasty! Be ready to lick the spatula and be ready to have a whole NEW love for simple marshmallows.

Supplies Needed:

Vegetable cooking spray

4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)

3 cups granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Parchment Paper

Directions:

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1. To get started, Spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil. Line with parchment paper, allowing a 1 to 2 inch overhang on the long sides. Spray parchment with oil and set aside.

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2.  Measure out all ingredients (as you can see, it doesn’t take much!).  Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.

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Now let it boil, without stirring.

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Keep boiling until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer (approximately 10 minutes).

3. While the syrup is boiling, it is time to make your gelatin Bloom. Put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle gelatin on top of the water. Let this mixture sit and soften for 5 minutes. It will then look like this:

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4. Once your syrup has cooked four about 10 minutes and reached 238 degrees – Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture (be sure to mix the hot syrup in immediately, for it will start to harden fast). Gradually raise speed to high and let the mixture continue to whip. It will start to get white and start to fluff up. Keep whipping.

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Beat until mixture is very stiff and fluffy/gooey (about 12 minutes).

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Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with a spatula (I used a flat scrapper, but any spatula would work and the marshmallow mixture tends to settle a bit also).

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Let sit uncovered until firm, about 6 hours or overnight.

5. Now, get ready to cut the marshmallows! Sift 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar onto a work surface.

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Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners’ sugar.

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Remove parchment. Lightly spray a sharp knife with oil, and then cut marshmallows into about 2 inch squares. You will have to continue to spray your knife with oil in-between cuts. It gets a bit sticky and it goes easier if you keep the knife clean.

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Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat.

Voila! Tasty, springy and gooey Homemade Marshmallows.

Happiness is Homemade.

Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week!

Get a bit CRAFTY! …

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Once my marshmallows were all good and ready to go, I decided to dip some of them in chocolate. I used a bag of Dark Chocolate chips with about 1/4 to 1/3 cup butter melted over low/medium heat. Dip half of the marshmallow in chocolate and place onto parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. These marshmallows are also a great size for S’mores. They toast up perfectly golden – and smoosh into perfectly gooey S’mores, perfect for your Summer Campfire Nights!

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You would bring extra love to the campfire with these babies!

Stay tuned for the next DIY blog post of an easy S’mores Pie. Right now, we are all about Marshmallows, Summer fun, and of course, Handmade!

Allie (message Allie on her Facebook baking page with any questions you have on homemade marshmallows!




Galaxy Watercolor Wall Art with Masking Fluid DIY

Lately I’ve been obsessed with galaxies, Pinterest, negative space and re-discovering my tucked away art supplies from college – which brings me to this addictively fun DIY blog post!

Watercolor Wall Art with Masking Fluid

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Supplies you’ll need:

  • paint tray
  • watercolors (solid or liquid)
  • masking fluid
  • paint brushes
  • watercolor paper
  • art tape or painter’s tape
  • pencils (light and dark lead – depending on what process you use to transfer your image)
  • eraser
  • hard surface to tape your watercolor paper to (masonite boards work great!)

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Optional supplies:

  • salt
  • textured sponges
  • light box (not pictured)

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To start out: DOODLE! I love to draw. It brings me joy, peace of mind and helps me sort my thoughts. In this case, doodling helped me decide what image/layout would look best for this project.

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Once I decided on an image, I used a lightbox, placed my original doodle on top of the lit lightbox and then placed the watercolor paper centered on top of the doodle. I then traced my doodle with a light pencil onto the watercolor paper (an HB pencil is what I used – something you can get at any art supply store). You can also free-hand the image lightly onto your watercolor paper.

Another great technique is a transfer in which you use a very dark lead pencil (3B-6B pencils are wonderful!) and rub the lead evenly on the backside of your drawing. Once the whole backside of your image is covered with lead, place it on top of your watercolor paper where you want the image to transfer and trace over the outline of your doodle. The pressure of your pencil outline will transfer the lead you rubbed onto the back of your doodle to the watercolor paper. Any pressure placed on the paper will also transfer lead onto your watercolor paper though, so be sure to erase out any unwanted marks before going to the next step.

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Once your image is transferred, securely tape all sides of your paper to a hard surface. Next, decide what you would like to be the negative space (the part that will be left white). I decided to have “wanderlust” be the negative space so proceeded to paint the inside of the letters with the masking fluid. The masking fluid is a resist so once it’s dry it will block any watercolor from getting into your negative space.

The masking fluid takes roughly 10 minutes to dry – when it’s tacky to the touch and doesn’t come off onto your finger then you’re ready to proceed to the next step! I also splashed some extra masking fluid onto the paper for added texture and effect. Have fun with it! You’ll soon discover it’s the shit!

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Now is where you release your creative animal and let loose! Have fun! Pick what colors you’d like for your image and paint away. Dilute the watercolor with water to create a very light wash or use very little water with the watercolor to have a very saturated wash of color. Other added effects are sprinkle salt over wet areas of your image for a magical affect (this is what I used to create the galaxy look) or use a sponge to burnish out areas of color or dab the textured sponge to pick up extra color and create a wonderful effect.

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Once you feel your image can’t get any more perfect allow it to completely dry before peeling off the masking fluid and painter’s tape. You know when you get credit cards in the mail and there’s that goop on the back that you have to peel off? Peel off the masking fluid just like you’d peel off that goop. 😉

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And voila! You have a beautiful, original piece of artwork to proudly hang on your walls that YOU created! (This would make an AWESOME Mother’s Day gift! hint hint!)

– Dana from the Unglued crew

 




Washi Tape Mat

Hello Friends!

Long time, no DIY! Well, we are working hard on changing that :-) The crew here at Unglued is going to make it a priority to do DIY blogging more often – so consider this the start!

I was browsing on Pinterest the other day (let’s be real, I browse on Pinterest everyday) where found this pin and I immediately thought PERFECT DIY! Seems easy enough, minimal supplies, quick, cute and useful. I don’t know about you, but my rule with DIY is that it had to be useful. I enjoy making things just to make them but my home would be full of like a billion DIYs if I didn’t set rules so that is my rule – useful. Useful to me or as a gift for someone else (that’s how I get away with just making beautiful things!). So, anyways, this fit the bill.

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First of, I gathered supplies- box cutter/scissors/exacto knife, a pencil, a piece of matting, and washi tape of various colors/patterns/sizes. I think the link suggests a frame, which would also work nicely, but I didn’t have a frame so I just used some scrap frame matting that we had in the shop. I also think that cardboard or foam core board would also work nicely.
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Since I used the matting, I needed to cut a hole to make it a frame. I lightly traced the picture (lightly being the keyword, you’ll see why later), then drew another line just a bit further inside of that and cut out that hole.
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I ended up with some weird rough edge but just tried to pick off the bits with my fingers – it’s okay if it’s rough because it will be covered in tape. It just shouldn’t have big divots or chunks missing as tape probably won’t cover that as well. Recap so far – we have measured, cut, double checked that the picture fits.
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Next is the fun part – tape! I picked the flower tape and just went from there. With the edges, I made sure to have enough tape to fully wrap the edges. Once the whole frame is taped, I also put some tape over the ends on the back, just to make sure that the tape would stay stuck.
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I ran into another snag here. Once all taped, I could still see my pen marks from tracing the original picture. This could be easily avoided it if I had used a pencil and erased the lines OR if I had flipped the mat after cutting but before taping (so it would be backwards). It was too late for these ideas so I just added some glitter tape on top as an accent. Now it totally looks like that was the plan, right? 😀
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VOILA! All done! So easy! Now you have a frame or a matte for an existing frame. At the end, I decided to draw a different picture for it, and it still looks great.
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So go!
Tape!
Just make it!
And have an awesome day!
-Emily



Handmade Holiday Tips from Pearl: Handmade Art & Design (Part 1!)

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We caught Ashley’s instagram posts on her great handmade and vintage decorating and asked her to share some photos and handmade decor tips with us!  Ashley is the awesome artist and designer behind Pearl: Handmade Art & Design.  This is Part 1 from Ashley – we are stoked for Part 2 as well with some DIY gift tips coming soon!
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From Ashley:
It’s easy to create a handmade home every holiday! It’s especially heartwarming when you have little ones that love everything sticker, glue and pom pom related. We have lived in our home for a little over 5 years and I truly feel like it is finally starting to feel like our little humble abode.
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The first quick home deocr project is an easy printed banner to accent any space. The font used is MTF Banner and a simple plaid stock photo placed into the font. After it is cut out, easily hot glue it to a piece of thrifted pom trim and adorn. This vintage window above was found at our parent’s lake place and we had glass inserted into it for our entryway.

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The second fun project is a wood wall plaque (above). The best part of these wood plaques is the metal clip. The web and pinterest have hundreds of fun free printable prints that you can change very cheaply and quick. This print I designed as an inspiration from one of my Holiday cards in my Etsy shop.

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This wood plaque was found at Michael’s but it would be even more amazing with a fresh cut tree slice. The metal clip was found at Office Depot and had a suction cup attached to it which is removed. The metal clip is then easily screwed right into the wood. Print and trim your print to hang and you’re done!

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Credits for the wall are: Barn Painting is by Brock Drenth

Keep Christ in Christmas is from: Wildflowers, Inc.

And the Live Simply print is from: Katie Daisy

And the “&” sign I made from an old North Dakota map and modge podge.

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The last fun quick DIY is for the littles. Our little lady just turned 3 and is very curious about what this amazing Holiday is all about. I picked up this fun advent calendar for .99 cents and the tree skirt for .49 cents at the Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch in West Fargo. It only held a little yellow tree to move from day to day and we knew that wouldn’t be enough for her to understand. We took a special trip to Hobby Lobby to find some little ornaments to stash into each pocket. The nativity scene along with some additional candy canes to fill up the 24 pockets.

The tree was a tad sad and needed some color. We found these fun sparkly poms for 1.00 at Michael’s, the beautiful red embroidery thread and needles from Modern Textiles and made a very fast string of ornaments for her tree!

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The last project is having your kids help with mailing your friends and family with Holiday cards. What toddler doesn’t love stickers? To some sending holiday cards may seem cumbersome or too time consuming but with good tunes, plenty of washi tape and snacks it can actually be fun! I design our cards and print them locally at Short Printer, as well at the return address labels. The washi tape always comes from Modern Textiles!

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Thank you so much Ashley for sharing your handmade decorating with us!!  Watch for Part 2 with some great DIY gifts Ashley is going to share later this week!  You can check out her Etsy site here and also her great prints at our shop in Fargo and Sioux Falls!




How to get you and your work noticed when filling out a juried show application

So it’s time for you to fill out an application for a show that you’re just dying to get into and it’s juried. What is a juried show you ask? They’re typically very competitive shows that get more wonderful applicants than they have room for so they have to narrow down their selection through a juried process. They place each applicant’s work in front of a jury and carefully select the best and widest array of work possible; trying their best to keep the vendors selected completely different from one another.

If you have to win over the jury on your product before you are accepted into this amazing show, how do you do that when the jury can’t physically hold, touch, and inspect your product? You do this through having excellent photographs. Don’t just set your product on your kitchen table and snap a picture. Have fun with it! Here are a few pointers for wowing the jury with your product photography:

1. Show off your product!

• Think about your favorite aspects of your product and be sure you highlight those in your photos. Are you drawn to the delicate features you’ve individually hand drawn onto your product or are you in love with the simplicity of your elegant accessories? Photograph that shit.

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2. Put thought into it. Create a layout.

• Don’t just set your product on your kitchen table, snap a photo, and call it good. Put some thought into it! Think about where your product will be used or worn. Perhaps your photography skills would be best utilized in your product’s natural environment. Or perhaps, your product would shine best with a simple background; having the sole focus be on your product. What about incorporating simple props into your photo to add variety and show the scale of your product? There are many ways to have an excellent photo!

• As an example, for my small accessories I like to use a smooth-paper sketch pad (texture can be distracting) and fold it into an L-shape between the wall and the base of my photography station. I then set my product in the center and photograph close-up, making sure to crop out anything in the background that might be distracting.

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3. Play with the lighting.

• In my opinion, this is probably the most important factor to having an excellent photo. Indirect natural daylight is key and whatever you do: NO FLASH! The flash on your camera is just like putting your product in direct sunlight; it gets bleached and washed out and your photo loses so much of it’s potential luster. I like to photograph my jewelry in my studio, with my photography station against the east wall that lets in light through our south-facing window. As nerdy as it is, I study when the best time to photograph is and in my studio with the set-up I have, the best photos are taken between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Play around with different spots throughout your home and decide where the best place (and time of day!) to photograph your work is!

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4. Show your product’s versatility and variety.

• Typically, juried shows ask for a submission of 3-5 photos of your best work. If you have a ton of work, it can be super overwhelming trying to narrow down your photo selection to just 3-5 photos! What I like to do is submit one close-up, one with my branding displayed, one of my product in its natural environment (so for me, a jewelry artist, I have a photo of my work being modeled), and then 1-2 photos that I think will be the icing on the cake.

•If you make many different items, choose a few favorites and be sure to include a photo of each one. You never know which one will catch the jury’s eye!

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5. Don’t procrastinate!

• Being a procrastinator myself, I struggle with this one! But if you want excellent photos, you must plan ahead and take your time. Carefully select each and every photo that you submit. And hey, submitting your photos and application in a timely manner looks great in the eye of the jury!

A few last minute pointers:

• You don’t have to have an amazing high-tech camera or expensive photo-editing software to achieve a wonderful photo. Work with what you have. I usually use my Nikon D3200 for my online photos and edit them with the simple editing features of Iphoto; however, the camera on my Iphone takes wonderful photos as well! If I use my Iphone to take a picture, I like to play with the lighting using the PicTapGo App (best $0.99 I’ve ever spent!). There are also many free photo-editing programs online!

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•When editing your photos, it’s important to not overdo it. Keep the colors, textures, etc. as close to their truest state as possible. With this in mind, it’s amazing what a little brightening up of a photo can do!

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• Slow and steady wins the race! A steady hand will snap the best photo. Keep your camera as still as possible while photographing; any movement will cause your photo to be blurry. I typically sit on the floor with my kness pressed against me and rest my camera on my knees (it’s not a pretty sight, but it does the trick!) otherwise you can rest your camera on a stack of books at the height you want your camera to be or use a tripod. All of these will greatly improve the quality of your photo.

•Lastly, if you’ve done all these steps and still didn’t get into the show you applied for, don’t be hard on yourself! Everyone is going to have a show that they don’t get into. Use that application as experience and have at it again the following year! Practice makes perfect, right?

– Dana is the artist and maker behind botny and an awesome part of our Unglued Crew this year!  She has been in every Unglued: Craft Fest since its existence and also in shows like Craftstravaganza, No Coast Craft-o-rama, Alley Fair, and more.  As an animal lover she regularly volunteers with 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and is a pitbull advocate and black cat lover!  You can also follow her animals and family with instagram on their adventures.

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Ashley’s note:  Thank you, Dana!!  Unglued: Craft Fest applications open up on our website on Nov 1 – Dec 8, 2014!  One of our biggest changes to the application is that we are only taking submitted photos (3-5 photos emailed) of your work rather than also having the option to submit a website.  We wanted to “even out the playing field” between those that submit websites with unlimited amounts of product photos for the jury to check out versus those that submit the 3-5 emailed photos (and to have a more accurate view of which products you are submitting for the Fest).  So get those photos ready!  We can’t wait to see them!




Handmade Home Tour Fun

“This is the kind of day that changes your life.” Handmade Home Tour Participant

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We had such a blast during our first-ever Handmade Home Tour!  Especially because the tour sold out and we had so much interest in it we wanted to be sure to share with you some of our favorite photos from the tour on August 23.  It was a rainy afternoon so the bicycle portion of the tour didn’t happen, but we carpooled with over 40 attendees around to 5 different homes and apartments in the Fargo area and ended with an inspiring workshop at the Green Room Design Lab.

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Each tour was guided by one of us from Unglued.  At each of the 5 homes on the tour attendees got a chance to explore the space and home, enjoy desserts and drinks, and then gather around to have time with the homeowner/renter to hear about their style inspiration and handmade elements to their home – and also ask questions.  It was a home tour restyled to allow time to truly get inspired, get to know the homeowner, and see how the “story” of their home fits them.  It was awesome!

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Below we recap the 5 homes with some photos by the talented Kelsey Sargent from Songbird Illustrations!  Thanks for checking it out and check back for next year’s dates in early spring!

Sidenote:

 

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Check out our Pinterest Handmade Home Page here for some great curated inspiration by our Unglued crew!

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Home #1 was Dana and Adam’s home where they reside with 2 wonderful pups and 2 cats.

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Dana has been one of our crafters at Unglued and working at the shop as well!  It was completely awesome to walk through her and Adam’s home and her studio.   Sooo many great handmade, vintage, and upcycled items.  We loved the variety in the decor and how it was all cohesive and each item had its place and fit perfectly.  They had just finished some larger items they had DIY’d like their credenza and told the story of using a local hardwood shop to create their coffee table with pin legs they sourced.  We also got to check out their super cute patio area complete with hibiscus flowers even!  The thing I remember the most that Dana said  was that they keep their clean aesthetic by if they buy something new it should replace something they have.  It totally follows the quote “Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” (William Norris).  You can also see Dana’s home tour featured on the Etsy blog a couple years ago here!

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“Getting ideas to decorate your home, getting that inspired feeling that helps to drive a vision into taking place and getting to meet so many creative people!”

– a “favorite thing” by a Handmade Home Tour Attendee

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Home #2 was The Cloud House – home to Regin, Megan, and their adorable daughter.

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The Cloud House has been featured in our local paper before and is famous for the cloud room that floats over the entry way into their house.  The cloud room is used for yoga, movie-watching, guests, and more.  This energy efficient modern and Scandinavian-styled home has an unbelievable story that we got to learn about from Megan!  They basically built a home around a home to flood proof it with a concrete wall (they are located close to the Red River).  Inside the home areas are reminiscent of the previous home such as exposed walls and stucco.  Megan’s own beautiful original art is also in the home along with others – even their sidewalk pieces were made by their architectural students that were left at school!  Just about everything from the Cloud House was sourced locally such as security glass from the Fargo airport!  You can read more of their story from the article back in 2012 here.
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“Seeing and hearing about the cloud house from its owner was inspiring in a way I never thought it would be (I didn’t think uber-modern Scandinavian would be my thing, but that’s the place I can’t stop thinking about).” – Handmade Home Attendee

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Home #3 was Lauren & Robby’s home with their sweet baby girl!

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Lauren had been featured in the Forum’s home tour section and came highly recommended!  Leading up to the tour some of Lauren’s friends had stopped in and were raving about the level of handmade beauty in this home – most done all by Lauren herself – and it was just awesome in real life!  Lauren had made so incredibly many pieces throughout their home that complimented other handmade pieces and art she had bought/received or even found during clean up week!   From their adorable grey/yellow nursery to their hanging book chandelier in their kitchen to the repurposed photo globe we all had questions how everything was made and were inspired to take home ideas for our own homes!  It was such a great inspiration of how projects from Pinterest can be made (like seriously for real made, not just pinned!) and in turn made in such a way that tells the story of your home by personalizing pieces and choosing ones that represent things and styles you love.

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“I really enjoyed seeing that there are so many unique places in our community. I also like that these are not all brand new homes like the Parade of Homes, but instead places that the homeowners have put time and effort into making it perfect for them.” – Handmade Home Attendee

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Home #4 was the apartment of Sophie who is an incredible local artist!

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Sophie’s apartment came recommended to us by local artists in town!  Her use of space, original art by herself and other local artists, and the plentiful amazing plants throughout it complimented vintage and found pieces and furniture.  The highlight of her main room was this huge vintage map from Midmodmadhaus here in Fargo.  The apartment resides in a historic area of Fargo with a view of a large park here right from her fun, chill porch.  People were so interested in the build of this unique apartment place with the walls that had bump-out stripes, the pink 50’s bathroom tile, and to learn from Sophie about her favorite types of plants and which she’s had the most success with.  The next biggest question was where she got the amazing twig ball from (Zandbroz!).

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“I think our homes should reflect who we are, and this tour was fun as it allowed us to see that in many different ways. And who would not have loved all the special treats! Yum!!! I also met some really nice people and it was fun to share this experience with them.” – Handmade Home Attendee

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Home #5 was Katie’s home from The White House Boutique where her family resides on historic 8th Street.

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Katie’s home is a vintage-lovers and upcyclers dream…like seriously a dream!  The home itself is incredibly unique with rounded door ways and windows, wood walls, original wallpaper, breakfast nooks that were for house staff in the past, and huge sun room.  Katie’s style and decor coincides with The White House Boutique taking vintage items and creating something new out of them.  Things like upcycling a suitcase or even hollow vintage TV to become a bar cart/holder, adding washi tape to piano keys to add a hint of whimsy, or even something as simple and beautiful as displaying Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper in an antique bin can totally change up a room and fit perfectly.  This house must have been built for entertaining and all of her found and created items curates an atmosphere of inspired home parties and warm fuzzies!  Check out more on The White House Boutique’s blog!

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“All of it!”

– Handmade Home Attendee response to “What was your favorite thing about the tour?”

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Seriously what an awesome day!! 

Afterwards we headed to the Studio  to meet up with Leanne from the Green Room.  We enjoyed more desserts, a fancy cocktail, and a DIY to finish off the evening with inspiration!!  We emphasized to not go home wishing away where you live but to think about the most inspiring pieces, decor, and styles that hit home to each person individually and to find ways to use those things in their own home to be a place each person loves and wants to simply call home.  Can’t wait for next year!!

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