Archive for the ‘Crafting’ Category

New Home, New Decor!

January 28, 2012

My new apartment is about twice the size of my cozy little place back in Texas.  This means there are miles of wall space to fill!  Here are a few projects I’m looking to complete this month.

Home, sweet home!

::above the bed in the guest room::
found here

::above the dining room table::
found here 

found here

I’m enlisting the help of my friends with these little beauties!


Handmade Christmas Presents!

December 18, 2011

My sweet friend Kati gave me the best present for Christmas.  Even the way she wrapped it up was adorable!! Plus, it was handmade.  Such a sweet & thoughtful gift…not to mention the cutest!

Merry Christmas!


Christmas, Peppermint & Other Good Things

November 28, 2011


I love the holidays for pretty much all of the reasons that everybody else does.  This time of year makes me entirely happy to be alive.  It also makes me love the Internet.  There are so many delightful things out there just waiting to be tried!! Here are a few I’m hoping to try out this month.  Especially the food.  Ohmyyum.

Festive Christmas Wreath

Mercury Glass Ornaments

Old Book Mistletoe

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Macarons

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

And if that won’t keep you busy, there are TONS of Christmas goodies and recipes waiting on your eyes to find them.  Just click here! I’m going to go eat something now.  Whoa.

Etsy Jingle Bash

November 26, 2011

A group of us crashed the Dallas Etsy Jingle Bash to scout out the locally made goodies.  Then we found the photo-booth.

My friends are special.  Yes, indeed.


Halloween Decor:: Cute As Can Be!

October 13, 2011

So I like owls.  I’ll admit it.  Fading fad or not, this is adorable and I’m totally doing it.

Find other fall cuteness here.
I know, right?  Who knew?

Crafty Sunday

August 22, 2011

Seeing how this will be my last weekend in Dallas until October 23, I thought I should do something useful with my time.  I’m sure a lot of you saw the adorable wall art DIY from Mrs. Elsie.  If not, click here to check it out!

I rounded up a cheap duck painting from Lula B’s, some vinyl letters from Hobby Lobby and the cutest little bottle of white spray paint you’ve ever seen.  They didn’t even ask for my ID!! There’s a first time for everything!  After fifteen pseudo-messy minutes I had this…

{welcome to my living room}

I {love} it.

My weekend also consisted of running the roads and being the best social butterfly a gal can be:
-sewing party with Amy (which really consisted of Amy sewing while I sat on her couch watching Project Runway.)

-midnight In and Out Burger with Marty (the fella who took the balloon photos!!)

-a very expensive visit to Aveda (trying to go more and more all natural with the products I use in my home! there’s a certain peace of mind when you can pronounce the ingredients found in your food, home and atmosphere.)

-a party at David’s (which means we all sat around a table and talked about dating until somebody got out the guitars.)

-brunch with Mikey (a good friend i met off of instagram…yea yea call me crazy.)

-a night on the town with a couple of pretty ladies (see? i don’t just hang out with boys….although it may appear that way, it just isn’t the truth.  well, it’s sort of the truth.  i’m confused.)

-a date to a local coffee shop (with my journal…don’t get excited.)

-a shopping trip to Central Market (i forgot the groceries in my trunk but at least remembered to put the chocolate covered honey-comb in my purse.  yes, chocolate covered honey comb.  so good!)

It was a pretty great weekend.  Way to be good to me, Dallas.

One of THOSE conversations…

August 7, 2011

I’m chatting away with my buddy Kyle Reed, (one of those motivating asks great questions kind of friends), and we both brought up certain things we want to learn to do but haven’t really started…for whatever reason.  That’s where the list below was born.  We decided to come up with five things to accomplish before December 2011.  Yea, goals aren’t my strong suite but I’m realizing how important they are. That’s the key really, to make goals about things that are truly important to you.  If they aren’t, you won’t accomplish them.  At least, that’s how it works in my life.

So…here they are!
Say ‘ello to my-

‘Top 5 Things Laura Elizabeth Stephens Will Wrangle Into Submission By December 2011!!’
(Doesn’t it look official all bolded and underlined?!)

1.  Learn to sew with a machine!!
This weekend, my sweet friend Amy K let me take over her apartment and sewing machine.  She has been a fabulous and patient teacher.  We are both working through Elsie’s DIY Dress-Up online course and it’s been a blast.  I already finished my first project!!! YES!!

2.  Run a half marathon. 
My first week of training is complete!  Two weeks ago, I couldn’t even run one mile without wanting to hurl myself into on-coming traffic. Dramatic much?  Just slightly.  Anyways, one week down and a lot more to go before the half on December 4.  My main motivation?  Cute new shoes.

 3.  Save $1,500 before December for a New Years trip!  Pay cash for the entire thing. 
I opened up a savings account yesterday for travel.  Like I mentioned on Twitter,  some girls grow up dreaming about and planning their wedding day.  Me?  I’ve always spent my time dreaming about seeing the world and planning to do it.  I can’t stop!  I guess you could say travel is my drug.  The savings account will go towards my trip to Paris or London for New Years.  Seeing fireworks over Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower?! Oh my.

4.  Learn to use my Canon G10. 
I rely way too heavily on my iPhone.  Plus, I’m realizing that it’s best to not only post my instagram pics and pictures I take with my phone.  It’s so hard to learn!! But now I have some editing software and a new computer that will make this a lot easier.  Thankfully!  So….between now and December I’ll have some new photos!! I’m pretty excited.

5.  Learn to edit photos.  Photos NOT taken with my iPhone.
I signed up for One to One classes at the Apple store.  I’m super excited because I’m planning to learn how to edit photos AND videos.  I work better if somebody is by my side directing me.  Yea, you self learners make me a little jealous.  Lucky you.  *smile

So that’s that!  Wish me luck.  Do you have any goals to accomplish in 2011?  Let me know!
Oh, all photos were taken with my iPhone except the Eiffel Tower….that one was from google images.  However, I’ll have my own pic in January.  Yep.

Support Handmade/Local Art

April 7, 2011

Somehow, I’ve been put in the path of some very talented and creative souls.  It’s a joy to see what they’ll come up with next.  Because of this, I try to support some of my favorite artists as much as possible.  I know a lot of you feel the same.  I think it’s a blogging thing.  *smile

This week, I purchased a few handmade things that I’m pretty excited about.

This necklace from Elsie’s shop.  She’s one of the reasons I started blogging (almost a year ago) so I’ll always show mad love to her and the Red Velvet girls.

Next on the list….my dear friend Carli makes the most beautiful stationery.  I ordered a few of my favorites and cannot wait to send some pretty letters out into the world.  You should check out her etsy shop!!  Knowing how much love Carli puts into each piece makes it that much better.  Plus, she’s one of my best friends in the world.

Letters of Love Stationery //Bike// Set of 8

Alright, I’m off to Austin, TX for another crazy weekend.  Think brunch, kayaks, coffee dates with Carli, vintage shopping, live music and sleeping late.



March 25, 2011

My dear friend Carli emailed this image to me and clearly it made me smile.  What a great idea!!  Embroider cute maps!  This is my weekend project.  I’m actually home for a few days which means I can make crafty pretty goodness, starting with this!

Like A Child

February 20, 2011

I made my own Valentines this year for the first time since 4th grade.

{taken with my iPhone}

I used my typewriter, some vintage buttons, doilys (what a silly word), glue sticks, a bicycle stamp and a few hours I didn’t have.  There’s something to this art therapy thing, I believe.

{my Valentine}

As much joy as I got making pretty Valentines for my friends and family, I think I got more from the act of creating something with my hands.  You see, when I was a child I constantly created.  I made all sorts of crafty things and never stopped to critically observe each piece, wondering if they were pretty enough or if this was something I was good at.  I just made….to bring something into existence that wasn’t there before.  That’s the only reason, because it made me happy. 

But somewhere down the line I stopped making things.  I started believing the lie in my head that said I wasn’t creative enough and would never be ‘one of those people’….you know, the super amazingly wonderful artsy types that we all aspire to be like {someday}. 

Where did this believe originate from?  I have absolutely no idea.  Maybe when it became ‘cooler’ to play with makeup rather than make homemade Valentine’s cards or when ‘popular’ was based on the brand of clothes you wore and not original creations made in your bedroom, with a glue gun and popsicle sticks. 

Wherever the lie started, it’s finally being removed from my thoughts.  This makes me wonder.  What else did we love as a child and then suddenly, before we even realized, that love became replaced with the idea that it was a silly thing to love in the first place and we weren’t really good enough at it anyway to care?  It’s quite silly and I’m over it.  I’m going to go make something now.  Have a great Sunday!

{little me}

The pursuit of truth  and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.