Lines Across: October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Geometric Beaded Bracelet

What you need:
1. Thin leather cord
2. Silver faceted beads (I found these at Hobby Lobby)

What you do:
1. Tie a knot in the leather cord. Add beads. I used 8.
2. Tie a knot at the other end of the beads.
3.  Slide both ends of the cord through opposite ends of a ninth bead.
4. Slide the bracelet over your hand. Pull the ends so that the bracelet is as tight as possible where it will still fit over your hands.
5. Tie a knot at each end. Add a very small dab of superglue (optional) to each knot for added security. Trim the ends.

Stack them together, and wear with other bracelets (seen here with this Wide Suede Braided Bracelet).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #60

This past week we were in Dallas vising my in-laws. The 20 hour drive home wiped me out! We had a lot of fun visiting family, and it was especially fun getting to see Benjamin and Lyla play with their 1 year old cousin, Jaye.

Here are just a couple of pictures from our (warm) trip to the pumpkin patch.

This week I also guest posted over at A Rosie Sweet Home as a part of her seasonal fall celebration. Check out my tutorial, plus SO many other great guest posts from so many amazing blogs.

Everyday this week (Monday - Friday), there will be a new link party feature on Lines Across's Facebook Page. Be sure to follow along to see if you've been featured.

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Everyone is welcome to join this link party. Share something crafty or creative. Share a recipe or a household tip. There are three simple rules.

1. Follow Lines Across (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).
2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thee Networking Blog Hop with Live Laugh Rowe

This week there will be no Cure for the Common Monday. Instead of linking up, take some time to join this amazing networking blog hop. Make some new connections and discover a few new wonderful blogs. Next week, I will post the features from last week's party. Also, there is still time to enter the giveaway from our new shop.

Are you ready to network??

Are you prepared to make some new bloggy friends??

Well, here's your chance!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Turn Scribbles into Art

I have a little obsession with finding ways to make baby and toddler scribbles beautiful. I mean you kids spend hours and hours covering pages with crayons, markers, and paints, and of course it's always hard to throw away their artwork. But my favorite thing is finding a way to reuse their scribbles, turning them into priceless keepsakes, or useful and meaningful gifts.

One of my favorite tutorials I've done are these scribble bows. It's surprisingly easy to turn sheets of scribbled on paper into fun and meaningful gift bows.

Another fun idea is to use painter's tape or something similar to create words or shapes on a page. I used this idea to make a cute scribble card. Then let your kids scribble all over it and peel away the tape when they're done.

I absolutely love this idea from 52 Weeks Project. You can make beautiful post cards. Get watercolor paper and paint words or shapes on with masking fluid. Then let your kids paint watercolors all over the paper. The final result is beautiful. I am definitely doing to try out this idea with my kids (who are really obsessed with watercolors).

These masking tape letters from Art Projects for Kids are really cute. This seems like such a fun activity for a toddler or preschooler, plus you could make a lot and spell out their names or use them for decorations.

This is also a fun idea from Putti's World with so many possibilities. Cut a shape out of a white piece of paper, like this bunny. Then put it over a page that is covered in scribbles, and voila! Cool wall art!

I know my kids would love wearing a t-shirt they made themselves. Check out the great tutorial at Aesthetic Nest.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #59 (and a giveaway)


I have an exciting announcement. This week, my cousin and I opened our etsy shop, White Finn. You can see a preview for the shop, get a discount code, AND enter to win a $20 gift certificate HERE.

One more exciting announcement: I will be co-hosting THEE Networking Blog Hop next week, Sunday 10/21 over at Live Laugh Rowe. Mark your calendars, because this is definitely the best blog hop out there. It's a great opportunity to discover new blogs, get new followers, and make new connections.

This week's blogging tip is about Pinterest. (You can follow me on Pinterest here).

*When you pin a project from a round-up or a feature, make sure that you click over to the original source and pin from there. This way, credit will go to the right site. It's frustrating how many pictures are floating around Pinterest that don't have sources.

*You may have noticed that I've started making a collage of the features instead of listing them one by one. This is so that people can't pin the link party features from my site, but have to visit and pin from the author herself.

*There is one exception to this, in my opinion. It's ok to pin a picture from a round-up when you are wanting to bookmark and share the round-up, and not just the one picture. For example, you could pin one picture from this round-up of adorable costumes for kids with a comment like, "30 adorable handmade costumes for kids".

1. Giraffe Canvas Art from The Quick Journey

2. Teacher-tini from Smart School House

3. Gryffindor Necklace from Rae Gun Ramblings

4. Bird Pincushions from The Thinking Closet

5. Fabric Bowl Cover from Yellow Spool

6. Vintage Style Sign from Crystelle Boutique

1. Candy Corn Pots from Live Laugh Rowe

2. Pumpkin Bread from Gingerly Made

3. Needle Felted Acorns from Eat Sleep Make

4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles from Turtles and Tails

5. Pumpkin Pincushion from Ana Love Craft

Everyday this week (Monday - Friday), there will be a new link party feature on Lines Across's Facebook Page. Be sure to follow along to see if you've been featured.

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Everyone is welcome to join this link party. Share something crafty or creative. Share a recipe or a household tip. There are three simple rules.

1. Follow Lines Across (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).
2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.

A Very Exciting Announcement (and a Giveaway!)

I'm so excited to announce that we officially opened our new shop, White Finn Designs. I will definitely be sharing and featuring new products from the shop from time to time here at Lines Across, but I'll keep most of the updates on the White Finn Facebook page.

About Us:

We are two cousins who are just a few months apart in age. We've always been very close, and Stacey was even the Maid of Honor at my wedding a few years ago!

Here are a few pieces of trivia about us to help you get to know us a little better, plus to get an idea of the inspiration behind White Finn.


1. Stacey is a professional archaeologist. She is currently in grad school specializing in military archaeology. (I'm excited to see more of her fascinating and innovative ideas for jewelry that are inspired by her finds and studies).

2. Stacey loves to travel and explore. She's traveled all over the world, including Scotland, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, and Ireland.

3. Stacey is particularly obsessed with Scotland, Sharks, and Legos.

4. Stacey has a very spoiled turtle named Samson (and my spoiled, I mean that even I would enjoy living in his awesome terrarium).

5. Stacey went to school her freshman year of college at St. Andrews in Scotland. Once, she yelled at a group of guys blocking the entrance to the grocery store. Only when they turned around, it was Prince William and his friends. Woops! (Of course by yelled I mean "Please would you guys move!")


1. I've lived all over the US: Atlanta, Orlando, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, and Santa Clara (SF bay area). For college, my dad and I drove straight across the US, from Orlando FL to the San Francisco Bay and back.

2. As a kid, I was a total nerd. I LOVED math, latin, history, and pretty much everything at school. I still am obsessed with geometric patterns and shapes!

3. I don't share it much on my blog, but painting has always been my creative outlet. I especially love colors and how the interact together.

4. I have two kids, Benjamin (3) and Lyla (22 months). I met my husband, Grant, in high school. He is outgoing and hilarious, he works at Pier 1, and is actually in the contestant pool for Jeopardy.

5. My dream job would be some sort of inventor/product designer. It's a perfect combination of engineering and art.

About White Finn Designs

White Finn is primarily a handmade jewelry shop. We also have a shop section called Little Finn, with handmade items and accessories for kids. We also plan to add a section to the shop with handmade items for the home, as well as seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments.

Here are 10 of our favorite items:

1. The "Bella Treccia" Necklace - a handmade polymer clay necklace, available in 6 jewel tone colors
2. Chevron Bead Bracelet (and Necklace) - beautiful beaded bracelet featuring unique chevron edged beads

3. Silver and White Cubical Bead Earrings - dangle loop earrings featuring small cubical silver beads

4. Silver Wire Fish Earrings - stone fish beads dangle from a silver wire in these fun and simple earrings

5. Turquoise Tear Drop Earrings - elegant earrings featuring freshwater pearls

6. Natural Polymer Clay Studs - available in four colors inspired by nature

7. Braided Fabric Bracelets - soft chunky bracelets available in various shades of blue

8. Copper and Blue Beaded Necklace - featuring stone, metal, and pearl beads

9. Shades of Yellow Almond Earrings - bright almond shaped statement earrings featuring shades of yellow

10. Dream-Catcher Earrings - silver earrings inspired by a dream catcher featuring shades of purple

The Giveaway AND a Discount Code

For our opening week, use the code LINES10 for a 10% discount on all purchases.

We are also giving away $20 store credit. Enter the giveaway using rafflecopter below. One winner will be chosen after the giveaway ends at 12:01 am on Thursday, October 25.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 12, 2012

Neon and Wood Floating Bead Bracelet

I love the contrast of neon silk cord and natural wood beads. Neon alone can be overwhelming and look like something for an 8 year old girl, but when you pair it up with wood beads, you have a stylish and interesting accessory.

What you need:
1. Silk Cord (I got a few spools of neon shades for $1 each in the trimmings section of Hobby Lobby)
2. Wooden Beads

What you do:
1. Cut one piece of cord, at least 3 feet long. Fold it in half, and tie a knot near the end, leaving a loop slightly larger than your beads.
2. To make it easier to thread, add a dab of glue, Mod Podge, or clear nail polish to the ends of your cord and let them dry.
3. Start adding your beads. Loop one cord through one side of the bead, and the other cord through the other side of the bead.
4. Pull on the cord until the bead is even and tight.
5. Continue adding beads in this criss-cross manner.
6. When you're reached your desired length (I used 12 beads), tie a knot close to the last bead.
7. Now thread another bead through both ends of the cord.
8. Tie knots with the ends around the bead so that it is secure. Cut the ends, and secure them with glue or Mod Podge. I like to use a dab of super glue.

Stack them together, or wear just one.

I also made this chevron bracelet. It's so easy to do, but I didn't think to take pictures along the way. Basically, you are fishtail braiding four strands of cord (two of each color).

You could also have fun and use two different neon cords for one bracelet, or alternate the beads. What color combo is your favorite? What do you think about neon and wood together?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

30 Cutest Handmade Costumes for Kids

There's something just too cute about little kids dressed up. Whether you're making or buying, handmade is the way to go for your kids' Halloween costumes. I've collected 30 adorable costumes that will make you smile. The first set of handmade costumes are tutorials and inspiration. All photos are linked to the original source so you can check out the full tutorial and other pictures. A few of them don't come with step by step instructions, but are still great as a starting point.

Handmade Tutorials

1. Strong Man Costume from Oh Happy Day

2. Pocahontas Costume via Dear Lillie

3. Hedgehog Costume from I Make Stuff via The Train to Crazy

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs Costume from Costume Pop

5. Rain Cloud Costume from You and Mie via The Train to Crazy

6. Toy Army Man from Wild Ink

7. The Old Man from Up via Auburn Soul Photography  (This one doesn't come with a tutorial, but it's just about the cutest thing I've EVER seen.)

8. Monster Costume from Juicy Bits

9. Lego Costume from Country Living (My 3 year old son saw this picture and can't stop talking about it. I think I've found what I'll be making this year!)

10. Tricky Fox Costume from Running with Scissors

11. Fox Costume from The Paper Mama

12. Paper Doll Costume from Disney Family Fun

13. Penguin Costume from Make It and Love It

14. Owl Costume from Martin Family Times

15. Thing 1 and Thing 2 Costumes from How Does She?

16. Ice Cream Cone Costume from Better Homes and Gardens

17. Starbucks Costume from My Starbucks Ideas (also no tutorial, but great inspiration!)

18. Pea in a Pod Costume for Baby from

19. Cloud Costume from Sarah Illenberger (sorry no tutorial for this one, just inspiration)

20. Football Onesie tutorial from Lines Across.

Here's my top handmade costumes for babies and kids from Etsy. Cuteness overload!

21. Little Red Riding Hood Costume via Your Sparkle Box

22. Where the Wild Things Are Costume from The Radical Thread Co

23. Breakfast at Tiffany's Tutu from Atutudes

24. Sock Monkey Costume from Knitty Button

25. Baby Turtle Costume from Calleigh's Clips

26. Raggedy Ann from Amarmi

27. Raccoon Costume (and yes, another Fox) from Thumbelina Workshop

28. Scarecrow Costume from Laurie's Tutu Boutique (It was NOT easy finding the original source on this one!)

29. Doughnut Costume via My Touch of Aloha

30. Sushi Onesie from The Wishing Elephant

I have one last costume for you. I couldn't find the original source for this one, but it's just the cutest costume and picture ever! Panda Costume (source: Pinterest)

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