How to Make a DIY Card Holder

DIY Card HolderHere’s how it goes for me:

I’m in the store and I pull out my freshly arranged wallet – so proud that I know just where everything is – and I select my chosen card and hand it over. Then as it is handed back and I am suddenly expected to sign something while being handed a bag of my newly purchased items, all while observing the pleasantries of polite customer interaction behavior, I stuff the card and the receipt back into my bag haphazardly, vowing to put it in it’s rightful place later. Two days later, my bag is a garbage dump of credit cards, customer loyalty cards, and receipts and I promise – never again.

But wallets just aren’t that practical to be honest. You have to unzip them and – well, I guess that’s it, but that’s inconvenient enough. My husband got this super cool little elastic wallet that holds just his cards, but for the hefty hipster price of $35, I decided I could make one for myself.

Here’s what I used:IMG_9915

– a bit of scrap fabric

– a piece of 3″ wide elastic that was about 5″ long

– scissors

– needle and thread

– sewing machine

I’m no expert here, so if anyone has suggestions on how to do this better, please say so in the comments!

First, I pressed my fabric in half inside out.







Then I sewed up the open end using my sewing machine.

Here’s where I may or may not have had a genius idea. I decided to sew the bit of elastic into the inside of the fabric.










After that I had to finagle (is that a word??) the elastic and fabric back right side out. That took awhile because I was desperately trying not to mess up my seams. But once I got that part done, I trimmed back the elastic just a bit to have room to fold the fabric in on itself to sew it up manually.








Once it was all sewed up it was done! I made two – one for my “use every day cards” and one for the ones that get pulled out less frequently. I’m so excited and hope that I’ll ACTUALLY use them instead of having drifting cards in my purse at all times.


IMG_9926Let me know if you have any tips or if you’ve ever made anything similar!




How To: Create Abstract Art When You’re NOT an Artist

How To- Abstract Art

This poor canvas…It’s had many lives, but I think I’ve finally got a winner.

After a watercolor disaster, it ended up like this –


Definitely a Pinterest Fail. It was supposed to be ikat, but I don’t know where I went wrong…What to do when you really want a piece of abstract art when you aren’t really an artist? Make it messy! Intentionally!

This was my inspiration piece from One Kings Lane:


I liked the randomness and also that it looked pretty easy to replicate. So my poor canvas got a fresh coat of white paint (I’m working with all acrylics for this project).



Next up, I just started pouring and spattering colors all over the canvas. This piece is going to hang in my office where the walls are in desperate need of some happy color.


Then I just took a wide-ish brush and dragged it across the canvas through the paint. I was kinda hoping this would be an instant masterpiece, but it left something to be desired.


So I let it dry overnight (easily the hardest part of the project – just being patient) and then repeated the spatter, pour, and brush process again. BUT I forgot to rinse my brush out the night before and it was hardened. I decided – whatever, maybe it will add some texture. And it totally did!


Then it was time for some accents. The inspiration piece looks like they used a paint brush, but I decided to get a little more jazzy and use cotton balls and makeup sponges.


Then I got to dabbing. Ya know how it seems like doing something random would be so easy? Why is it so not?? I had to stop myself from trying to make it symmetrical or some kind of pattern. This is why I’m no artist.

But the end result turned out pretty awesome!


It doesn’t look a thing like my inspiration, but that’s not the point. It looks so great next to the other piece I made for my office. The wall I need to fill is huge so I have more work to do, but I can tell it’s getting happier already.

Has anyone else had a difficult time being abstract, or am I just a little too type-A to really let go?


Zen Doodle Your Heart Out!

Have you guys heard of this zen doodle (sometimes called zentangle) movement? If you haven’t, it looks something like this:

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or this:

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It looks all complicated and chaotic and beautiful, but the best part is how easy and how much fun it is!

I found out about it on Pinterest (shocking, I know) and ordered the book One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. It shows you step-by-step how to create these intricate drawings and explains how it can actually be therapeutic. The repetition of shapes and lines puts your mind into a calm place that’s hard to get with other hobbies.

So basically, you start with real simple shapes and practice drawing them. You can find all sorts of quick tutorials in the book and on Pinterest (I have a board devoted to them, feel free to Pin away!).

Draw a square that’s roughly 3″x3″ – small enough to finish quickly. A simple shape practice looks something like this:

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Then once you’ve practiced a few, you draw a random shape inside a new square. Now take each of the pieces and fill in one of your shapes.

I’m not a fine artist by any means – my previous doodles were confined to hearts or stars – but this is surprisingly easy. Plus it’s just nice to zone out for awhile and think about nothing but shapes and lines and shading.

Check out some of my more ambitious zen doodles:

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Would you ever draw for the sake of drawing? If you give it a shot, please share below – I love to see all the doodles!

– Jen