5 DIY Gift Ideas from TWE

Hello, everyone!

Tis the season. If you’re looking to save a bit of money this holiday season, or maybe you’re just into giving things with a personal, heartfelt touch, give one of these DIYs a try!

easy adjustable loom diy
Make an adjustable loom and create unique weavings for friends and family!

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Create cute color block bracelets.

Custom flask DIY
Everyone could use a custom flask in their life!

DIY Studded Hair Pins
Any girl would love studded hair pins!

Cat shirt diy
Cat shirts are always a win!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

-The Whale

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Color Block Bracelet DIY

Hello, everyone!

I have a jewelry DIY for you all today!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of geometric and color block things as of late. I’m rather fond of it all, so I wanted to create something of the sort!
You Need:
you need
-Wood Strip (I had one lying around)
Head Pins
Jewelry Tools
Jewelry Wire
Tacky Glue
Paint Markers
Jewelry Crimps (not pictured)
-Beads
Lobster Clasp(not pictured)

One:
paint
Use your paint markers to paint the wood strip. I decided to go with a bright pink for more color block pop, but I left the paint layers thin enough to show some wood grain.

Two:
bind
Use your jewelry wire cutters to cut three equal lengths of wire, then use your pliers and crimp to secure them together. Cut off any excess.

Three:
braid
Braid the three wires together. Crimp the other end together as well.

Four:
curl
Use your round nose pliers to curl the end of two headpins into a loop.

Five:
glue
Place whatever beads you’d like (if any) on the headpins before using the tacky glue to attach them to the backside of your wood piece. Allow this to dry for a bit.

Six:
connect
Use another head pin to create a loop and attach the wood block to the braided wire on each side. Cut the braided wire in the middle and fit it to your wrist. Cut off any excess and secure with crimps.

Seven:
clasp
Use another headpin loop to attach a lobster clasp to the end of your braided wire. Attach yet another headpin loop to the other end for clasping to. All done!

hand

back

color block bracelet

-The Whale

Geometric Pet Painting DIY

Hello hello!

I know. I’ve been slacking again…. You ought to all know that this happens sometimes by now, and also that I never have an actual excuse. Let’s not dwell on that shall we?

I have a crafty thing for you all today!

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I made this painting of my beloved last week. I figured I’d share with you all how to create a similar portrait of your own pets!

You Need:
you need
-A canvas
-A photo of your pet (I edited my photo to be a high contrast black and white photo so that it is easier to pick out the shapes)
-Paint (I used acrylic)
-Paint brushes
-Graphite transfer paper (Like this here)
-A pen or marker

One:
trace shapes
Use your pen/marker to trace the shapes you see on your photo. Even if the shapes are more organic, trace them to be geometric. Cully (my kitty) has a lot of colors going on, so I had a lot of shapes.

Two:
transfer paper
Place a piece of transfer paper over your canvas graphite side down. Place your pet photo on top of that and use your pen to re-trace the shapes you have drawn. Make sure you apply a decent amount of pressure to ensure the drawing transfers well to the canvas.

Three:
trace
Remove the photo and transfer paper to reveal the drawing on the canvas. Pick out a few colors to use in your painting. I used three different shades of blue because I wanted my painting to be monochromatic, but I feel this would be nifty with three totally different colors as well! Determine what shapes should be what color. I labeled them as I went to create a sort of paint by numbers deal.

Four:
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Paint in your shapes and allow your art to dry. Done.

I think I may attempt a few more of these with different color combinations and photos in the future… maybe some architectural photos… hmm.

-The Whale

Savory Bagel Toppings

Hey there.

Here’s something you should try:

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I’ve been putting avocado on my bagels for some time, but this time I decided to step it up a notch with tomato as well! Believe me when I say you really should give this a try!

You Need:
you need

-Everything Bagel
-Cream Cheese
-Avocado
-Tomato

One:
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Toast the bagel and apply cream cheese.

Two:
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Slice up avocado and tomato. Top the bagel with the slices… really self explanatory. I also added a sprinkle of sea salt, which was the best idea!

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I really want to try different variations of this!

-The Whale

Embroidered Basket

Hey there!

New project today!

embroidered basket

I completed this quick little project in one afternoon while watching Netflix… lazy day. I enjoy adding a bit of personality to things. On occasion I will buy objects (typically from thrift shops) particularly to use them for projects. This is such an easy way to add interest to a simple basket! Of course it would be difficult to give exact instructions considering baskets are mostly different, but I’ll tell you all what I did.

You Need:
you need

-A basket (one with a loose weaving or a design will work best.)
-Embroidery thread

One:
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Think of the type of design you’d like to create. Take the first color of thread you plan on using and secure it around a part of the basket.

Two:
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Weave in your first color. Repeat with any other colors included in your design.
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Like I said, a quick project. At the very least I hope it provides some inspiration!

-The Whale

Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Hello hello!

I have a new recipe to share today!

Pumpkin spice chia seed pudding

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It’s officially fall, and like it or not, that also means it is officially pumpkin spice everything season! I must admit I am definitely one of those ‘pumpkin people’. I can’t resist it. It calls to me. I’ve recently been making chia seed pudding in various flavors semi regularly, so I felt it would be appropriate to come up with a pumpkin spice version!

You Need:
you need pumpkin
-1/4 cup Chia Seeds
-1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla flavor, but I’m sure regular or even normal milk would do fine.)
-1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
-2 tablespoons pumpkin
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon ginger
-1/4 teaspoon cloves

One:
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Whisk together the almond milk and pumpkin until it’s smooth and all the lumps are gone. Add the brown sugar and spices and whisk until they are incorporated.

Two:
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Add the chia seeds and mix them in. You want to make sure they are all submerged into the liquid.

Three:
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Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 or 3 hours while the chia seeds gelatinize. Mix the pudding a few times during this period. After the seeds have gelatinized, it’s good to stay in the fridge however long you want!

Four:
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Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve. I feel a bit of whipped cream would also be lovely, but I’m trying to be healthy…
pumpkin spice chia spoon


Happy fall!
-The Whale

Quick Adjustable Loom DIY

Hey there, everyone!

So, I have recently picked up a new hobby. I came across this weaving class series on one of my favorite blogs, and decided to give it a try. One thing about me: I don’t like spending money on something that I’m not sure I’ll like or use… Weaving requires a loom. Since I wasn’t certain I would even enjoy weaving, I didn’t want to make the commitment of purchasing a loom I potentially would barely use.

easy adjustable loom diy

There are a ton of DIY Loom projects on Pinterest, but most of those also required me to purchase something or another. I wanted to use only things I already had. Here’s what I came up with!

You Need:
you need
-A box with a lid (such as a shoe box)
-Nails or screws (I used screws because that is what I had)
-Hammer
-Measuring device
-Marker
-Box cutter

One:
make even
Cut the box so that it is the same height as the lid. I simply put the lid next to the box and traced where to cut.

Two:
dots
Use your measuring device to mark dots 1/2″ apart on one side of each component of the box.

Three:
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Insert a nail (or screw) where each dot is. Leave about 1/2″ of the nail raised above the surface.

easy loom
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You’re done and ready to get weaving! The great thing about this ‘loom’ is that it’s easy to adjust it for most any size weaving. Just place the two components as close or as far apart as you desire!

I’ve made a few weavings now, and I must say that I do enjoy it! While I probably would not have regretted purchasing an actual loom (and I may still do so with one of these: looms), I am glad that I tried it out beforehand.
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-The Whale

Easy Baked Eggs

Oh hey there!

New recipe to share today!

easy baked eggs
I’ve been making this one for a while now. It’s a great way to change up your breakfast with some fresh veggies!

You need
You Need:
-3 Eggs
-Green Pepper diced
-Onion diced
-Shredded Cheese
-Tomatoes (I used fresh ones from my parents’ garden!)
-Fresh Basil
-Salt & Pepper to taste

One:
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Crack the eggs into a greased, oven-friendly baking dish.

Two:
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Sprinkle the salt and pepper, peppers, onion, basil, and cheese over the eggs.

Three:
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Bake in an oven heated to 450 degrees until the eggs are set (about 20 minutes). I can tell when they’re done by gently shaking the dish. If the eggs don’t jiggle they’re done!

Four:
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Cut up your tomatoes while the eggs are cooling, then turn the eggs out onto a plate. Top with the fresh tomatoes and enjoy!

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I especially love this breakfast because it’s easy to change it up depending on what veggies you like or have on hand! I add diced avocados to the mix quiet often! Happy cooking!

-The Whale

Featuring: Irving Harper

Today I’m doing another featured artist post! Check out Irving Harper!
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Harper is a well known industrial designer who’s career spanned from the 1930s to 1983. You’ve probably encountered a lot of his designs without even knowing it, but I’m not here to share his career designs with you, I’m here to share his paper sculptures!

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After his retirement, Harper took to creating paper sculptures as a hobby to keep himself occupied. He has now (at 96 years old!) created around 300 of these sculptures, which are all on display in his own home.

Take a look at a few of them!

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PaperOwl

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The owl is his last completed work, and is by far my favorite! You can see a bit more as well as acquire additional information in this article.

-The Whale

Sriracha Mustard Brussel Sprouts

Hey, Everyone!

New recipe to share today!
Sriracha Mustard Sprouts

I was first introduced to brussel sprouts in my college cooking class. I had never tried them before. This was mainly because they were one of those veggies deemed “gross” by a lot of people. Kind of like spinach (which I think is great). Well this one day in college, I was required to try them, and you know what? I LOVED them! Ever since then I’ve been making them in different variations pretty regularly. This recipe, however, is inspired by the recipe that originally caused me to fall in love with them.

You need

You Need:
-1 Cup of Fresh (or frozen) Brussel Sprouts
-1 Clove of Garlic, minced
-1 1/2 Tablespoon of Brown Mustard
-1/2 Tablespoon of Sriracha Sauce
-1/4 Teaspoon of Onion Powder (or 1 T of minced onion)
-2 Tablespoons of Butter

One:
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Bring a pot of water (enough to cover all the sprouts) to a boil. Add the sprouts and cook until they are tender and bright green. Strain out the water.

Two:
Mix
While the sprouts are cooking, combine the butter, garlic, sriracha, mustard, and onion powder.

Three:
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Add the (still hot) spouts to the seasoned butter mixture. Toss until all the butter is melted and the sprouts are covered. That’s it!

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I seriously make these all the time! I love the combination of tangy and slightly spicy you get from the mustard and sriracha!

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-The Whale