Are you ready for a #Giveaway?
December is here, and the countdown to the holidays has begun! In the spirit of the season, we are ready to hook 3 lucky people up with themed stockings, worth over $100 each. 😮😍🤗
These 3 stockings, which we will be giving away over the next 3 weeks, are full to the cuff with awesome products not only from AdTech, but also from Fiskars, Singer, Etsy shops, and more. Continue reading “GIVEAWAY!”
If you’re anything like me, you start playing Christmas music the second that giant Thanksgiving meal has settled. (You might even start your holiday shopping in September…) So now that Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are finding creative uses, I’m thinking about ways to make the next holiday super festive.
One of the ways I get into the holiday spirit is finding new and fun ways to decorate and wrap gifts. I’m excited to share a few holiday gift-wrapping techniques in the coming weeks, and today I’m kicking things off with these easy holiday gift tags.
We so carefully pick out papers and bows, but in my experience, the gift tag is an under-appreciated afterthought. It often doesn’t match the rest of the wrap job. This year I’m putting some more thought into it than usual. These tags one way I’ve drummed up to make gift tags more interesting, and they are super customizable, so the sky is the limit with what you can do with them! Continue reading “Easy, Fancy Holiday Gift Tags”
Going in a slightly different direction with this new series, which I hope to add to a couple times a month: Home renovation!
As mentioned in one or two previous posts, I recently moved into a new space. A move was long overdue. The space is larger, it’s closer to a lively downtown area, and (important to me as a photographer), it has a lot of windows!
However, as with any new living situation, it needs work—a few repairs, and a lot of personalization!
Altogether there are 6 areas that need attention… Continue reading “Home Reno Project, Week One: Sealing Up Cracks”
For the last five or six years, I’ve basically missed Halloween. I’m definitely someone who wants to Go Big or Go Home on this holiday, so when I’ve had too much going on, I’ve just, well, skipped it.
This year I realized that if I don’t find a median between “Go Big” and “Go Home,” I’m never going to get to be a part of the fun dress-up tradition again… and I LOVE Halloween and I hate to miss it! So this year, I am going simple. I’m dressing up… as SnapChat!
Now, this will really only work if I can find a few other people to dress up with me. SnapChat filters change every day, so if someone doesn’t happen to see the one I choose for my costume, it won’t make any sense. But if 3-5 of us come together as different filters, I think it will be hard not to see right away what our costume is!
Below are 3 SnapChat filters that I found were super easy to replicate (even at the last minute!), and if you and your friends want to trick-or-treat together, each of you can use a different disguise below and still go out in “group costume.” Ready? Continue reading “3 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Inspired by SNAPCHAT”
Our last “5 Pins We Tried” list was a big hit, so this month we are doing it again… Halloween style!
I spent an hour or so on Pinterest, looking at my own Halloween board and then also perusing the most popular Halloween pins overall. These 5 seemed like they might be deceptively simple, so I gave them a go. What do you think? Continue reading “5 HALLOWEEN Pins We Tried… and Our Results!”
Setting a table for a feast (or even just a large group) calls for some strategy. To keep the mood relaxed and enjoyable, you want to balance a variety of comforting cues with cleanliness and spaciousness—meaning, you want familiar aromas to fill the air and decorations to abound… and you also want to keep the table clear of dirty dishes and make sure each guest has enough elbow room.
Sounds simple enough—until you realize you want to put both a gorgeous centerpiece and your carefully prepared meal in the same spot on the table. Or that you’ve invited twelve, but only have enough china for ten. Then suddenly you find yourself saying something you never thought you’d say before: “The rules for a traditional table setting would come in really handy right about now!”
I’ve got you covered. Back in the day, I had to learn for a job which silverware was used for what—and in so learning, I actually learned the right way to set a table at the same time. As you plan to host holiday meals this year, consider these 5 handy tips for maintaining the energy of your party from appetizers to dessert. Continue reading “How to Set a Fall Harvest Table (for Thanksgiving or for Fun!)”
This inspiration could not have come at a more appropriate time! After getting the materials for this project, I was out with Matt and saw all kinds of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia displayed in stores for Halloween. Like my last ring DIY, this piece is simple and affordable… and it ought to make you feel all Halloweeny inside! Continue reading “Nightmare Before Christmas Ring DIY”
I just moved into a new place, and I’d kind-of forgotten after living in the same place and making it my own for more than 6 years how much TLC a new home can require.
Matt has already set about making small repairs and painting, and I’m working on making the place festive for fall! We hit a fair in a nearby town last week and I have been feeling particularly inspired.
Our place has an inactive fireplace with a nice mantle for decorating. Here are 3 super easy projects that each take less than an hour to complete which you can use to make your own mantle a centerpiece in your home for autumn. Continue reading “3 Fall Decoration Ideas for Your Mantle”
If you’re a creative, you’ve spent time on Pinterest. And if you’ve spent time on Pinterest, then you know that there is a wide range of DIY inspiration out there—from projects you’ll never even want to do, to projects you really want to do (and are totally feasible), to projects that look super awesome but you kind-of know would be impossible to duplicate (even if the person who posted the project did it and swears it was worth all the effort).
I thought it might be fun if we here in the Studio started testing a few pins each month just to see how doable they really are. Here is our first batch!
Continue reading “5 Pins We Tried… and Our Results!”
Project time: 10 minutes
DIY level: (Super) Easy
This might be one of my favorite projects at the Studio so far. Why?
One, because the project literally takes 10 minutes once you have the supplies. Maybe 15 if you’re really meticulous. Low labor, high reward.
Two, because the end product is simple, clean, and eye-catching. I am astounded how often I come back to the simplest design principles when I’m trying to create something exciting—often the most minimalist designs pack the most punch. And for this iPhone case, that’s definitely true. Continue reading “Sleepy-Eye iPhone Case DIY”
Homemakers, creators, and DIYers: Welcome to the NEW and improved Adhesive Technologies blog, the Studio! My name is Alexis, and I will be your hostess for the foreseeable future.
What’s changed on the blog, exactly? More than has stayed the same, that’s for sure! If you’re afraid you’ll miss our old blog, Make Something Great, stick with me through this post, and I promise by the end you’ll be truly jazzed about the modifications we’ve made to make the creative experience here more colorful, fun, and user-friendly. Continue reading “Welcome to the new AdTech blog: The Studio!”
Project time: Varies based on how many you want to make; one seal takes less than 1 minute!
DIY level: Easy-Medium
I actually saw that someone else had done this and posted about it in an Amazon review, and I had to try it for myself. It took a couple tries to figure out the best way to do it, but once I did, I was surprised at how simple these “wax” seals were. All the perks of a fancy wax seal without the flame!
The trick, believe it or not, is simply to press the seal into ink before pressing it into the hot glue. Then, in just a few seconds, it peels away as easily as a sticker! Continue reading “Easiest “Wax” Seals EVER”
Project Time: Depends on how many cards you want to make! Could do a few dozen in an afternoon.
DIY level: Easy-Medium
These Save-the-Date cards were inspired the day I made these “wax” seals. I loved making these seals, but I also kind-of thought, what am I ever going to send that’s so fancy it would call for wax seals? Invitations to Buckingham Palace?
Then I decided any occasion can be fancy enough for wax seals if I make it so! And although I chose Save-the-Date cards for such a project, you could apply the embossing technique outlined here to invites for any event—a surprise party, a wedding shower, a baby shower, an anniversary, you name it! You could also use it for your annual holiday card or for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading “Super Cute Save-the-Date DIY with Removable Photos”
Project time: 1 hour
DIY level: Easy-medium
I love Anthropologie. A couple times a year I splurge and get myself a sweater or dress out of their “Freshly Cut” section online. And when I get that rare treat of getting to visit one of their actual stores, you bet I’m going to walk out of there with something, even if it’s just ridiculously cute measuring spoons.
Sometimes, Anthropologie’s product turnover is just a little too fast, or the item I want is out of my price range. Fortunately, I’ve got some skills up my sleeve when such occasions arise—I can make certain items on my own, like this origami flower garden hat! Continue reading “Anthro Hat Knockoff!”
Project time: 30 minutes
DIY level: Easy
This necklace is inspired by the “Evil Eye” talismans that travelers often bring back from their visits to Turkey and Greece. It’s not an Evil Eye—you’ll notice my version doesn’t have that sinister pupil in the center!—but it definitely elicits that feel. Mine’s made with glitter glue, so you know I think it’s a step up!
The cultural history of the Evil Eye is both abundant and mysterious—the idea that casting an “evil eye” has the power to cast doom and curses on a person is prevalent in countries all over the world. For centuries, people on all continents and speaking dozens of languages have believed so strongly in this idea that they have taken active measures to ward against the angry glares of others. But where this idea first caught on, no one knows for sure. Continue reading “Evil Eye Talisman DIY… with Glitter Glue!”