Local Art Loves

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 8 comments

Local Art Loves

A couple weeks ago, I invited everyone to share art from where you live. Since then, we’ve seen #localartloves from the east coast to the west coast! San Francisco, CA Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions shared work from Justin Hoover’s ‘Martial Spirit’ exhibition, currently at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco. New Hampshire Traci York shared some of her nature photography from the chilly Northeast. Cottonwood, AZ The northern office of Local First Arizona shared shirts hand printed by Christy...

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Share your #LocalArtLoves!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 10 comments

What art do you love in your part of the world? Between now and Valentine’s Day (February 14th), I’ll be sharing some of my local faves, and I hope you’ll do the same! Keep an eye out for art in galleries, coffee shops, libraries, and even outside. Post photos of the local art you love and/or your own work with #LocalArtLoves. Art is so important. Let’s celebrate what people are creating in our communities! I’m looking forward to seeing art from your town, and I’ll share a sampling of your Local Art Loves...

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Citrus Season in the Southwest

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 14 comments

Citrus Season in the Southwest

It’s citrus season here in Phoenix! Farmers’ markets and roadside stands are overflowing with oranges, grapefruit, and lemons (so is my Instagram feed). You can order online from The Orange Patch, which will ship across the U.S. You can pick your own at Agritopia Farm. Or go to the Farm at South Mountain for fresh squeezed juice. When we were in Tucson just before Christmas, there were baskets of beautifully bright oranges, tangerines, and kumquats at the Thursday Farmers’ Market at Mercado San...

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Hang in There! 9 Unique Wind Chime and Mobile Ideas

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Craft | 4 comments

Hang in There! 9 Unique Wind Chime and Mobile Ideas

Mobiles and wind chimes can brighten up your garden, patio, or a bare corner of your living room. And you probably have the stuff to make one right now! Here are some unexpected objects you can use to make your own. 1. Wooden Discs Emily Neuburger’s Simple Color Mobile could work inside or outside. I like the simplicity of the rainbow-colored circles, but you could also add a wooden initial or other shape. (Side note: You know the wood-stuff-for-painting aisle in the craft store? I always have to browse through it, and, even though I...

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Make a Euro-Inspired Mini Lamp Garland

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Make a Euro-Inspired Mini Lamp Garland

I stumbled across a tutorial on a site called Taylor Made Creates to make this mini lamp garland, using plastic cups and mismatched fabric on string lights. Seems like a great way to use leftover fabric and put holiday lights to use in the off-season! It also reminded me of the photos I saw last year of the (much larger) colorful lampshades of Linen Lux. If you won’t be in Paris when the lamps go back on display January 19, you can make your own miniature version and bring a bit of the City of Light into your home. A photo...

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7 Vegas Things to Do Off the Strip

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

7 Vegas Things to Do Off the Strip

When we took our road trip to Las Vegas, our brief Bellagio Fountains visit was the most time we spent on the (in)famous Strip, where the supersized casino-resort properties (and, yep, lots of places for weddings) are clustered. Instead, we played retro arcade games, found some art, explored the desert, and ate some really good food. So, if ginormous casinos aren’t your thing, read on for awesome places to go in Downtown, near UNLV, and outside of the city altogether. Downtown Las Vegas Just north of The Strip is Downtown Las Vegas,...

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NYE DIY: Make Your New Year’s Party Sparkle!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Craft | 0 comments

NYE DIY: Make Your New Year’s Party Sparkle!

Here are some simple ways to add a little sparkle to your New Year’s Eve celebration. I’ve included shortcuts, in case the holidays have left you too short on time to take the total DIY route. 1. Tinsel Stirrers – A festive touch for cocktails or cupcake toppers. Shortcut: Order a set from Etsy. There are options available from several different sellers for as low as under $1 apiece. 2. Glitter Ice Cubes – Add edible glitter to regular ice cubes. These would be fun in the punch bowl too! 3. Pink Champagne Cake Pops...

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Did you take our word for it? #tcjreco

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Did you take our word for it? #tcjreco

Have you ever tried something based on a recommendation from Travelcraft Journal? Maybe you made a project or recipe we featured, checked out a new coffee shop, took a road trip, went to an event on the Happenings List, or purchased something from our gift guide. (Speaking of which, the 2016 travel gift guide is online now!) I’m looking for feedback on the impact of what we share, so I’d love to hear if there’s anything you’ve made or purchased or anywhere you’ve gone after reading about it here. Post...

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Hidden in the Hills Art Show Returns

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Hidden in the Hills Art Show Returns

This weekend is the annual Hidden in the Hills art show and sale. Here are some of the artists we’ve met and work we’ve seen in past years. 1. There’s something captivating about the vibrant acrylic work of Ravay Snow – it just draws you in. 2. Ken Ryan continues to craft weathered wood into rustic furniture and sculpture. 3. Bela Fidel works in encaustics (a wax technique) and mixed media. Some is abstract, and some incorporates sacred texts and imagery. 4. Robin Ray’s studio is always a hub of...

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Playing Card Mini Journal (WIP) and Las Vegas Trip

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Playing Card Mini Journal (WIP) and Las Vegas Trip

A photo posted by stephanieliebold (@stephanieliebold) on Jul 10, 2015 at 11:11pm PDT Vegas has never seemed like my scene, but Phillip and I are planning to be there in a couple weeks. His longtime friend Michael, who now calls the area home, is getting married, so we’re taking a road trip! It’ll be my first time in Las Vegas (outside of a brief layover en route from Indiana, which doesn’t really count). So I’ve been researching things we might want to see – both on The Strip and beyond it.   A video...

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