MA K E :: leather card holder

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The Summer time is full of days at the beach or pool, where you don't really want to take a big purse. I love to grab a little satchel filled with my essentials. Instead of throwing my whole wallet in there, I like to have a few cards and cash, ya know, just in case. These little leather card holders are just the trick and they're the easiest to whip up!

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S U P P L I E S :: scrap leather, scissors, paint/brush, sewing machine

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1) Begin my cutting out rectangles from your scrap leather. The easiest way is to place a card down and trace around it, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of extra space around each side. At the end of one piece, cut out a triangle shape - as seen in the photo below.

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2 ) Using your sewing machine, use a simple stitch all the way around the two pieces of leather. Trim any excess pieces around the edges so they line up.

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Use your paint to add a little extra flair! I love the way the gold came out on the nude leather - it has a nice natural and understated look. This little project took about fifteen minutes and I love them! These would make great gifts too! As always, feel free to leave a comment with any links that show how yours came out!

xo. mel

F E A T U R E D :: Crafty Magazine

I was so excited to receive this month's Crafty Magazine yesterday! I was contacted awhile back to see if they could feature a Pie N' the Sky dreamcatcher diy. I was thrilled to be a part of such a lovely publication, so I of course said yes! You can order this month's copy of the magazine here and see the full string dream catcher diy here.

xo. melisa

pain + pyrite

I have returned from the wonderful city of Austin and I can't even tell you what a whirlwind this weekend was! I had so much fun spending time with my two favorite people and meeting several of you guys at the Renegade Craft Fair!! 

I'm really grateful for Adrienne because she not only helped with the whole event, but she watched my booth for me while I went to see Elisha run in the Spartan Race! (It was so unbelievably hot and mud was everywhere, so please excuse my appearance!) I was so proud of him for finishing in the top 9%!! There were close to 1000 racers! He's such an inspiration to me, that I'm even considering doing it next year. eeps!

We made friends with our boothmate, Jess of Fox and Brie, who sells the most darling bowties! And as always, it was so much fun walking around and meeting all of the vendors. The whole weekend was a blast, but it sure is nice to be home. I fully intend on updating the shop very very soon!! I have so many new things that I've had quite a few requests for, so I'll be sure to keep you posted friends! 

Thanks so much for all of your support through comments, instagram and twitter - it means so much to me!

have a sweet week! melisa


Today I decided to try my hand at watercolors. I've never really been a painter; I've worked with acrylics, but just for fun. SO I thought I'd give watercolor a try and I'm already in love. I have no real idea what I'm doing, but it's fun just playing around and discovering new things. 

I've always made it a point to have a craft in my life that's just for me, that I don't do for the shop, but just something that feeds my soul and helps me grow creatively - I've been slacking on this as of late. I think this may be a new, just for fun, hobby!

I could use any and all pointers you may have! Links or just tips, are welcome - just leave them in the comments. Thanks friends!

xo. melisa

Renegade Craft Fair + winter

Adrienne and I participated in our second Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend. It was SO much fun and I had a blast meeting new friends from vendors to even a few readers! It was a successful weekend for sure, and getting to do the thing I love with my sister, makes it even sweeter! 

This was such a wonderful experience and we can't wait to do it again in the Spring! 

xo. melisa

footnote: If you'd like to see more photos, you can check out my instagram, @pienthesky

le booth

Pie N' the Sky was recently at an event in support of a non profit organization called Bridges Safehouse, close to where I now live. Adrienne came down for a visit and as always, we had so much fun! I love being able to share in something that means so much to me, with my sister. 

Since it wasn't a huge event, we decided to keep everything pretty low maintenance and easy to pack up. I snapped a few detail shots, as I love details. I've gone through and shared with you all the diy's, on how to essentially make my booth, so in case you missed em, you can find them here, here & here

xo. melisa

footnote: the winner of the Angela & Roi purse has been emailed! Thank you all for participating. There will be another giveaway this week!

banner diy

Next up on the booth diy, is my banner! For whatever reason, I seem to change my banner for every booth I participate in. I'm really not sure why, but I do enjoy the change it brings to the look of the overall booth. This one may be my favorite. It's pretty simple and doesn't require much on your end. (pardon the lame-o photos, they were with my phone in not so great lighting. blarg.)
supplies  //  cardstock (or other paper), hole punch, pen, scissors, string (or yarn/ribbon)

steps are as follows // take your paper and cut out your preferred shape. draw out the letters you will want - be sure to make them more bubbly since you will be cutting them out shortly. cut them out. this can be kind of tough with certain letters, and I think an exacto knife may be easier. decorate your paper as you see fit, I chose to put gold dots using a sharpie paint pen. use a hole punch to punch out two holes on the top corners of your shapes. using string or yarn, lace through the holes you just punched out. voila, you have a banner!

I'm most looking forward to my next diy, so be sure to come back and check it out! Happy crafting!

xo. melisa

geo label diy

Over the next few days I will be sharing how I created elements at my booth for a recent event I was at. First up are these sweet little geo labels, that I used to show prices for my products!

steps are as follows //  pick out a rock. cut a piece of wire approx. one foot long. take the wire and begin to wrap it around the rock, be sure to loop it through other pieces to keep sturdy and in place. twist the end and be sure to leave enough to connect to your label. tape or glue the label onto the wire. I chose to use gold duct tape, but you could use double sided tape to be a bit more discreet. They're ready to go!

I think these would be just darling as name plates for a party or wedding. They're budget friendly and not terribly time consuming. I made about ten while watching the new girl. If you decide to incorporate them into one of your projects, leave a link below so we can check it out!

xo. melisa