Sharing our announcement that made its debut on Candice's Blog Ivy and Tweed

From Candice:


About six weeks ago, my cutie friend, Lindy (@thimbleandclothblog), and I got our selves a little idea. And we quickly decided this little idea had BIG potential. So we did what all rational people do, we dove straight into the deep end, created a brand, formed a business plan, found ourselves a perfect little space, and now we are just a few small steps away from taking our little idea with big potential and turning it into a tangible business. That’s completely rational, right?!

With that said, we are incredibly proud and overwhelmingly excited to introduce you to the classroom collective, a space to connect with community and cultivate creativity.

We will be opening a quaint little space where we will host a collection of creative workshops ranging from simple DIY’s to more advanced projects. In addition to the classes, we have also been creating a curated line of handmade merchandise that will appear in our occasional pop-up shop!

Our mission is to create a space where community thrives and creativity abounds. Hear me out, we LOVE Instagram, like really love it. It’s how we’ve come to know most of you. But we want to take our insta-friendships to the next level and get to know you face to face.

And we LOVE creating. It’s who we are. When I first met Lindy and asked her what kind of art she does. She said, “I don’t know, I do everything I like to do. I’m a maker, I just love to make all things”. I knew right then and there we were creative soul mates. Those little words just spoke right to my heart. For the longest time I thought I had to categorize myself as one form of artist, for example: photographer. But my love for creativity runs so much deeper and I just want to create all the time using all the mediums. I’m not trying to become an expert at all things, I just want to create because of the way it makes me feel; alive.

And because of this great love for creativity coupled with our eagerness to connect with community, this idea was born. We not only want to connect with you, we want to create with you. We want to take all of those Pinterest perfect projects you’ve been dying to make, and facilitate a space to make it happen. We do the shopping, the prepping, the instructing, and the cleanup. You just show up (invite your friends too), get your craft on (with guidance, ensuring no major “Pinterest Fails”), indulge yourself in some tasty treats, have a few laughs, and take your new handmade project home to receive great amounts of admiration for your handiwork!

We liken it to a creative vacation, but without all the fuss of packing and planning.

Gosh, I’m so excited just spelling it out… I can hardly wait to see it all come to life!

Like I said earlier, we are just a few baby steps away from becoming and official business. But we really couldn’t wait another day longer to share the big news!

So what’s next?

Today, we launched an official Instagram account for The Classroom Collective. We would LOVE if you would follow along with us@theclassroomcollective – we’ll be posting behind the scenes and loads of updates as they happen.

We’ve got a website in the works, so stay tuned for the big launch.

Next up, we will be starting a crowd-funding campaign to raise the funds to get this party started. We will be launching a product line of some of our favorite handmade textile based-goodness, allowing you to make a purchase toward our funding goal to cover some of the bigger start up costs! More on that soon, but we just wanted to plant a little seed in preparation because we would LOVE for you to partner alongside us in this endeavor!

And finally, our goal is to have a grand opening to show off the shop and space in mid-June, and start launching classes in July. We’ve got a sweet little lineup of classes in the works ranging from weaving, leather working, indigo textile dying, and so much more. But we would love to hear– in the comments and/or on Instagram– what kind of projects/classes would interest you most!

Thank you so much for being our inspiration and following along with us! We can’t wait to connect and create!

PS. Don’t forget to connect with us on Instagram:

@theclassroomcollective

@candicehackett

@thimbleandclothblog

And click the hashtag #theclassroomcollective to see some of the behind the scenes that Lindy and I have been posting over the past few weeks!

 
 
How do you guys feel about woven wall hangings? Love it or hate it? 

I LOVE IT. It's kinda hard to get started, (I only say that because I haven't actually even started but this new and unknown world of weaving just looks kinda hard right?!) So I plan to make myself a loom and give it a full blown shot but for now here is a very simple, almost self explanatory 'faux weaving' or 'tie some string on a stick' DIY project that is sure to create a little texture in your home decor.


 
 
Me and this strap have seen some pretty great things, namely Thailand. Hence the radio silence over here, I have been so exhausted from travel and am finally feeling myself this week. I hope to blog about our trip in the coming days, it was EPIC. 

For now, here is a super simple DIY so you can finally take off that noobie strap that came with your camera and start looking like you actually know how to use the thing.


What you'll need:

 
 
Well, look how fun it is! I made each side a different Shibori pattern for a little versatility. 

Heres what you need, aside from a little sewing skills.

1.5 yards of white cotton canvas
Batting
faux leather scrap or about 1/4 yard for the bottom
2 Leather strips from Hobby Lobby
Indigo dye kit (Amazon, $10)
Leather punch tool or Awl
Rivets (I bought mine online, though I have found some at bead shops and joann has a limited section)



To make:
following the indigo dye kit instructions, I made my vat of dye. while it was settling, I cut my fabric in half (hamburger ways, so i had 2 pieces of 3/4 yard) and following the indigo dye kit instructions rubber banded 2 different patterns.
I than dyed them following instructions and washed and dried my fabric. 

Onto the constructing part!

I wanted it to be a large tote bag/weekender so I made mine the entire width of the fabric X 18" long.

I cut a front and a back piece at these measurements and than another set for the lining. so you should have 4 identical pieces.

I wanted mine to have a faux leather bottom for structure so I sewed the strip right sides together onto 2 of the pieces that would be my front and back external pieces. ( you will need to subtract the inches of the leather that will be in place of the canvas fabric on the bottom so that your lining pieces will still be the same exact size as your external pieces. you are not adding inches by adding the leather, does this make sense?)


Above is my 2 outside pieces and my 2 inside pieces.

To make a boxed, flat bottom you will need to cut 2 little squares on both sides of your external and lining pieces. 3"x 3"

Now, I knew I wanted a little bit more structure so I added batting on both sides of the external pieces, just to the point of the leather strip. And I sewed the two outer pieces right sides together. Only sew the sides to the bottom cut outs and also sew the bottom across.
Than you will make the boxed bottom by pinching the cut out corners together and sew straight across.
Repeat the same steps (minus the addition of the batting) to the liner pieces.
Now right sides together you will put the lining inside the external pieces and sew around the entire circumference of the bag, leaving about a 5 inch opening. Like this...
Reach your hand inside that hole and flip it right side out. and it will look like this...
Now shove the Lining into the outer pieces and sew up that 5 inch opening.
If these directions still aren't clear to you, I'd recommend reading through this tutorial, which I referred to a couple of times while making my own. 


Now, it's time to attach the leather handles using the rivets.
Measure and mark where you want your handles to be on the bag. mine are about 6" from the sides.
Using your leather punch make 2 rows of 2 for a total of 4 rivets per handle.
put your rivet through the hole and than place the backing rivet on the inside. Using your anvil on the inside of the bag underneath the inside backing rivet, hammer the outside rivet, a couple of times using a good amount of force. continue until you have secured all handles. My leather handle drop is about 10 inches.

If the rivets confuse you or you have trouble finding some, you can always sew the leather straps on using a leather needle. just go around the perimeter and then make a large x inside that perimeter, like this:

You now have a fully lined, durable and versatile weekender/tote bag! If you have any questions let me know!

Luvs, Lindy
 
 
Lets be real, Do you follow Studio Mcgee on Instagram? HERE you go.

Obviously my desk (and entire office space) was inspired by this one photograph that sang out to me. Shea Mcgee is a design genius. Everything she touches is GOLD!


When I stumbled upon this photo I thought, "Hey, I have that paint color, and a similar chair, and a similar rug, etc, etc, BINGO, Blogging office!!" 

there were two main things I didn't have. that Blu Dot Desk and $1200 for said desk. 

And so like anything I've ever seen and wanted, I thought, "I can make that!" and YOU can too!


 
 
I Love me some BRASS! When it was time to choose fixtures for our kitchen, this 'galley inspired' light spoke to me. 
$528 price tag did not speak the same language.


It was off to Pinterest to see what I could come up with. As I searched 'DIY Brass light fixture' The Hunted Interiors Diy fixture was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I knew we were on the same wave length when I saw that we had the same inspiration fixture. 

Heres the 'How-To' and of course check out the original tutorial from The Hunted Interior.

You"ll need:

1. Hampton Bay flush mount in brushed nickel. $44

2. Antique Gold Rub N' Buff. $6

3. Rustoleum Metallic in BRASS (not gold, I had to order it online, but check your local Lowes.) $4

Take the fixture out of the box and outdoors to spray paint. (don't spray the white glass light cover that it comes with). When its dry, take a paper towel and cover the entire fixture with the rub n buff, work in tiny cirlces as you 'wipe on, wipe off', do as many coats as you'd like and blend to your desired look. 

You're done! And just like that, you're budget nickel flush mount looks almost identical to the brass beauty. 


Luvs, Lindy
 
 
Today's post will be short and sweet, Because Mandy over at Vintage Revivals explains the How-To way better than I ever could. and of course all we did was follow her instruction. While you are there, be sure to browse her DIY gallery. She is a powerhouse woman who knows how to CREATE! 

DIY Copper and Wood Open Shelving Tutorial

Supply List:

11 feet of 1” copper pipe  Cut to (12) 11” pieces

(3) _____”x36” Wooden Dowels (they are the ones that have the dark orange on the end) cut to 12”

(6) 5/16”x 3 1/2” Dowel Screws

(6) 1/4”x 2 1/2” Dowel Screws

(6) 1/4” drywall anchors

(3) 2×2’s the length of your shelves

(6) pieces of 1/2” MDF cut to the width and length of your shelf.  Mine are 10” wide by 60” long.

(3) pieces of MDF cut to 2” x the length of your shelf.  Mine was 60”

(6) pieces of MDF cut to 2” x the depth of your shelf minus 1/2”.  My shelves are 10” deep so these cuts were 9 1/2”

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Nail Gun

Pipe Cutter

Drill


Head over to Vintage Revivals for the step by step.
Luvs, Lindy
 
 
Building you're own stretched canvas is so simple, and SOOOOOO much cheaper than buying a ready made one from the store, especially one this large. the finished dimensions are 48" by 48". 


What you need:
Mitre saw (chop saw)
Staple gun and staples
60" of 60" wide canvas (I get mine from Joanns. it is in their duck cloth section and costs $9.99 a yard, use a 50% coupon) 
(3) 2x2x8's
Electric drill
Screws


start by cutting 2 of your 2x2's in half, so 48". So you will have 4 48" pieces.

 
 
I Love a good, perfectly square, large coffee table and have been inspired by the look of them for a long time. So I gathered some 2x2's and whatever scrap wood I had in the trusty ol' wood pile for the top and got to work. its actually really easy, and will come together quickly with the right tools.


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SUPPLIES:
[6] 2x2's x 8ft
Wood top: (the finished dimensions are 39"x39" so gather whatever wood widths you'd like to make it 39") I used whatever wood I had on hand.
Countersink drill bit
2.5 inch screws
Electric Drill 
Chop Saw
Tape measurer and Pencil
Stain or Paint
Wood glue: I didn't use it in my construction but I would recommend it, applying it on all the joints.

CUT LIST: (using a chop saw)
[8] cuts of 39" (2x2's)
[4] cuts of 15' (2x2's)
Cut all your table top boards to 39" long






 
 
It's no secret that I love a good seascape. I am a sucker for coastal anything and am so naturally drawn to all these large framed prints of beach-goers and the coastline that are popping up a lot in the design world. feast your eyes on my inspiration.
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