DIY + the internet = awesome

Hi there,

One of my favourite things about shopping for summer is checking out the season’s fun new Keds designs. Imagine my glee when I read about these awesome custom shoes at katie did yesterday. That’s right: you can go to the Keds website and design your own summer sneaks. Use the colours and patterns they provide, or get super creative and upload your own designs. Wouldn’t a custom pair of shoes make a fabulous end-of-the-school-year or summer birthday gift?

Speaking of uploading your own fabric designs, I just heard about a new print-on-demand fabric website. Following in the footsteps of design-your-own-fabric website Spoonflower is Karma Kraft. You can read about it on True Up (the all fabric, all the time blog) or head over to check it out. Imagine a quilt made for newlyweds with fabric that borrowed motifs from their wedding decor! It almost makes me wish for a wedding to go to. (Almost.)

Have a great idea that’s outside of the realm of shoes or yardage? The website Ponoko allows you to upload your idea for just about anything…and then makes it and sends it to you. Pretty neat – the possibilities seem endless.

So there you go. There’s no excuse for being bored on your summer vacation now!

And speaking of summer vacations, I’m taking mine next week. I’ll pop in to announce the winner of this week’s giveaway on Monday, and then I’m off to scour Halifax for crafty inspiration. I can’t wait to share my discoveries with you when I get back!

PS Head over to Monday’s post for your chance to win that copy of Creative Keepsakes: Joy of Scrapbooking (completely revised and expanded) by Lisa Bearnson, PLUS a selection of treats from Stampin’ Up! (a set of stamps, a stamp pad, and a pack of scrapbooking paper). You’ve got till 5 p.m. Good luck!