Katie Westlake

I'm just an aspiring librarian with an eye for all things creative!

V-Day DIY Ideas

Valentine’s Day is one short week away, and now’s the time to start thinking about what you plan to give the special someone (or someones) in your life. While many people resort to buying their valentines gifts, I think something handmade can go a lot farther towards showing someone you care about them, don’t you?

Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Ah, February 14th: dreaded every year by single folks and forgetful partners the world over. Heading into pretty much any grocery or drugstore in the United States for a month leading up to this holiday, you’re met with a profusion of red and pink, chocolates and candles, and of course, dozens and dozens of deep red roses…

Fruits of Winter

Usually when you think of winter foods, fresh fruit isn’t exactly the first thing to pop into your mind. Cold weather tends to put the kibosh on a lot of the fresh, seasonal fruits that grace our tables and restaurant menus when the weather is warmer… Fortunately for all you fresh food lovers out there, wintertime has its own crop of delicious fruits for the picking!

Rainy Day Gear DIYs

Wintertime where I live brings much less snow than it does rain, so much of the winter months are spent breaking out the wet weather gear and trying not to get soaked while you’re out and about. I found these great DIY projects that’ll have that boring umbrella, rain coat, or those rain boots looking stylish and unique in no time!

Cozy Knits for Snowy Days

What better way is there to counter the cold of the winter months than by wrapping yourself up in some cozy knitwear? In celebration of the chilly January going on in many parts of the world, I took a look at some of the knitted offerings by Artfire sellers and came up with some fantastic products to help ward off the frost and keep you warm and comfy.

Unique Holiday Traditions Around the World

As December 25th draws closer and closer, friends and family around the world are prepping for the holiday in some pretty awesome and unique ways. Here in the United States, we’ve got our own set of holiday traditions ranging from hanging stockings up in front of the fireplace to decorating Christmas trees. In other places around the world, though, traditions can be pretty different from ours!

Fabulous Holiday Gifts with Next-Day Shipping

Have you ever woken up one morning about a week and a half away from Christmas and realized that in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you’ve put off actually buying and shipping your gifts until the last minute? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! This belated gift-buying frenzy hits many people during the holiday season, which is why a lot of online retailers tend to offer special deals for accelerated shipping.

Unique Soaps on Artfire

One of my favorite holiday gifts, especially for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives, is unique, handmade soaps. Everybody’s got a guest bathroom or two to furnish, and laying out some creative soaps for display and use goes a long way towards making your house a home for everyone that visits!

Knit Gifts for the Holidays!

I’ve noticed that quite a few of you are pretty handy with a pair of knitting needles! I’ve chosen seven of my favorite knitted crafts to hopefully imspire you all to start in on your holiday shopping – if you’re like me and hopelessly behind already, some of these crafts could really save the day!

Great Artfire Gifts Under $20

There are about a bazillion cute things on Artfire, and lot of them are definitely priced in a great range for holiday shoppers on a budget. Here is a random smattering of awesome items you can find on Artfire for under 20 dollars.
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A Dose of Wanderlust

Wanderlust strikes us all from time to time, and especially in the gloomier months of the year, it’s hard to resist popping open Expedia to see what escapes they’re currently offering. I decided to round up some pictures of places far and near to share with you all – places that are beautiful, haunting, exciting, and everything a sufferer of wanderlust needs to get through their Friday!

A Feast Fit for a… Hobbit?

Fans of Middle Earth rejoice! Last night heralded the premiere of the long-awaited first installment of The Hobbit trilogy in Wellington, New Zealand, and what better way to celebrate the release of the film than to do what hobbits (and dwarves) do best? Feast!

Melted Crayon Art

The idea is pretty simple – just glue a configuration of crayons to a canvas or posterboard, and go to town with a hairdryer – but crafters all over the internet have taken this simple idea to some truly incredible heights! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite pieces that people have been showing off.

Thanksgiving Crafts for the Family!

With Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to start decorating your house for the holiday, and what better way to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving than by bringing the whole family together to help? Here are seven great Turkey Day crafts to brighten up your home and your table that the kids in your life will love to help you with!

Macro Photography Tips

Being able to shoot good macro can mean the difference between a creative and eye-catching showcase, and poorly lit boring photos that do your work a disservice. There’s plenty that you can do to improve your macro photography — here are some tips and tricks to help you along!

Fall Fashion Trends 2012

With autumn well underway and winter approaching, fall fashion trends are in full swing! Wondering what’s hot and what’s not right now? Here are a few sartorial suggestions, from jackets to jewelry, to add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe during the darker months of the year.

Delicious Dessert Drinks

Have you ever had the awful dilemma of choosing between one more drink or dessert at the end of a good meal because you just don’t have room for both? I certainly have, and it can be a really tough decision sometimes…

A Peek at the Past

Have you ever stumbled across a site that, at first glance, looks like a cool way to waste 5-10 minutes, and then 3-4 hours later you’re still exploring? I recently discovered a site like this when a friend posted one of their posts to his Facebook wall, and now I’m absolutely hooked.

Funny Animal Friday!

Because Halloween is on the approach, and because I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend my afternoon than Googling “funny animals in costumes”, here’s 20 animals in ridiculous Halloween costumes to brighten up your Friday!

Alternative Art is Awesome

I’ve stumbled across quite a few really incredible alternative art pieces lately in my internet forays, and since I know you are all art lovers and creators (and some of you have some truly amazing art in your shops, let me tell you), I wanted to share some of my favorites with you in the hopes that it might inspire some artistic reimaginings of your own!