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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Everything You Need to Know + DIY Leather Eclipse Wall Hanging

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A Total Solar Eclipse is happening on August 21, 2017 across the continental United States. It is an astronomical event of a lifetime that you don’t want to miss. (This will be the first Total Solar Eclipse visible in the United Stated in 99 years!)

Keep reading to get all the important details about when, where and how.

Also, we are sharing with you how to create a (super easy) leather wall hanging inspired by the solar eclipse.

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Even if you are just now hearing about the eclipse, there is still time to prepare for this event. Here is everything you need to know.

What is a total solar eclipse?

Not to be confused with the song by Bonnie Miller “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, a total solar eclipse is when the moon is passing between the earth and the sun. The moon, blocking our view of the sun, will cause the sky to darken and the temperature to drop.

How long will the solar eclipse last?

A total solar eclipse will only last for a few minutes, if that. It also depends on your location on the path of totality as to how long exactly you will experience darkness. In short, don’t blink- you might miss it! (okay, it wont happen that fast, but don’t find yourself stuck in the restroom during that time frame!)

When and where is the solar eclipse happening?

 At approximately 2:49pm eastern standard time on August 21, 2017 you will be able to view the total solar eclipse across a ban of the United States. The path of the solar eclipse is called ‘the Path of Totality’. It stretches across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North + South Carolina and Georgia.

However, just because your state is listed, it does not mean that it will be visible from your exact location. Check out these maps of the path of totality in each state. Even if you aren’t directly in its path, you can still experience a partial eclipse and notice the sky darker than normal at that time.

And if you’re so far from the path of totality (or stuck at work -it’s a Monday), and wont get to experience the real thing at all, we suggest making the pretty solar eclipse wall hanging (below) to stare at instead!

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What else do you need to  know about the Total Solar Eclipse?

The last thing you need to know is that you need to make sure you purchase a pair of CE + ISO certified safe shades for direct sun viewing.

Obviously, you should never stare directly into the sun, and this event is no expection. You will need to have protective eye ware with lenses that will filter out enough light so that the sun does not burn your retinas. Regular sunglasses will not do the job. Amazon has a large selection of glasses for you to choose from at very reasonable prices.

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DIY Solar Eclipse Wall Hanging :

 To create a solar eclipse wall hanging you will only need a few supplies and about 20 minutes. Follow the step-by-step guide below to create your own wall hanging inspired by the solar eclipse!Total-Solar-Eclipse

Supplies :

  • scrap leather
  • leather scissors
  • wire or string
  • stick or wooden dowel
  • leather whole puncher
  • eclipse phase print out

Step 1: Total-Solar-Eclipse_Blue-Sky-Papers.

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Step 2: Trace phases onto scrap leather

Step 3: Use leather scissors or x-acto knife to cut out the leather eclipse shapes.

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Step 4: Punch wholes into the leather shapes (you will need a leather whole puncher for this). Follow the guides from the solar eclipse print out to know where to punch the wholes.

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Step 5: Attach + hang leather pieces together by using wire or sting. Attach each of the pieces together, spacing out evenly and attaching to a stick or wooden dowel at the top.

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There you do, you’re done! So even if you wont be able to experience the real solar eclipse, at least you can see this beauty hanging on your wall!

AND, don’t forget to record this experience in your leather constellation art journal!

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Wedding Card Keepsake Ideas

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

If you’re in search of Wedding Card Keepsake Ideas then keep reading, because in this post we’re sharing with you 4 creative ways to save your wedding cards.

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Once you get engaged you will begin to receive card after card of congratulations, warm wishes and love. And by the time your wedding day has come and gone you will have quite the card collection. If you’re the sentimental type you’ll want to save these, as tossing these thoughtful notes from loved ones just doesn’t seem right.

Below are 4 different wedding card keepsake Ideas to help you create something you’ll treasure forever!

Binder wedding Card Keepsake

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Using a binder is an easy and creative way to store your wedding cards. You can start saving them from the moment your get engaged and cards start pouring in through the mail. All you need is a small 3 ring binder and a hole puncher.  (You will either need a hole puncher where you can adjust the holes or use a single hole puncher.

We suggest buying a 9.25″ x 8.5″ size binder for your Wedding Card Keepsake Book. You can get a binder made to match your wedding colors and/or album + guest book

 

Unique Box for Wedding Card Storage

The recipe for love is written in each of those cards from your favorite people in the world. Save wedding cards in a recipe box or a unique vintage box as a creative solution to keeping those sweet thoughts on display and easy to pullout and reminisce over.

Shop our wodden recipe box and the floral recipe box one!

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Custom Wedding Card Keepsake Album

Using a post bound photo album is another easy, yet great way for saving Wedding Cards. Using a post bound album you can always add more pages if you need.

You can have an album custom made and embossed to go with your wedding theme, photo album, guest book and vow book, etc. The only other thing you will need is double sided tape to use on the back of your cards to secure it to the page. If you choose an album with a photo frame on the front, you can use this spot to insert YOUR wedding invite or favorite card that you received.

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Reuse + Recycled : Wedding Card College Art

If you aren’t sentimental enough to save each and every card but would like a small moment, consider creating a framed college of the cards. You do not have to be an artist to create something beautiful to display in your home. Keep it simple. Use straight lines, or a paper puncher to cut out simple shapes (i.e.: circle, heart, etc.).

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I printed out an outline of Atlanta (city where we we’re wed) and then cut the cards into skinny rectangles.  Then, carefully arranged the slices to align with the cityscape. Once everything was lined up, I used a glue stick to secure it all, added our name + wedding date in my hand writing and put it in this wooden frame and viola! Art 🙂

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