diy golden feather garland

christmas, decorating, DIY By December 12, 2013 5 Comments

I have another super fun, super easy DIY for you today! Paint dipped feathers are such a fun accessory for a holiday table setting or the perfect addition to your holiday wrapping. We created a fun garland with them that can be used all year around!

Supplies needed:

– feathers

– gold paint

– gold glitter

– gold string or wire

– sparkly garland

With a foam brush pain the top half of the feathers (pretty simple right?!).

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle them with glitter to your heart’s content. Once they are dry, you can flip them over and do the same on the backs, or just leave them as is! We tied them on to a garland and hung it on a cute outdoor table. How would you use dipped feathers in your holiday decorating?

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diy box wood wreath

christmas, decorating, DIY By December 6, 2013 9 Comments

Hello friends! I’ve got another project today. This DIY wreath is too easy and too cute!

Supplies needed:

– wooden embroidery hoop

– faux boxwood garland (purchased at Michael’s)

– glitter branches

– wire

– strips of fabric or ribbon

– scissors

Use the wire to tie one end of the garland onto the hoop, then just start wrapping. You want to keep it a bit on the loose side so you can adjust later. Once you wrap the garland all the way around, secure the other end with wire as well.

Tuck the golden branches into the weaved garland. If you wrapped it tight enough they will just say, otherwise you can use the wire to make sure it is extra secure. Tie a strip of fabric around the top of the hoop and you are done!

How cute does it look over a mirror or in a wall collage?

 

 

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You’re going to love this DIY!{woodland chalkboards by Lisa Leonard}

christmas, decorating, DIY By December 5, 2013 7 Comments

You’re going to love this DIY!

It’s a really fun holiday project that you can keep up all year!

Supplies needed:

– wood tree rounds

– chalkboard paint (liquid, not spay paint)

– paint brushes

– paper mache deer (available at most craft stores)

– exacto knife / scissors

– glue gun

– ribbon or fabric strips / tacks or small nails

Paint an even layer of chalkboard paint on the wood rounds. We didn’t paint to the edge and left an organic line for a whimsical handmade feel.

While the paint is drying, it’s time to make the ‘taxidermy’ deer! These are available at most craft stores during the holidays. It would be fun to make your own and use different animals too! We just removed the head (sounds so awful!) with an exacto knife and cleaned up the edge with scissors. It is important that the entire perimeter is flush with the chalkboard.

Once the paint is dried, use a hot glue gun to attach the deer.

Cut a strip of fabric to create a loop at the top to hang.

We are almost done! Break out your best typography skills (or find a talented friend) and decorate your chalkboards to fit the season!

They look great on their own or in a grouping of other fun decor!

Do you like the faux taxidermy look? I love it. And even better, no animals were harmed in the making of this craft!

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why we love snowflake (and you should, too!)

DIY, get creative By November 26, 2013 8 Comments

Matthias and I were cutting snowflakes on Saturday and I accidentally made one with hearts–then of course I was totally excited and proceeded to make a bunch more with hearts! It’s not hard to do–here’s a quick tutorial.

I just used computer paper we already had–it’s easy to fold and cut!

You need a square shape, so just fold up on corner until it meets the edge and crease.

Fold the square in half.

Fold in half again.

And fold in half one more time.

You can see, above the half heart shape is drawn on the folded edges, the triangle shape is on the outer part of the snowflake.

Cut away on the pencil lines {this can be especially helpful for kiddos}

Unfold and you have a gorgeous snowflake with hearts! How sweet is that?!

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving but my heart is ready for Christmas!

Have you ever made paper snowflakes to decorate for Christmas?

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4 DIY placecard ideas

celebrate the every day, DIY By November 19, 2013 4 Comments

I’ve got four FUN diy ideas for your Thanksgiving table this year. Each one is super easy and will make your guests feel welcome. These are all projects that kids can help with too!

Do you have mini pumpkins leftover from Halloween? We do! I dressed them up with a gold sharpie. Aren’t they fun?! Then tie a tag around the stem.

So sweet and simple.

So sweet and simple. Some friends of ours got married last year and they had a gold dipped feather at each place. I love gold and feathers so this DIY makes me super happy.

Just brush some glitter paint on the tip of the feather and let it dry on wax paper.

These smooth, dark stones are available at Michaels craft store. I used a gold sharpie to write the name on the stone.

 You can see a full diy post on painting rocks here.

And last but not least {because it might be my favorite!} a diy word search at each place. I created this one on excel and wrote the guest’s name at the top. Whoever finds the most words gets out of doing dishes! A few of you asked for a downloadable word search–so here you go! 

I did a live segment in Dallas on these same ideas for your thanksgiving table. You can watch it below!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? We are having a very small thanksgiving with Nana and maybe a few friends. I can’t wait!

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DIY chalkboard frames

decorating, DIY, paper & cloth By October 18, 2013 2 Comments

So you saw yesterday’s post and our big announcement, right? Can I tell you–your response knocked my socks off. Any time I launch a new product, especially a new collection, it’s vulnerable and scary. But I fell like you celebrate with me and speak kind words. I am grateful!

I wanted to share a bit more about our entryway and how I did the chalkboard frames.

These frames were asking for a coat of paint and since I didn’t have regular black paint, I decided to use chalkboard paint, because why not?! But by the end things got a little more creative and I ended up loving the results.

If I see a frame at a thrift store with good detail, I usually pick it up. You never know when you’re going to need a good frame, right?

I already had this paint from previous projects. I picked it up at Home Depot.

David was a great helper. Well, I take that back, David was great company. He was smiley and encouraging. But he never picked up a paintbrush!

Rascal.

I love that kiddo!

It took a couple coats to get the frames covered, but it was a warm day so the paint dried quickly. I waited about an hour in between coats.

I let the paint dry overnight and then I rubbed white chalk along the frames and used my finger to make it look subtle and get it into the grooves. I love the way it brings out the details of the frames. Chalkboard paint with chalk is awesome–even if it’s not a writing surface. it gives so much more texture than just flat black paint.

And here’s another shot of our entryway complete with some posters from our new paper & cloth collection. Today is the last day to get a free fantastic tote with any purchase of at least $25. Awesome!!

Are you ready to break out the chalkboard paint and chalk and give some old frames texture?

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who doesn’t love candy? { table art inspiration}

DIY, food & goodies, inspiration, san luis obispo By August 29, 2013 5 Comments

Just looking at these pictures makes me crave chocolate–so I’ll just apologize in advance if you end up eating a hershey’s bar!

We love a candy table for a backyard wedding or fun gathering. I mean, who doesn’t love candy?! It’s a great way to encourage people to have fun and treat themselves. Adding in a few decorative pieces with bags and yummy candy to your party is just plain fun.

For this candy table we partnered with Ana, who does candy tables locally, to create this inspiring display.  We knew we needed candy, but we also added in some textural elements like moss, wood, books and a few brass animals to help the theme take shape.

Our handmade candy spoons add an extra measure of whimsy and the hand-stamped messages on each spoon are so fun and personal.

This candy spoon reads ‘how sweet it is’. Isn’t that adorable?!

Card catalog drawers filled with yummy caramels and bonbons on a pretty plate–yes, please!

You can find our custom candy spoons here. And check back for part two of our candy table inspiration tomorrow!

for candy table inquiries in San Luis Obispo area contact Ana Hernandez 805-748-0917

Have you been to a party or event with a candy table? Were you shy or did you push everyone else out of line so you could get your candy first?

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do you love cake toppers as much as I do? {pinwheels and monograms}

DIY, inspiration By August 27, 2013 4 Comments

I’m so glad you love cake toppers as much as I do! Aren’t they fun?! And the best part is–it doesn’t have to be a fancy wedding cake {although those are GREAT too!} Cake toppers can be used on a stack of pancakes or pile up donuts for a birthday party and put a cake topper on top. Perfect!

I love mixing diy toppers with toppers from my shop! I posted previously about how to make your own pinwheels and for this cake, we just made smaller versions! I started out with 3×3″ squares of paper and attached them to paper straws. I love the look of the metallic paper and with a white contrast! So fun and easy! You could customize them to the colors of your party or wedding!

Monograms make it more personal, don’t you think? There are so many creative ways to make monogram toppers and accessories and this is our take on it! Again, its really simple to do!

Supplies needed: thick and thin wire and moss from your local craft store … that’s it! I used a thick green floral wire for the visible part.

Shape the thick wire in the shape of the letter or letters you want.

Take the thin wire and wrap the moss around the wire letter. You can wrap it pretty tight, because the moss is so organic it will cover most of the wire.

Here is a monogram cake topper and pinwheel topper we did a while back for The Wedding Standard E-Zine. The monogram was made using a wooded letter and quilled paper. This one takes a bit more time, but is so beautiful! Click here for a great tutorial on quilling. The pinwheels were made the same as the ones above, we just glued buttons to the center. The possibilities are endless! Click here to shop our cake toppers.

Tell me, what was the last think you celebrated? Something big or something small–there is so much to celebrate!

 

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exclusive styled lampshade in ‘old means new’ makeover project

decorating, DIY By July 23, 2013 22 Comments

My sister and mom were in town last week–which means we needed to make time for some serious thrifting. It’s so fun that we all share the passion of sifting through junk to find hidden treasures. And each of us is drawn to different things. I love to see their perspective.

Chrissie and I each picked up a lamp and shade and worked on making them over with scissors and spray paint. This is a super easy project and the results were surprising. I loved my lamp even more than I thought I would!

Above you can see my finished project. The yellow lamp and wire shade add whimsy and sweetness to our living room.

My lamp base and shade were mismatched–meaning they didn’t come as a set. I paid $13 for the two pieces.That old brown lamp base has a great shape but is begging for love, don’t you think?

I started out using a blade and ended up using scissors because they worked better. I stripped away all the fabric and I was left with the wire base.

I love the scalloped shape of this shade.

I thought I’d like white spray paint but then did a coat of yellow because I wanted the lamp to pop!

Here it is among some of my other thrifted treasures in our living room.

That summer bunting painting is by Barn Owl Primitives. Love!

Lots of color and texture happening here–which is what I want. So fun!

Chrissie spray painted her lamp and wire shade a bright red–and it turned out adorable. Although she was taking it home with her, I decided to style it in the same space so you could see hers as well.

Chrissie loves bold color and decorating with humor. She has great style!

Which lamp do you like better–the mellow yellow or the bold red?

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diy: vintage painting revamp

decorating, DIY, inspiration, thrifting By July 12, 2013 4 Comments

I’ve got a quick and easy DIY for you today. I stumble across lots of vintage paintings when I’m thrifting. Here’s a fun way to update an old painting and make it reflect your personality.

This DIY is super simple but can have a huge impact!

Remove the painting from the frame. I suggest using a piece that has a matte surface for the best results.

Next paint the frame! I choose a high gloss royal blue paint for a fun pop of color… I think it adds so much, don’t you?

While the frame is drying, tape off lines about an inch apart with painters tape on the piece of art. For larger paintings I suggest thicker tap with more space. You could also do a fun diagonal or chevron pattern. Also, make sure the tape is really on there… you don’t want the glossy finish to go underneath the tape.

Once everything dries, remove the tape and reassemble… just like that you have a revamped piece of art!

This would look great on a wall with some fun vintage plates, don’t you think?

While I’m out thrifting these days, I’m looking for great vintage dresses {always}, a large wall map, fun paintings–either floral or landscape and colorful afghans. What are you on the hunt for these days?

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