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?


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!



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?


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?


Why this DIY is a GOOD idea {personalized planters}

decorating, DIY, inspiration By July 5, 2013 20 Comments

I’m suuuper excited to share this DIY with you! It’s so fun and totally do-able! With a few tools and a little time, you can create a word or spell out a name. Around here we love making things personal and heartfelt!


-large wooden letters (found at your local craft store)

-metal roofing mesh (very inexpensive… found at your local home improvement store)


-heavy duty stapler and staples

-moss or flowers of your choice

Using the snips, cut the mesh in 3-4 inch strips, depending on how deep you want your planters. Staple the mesh around the letters. Because the mesh holds its shape, only a handful of staples are necessary to keep it in place. It is a bit tricky to secure the mesh in the smaller crevasses, but a few anchor staples will do the trick. I highly recommend using safety gloves as the cut mesh is very sharp.

Fill your planters with moss, ground cover, succulents or flowers. You could also fill it with soil and plant seeds!

I love the look of the alternating light green and dark green moss. So fun!

I can’t wait for the moss to keep growing and fill in the planters!

Home is where the heart is–don’t you think? How fun is this?! What would you spell out?


diy: cake toppers {love birds}

DIY, inspiration By June 27, 2013 1 Comment

It’s wedding season! Today I’m sharing an easy DIY cake topper–that adds so much personality to your special day.

There are infinite possibilities to making your own cake toppers! Here we have made a simple moss arch with some love birds nestled together.




-gold paint

-wooden base

-little birds

(all of these items can be purchased at your local craft store)

Paint the base and let dry. While you are waiting, wrap the moss around the wire. You can wrap as much or as little you want depending on how far down you want the moss to go.

After you wrap the arch and the base is dry, create two little holes on either side of the base (don’t go all the way through). You can use a drill, or if the wood is soft enough you can create the whole with a large nail or awl (what we did). Attach a dab of glue to each hole and attach the arch. When you are done, glue the birds to the base and you are finished!

Here are a few different versions we did for The Wedding Standard Magazine. For the first one, we painted plastic deer and added some bells to the moss wrapping at the top. The cake on the right just has some birds that we attached wire to and some fresh fruit. So fun!

And I shared this and a few other cake topper ideas on D The Broadcast morning show yesterday. They have been so gracious to invite me back. You can see the clip here!


diy: customized jars

DIY, inspiration By June 11, 2013 4 Comments

Ready for a super cute DIY? I love that this project reuses items I already have around the house. And it takes something ordinary and makes it lovely. Perfect!


-empty glass jars

-decorative paper

-modge podge glue

-paint brush



Soak the jars in warm soapy water to remove the labels. If some of the bottles have the dates stamped on them, you can easily remove them with nail polish remover.

Next cut out a circle roughly an inch larger than the lid.

Glue the lid to the center and cut little slits around the perimeter of the paper. Make sure the back side of the paper is covered in glue and then fold the tabs over.

Seal the outside of the paper with a thin layer of glue… let it dry… and then fill your jars with pretty things!

I think these would make adorable spice jars. And they’re perfect for holding Q-tips and cotton balls in the bathroom, too! What other uses can you think of?


3 fun ideas for using clip on earrings! {best tutorial ever}

DIY, inspiration, thrifting, what I'm wearing By June 6, 2013 20 Comments

While thrifting recently I’ve been drawn to clip on earrings. While I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them–I couldn’t resist the 25 cent price tag and the bright colors. I’ve been dreaming up a few ideas to share with you–so here goes!

The first on is clip on earrings turned colorful magnets…


-pliers or snips


-strong craft glue

-clip on earrings

Remove the backs of the earrings with pliers or snips. If the earrings are plastic the entire back will most likely come off. If the earrings are metal, just cut off as much as you can to make the back a flat surface.

Apply a little bit of glue and attach the earring!

A word of warning… when you are glueing the magnets on, make sure to keep them far away from each other, otherwise, if the glue isn’t dry, they may be attracted to each other.

Next idea is so simple but it really adds a ton of fun to an outfit–turn clip on earrings into shoe clips!

The right clip on was rubbing just a tiny bit against my foot so I put some moleskin over it to make it more comfortable. So fun, right?

And lastly–clip on earrings turned collar detail. I think this is a fun alternative instead of a necklace.

Buttoning the shirt all the way to the top gave it a fun, vintage feel.

Now I’m on the hunt for more vintage clip on earrings. I can’t wait to think of more creative ways to use them, how about you?


before and after: conference room

decorating, DIY, inspiration, thrifting By May 28, 2013 15 Comments

I am so excited to give you a little peak into my studio! For a while now we have been wanting to spruce up the conference room and I am thrilled to share the before and after with you! This is a small room set aside for meetings with clients, wholesale accounts, weekly manager meetings and that type of thing. The lights overhead are fluorescent and the room doesn’t get much natural light at all. Basically the space was just blah. It needed some warmth and personality brought in!

We switched out the office-y chairs with some fun thrifted dining chairs. They add so much to the space!

Since there is only fluorescent lighting in the room, we brought in these thrifted lamps and used wire frame shades and Edison bulbs for some softer lighting.Have you ever seen Edison bulbs? They are so charming–and add some vintage fun to the space.

We wanted to revamp this room and keep the cost down so we printed large scale  paintings on blue print paper. It is so inexpensive and has a huge impact. We just photographed old oil paintings found at a thrift store and had them printed larger and in black and white. Each print was around $7 and you can get this done at your local office supply store. Awesome, right?

We finished the room off with an airy curtain panel from Urban Outfitters and another lamp shade frame over the table.

The space feels clean, open and welcoming. It’s a much better space for meeting clients and planning for the business. If I have to be in a meeting, it should be in a pretty place, don’t you think?


Are you ready for jewelry stand? {fun diy by Lisa Leonard}

DIY, inspiration, jewelry By May 23, 2013 13 Comments

I am VERY excited to share this diy with you! And it is really simple to make! Are you ready??

Supplies used:

– tree slice (purchased at Michael’s)

– old spindles from the back of a thrifted chair (so fun and inexpensive!)

– flat copper wire

-finishing nails

– wood glue

All you have to do is mark where you want the spindles (you could also use wooden dowels from the craft store) and glue in place. Once the glue set, hammer a finishing nail through the bottom of the base into each spindle. Then you just wrap the tops with wire! It’s that simple! I loved using wire instead of string because it remains taught and it is easy to take on and off for easy access to the jewelry. You can make it however big or small you would like!

I’m ready to make another and get all my jewelry organized–how about you?!