herringbone art

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start with :: canvas (already painted on), white paint, painters tape (or washi tape), paintbrush

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cover canvas with tape in herringbone pattern

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paint over entire canvas with white paint (i used two coats)

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after paint dries, peel away tape to reveal design

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hang & enjoy!!

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DIY big tissue poofs

idk if you noticed, but these over-sized tissue poofs are all the rage right now. i made a few clusters of them for my friend’s baby shower a few weeks ago – they were a huge hit!

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they were also super simple to create – here’s the tutorial i used.

enjoy!

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DIY sharpie mugs

i’m sure you’ve seen these little gems floating around the cyber-world. the Do It Yourself sharpie mug works of art.

well i’m here to tell you friends, that these puppies really are as simple as they say. do you have permanmet markers? do you have ceramic dish ware of any sort ? do you have an oven?

 great. let’s get started.

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i found these little stackable mugs at the one-and-only ThriftTown on Mission street, if you’re familiar with the SF Bay Area. they were 10 cents each and i’m not kidding. if you know anything about me, know that i love a good bargain. i bought them last year and they have been waiting patiently for the perfect project. when the month struck februrary, i was in the mood for lovin and felt these mugs had waited patiently long enough. their time had come.

i had 5 of them left, so i wrote out LOVE and put some hearts on the last one. the good news is, if you mess up you can use a strong cleaner to remove the sharpie before you bake them (and if you use a strong cleaner with steel wool, you can remove the design even after you bake them) in case you are worried about messing up, or if you get bored easily like me.

one thing that made this project ‘difficult’ is that i have a thing with writing on slanted surfaces. i find it extremely difficult to write on anything i cannot push flat onto the table. meh. i got over that, and here’s how they turned out.

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DIY dainty heart garland

The Mr and i don’t do anything special on V-day, mostly because we spend time on a regular basis affirming and surprising each other. adorable right? i know. he really is the best.  on our first valentines day together  there were no flowers, candies or rose petals. but here’s the thing – i’m not into all that. the big hearts and stuffed animals and store-bought cheesy decor- it’s totally just not my thing. i love simplicity. i love dainty things. i love banners. and i love old book pages. which brings me to my point : heart garlands.

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i made this garland last year on a special crafting day with my dear friend, V. it took us a while to complete our projects because we weren’t sure how we wanted to get started. since then, i’ve worked it down to a simple art-form for you to follow. enjoy!

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you don’t need a fancy craft punch to do this, but if you wanted to get one, here’s one i recommend.

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mini-books, major love

mini books are poppin’ up all over the interwebs – pinterest, blogs, etsy. i was introduced to these lil babes by Elise Joy & her impressive collection of them. mini books are a great way to supplement traditional scrapbooks, or replace them all together (depending on how crazy you are with taking photos). i’ve used mini books to organize the excess pictures & things that didn’t make it into my larger Project Life albums, and they seriously make the perfect personalized gift.

one of the many millions of things i love about these little books are that you can finish them in one day (if you choose) they can be as simple or as complicated as you like. some of my books are ongoing projects, and others have a very distinct ending (example, the 2012 holiday card book). another thing i love love love is that you don’t have to have a super extensive supply collection to create mini books either. some of my books are full of words and color and journaling, while others are strictly pictures with captions. mini books are whatever you want them to be, which takes away the pressure associated with traditional scrapbooking and memory keeping.

i love weddings BUT i hate throwing away all of the paper products that go into wedding planning because A) they’re cute and B) i know they cost the bride and groom some $$ to send them all out. to solve this dilemma,  i’ve created mini books using the announcements/invitations/thank you cards, in addition to the pictures i snapped at the actual wedding.

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sort of along the same lines, i’m always searching for creative ways to store holiday cards. i feel bad throwing away pictures of my friends and family, but i also feel like a bit of a hoarder for hanging on to them in shoeboxes years down the road, if ya catch my drift. in 2012, i cropped and punched all of my holiday cards, photos and trinkets into a mini album and threw it into my collection.

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last year i went through my boxes and boxes of old photos. i collected all of the ones of my BFF and created two books; one for me, and one for her. this project took me a few hours on a lazy sunday and i had hers mailed out by monday afternoon. do our books match? nope. did i use the same pictures? nope. did i journal the same funny stories? no way. i created two unique BFF mini books that perfectly described our friendship in two different ways. and omg did she love it!

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moral of the story: mini books, get on it. i’ll help you get started.

DIY mini-books // coming soon!

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DIY gift tag sets

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they add the perfect personal touch to a boring gift certificate, thank you card, or the occasional ‘thinking of you’ note. i mailed off a little pack of them to my sister-in-law last week : )

because let’s be real : who doesn’t love a good, homemade adorable gift?

 

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Mix It Up: Bikini So Teeny and Pure Pearlfection

Recently, I have really been into polishing my nails with all these pretty colors.  Background:  I never used to polish my nails until about a month ago.  My single father raised me and my four brothers. So lets just say, we didn’t have time to fit in the mani-pedis after basketball, football, and softball.

Though I grew up with a bunch of banshees, 🙂 I had to learn about the self-manicure on my own and let me tell you, its been a challenge learning the ropes.  Like how long do I wait for them to dry and how can I get them to dry faster? (I wrote a post about it here) How do I polish with my non-dominant hand without it looking like a 3-year-old did it. How can I get them to stop chipping after only 2 days? It’s been quite a learning process but it’s been so much fun!

After learning the essentials, I went crazy mixing and matching all the beautiful nail polish colors and the possibilities are endless! So I would like to introduce a new blog series called “Mixing it Up” where I share my new nail-do every other week.

This week’s are two Essie colors: Bikini So Teeny with Pure Pearlfection layered on top.

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What do you all think?

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