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Feathers and Frames 

Art, DIY, Home, Lifestyle April 23, 2017

I love bringing nature into my home. From my slight obsession with succulents to the abandoned bird’s nest; compassionately transitioning the outside inside is a passion of mine. So, as I was aimlessly walking around my parents’ property I found this delightfully abandoned feather and thought it must go on my cafe wall. This is possibly he easiest DIY ever. 


Firstly, don’t judge my gloves. I’m a tiny bit paranoid about tics and little creepy crawlies.  My first task was to make sure the feather fit the frame and yay it did!

Next, grab your trusty E6000 glue because nothing can withstand its power. 


Hold it down and you’re almost done. 


Place it in the frame, put the back on and voila!  Beautiful!!! 

The only space left on my wall was horizontal so here it will live. Happy crafting! 

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DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament 

DIY, Home, Lifestyle December 5, 2016

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Christmas isn’t Christmas if it isn’t covered in glitter.  Like, copious amounts of glitter! So, I’m starting my Christmas off with a newly pinkafied tree including two special pink glitter ornaments. It definitely wasn’t rocket science.  Just grab some glue, any glue will do, and sprinkle glitter.

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I added fishing string…trying to keep the focus on the glitter!

file_000-1Then sit back and admire!

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End Table DIY

DIY, Home November 28, 2016

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Love these little end tables.  I’ve had them for about 7 years and they’ve seen a recent transformation from cherry wood to white and gold.  Of course, that’s never enough in my constantly shifting world of home decor.  Sooo, I added a little embellishment.

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Cue every crafter’s bet friend, washi tape.

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After a little measuring and artful tape handling, this beautiful square emerged…oh la la!

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Then things got a little more complicated as I added shape number two.  If you’re doing this at home, make sure you give yourself enough room to add the second shape because the boundaries of the second shape will need to go beyond  the initial square.

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Then you’re done!  Simple!!!

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Colorful Nursery DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle October 3, 2016

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I swear there is something in the water.  My life has become an endless parade of baby showers, blessings, sprinkles, and nursery decor.  So, when a dear friend of mine asked that I make a little something for her nursery I jumped on it…gotta practice for the future, right?  Well, she bought the Oh Joy! nursery line from Target so I had some parameters to work within.  If you read my blog you have probably already heard of Oh Joy, basically she’s a crafting and design Goddess that now is uber paid by Target!  Basically, a genius!!!

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Image from target.com

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I decided to make a mobile.  Newborns can only see about 12 inches from the tip of their cute little noses, so the little one might not see the colorful soft mobile until she about 6 months old.  But the colors may actually be neurologically stimulating and help her cute little brain develop.  Ok, let’s get to the actual project.  There are a lot of steps to this so if you are already exhausted but still want one contact me and I’ll make you one, for a nominal fee of course.  Send me your colors and it’s done!  For those of you that are a little craftier keep reading.

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First, you must make a ton of poms.  You can make them on your fingers or make this little cardboard template.

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Cut one long piece of yarn and place it toward the end of the notch in the cardboard.

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Then wrap the yarn.  I wrap it around at 60 times.

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Tie it off with the long piece of string, then push it to the other side and tie it off again.  Gotta keep it strong and tied.

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Then you cut the sides of the yarn.

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After both sides are cut pull it free from the carboard template.

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You are left with this awkward little thing.

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Trim.

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Yay!  Now repeat this step about 30 more times.

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Now let’s move on to the mobile frame. I used a needlepoint ring.  I actually didn’t use the piece with the screw on it but I used the inner piece.  You can get these for like $2 at Michaels.  Tie 5 long strings at equal intervals around the circle.  Keep more string at the top so you can hang the mobile however you want.

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After tying on all the strings start wrapping yarn around the ring until it is completely covered.  Have fun!!!

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Once that’s done you need to start adding the poms.  I make a little needle from some extra wire I had lying around.

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Skewer your pom.

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Then trim again!

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Add poms in any way you wish I just tried to make sure colors were equally dispersed and you’re done.

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xoxo

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Marble Tray DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle, Mental Health May 2, 2016

Sometimes a girl just wants something pretty and sometimes there’s more to the art of making something beautiful. In honor of May being Mental Health Month I want to talk about how crafting can help your mental state. You’re probably thinking “what!?!” “How does crafting help me mentally?”  Well, engaging in an activity that you enjoy and find yourself lost in helps you reach a state of alpha brain activity called, Flow. This researcher named Mihaly Csikszentminalyi-try saying that 3 times fast-found that we experience less depression and more joy when we engage in activities that require focus and attention. This does wonders for brain neuroconnectivity which can have an impact on our general outlook on life. So, Dr Ally is writing you a script for one craft this week. Let’s get to it!

What will you need?

A piece of marble (mine was a little thick and heavy, I’d recommend something a little lighter).

2 drawer pulls

Clear round bumpers 

Metallic spray paint (mine was rose gold)

E6000 glue 

Spray your drawer pulls. I used about 3 layers of paint.

Stick your round bumpers to the underside of your marble. These will keep your tray from sitting directly on a surface.

Measure how far you want your handles to go from the edge. Can you believe I’ve been using a centimeter ruler all these years and wasn’t even paying attention. Yes metric!!!

Add a drop of glue. This stuff is serious and goes a long way. You may also ways a mask, the fumes are pretty intense.

Wipe away any excess.

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And there’s your stunning marble tray!  Happy crafting!!!


Pillow Perfect! 

Beauty, DIY, Home May 21, 2015

   

Today, my craft couch was filled with crafting awesomeness. The focus of my creativity was a guilders pillow. This pillow is more than a comfy cozy little golden nugget. It’s the first item in our Gentry and Hicks Home collection. There should be a give away in our future. 

  Who doesn’t love a gold pillow?  I would also love for everyone to embrace my tiger (I didn’t make the tiger one). 

  
Here are the new labels we just got. Get ready for Gentry and Hicks Home. No longer just lotion. 

 

  

Disconnect! 

Home, Lifestyle May 1, 2015

  

If you are anything like me you love all things tech. But the downside of technology are all of the infuriating cords. I’ve been trying to tape them, tuck them, hide them in those little cord hiders. Nothing worked. I was exhausted. Then I stumbled upon the answer.   

This was our cord situation. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Ugh, horrible!!! 

 First I had to pick up some supplies. Some large binder clips from Staples, some AJB washers from Home Depot and some random screws that I had lying around the house. Make sure your screws aren’t so long that they break through your desk.   

  Fold the binder clip back. 

  Put the washer on the inside of the furthest silver handle. 

  Then add your screw. You will screw this under the desk. Make sure you put them in the right places so they can securely hold all of your cords. 
  
Once they are screwed in tight you can clamp all of your cords down. I used about 6. Some under the desk and some on the back. 

 
The final product is a much more clean and organized space and under $10. Finally!!! 

   

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere

DIY, Home February 11, 2015

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I know this isn’t a super Valentiny craft. But I couldn’t resist taking my man’s horrible bachelor pillows and covering them with sequin from an old sweater. Who needs a sequin turtle neck sweater anyway? Clearly I did for some reason, but now I can see clearly and destroyed the turtle neck.

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I don’t have a great step by step here. But it was really easy. Cut the fabric you want, no measuring required just eyeball it. Then I laid it on the grossest side of the pillow, folded the edge so the end of the row of sequin was secured and stitched it to the pillow with black thread. I did this by hand because I like sewing that way but you can absolutely use a machine. It turned out pretty good if I say so myself.

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Table Play

Food, Home, Lifestyle, Photography November 21, 2014

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Alright people.  Friendsgiving was so exciting and my life so exhausting that it took me almost a week to post this.  But I made it and just in time to show you some table ideas for the real deal, THANKSGIVING!!!  I love Friendsgiving and for multiple reasons of course friends and food are among them but it also serves as a dry run for fun decorative ideas. I mean I NEVER get to design my mom’s tables like this.

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Ok first things first.  Setting up the folding tables was all about understanding the space and the needs of our guests.  The space was my cousin’s gorgeous home with wood floors and glass walled, colored lit recording studio.  The guests were 50 super smart super chatty people that wanted to talk and eat.  So, rather than arranging out 4 folding tables in a long banquet style I made two square tables.  This was accomplished by aligning the tables side by side.  Everything was covered with white linen table clothes and a black and white printed runner (in other words old washed curtains).  Renew, reuse, recycle!

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Then I started layering my table.  First the gold chargers, napkin, gold paper plate, and silver disposable flatware.  Let’s be honest for a moment.  If you invited 10 people then you use real dished but if you are expecting 50, disposable is the only option.  Then I wanted to add some height with large glass vases, mason jar, wine bottle with candle, and mercury votive.  After that I started layering flowers.  First the hanging amaranthus, then a whole array of chrysanthemums in purple, dark purple, and white.  Finally, I placed candles and my little spiky balls from my last post.

 

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Here is a close up of the hanging amaranthus.

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And here is more I placed above the mantle.  Finding balance around the room is very important.  You don’t want uber cute tables and a drab space.

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Then we ate and were merry.

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The spinach balls were inspired.

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And look at how cute this little patio is…ummm adorbs.

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Estrellas

DIY, Home, Lifestyle November 16, 2014

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This Friendsgiving, the Thanksgiving dinner my friends and I have the week before the real deal, I have been asked to decorate. So, my table scape has to be fabulous which means putting in some preplanning.  My first subproject is all about small styrofoam (Michael’s) balls and toothpicks (Ralphs).

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Here is a set up step by step.  The general structure isn’t difficult but it will require you to tap into your inner physicist, but we’ll keep it simple X, Y, and Z axis stuff.  Basically make sure each toothpick has a buddy on the exact opposed side of the styrofoam ball. If they don’t, no worry it may look a little goofy but we love all of our children.  Then snip the ends so they are not the most dangerous things ever. I’m just saying.

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Make as many as you want, I made about a dozen.

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Then spray (Home Depot) away. I spray everything in a old suitcase on my patio. Oh apartment living!

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Quick tip. Make sure you don’t get too close to the styrofoam. Most spray paint will eat it alive. But you better believe I’m still using this one.

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Now you’re done. Some people add glitter but I’m keeping it simple. I can’t wait to show you all the full table scape.

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