Tag: DIY

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! 

Yarn Art DIY

DIY, Lifestyle March 1, 2017

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I love crafting a little more than the average person so I have developed a special set of skills.  This results in me occasionally taking on projects that are a little big and complicated.  This DIY is NOT one of them.  This DIY was way easier than I thought.  So, here you go.

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If you’re a renter…and who in LA isn’t?  Then you are quite familiar with this absolute eyesore.  The dreaded in unit fuse box…dum, dum, dum.  Well, I knew it had to be covered but its slight protrusion makes hanging a picture there awkward and it’s directly behind a door, making a picture risky.  The only answer was channeling my inner 1970’s moonchild and making some yarn art.

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I collected all of my tools.  Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.

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Cut your yarn long enough to double and have it hang long enough to fit your very unique needs.  Then double the yarn and create a loop. Place the loop over the top of your stick or dowl.

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Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.

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Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.

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Add one piece of yarn so you can hang it up and voila.  See where that door is.  Hmmm such a problem.  Who designed this wall?

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Next, cut your yarn however you want.  I did a gentle chevron.

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The final product.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.

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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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Figueroa the Fiddle Fig

DIY, Lifestyle November 14, 2016

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For those of you that don’t follow me on IG, this is Figueroa.  She’s a fiddle leaf fig tree and I’m kind of obsessing over her.

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Just so cute!

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It took me forever but I triumphantly found the right 10in pot.  Anything for Figueroa.

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Here is a little close-up of the terracotta planter Home Depot so lovingly provided.

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They also provided me with this chalked…matte white spray paint.  I wanted to keep it looking rustic.  A glossy paint would have made everything look too polished.

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I lined the inside with tape and sprayed away. I let it try for about 2 hours.

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Here we go.  Moving day!

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This was a super simple DIY!

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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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Spotty 

Beauty, DIY, Lifestyle July 18, 2016


I’ve really been into nails lately, random!  Well I was inspired by, my fave, Oh Joy’s nails. Ugh she’s such a dream. If you want this look keep reading!


Get the colors you want. I went with gold pink and purple. I recommend at least 3 colors with a neutral base. Put together all of the typical nail accoutrement; files, orange sticks, cuticle cream and some q-tips.

Cut your q-tips.


Here’s my neutral base!

Take your cut q-tips, dip them in your chosen color and spot away.

Don’t be scared to layer, I tend to start with three dots on each nail then add more as I see fit. Get creative!


Add two layers of top coat and voilà!!!

Marble Nail DIY 

Beauty, DIY, Lifestyle June 30, 2016


My obsession with marble continues. I’ve gone from covering everything in marble contact paper, to hunting through a small quarry for the perfect table top, to buying this super adorbs notebook, and now I’m getting my nails mixed up in all this.  

My inspo, a marble notebook, came from Homegoods where all beautiful things are born. I picked three corresponding polish colors, black, copper, white, and a shiny top coat.  Also note that you’ll need a cup and a tinie tiny paintbrush.  Paint your nails black…I don’t think you need me to show you that.  

Watch this video for a little first hand knowledge. I tried a few things first, my freehand sucks but the water trick worked really well. Start with a cup of lukewarm water, fill the cup to the top, add a drop or two of the color you want, and stir it to create a little design. Then dip your nail. Don’t be surprised if you get covered in polish spiderwebs. Just remove with a cotton ball and some acetone. 


Get your tinie tiny brush, dip it in some copper and add a few metallic flecks and lines. Then dip the brush in acetone and make the lines a little less structured, blend them a bit. 


Now add a few layers of clear to add some shine. 


Then you’ve got marble inspired nails! You’re welcome!!! 

Be the Prettiest Girl in the Room with this Pillbox Hat DIY

DIY, Fashion, Lifestyle May 16, 2016

This is one of the longest crafts I’ve posted but the final product was so worth it.  Wether you call it a hat, a chapeau, a sombrero,or a kofia this Spring inspired pillbox hat will be one of the most adorable things you have ever made. 


Start by collecting your necessities: 

Tulle or netting  (I already had this lying around) 

Silk flowers ($13 at Michaels

Fabric (this was in my pile of random fabric) 

Hot glue gun

Scissors 

Something to clip your hat to your head (I ended up using wig clips) 

Needle and thread 

An empty cereal box 

Trace a circle onto the box…I totally ruined this plate and a candle in my pursuit of the perfect circle. 


Cut it out. This will be the top of your cute little hat. 


Cut out a strip of cardboard. Mine was about 1.5 inches wide. This will need to be long enough to go all the way around the circumference of your circle. See and you never thought you’d need geometry. 


I had to cut two strips and hot glue them together then cut off the excess. 


Add some glue. If you are familiar with hot glue, you know it dries fast so glue as you go.  I also glued the inside of the seam to make sure it was super secure. 


When you are done with this step it should look like this.


Next trace a circle-hopefully better than mine-around your hat. Allow for some extra room this does not have to be perfect. 


Glue the fabric around the top and sides of your soon-to-be hat. Then glue it around the sides. Get it as flat and smooth as possible. 

Then cut a strip of fabric wider and longer than the strip of cardboard you used to give your hat some height. I glued a hem on the top to keep it looking neat. Basically, add a line of glue then fold the fabric over right on top of the glue. Repeat this until the whole length of fabric is hemmed. I left the other side wild, nobody will see that side. I also hemmed the along the height of the fabric on one side only. 

Glue that around your hat. Hemmed side up to keep everything looking clean. 

Now fold the excess fabric inside and glue it down. But leave some areas of slack so you can sew your hair clips or comb in. 

This is your finished pillbox hat. But where’s the fun in this!?! 

Now add a peice of netting or tulle.  Cut about a 14 inch square of the tulle or netting. Adjust the size as you see fit. I honestly wish mine was larger.  Put a dab of glue in the center of the hat and just smack it on there. It’s hard to get this part wrong. Next,?glue flowers like a mad person. Keep checking in the mirror to make sure it’s giving you everything…absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to mess up, just pull them off and place them again. The top of your hat will probably be covered with Springtime anyway. Then I just sewed the clips onto the fabric inside the rim and… Voilà!!!! 


A hat that cost me $13 to make!!! Audrey Hepburn eat your heart out. 

Marble Notebook DIY

DIY, Lifestyle, Mental Health April 13, 2016

   
We all have that overpacked junk drawer filled  with pens, rubber bands, candles and I guess mine has a ton of unused old journals. What do we do with these long forgotten relics?  Repurpose them!!!! Let me show you a quick DIY that will have your old throwaway journal looking better than new. 

  

To start you will need an old journal, some contact paper and scissors. 

  
Lay the contact paper flat and trace around the outside of the journal.   

  

Don’t forget to open up the journal and trace around the whole thing. Also give some extra space so you can fold the contact paper over later. 

 

Cut it out.   

 Peel the backing from the paper. 

 
Attach it to the journal 

   
Fold the excess paper to the inside of the journal’s cover.

   
Here’s the finished journal!!! Now,what to write; gratitude, poetry, a novel?  Only time will tell. What are some things you would write?  Tell me everything! 

  
 

Have a Metallic Easter

DIY, Lifestyle, Photography March 26, 2016

   
So, my wedding was last week!  I can’t wait to post those pix but for now we’ll have to settle for the cutest holiday of the year…EASTER!!!!!  Easter is all about the sacrifices of our Lord and Savior or just an obsession with eggs, bunnies, and chocolate. Well, for me it’s all about creating something obnoxiously adorable…hence, metallic Easter eggs. 

Gather the usual suspects, metallic spray paints (Rose gold, silver, and gold) and some copper nail polish. I chose Penny Talks by Essie.     
Let’s start with our perfect little marble eggs. Get a cup and fill it with lukewarm water. This is important, if the water is too cold the nail polish will sink to the bottom of the cup rather than float on the top. We need the nail polish to float. 


Add your nail polish. I make a little squiggle so a pretty pattern emerges.    

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Dip the egg and roll it around a little. That’s it…let it dry, it back, and feel like an artist! 


Take the rest of your eggs to a well ventalated area, nobody wants to loose brain cells, and spray away! I only did one layer per egg but had to allow each side to dry before flipping the egg and spraying the other side. 
  
This is what I ended up with and I’m very pleased. Gilded eggs for Easter!!!!!  

  
Yay!!!!