Tag: DIY

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.    

 Here we go!!! 
   
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!!!! 
     

 

DIY Christmas

Lifestyle December 25, 2015

  

Better late than never!  Of course I wanted to post this days ago but life just kept happening and I mindfully went with her.  But seriously Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday. The smells, colors, family, food, decorations, and the CRAFTS!  Christmas crafts are on a whole other level. Definitely the holy grail. Well, I did a good deal of crafting this year and I’ll kinda walk you through some…

Any good DIY project worth its salt involves repurposing some old once useful object into a new more meaningful one. For my DIY Christmas I repurposed some old lightbulbs into Christmas tree ornaments. 

  My photog fiancé is the king of lighting…I mean his first word was literally light. So I figured this would be a great addition to our holiday decor. It’s easy,  I wrapped some twine around the bulb and hung them up. Bang! 
    
Our colors were black and white so I played it up with some black ribbon, glitter and satin, (class you), some black ornaments, and white flowers. If you noticed my tree stand is an upside down ikea end table. The crafting way, repurpose, reuse, recycle. Got it from Oh Joy‘s yard sale. I made some 3D stars for my walls and to top my adorable little tree. I found a tutorial here.  

 

We get a new camera/photography related ornament every year. We only have two to show for ourselves but I’m pretty sure we have time to grow our collection. 

   

Next, I cut out about one million Christmas trees. There were so many. I stuck them on everything. You may even remember them from a previous post of mine. Hmmm I wonder who will find the post first?  

 

This is the view into our cute little kitchen. Wish I was organized enough to take pictures of everything. Sometimes the holidays just get away from you. 

  

Autumnal Table

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle November 21, 2015

I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!!  So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year.  I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns.  And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.

I always start with a practice table.  Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style.   I used our random  Delft-esk  china plates with my World Market cups.  It went over well so I stuck with the plan.

First I switched to black paper plates.  I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible.  The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.

I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth.  I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands.  Simple…right?

 Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath.  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop

The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.

   
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!! 

  

  

 That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!

     

  

  

Sound of Music 

DIY, Lifestyle November 12, 2015

   
I’ve been a craft maniac lately. So many projects that I just didn’t have the time to stage and edit. This is a DIY bloggers secret the staging of the project takes longer than the actual project. And on top of that I rarely craft while cute!  I normally look pretty undone. Well, today I had a moment to document my achievement. 

 My cousin vocal coaches a number of high powered vocalists and wanted some specialized microphone stands.  I got the call and rose to the challenge.    It was pretty simple. Plastic tarp, spray paint (I prefer Rustoleum), and some fresh microphone stands. It took about 4 coats but we got it done. 

 My other cousin, Eric, got a little cameo.  At the end of the day I’m in love with the guilded stands. I may go back over there and add some glitter to something. I’m seriously addicted to glitter.   

Gilded Love 

Lifestyle September 10, 2015


We all have that super old something or other that we just can’t let go of.  This is mine! Just a mug.  Instead of staring at this blank slate day after day I wanted to amp it up a bit. Let me walk you through this super simple little update that brought some shine to my morning coffee.


Her’s my original beloved, Target “A” mug. Oh how I love Target.


A quick trip to Michael’s yielded this awesome paint pen, oil based and metallic. I only colored in the “A” but obviously some of you true artists can make your own designs.   Mine dried overnight but that’s purely because of laziness. I’m sure it was dry within an hour.

Then pop your newly fabulous mug on an oven safe tray and inside a cold oven, < this is key (keeps the mug from cracking). Then heat to 350 degrees and keep it in for 30 minutes. You can do this twice if you want-overachievers!


Now you have a gilded and shiny hand painted mug. How easy was that?!?  Think about it, affordable, personal Christmas gifts. A dream!


And here it is on the gilded pillow I made earlier this year.

Craft Couch Overhaul 

DIY, Lifestyle August 19, 2015

  
If you’re anything like me and my beloved, you spend tons of time in your living room. My couch is where I craft, read, think, and frequently nap. So why not make sure I’m surrounded by amazing art.

  Here is our original wall.  We had a few pictures and an eternally crooked shelf. My man is tall and has hit his head on it more than a few times.


So, first things first the shelf had to come down. This left some pretty spectacular holes, which needed to be filled (don’t be gross). That’s when I when to Home Depot and bought a spectacular product, Dry Deck Wall Repair Patch Kit.

It comes with a spatula, spackle (goes on pink and dries white), sand paper, and mesh. Basically, find a hole, cut out some mesh, cover it with the piece of mesh (it’s sticky) , cover that with the spackle, let us try and sand it down.

Next comes some paint. If you live in an apartment, the office will have paint for you!  Right!!! So they gave me a can so I could repaint this portion of my wall.

Yup, I actually hung some pictures in the dress.

The wall is covered in pictures taken by my huny and some little crafts I put together.  The key is to find a theme then kinda stick to it.  We went black and white except for the picture he took of a cathedral in Mexico.  It’s just too stunning.  To be honest the wall will probably never be done. But isn’t that just like life, we’re always a work in progress.

Light It Up

DIY August 1, 2015

   
I’ve had an insanely busy week (new site http://www.allycinhicks.com). But I’m never too busy to remind a friend of how amazing and brilliant she is. Get it get it. Candles make light…brilliant. Sometimes I crack myself up.  I just had to prove to myself that you don’t have to spend all your money to give a thoughtful gift. 

 I collected a few household items. Well, at least common for my household. I grabbed a piece of sequin sweater from an earlier project, some marble contact paper, some Martha Stewart glitter, and of course some tea candles. My earthquake kit will miss them.  Basically, cut the fabric and spray glue it to the plastic candle holder then add glitter to another one then finally the contact paper to yet another.   

Then wrap it up. I always believe in a great ribbon and a hand written card. People love the personalization. 

 

Party All The Time!

Advice, DIY, Wedding June 22, 2015

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Throwing parties are one of the funniest/most stressful part of being a future bride.  It takes equal parts intense planning and a total “go with the flow” mindset. So needless to say, I had to do a lot of meditating last week.  Here’s a quick walk through engagement party #2 Orange County.

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Fresh flowers were a must.   My favorite DIY floral arrangements include Peonies, lisianthus, hydrangea, hanging amaranthus, and tons of greenery.  Oh and I also spray painted some Starbucks bottles for vases.

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I like to add a little quote to remind everyone why they came.

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Then there was our LOVE table.

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I simply love brunch, so our engagement party was filled with eggs, pancakes, fruit, veggie meat, and all types of confections.  I made some cookies that I will feature in a future post.

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No brunch is complete without mini pancakes and fresh berries.

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Selfie cookies were a must.  Such a great company!

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Just me and my Mommy!  Also, note the floral wall.  This was my favorite project of the event.

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Two of my 7 bridesmaids were able to make it out.  In these days and times we live all across the globe and it’s good to see each other when we can.

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See what they gave me?  Oh it’s nothing, just a basket FULL of cuteness!!!

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There were selfies galore, this was one of my favorites!

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Stevie did some singing, there’s no way he can be within 20 feet of a piano and not take full advantage.

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The party was a day before my Grandma turned 89.  Yup, this lady is 89, Black don’t crack.  I believe that’s what they say.

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Even Erin and Kevin were surprised.

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These women have all known me since before I was even myself.  They have been spectacular guides and wonderful examples.

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We welcome the new additions to our family with open arms.  We were so glad Pastor White, my soon to be Father-in-law made it out.  There’s my flower wall again…it made another appearance.  Embrace it!!!

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Overall, the day was a success.  Aaron and I thank all of you that made it out and those of you who were there in spirit.  XOXOXO

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Make it Your Own! 

DIY, Wedding June 9, 2015

 
I’m all about the details and in preparing for this engagement party pink water color is a standout theme. This was a pretty easy craft with a super adorable outcome.   

  
First I headed out to Michael’s and grabbed some $1 wooden sporks.  Easy! 

  

Then I just grabbed my handy flat brush and some pink winter color and went to work. I started at the tip of the handle and painted a tough stroke toward the prongs of the fork. I made sure the paint didn’t end in a perfectly square line. The jagged edges add some character. 

 
Let them dry and it’s time to party! 

  

DIY Invites 

DIY, Lifestyle June 8, 2015

In my almost daily wedding journey I’ve ben lamenting over all of the events I have-yes have-to plan and all of the expensive invites we will be buying.  I mean this is engagement party 2, there are bridal showers and teas to come.  Well, then I figured out how to print my little invite creations on some pretty heavy stock paper in my little ol’ printer.

First I grabbed my water color paper, I choose this because I knew I’d be painting it later and I loved the texture.  Then I slid it into the feeding tray, one sheet at a time, in the back of my printer instead of the normal tray.  This is the key to printing on the good stuff.  Next, I got my favorite flat water color brush and some pink pigment and painted the top of the invites.  Some of my personal info has been removed from the cards.  I love you guys but I get nervous LOL.  

 

Next use a paper cutter to cut out the invites…make sure you cut inside the black outlines.  Nobody wants to see that!

 

Then I cut out another rectangle slightly larger than the invite and spray glued them together.  Finally, I grabbed a gold pigment marker and colored the edge.

This is the final product!!! I hope this can help and inspire someone!!!
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