I’m still a sucker for dipped things even after years of dipping and dying anything that stands still. I’ve had the idea for some smokey semi-opaque glasses for a while now, and did a few trials this week to figure out the best way to get the look I was after. The finished result is a not-too-thick pastel color that is perfect for spring. I can’t wait to make myself some lemonade in one of these or to see one full of flowers by my bedside! It will be just what I was after.
Plain paint would be way too thick and thinning it down with water makes the finish dull (like seaglass). I got the idea to mix the paint with clear sealer to tone down the opacity and to keep the color glossy and bright. Although acrylic paints are not meant to come in contact with food, they are non-toxic, so I like to limit their use to at least an inch below the rim of the glass so that you don’t actually drink from the paint part. If you’re still not sure, use these pretty glasses for votives on your spring table or for flowers. It’s up to you!
Every year, I take a couple of hours to make a few different types of Christmas cookies and then freeze them to bring out for pop up parties and hostess gifts. I always make different varieties each year (no repeats!) just to keep things exciting and to teach myself something new.
Although I do try something new each year, I do a couple of things consistently. I always include a citrus cookie and a marshmallow variety. The others are all fair game. And here is a fun surprise… not only will you be getting my recipe today, you’ll also be getting the recipes from 10 other amazing bloggers participating in this ‘cookie swap’. More on that after the recipe.
When I was looking for my citrus cookie this year, I decided to throw it at Bing and their new Bing Smart Search on Windows 8.1. Typing in ‘Lemon Christmas Cookie’ (no lemon bars here) I was happy to see how the results popped up, which made it really easy for me to pick a direction and build this recipe. Continue Reading…
I hesitated to post another ‘dipped’ thing since it’s been so overdone, but when I shared these pretty dipped baskets on my Friday Faves a couple of weeks ago, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how the paint looked a little translucent. It wasn’t as obvious of a dip project as some I’d seen, so I wanted to try and see if I could get a smokier look to the dip, allowing more of the basket color and texture to show through.
I picked up these little water hyacinth baskets from Pier 1 for just three bucks each and tried a few various trials using paint thinner, acetone, etc, etc. As it turns out, the best version was the one that used the good old fashioned ‘universal solvent’ – water.
Aside from figuring out the proper ratios, I found a pretty good way to dip them which is clean, easy, and only uses a pint of paint! If you’re interested in all of the details – keep reading for more the step by step! Continue Reading…
I originally posted this project last March (2011) after being inspired by this House & Home article regarding ‘dipped’ furniture. We all know that I have an affinity for dipping things, especially after the spoon DIY I posted just this past March.
This project was a little different, however. Firstly, it uses gold foil instead of paint, and secondly, it has an asymmetrical line that I felt kept a pretty traditional piece of furniture quite modern.
The logistics are all the same, however. Paint an entire item, tape off your contrasting area and have at it with whatever medium you choose.
I still look back and think this was such a beautiful and fun project! I sold the table on Etsy, but part of me wishes I’d have kept it. I suppose if I keep everything I make, however, there would be no room for my husband… and I like him, so giveaway projects, I must!
Have a GLITTERY Tuesday!
p.s. I sit in Paris at Charles de Gaulle as I write this and am about to head to the little Laderree shop for some macarons. Follow on instagram @houseofearnest for more travel updates!
I’ve been eyeing some fun colored enameled serving spoons for the better part of a year. When I was out searching for a paella pan a few weeks ago, there were a ton of wooden spoons sitting at the register and I just decided to paint some myself.
I just taped my line, used a little craft paint, and finished off with a high gloss food safe shellac to give them that enameled look.
Small side note, however, you should hand wash these, as any wooden kitchen accessory and be mindful of the painted area if using them to cook as it could melt or chip.
I love it because it can be customized to any color you could want! Wouldn’t this be such a fun bridal shower gift?
Have a HAPPY HAPPY Wednesday out there, guys!
ALSO- Want a look ‘Behind the Scenes’? See my interview today on Vmac+Cheese. I’m sharing so much including how the blog got its name, what’s on my reading list, and where I see my life in five years!
ONEfoil color-blocked trays from The Vintage Vogue Story start at $32. TWO isn’t this diamond woven poof the coolest? I saw it at Anthropologie last night and loved it immediately, $198. THREE I am not big on wearing scarves, but I am big on using colorful scarves for table linens! This summery striped one from J. Crew is high on my list. Bonus, it’s handmade by ethiopian craftsmen and women to help create economic independence. Knowing that it was handmade makes the $135 price tag a little more worth the cost. FOUR a classic white pitcher will work all spring and summer long. This $20 enameled version from Ikea is perfect for flowers or drinks. FIVE festive and fun, these fish planters are a little coastal and a little quirky, $50-$60. Don’t worry, the big price reflects the big size! The green one is a giant 19″ wide, making it wonderful for an impactful table centerpiece. SIX a new take on nautical, this navy and white (peel & stick!!) wallpaper is just right. Also, it’s repositionable, apartment dwellers delight!! $40/sheet.
Happy Friday!! I am really ready for a weekend, are you? I spent last weekend in Hong Kong and although I had a great time, I had back to back meetings for most meals, making it quite the working weekend. I usually don’t get jet lag too bad, but I do end up waking up several times during the night wondering where I am, only to feel Perry’s little furry feet wedged against my back and realize I’m in my own bed. So, I put on my new bed-phones (haha) with some ocean wave sounds and try to fall back asleep. Side note, these headphones (made for sleeping) are amazing… especially if you have a snorer in your household. I tune them to a variety of sleep stations on Pandora.
Anyway, this weekend, I am SO excited to soak in some of the springtime in Ohio. Things are greening up quite nicely and I think we’re out of frost territory, so Matt and I might try to finish our landscaping and build a raised herb garden. I think I’ll also try to squeeze in a trip to the driving range… I’m trying to work on my game!
You know the feeling when you get a surprise in the mail and you’re oddly more excited than you should be about something small and frivolous? Well, upon my return late Sunday night from one of the most tiring weekends ever, I had a pretty box on my stoop full of springy goodies from Illume. In the past, I’ve bought the holiday scents and the Coconut Milk Mango everything, but was glad they sent some of the new scents to try out. Yesterday, the weather was sunny, and I was feeling like I needed to take a second to myself, so I put these goodies to use and pampered myself a bit with a long soak.
Did you notice my little pastel tumbler in there? I can’t tell if I’m happier about the packaging or about the actual product. Does that ever happen to you? Something is almost too pretty to open? Almost…
Although I loved trying out the new scents, but I’m still a total sucker for the Coconut Mango Milk. It makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation.
What do you guys like to use when you have a bit of an at-home spa day?
*Illume kindly provided the products to create this post. Thank you for continuing to support the sponsors that help me bring new ideas and content to you each day.
ONEa pastel cake stand would not only go wonderfully with this week’s DIY, but it’s perfect for spring and summer! £49 from Idyll Home. TWO I saw this pop color chair in person last week and it’s a much more orangey, coral red than it looks here. It’s a gorgeous piece and I might be a color convert… maybe. At just $59 from Ikea, who wouldn’t be? THREE it’s not a home item, but it certainly makes my faves list this week. I might have to buy myself a little something! Bien Fait scarf is just so darling and is on sale at $14.50 from Madewell. FOUR a table runner… with confetti printed on it. I think this is the perfect thing to take you from early spring through summer, so for $55 you can decorate for half the year. done. FIVE I just love baskets, and if they’re dipped, dyed, or have have sort of weave interest, I’m game. The set starts at $38 from Hard to Find.
So, we made it. No doubt it’s been a rough week for me. Aside from what’s been going on with the break-in, I had to turn around after just a day at home and head down to Atlanta for the Spring Home + Gift fair where I’m exhibiting my Grandiflora line for the first time. I am SO SO excited to show you guys on Monday what I did with my booth. You really won’t believe the transformation from convention center curtained booth to a ‘retail’ space designed with Grandiflora in mind. Aside from the show, I’ve never been to Atlanta, so I’m enjoying some free evenings to explore. If you’ve been to Atlanta (or live here) let me know your suggestions!
Are you guys up to anything fun this (march!) weekend?
ONE fun and funky flavors of jam from m. greenwood take a cheese platter to the next level! Pair balsamic strawberry with brie and grapefruit with bleu cheese. TWO painterly stroke towels from fateyedesign are almost too pretty to use. I might turn them into something like this. THREEcut end coasters $12 from Aloe Designs are just a cool $18 and are definitely darling. FOURtiny little herb snippers are perfect fun gifts for crafty ladies or gardeners alike. FIVE little bamboo utensils are painted in the perfect shade of sunset coral. $22 from Mr & Mrs P. SIXRose scented salts for soaking in the bath from Oh So Pretty, they smell absolutely divine!
All of these gorgeous items were in our swag bag here in Palm Springs! I’m so happy to get to know these brands and their creators through their fabulous products. I’ve having an AMAZING time in Palm Springs and it couldn’t be a better time for me to get out of the winter weather. It’s so refreshing to have the sun and warmth so plentiful. I’m crafting up a storm today on some projects and new ideas that I’m sure you guys will love!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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