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Pastel Dipped Glassware

pastel glassware

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.

dip dye glasses votives vase

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!

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Cookie Swap: Chocolate Dipped Lemon Cookie

christmas cookies lemon

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.

lemon christmas cookies

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…

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Hand Made: Dipped Baskets

dipped basket 1

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.

dipped basket 2

dipped basket diptych

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!
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Reader Favorites: Dipped in Gold Side Table

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!

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Have & Make: Dipped Wooden Utensils


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!

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Dipped in Gold

Finally this weekend, I finished my version of the dip dyed furniture, a project that I posted about in early March.

I applied my gold finish at an angle suggesting that the table was just picked up and dipped in gold. Using gold leaf and high gloss white, gives this traditional table a modern edge (pun intended).

I hope you guys like it, what do you think?

Do you need some gilded furniture in your life?  You can!  Make one for yourself, or buy this one! Click here to purchase at my etsy store!

Have a wonderful Monday!!

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Friday Faves 10.23

Friday Faves 10.23

ONE light lavender is one of my favorite colors for this winter.  A little card case is the perfect place to get a trendy color into your everyday (check out their hair calf style too!) $20 from Gift Shop Brooklyn. TWO for my new bedding scheme, these herringbone patterned sheets from Crane & Canopy are on my list! $169 for King. THREE the smoky, undefined line of this ‘dipped’ pillow makes it so modern! $159 by Rebecca Atwood. FOUR if only I didn’t have a glass door!  This hexagon door knocker is perfection! Someone needs to get it so that I can live vicariously through you! $85 in Oil Rubbed Bronze. FIVE what a statement piece! The price of this glazed terra cotta salad bowl is a bit steep, but it would make a wonderful gift for that hostess to has everything. $225 from Huzza. SIX I just bought four of these grey linen storage boxes to stow away some summer clothes, let the winter prep begin! $16 from Ikea.

 

Happy Friday, guys! I am getting into full wedding flower mode over here and am spending the majority of the morning cutting stems, getting all of the blooms into water, and cleaning vases.  After flowers are processed and vases are clean, the arranging will begin!  Follow along on insta for some photos of the process!

After the flowers are delivered tomorrow, I’m going to lay low and spend some much needed time with Matty. Sunday I think I’m going to sit in my office and organize the next two months my life – menus for parties, decor to make, and gifts to buy (christmas is just two months away!).

What’s on your weekend agenda?

 

 

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Friday Faves 10.17

Friday Faves 10.17

ONE a little marble box is subtle, but so stylish! Its from a Danish shop called Stilleben and is about 58 usd. TWO a geo copper pendant is the perfect jolt of cool for any style of space and is £189 from Ruby Roost. THREE this scandinavian cross cushion cover is priced right at just $17 from Emily Beauty. FOUR light cranberry color on these dipped stoneware mugs is just right for the fall transition! $36.40 from Dahlhaus. FIVE what a piece!  The striking texture of this woven bench from Serena and Lily is a statement piece for the more minimal at heart (me). $950.

 

Greetings from Sunny Islamorada!  I’m busy busy doing flowers for a gorgeous wedding and can’t be happier.  I’ve got my island rhythms playing and the windows open.  We’re arranging up a storm.

This weekend after the flowers are delivered, I’m going to relax.  I know I say this every weekend, but every weekend it doesn’t happen so it moves back onto the to-do list!  I just got this new bookand I’m excited to dig in.  Has anybody read anything by Nesbo?

What’s on the docket for your weekend?

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Friday Faves 9.26

Friday Faves 9.26

ONE I love this wall sconce for the simplicity of the design and the seeded glass.  I want to use a pair in my bathroom above the mirror! $105 each from Lamps.com. TWO someone outbid me on the faux trees I wanted from EBTH.com, so I’m looking into alternate options.  I’m drawn this french market olive tree from Wayfair, although at $199, I think I also might have a way to DIY one (stay tuned!). THREE I dip, you dip, we dip! Dipped mugs are cool without being kitschy! $28 each from Poketo. FOUR I think this set of brass candleholders are very classic and could be a mainstay on the dining table. $12-$20 from Crate and Barrel. FIVE I love pretty much everything in the new Mark & Graham catalog, but these monogrammed leather gloves are topping my wish list! I love the moody aqua color!! SIX A printed melamine tray is perfect for entertaining since it’s dishwasher safe! Indian Lace tray from Nicole Porter Designs for $36.

 

Happy **FIRST FALL** Friday guys!  It’s been a long and busy week over here and I’m so excited it’s the weekend!  I have a big launch party tonight for the Thread flagship store that is opening and it’s the first store to carry my line, Grandiflora Home + Decor!  Exciting, huh?

Aside from the party, I’m going to be sticking close to home working on a couple of big upcoming projects, but will try to take some time to soak in some of the warm fall weather and eat all the honey crisp apples I can stomach.

What is on your first fall weekend agenda?

 

p.s.  I also blog at Bali Blinds!  Check out this week’s post on mixing patterns in your drapes and shades!

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Friday Faves 8.29

 

pre release image - fall 2014

ONE our Imogene Mirror is made of white washed wood and a calm neutral accent with loads of style for $188.  TWO the Margot Globe Lantern is fabulous with both a candle inside or some flowers.  We’re gonna love using it this fall to fill with acorns and pinecones! $48 THREE our Rosey Preserved Boxwood topiaries are real, preserved greenery and will look gorgeous from fall into winter.  the small is $44 and medium is $48.  FOUR Let’s Have Another!! This simple lucite tray has a gold glitter message urging friends to, well, have another! $34.  FIVE this simple white washed stool or side table comes dipped in gorgeous silver leaf to give it an extra does of cool for $220.  SIX my absolute favorite piece from the new collection is our Claudia Silver Weave bench.  It’s perfect for an entryway, the foot of the bed, or even as a coffee table.  The price is just right at $368.

 

We keep getting closer and closer to the full launch of our Grandiflora Fall 2014 Collection with each passing day!  Today, I wanted to share with you guys a few of the things I’m really excited about!  Not only will we keep piling on more new peeks as we get closer to the launch (follow on insta @shopgrandiflora for other updates) but we’ll also continue to carry some of what I consider to be our ‘Signature Collection’ from last holiday. AND we’ll have even more new stuff coming up for this holiday.  It’s all quite exciting.

I’m gonna ask one big big favor of you guys! If you have a blog and would like to share the image above, you are definitely encouraged to do so! I have a large format image available here that you can use if you’d like!  If you do share, be sure to let us know by mentioning us on social!!

In other news. I have wedding flowers that I’ll be doing this weekend for the wedding I shared a couple of weeks ago!  It’s going to be a long weekend in more way than one over here at the H of E headquarters!!

Have a good one, guys!

 

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