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Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY

clear acrylic gem cuff diy

Let’s get a little crafty today!  I’ve been excited to do this jeweled cuff tutorial and have been looking forward to getting back from my trip just so that I could do it.  I know that sounds silly, but I was literally sitting on the plane thinking about the colors, shapes, and gems I’d use in this project.

I have a few jeweled up cuffs, but I have a really hard time with cuffs in general because they always just fall off my wrist. This issue is especially true for the acrylic ones on the market since they’re not usually too bendable.

acrylic gem bracelet tutorial

While at my local art store, I was searching for foam core board, but stumbled upon this PVC sheet and thought, “BINGO”!  I wanted to do a cool, totally unique bracelet with a snap closure to fit my petite wrists and I got exactly that.  You know when a project is finished and it’s better than you thought it would be?  That’s happened to be with this cuff.  Here is how I did it! Continue Reading…

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Color Blocked Tassel Napkins

neon tassel napkins

Happy Tuesday, guys!  I hope your morning is off to a great start!  Today (and everyday, really) I was looking for some fun new linen cocktail napkins since my old ones are a little weathered.  I thought with summer just around the corner, some bright party-ready style would be perfect, but struggled to find some with just the right bit of awesome without restrictive patterns.  I found some plain blue ones in my cupboard and thought it was the perfect opportunity to add some festive pizzazz to them instead of buying something new.

I bought the aqua blue napkins a while back but they always struck me as kind of boring, which is why they’d been shoved in the back of my bar, unused.  I brainstormed about ways to make them funky and cool for summer entertaining.

colorful party napkins

summer party napkins

All it took was a little bit of neon thread to pump these up into some seriously stylish party accessories. Tassels are super easy to make (although they do take a fair amount of thread) so hop on to see the full tutorial!  Continue Reading…

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Lacquered Message Hairpins

lacquered message hairpins

So, maybe I have a little thing lately for some European salutations.  Or, maybe after the ‘Bonjour’ doormat, I felt compelled to redeem myself!  Regardless, I’m not usually one for sweet, girly things, but something about the warmer weather and the impending summer makes me yearn for more bright, cheery, feminine details in my life. I have had these hairpins on my editorial calendar forever and kept pushing them back because I didn’t want to take that next step into wearable DIYs (read: fashion), but after such an amazing response to my little Hong Kong fashion challenge, I am so excited to share with you a sweet accessory DIY today. This project takes just a few common items and can be done for less than just a couple cents each.  That’s right… a couple of cents.

These lacquered message hair pins are made from just a few really simple things… alphabet pasta and nail lacquer.  That’s right.  This is mature pasta art at it’s best.

message bobbipins

A lot different than the noodle art you made back in school, right?  I’m thinking that the possibilities could be endless here!  Monograms, names, funny words… unfortunately, pasta art doesn’t come with hashtags, or else I would have definitely done something with those.  A nice, classic LOL would be darling however (can you hear my sarcasm?)

Keep on reading for step by step photos and steps to complete this darling DIY.  Continue Reading…

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‘Bonjour’ Stenciled Doormat DIY

stenciled bonjour door mat Good Morning from Hong Kong!  I just arrived here about ten minutes ago after an uneventful (in a good way) flight.  It was 15 long hours, but I was really tired, so I slept through most of it. I wanted to share this lovely DIY doormat that I made this past weekend while I was trying to spiffy up our outdoor areas during the gorgeous weather we were having, but sometimes my best laid plans go awry. Did you notice that I spelled ‘Bonjour’ wrong on the rug. Seriously, Erin? Of course I look at the rug all weekend and don’t even notice until I’m on a plane above the pacific ocean.  As they’d say in Hong Kong, “aiya”… which means something like, “oh geez”. bonjour doormat DIY Anyway, the photos turned out so pretty and I thought I’d still show you all my step by step, then I’ll whip myself up a new rug once I’m home.  For the full tutorial and material list, Keep on reading!  Continue Reading…

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Tie one on: St Paddys Day Decor

st patricks day party decor

St. Paddys Day is just around the corner (can you believe it?!?) and although I don’t typically go all-out, I like to do a little something.  I have an Irish name (and so does my sister, Colleen), but as far as I can tell, we’re as much Irish as we are French and English and Native American and who knows what else (don’t get me started on Ancestry.com, I could talk your leg off).  Anyways, regardless of my heritage, any holiday that encourages some beer drinking is ok in my book.  And since being festive is one of my favorite things, here is a simple little project for your St. Paddys Day weekend.

This easy shamrock tie is just as cute when gifting a bottle of beer to your party hosts or tied in your hair for that green you’ll need to be wearing.

tie one on

To complete this project you’ll only need a couple of things:  Continue Reading…

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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!

For the full tutorial and material list  Continue Reading…

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Magnetic Colorblock Desk Accessories

desk accessories

I’m the kind of person who has small sharp metal things lingering around my workspace most of the time.  Pins, clips, and tacks are all pretty common, so I was in need of a way to corral them well.  At my last job, I had a little plastic disc for my desk that was magnetic and kept all of my sharp metal objects nicely organized, so since I didn’t get to take company office supplies home with me, I decided to make something similar.

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With a surprising shell, and a little magnetic filling, I crafted something that could keep all the pointy things at bay (no pins in my husbands feet).  Even if you don’t play with sharp things, this desk set could help manage your safety pins, paper clips, and binder clamps.  So let’s get creative!  Continue Reading…

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Party Favor

mexican hot chocolate dippers

For our Valentines Day dinner party this year, I’m going with a bit of a Spanish flare – paella, tapas, flamenco fan style garland, spanish wine, and so on. The exception to this is the Mexican hot chocolate dippers that I’ll be making to accompany the heart shaped churros I plan to make for dessert. I love the mixture of spicy and sweet in mexican chocolate, so I thought it would make a really cute addition to the party to melt some chocolate onto the honey dippers from my Esselle hostess box.

The attached message, “Love and Chocolate are best served hot” is actually a spin on a german proverb (“love and coffee are best served hot”), but I changed the words a bit for this quirky valentine treat. The back of the tag could easily host a custom sentiment for my guests as well.

hot chocolate favors spoons

The best part is, with the exception of the honey dippers (which you can also find here), you might just have all of the ingredients on hand. Keep reading for the step by step instructions, recipe, and the printable tags!  Continue Reading…

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DIY Gold Rimmed Acrylic Jewelry Box

gold trim acrylic jewelry box

Happy Wednesday, guys!  I’ve got a really fun (and very glam) DIY for you today that I think you’ll love! It’s a gold trimmed acrylic jewelry box and it’s made from the same clear frames we used for our New Years Eve party trays!  It’s a brilliant use for a cheap find.

It’s easier than I thought to create a custom box with these clear plastic frames, I added a bit of gold into the inside corners of the frames just for a chic geometric type detail.   You could even add some pretty felt or patterned paper to the bottom of your creation for added customization.

Gold rimmed jewelry box gold frame acrylic jewelry box

Want to give this DIY a try?  Keep reading for step by step photos and instructions as well as links to purchase any of the materials!
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Lucite Bookend DIY

DIY lucite bookends

You all know by now my difficulty to adopt too much color into my life and my house.  I made these amazing bookends earlier this year and although I love them, they won’t do in every room in my home.  I needed something sleeker, neutral.  I dreamt up these acrylic and gold bookends and after making them, I like them more that I ever anticipated.

These bookends totaled out at around $9 for the whole thing and boy are they cute!

DIY acrylic bookends

diy acrylic bookend

They’re minimal and chic, let the books show off their colors, and are so easy to make.  Here’s the full tutorial and material list.  Continue Reading…

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