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Magnetic Colorblock Desk Accessories

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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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Black & White Abstract Art Video Tutorial

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Well, guys, I have some fun news for you!  Today is the day I publish my very first video tutorial! It’s a bit rough, but I’m pretty proud of it for my first attempt at shooting and editing my own video.  It was 100% done by me and my trusty tripod, so have some mercy, but I hope you enjoy it!

For the abstract paintings, I used watercolor, but maybe not the watercolor you’ve used before.  If you go to your local craft or art store (I went to Michaels) you can buy tubes of watercolor paint.  They work a thousand times better than the stuff you used when you were a kid. I bought a kit with 24 colors for about $18 bucks.  This one is on sale right now at Utrecht. That is really my only big trick. Just get the good paints and you’ll be shocked what a difference it makes!

I do encourage you to try it on your own if you’re feeling creative.  Making a pattern is easy – here are some tips:

First, start out with a couple areas of large, concentrated dots. sprinkle a few smaller dots within that cluster.  Then gradate the size and frequency of the clusters out toward your blank space.  So as the dots move further from the large cluster, they should become smaller and less frequent. If you still doubt your ability, I’ve created a little template! Just print this onto your watercolor paper and paint over the dots.  It doesn’t get easier than this.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video and if you like it better or worse than my little photos I usually do!

 

 

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Black & White Abstract Art

black and white abstract paintings

Whenever Matt goes out of town, I usually paint something.  That something is typically a room, and typically I’m slightly unsure he’ll agree with my color choice hence the call to action while he’s gone!

This weekend, I did a different sort of painting.  I wanted to relax a bit and had some movies I’d been wanting to see (Blue Jasmine & Life of Pi, both excellent), but I cannot do anything where my hands aren’t busy.  If I’m watching TV, I’m also crafting something or sketching or maybe folding clothes… something else so that I don’t feel like I’m rotting my brain glued to the tube.

Anyway, back to the painting.  I was inspired by some of the recent sharpie projects I’d seen on the interwebs.  Both Brittany and Caitlin went at recreating the classic Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric, which is an abstract snow leopard-type print.  I loved what these girls did, but wanted a little more variation and customization in my designs.  I used the fabric as a jumping off point for inspiration, but varied mine quite a bit.  The outcome is a little bit natural (animal print) and a bit abstract.

les touches inspired paintings

abstract black and white art

I hung the two paintings (which I’ve dubbed spotted I and spotted II) in my living room above a corner accent chair.  I am slowly trying to balance some of the simple, rustic, scandinavian touches in my home with the right bit of modern.  I think these paintings definitely help!

What are your thoughts on the paintings?  Different enough from the original?

ALSO, I am going to post a step be step tutorial later this week, so come back if you love them!

 

p.s.  My closet clean-out is going on over on the instagram account @erinsclosetcleanout – follow and bid on designer pieces that I’m (sadly) parting with after hoarding without use!

 

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Polka Dot Plaster Vase

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This is the first time I’ve ever worked with plaster of paris, but I’d wanted to try creating a plaster vase for a while now.  I’ve seen similar items at Anthro or West Elm, but just thought, “I’d like to give this a go before I buy something funky and artsy”.  Do you ever think like that?  I’m not necessarily thinking that I want to knock something off, just more of a creative adventure to see if I can create something I like with my own two hands.

Anyway, this turned out being very very simple and made me so happy that I’m going to try some other plaster variations on upcoming projects (get ready!).

textured plaster vase

plaster vase tutorial

ONE mix 1 1/2 cups plaster with 1 cup of water.  TWO create an underlying texture on a glass vessel.  I used an old candle (with wax removed) and some furniture foot pads (because I had a bunch on hand) to create a raised dot texture.  THREE roll the vase in the plaster until all glass and textured pieces are covered.

I let it dry for an hour and was done!  I could have spray painted this gold (surprise, surprise) but kind of liked the silky white natural look of the plaster.

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It’s by no means perfect, but that is kind of the point.  Not only did I get to play with a new material, but I make something that is sculptural and interesting as well.  I’m happy with it!
My wheels are already turning with what my next plaster of paris project will be.  I can’t wait to dig in!

Have you ever attempted a plaster project?

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Meet & Greet with Jen from ‘With Heart’

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Friends, today I’d like to introduce you to the first post in a series of Meet & Greet posts where I intend to introduce you to some really creative, innovative, and sweet DIY bloggers around the web.  Jen from With Heart has an incredible style, mixing a bit of glam with colorful, fun, and family friendly (like this gold rope mirror that I LOVE).  She does a ton of video (which is totally a goal of mine) and showcases some really cool projects.  Meet Jen!

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I hope you guys loved seeing the creative process through the lens of another blogger, and if you didn’t follow Jen before, you might want to now!

Have a lovely Tuesday!

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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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Ten Minutes Tops: Patterned Acrylic Coasters

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Get ready for a new project series on House of Earnest called ‘Ten Minutes Tops”.  These will be very simple projects that even the DIY challenged can accomplish – I swear!

We’re starting out today with some cork and chevron acrylic coasters.  Like many of my projects, I’d drawn to the various different ways you can customize this project.  After I’d completed these, I actually thought about how fun it would be to use black and white photos or artwork inside! Anyway, let’s get started!

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Ten Minute Patterned Coasters Workflow

The key to the quickness here is getting the acrylic squares cut for you at your local hardware store.  The guys at Home Depot are always more than happy to cut any glass, acrylic, or wood for me.  They’re just the nicest and they cut way straighter and smoother than I do. You can find the acrylic (actually polycarbonate) sheets right by the glass cutting area.  Another ‘pre-made’ part of this is the adhesive backed cork.  I found it in the specialty paper wall at my Michaels store, right in there with the other paper.

ONE Remove the backing from a 4″ x 4″ square of your cork paper.  TWO lay down your chosen patterned paper, allowing 1/2″ of exposed sticky cork to adhere to the acrylic.  My paper is from Paper Source!  THREE top on your 4″ x 4″ square of acrylic that the nice hardware people cut for you.  *optional: if you feel that the acrylic has sharp edges, use a sanding block to soften them.

 

Can you believe that’s all? What would your spin on this easy project be?

 

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NYE Party Hat with Christmas Ribbon

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I’m a hat kind of girl.  I have always loved collecting fancy antique hats with nets, feathers, and all of the trimmings.  As the years go by, I seem to have less and less places to which I can wear some of my more extravagant pieces, but New Year’s Eve is certainly an occasion where (even if you’re not a hat person) it’s totally acceptable to rock something over-the-top (literally).

pretty new years party hat

new years eve cute party hat diy

This easy, DIY fascinator is a great use of leftover ribbon from the Christmas holiday, so the only things you may have to purchase are the clips, felt, and numeral stickers – should you want to use them! Don’t put away the Christmas ribbon just yet! The easy step by step tutorial might just inspire you to get creating!  Continue Reading…

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Quick Patterned Acrylic Trays

acrylic pattern trays

This is such an easy idea to make your New Years Eve bar really cute and unique.  You can use any paper or pattern than falls in line with your party theme and really add a gorgeous touch to your event.

With a frame you can buy at any store from Wal-mart to Micheals, you can easily purchase all of the things to make this simple project.

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Acrylic box frames take center stage in this two step project, keep reading for the full tutorial, you’ll definitely want to add this small, but totally custom, touch to your NYE event.

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DIY Presents: Monogrammed Guest Towels

diy monogrammed guest towels

It’s my last DIY gift before Christmas and this one is certainly the best for the time-sensitive.  It’s hard to even call it a ‘craft’ because it involves little to no skill whatsoever, but that is a really good thing for those of you who may be reluctant to take things into your own hands when it comes to Christmas gifts – like a starter project? Ok, let’s do this.

These guest towels could be used as bar towels, or in the bathroom, or as napkins.  They’re so versatile, but I love using them here as a really luxe addition to my holiday bar (with all of that prosecco, you can tell I’m serving bubbly cocktails for Christmas, but more on that next week).

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It’s as easy as 1, 2 (no 3!) so keep on reading for the step by step! Continue Reading…

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