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”. 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…
So, this has turned into a bit of a preview for tomorrow’s post, but sprung up out of total necessity (which is how ideas for most of my projects are born). I was searching around this weekend for a footed fruit bowl or parfait dish for this weeks’ spring floral series post, which is clearly about large, shallow arrangements and how to put them together.
Onto the dish… I went to no less than 5 stores looking for the footed dish I had in mind and still was at a total loss. everything was plain looking and too large. Although I know some of you probably have dishes similar to this already in your arsenal, I don’t, so I decided I’d make something. I’ve seen so many DIY candles and cake plates online, so I thought I’d put this knowledge to use and make myself a fruit dish for the arrangement (or for fruit, or candy, or anything). Are you ready for this tutorial?
Want to know the best part about this project? It cost me less than $8. And that includes the paint and the glue. Keep reading for the full tutorial! Continue Reading…
Ok, so was it killing you? The wait to find out what in the world I painted red in my home that consists of no red whatsoever? No? Ok, well, I’ll show you anyway.
I confessed last week that I strongly strongly dislike (possibly bordering on hate) the color red. But I also challenged myself in my yearly goals to push myself a bit more outside of my typical grey, black, brown comfort zone. I like style that is earthy and relaxed with classic lines and a tid bit of glam. I know it doesn’t all seem to go together, but I think my living room is a great example of the looks combined.
Red, in my opinion does not fit into this look. BUT I had a super ugly piece of furniture that needed a new life so I decided in honor of National Painting Week (SWPaintingweek.com) to offer myself up for something that made me a little uncomfortable. I volunteered to paint it red.
side note: do you ever volunteer to do things that push yourself because you know that you’re held accountable for the end product? Like, volunteer to cook for a work function when you’re learning to cook or something? So you can see why I did this?
This week marks my fourth wedding anniversary and although the traditional fourth year gift is flowers, I decided to make a little customized watercolor art. We hardly ever buy each other real gifts but instead do a nice dinner together or go on a trip, so small little tidbits are more my style.
This watercolor quotation art doesn’t require any actual watercolors, which is why it’s so easy for anyone to do! It uses a bit of a trick that I borrowed from technology which makes it all the more foolproof!
Get your iPhones and home printers geared up for this Tuesday tutorial!
This easy DIY is a scenario where I saw these little white dishes at Target and thought, “blank slate!”. I had no clue what I was going to end up using them for, but they were the perfect size, so I couldn’t pass them up. They’re been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and since I’m a doodler, I whipped out my gold sharpie and started scribbling right on the plates.
There is tons of sharpie art out there on the inter webs, but I just loved how easy, but impressive this one ended up. It actually makes me think of this little teapot at C. Wonder – which wasn’t my intention, but ended up being pretty comparable… and all for just $2!
If you’re not good at free handing a design, keep on reading to see my easy way to get all those scribbles nicely placed.
I love decorating Easter eggs. In the past, it was an opportunity to sit down and have fun with siblings and cousins, in recent times, it’s an opportunity to think of creative, new ways to showcase a little beauty.
This year, I have three easy, colorful ways to decorate your eggs for the holiday. Get your baskets ready, they’re going to be full of glittered, fringed, and dotted masterpieces. Continue Reading…
If you’ve been following House of Earnest for awhile, you might think this project looks oddly similar to something I’ve already done and you’re right! My black and white cross stitched table runner that I did in 2012 is a reader favorite. I have gotten more reader DIY photos of this project than of any other, so it didn’t shock me when the team at Darby Smart contacted me about making this project into a DIY kit!
The Stitched Table Runner kit is based on my original scandinavian cross design, but with bright ombre string. The kit comes with all of the materials, plus the instructions for the cross designed runner.
Since I have already done a cross version, however, I thought I’d show a variation today by doing an ombre border around my runner. It’s the same technique, but just shows how versatile this project is and how easy it is to make it your own!
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What a treat I have for you guys today! After the initial drama from my trip to Palm Springs wore off, I wanted to have some time to reflect and show you guys the fabulous parts. Firstly, a giant thank you to all of the fabulous people at Bing who sponsored this gathering, which we called ‘Meet, Make, Do’. The get-together was brought to life by Chelsea, Kelly, and Brittni, and was centered around the idea of getting together to do the things that we love with other people who love doing them. In this case, it was DIY and craft bloggers.
Aside from the people I did know going into the weekend, I met a few new friends as well – Mary from Mary Costa Photography took all of these amazing photos and Katie from the Bing team brought the tech to our doorstep and showed us a few cool new products and features as well. It was funny when she was showing us new things, however, because apparently when you get 12 of the same exact blogger personalities in the same room, we all have the same reactions to things. So, there were lots of unanimous exclamations of “Whoa!” and “Amazing!” and “Awesome!”. You’d think they were telling us we mind boggling info, but really, we just get very excited about things.
Bing Tip: I learned that if you sign up for a bing account, you can actually get points just for doing internet searches on Bing.com which they call Bing Rewards. Points are good toward all sorts of prizes. So, I basically zoned straight out for about 15 minutes and signed myself up… which is apparently what I’m doing above. If you switch your iPhone search engine (in the settings) over to Bing, you can get points for searching on your iOS phone too! How amazing is that?
We had pretty much everything under the sun to play with and all thanks to some amazing brands. Just LOOK at the amazing array of supplies! I gravitated towards the fabrics from The Fabric Store LA and joked about making myself some clothes since my suitcase hadn’t arrived from the airline at that point, but ended up being so drawn to the fresh flowers from Flower Muse. I actually ended up creating the first post in a new floral series that will launch soon – so watch out for it!
We did a lot of our searching with Bing (obviously) and I learned something else which might interest you – did you know that image searches on Bing can be filtered by color? Or by faces? or (this is the best for bloggers) by licensing and copyright? Just a quick tip for ya!
Aside from the craft supplies, we just had an all-around amazing time together. I mentioned a lot of the bonding last week, but we had some great times that were almost too pretty for words. Dinners were fully styled with menus, place cards, and little favors, the settings were gorgeous and we went early to get enough photo ops (when you have groups of bloggers doing things, you must allow ample time for instagramming!).
Striped Cat Studio did these beautiful menus for our first night’s dinner at Workshop – whose food I was blown away by… it was truly a fabulous dining experience. Minted provided the goodies during our second night’s dinner at the Ace Hotel. In between meals we snacked on goodies from Edoughble (cookie dough made for eating raw… amazing, right?) and M. Greenwood Jams who made amazing savory jams to top our cheese. And I’m saving the best for last…
Just LOOK at the pool. I didn’t even get in because I was so busy crafting, but I mean, come on.
So, it was such a beautiful place, with beautiful company, and we got to work with beautiful product. All around, It was such a great opportunity and I am so so so thankful to Bing for having us all out!
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.
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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!
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