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Three (Pretty) Easter Egg Decorations

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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.

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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…

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Cross Stitched Table Runner for Spring

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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!

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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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Keep on reading for more photos and the border variation!  Continue Reading…

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Palm Springs (Meet Make, Do) Recap

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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.

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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?

 

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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!).

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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…

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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!

 


This post was created in partnership with Bing.

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Tie one on: St Paddys Day Decor

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

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Pastel Dipped Glassware

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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.

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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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Honeycomb Stamped Cocktail Napkins

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I’ve had this idea to make a quick stamp out of cardboard for a while now, and I’m happy to report that it works awesome. This project took me about 20 minutes total and turned out super cute.  I bought a whole slew of colorful linen napkins from Crate and Barrel the other day and now I’ve got a honeycomb pattern that is cool, unique and ready just in time for spring drinks (we can hope, right?).

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Like I said, this is a quick project using cardboard as a stamp!  I know you’ll love it!  If you’d like the full tutorial and materials list  Continue Reading…

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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

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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.

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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!).

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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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