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Preppy Cane Pillow DIY

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I’m pretty open about the point that I am not huge on color, but I did add some navy into my decor this year and I’m loving the results. As I transition my home into the warmer months, I was looking for a way to add a summery feel while still sticking with my navy and neutral scheme.

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Cane patterns just scream summer to me but, of course, finding something in my desired shade of navy wasn’t super easy.  Like so many things, I just decided to go ahead and make something instead.

This navy cane patterned pillow was so downright easy, you’d be silly not to try it.  It rolled in at under $10 too, which makes it all the more satisfying. A few strips of ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces #2080EL and I was on my way. The materials needed are simple enough: Continue Reading…

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Color Blocked Tassel Napkins

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?)

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Spring Floral Series: Floral Letter for Mother’s Day

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When it comes to flower arranging, you can get as creative as your mind lets you. I love to test, play, and experiment with various ways to make beautiful things.

Today, I’m showing you the DIY project that I taught in last week’s Anthropologie in-store Mother’s Day event!  We had 30 people show up to the Easton Town Center Antro store to learn how to make these letter-shaped flower arrangements… perfect for mothers day.  So, today, ‘M’ is for Mom and I’m going to show you guys how to make a sweet floral ‘M’ for under $15… way cheaper than buying a custom arrangement.

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Gilded Horse Keychain

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One of my favorite things about the spring is the horse racing and culture surrounding it.  Mint juleps, big hats, the rush of a few second long race… I love it all.

This little golden horse keychain is preppy, fun, and just takes a few short minutes to make.  Really, you could take the same DIY elements and apply them to almost anything, but today, I am showing you how to make this gilded horse keychain and maybe it will strike up a little luck for the derby this weekend.

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Want to give it a go?  Full instructions and step by step photos are next!  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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Gold Fruit Bowl DIY

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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?

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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…

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Pushing Myself with Paint

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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? 

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Watercolor Art without Paint

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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!

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Get your iPhones and home printers geared up for this Tuesday tutorial!

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Super Easy Herringbone Dish

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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!

Gold Ikat Herringbone gold ikat with a sharpie

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.

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