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Handmade: Gold Foil Tumblers

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It’s no secret that I love gold, and you know I could use a good cocktail on a Wednesday. I made these little gold confetti tumblers after seeing so many similar versions in the market. These aren’t too intense, but are pretty easy and are oh-so-cute!

Fill them up with a little pomegranate juice, some Zonin prosecco, and basil and you’ve got yourself a perfect mid-week treat.

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confetti cups workflow

ONE tape off the bottom of a glass with blue painters tape and stick some dots onto the bottom, more concentrated at the top and less concentrated toward the bottom. TWO cover the top of the glass with a sandwich bag and tape it down on the same tapeline as before. THREE spray paint the bottom of the glass with a bright gold spray paint. FOUR using a gold leaf pen, carry the dot motif up onto the top of the glass.  More concentrated at the bottom and sparse toward the top.

I think they’re so fun and sure do look festive for spring, right?  Grab just a few ingredients, have a cocktail and happy hump day!

So, as a disclaimer, I am using spray paint on food and beverage item which isn’t recommended for food contact.  I felt like being on the outside of the glass I was comfortable with that, but if you’re not, please use your discretion. 

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Easter Eggs: Dipping, Marbling, and Speckling

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If variety is the spice of life, we’ve got plenty over here today to give Easter just a bit more flavor this year.  I’ve got three ways to decorate your eggs at three different difficulty levels.

First, the marbled eggs follow the same exact set up as my marbled paper, which is pretty easy, but the difficulty comes in for the dip.  You’ve got to delicately graze the shell over the paint and do your best not to dip at all.  You want to pick the paint up off of the starch, so don’t dunk.  Carefully grazing your egg while holding onto the ends is a bit time consuming, but they look beautiful. For the speckled eggs, you just use the store-bought blue dye and fling a little gold paint onto the shell with a wooden skewer. And third, if you’ve got some colorful washi tape sitting around, just wrap up your little eggs for the easiest route to awesome.

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Sugar and Spice

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I’m into simple, if you haven’t noticed, and I love simple things that still have some wow factor for gifting or for everyday use.

Infused spirits and drinks have been all the rage this past year, but I’m bringing the trend back to a simpler, giftable item that will impress even the toughest critic.  Infused salts and sugars are so easy, give a ton of room for creative freedom, and look darling in little jars with handwritten labels.

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It really is just as easy and putting your favorite herbs or flavorings into some sea salt or sugar, closing it tight, and letting it sit for about a week prior to gifting or using.  You can always choose to pluck the flavoring agent back out, but I think they look so pretty nestled in the jars.  I was also thinking about how wonderful some lavender sugar would be (sprinkled on scones?) and some hot chili salt would be so fun as well!  Have a great time coming up with ideas and let me know what you try!

Any flavors that pop in your mind?

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Hand Made: Coiled Rope Bowl

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A few weeks ago I saw a coiled rope bowl at some store with a price tag in the triple digits.  I was a little shocked to say the least and took it as a personal challenge to make a simple, sweet bowl of my own.

One trip to the home improvement store and $4.00 later, I had eight feet of rope to try my hand at this project.  All it took was a hot glue gun and a strong grip to complete and I saved over a hundred bucks (not that I wouldn’t have spent it).

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rope bowl workflow

ONE clamp one end of the rope in a tight fold.  TWO glue the fold and let it completely cool as this is the biggest stress point for the rope.  THREE  after establishing a round flat base for the bowl, begin to overlap the rope slightly to form the sides. FOUR for the last coil, flip the bowl around so that you can ensure all glue is hidden beneath the rim.

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My version of this rope bowl is quite simple, but just think of the many variations you could make!  I’m actually thinking about buying another (longer) length of rope and making a large, flat bowl for a coffee table centerpiece.  Now that the initial idea is out of my brain, taking it into different directions is so much easier.

What do you guys think?

 

p.s. Don’t make fun of my fake apples!  I am going on vacation starting today and have no fresh food in my house!

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Gold Handmade Wall Art

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Unique art that doesn’t cost a ton isn’t hard to come by, but making your own could be even easier than searching for low cost perfection. Using just a gold leaf pen and a printout to trace, I transformed a frame that I already had into some really sweet art for my desk.

The trick is to just flip your desired design to be a mirror opposite so that you can trace onto the backside of the glass, which gives the gold leaf a little more of a sheen than it would have on its own.

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gilded frame workflow

ONE using this template, start tracing around the letters, then fill them in.  TWO using a scrap piece of paper, keep pressing down the tip of the gold pen periodically to ensure that ink flow is consistent.  THREE put your finished glass into the front of your original frame and run a bead of hot glue around the edge so that you don’t have to use the back of the frame.

Make sure to carefully wipe around the art to get rid of any fingerprints after the ink has dried and you’re finished.

There are so many designs you could make that would be beautiful as well.  A little geometric design would be cool as well as something little and quirky like a bicycle.  Whatever you want to do, just print out the picture and trace around it!  Perfection!

Have a great Tuesday, you guys!  I’m leaving India really late tonight and I’m excited to get back home to my own bed, my little monster dog, and my husband.

See you all on the other side!

 

p.s.  The Birchseed giveaway ENDS tonight at midnight, EST.  See full details and rules by clicking here!!

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Hand Made: Lacquered Animal Bookends

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I was bursting at the seams to share this project and today is the day!  I love lacquered anything, but this cute little animals in a lovely deep blue are such a welcome addition to my office.  They were so so simple to make and the options of animal, object, and color are endless.  I think I might even make a few for gifts!

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I simply used Gorilla Super Glue to adhere a plastic toy to a brick, painted with a high gloss paint and finished it off with a high gloss lacquer top coat. Easy, huh?

I had so much fun playing around with styling them and thought the monkey’s faces were humorous.  I really wanted to find horses or a lion, but truth be told, finding the toy to use was the hardest part of this project.  I ended up using dog toys, but I think a trip to a large toy store probably would have yielded good results as well.

So what do you think?  Silly? Fun? Can I say chic?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Spool of Love

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I’ve shared a few other Valentine’s day ideas with you guys – A non-romantic, but darling, Bee idea with printable as well as a geometric addition to wrapped gifts. In both posts, I expressed how Valentine’s days really isn’t my thing, but I wanted to share one sweet bit which could be used all year round to show your honey that you’re thinking about them.

Since I’m in India for the romantic holiday, I thought it would be nice to leave a few little lovely tidbits around the house for Matt to find. I wound up some pretty patterned paper into spools, each with a little message, to remind my husband in lots of little ways how much I adore him.

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spool workflow

ONE use a bit of tape to adhere your message to a vintage spool.  Or you can buy wooden spools in the wood tidbits area at your craft store. TWO roll away your message. THREE tie it up tight with a pretty bit of string.

Of course, you can do this without the spools and just leave cute little notes scattered around, but how perfect is the idea of unrolling a tiny little message?  It reminds me of a message in a bottle of sorts!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll forget most hiding spots and find them throughout the year, but it’s a cute little reminder anytime, right?

I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday!  I’m off to dinner already and will see you guys back here tomorrow with an eastern inspired GIVEAWAY!

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Hot on Wooden Beads

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This project came up last weekend totally by accident.  I had a bunch of wooden bead packets sitting in my dining room for another project and was also in the process of making some tea.

I realized at that point that I didn’t own one trivet.  In the past, I used towels or cutting boards for hot items and never really thought twice about it.  In that moment, I wanted to bring my teapot into the dining room where I was working, so I just decided to string twelve of these beads quickly together to form a resting place for my pot.

Not only did it work out wonderfully, but I thought it was really simple and pretty and thus, should be shared with you guys.

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So it was as easy as that!  The bad news is that my aforementioned project which started the whole need for tea went south really fast and was a pretty big failure. I suppose I got the trivet out of the whole process, and for that, I’m thankful!

Have you ever quickly put something together out of necessity and it become one of your favorite things? If so, share in the comments below!

Have a MARVELOUS Thursday, you guys!

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Bee Mine Valentine

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I’m not usually a Valentine’s Day kind of person, but instead of thinking of it as a day to tell people I very obviously love (my husband) that I do (duh), I started to think of it as a way to tell people who I appreciate that I do.  You don’t have to shout ‘I love you’ from the mountains, but there is probably a characteristic that you love about most people who you interact with closely on a daily basis.  Your colleague?  You love that she is so passionate about your joint project.  Your neighbor?  You love that he is so kind to bring your newspaper up to your porch.

Whatever the reason, I really like this not-too-romantic way to share appreciate for those who are close. Tie the little note to something bee related like a jar of honey with a mini honey dipper and let those around know how you feel about them.

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What’s more is that I have these precious ‘Bee Mine’ cards already cued up for printing.  Just print directly onto a set of perforated business card paper from your local office supply store and you’ve got it covered!  Click here for the Printable valentine (front) and printable valentine – back.  Enjoy!

Have a SWEET Tuesday!

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Hand Made: Accordion Hearts

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I love a fun gift topper, and these little accordion hearts are both fun to receive and fun to make (believe me, I made about ten of them)! I think the three dimensional aspect of it is what makes it stand out – literally.

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 It’s early enough to make a few for Valentines day (or any day) and stash them away for when you’re wrapping gifts.  The heart toppers only use one half of a piece of construction paper so get out your scissors and get going! (PDF template to print included!)

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