brass ornament d.i.y.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Hi everyone! Happy to be back to share a quick and super easy project I did over the weekend. This project came to me in a flash when I saw some brass ornaments that I loved, but at $20+ per ornament the real things weren’t happening, so I created these ornaments as an alternative.

I found the plastic figurines and spray paint at Michael’s. The figurines range from $2 to $6. The gold spray paint is made by Design Master, and although $7-$8 a can for for spray paint seemed steep initially, it was absolutely worth it. I love the color gold it produces.

What you’ll need:

*plastic animals (I used this brand) that you can find at most craft stores

*screw eyes (I used these)

*primer (like kilz)

*gold spray paint (I used this brand — color 231 Gold Medal– found at Michael’s)

*electric drill and drill bit (I used a spade drill bit to start the hole because I had one on hand from carving pumpkins!)

To make the ornaments…

1. Drill hole for screw eye, then screw the screw eye into figurine.

2. Prime figurine with kilz. I tried the project first without priming, and found that the spray paint adheres much, much better with primer.

3. When primer coat is dry, spray with gold paint. Thread with ribbon, and you’re done!

These little animals will be decorating our tree this year, but they would also be so pretty tied on packages, as gifts or as wedding favors for a winter wedding. They’re so easy and lots of fun to make! Happy holidays!

wishing you…

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

See you back here in 2012!

colorful christmas

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

colorful christmas inspiration

Loving this colorful Christmas table, with bold floral patterns and hints of bright neon, photographed by Sharyn Cairns and styled by Glen Proebstel for Inside Out Magazine.

blue christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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I’ve noticed this color a lot this year — nearly every Christmas card we’ve received has hints of soft blue-green. It’s so striking and a bit unusual for holiday decorating, which is why I think I love it so much. What colors are you using this year?

 

images: 1 + 4 photographed by Katie Stoops, styled by me for Southern Weddings V4; 2 via Martha Stewart; 3 via; 5 designed by Snippet & Ink

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

mother's day brunch inspiration



images: mother & child via flickr; silverware and red & white table photographed by claudio raschella for wedding style guide, issue no. 4 via once wed; strawberries via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr; lighting bug catchers photographed by A Bryan Photo via Southern Living;

An Easter Lunch in London

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Easter entertaining inspiration

I really can’t wait to see more tablescape designs from Remodelista. This Easter table, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow, introduced the series.

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Photography by Simon Bevan for Remodelista

twirl

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Loving all of the promotion for Kate Spade’s newest scent, Twirl, photographed by Phil Poynter and styled by Elissa Santisi. The creative team transformed a nightclub into a sparkly new year’s celebration, but it’s great year round party inspiration, no?

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{photographed by Phil Poynter and styled Elissa Santisi; images via PR Starworks and Kate Spade}

happy new year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Hope your night is filled with lots of sparkle!

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{1 – Sunday Suppers; 2 -  via I don’t think Prada is the answer; 3 – The Knot; 4 – Martha Stewart market party via Couture Parties}

Happiest of holidays to you!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

a holiday soiree

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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{photography by katie stoops; flowers by janie medley; styling by merriment events; calligraphy by pretty pen jen; croquembouche by sweetest thing bakery}