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!

father’s day d.i.y.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

father's day d.i.y.

I had so much fun concepting and producing this project for Oh Joy, fun for father’s day and any summer party, really. Please go check it out! Thanks to Kaycee Deen Hopper for the pretty pictures! And thanks, of course, to Joy for having me again!

happy mother’s day

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I had fun creating this quick + easy Mother’s Day D.I.Y. for Oh Joy! Hope you’ll pop over and have a look!

mother's day d.i.y.

Happy Mother’s Day Mamas! xo

{photography by katie stoops}

Neon Dip Dyed Easter Eggs

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

neon dip dye easter eggs

I had so much fun working on this Easter story for Oh Joy! I hope you’ll click over to read the story and make some neon dip dyed eggs of your own!


photo by katie stoops

dip dyed

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Loving these dip dyed table cloths. Such an easy and affordable way to dress up a basic cotton linen and to have something unique and custom for an event!


images: 1 + 3 photographed by Polly Wreford for Red Magazine first spotted here and here at Bright Bazaar; 2 photographed by Emma Lee via House to Home

ethereal ombre

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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Loving all of the delicate watercolor-inspired ombre details I’ve been seeing lately, from pretty hanging pendants, to cakes, to this brilliant d.i.y. project designed by Joy Thigpen for Once Wed.

photos: Pendant lampshade, place setting and cake via Martha Stewart; Napkins via Once Wed

craft crush

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

This post is for Susan*, who asks, “where do you get that stuff?” in regards to the projects I’m always working on for clients. I spend a lot of time shopping the usual suspects…michael’s, ben franklin, paper source, but I just discovered Olive Manna and Cute Tape and crush…major crush.

So many cool things you can do with decorative tape from cute tape. Like this…brilliant. Also love this cotton tape, perfect for stamping.

I’m a big fan of tags…so many uses from escort cards to labels, but wooden tags? Takes it to an entirely new level. Will be stocking up on these beauties for Christmas gift wrapping.

{from the top: clothespins, tags on top right, tags on bottom left, bunting; tape; wooden tags, twist ties}

*Susan promises me that I’m going to get to work on a marthable craft project sometime this fall, and I’m holding her to it. ; )