I have a bad habit of looking at pieces of furniture, accessories, or jewelry and thinking... "I can totally make this!". This portion of my blog is all about taking my inspiration and turning nothing into a little something. 

May 23, 2013
diy: wood plank headboard

Our master bedroom headboard needed.... well... A headboard... to make more of a statement. So, we took planks from the hardware store and a little wood stain and turned them in to just that! 

Don't mind the missing closet door!

Stain each plank of wood using one cloth to apply and the other to spread the color evenly.

Once each plank has been stained, allow them to sit overnight to ensure they are completely dry.

Cut down each plank to desired length

Attach planks together using the metal brackets on the top, center, and bottom of the planks

 Using your nail gun, attach the sheet of planks to the wall. Starting with one on each corner and working your way in to the center of the planks.

February 18, 2013
diy: monogrammed stationery

Bell'Invito Paperie

I love when my friends' birthdays come around. It is the perfect excuse to experiment with a new DIY and share it with all of you! My newlywed friend, Cori, had her birthday this week and what better way to celebrate her day of birth and new Mrs. status than showering her with monogrammed gifts?! My favorite part about this project is even after the stationary has been used, you still have the custom stamp to continue to put your name on e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g! Let's begin.

Where to buy:

**I purchased my paper supplies through Bell'Invito's DIY Paperie here.
I created my custom stamp with Photoshop (instructions below) and uploaded my design to Rubber Stamp Champ, here. It arrived within 5 business days.
Embossing supplies can be found at Michaels or Paper Source.

Part 1: Creating your monogram stamp

  Select your script font. I chose Mardian from Dafont (found here)

 If you are downloading your font, click on the download once it is complete and select the .ttf file. Then click install (same steps for PC users).

Open Photoshop and create a new file. Set your resolution to a minimum of 300 to create a hi-resolution image.

Insert a text box in the center of the file and type in the last name initial, in uppercase letters, with your font size set at 50pt

Do the same for the first and middle initial on either side with your font size set at 35pt. Arrange the placement of the two outside letters as desired.

Save your file as a .jpg or .png (.png is my preference so you do not lose image quality) and upload it to your custom stamp order on rubberstampchamp.com

I selected a 1"x2" stamp (found here) since my stationary is 4"x4.5".
For more stamp size options, click here.

Now the fun part...
Part 2: Creating Your Stationary

Sorry I'm blurry.
First, line your envelopes. Place the envelope liner upside down and apply glue on the perimeter of the envelope flap. Slip the liner into the envelope and press down firmly. Repeat until all envelopes are lined.

Next, grab your note cards, stamp, and embossing ink. Press your stamp into the ink pad a few times and stamp your note card.

Sprinkle the embossing powder over the monogram. Make sure you completely cover the stamped area.

Shake off the excess powder.

Apply heat with the embossing gun to the monogram while keeping at least 5"-6" in between the note card and the gun (you don't want to burn it). The powder will start to rise. Once the entire monogram has risen and glazed over, allow it to set for a few seconds, and you're done!

You can use the embossing tools and your custom stamp on any fat service.  I love adding the embossed look to my notebooks, too!

Annnnd.... I had to make myself a few set, of course!

February 3, 2013
diy: ombre vase

If you're like me, you have a collection of decorative accessories that you have gathered throughout the years that you cannot bring yourself to throw away (like my vast pillow collection in the living room closet). You REALLY might need them someday, right? When we moved into our new house last summer, I had a ton of things that didn't really fit the new aesthetic. The horrid green vase below, is a perfect example. The vases only had one spot in the house they could fit, size wise, but the transparent green did not compliment the navy blue bookshelves that would become their new home. They sat in the corner for a few months collecting dust until one day, I had a light bulb moment. *DING!*

I could attempt to spray paint these sad guys and if I fail, no harm. It's not like they were making a good impression being all sad and dusty hanging out in the corner. So, the vases and I headed out to the garage for a spray paint makeover.

Supply List:
  • Primer spray paint
  • Base color spray paint (I chose white)
  • Ombre color spray paint (I chose gold)
  • Painting paper (or newspaper) to protect the ground surface
Estimated Project Time: 1 Hour (Including dry time)

 So I want to start off this DIY by apologizing for the inconsistent photos. This is a project I did a few months ago, but I still wanted to share this with you. NOW - with that being said, let's begin!

Lay down your painting paper and place your item on top. Paint the entire surface with your primer. 

Once your layer of primer has dried, paint the surface with your base color.

**Keep at least 8-10" between your paint can and its victim. If you get too close, it can cause thick sections and drips which show very easily. Keep your can moving from left to right and release the trigger when you reach the outer most part of your object on each side. 

When your base color is completely dry, flip your object upside down and begin your ombre effect. You will use your same spray technique but once you get to the point you want to achieve the faded look, you want to gradually move your paint can farther away from the object.

Once your object is completely dry, bring it back inside, and enjoy!

January 17th, 2013

diy: statement earrings

So I have a slight obsession with unique jewelry. It all started a few years back when I wanted to make my girlfriends bracelets for the holidays. When they expressed how much they enjoyed them, I thought, "I could turn this into a small business". So I did for a year or two... and then life happened so, I recently stopped designing.

BUT - I will find any excuse to get back into it and make a little treat for myself friends.

My friend, Jennifer, came to me requesting I make the jewelry for her bridesmaids to wear on her wedding day. Lucky for me, I am one of them (So I get to keep a pair of these bad boys!).

With that being said, this DIY post is inspired by the making of the statement earrings that will be worn for my good friend's spring wedding. ENJOY!

These gorgeous earrings were my inspiration.
By Auden Amelia II for $348 via ShopBop

I will show you the materials I used and how I executed the DIY version of these amazing statement earrings. The best part? They were only $18!! You can use this technique with any statement earrings you have been dreaming of owning but your wallet is screaming, "Not a chance!"

First off - the supplies:

  • various sizes of loose rhinestones
  • stone settings the same size as your selected rhinestones
  • rhinestone chain
  • plated earring posts
  • earring post backings
  • stiffened felt
  • super glue
  • scissors
  • exacto knife (if you need to cut out the center of your felt)
  • needle nose pliers
  • wire cutters 
  • pen
Once you have all of your supplies in order, you will begin attaching your rhinestones to your stone settings.
**Do not add the stone to your top setting just yet. we need to put the earring post through the back before the stone.

Place a small amount of super glue inside the setting before placing the rhinestone inside. Once your rhinestone has had a minute to dry, use your needle nose pliers to press down the tabs in front of the stone... like so...

After you have placed all of the stones in their settings, begin to play with the placement of your stones on top of the sheet of felt.

When you are happy with the placement of your stones, gently trace around your stones. 

Take your scissors and cut a few mm inside the drawn outline. This way, you should not see the felt backing once you place your stones on top.

Now, we are going to turn this felt into an earring! Take your top stone setting and your earring post and see how they fit with each other...

This is where you start to manipulate your supplies to work for you. Since my top stone setting was too small for the posts, I used my wire cutters and cut off each side to allow it to fit in the setting...

Once you have your post through the setting, add a small amount of super glue and insert your stone.

Allow your setting to dry for a minute or two. When your setting is dry, punch the post through the top portion of the felt cut out.

Begin to glue the remainder of your set stones on to the felt.

Measure out your rhinestone chain to finish off the bottom of the earrings and glue in sections as you wrap around the center stone.

Once you have completed your earring, trim the edges of felt with your exacto knife where it is needed... and ENJOY!


felt & earring posts - Michaels


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