Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + halloween + Home + Life / Monday, 22 Oct 2018

Modernized Day of the Dead Ofrenda

Day of the Dead OfrendaHave you ever heard of Day of the Dead Ofrendas? If you’ve seen the movie Coco, you probably get the gist. Ofrenda means ‘offering’ in Spanish and is a display set up to remember and honor your ancestors. The ofrenda consists of several components including photos of past loved ones, candles, fruits and sweets, flowers, papel picado, and more. It serves as a chance to welcome those ancestors who have passed back into your home and heart. Not to mention it creates the most beautiful display overflowing with flowers and foliage! We’re creating a modern-day take on the Ofrenda with foraged greenery, one that you can easily recreate and keep up all month long! This is my ideal kind of holiday decor, not to mention the sentimentality of it is so special!

Day of the Dead OfrendaRecently, Paul and I completed our 23andMe DNA tests, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and we are now anxiously awaiting our reports. With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to celebrate and learn more about my family history than with my very own ofrenda! This display is the perfect way to decorate for the season, but also a wonderful chance to learn more about yourself and your heritage. Win win!

See how easy the 23andMe service process is, discover more about your ancestry and get inspired to create your own Ofrenda

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DIY + halloween + Projects / Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

When it comes to Autumn and Halloween decor, I always have a difficult time deciding which direction I want to take it. Do you go traditional with black and orange and the typical bats and witch hats? Or maybe all white with plenty of skeletons and ghosts? Honestly, I’ll probably switch it up every year. But is it any surprise that I wanted to go rainbow? I love those front porches that are overflowing with pumpkins and I thought would look so fun in a beautiful muted rainbow palette. It’s a simple concept, yet the execution looks so stunning! These DIY Rainbow Pumpkins are the perfect way to adorn your porch for October and November!

Let’s paint the pumpkins rainbow!

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DIY + Projects + Style / Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018

DIY Indian Block Printing

Are you familiar with Indian Block Printing? If you’re not sure, chances are you’d recognize it if you saw it. I absolutely love the look and have been searching for Indian block printed everything lately. From curtains to dresses to bedding, it’s such a versatile look and there are countless design options. We wanted to try our hand at the technique, and though we’ve simplified the process quite a bit, we’re thrilled with the end result! We also discovered that there is a treasure trove of Indian blocks available for purchase on Etsy at a reasonable price. This is a great technique to use on items that need a little refreshing: think tea towels or scarves, or you can try it on a piece of fabric and transform it into anything!

Follow the steps and try your hand at DIY Indian Block Printing! 

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DIY + Projects / Monday, 8 Oct 2018

West Elm Felt Ball Coaster

DIY Felt Ball Coasters

This month we have partnered up with West Elm to celebrate Fair Trade month! What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade is a movement that creates long-term economic opportunities for workers. Did you know that West Elm is the first ever home retailer to offer Fair Trade certified goods? Pretty groundbreaking! Today the west elm Fair Trade program impacts 11,000+ workers. If you take a look in the windows of West Elm this month, you’ll see these felt balls in the window displays. We’re thrilled to be able to show you how to create a West Elm Felt Ball Coaster, perfect for the season!

DIY Felt Ball Coasters

We’re celebrating this special month by creating a coaster DIY using felt balls handcrafted by West Elm’s artisan partners at Everest, a family-run Fair Trade Certified factory in Nepal. We have great news for any of you who want to create this project with us! On Saturday, October 20th at all West Elm Store locations, there will be a DIY Workshop to make these felt coasters! All the materials will be provided and you’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with fellow makers!

I will be leading the DIY at the Salt Lake City location and I’d love to meet any of you Utah locals!

Purchase tickets HERE to secure a spot at your local west elm store.

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DIY + halloween + Projects / Monday, 1 Oct 2018

Picasso and Painting Mommy and Me Halloween Costume

Picasso and Painting

For years I’ve been dreaming about the day when I could create Mommy and Me costumes for Halloween. I mean, matching my child in costume? Yes, please! Jasper is 8 months now and I literally brainstorm the possibilities EVERY SINGLE DAY. So when Primary approached us about creating a costume with their children’s clothing, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. They have the best basics for babies and toddlers and with their color variety, the possibilities are endless. (remember our triplets costumes?!) Enter the Picasso and Painting Costume!

Picasso and Painting

Jasper has been blessed with many gifts, one of them being Pablo Picasso’s doppleganger. I’ve included a side by side photo comparison for your viewing pleasure. Is it the bald head? The nose? The big belly? Listen, having my son resemble a master, no matter the appearance, is enough to convince me that he may also be a genius. Primary just so happened to carry a navy and white striped onesie, so it was clearly meant to be. Jasper would be Picasso and I would be his most prized work of art! Ha! It came together really quickly and is super easy to DIY!

Take a look to see how we created the whole ensemble!

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