Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + halloween + Projects / Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

Succulent worded pumpkins

Here’s the third of 4 projects that I Cassidy and I collaborated on. She made these adorable pumpkins spelling the words “BOO” written in succulents. Get the full scoop and instructions on how to do it on her blog, Succulents and Sunshine.
and as if that is not cute enough…

BAM! Dogs make everything 15 times cuter.

DIY + flowers + my shop + Projects / Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013

2014 Language of Flowers calendar & DIY

You’ve seen this one before, but it’s become a (self-imposed) classic. My 2014 Language of Flowers calendar is out now! If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s based on the Victorian language of flowers, where every flower means something different. The wreath contains a variety of flowers that each spells out a sentence in a love letter. I only divulge the contents of the letter once you receive the calendar in the mail. Because I’m tricky like that. Muhahaha.

I decided to add a big of gold glam to my accessories for the shoot so I DIY’d this bull dog clip with gold leaf and the picture frame from yesterday’s post (I had to, I didn’t realize it takes 2 weeks to get a frame back! I’m a professional procrastinator). The frame was a find from Michael’s and I just gold leafed the outside edge. 
How to gold-leaf a bull dog clip: (I found the directions the kit provided to not be extensive. You had to guess at a lot of things)
Materials: bull dog clip (like this one), gold-leaf kit (like this one), paint brush
Step 1: Paint the bull dog clip with the basecoat from the kit (not indicated in the directions in the kit) and wait for it to dry.
Step 2: Paint the adhesive onto the desired surfaces and wait a half hour to become sticky.
Step 3: You’ll use one whole sheet on this bull dog clip. I applied mine like a blanket onto the clip and then went in and secured it into the angles of the clip.
Step 4: Continue taking bits of gold leaf and holding it onto the adhesive. Make sure you go under the rounded parts. Brush off any excess with a different brush.
Step 5: When finished applying the gold leaf, apply the clear coat on top. 
Step 6: Wait a couple of hours for it to fully dry before using.
Donzo. 
This was my first time gold leafing and I found it to be a very fun process. I might have gold leaf fever so don’t be surprised if my walls turn gold leaf. 
Check out the new 2014 Language of Flowers calendar in my Etsy shop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win all of the products I show this week. 
photography by Cassidy Tuttle 

DIY + halloween + holiday + Projects / Monday, 14 Oct 2013

Decorate pumpkins with succulents

Continuing on the pumpkin/succulent kick with Succulents and Sunshine (last week I featured these painted face pumpkins), I thought it’d be fun to add some succulents onto some pumpkins, as if they were flower petals. Super easy yet lovely.
Materials: pumpkins (light colored work best), succulents in various shades, glue gun
Step 1: Break off the succulents carefully at the very base of where they meet the trunk.
Step 2: Apply hot glue onto the pumpkin and then apply the succulent. I found that when you applied it onto the succulent, it’s more prone to fall off. 
DONZO.

I mean, how adorable right? They’re like little encrusted jewels. Still more to come this week!

Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine 
art direction & crafting by moi

DIY + halloween + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 10 Oct 2013

Make a pumpkin family

In the spirit of my Halloween decorating philosophy, I will be providing you a few tutorials on how to create a lovely Halloween. First up, a pumpkin family. Are you dying from cuteness overload yet? I nearly did as we shot this. It’s too much. I teamed up with the succulent expert Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine (a blog all about succulents. She even has an ebook!) and illustrator of the most adorable faces, Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville to bring you the world’s cutest pumpkin family. Succulents as hair and paint as face. I die. AND, Michelle made you some templates so you can recreate her faces. Score!  
You will need: light colored pumpkins (I found that white works the best), acrylic paints (black and red and white are all you really need), fine paint brush, knife, template (download here), pencil, a variety of succulents, rocks for succulents
Step 1: Carve out the top. You won’t need it so feel free to discard. 
Step 2: Scoop out the seeds.
Step 3: You can trace the faces onto the pumpkin by positioning the template where you want the face and then pressing hard with a pen or pencil. 
OR step 4: You can use pins or toothpicks to transfer the image onto the pumpkin.
OR step 5: Use the template as a stencil and cut it out and paint over with your brush.
Step 6: Paint in the lines with your acrylic paints.
Step 7: Die of cuteness overload.
Step 8: Put some rocks into the pumpkin and insert your succulents. Try a few in the head or just one larger succulent.
I mean…
Dying right? Stay tuned for some more ideas!
photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine
illustration by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville (check out her adorable shop!)
assistant: Audrey Ellsworth
art direction and crafting: moi

DIY + etsy + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013

Printable animal masks

The Etsy blog asked me to come up with a kid-friendly Halloween costume idea and I decided to do some more masks because who doesn’t love a kid in a mask? Well, let’s talk about how kids faces are scientifically proven to be cuter than anything else that covers their face. That’s why these little guys are perfect–they focus attention on the cute faces.

Choose from a panda, giraffe, elephant, all free to download. Check it out here.

And I must talk about these two cuties. Meta of One More Mushroom was kind enough to let me use her space AND her adorable little ones. Henrik LOVES being photographed and knows how to work the camera. Maja, on the other hand, would much prefer to play “rina” and remain in her ballet slippers and tutu showing off her dance moves. Can’t blame the girl. She’s got great taste.

Photography by Ciara Richardson with second image by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine.