Posts Categorized: Projects

Projects + Style / Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017

Hardware Store Necklaces

My dear friend, illustrator Michéle Brummer Everett, has top-notch style and I love to see what she puts together. She is always donning the raddest jewelry. The other day I took a closer look at a piece she was wearing, only to realize that it all made out of hardware store pieces! Rope, tubing, metal pipes, and some embroidery floss. That’s all it is! I love when unusual items can be transformed into something beautiful and absolutely original. We’re featuring a few of her Hardware Store Necklaces here on the blog and pairing them with some fun outfits so you get the feel of the entire look. Clearly, these necklaces are not for the faint of heart, but some bold accessorizing never hurt anyone! Today she’s teaching us how she does it! 

When I first went away to art school in Chicago I discovered Ace Hardware (no this isn’t a sponsored post, just a declaration of love). As a South African who had no experience in midwestern weather I remember running into the small Ace across from my building seeking shelter. The snow kept falling and so I poked around only to discover what I know now…everything I ever needed is sold in a hardware store.

DIY a necklace with items from the hardware store

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DIY + Food + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 18 Sep 2017

“The Birds” Cake Topper

"The Birds" Cake TopperIt’s mid-September already which means we’re knee-deep in Halloween crafts and costumes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a chance to embrace all things spooky and moody and even a little bit creepy, which I love. This may be a bit surprising to many of you, but it’s not always rainbows and flowers over here! So to kick off our Halloween posts this year we have “The Birds” cake topper, inspired, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great “scary movie.” It is more suspenseful than anything and appropriate for all tolerance levels (I’m a bit of a wimp). Fun Fact: It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress in 2016. So yes, it’s worth a watch!

"The Birds" Cake Topper with svg files for cricut

Lucky for you, these birds won’t attack you when you go in to slice the cake. However, they do make a stunning centerpiece for a Halloween party! A really simple DIY, made even easier if you have a die-cut machine. We chose to pair our birds with a red velvet cake frosted with black icing to up the creepy factor a bit. They’d also make great cupcake toppers for a party if you nestled two or three birds on top. So bookmark this for your next spooky soiree and let “The Birds” cake topper take flight!

Download “The Birds” templates and get baking!

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Party + Projects + video / Thursday, 14 Sep 2017

3 Easy Birthday Party Hacks with Netflix

Birthday hacks with Netflix

Does birthday party planning ever seem to overwhelm you? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about extravagant shindigs, but sometimes I just want to hit the easy button on the whole ordeal. Fortunately for me (and you!), Netflix was thinking the same thing! They’ve come up with an easy solution for all you out there planning birthdays for your little ones! Stress no more, because starting today, Netflix is launching 15 on-demand birthday videos that you simply press play on and your kid’s favorite TV characters will sing Happy Birthday especially for them – or so they’ll think (your secret’s safe with me).
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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017

Artifact Uprising Wedding Invitation and Macaron Eiffel Tower favor

Macaron Eiffel TowerAny excuse to go to Europe is a good one and it turns out I hit the jackpot! My brother-in-law, who lives in Denmark, is getting married in October to a lovely girl from France. And yes, I think you know where this is heading…We’re going to France for a wedding in the fall! Dreamy, right? Of course, I had to get involved in some of the preparations, and thankfully the bride and groom were generous enough to include me.

So we teamed up with Artifact Uprising to create a wedding invitation with an elevated design and timeless appeal, perfect for a classic Parisian wedding. The invitation is a no-frills design ideal for the modern bride or groom who may not be drawn to the traditional bells and whistles of a more extravagant invitation suite. Inspired by the beautiful blue invitation and the romantic Parisian wedding setting, we created a Macaron Eiffel Tower Favor! This little treat is perfect for an engagement party or wedding favor and goes great with the invitation! Remind me why I didn’t get married in Paris? 

Macaron Eiffel Tower

Make sure to take a closer look at the Artifact Uprising invitations and download the Eiffel Tower printable!

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DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017

Happy Mail Book Giveaway and Card

Happy Mail book giveaway and Printable Card

Our friends Sabrina and Eunice from Hello!Lucky LOVE crafting and DIY projects. So much so that they put every last bit of glue, washi tape, and glitter into their new Happy Mail book, which we’re thrilled to be sharing with you! It’s chock full of some of their favorite hand-lettering and hand-doodling styles, and tear out pages that just ooze fun and puns. This book is perfect for the crafter who’s short on time. To celebrate today’s official launch of the book, we’re sharing one of our favorite DIY projects, AND a chance to win your own copy of Happy Mail (open to winners with addresses in the US, Canada, and UK) along with a super cute rainbow necklace by Virginie Millefiori! You are not going to want to miss this, the book is too good! 

Happy Mail book giveaway and Printable Card

Get all the details on the giveaway and tutorial after the jump!

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