Archive for the ‘diy’ Category

The Simplest DIY Gift Wrap & Sarah’s Christmas Cards

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


When it’s time to order our Christmas cards, we are always inspired by so many design choices. We love browsing through all the options Shutterfly has to offer, and no doubt, we are always thrilled when our cards show up.

This year was no exception! Sarah chose candid photos from the year with a gate fold opening to a family photo. Making all the photos black and white is an easy way to give consistency to photos in any grouping, whether that be a gallery wall or a Christmas card. We just love the classic look of black and white (did you see that buffalo check envelope liner?!).

This idea inspired us to have some fun with gift wrap. Multiple designs with a simple palette of black and white. We used printer paper for small gifts and butcher paper from the craft store for larger gifts. A black coloring pencil, crayon, or marker is all you need to start doodling away.

In a matter of seconds you have your own unique gift wrap we know every one will love Christmas Day!

xoxo

Guest Post at Lil Luna: How to make a Boxwood Wreath

Friday, November 18th, 2016

We’re over at Lil Luna today sharing this lovely wreath project.

Pop over and take a peek!!!!
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Happy weekend!!!

Sarah x

We’re on YouTube!!!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

You guys we made a You Tube video!!!

It’s something we’ve been thinking about for years, so last week we decided to stop thinking and to give it a shot!

We’re excited to start this new adventure, but please bare with as we experiment with this new medium and get comfortable both behind and in front of the camera!

Without further ado….

HOW-TO MAKE HAIR BOWS VIDEO!

If you enjoyed the video, we’d LOVE you to hop over to youtube and like + subscribe!

We’re also craving feedback and ideas, is there a something you’d like to see us shoot?

Please share your ideas and comments!

Sincere thanks in advance,

Sarah and Emily x

Guest Post on Lil Luna: A Spa DIY Mother’s Day Gift

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

I had so much fun putting this lovely gift idea together for Lil Luna and her readers.

I always thought spa products like these would be a little time consuming to make, but it was easy peasy and really enjoyable!

Pop over and take a look. (click HERE)

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DIY Painted Star Wall

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

After spending hours painting stars in our nursery, I now consider myself an expert ;)

If you are interested in painting stars in your home this is how and what I learned…

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First I measured the wall space: 8′ H x 10′ W meaning I could have four rows of five stars measuring 2′ each.

I really wanted my starts to touch tip to tip so I had to create my own stencil to get my stars exactly 24″. Needless to say my high school geometry teacher would not have been proud! I had to try a few times to get the exact dimensions I wanted.

I used THIS tutorial on wikihow to get me started and decided to adapt the protractor method to make a huge star. Instead of drawing a circle and connection the points, I drew a vertical line and drew 5 lines measuring 72 degrees apart using a protractor and ruler which would be the points of the star. I then a measured 12″ from the center in each direction to make the lines of the star making sure the diameter was 24″.

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Once I had my stencil I measured horizontal lines 24″ apart on my wall space using a level and a ruler. I lined up my star stencil on each horizontal line and drew 20 stars in about 5 minutes. Wahoo, something easy!

I decided to tape off the stars so they would be extra crisp and clean with painter’s tape. If you have a steady hand you could just paint free hand.

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I chose Benjamin Moore’s Ozark Shadows HERE for a warm grey that is on the taupe side. I painted two coats on my first row, and couldn’t wait for it to dry to peel off the painter’s tape and see the result. Uh oh, major paint bleed! I gave Jones Paint and Glass a quick call and they advised me to seal the tape before painting with a damp cloth to really lock the tape against the wall. Once I did this I had zero problems with the paint bleeding. I used both blue and green frog tape for this project because I had left over tape from other projects, but definitely preferred the green tape for a super crisp edge.

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Paint bleeds and stencil problems aside, I now have (almost) perfect stars!

These stars make the room and were so worth the labor of love.

Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for supplies and for the invaluable advice.

Let me know if you have any questions!