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MY DIY | Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree Skirt 

DIY PROJECT, Holiday DIY, Home DIY

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! This year was a big one because I decided to purchase my first Christmas tree. As much as I would love to have a real tree, we all know my track record with plants so I am trying out an artificial one this year. I was looking for a Christmas tree skirt that matched my aesthetic and could not find what I wanted. So, when in doubt, DIY it! Today I am going to show you how I made my own tree skirt using some great cotton flannel materials. While I was shopping recently I picked up the loveliest black and white buffalo plaid fabric. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make with it, but knew I had to have it! I started by taking the buffalo plaid and cutting out a circle (see directions) with a slit from one end to the middle. I love that you can choose a fabric that matches your design style, or a fun holiday print for a truly original look! I wanted to add elements of the traditional Christmas colors, so I ironed on red bias tape using Heat’n Bond adhesive to the hem of the skirt to cover the unfinished edges. Then I cut geometric tree shapes out of a green flannel fabric and ironed them on, using Heat’n Bond, around the skirt. Cotton flannel was the perfect material because it didn’t unravel when I cut it, and it is soft yet durable so I will have it for years to come. I put the skirt under my tree with a few adorably wrapped gifts and voilà, I am ready for the holidays! Check out the video below to learn more about making your own tree skirt, or get the supplies and step-by-step after the break:

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DIY DESIGN | BAR CORNER MAKEOVER

DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

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After I did this nursery makeover, I have been getting quite a few requests from my friends to help them with decorating projects in their houses. It’s been exciting to be the go-to home design girl, and I’m happy to help! My friend, David, used my tutorial to create a live edge slab bar in his home, and now he was looking for a way to decorate this corner. He has these amazing photos that his grandfather took during his time in the Navy during World War 2. I was blown away at the clarity and details of pictures, so we thought it would be a great idea to blow them up and frame a few to hang. I was a little nervous that the photos would not look as good at a larger size, but we took them to the photo department at Walgreens and had them scanned in at the highest resolution, then uploaded to Art.com to enlarge and frame. When the arrived in the mail, we were both amazed at how sharp the photos looked! The gorgeous wood frame and mat made an absolutely beautiful piece of art. David ordered some additional pieces on canvas to give his brother for Christmas, and the details on the canvas equally as crisp, and the canvas art is super affordable for gifting this season. Art.com’s Photos To Art is the perfect way to transform personal photos into one-of-a-kind works of art that can be mounted on Canvas, Framed, Wood-mount, Acrylic, Art on Metal, Prints and SwitchArt. After hanging the art I added some fun details on the bar including decanters filled with his favorite liquor, David’s vintage corker, and some greenery. His pup, Big Papi, had to get in on the photoshoot action, and completed this cozy bar corner!  (more…)


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I SPY DIY STUDIO TOUR (and life update)

DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

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It’s December all!!! I made it through November, and wanted to check in a let you know a little about why it’s been quiet around here. First, I finished up a huge project, but I’m going to have to keep the details secret still, but the other big change is that we moved out of I SPY DIY Studio this month #sadface. I LOVED the studio, but unfortunately it was not ideal for a lot of shoots we wanted to do. First, it does not have a kitchen, limiting the entertaining/cooking/baking projects. Also, a lot of you may have noticed I am doing more home decor projects, and I wanted a more homey set up. I went back through my posts and looked at some of my favorite/your favorite ones and the most popular were shot at my apartment…soooo I’ve moved out of my apartment, and moved the studio there. Lastly, I want a space that was a little more secure, I work a lot of late hours, and safety is super important, so wanted a place I felt totally comfortable being after hours. I am still unpacking all the new spaces (ugh, moving multiple places at once sucks!) but ultimately am super happy with the change up.  It felt so good to declutter and donate all our craft supplies to the local schools. And part of the fun of my job is getting into new spaces and designing them! As a little farewell to the studio, I wanted to put together a tour including some of the projects/sets ups we did there. More photos and steps for each project below:
Double Sliding Barn Door
Live Edge Slab Bar Top Table 
Triangle Shelf
Plant Wall
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