You guys, I am in love with my new mugs. After finding out about dishwasher safe ModPodge, I knew I wanted to try to create a mug with tissue paper, hoping it would create a watercolor effect. I could not be more stoked with how they turned out! I love how layering the paper created interesting color and texture, while the pop of polka dots made it truly unique. This kind of project is my favorite, because there are a million and one ways to make it your own. Different colors and patterned tissue paper combinations will make a unquie mug everytime…the perfect customized gift! If you make one, make sure to snap a pic and tag #ispydiy on Instagram so I can see how yours turned out. Added bonus if you sport it with a super cute pair of heart gloves Step and supplies after the break… (more…)
Drinking coffee is one of my all time favorite pastimes…since I have officially switched from ice coffee to the hot stuff I thought it was only fitting that I DIY a cup to celebrate the change of seasons. But first, I poked around Esty and Pinterest to scout some of my favorite handmade mugs. It amazes me how creatively people can makeover everyday items, what it your favorite? Stay tuned for my DIY!
1. BUY: You Got This 2. BUY: Rainy Days 3. DIY: Ampersand Mug 4. BUY: Asleep from Day 5. BUY: Pastel Polkadot Mug 6. DIY: Spray Painted Mug 7. BUY: State Mug 8. DIY:. Pattern mug 9: BUY. Horizon Mug DIY: His & her Mug 11. DIY: Polka dog mug 12. DIY: Bear Mug
I have the DIY decorations set, now on to the important part of the holiday…cookies! Since my little Sister and I are in charge of Friendsgiving this year, we wanted to share our cookie baking and decorating tradition with our guests, while showing how thankful we are for each one of them. So, the plan is to whip up a batch of letters cookies to spell out how appreciate we are for everyone in the sweetest way possible. We, of course, had to do a test batch using the secret ingredients, COFFEE-MATE Snickerdoodle Flavored Creamer and COFFEE-MATE Butter Toffee Flavored Creamer, to ensure deliciousness (mission complete). Then, on Thanksgiving the plan is to have everyone pick a person and bake/decorate a word to express how grateful they are for that friend. Awwwww, right?!? The warm and fuzzy feelings combined with a sugar high will no doubt make for a memorable evening! Get the cookie cutter set here, then keep reading for ingredients and recipes!
Somehow November is flying by, which means that the holiday season is quickly approaching! This year my little sista and I are Thanksgiving orphans, fending for ourselves in the cold while our siblings are traveling, and parents are enjoying the sun in Florida (We will not forget this Mom and Dad….) I am officially getting into the spirit, and am inviting some people over for my first Friendsgiving, which means I’ve already made some DIY decorations to kick off my first holiday hosting attempt! I am leaving the cooking to my sis, and sticking to things I can handle…like creating a centerpiece. I have become a bit obsessed with these paper mache letters (check out my marquee sign) so figured why not stuff them with Fall flowers and set them out to remind us to be thankful. Don’t worry, it won’t wilt…this time I stuck with faux flowers to lengthen my thief life. Steps and supplies after the break… (more…)
First it was patches, now its patchwork! I saw this denim trend during Fashion Week and thought it would be fun to give it a go. I liked denim on denim, but thought combining plaid and leather was a super cool look. The hitch was that I wanted to create a no sew version…and leave out the ankle fringe… Stay tuned for the final look tomorrow!
INSPIRATION PHOTOS VIA: Tommy Ton
On my way to the studio in the morning, I pass a second-hand furniture store, and I can’t help but take a quick lap a least once a week. Lately every trip has been a big success: 2 leather office chairs for $7 each, midcentury end table for $13 and this super rad couch for $90. Score! I am in love with all these pieces, so want to make sure I have a game plan before giving them a makeover. A few of my initial ideas are above, but I would love to hear what you would do with each piece. Maybe vinyl spray the office chairs pink? Don’t paint the wood on the couch? Reupholster the back? What kind of geometric pattern on the table! Help please
Every time I go into a secondhand store, I can’t help but walk out with a new glass vase or bottle. They are the perfect plus to a photoshoot, or can cheer up a desk with a few sunny flowers. Last week, when I was rearranging the shelves, we gathered a bunch of the clear glass around the studio, arranged them on the top of my DIYing shelving, then added gerber daisies. I love how chearful it looks, so made the declaration that every week I am going to replenish. I started to snoop around the internet to look for other arrangements, and found a ton of fun ways to mix and match flowers and random vases. I know as the winter rolls in, pickings will be slim…tropical ferns and wild flowers will have to wait…but I am up for the challenge of keeping it fresh! I also think another trip to the thrift store is a must considering there is a second top shelf currently looking quite bare… What’s your favorite arrangement?
Remember a while back when I was ogling over marquee letters? Well, I finally checked it off my craft to-do list, and I am stoked with the results! We hung them up on the wall for a little gathering at the studio, and since then, I moved things around a little on my craft shelves to make space for the sign. I have to say, now that it gets dark at 4:30 everyday, it is quite lovely to have “DIY” light up this side of the studio. Check out the steps and supplies after the break…