Written on January 9, 2014 at 4:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Handmade Valentine’s Gifts.
First, sorry I’m bringing up Valentine’s in early January, but it’s just around the corner and it always sneaks up on me. In our home we try to spend very little for the Valentine’s holiday. That means if there are any gifts, it’s handmade or food (my husband is a wonderful cook, so I love that). I’m prepping some ideas to make a couple of gift items for my hubs, friends, and family. I hope you enjoy my inspiration.
Painted Love Mug: Lacquer & Linen.
Painted Heart Bag: V and Co.
Faux Wood Candles: At The Picket Fence.
XOXO Pillows: Craftaholics Anonymous.
Leather Heart Coin Purses: Fabric Paper Glue.
LOVE Pillow DIY: The Paper Mama.
Faux Love Rocks: Matsutake.
Heart Coasters: Food + Femininity.
Wood Burned Spoons: Craftberry Bush.
Heart Hex Pendant: I Try DIY.
Date Night Jar: Southern In-Law.
Fringe 3-D Heart: On Julep by Hank and Hunt.
Message In A Bottle: Camille Styles.
Geometric Wall Heart: Oleander and Palm.
Glittery Heart Boxes: The House that Lars Built.
Heart Stitched Card: Dandee.
Kissing Thaumatrope: The Brooding Hen.
Floating Heart Backdrop for those romantic photos: Hank and Hunt.
Bacon Hearts: The Paper Mama.
Heart Potato Chips: Beard and Bonnet.
Strawberry Hearts Cupcakes: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
Heart Shaped Fruit Skewers: Life in Wonderland.
Wine Label Valentine’s Printables: Just Add Ginger.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on December 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm , by Chelsey Andrews
I know we’re past Christmas, but there are still reasons to celebrate! We’ve got New Years, Valentines, and my birthday (hee) just around the corner! Let’s toast to all these good times with my Striped Painted Glassware! Earlier this year I created a separate design to be included in Make Your Day ebook my friend Chelsea and I built, but we later realized a mistake in the original pieces and needed to scrap the idea. I’ve edited and perfected this glassware and now it’s ready to share with you, and I LOVE how they turned out.
Make a set for your New Years toast, here’s how:
- Martha Stewart Glass Paint: white, gold, and blue
- new or thrifted glassware (tip: it’s hard to paint clean lines on tapered/curves glassware, I suggest straight glassware if you can find it)
- rubbing alcohol
- paint brush
- washi tape
- optional: X-acto knife
- From the top of your glasses, measure down 1 – 2 inches from the opening and wrap around a piece of washi tape. The Martha Stewart Paint is not food safe, so you need to give enough room so your mouth won’t touch the paint.
- Measure up from the base of the glass about 1/2″ and wrap a piece of washi tape around it.
- Time to tape off the vertical lines. The washi tape I used was 1/2 inch wide, so I tried to create 1/4″ – 1/2″ spaces to paint. Tip: if you use an even number of vertical taped washi strips, you will get an even number of spaces to paint. This is ideal if you are using 2 paint colors for the lines and don’t want a color to repeat. If you don’t get even lines, no worries. Just paint that extra line with gold paint. I chose to go this route.
- Use your finger to press down all the tape spots. Be sure there are no bubbles along the tape edge where paint can bleed under the tape.
- Let’s get painting! This first paint step is optional, but I like it. If you’d like a bit of gold for the undercoat (that you can see from the inside of the glass) paint 2 – 3 layers of gold paint on the vertical paint spaces (letting each coat dry about 20 minutes).
- Next up, paint a layer of white paint over all the gold. The gold paint is a bit transparent and this will help. Let this layer dry about 15 – 20 minutes.
- On every other stripe, paint 1 – 2 coats of blue paint (letting dry about 15 – 20 minutes in between coats). On the remaining white stripes, add more coats of white (if needed). Note: if you have an uneven number of stripes, paint your gold stripe now. You’ll probably need to paint 2 layers of gold. Let dry 15 – 20 minutes.
- Peeling off the washi tape can be a bit tricky. If you let the paint on the glassware dry completely, the paint may tear off when peeling off the tape. Pull the tape off with in 30 minutes of the last cost, very carefully. OR, use an x-acto knife to trace along the tape and paint line.
- When the tape is off, let the glassware dry completely. I suggest overnight. Tip: if you notice any spots the paint may have bled under the tape, you can use the tip of your x-acto knife to scrape it off.
- You have two options to make your paint job permanent. The Martha Stewart Paint instructions say you can let the pieces dry for 21 days, or bake them. In my experience baking has worked better with this paint. I haven’t had much luck with waiting 21 days, plus I’m inpatient. Hee. Here are the Martha Sterwart Paint baking instructions: “When oven curing, make sure your piece is completely dry before setting it in the oven. Be careful to not allow any painted surfaces to be resting or touching anything while in the oven and start with your piece in a cool oven before turning it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baking for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool completely before handling.”
You’re done! Give as an awesome hostess gift with some bubbly, or keep for yourself and toast to YOU for a job well done!
Happy New Year!
Written on December 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Have you seen that beautiful “cheers banner” that has been floating around Pinterest? Apparently it’s no longer available, but I thought it was worth a shot to re-create it because it’s just so lovely, and it would be a great addition to any room or any party, regardless of the season. It’s also a great way to use some of that cardboard that is inevitably laying around this time of year!
Here is a list of the items you will need:(1) Cardboard; (2) Yarn or String; (3) Marker; (4) Gold Contact Paper (I used gold vinyl, but contact paper will be similar); (5) Washi Tape; (6) Heavy Duty Shears or Utility Knife; (7) Acrylic Paint; (8) Paintbrush; (9) Gold Fringe Garland (I used some shredded mylar, because the store was out of the garland, but the garland would be much easier to work with!)
Here is what you need to do:It would also be really sweet with your baby’s name on it, and strung up on the wall in a nursery! It’s a festive update to the name bunting, don’t you think? Or perhaps for a birthday party? We’ll be using it for a little family New Year’s celebration.
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on December 12, 2013 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Creative Gift Wrapping. Forget the regular ‘ol store-bought gift wrap and make your own! There are SO many different things you can do to make a creative wrap. I’ve gathered a few favorites from around the internet to share with you.
Scarf Wrapping: Everything Golden.
Faux Chalkboard Wrap: Going Home To Roost.
DIY Fabric Ribbon: Dana Made It.
Woven Paper Gift Topper: Minieco.co.uk.
Washi Tape Wrapping: Poppytalk.
Typographic Gift Wrap: Man Made DIY.
Yarn Wrapping with Stamped Paper, from Cotton & Flax.
Photo Magnet Gift tags: The Paper Mama.
Polar Bear Gift Wrap: Mr. Printables.
Scarf Gift Wrap: Lisa Storms for Fiskars.
Confetti Stripes: 3@12.
Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper: The Paper Mama.
Duct Tape Gift Tag (with free pattern): UCreate.
Have you ever made your own gift wrap?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on November 14, 2013 at 3:34 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Ikea Hacks!
I love a good Ikea furniture DIY. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Ikea Hacks I’d been saving for inspiration. It’s amazing what people have come up with!
Gold Desk Ikea Hack from discontinued Ikea items: Just Bella.
Frosta Side Table from the Frosta Stool: Ikea Hackers.
What do you think? Have you tried to revamp any Ikea pieces? I’m pretty sure I need to try out that chandelier.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 31, 2013 at 3:42 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Beautiful garlands!
Everywhere I look I see leaves covering the ground, but here and there I’ll spy a flower holding onto it’s bloom for just a little bit longer. The last little bits of summer are still here, mixed with fall. That’s what inspired this sweet thing. Here’s how you can make it for yourself…
- 2 felt sheets of each color you use (I used 3 colors)
- 1 sheet of red felt
- 3 yards of baker’s twine or yarn
- hot glue
- Choose a main color and cut out 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles (no worries about making the circles perfectly even). For the last two colors cut out 1″ diameter circles from one sheet and 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles from the other sheet.
- To make the first flower type, glue one felt circle in half. Fold again and glue. Glue the corners of about 5 to 8 folded circles together. Glue the flowers onto the baker’s twine as you go along. Repeat.
- To make the second flower type cut little strips into one side of 8 – 10 circles. Glue the uncut ends together. Glue onto the twine as you go along.
- Grab your red felt and cut tiny 1/2 inch circles. Glue onto baker’s twine as you go along.
- Hang and enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama