Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I'm over on Design for Mankind again for my bi-weekly column, MakeKind. This week I've created a catch-all using 25 sheets of cardboard, so if you have some patience and a steady hand, you can certainly do this project!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I'm back on week two of TRADE & MADE, a fun project i'm doing with Erin of House of Earnest. See the first post here for a summary of what we are up to. In short, we've sent each other a box full of craft supplies and have challenged each other to come up with a DIY using the supplies found in the box.

I eagerly opened the box from Erin and just about squealed with delight at what was inside!

01. assorted tissue paper
02. silver metallic adhesive paper
03. watercolor paint set
04. assorted wood spools & blocks
05. wood sticks
06. metal numbers
07. 12" square sheet of styrofoam
08. pack of craft paper favor boxes
09. silver sharpie pen
10. red twill tape
11. wood craft finials
12. assorted embroidery thread
13. roll of decorative adhesive paper
14. seed starter pots
15. stack of cupcake baking cups
16. bronze nail heads
17. scrap of burlap
18. white card stock
19. green adhesive-backed paper
20. gold balloons
21. small paper pouches

I've got a few ideas brewing of what I can make and I'm anxious to get started. Be sure to come back next tuesday to see what I have made with these supplies!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I'm so excited today to introduce you guys to a project that has been a little while in a making! Erin from House of Earnest and I are teaming up for a fun cross-country mail swap.  We're sending each other a parcel with secret assorted supplies out of which we both must come up with a DIY to share with our readers.  It's not a competition, but a fun way to stay on our creative toes and you guys get to benefit from two DIYs that might inspire your own at home projects!  So here goes!  The rules are simple:

Sound fun? We’re definitely excited about it! A week from today, we’ll be back to share the contents of our boxes then a week after that (two weeks from today) we’ll share what we made with the mystery items and a little step by step so that you can do the same.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


i'm over on design for mankind again, showing off a napkin ring using something i found in the hardware store! find the project on MakeKind.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


the empowering website for women, She Knows, asked to feature the DIY painted wood bead necklace and i happily obliged their request. She Knows' website is full of articles on beauty, entertainment, food, health and much more. You can check out my updated tutorial and let me know what you think! Thanks to She Knows for your support and interest in featuring this project. I'm thrilled and honored.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I have an exciting announcement for you today. I'm going to be doing a monthly guest column on AMPERSAND DESIGN STUDIO!! I had the great fortune of meeting Carrie & Morgan while we worked together at Hallmark and we became fast friends. They are sweet, stylish and hilariously entertaining. I am so thrilled to be working with these two amazingly talented girls. They are busy getting ready for their first showing at Surtex and I couldn't be a more proud cheerleader as I watch them race after their dreams. They inspire me in more ways than I can count and I'm thankful to be able to call them dear friends. Cheers to what's ahead, ladies! 

Oh and they just did a complete redesign of their entire website, so go check it out! You can find my first post: a DIY grown up candy necklace on their BLOG!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


i'm over on design for mankind again today sharing the most simple DIY ever! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


last month i hosted a bridal shower for one of my dearest friends, abby. in june she will marry an incredible man named micah and soon after they will be moving east while micah goes to grad school. as promised last week, here are a few details from the shower.

i made these decorations that read "abby hearts micah" for the front entrance and i'm so excited that abby is going to reuse them at her wedding!

i used jelly jars as glasses for the guests and made little name tags. i wrapped each glass with a rubber band, punched a hole in the name tag and tied them on using bakers twine. so easy!

using washi tape, i embellished the toothpicks holding the sandwiches together to make them look a bit more dressed up for the party. 

to finish it off, i made a banner and what a happy day it was!