A few weeks ago, my bud Rachel from Handmade Charlotte came over to introduce me to a new kind of dye that can be brushed (or dipped) onto all kinds of surfaces (wood, cork, woven baskets, natural fiber textiles, etc) to create bold, vibrant colors.
It’s called FolkArt Ultra Dye and I have to say, with all the dyeing projects I do around here, I was really curious to try out a product that I had yet to hear about. And now that I’ve had some time to play around with it, and really love it, I’ve actually partnered with Ultra Dye to share some behind the scenes of the DIY projects that Rachel and I came up with (along with an awesome team) at the studio.
Click through for all the behind the scenes photos…
I’ve been buzzing around the studio late nights this week and last, but I’ve found that taking quick breaks in between projects has been super helpful for me in avoiding feeling overwhelmed or bogged down. So, when my fingertips started to tingle with that burnt out vibe, I decided to take a break with two of my favorite things: cocktails and cupcakes.
I partnered with Aperol, an Italian aperitif created nearly 100 years ago (in 1919) with a unique bitter-sweet taste, to put together a citrus-inspired Spritz Break to celebrate summer at the end of a long day.
If putting together an impromptu get-together sounds like work, I should mention that next to decorating, get-togethers and mini celebrations with friends are probably my favorite thing to throw together (it relaxes me in a strange way).
And to take that relaxed #spritzbreak vibe even further, I kept things super low-key with just a few simple DIY elements that you can recreate at home in literally a few minutes! Including the easiest 3-2-1 cocktail recipe you could imagine. So, good!
Click through for my Spritz Break tips on throwing together a mini get-together with friends in under 30 minutes…
It’s been over 90 degrees here for the last couple of days and as much as I want to stay inside in the air conditioning to keep from melting into a puddle, sometimes you just have to go out in the sun and embrace the heat. As insanely hot as it may be.
So, we spent some time outside and came up with anew striped nail DIY, perfect for hot summer days. Click through for the step by step tutorial.
I’ve had my ears pierced since second grade, but a five or six years ago, I went through a phase of not wanting to wear earrings at all. And eventually, my ear holes closed up. It wasn’t a big deal when I had no interest in wearing earrings. BUT now I’m reconsidering the whole no earring thing.
And if there’s anything that can convince me that a re-piercing is in order, it’s these 11 (completely drool-worthy) pairs of earrings that are super chic and all kinds of unique…
I’m a big fan of repurposing items you already have for new things, especially as of late. So, when Wayfair asked me to style up a bar cart for summer celebrating, I knew I wanted to use something a little unexpected. And that’s exactly what I found!
I fell in love with this shelving system and it was screaming ‘I totally want to be a bar cart’. So, it came home with me (well, actually it arrived at my doorstep – even better), along with some of it’s cool little friends. And I put together stylish bar cart that can easily go indoors or out (just add wheels if you want to take this show on the road).
Click through for my summer bar cart essentials and tips for styling your own bar cart at home…
I used to work with plaster pretty frequently, but more recently switched to concrete for projects I would have previously made with plaster. It’s the same exact process and I love the look of concrete, so it made sense. BUT a while back, I got to thinking about how I might be able to add color to plaster for some teeny tiny planters I wanted to make. I did some research online, but couldn’t find a solution anywhere. Probably because the powder consistency of plaster is pretty important to it setting up properly, etc. So it’s not just a matter of tossing in some acrylic paint and calling it a day.
And yes, it’s true that I could just paint them after they’re set, which I’ve done before, but I wanted the color to be a part of the material, not an afterthought. The texture is different, etc, etc. So, after some experimenting, I landed on something that actually works! It will tint plaster nearly any color you want without changing the consistency of the plaster. And now that I’ve figured it out, I… 1) wanted to share it with you, in case you want to try this on your own. And 2) I will be using this technique way more than necessary. Haha.
Click through for the ‘secret ingredient’ that makes this process possible AND my simple tutorial for making tiny pastel planters for cacti and succulents.