07/31/14

A great bedroom with copper lights

I’ve been wanting to give our bedroom a makeover since we moved into this place last year, but it’s still sitting there basically untouched from when we move in. Minus a couple of paint swatches and a new lamp.

So, I’m hoping that a little bedroom inspiration will light a fire under me, to get going on some of the bedroom decorating I’ve been meaning to do.

Here are a handful of my favorite bedrooms at the moment…

(above) I love everything about this bedroom. Especially the bedding and copper lighting.

Pink neon sign in the bedroom

I would love to hang a neon sign in the bedroom. Just for fun.

Joanna Goddard's bedroom makeover

Love this bedroom makeover. And I definitely want these bedside lights.

A cozy, modern spot to curl up at night

And this before and after bedroom makeover is a good one too.

Bedroom with peach sheets

And this combo of peach and grey is fun – love the pattern on these sheets.

All of these spaces are so different, but I love them all. What about you? Do you have a favorite?

For more interiors inspiration, go here.

07/30/14

6 Unique Ice Cream Toppings

Tomorrow is the last day of national ice cream month and I couldn’t resist posting one last ice cream idea before July is over. I’m going to miss you national ice cream month!

This month is also my blog birthday… Paper & Stitch is now officially six years old! So, I put together six DIY ice cream topping ideas to celebrate. One topping for each year P&S has been around. Hope you’ll grab a sweet treat and celebrate with me.

Here are 6 unique ice cream toppings to celebrate the last two days of national ice cream month (and my blog b-day)…

Fruit Pebbles + Ice Cream

1. Fruity Pebbles - The most colorful ice cream topping / cereal ever created. Better than sprinkles, if you ask me.

Polka Dot Ice Cream

2. Lemonheads - These are just fun. Polka dot ice cream? Come on. You know you want to try this.

Lucky Charms Ice Cream

3. Dehydrated Marshmallows - AKA the only reason why anyone buys Lucky Charms cereal. You can pick the marshmallows out of the cereal box, or order a bag of just marshmallows from Amazon and fulfill your childhood fantasy. No regrets.

Unusual Ice Cream Toppings // Wasabi Peas

4. Wasabi Peas - Okay this is the weird one of the group, but it’s an interesting combo with ice cream. Salty and sweet. And a little bit spicy.

Watermelon ice cream

5. Watermelon Sour Gummies - It’s still summer, after all, so I needed a little watermelon in the mix.

Fancy Licorice Ice Cream

Unusual Ice Cream Toppings // Licorice

6. Fancy Licorice - If you remember this post, you know I’m partial to these pretty candies. And I really like licorice. So it’s a win-win for me.

Birthday Ice Cream Cone

…And a birthday candle to round things out.

Before I go, though, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to every single one of you who stops by to read Paper & Stitch each day. I am fully aware that I am super lucky to be doing something I love day after day. And that wouldn’t have ever been possible without you. For real. Your support means so much to me! So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You’re the best!!!

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

07/29/14

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Recently, the subject of creativity has been coming up a lot for me. I had several emails last week from readers asking where I find inspiration for DIY projects and how I get unstuck from creative lulls.

For the most part, because it’s related to DIY projects mainly, I’ve been directing people to my Skillshare class, The How To on How-Tos, where I share four ways to find inspiration, get unstuck, and come up with creative solutions for DIY projects. But there is something new I’ve been doing more recently that I’ve found super helpful as well. So, I thought I would share it here…

Every so often, I jump in the car and just start driving, with no real destination. It may sound strange, but it’s really been helpful to me. *You can also bike around instead, if you prefer not to drive.

I’ve been enjoying exploring areas outside of my neighborhood to clear my head and/or find inspiration. Just seeing new things that I don’t typically look at or drive past day after day really helps to get the wheels turning. No pun intended. Do you ever do this?

It also has been a good exercise for me to try when I’m feeling flustered or annoyed about something.

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So, here’s an example of how this whole random driving around thing has helped me with my creativity… 

The photos above are from a spot Sarah and I found, while driving around one day in Murray Hill. Which you may remember as the backdrop from this Read This post, for the second edition of The Handmade Marketplace. When we drove by, I immediately noticed (and loved) the blueish grey color of the corrugated wall and the green vines growing up over the graffiti.

We took some photos of me playing around with the vines and the combination of my pink nails and the green vines inspired the color scheme for a project I did shortly after these photos were taken…for donut ice cream sandwiches. Random, I know. But hey, if it works, it works.

***Quick note…The donut ice cream sandwiches were posted the day before the Read This post I’m referring to, but they were actually shot after. Just to make things as confusing as possible. Ha.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? Do you have any rituals, that you try, to snap yourself out of a creative rut? Like driving around in the car or going for a bike ride?

Photos by Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch