April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring Flowers

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May is nearly here, and so it’s time to get some new plants and flowers in our life! Sydney and I did a little indoor gardening this weekend, and we used a couple containers I spotted at Target. LOVE them and just couldn’t resist sharing!

Spring Flowers

I let Syd pick out the flowers and the candle (also from Target) and she did well.

Spring Flowers

Both the gold vase….

Spring Flowers

and the white porcelain urchin are from Target. This urchin one is actually a votive candle holder, but I prefer it holding pretty flowers  : )

Spring Flowers

 

What touches of Spring have you added to your home?

Painting Easter Eggs

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

We finally painted our eggs! Instead of messing with natural dye again, or picking up the boxed kind, I opted to find something around the house to reuse instead. I can never seem to use my nail polish fast enough, and it always ends up goopy. So using some of my bright colors from last year worked perfect! I started by blowing out the eggs, and of course making some omelets.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Use whatever technique works best, I went with the ol’ pin and aspirator method. A straw can also be very helpful if you don’t have the aspirator.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then, once the eggs were washed and dry, a little white spackling paste makes the holes vanish. I also created some little egg stands by cutting up all the sections in the egg carton, flipping them upside down, and adding pins to carefully cradle and hold the eggs in place.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then I put some q-tips into the polish jars, and let Syd go to town painting. She opted for a drippy paint look.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

I went for my go-to black, white and gold palette, using sharpies & metallic nail polish.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

We cut strips of paper bags to create little nests for our pretty eggs. Here are Syd’s colorful creations:

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Updated Mantel… Errrr…. Buffet

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

Even though it still feels like winter outside, it doesn’t mean it has to feel like it inside! My mantel, or buffet rather, has been feeling lonely ever since taking down our Christmas decor. With a few new elements, some knickknacks from around the house, and a springy decorative oregano plant, the buffet has a new life!

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

I quickly updated my snowy scene apothecary jars with stacks of polaroid photos. Simple and free transformation. You can use old photographs, or really any collection of items. Matchbooks, shells, vintage toys, etc.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

Here’s a closer look at two new pieces I absolutely adore. I love a little quirkiness, and these photographs add just that.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

I also added a couple succulents, my animal photo holders, and gold striped candles.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

Testing Out DIY Sharpie Mugs

 

The Sharpie mug DIYs have been done several times, and I always see them and love the idea, but don’t believe they actually hold up. So I put them to the test!

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

I picked up some inexpensive mugs & bowls, and some Sharpie permanent markers. I grabbed the typical black, a couple metallics, and a pack of silver & gold oil based markers.

I doodled away, popped them all in the oven at 350 for 30 min, let them cool fully, then soaped up a sponge and got to washing. Here are the results….

Typical black marker: Fail

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

Mix of typical black and metallic: No good

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

Oil based metallics: ding ding!

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

We have a winner!

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

One little tip, if you’re nervous to try this out because you might make a mistake… have no fear! Just put a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe away your booboos. As long as you fix it before baking, it’s all good! I found this to work for both the regular and oil based sharpies.

DIY Sharpie Mugs Tested, via The Gold Jellybean

** I would never recommend using the markers on any surface that will come in contact with food or your mouth. I was sure to keep my designs away from the lip of my mugs, and I highly suggest you do the same!
** With washing I thoroughly scrubbed my mugs, but was sure to be more on the gentle side when washing over top of my designs.

Throwback Thursday : Dinosaur & Animal Photo Holders

 

Today I’m bringing back an old post from last spring. I originally posted this project on my old site Sunbutter & Jelly, and I wanted to get it back up on my blog to share with you! This is a super easy dollar store DIY. Using some spray paint and an x-acto, I turned these little plastic figures into photo / place card holders. I love the finished product, they add playfulness and humor to our decor!

Pick out the plastic animals of your choice.

Use an utility knife or x-acto to cut a slit in the top of the animal.

Be sure to cut deep enough to hold a card or pic, but don’t cut all the way through.

In a well ventilated and protected area, spray color of your choice.

Let dry, and then they’re ready to use!

You can even use them for place card holders. How cute would these be for a kids birthday party!?

Dinosaur Card Holder, via www.thegoldjellybean.com


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DIY Bowtie Pasta Garland

 

I am in full force holiday decorating mode over here, and I’m excited to finally put up some garland I made awhile back when Syd and I were working on bowtie pasta hair bows, artwork, and father’s day cards. It’s a super easy project, and even fun for the kids!

You need bowtie pasta, white glue, paint brush, string, and glitter.

First, brush the pasta with glue, giving it a nice thick coat.

Cover the pasta with glitter. Allow to dry, and repeat on the backside.

After your glittered bows have dried completely, simply tie them onto string or yarn.

Repeat with as many bows as you’d like, making sure to secure each one with a double knot.

We also made a red version. These were done the same way, with just one added step. We first dyed the bows red using food coloring and rubbing alcohol. You can find the tutorial for coloring pasta here.

Have fun and get creative with your colors and string. We enjoyed using a red and white striped string, and even mixed the solid red and red glittered bows.

Waterless Snow Globes with Photos

 

At the store yesterday, Sydney couldn’t get enough of all the snow globes and little christmas town accessories. So, today we decided to combine the two elements and create our own waterless snow globes!

For my version of waterless snow globes I added a personal touch with our own photos!

This is also a special way you can give and display your family holiday photo.

Here’s what I used:
old jars, cleaned
spray paint
tape
hot glue
family photos
fake snow
mini trees
mini street lamps
jingle bells

1. Wash and dry all your lids.
2. Gather your festive accents, I chose items that would go along with our photos.
3. Spray your jar lids, I used gold. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.
4. Print photos, and feel free to embellish and decorate them!
5. Assemble all the pieces using double sided tape and glue*.
6. For a more finished look, spray the backside of your jar. This will hide any visible tape or glue on the backside of your photo.

*Tip: I glue cotton balls into my lids to give some height and dimension. The fake snow is loose in the jars, and will sit nicely on top of the cotton. Be sure to keep all glue, cotton, and accents away from the edges of the lid to avoid any issues with closing the jars.

Holiday Doily Garland

 

I originally made this garland last season, but I like it so much I’m making it again this year!  So I thought I would share it with all of you. I found packages of white, silver, and gold doilies at a thrift shop for a dollar. You can also find them at your local craft store. Just thread the doilies onto some string or twine, and hang! Easy as pie. One little tip to threading the doilies: wrap the end of yarn/string with tape. Now you have a rigid end to weave through the small holes in the paper doilies. This is a versatile garland that can go up now, and stay up ’til Easter!

Halloween Roundup

 

Good Morning and Happy Friday! So far October has been full of fun Halloween ideas and DIYs. As the 31st is quickly approaching, I decided to put together a little roundup of the festive costume and decor tutorials I did this month. Enjoy!


garden flower, lumberjack, hula girl


gold studded pumpkins, mummy candles, black drippy candles, paper jack-o-lanterns

And don’t forget there is still time to vote for my Fiber One Snackcessory! You can vote once daily, so please click and help send me to Fashion Week!

Please Vote for My Fiber One Snackcessory

 

I am so excited to be in the final 10 for the Fiber One Snackcessory Challenge. Please click here to vote for my design, the Snack Attack!! You can vote once daily. Just enter your info, click on gallery, find and click on my design to vote. I appreciate all your support! If I win and make it to Fashion Week, I will be sure to sure the experience with all of you!

You do have to enter an email, but it’s only for voting purposes. You can see the step by step on how I made my snackcessory here.

 

Gold Studded Pumpkins

 

These studded pumpkins are the perfect addition to our fall decor! I was inspired to make these little guys while I slaved over my Fiber One Snackcessory clutch.

All you need is a hot glue gun, spray paint, and some pumpkins. First wash and dry the pumpkins. Then use the glue gun to create a design. I went with simple dots of glue to create the studded look, but you can make any design you’d like. Then give it a coat of spray paint, and you can even top them off with clear coat for extra protection.

Please make sure to use caution when using your hot glue, and only spray paint in a well ventilated area.

My Fiber One Snackcessory Contest Submission

 

UPDATE: I am a finalist! If you like my design, please vote for me! You can vote once daily through the month of October! Just click here to vote

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not break out your glue gun and some glitter, and enter to win a trip to New York Fashion Week?!?! Fiber One is running a DIY accessory contest, and the winner and a friend get a trip to New York Fashion Week in February 2013. Nine finalists will get a $500 gift card for the handbag of their choice. Hurry and enter, all submission are due by September 30th!

For a little over a week now, I have been driving myself crazy trying to come up with an awesome design, and then I realized I was completely over thinking it. I finally took a deep breath and came up with something that is totally me, and i love it! Here’s how I created my gold studded scorpion snackcessory:

All I used was a glasses case, plastic scorpion, and a hot glue gun. I started by giving everything a base coat of gold. Then I covered the glasses case with dots of glue, to create the look of studs. Next, I glued the scorpion in place to resemble a clasp. To finish it off, I gave the whole thing a couple more coats of gold spray paint, and a couple coats of clear for extra protection. And viola! A fashionable way to keep snacks and a Fiber One bar in my bag!

I hope I’ve inspired you, now go get your craft on!

Things I Loved This Week

 

I love Nate Berkus! I love Target! Put the two together, and I just may end up one broke mama! I so cannot wait to to hit my local Target store for the debut of Nate Berkus’s Collection on Oct. 21st! (sorry for the excessive use of exclamation points, I’m a little excited)

So, I know Stella & Dot has been around for awhile, but now that I have a fashionista cousin who is a stylist, I have finally gotten around to checking out their jewelry. I can’t believe it took me so long! I am super loving the Renegade Cluster Bracelet. I have been wanting to try the spike trend, and this is the perfect to sport it while still being delicate and sophisticated.

I’m also really excited about some recent finds, which will be available in my etsy shop later this afternoon!

 

New In The Store : Gold Insect Magnets!

 

I made some insect magnets awhile back, and had been toying with the idea of making sets to add to my Etsy store. Well, as soon as I came across these higher quality bugs with nicer details, I knew it was time to get to work! The magnets are in sets of two, and come in a custom painted tin, ready to gift. They will add fun and humor to your fridge or office. Be sure to head to my store and check them out! I will also beadding some new vintage items this afternoon. Continue reading

Make It Gold

 

Good morning! This weekend went by way too fast! I spent some time working on new handmade items for my Etsy store. They’re almost done, and I can’t wait to share them with you! While I was working, I had the urge to break out the gold spray paint and give some of my tools a new look. Now my tape measure, seam ripper, scissors, tweezers, and xacto feel more like a pretty set. A few coats of clear enamel will keep them protected from scratching and flaking.

While I was working on my tools, Sydney wanted to transform something of hers as well. So, we gave a few of her hair clips a shiny new look.

Sometimes I wish companies would make household products simple with standard black, white, silver, and gold finishes. Like, why can’t tissue boxes just come in a solid black box? Oh, well… I guess that’s why I go through so much spray paint!

Jewelry DIY with Paint Dipped Coral and Gold Shells

 

I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!

Supplies:

I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.

I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.

Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.

Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.

To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.

And that’s all there is to it!

Things I Loved This Week

I am so glad it’s Friday, and I wish everyone a wonderful weekend! Here are a few things I came across and loved this week that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

This crafty suitcase TUTORIAL FROM MOUSEHOUSE is not only cute for kids, but I want one too! Previously I made a dog bed out of a vintage suitcase, but now I’m on the hunt for a new one so I can get my sewing supplies organized.

This past weekend my sister brought Syd some TEMP TATTOOS FROM TATTLY, LOVE them. I appreciate anything and everything well designed, and that’s exactly what these are. Plus, they’re fun for both kids and adults!

These gold and white painted mason jars via THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT are simply beautiful. I could see these used in several rooms around the house. It’s time to get organized!

 

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New In The Store!

 

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I am planning out some fun projects for Syd and I to work on this week. While I get going on that, I wanted to share some great new finds that I’ve just added to my Etsy shop! Be sure to stop by and check them out!

I am super in love with this lacquered brass bowl with pretty claw feet… this one will be extra hard to part with!

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