Links to Love

Add some color to your bathroom, office or accessories with this fun and easy DIY projects! (Click through for links to each project)

I’m posting this week’s links a little early because tomorrow morning we’re hoping on a plane once again! This weekend we’re off to Chicago for a quick trip to meet up with my parents and celebrate both of their 60th birthdays in the windy city! It will be my mom’s first time in the city, so we are so excited to eat lots of delicious food (like deep dish pizza and popcorn) and enjoy the fall weather while exploring the city. You can follow our weekend adventure on Instagram and Snapchat (I’m sarahheartslove).

If you’re looking for a way to add some color to your home or even your accessories, try one of these fun DIY projects this weekend. Because who says fall decor has to only be muted colors?

  1. Medicine cabinet makeover with the lovely peel and stick wallpaper by This Little Street.
  2. Wood bead necklace with suede cording.
  3. Scalloped notebooks.
  4. 10-minute jewelry box.

I’m also loving:

This MiniMakers workshop in San Francisco.

This printable meal planning sheet.

These orange cardamom coolers.

This copper mirror.

October 2015 Calendar Wallpaper

Add a bit fall to your desktop with this free October 2015 calendar wallpaper by Sarah Hearts! (Click through to download for all devices)

It’s that time again!

Welcome October (and fall) on all your devices with the newest I created! It features chestnuts, acorns, maple and ginkgo leaves in a pretty muted turquoise, gold, and coral color palette. Now if the weather would just get a bit cooler and catch up!
Add some inspiration to your computer, phone and tablet with this free fall inspired wallpaper by Sarah Hearts.

Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina display | Retina display with calendar | Retina display with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

Get your phone and tablet ready for autumn with this free fall inspired wallpaper by Sarah Hearts! (Click through to download for all devices) Acorns, maple leaves, ginkgo leaves, and chestnuts! Download this cute free fall wallpaper by Sarah Hearts

Concept and design by Sarah Khandjian

Love pumpkins and flowers more than fall leaves and nuts? Download last October’s wallpaper and find more fall leaves on last November’s wallpaper.

DIY Decoupage Tissue Paper Pumpkin

Skip carving this Halloween and decoupage your pumpkin instead! (Click through for full tutorial) #12MonthsofMartha

While traveling to Maryland this past weekend I had my first hot pumpkin spice latte of the season (because the other 2 I’ve had in airports over the last week were iced and that doesn’t really count, right?). And with October just a couple days away, I’m thinking it’s time to finally start transitioning to fall—even though the temperatures are still hovering around 80 here in Los Angeles!

Over the past few years, I’ve opted for faux pumpkins vs. real ones, though I love a good grouping of real pumpkins on the dining room table. The Florida humidity was just so bad that pumpkins, even uncarved, would rot in just a few days. This year, I’ve created another no-carve pumpkin decorating DIY that will work on both faux and real pumpkins alike. This is a great way to use up tissue paper from gifts and any color palette goes. Because who says Halloween has to be all black and orange anyways?

Use tissue paper to add color to both faux and real pumpkins this halloween. #12MonthsofMartha

Supplies: pumpkin / white multi-surface craft paint / decoupage medium / tissue paper or decoupage paper / paint brush / foam brush
Time: 30 minutes

Use white craft paint to prime a pumpkin before decoupaging tissue paper. #12MonthsofMartha

Upcycle tissue paper from gifts this Halloween and create these no-carve pumpkins! #12MonthsofMartha

  1. Paint your entire pumpkin white. This may take a couple coats. You can use a hair dryer to quickly dry the paint in between coats.
  2. Working in sections, use the foam brush to a thin coat of decoupage medium onto the pumpkin. Then tear off a piece of tissue paper or decoupage paper and place it onto of the area you just painted. Then paint another coat of decoupage medium right on top of the paper. You may find it easiest to smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers. Continue working in small sections, layering the paper around the entire pumpkin. Once you’re done, allow it to dry completely and then paint the entire pumpkin with a final coat of decoupage medium.

I found that some tissue papers bleed a lot when you paint the decoupage medium on top. When this happened, I applied the medium using separate disposable foam makeup wedges for each color. This helped prevent the colors from bleeding onto the white areas of the pumpkin.

Upcycle tissue paper from gifts this Halloween and create these no-carve pumpkins! #12MonthsofMartha

Upcycle tissue paper from gifts this Halloween and create these no-carve pumpkins! #12MonthsofMarthaAll you need is tissue paper and decoupage medium to create this kid-friendly no carve pumpkin! #12MonthsofMartha
I'm part of the #12MonthsofMartha team! Follow along to see how I use Martha Stewart supplies to make one-of-a-kind DIY projects.

Each month, I create a new project using Martha Stewart craft supplies. Check out what I’ve created this year! And find more fall and Halloween ideas over on my Halloween page!

New site and branding!

Sarah Hearts has a new look! This colorful yet minimal branding is so fun! Click through to see more of the new site.I’m so very excited to share my new branding and new site design with you! It’s been months in the making and I just love it so much, I find myself staring at it!

As a graphic designer, I’ve always created my own branding and blog design but this year I decided to get some help. I wanted someone from the outside to look at my brand objectively and help me give Sarah Hearts a fresh new look. My blog and content have evolved over the years and I felt that the old logo and site didn’t actuariallyacurately portray my brand or style. After I decided I wanted a new look, I enlisted the lovely Kelsey Cronkite of Pine Gate Road.

I met Kelsey several years ago at my very first Alt Summit and adored her work. Branding is honestly one of my least favorite things I’ve done and creating branding for myself was always so difficult. I guess it’s true that you are your own worst critic, right? Kelsey really understood my brand and where I want it to go and created the branding you see above! You can learn more about the process and background behind the design over on her site.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback about the new site and brand!


DIY Painted Grid Pleather Placemats

Get your table party ready with these DIY painted grid placemats by Sarah Hearts (click through for step-by-step tutorial)

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I’m a big fan of pretty table decor, good simple food and delicious drinks. Today’s DIY includes all three to create a project that’s equally perfect for entertaining as it is for everyday. Because I believe champagne isn’t just for special occasions and gold flatware should be used as much as possible (even if you’re just eating cereal).

One of my favorite go to fancy but oh-so-simple meals is a charcuterie plate paired with some bubbly, like Andre Champagne. I mean, is there really anything better than fresh crusty bread, fruit, good cheese and a refreshing libation? It’s my favorite thing to serve when friends are stopping by unannounced and I’m suddenly in an entertaining pinch. I just search the pantry and fridge for some small bites (because I’ll admit I usually keep many of these things on hand—it is one of my all time favorite meals!) or I run to the store and grab some delicious additions and plate them. Whether it’s Andre Brut, Blush or something sweet like Peach Moscato, I keep our wine bar stocked with Andre Champagne and sparkling California wines. It’s an easy way to turn a simple get together into an epic party!

DIY grid placemats plus an antipasto platter and some bubbly make for an easy (and stylish) entertaining solution!

And because I love entertaining pieces that are both practical and stylish, I’ve created these pleather grid placemats. They look lovely when used as a backdrop for your spread and can be wiped down.

Cut down vinyl pleather to create these DIY grid placemats.

Supplies: white pleather (cut to 12″ x 16″ sheets) / thin washi tape / painter’s tape / black craft paint / flat paint brush / ruler
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Use thin washi tape to create an evenly spaced grid pattern on placemats.

Step 1: Cut the pleather into 12″ x 16″ sheets (a cutting mat and rotary cutter makes this super easy to do). I used vinyl tablecloth pleather because it was way more affordable than using real leather and it can be wiped down after each use. Then apply small pieces of the thin washi tape every 2″ across the long side of the placemat. If you want a smaller grid, use the tape to mark every 1″.

Apply thin washi tape and painters tape to create an easy to paint grid pattern.

Step 2: Align the painter’s tape with the thin washi tape marks to create a striped pattern across the entire placemat. Then remove the washi tape and use your nail to smooth out the tape and make sure it’s firmly adhered.

The trick to painting clean lines when using tape is to always paint away from the tape! (Click through for the full tutorial)

Step 3: Paint inside the thin lines. I recommend painting one side at a time, away from the tape, to get the cleanest lines.

Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 4: Let the paint dry for a minute then carefully remove the tape. It’s important to remove the tape before the paint is fully dry to get clean lines. Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 5: Remove all the tape and allow the paint to completely dry. Then repeat the same steps to mark off and tape the lines in the opposite direction.

Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 6: Continue painting away from the edge of the tape and removing the tape as you go. When you’re done, remove all the tape and allow it to dry completely. Then repeat with the other placemats and they’re ready to be used!

Loving this IDY grid placemat! Such a great way to customize your dinner table.

These DIY grid placemats are so easy to make and can just be wiped down when something spills on them.

How would you use Andre to turn an impromptu get together into a stylish (and epic) party? Share your #EpicWithAndre ideas below!

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