April 7, 2015
You guys, I love cheese.
It’s my guilty pleasure and the sole reason why I couldn’t go vegan. I mean, I love it so much my mom sent me cheese from my favorite dairy farm for Valentine’s Day. Because when you love cheese as much as I do you have a favorite dairy farm of course.
I’ve been lacking one thing that every cheese lover should have—a stylish cheese board. I decided to start with a pretty store bought one and add some DIY charm to it. A couple strips of blush pink leather and brass furniture tacks transform it into a cheese board that I want to use everyday.
Time: 10 minutes
Supplies: cheese board / 2 – 1″ leather strips / 4 brass furniture tacks / scissors / ruler /hammer
Step 1: Cut each strip of leather the exact width of your board. If you’re using the same cheese board as I did, cut each strip 6.5″ long.
Step 2: Fold one leather strip in half lengthwise and trim the end to a point. Repeat this with the other piece.
Step 3: Position one of the leather strips on one end of the board. Place a furniture tack on top of the leather and hammer it into place. If you have an awl (I had one left from college bookmaking projects) this is helpful because you can make a tiny hole in the leather before placing it on the board so you know exactly where you want the nail to go.
Step 4: Continue hammering the other 3 tacks into the board. Since you’re creating handles, you want some slack in the leather so you can actually carry the board, so you may need to reposition each end of the leather strip before hammering in the tack.
If you’ve always wondered how to cut a whole block or wedge of cheese. I created a helpful guide to show you how to divide cheese for sharing. A good cheese plate includes one hard, one soft, and one semi-soft cheese as well as a stronger tasting cheese like a blue. I like using the gold cheese knives (shown above) because the set includes a separate knives for hard, semi-soft, and soft cheeses as well as a fork for serving.
Wondering what else you can do with those pieces of leather? See how I wrapped them around basket handles to create a stylish market basket?
April 4, 2015
I’m usually not a big fan of purple and pink hues but the addition of this cool gray has me rethinking my bias.
Image by Roses by Claire via Madame Love
April 3, 2015
Happy Good Friday and happy Easter weekend!
If you’re still looking for a few last minute Easter projects or recipes, here are a few of my favorites from this week. You can find even more inspiration on my Easter page.
1. Take your Easter basket to the next level by covering it with fresh flowers.
2. Dipped colorblock sugar cookies. Need I say more?
3. These cinnamon crumb coffee cake waffles would be perfect for Easter brunch.
4. Don’t throw away those egg shells. Use them to create a floral egg centerpiece.\
I’m also loving:
This colorful Easter brunch.
This April Fool’s DIY project.
These air plant hangers.
This area rug.
April 2, 2015
Want to add a touch of cool to your designs? Check out these awesome san serif fonts that look like they were hand written. San serif is the fancy design school term for typefaces that don’t have those little slabs, or lines, at the ends of each character. Think modern vs. old school.
If you love the look of hand lettering, but don’t want to use a script font, try one of these. They also look great when paired with a bold simple script font.
Lemonade / The Hand / Everlie / Papercute / Naive Inline
April 1, 2015
I’ve always loved decorating Easter eggs. Every Easter I kinda have to convince Kevin that we need to decorate Easter eggs. I loved decorating them as a kid and I’m just as content doing that today. There’s something about a holiday tradition that involves crafting that I just adore.
This Easter I decided to focus on egg holders rather than the eggs. I picked up some plain porcelain egg cups and gave them a quick update with some paint. This is a super quick and east DIY that has so many uses! You can use them to show of your favorite decorated eggs or use them as place cards for your Easter meal. Just write each guests name on a solid painted or dyed egg and place it in the cup.
Learn how easy they are to make in the video tutorial below.
Time: 20 minutes
Supplies: egg cups / multi-purpose craft paint / makeup wedges / washi tape
Love the way the eggs are painted? I used the same process as creating my spotted terra-cotta pots. You can also create your own gold dipped porcelain spoons to serve with your eggs or other Easter bites.
How will you be decorating your eggs this Easter?