Sarah Hearts

DIY Painted House Doormat

October 29, 2014

Transform a plain sisal doormat with some craft paint! (Click through for video tutorial)

If you weren’t able to attend Meet + Make last week you’re in luck—I created a video tutorial to show you how to create this painted doormat with row houses. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be an artist to complete this design. I takes less than 30 minutes to complete and it’s so simple but makes your front porch look so cute. If you make one I’m sure your neighbors will want one too!

Watch the video above to learn how to make this adorable doormat. I’ve also included examples from Meet + Make attendees to inspire you if you want to paint your own design.

Supplies:
- Plain sisal doormat (similar)
- Painters tape
- Craft paint in any color; house paint samples work great too
- Large brush (I used this one in size 24)
- Heart template cut out on adhesive vinyl

Loving the white row houses on this DIY painted doormat.

This video tutorial shows you just how easy it is to create a one of a kind doormat using craft paint and painters tape.

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October Meet + Make

October 28, 2014

Sarah of Sarah Hearts at Meet + Make, the evening workshop she hosts at West Elm.

I know said this yesterday, but last week’s Meet + Make may be my favorite one to date! Pumpkin spice cookies, spiked apple cider and seriously amazing projects all made for a fun night. Each attendee painted a doormat for their home using a modern fall paint palette of mustard, deep teal, cream and dark gray. There were 50 attendees and each mat was so unique. I just love how everyone put their own style into their design and made it their own.

Today I’m so excited to share the amazing photos captured by Ly Sué of LH Photography. This lady is a doll and rushed in to help do some last minute set up all while taking these gorgeous photos of Meet + Make! If you’re looking for a photographer to capture everything from your wedding, to your family, and other special events she’s your goto girl. You can follow her on Facebook to see more of her lovely work and be in the know about special offers like her upcoming Christmas mini sessions. It’s almost Christmas card time!

A big thanks goes to West Elm Orlando for hosting over 50 of us!

Meet + Make hosted by Sarah Hearts at West Elm Orlando.

Create name tags using mini gift tags and mini clothespins. So cute for parties!

Swag bags filled with fall inspired goods! Love the gold glitter dipped feather.

Donut holes on wooden skewers were served. Loved the little washi tape flags on the ends!

Pumpkin spice cookies made  from a Williams Sonoma mix. So simple and so tasty.

Pumpkin spice cookies and Rifle paper t-shirts. Two of my favorite things!

Painting can get messy so we had wipes containers on each table—branded of course!

DIY painted doormats. Such a fun project to do with friends!

Attendees created painted doormats in fall colors for their home at the latest Meet + Make at West Elm Orlando.

Meet + Make is a craft workshop hosted by Sarah Hearts at West Elm Orlando. Here's a photo from the October 2014 workshop.

Attendees painted doormats in modern fall colors at the October Meet + Make hosted by Sarah Hearts.

The weather was so perfect we opened up the doors and painted outside.

Can't wait to get my friends together to paint doormats. Such a fun and practical craft project.

Love the idea of painting monograms on doormats for friends. Such a great DIY holiday gift.

Love the idea of painting a big hello across a doormat. Makes your home instantly welcoming!

Each doormat was so unique! Loving the creative designs painted by attendees at Meet + Make.

All you need is painters tape and some craft paint to make a great statement doormat!

Loving this geometric chevron design on this DIY painted doormat.

All photos by LH Photography

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October Meet + Make Sponsors

October 27, 2014

Get a peek at what was in the October Meet + Make swag bags!

Last week I hosted another Meet + Make and this one may be my favorite workshop to date! The weather was perfect, the treats were delicious and the company was even better. We painted doormats and I cannot wait to share how awesome each project was. Everyone’s creativity totally blew me away! In additional to a finished doormat, each attendee also took home a swag bag full of the fall inspired goodies. I just love how someone said that it was the “icing on the cake” to a fabulous event!

If you weren’t able to attend here’s a look at what items were included in the bag. And if you did, here are links to all the sponsors so you can reach out to them directly and let them know how much you love their goods!

It's Fall Y'All! This adorable and festive banner is by The Bannerie.

It’s fall y’all! This festive banner by The Bannerie is oh-so-perfect for the season and for Orlando because even though we’re not quite the south everyone definitely says y’all a lot! The Bannerie makes witty and down right hilarious sparkly banners. They even offer custom banners so you can have just the perfect decor for your next party.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Cards hand illustrated by Bright Light Paper.

These adorable illustrated notecards are hand watercolored by Bright Light Paper. Just look how cute and cozy that pumpkin and spice jar are! They create hand watercolored greeting cards for every occasion including birthdays, special occasions, and even brunch!

These paint dipped mini clothespins by Lima Green Designs are so cute! They would be perfect to use for fall crafts.

These painted dipped mini clothespins by Lima Green Designs are just perfect for fall. They make great name tag clips but they also would be perfect for clipping place cards onto napkins for Thanksgiving or holding tags onto wrapped gifts. They offer an array of bright painted dipped items including bamboo kitchen utensils. They also make handmade bow ties, sunglass cases, and pillows too!

Kraft paper stickers by Thatch & Thistle are perfect for fall and holiday projects.

I just love kraft paper and these triangle stickers from Thatch & Thistle are just so perfect for fall or anytime of the year. Head over to their shop to find party supplies and pretty packaging in every color of the rainbow. They have a perfectly curated selection of goods for Thanksgiving so you can stock up on everything you need to make turkey day special.

Candy corn colored felted billy ball bunches by Modernly Mae are perfect for a bud vase.

I adore billy balls and these handmade felted ones are even better than the real thing! Modernly Mae creates felted ball garlands and billy ball flowers that are perfect for parties but so cute you’ll want to leave them up year round. The billy ball stems look cute on their own in a bud vase and would make a great gift.

Her dreams give her goosebumps. Inspirational prints by Pen N' Paper Flowers.

Pen N’ Paper Flowers created this assortment of little inspirational cards, buttons and tags that are a perfect reminder to keep dreaming. You can purchase the digital file of this art print so all you need to do is print and frame it and you have the perfect art for your office or even a little girls room. They also offer other inspirational art prints, a collection of chalkboard party decor and more!

A big thanks to all the sponsors shown here for helping make Meet + Make great! If you are interested in getting your goods in the hands of lots of crafty ladies please contact me for more information about sponsoring the next Meet + Make.

Fresh Orange Juice Float

October 20, 2014

Try this fresh take on an old favorite. It uses fresh orange juice and club soda to create a fizzy treat that's perfect for Halloween or anytime.

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you probably have learned that I have a sweet tooth. I mean, I even have a Pinterest board devoted to the very topic. So when it comes to holiday cooking, desserts are my favorite festive dish to make. Holidays just always seem like the perfect reason to consume sweets because after all we are celebrating something, right?

My new favorite Halloween inspired dessert is this fresh orange juice float. It’s super simple to make and sure to become a crowd pleaser. It tastes like an orange creamsicle but rather than using orange soda, that’s packed with icky artificial sweeteners, I opted to use Natalie’s orange juice and club soda for the best tasting float ever.

If you love orange creamsicles then you will love these floats made with fresh orange juice. Click though for recipe and details on how to make the Halloween inspired glasses.

Ingredients:

- Natalie’s orange juice
- Vanilla ice cream
- Chilled club soda
- Zest of one orange

Supplies:
Highball glasses
Sheet of black adhesive vinyl
Circle paper punch, 1/2” – 3/4” diameter

Directions:
For 1 serving

1. Use the paper punch to create circle stickers with the black vinyl. Remove the backing and stick the dots on the glass in a polka dot pattern.

2. Place three scoops of vanilla ice cream in the glass.

3. Pour the orange juice over the ice cream until it’s about 3/4 of the way full.

4. Top with club soda until the glass is full and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of fresh orange zest on top. Serve with a straw and spoon and enjoy immediately!

Homemade orange cream floats sprinkled with fresh orange zest. Yum!

Get inspired with other spooky recipes and DIYs over on my Halloween page. And check out my other favorite (and frozen!) orange juice recipe for another party idea.

This recipe was created for Natalie’s. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me create delicious recipes like this one.

Links to Love

October 17, 2014

Get your home ready for fall with one of these awesome DIY projects. (Click through for links to all the projects)

It’s finally starting to feel a little like fall here (hello 80 degree sunshine!) and I think it finally feels like it’s ok to start decorating pumpkins and sipping on apple cider. So whether you’re going to be prepping for a Halloween party or just sprucing up your home this weekend, here are my favorite links to inspire you.

1. You can wrong with glitter and floral pumpkins.

2. This DIY ombre pegboard has me wanting to cover my entire office in pegboard.

3. This storage coffee table is just gorgeous.

4. These printable Halloween party invites are a great non-traditional option if you’re tired of black and orange.

I’m also loving:

I’ll take a serving (or two) of this pumpkin quinoa risotto, pumpkin cornbread, and these marbled pumpkin cheesecake bars.

I cannot wait to get my hands on Joy the Baker’s new cookbook.

This fabric makeup brush organizer would make great holiday gifts for girl friends.

Sarah Hearts elsewhere:

My green slide lemonade cocktails are over on The Kitchn.

People Magazine is sharing my DIY sriracha costume along with some other great food inspired Halloween costumes.