We’re off to Seattle this weekend for a quick getaway with my brother and sister-in-law. Then we’re heading back to L.A. to have a nice, quiet Christmas at home. I’ll be taking the next 2 weeks off from blogging to recharge, explore our city, and get a head start on the new year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday with your family and friends.
You can follow me on Snapchat (I’m @sarahheartslove) for a behind the scenes look at new projects and a peek into my daily life (spoiler alert: there will be lots of #daisythehound videos).
If you’re in the need of some last minute gifts, here are some cute DIY ideas!
Is it just me, or can you believe that it’s almost 2016?! Between all our travel and big move this year has really flown by. If you’re hosting or attending a New Year’s party here’s just the accessory you need. Or if you’re just hanging out at home with some close friends, that’s no excuse to not wear sequins, right? So skip the party store and DIY some sparkly New Year’s Eve headbands for you and your friends. Because sparkly things are really the best part of New Years celebrations, right?
Download the 2016 template. Print it out on cardstock and cut out with scissors, or if you have a Silhouette Cameo you can easily cut it out with that.
Cover the entire front side of each number or background shape in glittering glue.
Sprinkle each number or background piece with glitter. Shake of the excess and allow it to dry.
Meanwhile, cut 2 gold streamers, each 8″ long. Fold them in half length wise and carefully trim the long sides with the fringe scissors. Fold the second gold streamer in half length and use regular scissors to cut off about .25″ of the width. Continue to fringe the long sides using the fringe scissors. Carefully open up each fringed piece.
Use a glue gun to glue the narrower fringe streamer on top of the wider one. Apply hot glue along the top of a headband and place the gold fringe paper on top. It’s easiest to do this in 2 steps because the hot glue dries rather quickly.
If you’re creating a Happy New Year headband, glue the white outlined piece on top of the glittered background piece.
Fold the small tabs on the bottom of each number or happy new year piece towards the back. Apple a small dot of hot glue on the bottom side of each tab and quickly place it on the headband. Hold it in place for a few seconds, or until the glue begins to harden. Repeat this with the other tabs and then you’re headband is ready to be worn!
Our bedroom has been the last room in house to get any art on the walls. It’s been the last space on my list to unpack and get settled, probably because only Kevin and I see it. So in effort to make it feel less like we just moved in (because hey, we’re been California residents officially for a little more than 3 months!) I finally got around to hanging some art on the walls.
We opted to sell our large bed frame before we moved and I’m sure glad we did because it would not have fit in our new, much smaller, bedroom. We replaced it with a simple metal bed frame which I later plan on making a headboard for. But for the time being, the room still was looking pretty sparse so I decided to create a fun photo wall in the shape of a heart. I gathered some of my favorite snapshots and ordered 4″ x 4″ art photo prints on Snapbox. Then I used their really cool, modular white Fotobit frames to easily bring my vision to life!
The Fotobit frames made this project a piece of cake—really! They are tiny ABS plastic frames that include everything you need to hang them (minus a hammer). They seriously thought about everything when making these because they even have a space to clip in a mini level, which comes with the frames. They can be hung individually or attached in any arrangement using the provided clips and displayed in groups.
Remove the Fotobit frames from the box and peel off the protective coating on either side of the plexiglass. Unsnap each frame into 3 parts. Place the plexiglass inside the frame front, and set the mat on top.
Snap in the back of the frame by gently squeezing it so the pins on the left and right sides snap into place.
To assemble each frame, just snap the front panel onto the back panel. If you are connecting multiple frames, use the clips that are included with the frames to connect them and then snap the frame front onto the base.
I first planned my design on the computer to determine how to arrange the frames to create the heart shape. I used 49 frames to create a 3′ wide photo heart. Then I used the included clips to connect the frame backs. I divided the heart into 3 sections before hanging it on the wall (a left side, a right side, and bottom). The frames come with both foam adhesive stickers and nails but I opted to use the nails because that would be the easiest to repair since we’re renting our home.
Each frame back includes a spot to place the nail, so all you have to do is insert the nail in the hole and hammer it into place. I used a total of 4 nails on the top row only and this thing is really secure! If you wanted you could also add one more nail to the bottom frame for extra security.
How would you arrange Fotobit frames? I’d love to hear your ideas!
As I shared yesterday, I really love printed calendars so today I’m sharing a few of my favorites that would make great gifts. But they also would look great in your home or office too so you might just want to add a second one to your cart when you’re holiday shopping!
I love still love wall calendars. Though I reference my desktop calendar daily, I’ve long been a fan of displaying a pretty wall calendar in my office. They are a great way to add color to your walls while still being practical because sometimes it’s just easier to look at things that are printed!
The make the calendar rental wall friendly, I had it printed as a peel and stick fabric poster from Snapbox. It’s the same high quality woven material as my horse wallpaper, just smaller! And when the year is over, I can simply just peel up a corner and remove it.
I chose to hang the calendar on the small space next to my office closet door. It’s just the pop of color that side of the room needed and the 12″ x 16″ size fits the space perfectly!
and head over to Snapbox to make your own 12″ x 16″ peel and stick poster!
Note: The coral color in the poster printed a little more magenta than you might see on your screen. That’s because Snapbox prints their posts in the RGB color mode and I originally created it in CMYK. No worries though, the download has been adjusted and will print in the mint, coral and magenta color palette you see on your screen!