November 12, 2013
In last week’s DIY glitter feather garland post I shared a peak at my boxwood wreath. So today I wanted to show a few more details of the wreath and explain what materials I used to create this simple wreath. I’ve never purchased a boxwood wreath before and I just love how festive they look.
When decorating this wreath I wanted to add something that would be subtle so I could have the wreath displayed from fall until New Years. Since the holidays pop up so quickly, I’m all about decor that’s “in season” for more than just a couple weeks.
I purchased some flat wooden circles and painted them with a coat of white craft paint. Once they were dry, I covered parts of the circles with washi tape to mask off one side. I painted a thin coat of gold leaf sizing on one side, waiting about 15 minutes for it to dry, then added some gold leafing. Gold leaf can be a tricky thing. I learned a few tips (and what not to do) when I made a gold leaf light switch plate.
For more wreath ideas, check out Wayfair to see how other bloggers transformed a boxwood wreath.
Christmas will be here before we know it! Check out my past holiday DIYs for some early inspiration!
November 11, 2013
While I was in college I had the amazing opportunity of interning with Alena Hennessy. If you’re not familiar with her work you should absolutely go check it out! She’s a talented artist, educator and over-all just a wonderful, inspirational person.
My internship allowed me to peak inside Alena’s life and learn about the business side of being a professional artist and designer. This was something that was never discussed in college and that I later found oh-so-helpful as I later launched my line of handmade apparel and accessories my senior year. I also become a pro at steaming scarves and matting art prints, you know, more “traditional” intern type stuff.
Alena now offers online courses in addition to selling archival paper prints, hand painted jewelry, and apparel. If you’ve ever had an interest in exploring your creativity or would just love to start a new hobby, she offers a called, “A Year of Painting.” Just like the name suggests, this course takes you through one year of painting by learning a new technique or completing a project every three weeks. The course is self-paced and allows you to connect with all the other students from around the world.
Alena is offering a special deal just for my readers! If you sign-up for the “A Year in Painting” course you will also receive a mentorship session with Alena and a signed copy of her book, “Cultivating Your Creative Life.” This is such a great opportunity for artists wanting to develop their career or anyone interested in deepening their creativity!
Enter the code SARAHHEARTS at checkout to receive the free mentorship session and signed copy of Alena’s book!
November 8, 2013
This week holiday posts have been popping up across the blogs. I’ve seen lots of red and white and Christmas trees. I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but it’s not a bad idea to get a head start on holiday planning, right? Here are a few of my favorite links from this week.
1. These DIY gold oyster shell salt cellars would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table. I think they would also make a great gift too.
2. Mini pies that double as adorable feather place cards. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
3. I admit I have haven’t read or seen The Hunger Games but I’m a fan of this black, white and gold party decor that’s inspired by it.
I’m also loving this perfectly styled holiday craft party, these DIY mirrored glass favors, and these fresh apple candle holders.
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A huge thanks to Apartment Therapy for sharing my DIY metallic glassware!
Need some holiday wreath inspiration? My gold leaf dot boxwood wreath is on Wayfair today along with some other great wreaths from other bloggers.
What will you be creating, baking or making this weekend? I’ll be working on some fun Thanksgiving posts and planning the next Meet + Make! I’ll be announcing details next week.
November 7, 2013
I liked this month’s wallpaper so much I decided to bring the idea to life. I took some plain white card stock and used my Silhouette to cut out feather shapes. I used a foam brush to paint Mod Podge on the bottom part of each feather and then sprinkled on some gold glitter. Once all the glue was dry, I used a needle to thread the feathers onto a piece of baker’s twine.
I love how this garland is equally festive for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. After the holidays I think I may hang it in our guest room. It’s just too cute to not display!
Want to make your own glitter feathers? Download the free Silhouette Studio file or the printable PDF template.
If you’re still on the fence about getting a Silhouette, check out the rest all the projects I’ve made with mine. Silhouette isn’t paying me for this, I just love the product so much I think you may too.
November 6, 2013
If you have to wear glasses, might as well make them cute, right? I’ve been wearing readers since high school and I kinda wish I had a different pair for everyday of the week. I’ve had black cat eye glasses, round tortoise shell ones, and now I wear ones similar to the first pair above.
Today I’m partnering with glasses.com to giveaway a $100 gift card! You can buy a pair of glasses or sunnies that are perfect for fall. Glasses.com offers a huge selection of glasses (including Kate Spade!) and even offers free in-home try ons! If you order a pair (or two) they ship them to you for free and even offer free returns if they aren’t quite right.
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