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Start your year off right with one of these easy and oh so pretty DIY projects! (Click through for links to each one)

Happy Friday!

We’ve officially made it through the second week of 2017. Whew! Good thing next week is a shorter week, right? I’m in Philadelphia this weekend visiting my blogger bud, Rachel, while we work on something fun and super top secret. Be sure to follow our adventures over on Snapchat (I’m @sarahheartslove) and if you’re looking for a super quick and easy DIY to try this weekend, I’ve got 4 for you. Check out my favorite links from the week below.

This week I’m loving

  1. This adorably illustrated printable wall calendar.
  2. These oh-so-simple and oh-so-cute holographic desk accessories.
  3. These holographic planters because why stop at the previously mentioned desk accessories?
  4. 5-minute week shirts. Brunch me.


This week I shared a couple recaps of 2016. Everything from your favorite projects and recipes to a more personal post of my goals for the year.

2016 Year in Review and Goals for 2017

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares a personal and professional recap of 2016 and her big goals for 2017!

Today I’m doing a little personal and professional reflection on 2016 and sharing my dreams and desires for the year ahead. Well, because everyone is doing it and I thought it would be fun to dig a little deeper on here and share a little more behind the scenes.

2016 was the year I finally felt legit

You might be thinking this is crazy because I’ve been blogging full-time since 2013 it’s true. This is the year that I feel like I really honed my style, found my niche and well for lack of better words actually felt legit. Maybe it’s because I turned 30 in 2016? I’m not sure—I still have days where I totally want to call it quits and get a 9-5 design job. Because being self-employed and wearing every hats all the time is really hard.

I styled, shot and edited 53 videos.

Yes, 53! Back in January of 2016 I woke up one day with a goal to create ONE video. I dragged my stand mixer into my office along with all my other baking supplies and shot my first overhead video. I hadn’t used Final Cut (the editing software I now use) before but had it installed on my computer for years from working at the Apple store. I fumbled my way through it and stayed up all night to edit and tweak that video. I shared it the next day and was so freaking proud of that video mostly because I made up my mind I was going to try something new and did it. This is a huge step for me because even though I feel like I’m a pretty action oriented person I hate trying something new because I’m too scared to fail. But the response was pretty overwhelmingly awesome and I decided that 2016 was going to be the year I went head first into video.

I’m so happy I stuck with it. My videos evolved over the last 12 months and my editing skills have improved (mostly thanks to learning keyboard shortcuts—a serious game changer). They have been the driving factor of the growth of my business and have led to some really fun and challenging opportunities.

I have 2 viral videos.

Say what? This still surprises me when I say it. I’m super proud and humbled that so many people watched, shared and loved my mini ice cream cake video and my baked onion ring video.

I launched my first product.

Launching my non-stick baking mats was something I had been dreaming of for years. I’m excited to grow this venture into other goods and continue my dream of making cute things.

We spent our first full year in Los Angeles.

Back in the fall of 2015 Kevin and I decided it was time for a new adventure and a fresh start so we packed up our Fit and headed west. 2016 was our first full year in California and I’ve loved almost every minute of it (those times I didn’t were as you might guess, when I was stuck in traffic on the 405). I’m not sure how long we’ll be here but that move really shaped us. And after doing it, we now feel like we could move anywhere.

We traveled around the world.

Early in our marriage, Kevin and I decided we wanted to make travel a priority. Even though I’m the first to say I love nice things, as I get older I want less stuff and much rather spend our hard earned $ on experiences. And last year we went for it and traveled in 10 months of the year! We got to go to some incredible places (thanks to Kevin’s hobby of mile hacking) together.

Last year we traveled to New Orleans, D.C., Balitmore, Orlando, Japan, England, U.A.E., Hong Kong, Singapore together. And I traveled to Miami, Key West, Portland, Carmel, Big Bear, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree. And this year we already have some really rad places on the books including back to the UK to visit our dear friends and Australia to cross off another bucket list destination!

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares a personal and professional recap of 2016 and her big goals for 2017!

My goals for the year ahead

I want community.

Living in L.A. feels lonely sometimes. But it’s such a big city and there’s always things to do so how can it feel lonely, right? So many people that have lived in L.A. for a season have told me this and now after a being here a little over a year I’ve found it so true. And yes, even though there are people every where you look, I’ve personally struggled with finding my community. It’s what I miss most about living in Orlando and what I hope to change this year. L.A. is an exciting city and it’s led me to some really rad opportunities that I’m certain I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t lived here but I miss my tribe and besties. I’m hoping this is the year we find a church we really love and grow a community.

I want to teach workshops again.

This is kinda related to my goal for community. I haven’t hosted a Meet + Make in L.A. yet mostly because I’m afraid of having a party and no one showing up. But I want to jump into this again and give it a try. I’ve got a few ideas of what this might look like and I’m excited (and slightly terrified) to give them a try this year.

Create More Videos.

More than I did last year? Maybe. I’m just know that I’m having so much fun doing it that I want to keep it going. Not too sure what this will look like yet, but I’m pumped to see where this takes me this year. I’m also considering bringing someone on board to help with this or working with more contract creators make this happen.

Document Life.

Kevin and I are the worst at this. We literally traveled around the world and barely had any photos to share from it. So on the personal side of things, I want to take more photos just for ourselves and our family. And on the blog side of things I absolutely love Snapchat (I’m @sarahheartslove) because I feel like I can be authentic, unfiltered (literally, although I’m a big fan of the flower crown filter) and share what’s really happening day-to-day. I want to share more on that platform and on here so you guys can get to know me and I can get to know you better. I also want to figure out a way to share more about Justin and all things equestrian, since I spend every minute not work over at the ranch. It’s such a big part of my life and I think it would be fun to share more about it on here.

Better work/life balance.

I feel super blessed to have created a job that I truly love (even though it’s true, I sometimes want to throw in the towel). I love to be able to create for a living; I feel it’s what I was created for. But I’m terrible at setting work/life boundaries. Working hard all time time is in my genes (my parents are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever known) but it’s also draining. It drains myself and my relationships. This year I want to do my best to set work boundaries. Not answering emails in the middle of the night and actually having the weekends off are at the top of my list. I also want to create just for fun. The other night I got out my gouache paints (that I bought almost 4 months ago) for the first time and had some much fun just doodling.

That’s my recap and here’s to looking at the year ahead! If you’ve made it this far, a huge hug to you for reading this! So now, I want to know, what are some of your goals for 2017?

Top 10 Blog DIY Projects and Recipes of 2016

See what 10 recipes and DIY projects were reader favorites in 2016!

Happy New Year!

I’m starting off my 5th year of blogging full time with a post featuring the reader favorite projects and recipes of 2016. Before we jump into the round up, I just want to say thanks so much for reading my blog, following me on all those different social channels and really just making my dream job possible. I’ll be sharing more about last year in my year in review real soon, but until then I wanted to say a big thanks!

So without further ado, here are your top 10 favorite Sarah Hearts projects of 2016!

Did you know you can make potato chips in the microwave! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

1. Microwave Potato Chips

This one was your all time favorite and one of mine too. Just looking at that photo makes me want to snack on some of these chips now. What made it a favorite? I think that it didn’t require a deep fryer making it a quick and healthier recipe!

Make childhood favorite Carvel inspired ice cream cakes at home! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

2. Mini Ice Cream Cakes

The most popular video I created in 2016! This one has almost 7 million views and I’m pretty sure it’s because who can say know to that hidden layer of crunchy goodness?

Print and sew directly on cotton to create a pretty wall hanging. See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

3. Printable Embroidery

The top DIy project of the year. I love this one because it combines the digital (a crisp illustration) and the handmade (embroidery). I’d love to play with this idea more this year. Would you like to see more printable embroidery designs this year, too?

Use office color coding labels to create adorable watermelon stickers! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

4. Office Label Watermelon Stickers

I don’t think I’ll ever grown tired of watermelon printed anything and apparently you feel the same. In this easy gift box tutorial I show you how to use those office color coding labels to make cute watermelon stickers.

Did you know you can make onion rings in the oven! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

5. Oven Baked Onion Rings

This one was my second most watched video of the year with over 1.4 million views! Another junk food hack that satisfies those bloom’n onion awesome blossom crispy onion ring craving. My recipe includes a lightened up version of the special sauce too.

Decorate a store bought clutch using heat transfer vinyl. See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

6. Easy Patterned Clutches

I used my Silhouette Cameo to personalize these store bought clutches. The trick? Using heat transfer vinyl and a mini iron. My favorite part is what’s inside.

No green thumb required for this faux felt succulent wreath. See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

7. Felt Faux Succulent Wreath

This one is still hanging on our front door. Proof that you really don’t need a green thumb to make this ever green wreath—just a glue gun! I love the touch of gold and modern look of this wreath.

Pretty gold leaf Anthropologie copy cat coasters are so easy to make. See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

8. Anthropologie Inspired Gold Leaf Resin Coasters

This project kick started my love for all things resin. It was inspired by a set of coasters I spotted at Anthropologie and my desire to finally give resin a try. After making these, I made these gold heart broochesThose cute cocktail picks were a gift from Kelly!

Give an Ikea bench an update with a little paint! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

9. Painted Dipped Ikea Outdoor Bench

Proof that everyone still loves a good Ikea hack! This bench is still rock’n in our back patio and doubles as extra setting when we have people over for fried rice (one of Kevin’s hobbies). I also use it as a potting bench when planting herbs on the patio, which I can’t get Daisy to stop eating!

Make a wire headband without sewing! See this and 9 other reader favorite project of 2016.

10. No-Sew Wire Headband

The idea popped into my head for this project after I finished sewing my Rifle Paper Co. dress. I had all these long, narrow scraps of fabric that I just couldn’t bear to toss and I think I was wearing a 5+ year old wire headband at the time. So I thought I should use them to make my own. I still wear this one quite often and plan on making more with remnant fabric.

What was your favorite Sarah Hearts DIY project or recipe of 2016? I’d love to know!

January 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

Free January 2017 calendar wallpaper for iPhone, computer, and iPad.

Happy New Year!

Ring in the new year with a new wallpaper! The 2017 design features delicate flowers, stems and an inspiring quote. The perfect way to welcome 2017 if I do say so myself. Get it below for all your devices and have a happy, healthy and safe new year!

Free inspiring wallpaper for iPhone, computer, and iPad. Perfect for the new year!


Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina computer with calendar | Retina computer with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Free pretty floral wallpaper for iPhone, computer, and iPad. Free January 2017 calendar wallpaper for iPhone, computer, and iPad. Free inspiring wallpaper for iPhone, computer, and iPad. Perfect for the new year!

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian


Find more inspiring wallpapers I’ve created over the year on my wallpaper page!

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Host a fabulous New Year's Eve party! Try one of these easy DIY ideas.

Happy Holidays, friends!

Before taking some time away from the blog and creating videos I wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday season! I hope you enjoy the company of good friends (with good food and wine of course) and also get some time to recover from an insanely busy season and a crazy year.

I’ll be back in the New Year with my year recap, favorite projects and of course, lots of new videos to come. In the meantime, here are 4 fun DIYs to try this NYE.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

xo, Sarah

  1. A floating NYE photo installation.
  2. Host a fondue party.
  3. Create paper and tinsel party decorations.
  4. Make sparkly champagne truffles.

And here’s what to wear and what to eat.