by Alix

Sep

29

Top 10 Cricut Design Star (DIY Love sign)!!!

September 29, 2014 in contests, Craft, cricut, DIY, fashion, garland, party, photography, Uncategorized by Alix

Photo booth sign DIY #CricutDesignStar #DesignSpaceStar

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

Wonderful news friend of mine! My DIY “love” sign Cricut craft project has been selected to be one of September’s top 10 Cricut Design Star projects. I just feel so honored and grateful to be nominated among so many very very talented bloggers. It would mean the world to me (and more) if you took a few seconds to VOTE for me HERE! You can vote once a day and until Oct. 3rd at 12:00 PM and I will shower you with metaphorical confetti and hugs!

Photo booth sign DIY #CricutDesignStar #DesignSpaceStar

Also…go and check out the way cool Cricut Print and Cut feature!

xo Alix

Cricut-Design-Space-Star

by Alix

Sep

23

A Gold Suitcase Makeover

September 23, 2014 in Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

gold suitcase!

Okay let me just say that I am totally in love with this suitcase. It looks A-maze-ing in my nursery that needed a hint of gold (but then again, doesn’t every room need a hint of gold?). The back story with this little gold number is that it was a gift from my mom. She thrifted it from a thrift shop in Sun Valley and gifted it to me! My mom’s a pretty good thrifter-gifter. And I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to getting vintage pieces. I’m just soooo easy going that I let her give me unique and lovely home decorations for free.

If you can believe it, this suitcase started out a faded navy blue color. The edges were this yucky yellow tinge that I am sure was once a bright white. Not even a magic eraser could remedy the fade and wear so a fresh coat of paint was the solution!

Want all the detes on this adorable gold suitcase makeover? I spill all my painting secrets and gold-loving guts on HGTV Design Happens today! Check it out!

Tips on how to paint an old suitcase gold

by Alix

Sep

21

Photo booth sign prop!

September 21, 2014 in Craft, cricut, DIY, garland, party, photography, portraits, Uncategorized, wedding by Alix

*This post does include affiliate links, I may or may not make commission off of these links. All opinions are 100% mine and are 100% honest*

Photo booth sign DIY

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

Wonderful news! This DIY “love” sign Cricut craft project has been selected to be one of September’s top 10 Cricut Design Star projects. I’m blushing. I feel so grateful. With so many very very talented bloggers participating I feel like we all deserve a big high five. To be selected is seriously such an honor. It would mean the world to me (and more) if you took a few seconds to VOTE for me HERE! You can vote once a day and until Oct. 3rd at 12:00 PM.

This last week I got really busy with my Cricut…experimenting with materials and fun projects. One project that I just fell absolutely in love with was this photo booth sign prop, perfect for weddings, photo shoots, and any party really! My sweet neighbors were the perfect models for my fun sign – talk about a gorgeous family! This “love”able vinyl sign is so simple to make and Cricut cuts through vinyl like a dream. In fact, after I made this sign I was like, “Why have I not been using vinyl all of my life!?” Want to make a vinyl sign of your own? You totally do I know it :) .

Stuff you will need:

- A Cricut Explore

-Adhesive-backed vinyl by the sheet or by the roll

- Thick poster board

- “love” download

Steps:

1. First, decide on the font you adore for your photo booth sign. Then, in that font, create a png of the word you love (you can do this in any Adobe product really). If you like the “love” I used, you can find the download above. For my next sign I think I will write something fun like “fancy!” or “cheese!”. Really deep stuff you know :) .

2. Second, upload that png to Cricut Design Space. Once it is uploaded you can mess with the scale and orientation.

3. Time to cut!!! Add your vinyl to the Cricut cutting mat and cut out that drool-worthy design.

4. Finally, following the instructions that come with the vinyl, apply the vinyl sticker to the thick poster board.

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

More fun stuff with Cricut…

Check out the way cool Cricut Print and Cut feature!

The September Mystery Box is here with mystery deals and all!  ;)

Don’t forget to save $50 – $100 bucks on Cricut Explore machine bundles. Yep!

xoxo AlixCricut-Design-Space-Star

by Alix

Sep

18

DIY Dip-Dyed Tassel garland

September 18, 2014 in Craft, DIY, garland, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

DIY-Dip-Dyed-Tassels

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

One thing I really love about this dip-dyed tassel garland I made for HGTV Design Happens is how organic and earthy it looks, yet the colors are fresh and vibrant. This juxtaposition of modern and earthy, bright and monochromatic, rustic and fresh, is found throughout my house. I like to think that it is a very purposeful design decision, like I have a very clear vision about each piece of furniture and paint color in my house, but the truth is my decorating is based on two principles: 1. budget and 2. trial and error (mostly error I think ;) ). Something as simple and easy as a food-coloring dip-dyed tassel adds a lot of intrigue and interest, but is also easy and cheap–perfect for a mom running around like a crazy person most days.

To make one of your own, hop on over to HGTV Design Happens!

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xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

15

PARTY! Banner Cupcake Toppers

September 15, 2014 in Craft, cricut, DIY, fall, food, free downloads, Halloween, party, Uncategorized by Alix

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Happy Monday to all! I have to admit that I kind of love the hustle and bustle of a Monday. I feel (slightly) rejuvenated from the weekend and ready to accomplish a bunch of ish on my to-do list. It’s about Thursday that I am feeling like melting into a puddle of cookie dough and Sherlock. Today has been packed with to-dos and lost of snack breaks with my number one side-kick. Gosh I love him so.

And this particular Monday on the blog is a party party party with Cricut! My Cricut Design Star team is at it again and I have to say that I am continually blown away with their creativity and use of the Cricut Explore. Our theme for September was to come up with a craft that you would use for Tabletop Decor. I, naturally, was like: What can I put on a cupcake?! I made these adorable banner cupcake toppers just in time for the black and white festivities of Halloween, but what I love most about these mini banners is that they are so easily modified to fit whatever occasion or party you have coming up! Time to deck out those cupcakes???

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Stuff you will need:

- A Cricut Explore™

- Glue stick

- Hot glue gun and glue sticks

- Paper…I picked black and a sparkly white paper.

- Banner download

- Banner liner download

- Kabob sticks

 

Steps:

1. To begin, download the banner and banner liner documents and upload them to your Cricut Design Space. Then use your Cricut to cut out a banner and banner liner for each cupcake. You will also want to cut our a letter for each cupcake banner in the font of your choice.

2. Next, glue the white banner liner to the back of the black banner so that the edge of the white liner is parallel with the black liner. I used hot glue for this step because my white paper was glittery and I wanted to make sure they really stuck together.

3. Time to add the letter details! Apply glue-stick glue to the back of each letter and stick them to a banner.

4. Then hot glue a kabob stick to the back of the banner (so you can stick that cutie in a cupcake)!

5. For the final, and totally optional step, you can add some embellishments to each little banner. I glued on mini tassels because they add a cuteness factor of about a billion.

All done…Hooray! Time to party!

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Hot stuff going on at Cricut that you might want in on!….

The September Mystery Box (which is as cool as it sounds) is here! Plus a mystery deal ;)

Want to save $50 – $100 bucks on Cricut Explore machine bundles??? Yep.

Aaaaaaannnnnd…get Free Shipping on all orders with code: MYSTERSHIP! Only lasts until tomorrow (Sept. 16th) so jump on it!

 

For more inspiration from my Cricut Design Star Team you just might want to check out these other tabletop decor crafts:

ON THE TABLE

1-Kiki and Company

2-Stay and Co.

3-Kristi Murphy

4- Beauty Babbler

5- Two Thirty Five Designs

6- A Ruffled Life

7- Frenchie Wraps

8-Girl Inspired

9- Sweet C’s Designs

10-The Life of the Wife

 xoxo Alix

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space™ Star. All opinion are 100% my own. This post does contain affiliate links.

by Alix

Sep

12

Succulent Planters and a list of things I wish I had time to do

September 12, 2014 in blogging, Craft, DIY, essay by Alix

Plant succulents in a light fixture!

First of all…this little succulent planter craft is one of my favorites because I used glass light fixtures as the planter! Find out all the “dirt”y deets on HGTV Design Happens!

Second of all, I am SOOO busy. Doesn’t it bug you when people talk about how busy they are? (To be honest it doesn’t really bug me when other people talk about how busy they are, but I am assuming that I must sound terribly obnoxious when I complain about how overwhelmed I am). I mean, with the exception of newborns and my retired neighbor who does laps around the block in a motorized shopping cart, are we not all soooo busy?

What I am saying is that making excuses about being busy and not blogging as much as I like to seems kind of lame, right? So instead of talking about how I have been consumed with projects for Bing and HGTV Design Happens and Cricut and Tai Pan Trading and Home Depot I will just make a list of 10 things I wish I had time to do. (Which also sounds kind of lame, but slightly less lame than throwing my arms up in the air and wining: “I am soooo busy”).

Here we go: 10 things I wish I had time to do

1. Respond to all Instagram and Facebook comments. When someone leaves a comment on my Instagram or Facebook I instantly feel like I have a new best friend. Like they are checking in on me and are like: “Totes adorbs! Winking kissing face!”. When less people liked me, ironically, I was able to keep up with all the comments and respond to them all. Now I find myself with the blessing of not being able to send personal “thank you” comments for every comment I receive. Oh please know that I love you social media best friends!

2. Repainting a wall 4 times until it is the perfect shade of white. These are the things I have to live without! Woe is me.

3. Blogging on my own blog once a day. Do you ever wish you were a Stephanie Meyer’s vampire? Besides the benefit of having a stellar personality and the ability to blind passer-by cars when your skin sparkles in the sun you would also have the ability to never sleep. Did you get that? What if I could never need sleep and then I could have an extra 8(ish) hours to keep my busy butt going. Come to think of it though, a vampire probably wouldn’t be as excited about blogging and hot glue guns as I am anyways.

4. Clean those effing baseboards. How white baseboards manage to become covered in dust and scuffs with such haste remains a mystery to the person (me) who cleans them. Like, shouldn’t there be a rule that if you, on hands and knees, scrub baseboards once in the spring, they ought to stay spotless at least until Christmas? Can we not at least have that universe???

5. To read 15 books to Liam every night. We do make an extensive effort to read at least 2 books to Liam every night but usually by the last few pages of Llama Llama I’m just making up words with my eyes closed. I’m hoping he is slow to read so he doesn’t catch on. (Just kidding, I hope he is the smartest child on planet earth).

6. Start a line of day planners. This is a real dream of mine. Something I really want to do in the future. I mean it. I have yet to find the perfect day planner and I am the kind of person who shops for next year’s day planner in August. Every year I start the hunt early, hoping to find the perfect planner that balances design, functionality, and is the perfect size. One year I’ll throw my hands up, say “To hell with it!” and create my own perfect planner.

7. Organize the basement. So. Much. Crap. Furniture and stuff everywhere. I’m sure some sturdy shelves would help the situation. Someday!

8. Go on a date with Clint once a week, or even once a month. So I once heard that getting a babysitter in New York City is a minimum of $100.00 for the night. I’m not sure on how accurate this is, but things run a little more affordable by way of childcare in Utah, so I really can’t complain. But coordinating a babysitter for a date night can kind of be a hassle. You have to really make a commitment to date night to make it happen.

9. Do my hair regularly. Lets just say that the top knot has been a best friend this year. I’m so grateful for fashion statements that say “minimalist” and not “Flock of Seagulls” bangs.

10. Plant a garden, and a peach tree. A girl can dream of peach jam and canned tomato sauce.

The moral of the story is that I have an incredibly good life. I mean, if my only wish is to paint walls and read about emotionally needy farm animals then I really don’t have the right to complain! Now I am off to play golf with Liam in the backyard (basically I just re-tee his ball and send lots of encouraging comments his way).

Plant succulents in a light fixture!

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

9

Giant Paper Flower DIY

September 9, 2014 in Craft, DIY, party, photography, portraits, pregnancy, Uncategorized by Alix

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

One can hardly consider oneself a crafting professional without having made a jumbo crepe paper flower. Truth, I have never even made a small crepe paper flower, or anything made of crepe paper while we are confessing. I hang my head in shame. But I have to tell you, after much therapy and moment of awakening (I kid) I am proud to say that I made a giant paper flower and it was a blooming success! Really though, it turned out to be a favorite DIY–one of my top ten. Making giant paper flowers, as it turns out, is not that challenging of a task. It’s worth 30 minutes of your time I promise! And it would make the perfect accessory for a little girl’s room, a wedding decoration, or even a photograph prop!

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Here is what you need:

-Crepe paper in the colors of your choice

-Floral wire or floral tape

- Scissors

- Cotton balls

- Hot glue and a hot glue gun

- Pencil and something round to trace…about the size of a cake plate.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 1: Let’s get this crafting party going. To make a giant paper flower you need to start with the flower center. Begin by tracing a big circle on the crepe paper that you want as your center color. The circle should be around 12″ in diameter. Then cut along your traced lines leaving you a crepe paper circle.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 2: To create a plump ball at the center of your flower, place cotton balls in the circle center. Then carefully gather all the sides of the circle and press them together creating a pom for the flower center. Use floral wire of floral tape to secure the gathered circle.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 3: Time to make petals! This is where it gets a little artsy fartsy. The great thing about this poppy-inspired flower shape is that the petals don’t need to be a perfect shape. As you can see above, I just cut out petals that were kind of shaped like a fan. I cut around 15 smaller petals in pink and 10 larger petals in cream. The next part is the really fun part. With single-sided crepe paper you will notice that one side will “ruffle” when you stretch it out. Using your thumbs, press on the stretchable side of the crepe paper petal  just on the inside area of the petal to create a ruffle look. This will make the petals’ texture look very organic and natural.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 4: Then, one at a time, start to glue your petals to the center pom with the hot glue gun. Start with the smallest petals and then work your way out to the largest petals. Once all your petals are attached you have the option to secure a stem to the bottom of the flower. I chose to leave it a loose flower because it will eventually end up on the wall of my studio.

Isn’t she just a beauty!

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

All images for this post by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

6

Lunar Bead Necklace DIY

September 6, 2014 in Craft, DIY, fashion, HGTV Design Happens, New Years by Alix

Love this lunar-inspired bead necklace DIY

I created this lunar bead necklace DIY because I was inspired by all the lunar artwork and DIY projects floating around Pinterest. There is something really interesting about the moon to me. I embrace that it changes-it has cycles. You can always count on the moon to be slightly different than the day before, slightly transformed (You think that’s a deep moon thought-don’t even get me started on the parallels between the moon and menstrual cycles ;) ). I like the moon because I relate to that glowing diva…I am not one of those people who is afraid of change. Change actually kind of wakes me up. I like being in new environments, trying new tasks, being put in challenging and somewhat uncomfortable situations. I moved a lot as a child so that could be why. Or perhaps I just get board and take on another task that pushes me.

That’s why the moon and I get along, I think. She’s always evolving and challenging a cloudy sky or entering the scene before the sun exits stage West. I like the idea of wearing such a dreamy bit of space rock around my neck. Very deep of me I know :) .

You can make your own lunar necklace on HGTV’s blog Design Happens!

And since it’s a Friday…more lunar inspiration please? Okay if you insist:

For the littles: Goodnight Moon

 You should probably have a giant golden moon on your wall. Right?!

Moon clock!

A moon pinata to party with

Moon phase art for the double win (and DIY enthusiast!)

 

Love this lunar-inspired bead necklace DIY

xo Alix

by Alix

Sep

3

Baby Girl Nursery 02: A Sneak Peek with Tiny Prints

September 3, 2014 in baby, Craft, DIY, Home, house, Uncategorized by Alix

Yellow crib

All images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

Over the last month I have spent many late nights and early mornings (with much appreciated help from family and friends) working on a sweet nursery for this baby girl growing in my belly. If you remember from my Baby Girl Nursery 01 post, this room began as a tan blank canvas of blah. With some peachy paint, laborious woodwork, and help from great friends like Tiny Prints this nursery is well on its way to being fit for a princess, or a doctor…whichever she prefers ;) . I’m holding off on the final “nursery reveal” for a few weeks (to keep you in suspense) because I have 3 or 4 more projects to check off before this tart of a room is ready to share. In the meantime I partnered with Tiny Prints to bring you a little sneak peek of our baby girl nursery!

lovely chair for nursery

Love these fun bright pillows!

Monogrammed bright pillows

One thing I love about Tiny Prints is that they offer such a wide variety of products that are all customizable (not sure if that is a proper word, but you catch my drift). For the past few years I have bought my Christmas cards from Tiny Prints because, well, they have have my favorite designs. But when I went to shop for my baby girl’s nursery I was thrilled to find a variety of pillows and home accessories to drool over. I mean, I just love these pillows. They are such good quality too. I was surprised at how soft, yet durable the fabric was. I picked out this pillow and this pillow, but I am totally checking out this pillow and this sweet pillow.

Fun marker board sign

They also have these cute eraser board signs and I’m kinda thrilled that I get to write little love notes to my girl.

lovely chair for nursery and two-toned dresser

Yellow crib

Yellow crib

xoxo Alix

Some products for this post courtesy of Tiny Prints. All opinions are my own :)

by Alix

Aug

22

Log Slice Art DIY and A Joyous Friday!

August 22, 2014 in Craft, DIY, Fresh and Fabulous Friday, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

Log slice art DIY

Log slice art I created for HGTV Design Happens this week! Check out how to make your own :)

“Hey baby it’s a freakin’ weekend”! Thank you R. Kelly for those word of poetic genius. It is, however, the weekend and confetti should be thrown in the streets. I have had a long week, how about you? Projects and pregnancy (and other words that begin with “p”???) fill up my days and it’s a good life to have. It is time to sleep in on Saturday I think. Now I’m off to drink a particularly frightening bottle full of glucose-test fluid, get a blood draw, and it’s waffles for lunch as my reward.

Some links to love:

I just bought this print for Liam’s room (eek!) and it is an instant win.

Fall floral arrangements may be my favorite kind of floral arrangements

Looking to start a blog? Brittany’s class may just the thing for you!

Embroidered cake!

I’m trying to add my children’s book collection and I’m thinking about buying this, this, and this book. What are some of your favorites?

 My favorite Popsicle of summer (and maybe all time)…they are crushed watermelon, but they look like watermelons!

Me around The Neighborhood this month: Party like a senior citizen!

 Have a lovely weekend :)

xo Alix