Since I cleaned the apartment for my parents visit I went ahead and took some detail photos of my bedroom to share with you guys! We don’t spend much time at all in our bedroom but I did want to have a few things on the walls. It is also where I organize all of my clothes and accessories.
I had these two hooks from Urban Outfitters and thought they were perfect for jewelry. Then I just added a scrap of pretty paper and a paint swatch to the wall with thumbtacks for some added color and it turned out to be the perfect hanging space for my jewelry!
I created the Coke bottle necklace display with my dad years ago and for my earrings I just used an old picture frame and stapled a piece of screen to the back. For bracelets and rings I have a little wooden tray for each. I like most of my jewelry to be in plain sight, otherwise I would never wear any of it!
The You, Me, Forever print is from Satchel & Sage, I love all of their prints so much, I’d love to have the whole Venn collection!
I made the travel map cork board as a way for Zander and I to track all of the places we have been together and where we want to go next!
Hi guys! My name is Julie and I blog over at Julie Ann Art. I’m so happy to be guest posting today! I’m going to show you how I transferred a design onto a pillow using a freezer paper stencil!
Since we moved we haven’t had any pillows for our couch. The main reason we don’t have pillows? My dog’s favorite thing is pillow stuffing. She will have the stuffing out of that pillow in a matter of minutes (seconds?). So no way am I buying a fancy schmancy $$$ pillow set. I bought one pillow from Ikea, sort of as a test. Maybe she grew out of her pillow chewing habits (yeah right). But this one white, boring pillow needed some help. I was throwing around different embellishment ideas when I remembered I had been wanting to try to make a stencil out of freezer paper. So here we go!
What you’ll need:Freezer Paper Fabric (pillow case, t-shirt, placemats, etc.) Fabric Paint Iron Exacto Knife Pencil or Pen Paintbrush Cardboard
The first thing you need to do is transfer your design to the matte (not shiny!) side of your freezer paper. This can be done in multiple ways. I drew my design directly onto the paper. If you don’t feeling comfortable doing this, you can either a.) print the design on normal paper and then trace it on the freezer paper, or b.) print the design directly onto the freezer paper. Just make sure you only use an ink-jet printer if you’re going to print on it. Your call!
Next up, using your exacto knife, cut your design out of the freezer paper. Make sure to put some cardboard underneath the paper to make this process easier. This was surprisingly easy, the freezer paper didn’t give me any problems with tearing.
Once your stencil is ready, place it shiny side down where you want it on your fabric. Heat up your iron (I put mine on medium heat) and carefully start ironing, working your way from the middle of the design to the outside of the design. I went over my design multiple times. Make sure to pay attention to any intricate areas.
When the freezer paper is secured to the fabric it’s time to paint! Once again, make sure to cover all the intricate areas and edges completely. I got nervous at this part because I wasn’t sure if I had ironed it on well enough.
I let the paint dry for about an hour (although the paint bottle said it takes four hours to dry) and started pulling off my stencil. Whether you decide to wait the full four hours or not is up to your discretion. The stencil pulled off easily and now I have a cute little pillow.
The possibilities for use of a freezer paper stencil are endless! I definitely want to try it on a shirt next. The looks it gives is very similar to that of screen printing. And don’t forget you can use freezer paper for what it was originally intended for…to store meat in the freezer. Have fun!
Thank you so much Julie! Who knew freezer paper had another use? I definitely want to try this one out soon! Only one more guest post, I hope you have been enjoying them! -Ciera
I’m so excited to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog today! I am a huge fan of everything that she posts here and hope you enjoy my jewelry tutorial! Before we begin, you must know that I’ve never made jewelry before I created the necklace I document below. I literally went to Hobby Lobby and thought, “What supplies make sense?” I had already ordered some amazing vintage Japanese beads on Etsy beforehand so I just needed to make sure I could thread them. Here are the supplies that I used:
I picked up a basic jewelry tool kit and a few options when it came to chains. I ended up using a really thin (and cheap) gold chain so I’m excited to experiment with more quality supplies later. Here is a visual and brief tutorial below. I’ll go into more details on each step below the image!
Okay here’s more of an explanation for each step:
1. I am using a 2″ eye pin here. If I were to re-create this necklace again (which I probably will), I might consider adding a drop of super glue to keep the two beads together. If you aren’t extremely precise, it’s hard to keep them close together while closing the eye pin in the next step.
2. I used the round nose pliers to hold the eye pin steady while I literally bent the other end perpendicular.
3. I didn’t get a photo but I did clip the end of the eye pin so that it was shorter. I didn’t want to bend it into a loop and then have extra wire. Here is a great tutorial on creating loops with your eye pins.
4. As you can see, I have created the loop and now the beads are secured. My loop is definitely not perfect but it works!
5. I wanted to make sure I knew how to create a loop before I strung the chain through (so this is technically a little backwards) but by the time you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take a lot to pull the loop apart and add the chain.
6. Now you have a completed and seamless necklace! After this, I snipped the chain (where it would fall on your neck) and added the clasp! Ta da! Necklace completed.
So there’s my beginners guide to jewelry making. I learned a lot and didn’t even really study any techniques. It was almost more fun going into it neutral and not having an preconceived ideas of what my necklace should look like. Let me know if you have any advice or tips – I’m all ears. >> written by Allison at Show & Tell
I think this came out so great considering it was her first jewelry making experience! A big thanks to Allison for sharing this with us while I’m away on vacation! – Ciera
Hi Ciera Design readers, my name is Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. I’m happy to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog while she’s out of town and have a super easy DIY ready for you today. With Father’s Day just around the corner I thought a project designed just for Dad would be perfect. Stick around and learn how to hand stamp a polka dot tie for that special man in your life.
The supplies needed for this project are minimal; you’ll need multi-surface craft paint, a pencil with an eraser, a paper towel or rag, and a solid color tie (mine was thrifted).
I chose to use two colors for my tie – mint green, and coral. In combination with the black tie it created a nice contrast, and a mid-century americana feel. I couldn’t help but imagine a Dad in the 1950s rocking a style similar to this. You can choose any color combination you want, or go classic with one color like white.
The steps for making this polka dot tie are pretty simple. Start by dipping the eraser end of the pencil in one of your colors and imprint on tie. Be careful not to push down too hard, just lightly dab it into the tie. Continue dipping, and imprinting polka dots on the tie in an irregular pattern starting with the bulk of the tie and moving into the neck. Remember to leave space for your second color of paint (if you so choose).
Don’t worry if your first polka dots seem a little splotchy. You’ll want to do a second coat of paint just to ensure all of the polka dots are fully filled in and a good shape. Once you’ve filled in the tie with one color use your paper towel or rag to clean off the eraser.
Next fill in the gaps with your second color of paint, again doing two-three coats. Let each coat dry completely before starting the second to avoid smearing. I suggest letting the whole tie dry overnight before wrapping.
I think your Dad or significant other will love your creation, it combines two things Dads love, crafts from their kids and ties. Or at least that’s what I’ve always been told (wink wink). Enjoy! Bekuh
Thank you so much Bekuh! This is a great Father’s Day DIY idea, and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with polka dots ! -Ciera
My friend Megan and I had so much fun putting together this survival kit for our best friends bachelorette party. We wanted a funny little gift basket to give all of the girls and figured what better than a survival kit!
Each bucket included:
Lipgloss Condom Asprin Gatorade Mints Custom Champagne Glass Cheez-Its (an inside joke that goes along with the “keep it cheezy” theme”) Peacock Feather
We made labels for most of the items and put them in plastic buckets with tissue paper.
We also made a photo booth.
and my sis made these amazing treats… peacock inspired veggie tray with edemame hummus and butt cookies, hehe.
And that wraps up all of the details from this party, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it! Check out my Inspiration Board and Invitations from this party.
Hey guys, I have a very simple Valentine’s treat that is perfect for passing out to friends, classmates or secret crushes. All you need is chalkboard paint, match boxes, chalk and red hots or any small candy of your choice. Just paint the match boxes (I used a foam brush), let dry, write your personal messages, fill with candy and deliver!
*Chalboard paint takes a few days to cure, so don’t wait til the last minute!
Still in need of a few last minute presents? Glass jars are great for repurposing as gifts. This idea works for everyone on your list since it is totally customizable! Just decorate the jars and fill them with something unique for each person.
Displaying gifts in a jar gives a clean appearance that lets the present last long after the holidays. I decorated my jars with washi tape and printed customized tags and labels for them.
One of my favorite things to fill the jars with is homemade granola. It is delicious and keeps for months. If granola is not your thing, try other homemade items such as jam, cocoa or chai tea mix, candy or mixed nuts. The jars can also be filled with non-edible items such as bath salts, mini terrarium, snow globe, craft or sewing kit supplies… and as you can see, the possibilities are almost endless!
Gifts in a jar are a favorite homemade holiday gift of mine because they are easy, inexpensive and one-of-a-kind! I’ll be posting matching washi tape greeting cards and envelopes next week so subscribe to the Ciera Design RSS feed if you don’t want to miss out!
MOO is an online printing company that I absolutely love! They can print with your photos or designs stored on certain social sites or you can upload your images directly to MOO. My favorite thing is that printing with MOO means you have the option of a different image on each card or sticker!
Since not everyone out there is a designer (or has the time to create a custom design) I have created a variety of Thank You designs that use Moo templates! These work really well for sending out Thank You’s after a party or for your Etsy shop. You can send postcards or greeting cards, slip a minicard or notecard into a package and use the stickers on packages or to seal envelopes. So many options! You can download the design packages below, head on over to Moo, upload and customize before placing your order. Pick black or teal or both and use only what you like from the sets! One more thing to make this deal even better… if you follow the Moo links from this post you get 10% off your first order! You can also download and print yourself!
Note Cards (choose square or rounded edges) 3.46″ x 2.32″ You can customize text for the back of card at moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages. (Select “Business Cards” at moo.com for this option.)
Mini Cards 2.9″ x 1.26″ You can customize text for the back of card at moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages.
Greeting Cards 4.13″ x 5.82″ You can customize text for the inside of card on moo.com or leave blank to write personalized messages.
Postcards 4.13″ x 5.82″ You can customize the back of your postcard at moo.com with your logo, text, footers and a mailing panel.
Rectangular Stickers and Labels 3.30 x 2.17″
Round Stickers and Labels1.5″ diameter (shown below)
My sister redid her bedroom and sent me Instagrams of these awesome DIY jewelry organizers she made. Two old rake heads attached to the wall for necklaces and a piece of sturdy lace pinned over her curtains for earrings. What great ideas right?
Thanks to Jasmine for these photos and awesome DIYs!