DIY Gold Dipped Wine Glasses

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It may not be as exciting as Friday, but Wine Wednesday is also quite enjoyable! Before uncorking a bottle of your favorite vino, try glamming up your glasses with this simple DIY project.

“Simple” and “DIY” used in the same sentence, you ask? I’ll admit it, I’ve had numerous Pinterest fails, so I am sometimes wary of crafts that look too good to be true. However, this is not one of those projects. When my fiance came home from work and saw my made-over wine glasses sitting on the table, he was shocked at how well they turned out. He usually laughs at my silly crafts, but this is one that finally received his stamp of approval. The modern gold dipped look creates chic, sophisticated drinkwear that will add some shine to any bar cart.

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You will need:

  • Wine glasses (mine were $1 each from Dollar Tree)
  • Gold metallic spray paint (I used Krylon Short Cuts in Gold Leaf)
  • Clear acrylic sealer (I used Mod Podge)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Several sheets of newspaper

Begin by washing the wine glasses thoroughly. Once they are dry, tape the newspaper to the stem, covering the top of the glass and leaving the area you want to be gold exposed.

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Spray paint the exposed area, until it is evenly coated. Don’t spray too close or for too long because that will cause the paint to drip and not dry smoothly. Repeat on the other glasses and let dry for about 30 minutes. Once they are completely dry, spray one coat of the sealer; let dry for 15 minutes, then spray another coat. When it is dry to the touch, carefully peel off the tape to reveal a perfectly painted glass! Now drink up :)

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Going for Gold

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Happy Monday! It’s always hard getting back into the working routine after a relaxing weekend, but a positive environment can make it much easier. Get excited about being back at your desk with a bright notebook and cheerful coffee mug! I get a little too excited over school supplies, especially new notebooks and planners. When I saw this hot pink and gold notebook on sale at Home Goods, I couldn’t pass it up. Now I can’t wait to go take notes! Yes, I’m a big nerd…

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I am currently loving gold details and calligraphy on pretty much everything. My skills need a little fine tuning (okay, a lot), but I decided to give it a try and decorate a simple coffee mug from the dollar store. I used a gold paint pen to write “Enjoy today,” which is a phrase I came across on Pinterest and thought it was a good reminder to make every day count. My goal is to do one thing that I enjoy each day, whether that’s baking some cupcakes, treating myself to a new piece of clothing or a relaxing yoga class.

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For this DIY project, you only need a plain mug, paint pen and favorite quote. You can use the inspirational mug for your morning coffee or to hold writing utensils at your desk.

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DIY Striped Coffee Table

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After a successful kitchen table makeover I decided to tackle our boring coffee table. Most of the wood furniture in our house has a darker stain, so this light-colored table stuck out like a sore thumb. Instead of adding more dark wood to our living room and kitchen area, I wanted to brighten it up a bit. Since a solid white table would get dirty too fast, I scoured Pinterest for more ideas. I saw several patterned tables and thought that a striped style would add a chic, modern touch while also matching our simple furniture. stripe table v2To make the table, I removed the stain and sanded it until smooth (similar to the tutorial for the kitchen table). Then I spray painted the entire table white. After it dried, I measured the stripes and covered the sections that were to remain white with painter’s tape. To protect the bottom half of the table, I used painter’s tape to hang newspapers directly under the table top (picture a hula skirt of newspaper beginning at the top of the white rim). I sprayed one final coat of white paint to secure the tape and prevent the gray from bleeding underneath. Once this layer had dried I sprayed several coats of gray, until they were solid stripes. I removed the tape after the final coat had dried and the result was a brand new table!

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I wasn’t sure how to style the table, but I came across this tray at Target and knew it would work perfectly! The clear base allows the stripes to show through, but the white design adds an interesting detail. To add some color I bought pretty flowers and placed them in a simple clear vase. I’m also on the look out for some stylish coffee table books to place on the other side. Emily Schuman’s video about how to style a coffee table on Cupcakes and Cashmere was really helpful in visualizing the arrangements I wanted to create.

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Kitchen Table Makeover

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Moving in with my fiance meant acquiring some of his furniture that is far from stylish. After seven months in Vegas, we still hadn’t gotten around to buying a new kitchen table, so I decided to try a little DIY magic on a table that his parents had bought for him at a garage sale many years ago. It’s amazing what some sanding and staining can do. Intricate details that I thought were tacky now add charming character and the distressed wood (not in a trendy way…) now looks crisp and classy. Since we saved money by making over our table, I decided to splurge and buy some floral chairs from Target to complement the modern look.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 can Citristip
  • Plastic scraper
  • Orbital sander
  • Sand paper of varying grits (100, 120, 220)
  • Tack cloth
  • Newspapers
  • Brush or cloth
  • White spray paint (I used Valspar paint + primer,  about 3 cans)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Red Mahogany)
  • Polyurethane

How-to:

  1. Remove the finish. Move the table to a well ventilated area and place it on top of a tarp or cardboard to protect the surrounding areas. To strip the existing finish, I sprayed the table with Citristip and let it sit for an hour before scraping it off with a plastic scraping tool (read can for safety and detailed directions).
  2. Use an orbital sander to smooth the table, going with the grain. Do most of the initial sanding with 100-grit sandpaper, then step up to 150-grit and do a final pass with 220-grit. Wipe off the dust with a tack cloth.
  3. Cover the top of the table with newspapers, taping the edges with painters tape to create clean lines. Spray paint the base of the table; it may take a few coats.
  4. Remove newspaper before applying the wood stain. Apply stain with a brush or cloth, following the wood’s natural grain. Follow the directions on can to achieve desired result. Apply at least 2 coats. If the wood seems rough, sand between coats and remove dust with a tack cloth to smooth the surface.
  5. After the final coat of stain has thoroughly dried, apply polyurethane according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Apply at least four coats since a kitchen table should be durable. Let dry for 24 hours before using the table.

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DIY Honey Sugar Scrub

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It’s sandal season! No longer can you hide your unpainted toe nails and dry heels in the comfort of your cozy socks and boots. I noticed my feet could use a little lovin’ so I decided to make a foot scrub from some ingredients I already had in the house. After a little soak, scrub and painting, I’m now ready to sport my favorite new sandals!

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Honey Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then transfer into airtight container. Helpful hint: pour the olive oil first because it makes the honey pour from the measuring spoon much easier!

First, soak your feet for a few minutes in a mixture of warm water and vinegar, which helps soften the dead skin. Then scoop some of the sugar scrub out with your fingers and massage it in small circles on your feet, paying special attention to your toes and heels. After a minute or so, rinse with warm water and then dry your feet. Mine felt so much softer! I then massaged some lotion onto them to keep them moisturized.

Coral is my go-to color when it comes to nail polish. My favorite is Essie’s “Tart Deco.”

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How To Style a Bookshelf

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A bookshelf can be as fashionable as it is functional. It makes a statement about who you are, what you are passionate about and gives you a blank canvas to display your favorite things. The challenge is to create a shelf composition that is visually appealing and not too cluttered. There is an art to organizing the books and having the decorative items tell your story and share your interests and hobbies.

  1. Begin with a blank slate. Take everything off of the shelves and go through the collection of books and decor to see what you would like to keep.
  2. Embrace negative space. The shelves don’t have to be completely full and cluttered. It looks best when you don’t over-stuff them and leave some breathing room.
  3. To add some pretty patterns and colors, cover books that don’t match your color scheme or have seen better days with pretty paper. I found the chevron and polka dot wrapping paper, pictured below, at Target for only a few dollars!
  4. Mix it up. Have some of the books displayed vertically and others stacked horizontally. Vary the heights of decorative objects, such as tall and short candles or give a decorative bowl a boost by stacking it on top of a few horizontal books.
  5. Odd can be perfect. Don’t worry about having everything perfectly symmetrical and even. Creating balance on a book shelf involves placing items off center and grouping things in odd numbers. A collection of candles looks better when there are three of varying heights instead of two that are equal in size.
  6. Integrate books and decorative objects. A bookshelf is not just for storage; it is a backdrop for your favorite decorative items, such as photos, art, vases, meaningful knick-knacks, etc. This is a fun way to express yourself and share your passions and pursuits.

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Tuesday Trends

Happy Trendy Tuesday! From fashion to fishtails, below are five of my favorite trends right now.tag

We all know how important first impressions are, so the wrapping on a gift can be just as memorable as the present itself. These printable gift tags from Anna and Blue Paperie definitely dress to impress. The basic brown paper with the pale pink ribbon and black and white string creates a fun look that is almost too cute to open!

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This is why I wish I had long, thick hair. The undone fishtail braid that transitions to a normal braid looks both effortless and stylish.

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It’s not news that chevron is popular right now, but I love the rustic look of this DIY dresser from Shanelle Marie. I’ve been staining and painting a lot of our furniture lately and I want to give this design a try on my next piece. It’s modern, yet has the country charm I am hoping to fill my house with.

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I love this cozy, feminine outfit. The pastel pink contrasts with the studded details and metal accessories to create a girly, yet edgy look. The winter white jeans complete the sweet, “sugar plum fairy” ensemble.

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I’ve been loving antler accessories, whether it’s home decor or jewelry. This necklace from MADE in Jackson Hole, Wyo. would be a great everyday necklace because it would go with anything. They sell other unique, handmade items as well.

Country Charm

20140118-134237.jpgMaybe it was our trip to Wyoming or Rob’s hunting gear lying around the house, but I am loving the country style when it comes to home decor. I must not be the only one because I found some great items and Target, Home Goods and Hobby Lobby. The wall decor above is from Home Goods and is the first piece of art that Rob and I have both liked. It’s masculine with the deer, but girly with the floral border and rustic details. 20140118-134247.jpgTarget never disappoints. I found these antler candle sticks on sale for only $7! I paired them with the gold, metallic candles to add some glitz and glam.  20140118-134312.jpgI also love burlap accents and the rustic feel it gives to the room. This vase is from Hobby Lobby. You can’t beat their 50% off deals!20140118-134322.jpgThe white table was my latest DIY project. It used to just be boring, brown wood, but I painted it white and distressed it with sand paper to fit the vintage look I was going for.20140118-134337.jpg

A Day at the Park

I love Downtown Las Vegas because it’s a great escape from the Strip and the cool, laid-back vibe reminds me a little bit of Seattle. I wanted to share some pictures of the quirky, whimsical decor at Park on Fremont since it’s so unique, but I could also see the eclectic style trending on Pinterest. The vintage-yet-modern look is so popular right now and makes me want to go spray paint my boring, brown furniture! Plus they serve delicious drinks, like the Pillow Talk and Trophy Wife, in Mason jars… LOVE!

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Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Coasters

20131127-224844.jpgChristmas shopping for the coffee drinkers in your life? They will love this personalized, yet inexpensive gift. While looking for a birthday present to give my sister, I came across this monogrammed, chevron mug at Target and knew she would love it. Thus began my coffee themed present! She’s a huge Starbucks fan, so I couldn’t pass up the mini red cup gift cards they have this season. I also wanted to add a personalized touch and had previously made some Instagram coasters that turned out well, so I decided to make some with her favorite photos. The coasters were by far her favorite part of the present! Below is how I made them.

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos (You can order them straight from your phone at Walgreens)
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (found at Home Depot for 11 cents each)
  • Mod Podge (I used the outdoor version)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Clear Acrylic spray
  • Small, round felt pads

How to:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and stick on the photo. Make sure there are not any air bubbles that form underneath it. Sometimes it helps to run a credit card or similar flat edge over it to make sure. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. The brush marks should go in the same direction (i.e., either vertical or horizontal). Let dry.
  3. Paint another coat over the photo in the opposite direction. Let dry.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time.
  5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, spray coaster with a light layer of Clear Acrylic spray. Add 2 more coats, drying in between.
  6. Stick a felt pad in each of the 4 corners.

Tuesday Trends: Thanksgiving Edition

Only two more days until Thanksgiving! Time to eat, drink and be merry! Check out my favorite turkey day trends for decorating, dressing and dining.

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DIY banners are a fun decoration for any occasion, especially when made with pretty ribbons and beautiful calligraphy. Burlap banners, which have also been popular on Pinterest, add country charm and are a favorite of mine. This dessert table from Paddington Way, complete with a DIY pom pom garland and several tiered cake stands, is a simple, stylish way to serve sweet treats this Thanksgiving.  Hello, mini pumpkin pies!

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For a trendy twist on this traditional fall decoration, try DIY chevron pumpkins from My Sweet Savannah. With a little bit of paint and patience, this front porch staple is transformed from simple to stylish.

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Whether you are spending your turkey day at a fancy soirée or at home dining with your family, you can’t go wrong with a simple dress paired with a sparkly statement necklace. The tailoring and conservative style of this leather dress, found on ador.com, make it look classy and feminine. A statement necklace and simple cross-body bag are the perfect accessories for this polished, sophisticated look.

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Nailed it! This color-block mani featured on NailPop will match any Thanksgiving outfit. The jewel tones topped with gold studs  create a glamorous look and are perfect for fall. b974d59a22a878f6ecb6b8e00c862c29

Give thanks this Thanksgiving with customized place mats. This simple DIY project doubles as decoration and a fun activity. What am I thankful for? My family, friends, health and job, just to name a few. Plus fashion, food, Pinterest… the list could go on and on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday Trends

It is only fitting that I share my favorite trends (and treats) on a weekly basis. That is the name of my blog after all, so this is my inaugural “Tuesday Trends” post. I’ll be sharing my favorite trends in everything from fashion and beauty to home décor and crafts.

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I’ve seen these DIY tassel garlands all over Pinterest lately. They are cute for the upcoming holidays, but can also add festive flare to your home year-round. I found this tutorial from The Cottage Market, which I want to try soon.

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Studs are here to stay. These Steve Madden flats will add a trendy touch to even the simplest outfits.
{ Jeans + basic t-shirt or sweater + studded, leopard print loafers = instantly chic }
It’s simple style math.

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 Second-day hair at it’s finest. This double fishtail braid from Hotunot is perfect for a laid-back, yet put-together style. The basic French braid seamlessly transitions into a side-swept fishtail braid.

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Vintage Christmas ornaments. I love that the colors and patterns give the decorations a retro look. Twinkling white lights would really make them shine! Can you believe Christmas is coming up?! I can’t. Winter is supposed to be cloudy, rainy and cozy; not sunny, warm and bright like it is in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit when I visit Washington next month :)

Pinterest Picks

When I have blogger’s block, I look to Pinterest for inspiration. Whether it’s a DIY project or a recipe for brownies baked in a mason jar, it never disappoints. The only problem is that I don’t have enough time to try everything! Here are some of my favorite pins, which I hope to try in the future or just get my creative juices flowing.

ed0745184fca51ef0542a8b946975e8dThere are three things I love about this outfit from Happily Grey. First, the studded accessories. The statement necklace is subtle and blends perfectly with the leopard-print shirt, which brings me to the second thing I love – the trendy tee. The pattern looks classy, not cheap or trashy. Finally, I love the pop of color the blue clutch brings to the outfit. I would never think of pairing the royal blue color with this look, but it’s such a fun addition! My new style goal is to add an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with cupcakes. These twinkling treats from Stay At Home Chic make me want to bake up a storm. The polka dot wrappers and ruffled-edge cake stand are adorable!

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Gorgeous nails! I love the nude base with gold tips and one nail with glitter! It’s simple, shimmery and stylish!

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With the holidays coming up, these handmade mugs would make for great gifts! There’s nothing like a cup of peppermint hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and Christmas lights to get you into the holiday spirit! Check out Wit and Whistle for the full tutorial.

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I love dogs, especially labs, so I could scroll through the puppy pages for hours. All of the adorable photos make me miss my two dogs at home in Washington. There’s nothing like a goofy, loving pup to brighten your day!

Happy Pinning!

DIY Chalkboard Coasters

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Chalkboard paint is an easy way to transform any household item. Sine I have a lot left over from painting mason jar lids, I decided to try some more chalkboard crafts. These coasters are fun and functional! Guests can write their name on them, so no more wondering whose drink is whose. They can also be used as a place card at dinner parties. Best of all, they are simple and inexpensive to make. Make a set for yourself or wrap them up as a hostess gift!

You will need:

  • 4×4 tiles or wood squares
  • chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewart’s)
  • paintbrush (foam or fine-bristled)
  • Chalk

All you need to do is paint a few coats on the tile (let dry in between) and you’re done! You could also use colored acrylic paint to create a design on it, such as a border or some polka dots for a permanent design. Then write away! Use a damp cloth to wipe off the coaster before making another creative chalk creation.

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DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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DIY mason jar projects are so cute and so easy! My sister made these soap dispensers for under $5 each! They easily add country charm to your bathroom or kitchen.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • Soap pump (She got them from Williams-Sonoma where they were having a buy one get one for a dollar sale)
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors

How to:

  • To make a hole for the soap dispenser, punch a screwdriver through the lid and wriggle it around to create a hole big enough for the pump to fit through, but not too big because then it won’t stay in place.
  • Cut the bottom of the straw so that it fits in the jar.
  • Ta da! You have a cute, chic soap dispenser!

Apartment Therapy, Mikaela Ray and The Sweetest Digs have great tutorials, too!

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Lids

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Keep food fresh and fashionable with this simple DIY project! For country chic cupboards, paint the lid of a mason jar with chalkboard paint. It’s an easy way to label and organize your pantry. Tie on some twine or ribbon for a decorative touch!

Supplies:

  • Mason jars with lids
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • chalk
  • Twine or ribbon (optional)

How to:

  • Remove and thoroughly clean the lids.
  • Once dry, place on a protected surface (newspaper, etc.). Spray paint them with chalkboard paint. Let dry.
  • Use chalk to label the lids.

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DIY Instagram Coasters

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Don’t let those perfectly edited photos on your phone just sit around and collect dust (figuratively speaking). Get crafty and make some coasters with them! It’s a fun way to share photos and bring up conversations when guests are over. They add a personalized touch to any coffee table. I used photos from a trip to Cabo as well as other random favorites. They are simple and inexpensive to make. I’ve also used scrapbook paper instead of photos, which looked great, too! Keep them for yourself or wrap them up as a gift!

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (I got them from Home Depot for 11 cents each)
  • Mod Podge (I used the outdoor version)
  • foam paint brush
  • Clear Acrylic spray
  • Small, round felt pads

How to:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and stick on the photo. Make sure there are not any air bubbles that form underneath it. Sometimes it helps to run a credit card or similar flat edge over it to make sure. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. The brush marks should go in the same direction (i.e., either vertical or horizontal). Let dry.
  3. Paint another coat over the photo in the opposite direction. Let dry.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time.
  5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, spray coaster with a light layer of Clear Acrylic spray. Add 2 more coats, drying in between.
  6. Stick a felt pad in each of the 4 corners.
  7. Pour some drinks and put them to the test :)

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DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

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Nothing says summer like the 4th of July and red, white and blue! My favorite way to kick off the season is by hosting a barbecue with friends and family. This patriotic candle holder would look great displayed on a buffet or out on the patio after sunset. Best of all, it only cost $3 to make! I got the pail from the $1 section of target. The candle and white beans are both from the dollar store. All you need to do is put a small layer of beans in the pail, place the candle in the middle, then pour more beans around it. Sand or coffee beans would also be cute!

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More 4th of July ideas to come! :)