Christmas Oyster Pillow

It wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t make a Christmas pillow, right?? Well my friend Meg gave me some inspiration from Maine, and I made it one week night.  Naturally I opted for a coastal vibe…

DIY Christmas Oyster Pillow

What you’ll need:

  • White pillow cover
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silver HTV
  • Navy blue HTV
  • Gold glitter HTV
  • Cricut weeder tool
  • Iron

Alright, since this is made with the Cricut – you’ve gotta open Design Space first.  I put together a design using oyster shells, a star fish and ‘Merry Christmas.’  It’s important to “attach” all of the oyster shells together so they will cut the same way you design them.  Since I was cutting the star fish, oysters and words in different colors, I didn’t need to attach them together too.


Cut each of the pieces out the using your Cricut.  I opted for silver oysters, navy blue text & gold glitter star fish for the top, so each was cut on different HTV.  Like always, remember to “mirror” the design before cutting so it will iron on the pillow cover correctly.


Once everything is cut, you’ll weed out the extra from the design using the weeder

When all of the pieces are weeded, you’re ready to iron!  Put the pieces together (right side up) on your pillow cover.
christmas-oyster-pillow-03Use your iron – on the cotton setting, or high heat – to apply the HTV to the pillow cover.  I’ve said it before, but every iron is different so apply heat for short periods of time until all parts of the design are applied without pulling an insert, and you’ve got yourself a coastal Christmas pillow!

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This was totally a selfish design – one I came up with and knew I wanted on our couch during December.  Maybe next year I’ll list these in the shop, but until then it’s just for me… and sharing with you!



Recent Cricut Projects

Although my DIY posts may be lacking, I’ve been making lots of items with my Cricut lately.  Here’s what I’ve been up to..

A co-worker got a new mailbox after Hurricane Matthew took out their old one, and asked if my Cricut could help with mailbox numbers.  It seemed like the vinyl I use would work, so he gave me a file that matched their house numbers, I made a set and applied them to both sides of the mailbox!  Who would’ve thought you could make your mailbox look snazzy with your Cricut?


We wanted to send a lil present to our friends who are expecting their first child and are gamecock fans (he played for their football team!), so a gamecock onesie seemed perfect.  I even made this the day after USC beat Tennessee unexpectedly.img_9751

A friend was hosting a baby shower and asked if I could make onesies for a onesie garland like I did for Maggie’s shower.  Dare I say that I like how the boy monogram is laid out?


I’ve also been busy making more pillows as orders come in and also trying to stock up the shop for Christmas.  I love some of the custom orders I’ve gotten in.pillow-case_custom-05 pillow-case_chs-quote_white-05

I was playing around in Illustrator recently and came up with a new oyster themed design around the saying “Aw shucks.”  It seemed perfect for oyster season, so I made a few wine glasses for the shop.


November & December are popular for engagements, and I made some champagne glasses for a friend to celebrate her sister’s engagement.  I love being part of those happy moments!

glasses_champagne-monogramFinally, I was so excited that my Columbia & Greenville pillows are now ready!  My word cloud pillows started out as a Cricut project, but now I get them screen printed so I can crank them out quicker.  The whole South Carolina set is ready in time for the holidays!

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PS – You can find all my Cricut projects here!


Projects as of Lately

I know my DIY posts have been lacking lately, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting!

I made a custom word cloud pillow similar to the Charleston one I have for Marc & Melissa’s 2nd anniversary.  Marc chose the colors to match their master bedroom and gave me the words so I could make it happen.  A unique take on the cotton anniversary.pillow case_custom 01

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 2.17.29 PMThe custom home slate coasters have also been popular for Father’s day.  I made some for a customer to represent where all the children lived which was a cute idea.  coaster_state_group 03There must be a lot of engagements too because the monogrammed oyster shell dishes are going like hot cakes!  I’ve made several for friends & customers, plus a few to be used to ask friends to be their bridesmaid – so cute.

Monogram-DishI’ve also been playing with some new designs.  I worked on ‘The World is your Oyster’ theme and found a design I like, so have made pillows & shatterproof wine glasses with the saying on it.glasses_wine_oyster 01 pillow case_oyster_white_01I have wanted to expand the Charleston pillow design to other cities and made one for East Cooper which includes Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.  I’m also working on one for Greenville, SC now 🙂

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I promise to have more DIY posts soon — with upcoming engagement and baby showers, you’re sure to see something fun soon.  Plus I always have a supply of wine corks to play with..


Printed Materials

I thought it’d be fun to share different aspects of our wedding on my blog (We all knew I was going to share my projects, right??), and follow suit with the “Wedding Wednesday” theme other bloggers do.  Since our official pictures haven’t come back yet, I’m starting with the printed materials!

Thanks to Lisa rubbing her designer skills off on me, I wanted to create a “brand” for the wedding so everything big and small felt related.  I knew the blue watercolor would be the main theme in the wedding, and all the design elements I liked started coming together when we created the Save the Dates.  It was easy to just keep those things consistent for everything else I needed!


I worked with a co-worker’s wife, Lindsay (from Lindsay Creative), to design our invitations.  I gave her some ideas, she sent some options and envelopes, and we picked one.  It was seriously as simple and easy as that – she made it painless.  The water color & grocery bag envelopes were the perfect look for me.FullSizeRender (12)

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Once I had Illustrator on my Mac, I tried my hand at designing our programs.  Lisa helped me set up my artboards, and gave me some tips, but these were pretty straight forward as well, thanks to having fonts, colors, and the watercolor files on hand.  Then I just printed them at a local shop!

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Cocktail Napkins

The bar and food stations provided white napkins, but personalized cocktail napkins are such  a fun touch — especially for a great price!  I found a cocktail napkin design I liked on Wedding Paper Diva‘s site, asked for a font change, and bought them during a sale.

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It’s the South, specifically South Carolina, so it was a given that our favors were going to be fun koozies to keep your drink cold.  My friend Erin pointed me to CoffeItDesigns on Etsy where she ordered her wedding koozies, and I found a design we loved (which also included one of our fonts) so I ordered these in back in January. Plus these were great for all the Red Stripe on our honeymoon 😉

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Since I started making pillows for my Etsy shop, it was only fitting that I made some to put on the rocking chairs at the reception.  I mimicked the design on the front and back of our koozies on two pillows (thanks to my Cricut).  I sewed 2 other pillows with some blue and white patterned fabric I found at  Hobby Lobby.

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The week of the wedding I was done with all of my projects and almost didn’t know what to do with myself at night.  So what did I do? Made 2 wine glasses that again mimicked the koozies for us to drink out of throughout the weekend.  These were made from the shatterproof glasses, so they’ll be perfect for the beach later!


Misc Signs

I also made some other signs for all the other things you don’t even think about.  Maggie, my chalkboard sign extraordinaire and bridesmaid, made us a welcome & thanks chalkboard that we put next to the sidewalk as you were walking up to the venue to greet our guests.  She even matched the writing of our names to the koozies — it’s the small things.

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Since we weren’t having assigned seats, we wanted to reserve two tables up front for our families to have.  I created some ‘Reserved’ signs in Illustrator, printed them out and put them in frames to be placed on the tables.

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In today’s world it seems like every event has a hashtag, and we were no different.  Our hashtag was #TimeToGetWilds, so I made a sign with that info to be put on the bar, so our guests could use the hashtag when posting their pictures, and we’d easily be able to go back and see them all.


Finally, food.  Since I have food allergies, I’m always looking to see what’s in dishes to make sure I can eat it, so I made sure to have signs out next to any food.  Crazy Dutchman covered all the food stations, and I created cards for our mason jar desserts.  I used the wine cork place cardholders as a base, and printed little cards with the dessert info on them.

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Even the mason jar desserts got in on the action.  I sent Karen a design based on our wedding brand for the custom labels on the lids and they were on all 4 of the flavors we had.

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I think I achieved my goal for all of the signs and materials to be cohesive, whether printed, created, or written!  Yay for talented friends, Illustrator, and my Cricut!


The Knot Rocks Charleston

Last Thursday I had the honor to be apart of The Knot‘s Charleston event downtown at the Gadsen House.  The attendees were those in the wedding industry (think venues, photographers, planners, etc) and there were a few vendors that showcased Charleston’s charm, and what makes it unique!

My Coastal Kelder table was set up on at the end of the piazza, so I had a great view of the patio area, a palm tree behind me, and happily next to Swank Desserts.

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My table was really Charleston focused, and included some of my Charleston pillows, monogrammed oyster shell dishes, slate coasters, Charleston coordinate wine glasses, and oyster shell candles.  I also had 35 small oyster shell dishes that I gave out as favors.  I felt super official when I got an acrylic sign for my table by the Town Serif.the knot_02


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I had been to the Gadsen House once before for a Charleston Blog Society event, so I was excited to see it totally decked out and check out the other vendors and decorations before everyone got there.  Obviously I loved the oyster shell chandeliers they had in the entrance, and patio.

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I loved having my friend Catherine come, hang out, and be my helper for a little bit too.  Thanks Cathy G!!
Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 8.55.17 AMFor me the coolest part of the night was talking to everyone who came up to my table.  I love Charleston and making things that represent that love, so it was fun for me to share that with others.  When I got home that night, and the next day I absolutely loved looking on the #TheKnotRocksCharleston hashtag and seeing all the shared photos.  It was unreal that some people were even sharing pictures of my table!

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Never in 100 years would I imagine having a little side business that was asked to be part of an event like The Knot party! Thanks to Mac and B events for inviting me to join, my friends, family & readers for reading my posts and giving my brand some love, and of course Hunter for all the support to do what I enjoy in my free time (and letting me take over our home office)!

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PS – Check out more pictures from the night on Mac and B’s blog, found here.