Color Blocked Easter Eggs

Considering the amount of Christmas decor I have it’s a little surprising that I don’t really have any decor for January – March.  Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day just haven’t been big on my decor radar, so I decided I wanted to so a little something to put out for Easter & spring.

I’m sure everyone knows that I prefer to make seasonal decorations that blend in with our home’s colors, and got the idea to make some Easter eggs similar to my color blocked pumpkins for fall.

Color Blocked Easter Eggs

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden Easter eggs
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint
  • Gloves

This is a another quick project – start by wrapping half of the egg in painter’s tape (the half you want to keep plain wood).  Make sure the edges are pressed firmly to the wood so no paint can bleed through.Next, spray paint the other half of the egg whatever colors you want!  I went for a mix of sea foam, silver, and navy blue eggs.  Since you have to hold the eggs while you spray them, make sure to wear gloves to protect your fingers.Now let them dry.  Use an egg carton to set the eggs in, paint side up, so they can dry without messing up the paint.  Spray another coat if it needs it – the lighter eggs did, but silver was good after only one coat.Once the eggs are dry, remove the painter’s tape and put them in a container. I opted for a mini clam shell bowl that I had to throw in a coastal feel.

Easy Easter centerpiece is done!  And they look great on our new counters 🙂 Not bad for a few bucks!  I’ll be keeping these around for next year..

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Personalized Wedding Hangers made with Cricut Explore Air

It’s no surprise that I enjoy all of the DIY wedding projects that you can do to personalize your big day and now that our wedding is over, I’m channeling my crafty talents for friends! I love the photos with the bride’s gown and bridesmaid dresses hanging up on matching, personalized hangers before everyone gets dressed, but could never write all those names myself because I have terrible handwriting… So I decided to see what I could whip up for my friend’s wedding, and make some hangers using vinyl and my Cricut instead!

DIY Custom Wedding Hangers

What you’ll need:

First, I measured the top of the hanger area to see the area I was working with.  My hangers allowed the biggest name to be ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.

Now I needed to work on the names.  Since I have Illustrator, it’s easy for me to create images in there and be able to take advantage of all of the flourishes and letter options that some fonts include.  I wrote out each of the bridesmaid names & ‘Bride’ in the font that was prominent from the Save the Dates, Carolyna Pro Black.

Once I played with all the letters to get them the way I wanted, I exported each name as a separate png file with a transparent background.

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Open up Design Space and create a new project.  Now upload one of the files you just exported.  Click ‘Upload Images’ from the menu on the left.

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After the image is imported to Design Space, choose the type of image it is.  With just the text, these are Simple images.  Next, click to erase any part of the design you don’t want on there to clear out the background.  If your image has a transparent background, then you can just click ‘Continue.’

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Then choose how you want to save the image in Design Space: print then cut, or just cut image.  For this project, you’ll save it as a cut image.

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Once saved, the image is ready to import to your project.  After you import the image, you’ll see it on the grid.  Resize the image to fit the dimensions of the middle hanger area, ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.  You’ll want it to be as tall as it can, and the length can vary based on the name.

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When the image is sized just right to fit on the hanger, it’t time to cut – click the ‘Go’ button.  Put the vinyl on your mat so it sticks, turn the Cricut machine knob to the vinyl setting, connect the machine to your computer, and click ‘Go.’cricut-wedding-hangers-09

Load the vinyl, then click the C when it blinks to start cutting the vinyl.  When it’s done cutting, unload the vinyl, remove it from the mat and cut out the shape of the name from the vinyl with your scissors.
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Pull out your transfer tape and cut a piece big enough for the name.  Take off the backing, and place it on top of the vinyl you just cut & weeded, then use the scraper tool to make sure the transfer tape it on well.

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Carefully pull off the white backing from the vinyl, so the vinyl stays adhered to the transfer tape.  Center it on the hanger and apply it to the hanger.  Use the scraper tool again to make sure the vinyl is adhered to the hanger well.cricut-wedding-hangers-13Carefully pull off the transfer tape from the vinyl / hanger.  Do this slowly so nothing stays attached to the transfer tape.  When the transfer tape is removed, you’re done with the hanger!
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After I applied the silver vinyl to the hanger, I wasn’t sure if it was the best color to pop on the hangers.  Naturally, I wanted options and did the same thing in 2 other colors to figure out my favorite.cricut-wedding-hangers-15White definitely pops the most on the wooden hanger, so that was the winning color!  Then I repeated the steps above for the rest of the names on white vinyl.
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When there was a hanger for each bridesmaid and bride, I was done!  The white really pops and looks great with the bridesmaid dress colors my friend chose. These look way better than anything I could write myself and I can’t wait to see these in action in April!cricut-wedding-hangers-18 cricut-wedding-hangers-17 cricut-wedding-hangers-21cricut-wedding-hangers-20

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Birdseye Bow Ties

It’s pretty clear that I love Charleston and all of the local shops and entrepreneurs in the area.  In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I wanted to spotlight 2 local companies that have created their own beautiful, handmade products.  Since women tend to think ahead, we’ll start with some gift ideas for men 😉

One of Hunter’s co-workers wore a Birdseye bow tie to their holiday party, and Hunter loved it, so I reached out to the owners to talk to them over beers at Hometeam and learn a little more about their unique, wooden bow ties!

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What’s your company’s story?

Birdseye Bow ties is a 2 man operation run by Josh Zalabak and Jon Ivey. We are both passionate woodworkers who use any free time we have to build an array of furniture, frames, and of course, bow ties. My (Josh’s) wedding in October of 2016 prompted us to look into wooden bow ties as an representation of my interests, as well a cool and unique groomsmen gift.

What Jon and I found upon searching for wooden bow ties though, were numerous examples of bow ties that were flat pieces of wood, cut to shape, and then wrapped with a fabric knot. We thought these bow ties looked odd, as they had no dimension to them, and the knot was a different material than the rest of the tie. Unsatisfied, we decided to see what we could come up with ourselves. Luckily for us, we started about 10 months before the wedding, allowing us to work out A LOT of kinks. The response to the ties from everyone we showed them to was overwhelmingly positive, so we decided to run with it, and here we are!

How did you come up with the idea of wooden bow ties?

The idea of wooden bow ties was originally conceptualized by the desire to have the woodworker side of me (Josh) represented in my wedding. Little did we know, there were already a number of business out there who had thought of this! However, being the impossible-to-please woodworkers that we are, we had to find a way to make a better looking wooden bow tie!

We think we’ve been able to accomplish just that, by steaming and bending the wood. That allows us to create the loops that a tied, fabric bow tie would have, as well as a knot that is actually the same material as the rest of the tie. Both of those conditions were very important to us when we started making the ties. We used Jon’s experience with steaming and bending wood, that he gained working with a mentor of his, a world renowned canoe builder.

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How many prototypes did you make before coming up with your process today?

It took us roughly 6 months to get to the process we currently use. In the course of that 6 months, we probably made and trashed over 100 bow ties as we determined the size and shape we liked, as well as the thickness of the wood, and the types of wood that would work best for us.

When was Birdseye Bowties officially launched?

We began making the bow ties in January/February of 2016. Our first opportunity to sell the ties came in late November however, at the West Ashley Holiday Farmer’s Market. After that, we had a booth at the Holiday Market in downtown Charleston throughout December 2016.

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Which bowtie is your favorite?

We love them all! And we often find ourselves telling people that our favorite is the one they’re looking at. Since each piece of wood is so different from the next, they all have unique qualities to love. BUT if we had to choose…

Josh: Walnut Butterfly, because walnut is such a beautiful, dark wood, and the Butterfly is the classic Bow tie shape.

Jon: Birdseye Maple Batwing. A narrower bow tie style with our namesake wood, Birdseye Maple.

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What’s your favorite place to eat in Charleston?

Josh:  My wife and I love Leon’s Oyster Shop on Upper King st. All of their food is amazing, but especially the chargrilled oysters and the fried chicken!

Jon: Pane E Vino. Great Italian food!

How would you spend a day off?

Josh:  These seem few and far between, but in the summer we can be found at the beach every opportunity we get! If it’s a day off alone though, chances are I’ll be doing some kind of woodworking.

Jon:  Spending time with his wife and twin, 2 ½ yr old daughters!

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Want to learn more? Find Birdseye Bow tie on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook, or email them!

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Reclaimed Wood + Vinyl Sign

While Hunter was gone on a work trip, I used the time to watch a lot of Olympics and come up with some new designs.  The first one I came up with was based off the saying “I love you a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck.”  First I made it into a pillow, but then I saw the August vinyl challenge on Instagram for the 12 days of DIY, and decided to made it into a sign as well!

Reclaimed Wood + Vinyl Sign

What you’ll need:

  • Reclaimed wood sign
  • White vinyl
  • Cricut
  • Transfer paper

I wasn’t really sure what kind of sign I wanted to make, but found a great shaped 12″ x 12″ reclaimed wooden sign at Hobby Lobby.  After getting home, I was ready to go!

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First, cut your design into your vinyl using your Cricut.  I used a matte while vinyl I already had so the color would pop against the wood.  Then weed the excess vinyl away from the design, and add the transfer vinyl on top.  Go over it with a flat tool or credit card to make sure the vinyl design will easily stick to the clear transfer side.

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Next, get ready to put the vinyl on the wood.  Peel the back away from the vinyl design, being careful that all of it stays with the clear side.  Arrange the design where you want it on the wood, and again use your tool or credit card to get it to adhere to the wood with some pressure.

Finally, pull away the top clear piece.  Your design should now be on the wood!  I made sure each letter and part of the design was firmly attached to the wood so it wouldn’t peel away. This lil sign just needs a place in our home to hang!bushel sign 03

Now that I know vinyl works on wood, I will be making all sorts of signs!  Who needs one?

Here’s the pillow version I made first.  Kinda in love with this design right now.  It’s available in my shop now too 🙂

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DIY Directional Sign

Our whole wedding was onsite at the Island House, so we needed a sign to let guests know where the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were — Plus it was another opportunity to bring some of our wedding colors in.  This Wedding Wednesday, I’ll explain how you can make your own directional arrow sign for less than $15.

DIY Wedding Directional Sign

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden arrows
  • Blue & white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Planter pot
  • Foam cube
  • Rocks
  • 1″ Dowel
  • Wood stain
  • Scrap fabric
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Drill
  • Piece of burlap

I found some plain, wooden signs at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars and painted them various shades of blue with acrylic paint I had on hand.  I wanted more of an ombre effect, so I started with the darkest blue, and then mixed a little white in to create a lighter blue for the 2nd arrow, and even more white for the third and lightest blue arrow.

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When the blue paint was dry, I sketched out the words ‘ceremony,’ ‘cocktail hour,’ and ‘reception’ on them in pencil, then painted over it in white paint.  I tried to do it in the same font as the save the dates & napkins too — gotta stay consistent!

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Now I had to figure out the post part.  I had a silver pot that I had planted basil in the year before, so I cleaned that out and decided to use it as the base, with some sort of wooden post in it.  I headed to Michael’s and got a foam cube, and wooden dowel to put inside.

The dowel was still raw wood, so I stained it using the pecan wood stain that we had in the garage with two coats.  Once that was dry, I brought it inside and started to assemble.  I put the foam cube in the planter pot, added some rocks & shells around the foam cube to add some weight to the bottom and prevent it from falling over, then pushed the dowel into the foam to create the hole that the dowel will sit in.

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After realizing that a hammer and nails was not the most efficient way to get the arrows attached, I switched up my gameplan and pulled out my drill.  I screwed the 3 arrow signs to the dowel using 1 1/2″ screws that were long enough to go through the wood, but short enough that they didn’t go through the other side of the dowel.  Also make sure the signs are in the order you want, and spaced evenly.

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Finally, put the dowel back into the hole you created in the foam, and cover that up with some burlap. You now have a directional sign!

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We put this on the property by the walkway so guests knew where they were going as they arrived.  The funny thing was we ended up not even needing the bottom — the ground was soft enough to just push the dowel straight into the ground.  At least we had a backup plan though!

WILDS WEDDING-WILDS WEDDING-0200View More: http://mintedphotography.pass.us/wilds-weddingYou could customize this for just about any party, or do different cities with arrows pointing to where they are.  The options are endless!