holiday gift guide / stocking stuffers

November 18, 2013

it’s time to start buying gifts! unless you’re one of those people running around the mall the week of, it’s time to start planning! i don’t know if it’s just me, but i LOOOOVE stocking gifts. maybe because it’s like 10 gifts in one and maybe because i love useless crap but stockings are THE BEST PART.

holiday gift guide 2013 - stocking stuffers

salt water taffy / keyring / 3d cat playing cards / bkr water bottle / iphone speaker / stone soap / brass bottle opener / kiehl’s hand salve / bobbi pins / iphone charger keyring / izola toothbrushes / enamel stapler / tattly temporary tattoos / donut air freshener 


payday wishlist

November 15, 2013

payday wishlist

one . it’s almost january – the time when i’m like hey i should buy a stendig calendar. but i never do. not once.
two . as always, i’m a sucker for geo shaped anything. love these melamine bowls. they’d look so good with my lucky charms. yes i am still 7.
three . this ring by a peace treaty is perfect. am i wrong? it’s perfect.
four . not sure i’d pay $63 for a paper towel holder — but if i did, it’d be this paper towel holder.
five . the ranarp lamps from ikea would look so good next to my bed and i want right now (via design*sponge)
six . love this patterned rug (and everything) from grandiflora – the new shop from erin of house of earnest

i link you

November 14, 2013

i link you 11

i’m loving these cute and simple diy metallic ornaments (via creatures of comfort)

zandi shows you how to create a unique and adorable table for like no money and it looks fantastic (via radical possiblity)

vanilla bean whipped sweet potatoes? um hell yeah. (via food and wine)

not much of a link but i’m just obsessed with this photo of larry david and you will be too. (via uproxx)

this photo series of malls in the 80s brings me back to buying barbies with my allowance every chance i got and being completely obsessed with playing mall madness — oh man i want to play that again (via gizmodo)

more diy ornaments! ashley uses gold leaf to make monogrammed ornaments and i’m in love (via sugar and cloth)


ch ch ch changes


oh WHATTTTT things look different over here. well, i sold out. craft supplies do not pay for themselves and i thought it was time for me to try to do this blog for real. so hopefully, my projects can get better and i can afford the time to do EVEN MORE DIYS.

but yeah, that means you’ll see some ads around here. i’ve signed up with federated media and i’m also going to start accepting private sponsors that i think are the right fit with the blog soon. bear with me while i try to figure out how to incorporate these sponsors into the layout to make you like it and me the most.

i love you all who take the time to read and follow and support the blog and my dream come true is to do it for a living. crossing fingers!

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diy faux marble place card holders

November 13, 2013

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it’s another holiday table diy! WOO YAY!

i love anything marble — so thought it would a little marble accent would add a touch of class to even the un-classiest table.

marble place card holder materials


white polymer clay
dark grey polymer clay
a cookie cutter in the shape of your choice
a knife or clay cutting tool
clear glaze spray

marble place card holders diy

where are all the process shots?! there really aren’t any. also because i hate touching my camera when i have clay hands.


step one . condition your white clay and get it warm, then add little bits of the grey and mix in until you see a marbled pattern — then stop before it gets too warm. make as many balls are there are guests.

step two . flatten and get them to a similar height (mine are kinda all over the place). use your cookie cutter and carefully remove each piece. fix up any blemishes with a blade or a wet finger.

step three . let the pieces cool down and then cut deep slits into each.

step four . bake at 275F for 18 minutes or so. once cool, take them outside and spray with the glaze. i sprayed them about three times over the course of a few hours. just spray until they have a glossy marble-like finish.

step five. write out your guests names onto thick paper and stick em in the slots! (haha.)

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and check out all the thanksgiving DIYs here.