the weekender 4/11/2014

Cake Pops

Happy spring weekend! The weather is beautiful in NYC and it seems like everyone is in high spirits – even the cats! This weekend, Ryan and I will be moving into our first apartment together. It’s such a big step! But I’m excited. We’re also trying to squeeze in a trip to a small town upstate. Talk about ambitious. What about you? Do you have anything fun planned?

These roses are actually cake pops! (pictured above)

Speaking of settling into a new apartment, I would just love to have a giant chalkboard wall.

How fun is this doughnut clock? It probably wouldn’t last long in my house.

This beautiful fire pit used to be a washing machine!

Upgrade your cheesecakes.

And while we’re on the subject of delicious, these indoor s’mores look incredible.

This dyed eggshell tea light centerpiece would be perfect for Easter dinner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It might be a bit quiet around here as we move and settle into the new place, but I’ll keep everyone posted on our progress. In the meantime, you can always¬†follow me on Pinterest to get more ideas like these.

Beyond the Dye – Easter Eggs 5 Ways

Every year Easter comes around, I’m always inspired by the many beautiful and unique egg designs around the web.I don’t normally decorate eggs for Easter, because what am I going to do with a dozen hard-boiled eggs? Still, there are some great techniques that surpass the traditional dye cup. Here are five Easter Egg dying ideas you can do yourself and not all of them are made with real eggs.

Easter Eggs

1. Tattooed | 2. Marbled | 3. Wooden | 4. Nail Polish Marbling | 5. Hand Painted

I’ve also always wanted to try traditional batik dying, but it seems pretty involved. What do you think? Which is your favorite?

deer string art

The past few months have been nothing short of chaotic, and it’s been a while since I’ve had time to finish a craft. Deadlines and to do lists take priority over “create” these days. And despite all of this, I couldn’t get past the nagging feeling that I need to complete something that: 1. I’ve made with my hands and 2. Is beautiful.

Deer String Art

I saw this deer string art months ago on this blog and went out immediately to buy the supplies. Since then, I’ve taken my sweet time hammering in a few nails here and there, but never really committing to complete the project. Then yesterday, something just snapped and I knew I couldn’t do anything else without finishing it. So, I spent an hour or so hammering away (pun intended). I’m so glad I did! It is probably my favorite d.i.y. project I’ve made.

Deer String Art

The supplies:
- 1 round cross-cut wooden plaque
- chalkboard paint
- 1 inch long wire nails (project nails), I bought a 100 pack, but didn’t use them all.
- finishing hammer
- embroidery floss
- paper and pencil for tracing

I used this silhouette for the deer stencil. You can enlarge it to the size you want and then print it out. Or in my case, I just held a sheet of paper against the computer screen and traced it.

Coat the wood plaque with two coats of chalkboard paint. Let it set overnight to dry.

Place your pattern in the center of the plaque. You can add a piece of tape to secure it.

Take your nails and hammer them into the plaque along the edge of your silhouette. I found it was easiest to make them a thumbs-width apart. This makes it easier to hold the nails anyway. To create the fine edges around the antlers, you’ll have to place the nails closer together.

deer string art

Once they’re all nailed in, remove the paper stencil and tie the ends of the embroidery floss around a nail. Wrap your embroidery floss around the edges until you’ve outlined the entire thing. Then continue to fill in the middle, hooking the floss around opposing nails.

Deer String Art

Once you’ve filled in the center, tie off the string on a nail. That’s it, you’re done. The nailing can be tedious, but it’s well worth it.

I just love the way this looks. It turned out way better than I expected. i wasn’t sure if I was on board with the string art craze, but now I’m sold. What do you think?