DIY Bedazzled Sandals

I love the sneaky embellished look, where you only notice when the light catches the sparkle just right. When they are hidden on hat brims, or belt buckles or sandals, and when they add the tiniest pop to brighten a look. I have been on the hunt for more embellished and bedazzled items (what girl doesn’t love a little sparkle), and after searching high and low I decided to make my own. And thus the DIY was born.

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Sandals are such a good blank slate to start with. You can do anything to them, bedazzle, glitterfy, stamp, etc. I found my blank canvas pair at Old Navy (similar), they were crying for some jewels, so naturally I obliged.

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The rhinestone selection at the craft stores I visited wasn’t up to par, and if this has been stopping you before (like it has me) don’t let it. There is an abundance of rhinestones in every shape and size and color online, you can find anything you need! Rhinestones delivered, I picked up some jewel to fabric glue (you would never believe how many types of glues there are, way more options than types of rhinestones) and got to work.

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I ordered two shapes of stones but decided I liked this brick-like pattern with all the same size and shape. I started in the middle and worked my way outwards to fill the entire strap with rhinestones.

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The great thing about embellishing shoes is that if you have a little bit of glue sticking out, or one rhinestone is slightly out of place, it’s ok because they are far away from critical eyes. And the sparkle blinds people who are looking too closely.

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The finished product was exactly what I was envisioning, subtle sparkle on a blank canvas sandal to add a touch of sparkle.

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A Touch of Spring

I am one of those people that decorates for every holiday. I had it growing up and now I do it in my own apartment (pretend grown up remember). I obviously love holidays – and any excuse to celebrate (read: Cinco De Mayo), but when it comes to spring, the holidays are limited. After the Easter eggs and bunnies go away what is there to decorate with until the 4th?

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Flowers – the answer is always going to be flowers for springtime. They are colorful and add the perfect amount of decoration without being holiday specific, because lets face it – they are going to be out until the 4th.

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I saw some versions of this floral garland on Pinterest so I decided to take a stab at it. I used a mix of dried and silk roses and the combo actually worked out really well. All you need is flowers (fresh, silk or dried), twine/hemp string, hot glue  and scissors.

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The process was simple and very customizable. You can use fresh or fake flowers, you can use little objects instead of flowers for different holidays – it’s totally up to you!

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I love the finished product, its adds some seasonal decoration that isn’t over the top and it’ll hold me over until July’s festivities. What are you favorite holidays to decorate for?

Fresh Coat of Paint

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A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It can transform the most basic of items into something beautiful. I transformed simple wooden spoons into pastel painted cooking utensils (they even sound fancier with the paint on).

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I bought these wooden spoons on sale a long while ago, thinking I would paint them and put them in a pretty jar in the kitchen. It only took me about 6 months to do it even though the project only took 10 minutes to complete and photograph.

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A couple weeks ago I bought a few tubes of paint and painted some stripes on canvas for my bedside table (seen here). I recently opened the closet where these tubes are stored and the lightbulb went off. I pulled out those wooden spoons (still in the mesh packaging), the paint tubes and got to work.

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I taped all of the spoons where I wanted the paint to end. Then chose the colors I wanted to use (mixing the pink with white for various shades) and went to town. I used acrylic because honestly, it’s what I had and I knew it would soak into the wood nicely. I also used a sponge brush to get that nice even coat.

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I stood them in the jar to dry and there you have it, a step up from boring wooden spoons that adds a pop of color to the kitchen! What are you favorite simple craft projects?

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Garden Party

My friend is having a catered birthday lunch party in her backyard in April and asked if I could help decorate. As I am obsessed with Pinterest and anything and everything girly I already had some ideas in mind. When I think backyard I think BBQ, but since this party is being catered, I thought we should go with a fancier garden party vibe.

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Her backyard is a large rectangle with a couple picnic tables, a fire pit and a large garden/grass area. So there is ample room to hang stuff and to decorate tables and chairs. The wooden tables are a great backdrop to any rustic table setting. You can do so much with them, or even leave them bare.

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You can decorate them with fresh fruit, flowers or potted plants. The birthday girl’s roommate makes these amazing succulent art installations, so I’m thinking we make centerpieces out of those.

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I love decorating with ribbons, and these ribboned chairs are so pretty. It’s such a pretty way of adding color and whimsy. The hanging ribbons are perfect for SF weather as there is always a slight breeze for them to flutter in.

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To top it off, the high fence makes for perfect anchors for a string of paper flowers or lanterns.

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Backyard lights wont work in the daylight (as it’s a lunchtime party) but these paper lanterns would have a similar effect.

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Have any of you hosted a backyard party, or garden party? What types of special touches did you add?

Wrappings

Before I had the money to buy real presents I never really thought about making the wrapping pretty. My freshman year of college I got everyone in my family a Cal ornament and wrapped it in the college newspaper and stamped it with their initials (can you say college budget ghetto). My wrapping has gotten better since then but I still didn’t put much thought into it. It wasn’t college budget ghetto but it couldn’t stand up to Pinterest style either. Now that I have my very own tree to put the presents under, I felt the need to make their wrappings beautiful.

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I love the look of brown paper wrapping. It’s so simple and can be dressed up easily. I added patterned paper and ribbon to mix it up a bit.

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I didn’t realize it as I was wrapping but I also kept with a color scheme (subliminal matching compulsion). Red, green and brown were my main colors with silver, gold and white mixed in.

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The tiny painted clothes pins were a good find and are a creative way attaching name tags (SS for Secret Santa).

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What are your presents looking like, there is some amazing inspiration on Pinterest. Are you all done with your shopping?

DIY Ombré PIllows

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I have a hard time making decisions when it comes to things going in my apartment. I used to want to be an interior designer but after watching many (and I mean many) Trading Spaces episodes, I realized I wouldn’t be great at making those game time decisions. I’m still having a hard time making those decisions when it comes to getting things for my apartment. Case in point with the pillows, I have been deciding between  so many for so long. But I finally made at least a small decision regarding them – I made my own. I wouldn’t be the designer on Trading Spaces but I would be that girl staying up until midnight dying pillows.

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I used these directions and my only piece of advice is that you should use the whole bottle of dye and be patient (which I am not). Keep the cloth in the dye for the designated amount of time and it will turn out perfect.

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I didn’t have gloves, so I used plastic sandwich bags (ghetto, I know) and it worked fine.

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I also did this project inside, and it worked well. I put down a piece of cardboard and then lots of newspaper to soak up any water.

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Making your own is a lot cheaper than buying them. I saw an ombre pillow at target for $20 bucks and I made two for $10 – and in my opinion they turned out better (no offence Target).

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I wanted to add color to the living room and boy are these bright and golden! Now I just have to buy other pillows to match, more decisions…

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StickyGram

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I recently discovered this website – StickyGram – where you can turn your instagrams into magnets! I know there are probably a bunch of websites out there that help you print/make your instagrams into something but this one is legit! I picked out my photos (you get 9 for 15 bucks) and then they send them to you in one big block.

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I could be cute to keep them together and make one giant magnet or to cut them up like I did. I gave a couple to my friend for her birthday (her fridge was in need of some love) and the rest I put in my kitchen. The only magnetic thing we have is the hood over our oven, so it now has some love too!

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I think these make great gifts for any occasion. I just need to take more instagram pictures of people so I can send them some for their birthdays. I also want to (shhh don’t tell) get my boo’s instagram password so I can print some of his!