I promised I’d give you the low down on how I made these cute Holly Leaf Swizzle Sticks so today I’m sharing the tutorial so you can whip out a few of these for yourself.
First let’s talk supplies.
You’ll need wood cocktail stir sticks with a holiday sentiment on them. I found my cocktail sticks at HomeGoods but found similar ones at TJMaxx and on Etsy. If you’re shopping HomeGoods/TJMaxx look for the sticks in near the checkout line or back with the gift tags and holiday ribbon. I spotted them in both spots in my local stores.
tip: you could also use monogram stir sticks which you can find here.
Next you’ll need holly leaf embellishments to add to your swizzle sticks. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but these exact ones don’t seem to be available online. These 3-D holly leaf stickers are similar. Or you could use these cute gift package stickers for another look.
The last thing you’ll need is temporary glue dots. If you’re not familiar with glue dots, they are like adhesive tape but come in individual dots instead of one long strip like regular tape.
tip: the best part about using dots is the fact that they aren’t permanent. After your holiday party you can remove the holly leaf embellishment and use them again.
Now the hard work begins.
Step 1: Hold a swizzle stick in one hand and attach a glue dot to the front of the stick under the circular topper.
Step 2: Attach a holly leaf embellishment on top of the glue dot to hold it in place. **the holly leaf embellishment I used had a small stem so after I attached it to the glue dot I wrapped the stem around the stick.
Voila! You’ve got yourself really Christmas Swizzle Sticks in no time flat.
tip: Swizzle sticks also make a great hostess gifts add-on with a bottle of wine.
Making these swizzle sticks is hard work so I recommend you sit back and enjoy a holiday cocktail after you make a couple of set. Enjoy!
Can you wrap your head around the fact that Christmas is just over 4 weeks away? I sure can’t. Preparing for Christmas this year has been a whirlwind and my list just keeps getting longer instead of shorter. Oh, and did I mention that I haven’t even started on those handmade Christmas cards I plan to make! Yikes.
Since I know most of you are on top of your holiday game and are in the process of getting your cards ready to mail, I thought I’d share some fun and easy Christmas card envelope decorating ideas with you. Enjoy and be inspired!
Because I’m a designer, I have always have a pile of fabric scraps lying around. A few weeks ago I was in the middle of cleaning up my office and preparing for The Art of Gift Wrapping workshop when an idea struck me. Why not makE gift tags out of my fabric scraps?
This is a super easy project that I know you’ll love so continue reading and check out my cute tags.
You all know I love the whole adult coloring book trend which I talked about here and here. And that I’m really excited that there are several coloring books coming out that are designed for home decor fans. Well, just last week I was thrilled to receive a package in the mail from Melissa of The Inspired Room. Inside the package was an advanced copy of her new home decor coloring book. (thanks Melissa). #happymail
When I talked about The Inspired Room Coloring Book on the blog before, I had only seen images online and the description on Amazon. I knew the book was going to be good but it is even better in person.
Unlike many other coloring books, Melissa designed the pages with images only on one side of the paper which makes the pages ideal for framing. And each page is perforated so that it can easily be torn out and hung on a bulletin board or used for a creative projects. The paper is thick which reduces he chance of ink bleeding through so you can use my favorite markers just as easily as pencils to color the images.
I’ve spent several evenings unwinding by coloring in the book and I have to tell you it’s addictive and relaxing.
The image below gave me the opportunity to envision what an emerald green secretary would look like. I’m hoping to score one at an antique store and paint it green.
Isn’t this page of chair designs fun?
I used one of the pages to play around with a color story I’m working on for a design client. I pulled one of the fabric swatches we’re considering and created an accessory plan using this accessory page from the coloring book.
If you’re looking for a great girlfriend gift under $10.00, this is it. Although the official release date isn’t until July 1st, you can buy a copy on Amazontoday.
image via The Inspired Room
If you want to see more pages from the book, follow the hashtag #TIRcoloringbook on Instagram.
Ok, its confession time. How many of you have coloring books?
I jumped on the coloring book craze when it first starting gaining popularity. As a creative, I’ve loved coloring my entire life and the idea of a coloring book for adults was so up my alley that I couldn’t resist. My first coloring book was this one filled with Beautiful Patterns just like the title says. I was drawn to the abstract and intricate designs which are perfect for someone like me that is a ‘coloring inside the lines’ kind of gal.
Since my first coloring book I’ve been gifted several others by family and friends and now switch back and forth between books so none of them gets neglected.
Recently I read that several of my favorite bloggers (and authors) are jumping on the coloring book wagon and developing home decor themed books. I can’t wait!
John and Sherry from Young House Love have their coloring book, Color At Home coming out in October and from the looks of the cover image, it is going to be a good one. The cover image resembles many of the beautiful rooms you see on Pinterest.
Melissa shared a few pages from her book on her blog and it is also looks like it’s going to be a fun book. I love that there will be room environments along with individual home decor items to color. I see a whole lot of #chinosierie inspiration in my future.
I don’t know who or why the adult coloring book trend started but I think it’s only going to get bigger and home decor coloring books take it to a new level. Being able to color design a room in any color combination you want can provide great visual inspiration for someone decorating a room in their home.
For those of you that can’t wait until the Color At Home and The Inspired Room Coloring Book come out, here are a couple other home decor related coloring books I found.
Color Me Cluttered–The title and cover image of this coloring book might scare off a lot of people but I’m really intrigued by the artwork and potential transformation that can happen after a few hours of coloring. And the minute I saw the image of the gift wrap, I was hooked.
Off the Bookshelf–This coloring book contains a range of images, many of bookshelves and home decor scenes and others more random. This book was also designed using a slightly heavier paper weight so you don’t have any color bleeding if you use markers to color your images. And I like that each page is perforated making it easy to tear out the pages and frame as artwork.
Now that I’ve got you itching to purchase a few coloring books, you’ll also need to buy some great pens or markers. I switch between using pencils and markers when I color. If I want more intense color on the image I go with markers and if I’m looking for a softer effect, I tend to choose colored pencils. Here are several brands that love and in most cases own myself so I can highly recommend these from personal experience.
No. 1 Prismacolor is definitely my favorite brand for markers and I also love their colored pencils. They sell a variety of styles at price points from affordable to expensive.The Premier 24 pk. Colored Pencil Setis a great value, includes enough colors so that you have lots of options to work with and the pencils are ideal for blending colors. There are larger sets available too.
No. 3 I’ve owned a set of Uchida Le Plume II Double Ended Markersfor many years and they still work like a charm. They’ve traveled with us when we moved for Seattle to Atlanta and I’ve only had a few dry up. The extra-fine tip is great for intricate designs and the pens are easy to handle and won’t cramp your hand.
No. 4 For those of you that might want to take your coloring on the road or in the air, here’s a great set of 48 Marco Affine Artist Quality Pencils that include the roll-up case. While I don’t own this exact set, I am considering purchasing a case to hold my pencils. I like this casebut if you’re looking for a great deal, you’ll want to scoop thiscase up.
No. 5 The72-piece Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Art Markerset is for the serious color artist and crafter because these markers are an investment. This is another set that I’ve owned for years and just love. These markers provide a very saturated color and work great for blending. I also love them because once applied, the color is consistent with no blending or start/stop lines.
Coloring books for adults is a pretty cool thing in my book. I’m a big fan and encourage you to give it a try is you haven’t already.
You all know I’m having a love affair with all things blue and white chinoiserie. A couple of months ago I picked up a pack of blue and white scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and have had so much fun crafting and creating with all the beautiful designs.
I’m also kind of addicted to custom monogram stickers from Zazzle. I’ve ordered several sets and I’m using them on everything from stationery to tabletop decor. This green and white design with navy monogram is my most recent purchase.
And my latest craft project was to transform one of the many basic decks of cards I own into something a little more stylish.
What started as this….
Got UpStyled into these…
It was really simple to make these cards and it only took a couple of supplies.
Step 1: Coat the back side of a piece of 12″ x 12″ decorative paper with Mod Podge. It will take several sheets to cover all the cards in the deck. You’ll notice that I used several different paper patterns to make my set.
Step 2: While wet, place the playing cards onto the Mod Podge surface with the number side facing up.
Step 3: Let the adhesive dry and then cut out each card.
Step 4: Flip the cards over to the decorative side and adhere monogram sticker in the center.
This is a fun project that would make a great gift so give it a try.
Yesterday I shared tips on decorating and organizing your office space and included the idea of using decorative clipboards to pretty up your walls and help you stay organized. And today I’m showing you just how simple it is to make a decorative clipboard with a super easy DIY project.
Hello there! I’m so giddy about my latest diy project and although it’s not revolutionary, it’s the kind of project that puts a big smile on my face.
After spending boat loads of money over the years buying fancy notebooks and journals, I finally decided to get crafty and make my own designer notebooks.
Since I have a deep love for beautiful paper, this project centered around some of my favorite patterns, colors and designs. I used geometric prints, damask patterns, leather and snakeskin designs and of course bright colors were part of the mix.
The snake skin and embossed croco embossed papers below are actually sheets of vinyl that I found on sale at Michaels for .75 cents.
These diy notebooks were super simple to make and required just a few supplies:
* Notebooks–most of the notebooks I covered I found at HomeGoods but I also covered Composition Notebooks which you can find at any office supply store, Wal-Mart or Target for around .50 cents. The mini notebooks came from Ikea (2/$1.00). This Etsy shop also has a great selection of plain kraft notebooks.
* Decorative paper–you can use scrapbook paper, thick wrapping paper, vinyl sheets and even pages from a book. Most of my decorative scrapbook paper came from Micheals.
* Permanent glue tape–I use my Glue Glider Prowhich made applying the tape quick and easy–available from Amazon
* Exacto Knife and Scissors
* Blank Labels and Sticker Letters–available at Michaels
To cover each book, open the notebook, lay it flat and trace the outline of the notebook onto the backside of your paper. Cut the paper with your scissors.
Apply glue tape to the front of the notebook first and adhere your paper to the front cover. Next, apply glue tape to the spine of the notebook and wrap the paper around towards the back.
Apply glue tape to the back cover of the notebook and secure the paper in place. It’s that easy. You can also cover the inside of the front and back cover if you want.
Finally, apply a label to the front of each notebook and add a sticker monogram to personalize it.
As an added detail, I UpStyled the larger notebooks with metal corner protectors.
I’m on a notebook making marathon because halfway through making a few for myself I realized what great handmade Christmas gifts they’d make.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re inspired to make your own designer notebooks.