Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIY It - Watercolor Ink Blot Pillows

Last year I got the prettiest watercolor inkblot art print from Minted and it has to be one of the most asked about pieces I have. So when I was playing around with water-coloring on fabric a few weeks ago (remember my watercolor dot napkins?), I tried my hand and creating my own watercolor ink blot and I LOVE the way it turned out. So much so that I made a few different "blots" and turned them into the most awesome pillows ever.


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So obviously the whole point of ink blots is that they are up to interpretation by the viewer, but I can't help but see Lisa Frank-esque animals in all of the ink blots. What is even more fun is that when you turn them around the animals transform into different animals. They are definitely a fun addition to any space and such a conversation starter!

The Supplies:

  • White Cloth napkins (I get mine from Cost Plus World Market for 6 for $9.99)
  • Acrylic Multi Surface craft paint in a variety of colors
  • Paint brush, paper plate, and cup of water
  • Plain white paper and a rolling pin
  • Backing fabric (optional for pillow making, you can also use another napkin instead of a printed fabric)
  • Trim (optional, I used mini pom pom trim I found on Etsy and gold piping I made myself)
  • Pillow Insert or Polyfil
  • Sewing machine
 Let's begin by making the watercolor ink blots. You will need to wet your napkin completely and then ring out any extra water. Fold your napkin in half and lay out on a table or surface you don't mind getting paint on.

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Begin by watering down your paints a bit and then randomly adding paint to your napkin. Use the extra water to blend the colors and bit and be sure to add a few dark paint spots around the napkin for depth. I also added a few watercolor spots for extra interest.

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Once you have your paint the way you like, cover the napkin with a piece of white copy paper and use your rolling pin to roll over the image. This will help push the paint through to the other side and create the "ink blot" effect. Now open your napkin to reveal your image. Lay your napkin out to dry and make a few more while your at it.

Once your napkin is dry, spray it with a bit of water and iron out any wrinkles. Then cut a similar size piece of coordinating backing fabric (or use another plain cloth napkin). Sew up your pillow by placing the right sides together and sewing around three sides (be sure to insert your trim in-between the seam before sewing, if you are adding trim). Turn your pillow case right side out and stuff with poly fill or your pillow insert and then machine or hand stitch the pillow case closed and you're done.

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DIY Watercolor Ink Blot Pillows - Learn how to watercolor on fabric - create Lisa Frank inspired animal pillows - craft - painting - how to make a pillow - how to water color on fabric

Aren't these so fun? I love that no two are the same and that they are really up to interpretation on what you see. For example, I see leopard with it's tongue out in the above photo and a tiger with a little hat in the one above that. But turn the tiger upside down and it looks like an angry bird (see the pillow on the floor below).

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So tell me, what do you see?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DIY It - Colorful Geometric Vases

This post is sponsored by Flora Craft® Make It: Fun®. As always all opinions and ideas are my own. 

One of my favorite parts of being a DIY blogger is that I now have an excuse to amass a large amount of "props" for my photos. And surprisingly this wasn't even on my list of why I wanted to start blogging in the first place, but an added bonus I discovered after a year of blogging.

I have always loved small home accessories (dishes, glasses, vases, and other curiosities), but I wouldn't always buy them when I saw ones I loved at the store. I usually found a way to talk myself out of buying another vase because, really, how many does one person need? But with blogging I now have an excuse to buy them all! And while I do snap up new fun props when I find them, there are a few pieces that I am sad that I missed out on. You know, those ones I talked myself out of before I started blogging? The ones I am the most sad about are a few of the Oh Joy for Target pieces from a few years back.

Well, that is where my DIY prowess comes into play. I figured if I can't buy them now, I might as well try to DIY them. So I did! I ended up using Flora Craft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls to create a DIY version of the Oh Joy for Target Orb vases as well as a coordinating large faceted vase.

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DIY your own colorblock orb and faceted geometric vases using craft foam balls from Flora Craft Make It: Fun - Sponsored - Oh Joy for Target Vase DIY - Craft - DIY Home decor - colorful home decor vases

You can see my versions above and below are the Oh Joy versions. Not a bad replica huh?

Photo from Target.com

Not only do they look very similar, but the DIY version can hold real flowers too! Follow along for the tutorial to DIY your very own orb vases.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Craft It - Fresh Fun File Folders

It's back to school time, but even if you aren't heading back to school yourself, you might as well take advantage of all the school and office supplies out there and give your desk a little refresh. When on one of my weekly Target runs (I seriously can't stay away), I found the prettiest colorful file folders in the dollar spot that were just begging for a fun makeover. A bit of gold vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo later and I have my favorite new way to file papers.




With the almost non-stop playing of Rihanna's "Work" on the radio (and in my head), I thought the lyrics would be perfect for a folder to hold, well, work stuff. Then when brainstorming more fun lyrics, Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills" came to mind. These two songs lend themselves perfectly to work folders don't you think? Throw in a little fun with a few hot guy pics (because my office was totally slacking on those!), and you have a great set of folders for all your needs. But seriously, you can customize these folders with any sayings you prefer, just use the Silhouette template to change the words to ones that work best for you.

Follow along below for the full tutorial.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Decorate It - A Colorful Dessert Table



My birthday was last week, and I decided to fulfill my own birthday wishes by creating the ultimate colorful sweets table so my friends and family could celebrate along with me. I was sure to fill the table with all sorts of colorful treats and party decorations. Follow along for more details on how I styled this colorful geometric sweets table with help from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.


Let's begin with the table itself and then work our way to the desserts. I began with a white backdrop and white table cloth (I used white home decor weight fabric for my table cloth. Just hem the ends and it's ready to use) so that my colors would really pop. On the wall behind my table I used pieces of colored foam that I made here. And at the base of the table I piled in balloons, paper lanterns, tissue paper poms, and honeycomb balls in my color palette of bright!


Now for the treats! To insure maximum sugar overload I made everything from cake decorated with fondant to sugar cookies decorated with food coloring markers (decorating their own sugar cookies would also be a fun party activity for all the guests).



In addition to the abstract art sugar cookies, I also made a few watercolor geometric shape cookies to match my sweet table backdrop. Just a few white iced sugar cookies and a few colors of spray food coloring is all it takes to create these amazing cookies! Just spray the food coloring on in small bursts in different spots.



I loved the way the cookies turned out so much that I also decided to spray a few white iced donuts. How fun?!


I used the same food coloring spray along with Wilton push pop molds to create a marbled frozen mousse pop. You can find the details for those here. In order to prop the pops up on the table I used more craft foam and covered it with colorful strips of adhesive vinyl. Then I just poked the pops into the foam for an easy display.


Once I had all my desserts in place on various cake stands and plates, I filled out the table with colorful plates, plastic ware, colorful cups, and even a mini candy station filled with sixlets in pink and orange to match my color theme.




I hope you love this colorful sweets table as much as I did! It was definitely the perfect birthday celebration for this color and sugar lover!
 



P.S. You can find the tutorial for the DIY cake stands I used on the sweet table here.