December 2, 2013
A California print (part of her studio’s wall gallery) called out to me, and seeing that it was a commissioned piece from a friend, I thought up some ways I could make a similar poster for my home. As much as our family is starting to really enjoy (dare I say love? what?!) NC, our roots will always be in California.
Since the poster would hang somewhere in my living room, I knew I wanted my version to be a little more buttoned-down and tried to stay true to the actual outline of the state instead of a more interpretive, abstract look. Going off a printout, I freehanded the outline onto a velvety, black substrate I had on hand (old samples from a printing company) but still managed to mess up a few areas, most notably, my hometown — sorry Bay Area and San Jo!
With a sponge brush, I filled in the outline with size, a gilding medium that adheres the gold leaf to whatever surface you’re working on. You can find gilding kits at any craft store. Just make sure to pick up a sponge brush or two if you don’t already have that on hand.
Once the size is dried, carefully lay down your leafing sheets over the size, overlapping the edges of the sheets as you go. Smooth down with your hand or press with a completely dry sponge brush. Rub off the excess with your fingers and gently burnish the borders of the state.
With a clean, dry cloth, sweep off the gold dust and flecks from your print (vacuuming is the best way to clean off your floor and workspace). If you like, you can apply a thin layer with the protective coating that comes with the kit. I skipped that part and went straight to framing my finished print instead.
November 26, 2013
And…here are my final two projects for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY!
It’s no secret that I love most things modern and geometric so I came up with an easy way to make unique ornaments out of shrink film. If rustic simplicity is more your thing, check out my tutorial for a simple, wooden advent tree.
November 24, 2013
Like many of you, we have a big week ahead of us as we get ready to receive family and host Thanksgiving at our home here in NC. This will be our first time hosting and prepping a big dinner, which makes me excited (place settings!) and nervous (brining?!) all at once. But already having a giant turkey all snug in the freezer and plans to mix cream cheese into our T-day mashed potatoes gives me some peace of mind.
It’s been a while since I’ve made anything with kids not having to do with a Rainbow Loom, but Thanksgiving break will give us time for fun, seasonal hands-on crafts and activities. Crayola has put together an inspirational slide show of some easy projects. Check it out below!
This post was sponsored by Crayola.
November 21, 2013
My second project for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY is up today! Visit here for full instructions on making your own holiday card display. This DIY is much less intense than the dollhouse, but still in keeping with a simple, modern aesthetic!
November 19, 2013
I’ve had to keep this project under wraps for a bit, but I’m excited to finally share! iVillage had asked me to contribute a few tutorials for their 30 Days of HoliDIY series where a new project is revealed each day. First up is an IKEA nightstand-turned-dollhouse. An alternative to the pricier modern dollhouses on the market, this DIY version would be an affordable gift for the kids this Christmas (just be prepared to bust out the powertools!).
Click here to view the full tutorial at iVillage. I’ll be posting more projects over the next couple of weeks!