Surprise! One more Craft On episode for you this week! In this episode, I show you how to DIY a bold geometric picnic blanket – perfect for those summertime park visits! Click on the play button below to watch the episode, which also includes cameos from 2 adorable pugs!

Summer Picnic Blanket DIY Video

Picnic Blanket Materials

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Materials Needed:

  • Canvas drop cloth (preferably plastic-lined)
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint (3 or more colors)
  • Paint Brush + Roller Brush

Directions: Lay out your canvas drop cloth onto a flat surface. If your canvas is lined on the bottom with plastic, you’re ready to go. If not, you’re going to want to double up the canvas to make sure no paint seeps through to your work surface. Next add painter’s tape in diagonal patterns, creating various sized triangles. Use the roller brush (and 1 of your paint colors) to fill in the larger shapes.  For the smaller shapes, use a paint brush and your other paint colors. Let dry, remove tape, and PICNIC!

Picnic Blanket

And if it’s not looking like picnic weather outside, pin the canvas to the wall for an awesome photo booth backdrop! By following the same process you can paint on practically any surface to have a fun geometric pattern wherever you please!

Naked cakes are clearly a popular choice for this year’s Fall brides…I have 3 different naked cake orders in September alone.  Since many of my wedding clients are in the process of selecting flavors, I’ve been making a few mini versions of the cakes for tastings and thought I’d show them off since they’re so darn pretty.  Here’s a little look at some mini (6″ and 4″ round) naked cakes I made for the last tasting.  I love the blackberry and chocolate cake – isn’t that combination just gorgeous?! And those flavors together – the chocolate with buttercream and blackberries – beyond delicious!

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I was so very flattered when ABC News interviewed me on the cake trend earlier this summer.  Head on over to ABCNews.com to read their story HERE.

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Craft On Perfect Fruit Frosting

If you’ve been to this blog before, you’ve more than likely seen my post for the Perfect Blueberry Buttercream.  It’s one of my favorite tips – as it alleviates the normal frustrations that typically come with fruit frosting, all by replacing one single ingredient. Since I find this best kept frosting secret to be so darn amazing (and still rarely mentioned in recipes), I decided to make a Craft On video tutorial for it, this time with a strawberry buttercream. Click the play button above to watch the video and if you missed any steps, you can head to the original post HERE to get the full recipe.

Craft On Fruit FrostingStrawberry ButtercreamRead more about my Craft On video series on ulive HERE.

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A little house plant inspiration to start this week off right. 

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The past week was an exhausting one (to say the least).  This past Wednesday, I headed to Cincinnati for a last-minute design project I took on that had me turning a dilapidated old studio into a modern relaxed office space.  It was a whole lot of work and intensive labor, but the final result had me very pleased.  I’ll share some more photos of the design process later in the week, but here’s a little sneak peek of the finished room for now.

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take a tour of the Shutterfly By Design 2014 townhouse in NYC.  The space was styled by Shutterfly designers, along with guest designers Olivia Palermo, Brit Morin (of Brit + Co), and interior designer Michelle Workman.  I went expecting to see innovative new ways to display my favorite images, but what I ended up seeing totally blew me away.  Sure there were a bunch of ideas for unique photo displays, but Shutterfly products work with much more than photos.  Cards, ephemera, artwork, illustrations…anything that can be made into a digital image can take on a second life as a piece of home décor.

One of my favorite rooms in the space was a Bohemian movie theater setup that had been styled by the Shutterfly design team.  The space was covered with fantastic prints and eclectic patterns printed on plates, pillows, throws…and so much more.  Cinema-inspired coasters and mugs, as well as a movie theatre curtain (which was made out of their fleece blanket!) were all mixed in with the bright Bohemian prints, setting the scene for a fun outdoor movie night. Just look at these photos!

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I also loved what Brit Morin did with her space.  Her space highlighted the many possibilities that can come from one design.  Using  bright graphics, she created bold wall decals and printed the design onto one of Shutterfly’s wood wall art pieces, which she then turned into a coffee table. So genius!

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During the event I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing individuals including fellow bloggers, designers, and the queen of creativity herself, the incredible Martha Stewart.  I left the space feeling so energized and inspired.  And if that wasn’t enough to take me to creativity cloud nine, the evening didn’t stop there.  Following the event I was invited to the beautiful west side home of Kevin Sharkey of Martha Stewart Living.  Kevin shared his impeccable home design insight over cocktails and canapés.  Kevin had used Shutterfly to add some unique designs around his home as well, which he kindly showed off while giving me and a few other lucky ladies a tour of his impeccable digs.

Huge thank you to Shutterfly and to the entire team at Martha Stewart for inviting me along for the very inspiring experience.  To see more photos from Shutterfly by Design 2014 head to www.shutterflybydesign.com.

Patriotic Ice Cream SandwichUsing my DIY ice cream recipe (which you can find HERE), I made some patriotic ice cream sandwiches for the holiday weekend.  I followed my recipe to make batches of strawberry, blueberry, and vanilla ice cream.  The strawberry and blueberry hues were a bit light, so I added a drop of food coloring to each as they were blending.  I then added my first layer of ice cream (the blueberry) into a parchment-lined pyrex dish and allowed it to freeze for about 20 minutes before adding the next layer.  Once the red, white, and blue layers were in place, I put my dish back in the freezer for a few hours to set.  And voilà, patriotic dessert perfection!

To make the ice cream sandwich I placed one of my cookies atop the ice cream (to use as a pattern) and then cut around it with a knife.  I used a spatula to place the circle-shaped ice cream piece in between my two cookies.  If you too plan on making some ice cream sandwiches, you can assemble the night before.  But if that’s too much work, the ice cream looks awesome scooped or sliced too!  Just don’t let it melt like I did! Melted Ice Cream

And if you’re in the mood for a little baking this weekend, you could bust out this beautiful flag cake.  Check out my recipe for that HERE.

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Hope everyone has a very happy Fourth and a wonderful holiday weekend!

DIY Video Patriotic CookiesAs promised, here is one more Craft On episode for you today – this time for some fun patriotic cookies (that you can put on your new patriotic cake plate!).  Before you watch the video, let me preface it by saying that I really don’t like being rushed while baking or decorating baked goods (who does!).  However, when brainstorming holiday ideas I became a bit overzealous and decided I would show 3 different patriotic cookie decorating processes in one video.  I was super rushed for time while filming, so you don’t get to see any pretty, perfectly-styled cookies in this video, but you do get to see how quick you can bust out these cookies.  Click the play button to watch the video and continue on for the directions, photos, and some additional tips.  Thanks for watching!

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Cake Plate Video DIYJust in time for the weekend, I have not one, but TWO new episodes in myCraft On video series to share with you today.  So if you were planning to get your craft on and do a little prep for the July 4th holiday over the weekend, you are in luck!  The first video is for this Stars & Stripes Cake Plate, which you can watch by clicking the play button above.

By following the process shown in the video, you can paint any pattern of your choice.  I ended up making a few patriotic plates to have out on my party table for the Fourth.  You can find the materials needed, directions, as well as a little inside peek below.  Stay tuned for the second video later today!

Patriotic Cake PlatesMaterials Needed:

  • Ceramic Plate + Bowl
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Acrylic Paint: Red, White Blue, Gold
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Foam Brush, Paint Brush
  • Epoxy

Directions:

Step #1: Prep surface of your plate and bowl by cleaning with alcohol.

Step #2: Turn the bowl upside down and apply tape in a crisscross pattern around the bowl.

Step #3: Use red paint and your foam brush to lightly daub paint onto the untapped surface. When finished, peel off tape. Set bowl aside.

Step #4: Use painter’s tape to tape-off a ring around your plate. Lightly daub blue paint onto the upper ring and the outer plate edge. Remove tape once finished. 

Step#5: Let the plate dry for 1 hour, then add stars using a handmade star stencil and some white paint.

Step #6 [Not Pictured]: To cure the ceramics, place both the plate and bowl in a cold oven. Set oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Once time is up, turn off oven and let the plate and bowl completely cool inside the oven before removing.

Step #7: Using epoxy, apply a ring of glue around the bottom side of the bowl and adhere plate to the center to create your stand.

Step #8: Set aside for 24 hours to dry.

Stars and Stripes Cake Plate DIYThis photo below may be my favorite screen grab from the video.  How cute is Riley in this shot!?  At this point in the series you can tell the awesome crew who filmed the videos had really started to take a liking to the pugs, as they had begun to request them in shots that sometimes had absolutely nothing to do with dogs (such as this one).  It was hilarious – and of course, I was always supportive of their pug-loving requests.  As the series continues, you’ll see more cameos from these two little funny-faced pugs.  You notice anything else in this photo?  Hint: Look out that window.  Yup, that’s snow.  We actually filmed the majority of these videos in January. It was a bit weird filming summer crafts in the middle of winter, but at least now I’m already prepared for my summer and fall entertaining, and that sure feels awesome.

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Avery Giveaway

The kind folks at Avery recently sent me some crafting supplies to use for my DIY posts.  Win for me!  AND they sent me a $100 Visa gift card + some Avery® Fabric Transfers to give away to one lucky reader.  Win for you!  To enter, head on over to my Facebook page – HERE and Like the page, as well as the corresponding giveaway post (just so I know who’s playing!).  I’ll pick one winner at random next week.  Thank you for playing!

In case you missed yesterday’s DIY for the patriotic dog shirt shown above, you can check that out over HERE.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Thank you to those of you who played!