With this week’s chilly and grey New York weather I was reminded of a colorful weekend project I took on around this time last year. My boyfriend and I had been staying at a friend’s cabin in the Catskills, which hosts an old dilapidated barn on the property, and on this weekend in particular it looked a bit bland amidst the snow. I had the random urge to add a pop of color to the barn – so that’s what I did. To combat the grey and gloom, I added an array of rainbow tissue paper poms to the barn and also tied some smaller poms to the bare branches of a few trees. The only downside to my little weekend project was installing the poms in very windy, below freezing temperatures (see below photo of Chad trying to hold on to the poms in the wind!). But once it was all set up, it sure brightened things up!
Happy Friday everyone! Here’s to a slightly warmer weekend…hopefully.
The third video in my Craft On series, appropriately titled “Basketball Crispies,” launched today on ulive.com! With March Madness around the corner, I show you how to make some sweet edible basketballs.
To make these basketball treats you will need: one batch of rice krispie treats, a circular cookie cutter, orange + black chocolate melts (I used Wilton Candy Melts), a spatula, and a plastic bag to pipe with. So grab those materials and click below to watch the video!
With the Oscars only 2 days away, I’ve created a printable ballot for you to use during your Oscars party on Sunday. So whether you’re throwing a big party or just having a few friends over to watch the broadcast, print out these ballots to make the viewing party just a bit more fun, because hey – everyone loves a little competition, right?!
For the ballot’s design I took influence from my favorite nominated film…can you tell which one? In fact, I loved the film so much I actually designed and hosted an entire themed party based off of the film which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow. But for now (before I spill the beans!) I present to you the ballots! Click below to download your free printable 2014 Oscars ballot. Best of luck and enjoy the show!
TheKnot.com recently interviewed me about the popular naked cake trend. The piece posted today and includes some beautiful cake imagery, as well as tips and insight from myself, Christina Tosi of Momofuku, and Molly Lawson. Click on the picture below to be directed to the story. You can check out some photos of my naked cakes HERE.
Call me crazy, but I’ve been feeling a little low now that the silly holiday that is Valentine’s Day is over. Aside from the commercialism of the day, the day celebrates love and who can argue with that?! Plus, having a legitimate excuse to decorate with adorable heart décor is always a good thing. Valentine’s Day on a Friday absolutely ruled — it was an amazing weekend all around that included the most amazing meal EVER (all from the comfort of my own home and cooked entirely by the boyfriend), a House of Lies binge (we watched ALL of Season 2 in one sitting), a little bowling, a lot of comfy sweatpants-wearing relaxation, and a snowy outdoor adventure in Sayville.
Speaking of snow, it’s still snowing. And while I LOVE the snow, the slush and ice have kept me inside a bit more than usual. With the hibernation that’s ensued, I’ve spent a lot of time online and have brainstormed enough ideas to last an entire year, most of which have stemmed from the myriad of visual imagery I’ve encountered. I’ve also found myself clicking on every sentimental or heart-warming link in my Facebook feed (such as THIS – the best Craigslist post ever). Why I’m doing that to myself, I do not know. But anyways, here are a few things I’ve found particularly inspiring over the past week.
Mixed media artist Thomas Albdorf. If you’re looking for some visual inspiration, here it is.
Antonia Basler creates amazing photographs. Her current work is based on objects found in dollar stores and it is freaking fantastic.
I was reminded of Luis Barragán’s use of color during a recent trip to my favorite NYC vintage store (snapped the above photo on my iPhone). Barragán’s architecture is amazing and taking a tour of his Mexico City home has been on my to-do list for a while.
Ian Davenport‘s Puddle Paintings – his Ingleby Wall Painting is my favorite.
Gabby O’Connor. Her “What Lies Beneath” installation is so wonderful.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I bring you the second episode for my new video series Craft On, in which I show you how to create an illuminated heart wreath. These hearts look adorable around the home and they are super easy to make. They only require only a few materials, which you’ll more than likely already have at home. Click below to watch the video and have fun getting your craft on!!
As evident in my 1996 diary entry, it’s the simple things that make silly celebrations like Valentine’s Day memorable. Adding a little décor to a regular dining table can go a long way with the Mom (or Dad/boyfriend/girlfriend/friend) memory-making job. So whether you’re celebrating the day with your kids, significant other, or friends, here are 3 simple (and cheap!) tips to make the setup extra special.
Tip #1: Create a heart stamped tablecloth with butcher paper, ink, and a heart stamp. Don’t have a heart stamp handy? No problem! Just use a potato to carve out your own stamp. And if you’re without a stamp pad, paint works just as well!
Tip #2: Whether it’s a breakfast quiche or after-dinner dessert, adorn the dish with an arrow. First, cut out the point and feather of the arrow from red paper. Use glue to affix the paper parts to a wooden skewer and stick each end into your pastry dish of choice!
Tip #3: Heart Straws. Who would’ve thought something as simple as a paper straw could make a table look so darn cute?! These straws can be found at most craft or paper stores around this time of year (mine are from Paper Source). They add the perfect final touch to a last minute Valentine’s Day table.
[a few of my favorite Valentine's Day DIY ideas from the blogosphere]
1: Paper Heart Wall from HowAboutOrange // 2. + 3. Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap Ideas from the amazingly talented Brittany Watson Jepsen of TheHouseThatLarsBuilt // 4. Heart Pillows from DesignLoveFest // 5. Valentine Crackers from LovelyIndeed // 6. Giant Cupid’s Arrow Balloons from the adorable Kelly at StudioDIY
Today is a big day! I have some very exciting news to share! Drum roll please….
I am so super excited to announce the launch of my video series Craft On, which is one of ulive.com’s new original series. ulive is part of the Food Network and HGTV family and they’re creating amazing online content with a great group of talented folks, including Joy The Baker, The Girls with Glasses, and Kelsey Nixon, just to name a few!
Over the year you’ll be able to watch a bunch of videos I’ve put together that will get you crafting, baking, and entertaining your way through the holidays. I’ve been working my tail off on these videos and cannot wait to get to share them all with you! So here it is – the first episode in the Craft On series – a DIY for a paper heart garland, which also includes some additional Valentine’s Day decorating tips and a cute cameo from one good looking pug! So, what are you waiting for?! Click below to watch the video!