DIY: Galentine's Brunch Ideas

Sunday, February 5, 2017

For those of you unfamiliar, Galentine's Day was coined by Parks & Recreation's beloved lead character, Leslie Knope, and occurs every February 13th to celebrate the lady friends in your life. And let's be honest, Galentine's Day is basically way better than actual Valentine's Day--am I right?  I mean, there's champagne, brunch food, everything's pink, there's likely some sparkly stuff, there's more pink, and did I mention champagne?  Oh, and all of your favorite gal pals are there...I should have lead with that. But also, champagne

Speaking of champagne, today's DIY combines two of my favorite things: cocktails (duh) +  accessorizing = accessorizing your cocktail.  WHAT COULD BE BETTER?!  To create tassel wine charms--or "earrings for your drink," as I like to think of them--you'll need 25mm stemware hoopsembroidery floss, a business card, and scissors.

Wrap your embroidery floss around a standard sized business card 15 times.  Cut.

Slide the floss off of the card and through the stemware hoop. 

Fold the floss in half, over the hoop.  Cut an approximately 3-inch piece of floss, and tie around the top of the tassel.  Knot twice.

Cut the loops and trim edges so that the tassel is even. 

Stare at your tassel in awe an amazement as you realize that that just took less than one minute to make.  

Make more tassels. 

And now that you've accessorized your cocktail, why not accessorize your brunch pastries with a fun little pastry banner?  You'll need bamboo skewers, baker's twine, washi or masking tape, and scrapbook letters.  Now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Does this girl use scrapbook letters on everything?" And the answer is basically, "Yes, yes, I do." Or, you could have not been thinking that or all, or don't even care. Whatever. But you should know that you can use scrapbook letters on everything--and you should. They're my second favorite crafting supply behind spray paint. 

To create the banner, I cut a foot long piece of baker's twine and tied each end to two bamboo skewers. I then tore 3-inch pieces of red masking tape, and folded them over the twine, to create the pennants.  After I that, I went back with scissors and trimmed the ends of the tape to look like banner flags.  With my trusty scrapbook letters, I stuck on a fun little phrase for the occasion.  You could easily do someone's name, school mascot, or even your favorite Beyonce lyric.  The options are endless. 

For other fun, girly touches, I made festive drink stirrers by hot gluing sparkly pink pom-poms on to red lollipop sticks.  I'm also a sucker for a good napkin fold, so folding my red and pink napkins into hearts was a no-brainer.  You can get the full tutorial here. And to top it all off, I just threw sequins all over the table.  Sequins make everything better, much like champagne.  And now we've come full circle. 

To see these projects in action, check out my segment with KXAN's Studio512 from earlier this week!

DIY: Indoor Herb Garden

Monday, January 9, 2017

One of my goals for 2017 is for us to cook more at home so that we can (hopefully) be healthier in the new year.  And when I say "for us to cook more" I clearly mean my boyfriend.  He's the executive chef at a local restaurant, and I've been known to google how to boil water.  However, running to the grocery store any time we need fresh herbs isn't efficient, so I wanted to create something that will hopefully encourage us to be a little more creative in the kitchen.  Living in a town home, we don't have the luxury of a yard and our front porch gets so much sun that most of our plants tend to meet their demise sooner than I'd like.  That being said, an indoor herb garden is the perfect solution to our problem, and it couldn't have been easier (or more fun!) to make.  

- Krylon® Chalky Finish Paint in Classic White
- Krylon® Chalky Finish Paint in Misty Gray
- Krylon® ColorMaster™Paint + Primer Metallic in Rose Gold
- Tin Cans (3)
- Painter's Tape
- Polymer Clay
- Acrylic Roller
- Knife
- Alphabet Stamps
- Adhesive

I started first by making the labels.  For those,  I rolled out some polymer clay to about 1/4" thickness.  With my alphabet stamps, I stamped in the name of each herb, and then cut the clay into a rectangle.  To ensure that the labels fit to the curve of the cans when they were done, I laid them across a can while they baked so that they'd take its shape.  I baked them in a 275° oven for 15 minutes and then let them cool.  Once they were cool enough to handle, I sprayed them with a coat of Krylon Chalky Finish Paint in Classic White following the safety and application instructions on the can.

I decided to use tin cans for my container because, well, I had some in the pantry!  I washed them out, pulled the labels off, and they were good to go.  I first painted the cans with two coats of Krylon Chalky Finish Paint in Classic White, waiting an hour or so in between coats.  After the second coat, I let them dry for a full 24 hours--just to make sure paint wouldn't pull off during the next steps.

The next day, once they were completely dry, I created three different patterns using my trusty blue painter's tape.  The second color I used was Krylon ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer Metallic in Rose Gold.  The ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer has amazing coverage, so one quick coat was enough to achieve the look I wanted.  I let the cans dry for a couple of hours outside, and then removed the painter's tape.  I wanted one of the cans to have a tri-color look, so I applied a little more painter's tape on it to complete my design, and finished it off with Krylon Chalky Finish Paint in Misty Gray.

After all of the cans were dry, I simply glued the polymer clay labels on using an adhesive that works with a variety of materials (i.e. clay and metal), and voila!

The last step is to plant your herbs and get out those cookbooks!

Apartment Therapy Home Tour

Friday, December 30, 2016

Reagen Taylor Photography
I think everyone can agree that 2016 was a year of really great highs and some pretty low lows, however, I couldn't be happier to be ending it on a high note with a full home tour feature on one of my favorite interior sites Apartment Therapy!  Since purchasing my home over seven years ago--and starting SP&C--Apartment Therapy was, and continues to be, one of my go to sites for interiors, home decor, and budget friendly ideas.  To say that I'm over the moon with a feature would be an understatement!  Click here for the full tour and then be sure to scroll to the bottom for all the sources.

And while the blog unfortunately got pushed to the back burner in 2016 due to the unfortunate reality that there are not, in fact, 37 hours in the day, I plan to come back with guns a'blazin' in 2017!  And by guns, I mean glue guns...duh.  2017 is going to be the year of doing what makes me happy, which obviously includes drinking wine and making things, so I can't wait to share!

Thank y'all so much for following along, and here's wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!


Our First Christmas At Home

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's been an embarrassingly long time since I've posted, but as it tends to go during the holidays, life gets busy and there never seem to be enough hours in the day!  However, I couldn't let the season go by without sharing a peek into our merry little home--all decked for the holidays!

Earlier this year, the beau (+ Edie, the terrier) and I moved in together--and so the process of "blending styles" began--as did the process of forcing Edie and NoNo to get along...Luckily, we have similar tastes and like a lot of the same things, so it was actually quite easy to create a cohesive look in our home...until Christmas.  Once the boxes of decorations started coming down from the attic, it became more and more apparent that our yuletide styles were stark opposites.
  • - His Style: Traditional
    • - Red & Green
    • - Tartain Plaids
    • - Birds in trees (???)
    • - Colored lights
  • - My Style: Whatever-the-Opposite-of-Traditional-Is
    • - Hot Pink
    • - Disco Balls
    • - Golden Pineapples
    • - White lights
In all fairness, I get that my Christmas style isn't for everyone, especially a guy.  We quickly realized that we were going to have to compromise, so in an effort to find holiday decor that had both of us feeling jolly, we headed to my  'go-to' for holiday decor, At Home!

After a few laps around At Home, we finally came up with a "vision" that we could both agree on and started loading up our sleigh cart!  We decided that we would use some of the decorations I already owned (i.e. disco balls) and would add in more traditional touches like solid red, green, gold, and white ornaments throughout the tree, to make it a little more his style. 

Faux Poinsettias
At Home has a huge assortment of holiday florals.  We purchased a couple faux poinsettias bushes and put them on the front porch, however I snipped a few flowers from one of the bushes and put them in vases around the house for additional pops of red.  Faux poinsettias are one of my favorites because (a) they're safe for pets! and (b) you don't have to water them. Win!

While the tree--and living room in general--lends itself to be more his style, I managed to sneak in a couple of my previously-owned disco balls and pineapple ornaments, because -- why not?!

Colored Christmas Lights
The living room might be more his style, but the dining room is certainly more mine, with bright colors and a little more sparkle.  His personal touch? The colored lights on my beloved fiddle leaf fig.

Vase Sparkly Greenery
There are few things I love more than setting a pretty table, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to do so. I was immediately drawn to this vase because...well, gold...and the addition of the sparkly greenery made for the perfect centerpiece.  We used silver ornaments to fill the vase and threw in one hot pink ornament for good measure.

Miniature Christmas Tree | Mini Ornaments Bird 
And because no nightstand is complete without a miniature, pre-lit version of your Christmas tree, he added this little number in the master bedroom--faux bird ornament and all! (I think it's a family thing...) I even cut a mini-version of our tree skirt to match.  We clearly had too much time on our hands that day! 

Christmas really is the most magical time of year.  Simple things like cozy, twinkle lights and Christmas carols playing throughout the house are enough to make you forget about the craziness of the 40-hour (or 70-hour, in our cases!) work week, and appreciate the time you have with each other.  We're so excited to spend our first Christmas under the same roof and I look forward to years to come of me trying to convince him that disco balls are considered holiday decor. 

What's your reason to decorate this holiday? I'd love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments below, or on social media using #MyReason. 

*This post is sponsored by At Home. All opinions are my own. Thanks for support brands I love!* 

Fall Front Porch Update

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I've been paying so much attention to the interior of my home for the past year that I've admittedly left the exterior neglected--and it showed.  As the saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," and I don't think anyone would have looked twice at my little front porch unless it was to point out the fact that all of my plants were dead.  Now that it's somewhat beginning to feel like fall in Texas, I took advantage of the cooler weather a couple of weekends ago and gave my front porch a mini-makeover--and don't think for a second that spray paint wasn't included! 

I've partnered again with my most beloved spray paint brand, Krylon® to give my front porch the update it so well deserved. 

- Large planter of your choice
Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer in Matte Paprika
Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer in Satin Ivory
- Painter's Tape
- Plastic trash bag

1. Make sure your planter is dry and clean of any dirt or debris. Before spray painting, be sure to read the product label for proper preparation, application and safety instructions. 

2. In a well-ventilated area, spray your planter with your first color--I used Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer in Satin Ivory --and let it dry.  Since I was painting a dark colored planter with a lighter colored paint, it required a couple of coats for complete coverage.  The Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer dries fairly quickly, so it should be safe to handle after about 20 minutes. 

3. To create a "dipped" effect, I covered the top portion of the planter in plastic and used painter's tape around it so that I got a straight line.  I also used a level to make sure that my tape was straight all the way around the planter. 

4. Using your second color, in my case Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer in Matte Paprika, spray the bottom portion of your planter.  Again, this required a couple of coats, but after 20 minutes, it was dry!  I let my planter sit for a day before I planted my fall mums, and then voila! 

I have a collection of random pots in my garage, so I pulled this off-white pot/sauce combination from the pile and played around with Krylon® Spray 'n Peel spray paint in Aztec Gold Metallic, which is their customizable, removable line of paint.

- Small pot of your choice
- Painter's tape
The Aztec Gold Metallic is so pretty and great for fall because it's a more muted gold with just the right amount of sparkle.  I'm tempted to cover everything with it!  Again, be sure to read the application directions closely, as different paint techniques can vary. Krylon® Spray 'n Peel requires one quick, light coat, followed by four to five heavier coats, letting the paint dry for five minutes in between coats. I did learn that its best not to paint a full design with Spray n' Peel, since the paint is formulated to peel off.  Instead, I simply taped off the rim of the pot and painted the bottom portion, and I couldn't be happier with the end result. I wanted to peel off a little piece on the back of the pot, so I could show you just how removable it is. The Krylon® Spray 'n Peel is perfect for projects like this, because in the spring I can easily peel off the Aztec Gold Metallic and spray it with a bright color, like Matte Blue Surge for a simple change.

With the addition of some coordinating outdoor pillows and a new door mat, I'm quite pleased with how my mini-front porch-make over turned out.  The whole process only took a couple of hours, and was the perfect reminder that a little bit of spray paint can really fix just about anything. Happy fall, y'all!

2016 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Monday, October 24, 2016

Earlier this morning on Austin's FOX7, I shared my no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for this year, and as I've said before, a couple of them are probably my most favorite pumpkins yet! (Well, in addition to last year's Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin and 2014's Studded Pumpkin and Duct Tape Pumpkin).  Read below for more information about each idea.  If you missed this morning's segment, or aren't in the Austin area, scroll to the bottom to watch!

//  clock-wise from top left // 

Golden Pineapple Pumpkin - Hands down, my most favorite.  I shared the full tutorial yesterday, so you can get all of the details here.

Ribbon Bats - I saw this idea in the most recent Good Housekeeping, and thought (a)  it's perfect for Austin! and (b) it's so easy!  I simply cut black ribbon into 5.5" pieces, tied them in knots, and used black-tipped straight pins to put them on the pumpkin.

Marbled Mini Pumpkins - Would you believe these are balloons?!  I found marbled balloons at Michaels, cut off the ends and stretched them around these little micro pumpkins.  These would be great to put at a place setting.

Cactus Pumpkin - Another favorite! I shared the full DIY earlier this month on the blog, and you can get all the details here.

Disco Ball Pumpkin - All of the sudden, I've got 'Stayin' Alive' stuck in my head.  For this 70's inspired gourd, I simply spray painted the pumpkin silver, and glued large, silver sequins all over.

Happy Hallo-Wine Pumpkin - Scrapbook letters are one of the best DIY supplies out there. They're so versatile, and can be used way beyond the scrapbook.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin - Taking a cue from Pinterest, these tissue paper pumpkins seem to be everywhere, and they're also extremely easy to make.  With your favorite tissue paper and some Mod-Podge, you can quickly create a super fab pumpkin in no-time. I used some darling Sugar Paper for Target tissue paper that I had leftover from Christmas and painted the stem with some gold paint to finish it off. So easy!

Mirrored Pumpkin - I call this my "Lady Gaga Pumpkin." For some reason it just reminds of me of her!  I spray painted the pumpkin black and adorned it with some self-adhesive mirrored triangles from Hobby Lobby.  Quick, easy, and super chic.

For more fun, fall decorating ideas be sure to check out my Pinterest board.

DIY: Golden Pineapple Pumpkin

Sunday, October 23, 2016

As  I mentioned in my previous pumpkin post, when coming up with new no-carve decorating ideas this year, my goal was just create my most favorite things--out of pumpkins.  Figuring out how to make Sauvignon Blanc or NoNo (my cat) out of a pumpkin seemed way too hard, so the next thing that came to mind was, duh, BRASS PINEAPPLES.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I'm more-than-slightly obsessed with them and that my collection has grown infinitely over the past year. Creating a 'brass' pineapple out of a pumpkin was the perfect way to add some "fall" to my decor, and it was super easy to make!...once I figured out how to make it...

- Faux pumpkin
- Poster board
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun + hot glue
- Gold spray paint

On  white poster board, I drew free-hand three different sized fronds: large, medium, and small.  Once I had the sizes drawn and cut, I used them as stencils to create the rest of the fronds.  I ended up using 3 large, 5 medium, and 6 small ones.  For reference, I made the tallest frond almost as tall as the actual pumpkin, and then scaled down from there to make the others.  The size of your fronds will depend on the size of your pumpkin.

Starting with the largest fronds, I hot glued them around the stem of the pumpkin, slightly overlaying them as I went.  Once all of the larger fronds were glued on, I followed with the medium, again overlaying them, and finished with the smaller ones.  After they were all glued on, and I felt that they were secure, I slightly bent each frond outward a bit to create the pineapple look.  Finish with a couple of coats of gold spray paint, and ta-da!  The golden pineapple of my fall dreams!  You might have to go back over the fronds a couple of times to make sure you've gotten in all of the crevices.  I couldn't be more pleased with the final outcome, and since it's a faux pumpkin, I look forward to setting it out for many falls to come!