Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY: Personalized Catchall

Breaking News: I'm alive!  Despite my extreme lack of blogging over the past couple of months, I'm still here--and I'm still crafting!  Today, I'm excited to share that I have TWO new DIY kits now available at Darby Smart! The first of which is one of my personal favorites--and the perfect gift--the Monogrammed Clay Dish (you can see my original post and tutorial here.)  The second, which might just be my new favorite, is this personalized catchall.  Inspired by this Kate Spade tray, this little dish couldn't be easier to make and requires only THREE supplies. 
  • Ceramic dish [4" - 6" square]
  • Sharpie
  • Gold leaf pen
To ensure a clean surface, I quickly wiped down my dish with some rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Otherwise you can give it a quick rinse with warm water and a paper towel.  With your Sharpie, write the phrase of your choice [the options are literally endless.]  To seal the Sharpie, bake your dish in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Once the dish has cooled, simply trace the edge of the dish with your gold leaf pen. Let the paint dry completely before placing your treasures! 

Much like the monogrammed clay dish, this darling little catchall makes the perfect gift for bridesmaids, birthdays, Mother's Day, or whatever the occasion!

Since I've been a little M.I.A. lately--catch me up on what YOU have been crafting!  I'd love to hear your creative ideas!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Minted's Art Marketplace

First, I'd like to preface this post with my sincerest apology that I haven't posted in well over a month. [gasp!]  Y'all deserve better than that, for me to just leave y'all all high and dry. I started a new job at the first of the year and life has been a bit busy and crazy--as it tends to be--therefore SP&C was put on the back burner for a hot minute...but I'm back!

Today's post focuses on a personally sensitive subject: the bookshelf + TV area in my living room.  While I still love my good ol' IKEA shelving unit, styling it and area above it has been a bit of a struggle over the years.  It's gone from bare to cluttered to awful DIY art and then back to bare again.  As I was taking down my Christmas decorations this year, I decided that I was finally going to do something with this space once and for all.  I knew I wanted to do some leaning art prints, but I just didn't know what exactly I wanted or where to find it.  Enter minted.com

Known mainly for their extensive collection of cards, invitations and stationery, minted also offers quite the array of art prints from some of the most talented artists, graphic artists and photographers around--at wallet-friendly prices, I might add.  As I was scrolling through minted's gallery, it was almost impossible to choose.  Something kept bringing me back to this gorgeous gazelle print by Natalie Groves, so into my 'cart' it went!

I already had a 16" x 20" frame in my "inventory," but for those of you that aren't certified hoarders like myself, minted offers fabulous framing options as well as styling ideas for each print--genius! Paired with my favored 'For Like Ever' print and some vintage flash cards, my little gazelle is right at home watching over the living room in all of his regality.  Have any of you purchased art from minted? I'd love to see how you styled them!

Gazelle print c/o minted.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY: Winter Wonderland Terrarium

I purchased this terrarium months ago with the intention of creating a succulent arrangement for my coffee table, however that never really happened and I realized its purpose was better served this holiday season as a winter wonderland terrarium--perfect for my holiday tablescape!  To recreate this look is incredibly easy and takes less than a few minutes!
- Terrarium [apothecary jar, mason jar, etc...whatever you have!]
***Note: I purchased my terrarium at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale, however you can also find similar terrariums at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, etc.[see options at the end of the post!]
- Fake snow
- Tiny deer
- Bottle brush trees
- Cardboard
- Hot glue + glue gun

I cut some cardboard the size of the opening of the terrarium and then hot glued my deer and trees into place.  This gives them a bit of height and ensures that they won't get knocked over!  Place your cardboard + figurines into the terrarium and then fill with fake snow!  Simple as that! 

I've found some great terrarium options and posted them below, so that you can 'shop the look!'  How are you decorating your table for the holidays? I'd love to see what you're creating!


Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY: Polymer Clay Ornament

Polymer clay is one of my favorite mediums to craft with, so using it to make ornaments this year was a holiday no-brainer!  These simple ornaments are extremely easy and make a thoughtful little gift or the perfect addition to your own tree!

- Polymer clay [it comes in a ton of colors!]
- Cookie cutter
- Drink straw
- Ribbon or string
[Everything you need to make these can be found at your local Michaels store!]

Roll out your clay using a clay roller [available here] to about 1/8" thickness.  I like to roll this out on a baking mat, because then you can throw it right onto a baking sheet, when you're ready to bake!  Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out your shape.  Stamp in the word, phrase, or name of your choice and then, using a drink straw, make a hole for your ribbon.  Bake in the oven at 230 degrees for 30 minutes.  Make sure to let your ornament cool for a few minutes after you pull it out of the oven, as it will be extremely hot to the touch!  Once your ornament has cooled, string your ribbon through and it's ready for the tree!  As I mentioned, these make a wonderful gift and can even be used as gift tags when tied to a package.  Have you made any ornaments this year? I'd love to see what you've been crafting! Be sure to tag your holiday DIYs with #MadeWithMichaels!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SP&C's Winter White Wine Spritzer Sangria

Winter White Wine Winter Sangria--say that three times fast!  I expressed my love for a good white wine spritzer earlier this summer, and I've made a few yuletide modifications to my favorite cocktail making it the perfect aperitif for your next holiday gathering. It's incredibly easy, looks exceptionally festive, and is certain to be a Christmas crowd-pleaser! 
- 1L Bottle of Club Soda
- 1 Large granny smith apple
- 1 Bag of fresh cranberries
- 1/8+ cup of sugar (or more, to taste)
- 1 Bottle of dry white wine
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary

The day before your soiree, cut a few sprigs of rosemary to make rosemary infused ice cubes--which are sure to 'wow' your guests and have them thinking you got a B.A. in Mixology.  I like to use the King Cube Ice Tray for mine. 

Just prior to your party, in a large pitcher, pour in a diced green apple, a couple handfuls of cranberries, sugar, club soda and wine.  Stir your ingredients and then allow it to set for a few minutes so that all of the sugar has dissolved.  In either a wine glass or a highball glass, pour the cocktail over a rosemary ice cube and voila!  I like to have additional rosemary on hand for garnish, as well. Cheers!!!  What's your favorite cocktail for the holidays?

Wine Glass: HomeGoods,  Pitcher + Cordial Glass: vintage, Marble Cutting Board: vintage

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Holiday Decor

If you've been following along on Instagram, you've seen snippets of my holiday decor, but here it is in all of its glory!  [Well, most of it, I tried to edit it down for y'all.  Imagine the rest of my house just covered in Christmas lights and glitter with the occasional bottle brush tree strewn about.]  All product sources are listed at the bottom of the post.  Stay tuned throughout the week, as I'll be sharing some simple ornament DIYs, a tasty winter cocktail recipe, and how to recreate my terrarium centerpiece!  How are you decorating for the holidays?
>>>  SHOP THE LOOK  <<<

Brass candlesticks: Vintage
Pink wine glasses: Vintage [my grandmother's]
Highball glasses: Neiman Marcus for Target, no longer available. Similar options here and here
Table runner: Anthropologie
Gold chargers: Target, old. Similar available here.
Dinner plates: Target, old. Similar available here.
Gold flatware: Vintage, similar available here.
Hot pink napkins: World Market
Napkin rings: Z Gallerie
Terrarium: Hobby Lobby, similar available here.
Apothecary bottles: World Market
"Merry" gift tags: HomeGoods
Brass pheasant salt + pepper shakers: Vintage

Bar cart: Vintage
Fringe garland: Furbish Studio 
Etched glasses: Anthropologie
Acrylic + Leopard tray: DIY
Bottle brush tree: World Market

Bottle brush tree "forest": Anthropologie

Silver tray: West Elm 
Black bowl: Vintage
Disco ball ornaments: World Market
Candle holder: Anthropologie

Mirrored Christmas tree: Target, old.

Flamingo ornaments: World Market
Tree topper: Anthropologie
Tree skirt: Marshall's, old.  Similar available here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Deals

They're here, they're here!...The Cyber Monday deals are here and even B E T T E R than Black Friday!  Click the store names below to shop these insanely good sales.  Be sure to check back, as I'll be updating the list throughout the day.  AND...don't forget to check out my CYBER MONDAY STEALS shop featuring my favorite frugal finds! Happy shopping! xoxo

Amazon.com  >>>  So. Many. Sales.

Ann Taylor  >>>  50% off your entire purchase, use code CYBER50at checkout.

Anthropologie  >>>  Free shipping on all orders + take an additional 20% off sale items with code EXTRAJOLLY.

Art.com  >>>  45% off your online purchase, use code CYBER45 at checkout.

ASOS  >>>  30% off everything, use code ILOVEMONDAYS at checkout.

Banana Republic  >>>  Take 40% off your entire purchase, use code CYBER at checkout.

BaubleBar  >>>  20% off sitewide with code CYBER20.

Brooks Brothers  >>>  30% off all fall sweaters and outwear + enjoy an extra 10% off your entire purchase.

C. Wonder  >>>  40% off everything + free shipping on orders over $100.  No code necessary, discount applied at checkout. [ends 12/1]

Express  >>>  50% off sitewide.  No code necessary. [ends 12/1]

Forever21  >>>  Take 20% off when you spend $60+ with code CYBER20.  Take 30% off when you spend $100+ with code CYBER30.

Free People  >>>  Take an additional 25% off sale items + free shipping.

French Connection  >>>  40% off sitewide, use code FC40BF at checkout.

Furbish Studio  >>>  Take 20% off all orders $75+, use code HOLLADAY at checkout.

Gap  >>>  Take 40% off your entire purchase, use code CYBER at checkout.

Horchow  >>>  30% off select gifts, see website for details.

J. Crew  >>>  30% off full-priced styles + free shipping, no minimum.  No code necessary.

J. Crew Factory  >>>  50% off everything + free shipping.  Take an additional 10% off with code YOUVEGOTSALE at checkout.

Jos. A. Bank  >>>  Tons of Cyber Monday deals + 50-60% most everything online, see website for details.

Kendra Scott  >>>  15% off sitewide + free ground shipping, use code BFCM2014 at checkout.

Kohls  >>>  Take an extra 20% off your online purchase with code CYBER20 at checkout + free shipping with a $25 purchase. [ends 12/3]

Last Call  >>>  Take an extra 40% off the entire site + free shipping, use code CYBERME at checkout.

Loft  >>> 50% off everything, use code MONDAY at checkout.

Lord & Taylor  >>> Take 25% all regular-priced and sale items with code MONDAY.

Macy's  >>>  Free shipping on all orders over $50 + take an additional 15% off your order with code CYBER.  See website for details.

Madewell  >>>  Take 25% off your entire purchase, use code GIFTON at checkout.

Mark & Graham  >>>  20% off everything with code SAVE20FS.

Neiman Marcus  >>>  Earn up to a $500 gift card with select regular-priced qualifying purchase using code GC4YOU.

Nine West  >>>  Get an extra 20% off purchases of $125 or more, online and in stores.  50% off all boots and booties, and up to 50% off other select styles.

Nordstrom  >>>  Tons of Cyber Monday deals, see website for details.

Old Navy  >>>  Take 40% off your entire purchase, use code CYBER at checkout.

Pier 1 Imports  >>>  All Christmas on sale + up to 30% off thousands of items.  Free shipping on orders over $75, use code FREESHIP75 at checkout.

Piperlime  >>>  30% off sitewide + an extra 40% off sale items, use code CYBERSALE at checkout.

Pottern Barn Teen  >>>  Buy more, save more event, see website for details.  Use code SAVEMORE at checkout.

Pottery Barn  >>>  Free shipping, use code FREESHIP.

Rebecca Minkoff  >>> 25% off orders of $275 or more + up to 70% off select styles, use code WKNDWIN at checkout.

Rent the Runway  >>>  Get $40 off orders of $100+, use code CM4014at checkout.

Revolve Clothing  >>>  Take an additional 20% off final sale items, use code CYBERMONDAY20 at checkout.

Saks Fifth Avenue  >>>  Up to 40% off select styles online and in stores.

Saks Off 5th  >>>  Take an extra 40-50% off your purchase, use code CLICKTOITat checkout.

Shopbop  >>>  Take up to 25% off your order, use code GOBIG14 at check out.  See website for details.

Sole Society  >>>  30% off everything! No code necessary.

St. Bernard Sports  >>> 15% off almost everything.

Stella & Dot  >>>  Get the Avalon Bracelet Clutch (reg. $49) for $9.95 when spend $50.

Steve Madden  >>>  Take 35% off, + free shipping, use code CYBER at checkout. Exclusions apply.

Sur La Table  >>>  Save up to 70% off in stores and online.  Orders over $59 ship free, use code SHIPFREE at checkout.

Target  >>>  TONS of Cyber Monday deals, see website for details.

Topshop  >>>  Up to 50% off select lines + free worldwide shipping.

West Elm  >>>  Buy more, save more event, up to 25% off + free shipping.  See website for details, use code SUPERSALE at checkout.

World Market  >>>   20% off + free shipping on orders $100+ with code SUPERCYBER.

Zappos  >>>  For every order placed on Zappos.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America.  Their commitment is to donate up to 5,000,000 meals ($500,000).  Through Feeding America's bulk discounts, subsidies, etc., they're able to use $1 in donations to generate 10 meals.  Feeding America is a national top-rated charity with a network of over 200 food banks and supporting 61,000 local charities in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.