Dec 17, 2013

I saw a big tinsel peace sign wreath in some obscure catalog background, and thought, OMG I can totally make that! I might be a designer, but I’m not always the best at making stuff with my hands. But this project is so easy, anyone can do it.

Here’s what you need for the Peace Wreath:

1 wire wreath frame (mine is 18 inches)

2 – 3 sets of 12 ft tinsel garland in any color

1 – 2 sets smaller 8 ft tinsel garland in matching color

Note: You could use 3 sets of the same tinsel, or 2 of the large, and 2 of the small. I did the later, but it would work either way.

Step 1: Wrap your long tinsel all the way around the wire wreath frame. 12 feet should get you half way around a 18in wreath frame. Fasten the ends, buy simply wrapping and twisting through the wire frame.

Step 2: Once your wreath is completely covered with tinsel, use your last piece, or 2 small pieces to wrap around the middle, and create the peace sign. I joined the tinsel in the middle by looping it through a couple times, and looping it around the sides of the wreath. It might take some adjusting to get it right. If you have left over tinsel, just snip it off and fasten by pulling through the wire frame.

Since I used 2 smaller pieces of a different silver tinsel, I wrapped one around the entire wreath first, and then used the second one to create the peace sign.

Voila! Done! And not only is this something you can create in 5 minutes, it won’t break the bank either. Tinsel is super cheap right now. At the Michael’s by my house, it was 70% off! In total, I spent $9.50.

Now if you used something more plain without the baubles and snowflakes, it could be a wreath for all year long, don’t you think? And imagine a super huge one! Or maybe you use traditional garlands to make a peace sign? So many fun possibilities…

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Hello everyone, this is Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio. This past week was finally moving day for my husband and I – only 16 months after getting married! And while he is mostly concerned with our kitchen, I have been given free reign over our office/guest bedroom. Since we just moved in to a MUCH larger space, and $$$ is being spent elsewhere, I am going to be putting several projects together over the next month to finish this new room with some pop! while saving some green by doing some simple DIY’s:

– Simple IKEA Hacks: Spray painting the ‘Vittsjo’ laptop desk and bookcase gold, as seen here (insert link: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-ikea-vittsjo-5-ways-183720) over on Apartment Therapy. Visit the treasure throve over at IKEA Hackers for more awesome ways to trick out that simple Swedish stuff.

– No-Paint Walls: The optimist in me thinks that very soon we’re going to have to turn this into a nursery, so for right now I think some fun patterns and a faux bulletin board made from washi tape are easy, no commitment way to go!  See some washi wall inspiration here on our Pinterest page.

– Statement Necklace Display: There is a walk-in closet attached to the office that I have annexed for all my shoes, accessories and dresses. On the tiny wall between it and the door to the hallway,  I’m going to place some fun knobs or painted hooks here to display all my best baubles. Here is a great simple DIY for attaching knobs straight to your walls if you’re interested in doing the same!

Last but not least, a fun music mix for either moving or DIY projects, enjoy! <3 MX

{Moving Mix 2013}

*Slightly upbeat but not too serious, keep that stress level down!

1) ‘Back and Forth’ Operator Please

2) ‘Down’ Summer Camp

3) ‘Relator’ Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn

4) ‘Cecilia’ Simon & Garfunkel

5) ‘A Million Years’ Alexander

6) ‘Bright Whites’ Kishi Bashi

7) ‘Cruel’ St. Vincent

8) ‘Monte Carlo’ U.S. Royalty

9) ‘Sweater Weather’ The Neighbourhood

10)  ‘Wide Eyes’ Local Natives

11)  ‘Greenleaf’ Generationals

12) ‘Everyday’ Buddy Holly

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When I realized the wedding venue’s specific size for candle holders was the exact size of a Mason Jar, I gave in. I really wanted to avoid the wedding Mason Jar cliché, but they’re cheap ($8.50 for a dozen 16oz jars at Target) and I had to buy a lot, so I gave in for a glittery compromise.

What you need:

Washed glass vessels (we used 16oz canning jars)

Mod Podge – Glossy

Spray Mod Podge – Glossy

Spray Paint (we used metallic gold)

Glitter (it goes further than you think)

Step 1: Spray paint your jar. We sprayed almost all the way to the top to make a layered effect.

Step 2: Pain on the Mod Podge where you want your glitter to stick

Step 3: Pour your glitter over the Mod Podge. Make sure to recycle the excess!

Step 4: Keep your glitter in place by spraying it again with Mod Podge spray and let dry.

Step 5: Drop in a candle, and light it up!

This project was so easy and actually pretty fast. 2 of my Bridesmaids and I got 85 of them done in one afternoon. If you give this a shot, let me know how it goes for you! I can’t wait to show you pictures of them in action at our wedding!

Jun 14, 2013

From now on Friday posts will be more than just an update on my weekend plans… I’m going to give you some ways to waste time! Here are 5 things I found and loved this week…

We walked to the subway from our house, took it to Union Station and walked to dinner in Olvera Street.

Colourcode – I played with this site for hours when I discovered it. Holy wow… Click the icon in the upper left corner, and you can create some really beautiful color palettes. Book mark this for the next project you do. You’ll thank me later.

Babylon Light – These light fixtures are incredible. I had one of those, why didn’t I think of that? moments… I would love to see if someone could do a cheap DIY for this. Any takers?

Ladybug plays with sprinkles – Seriously people, this is just about the most adorable thing in the world.

& Other Stories – Found this beautiful site the other day. It’s not the best as far as getting me to buy something (kinda confusing) but I scrolled through the homepage in awe for a good hour.

The Summery Serape – I’m obsessed with this idea. We’re going to the Long Beach flea on Sunday, and I really hope I can score A. a vintage serape for cheap and/or B. a stool that needs a make-over. Wish me luck!

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I don’t know about you guys, but my dad loves bacon… and chocolate. So what better gift than bacon chocolate candy?! I actually came up with this idea while at Target where I found this awesome bacon silicon ice cube tray. I don’t think these kinds of trays work the best for ice cubes, but they make excellent candy molds. Scroll down for the full DIY.

What you need:

2 8oz containers melting chocolate (I bought the kind you use to dip fruit)

Candy mold – like this bacon ice cube try

1 pound bacon – cooked crispy and chopped into small pieces

Foil candy wrappers

What to do:

Melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth. Add 1/2 pound bacon pieces to each 8oz container and mix together. Spoon into molds and freeze for about 10 minutes. Pop candy out of mold and wrap in foil. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

This recipe made 28 pieces of candy. You could easily cut this recipe in half by only using 1 8oz container of melting chocolate and a half pound of bacon. We made a batch for both of our dads.

all photos by me for LoveCreative Blog

Let me know if you try this out. It’s easy and seriously delicious. My dad is going to be one happy guy!

One of the biggest hits at my bridal shower last month was a simple memory matching game. It was so popular, 3 people asked me to forward them the candy list and icons I made, so I figured I would share it with you as well!

my lovely bridesmaids running the game for my guests. photo by my dear friend Amanda Jean of Jean & Gene Creative

Here’s how it works:

Cover a piece of foam core with wrapping paper. Download and print 2 sets of the wedding themed icons I designed. Cut out the icons and arrange them randomly on the board. Number Post-It Notes 1-48 and stick them with push pins on the board.

Guests take turns trying to find matches. When they find one, they win a candy bar that goes with the icon!

Here’s the candy list:

Bride – Hot Tamales
Groom – Big Hunk
Bridesmaids – Smarties
Groomsmen – 3 Musketeers
Honeymoon – Red Hots or Skor
Reception – 100 Grand
In-Laws – Snickers or Nutrageous
Arguments – Warheads
Nicknames – Sweet Tarts
Diamond Ring – Ring Pop
Ringbearer – Butterfinger
Flower Girl – Junior Mints
Commitment – Now and Laters or Everlasting Gobstoppers
Tie the Knot – Twizzlers
On “Cloud 9″ – Milky Way
True Love – Good and Plenty
Wedding Vendors – Pay Day
First Child – Baby Ruth
Wedding Gifts – Mounds
Bride and Groom – Twix
Vows – Dove Promises or Gushers
Alcohol – Lifesaver
1st Dance – Symphony
Wedding Photos – Treasures or Look

 

Don’t forget to download the icons! I hope you have as much fun with this game as we did!

I started a new book last week, The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. I’m not very far into it, but I can already tell this one is going to be romantic. It’s a love story between two young people set in the late 1800s starting in the Italian Alps and immigrating to New York City. So far it’s wonderful. Trigiani writes beautifully and really transports you to the frosty northern Italian villages, carved out of the mountainside. It’s a long book too—over 400 pages—so perfect for a summer vacation!

We spent all of yesterday working on wedding DIY projects, and by we I mean me, M, and 2 of my bridesmaids (best friends/bridesmaids in the world). We glittered 87 mason jars of varying sizes, and sanded and stained about 55 wooden boxes. Phew… I’m tired, but feeling so accomplished and grateful for getting so much knocked out in one day. Of course we still have plenty to do, but I’m checking those 2 items off the list. Look out for the mason jar DIY next week!

As we were working yesterday my friends and I were discussing the very real existence of June gloom here in Los Angeles. I personally kind of like the break from hot weather, and as you know, I really dig cold gloomy weather. I’ve been waking up and craving somber tunes and hot coffee, and then by noon my whole mood lightens and it’s time for upbeat music and iced coffee! Anyone else enjoy June gloom? And I’m curious, does this phenomenon happen in other parts of the country?

Happy Friday //

posted by Amanda // DIY, Photography, Wedding

Jun 07, 2013

I’m not sure where this week went… but I guess it’s good being busy with work.

We’re getting started on wedding DIY projects this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited! Firstly because crafting with friends is always fun, but also I’m looking forward to knocking stuff off my to-do list.

Lots of celebrating in store this weekend with a bridal shower for a friend and a birthday party!

What about you guys? Any fun plans this weekend?

photo taken at the Huntington Desert Garden on Mother’s Day

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My bridal shower is coming up in a couple weeks! I’m beyond excited for some girl time with the women closest to me. We’ve kicked up the planning into high-gear making crafting lists, seating charts, and menus. I know I probably shouldn’t be so involved in this, but I just can’t help myself. Wherever there’s a party, I want to be involved. I just get so much joy out of it, I kind of forget that it’s for me.

Here’s the inspiration board for the bridal shower. I’m actually not that much of a “pink person”, but this time, it just seemed right. And gold… always, gold.

No. 1   //   No. 2   //   No. 3   //   No. 4   //   No. 5   //   No. 6

If you’ve been following along with my BIG DAY Pinboard, you’ve probably noticed a theme… succulents and gold. Succulents are earthy, gold is glamorous… together they are wedding decor perfection as far as I’m concerned! Of course I would love to claim 100% originality for this theme, but of course that’s not true. Each one of these pictures represents a specific craft or DIY project I’ll be doing in the next few months. Let me explain…

Sequin Table Runners // My mom and I bought 6 yards of the most amazing quarter sized gold sequin fabric last weekend. We’ll be creating table runners for our long farmer tables.

Glitter Mason Jars // I really wanted to avoid mason jars in my wedding… It’s so over done, and I’m not into the “shabby chic” look. However, our venue requires a specific candle holder size, and it happens to be exactly the same size as a mason jar. I’m hoping that with some gold glitter we can glam these jars up a big.

Gold Leaf Terra Cotta Pots // One of the easiest projects on my list is to paint some gold leaf on plain old terra cotta pots!

Mini Succulent Favors & Place Cards // Each of our guests will have a little plant (in a gold leafed terra cotta pot) on their place setting. I’m also going to create a flag with their name on it so they’ll know where to sit!

Wooden Box Centerpieces // My mom and I found a guy in an ally downtown that will make us 50 of these beautiful wood boxes for a bargin! Then we’re going to fill them ourselves with plants.

We better get busy! Thank goodness for moms, dads, fiancés and bridesmaids!