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Serape Inspired Upcycled Barstool DIY

Something about this time of year makes me feel seriously inspired. Maybe it’s the barrage of Fall-time Pinterest DIYs that flood my feed. Or maybe the pumpkin-flavored everything has magical, creative powers. Fall is here (despite the lingering hot weather in Southern California), and I am excited.

Mike and I have had these barstools since we first moved in together like 8 years ago. They were free (from a friends garage). They have always been just sort of blah; there to just serve their purpose of hosting people’s bums. The barstools and I came to a crossroads. I didn’t love them, but I also didn’t want to just get rid of perfectly usable seating. Conundrum!

And then this DIY hit me like a ton of bricks. A simple upcycle-project would save these stools from imminent banishment. The stools and I sighed with relief.

Upcycled Barstool DIY

Not great, right? Obviously, these chairs were just screaming for a makeover, and here is how I gave them a second–actually, third life.

Stuff you will need:
Barstools or chairs
White spray paint (with primer)
White spray paint (flat)
Fabric of choice
Staple gun / staples
Metallic gold leaf paint or spray paint

Step 1: Disassemble old bar stool

Flip your barstool over, and unscrew the top from the base. (This one was super easy)

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Step 2: Wipe down and clean stools and stool tops

Lysol wipes are your friend. You definitely want to make sure that the stool is squeaky clean before re-upholstering the top, and spraying the base.

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Step 3: Spray barstools with 1st coat of white spray paint (with primer)

I used this Krylon paint and primer. The first coat will look a little patchy, but that is ok. Get as much coverage as you can, using the entire can for both barstools.

Upcycled Barstool DIY

Step 4: Allow first coat to dry, and apply 2nd coat of spray paint

Once first coat has dried (10-20 mins), apply the 2nd coat of spray paint. I used this Rust-oleum Flat White spray paint.

Upcycled Barstool DIY

Step 5: Cut and staple fabric to seat tops

Make sure your fabric fits over the seat, all the way around. After you have sized your fabric, cut it and then begin to staple it to the underside of the seat top. (This is super fun!) I ordered my fabric from this etsy shop, and used this Stanley staple gun.

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Step 6: Paint it GOLD

When the barstool is dry and reassembled, customize your chair with gold, metallic detailing. I used this Martha Stewart guilding paint. I painted the knobs and the foot bar, and it really pulled the stool together nicely, in my opinion.

And here is the finished product:

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I love Emily’s transformation! Totally different, right?

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Back to School Party Ideas

back to school partayIt’s time for the little ones to go back to school and I assume some parents are jumping for joy. (Editor’s note: that is very much correct.) Getting back into a routine can be a daunting task, especially for kids, so let’s start it off with a party! There are so many great ideas out there to make it extra special and extra handmade. Here are my favorite party ideas!

B A L L O O N S !
These are like a necessity! No kid will be sad with balloons and they add so much color when thrown around. I love this apple balloon diy! There are also some cute photos you can take to capture moments like this.

P A R T Y  F A V O R S
Yes, please! Send the kids home with some treats and an adorable gift jar full of school supplies! This DIY offers free printables too!

B A C K D R O P S
Every party needs a backdrop or a banner to spruce up the walls. I love this one because it’s simple and totally a congrats moment when you head back to school. It means you graduated Summer, right?

P I N A T A S
I love how pinatas are such a thing now. They are fun to make and you can stuff it with candy,  school supplies, and CONFETTI! These pencil pinatas will do quite nicely.

E D I B L E  P L A C E  C A R D S
They make your guests feel welcomed with a personal touch. Now, edible place cards are on a whole new level of cool.

M I N I  D E S S E R T S
Anything mini is my jam! You can create a dessert for each guest and let them have at it. I saw this mini bundt cake shaped like an apple and i just about squealed.

I wish all those parents (and kids) out there the best of luck!

For more creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!

Alyson

 

Back-To-School Eraser Gift Boxes

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Raise your hand if you L-O-V-E Back-To-School Season!! Nothing beats a brand-new pack of crayons, new sparkly gel pens and glue. Seriously, the amount of glue sticks I use in a year is obscene. So I stock up for the entire year each August because in the middle of February it is criminal what they charge for glue sticks.  Now, for all those parents out there, you are probably singing the praises of summer ending for a variety of other reasons, but for me it is all about the school supplies.

Inspired by everyone’s favorite mistake fixer, the eraser, I created these pink pillow gift boxes using the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool. The tool allows you to make gift boxes in three different sizes, I created a template for this project and the medium sized gift box is the perfect fit! These little boxes are also the perfect size to stash a handful of school supplies in (or a gift card for a well deserving teacher!) and handout on the first day of school to your classmates or students.

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

150 SUPPLY LIST

Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool
Pink Cardstock
Cutting Mat
Double-Sided Tape
Eraser Gift Box Template

Note: The instructions included with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool are very helpful and so is this video, it takes a little bit of practice, but you will be making perfect boxes in no time!

150 TO CREATE

  1. Print the template onto pink cardstock.
  2. Remove the outer portion of the gift box tool, so you can create a medium-sized gift box.
  3. Place the cardstock on a cutting mat and align the tool with the left side of the paper.
  4. Score the cardstock using the scoring tool provided with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool on the top, right and bottom sides, then set the cutting arm to “2” and cut from the top-left corner to the top-right corner, then cut from the bottom-left corner to the bottom-right corner.
  5. Move the tool to the right, lining it up with the score mark you made. Then using the scoring tool, score the paper on the top, right and bottom sides, then using the cutting arm cut from the top-left corner all the way around to the bottom-left corner.
  6. Remove the cut pieces of cardstock carefully to avoid ripping your box.
  7. Fold your box on the score lines and assemble using double-sided tape.

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Make this Back-To-School DIY in minutes with a free printable template and our new favorite crafting tool!

Guys, since I have this handy gift box tool, I foresee a lot more gift box tutorials in my future — tell me what should I gift box-ify next?! I think everyone’s favorite banana snacking friends, the Minions, might be my next gift box muse!

-Sarah

*See more of Sarah’s glitter and talent on her blog Weekend Pursuits and Instagram @sadiutori

DIY Pineapple Cup

The pineapple craze is going strong and I don’t see an end in sight, nor do I want to. But what exactly are you supposed to do with them after you’re done taking all those pictures for Instagram? Other than just eating them, which (unless you’re allergic) is pretty much a no-brainer, you can put the rind to use!

Pineapple

Instead of throwing away the rind, try turning it into a pineapple cup!

In case you aren’t like my mom and don’t just happen to already own a pineapple de-corer, for this diy you will need one. That and a pineapple. Make sure to be very careful with the de-corer, they are pretty sharp.

Pineapple De-Corer Sharp!

This process is easy peasy!

Start by cutting off the top of the pineapple.
Pineapple Top

Then stand it up.
Standing Pineapple

Line up the de-corer with the center of your pineapple.Center De-Corer

Twist and pull!Twist and Pull Add the drink of your choice along with a fun straw.Flamingo Straw And ENJOY!Pineapple Cup

See? I told you it was easy!

Want do you plan to pour into your pineapple cup?

xx.

Bethany

 

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

I’m sure you’ve already been invited to several parties for Labor Day Weekend, the last hurrah of Summer. So here’s the deal…I don’t cook for parties because I take it personal if no one eats my food. (I know, I’m sensitive.) I usually bring chips and dip and add it to the table with all the other people that forgot to bring something and rushed to the store last minute. These cupcake toppers bring that “barbecue vibe” without the actual barbecue. And hello! Store bought cupcakes work great, no baking required! :)

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

What you’ll need –

Fondant
Fondant tools, but using your hands is totally cool.
Fondant roller
Toothpicks
Gel Food Coloring (red, yellow, green, beige, brown, and you can mix to make the right color)
Cupcakes!

Tips: When coloring the fondant, you can wear gloves so the dye doesn’t get all over your hands.  Knead it over and over until the color is no longer marble-y. Nothing has to be perfect, so I totally make the pieces by hand, even with all the tools next to me. Also, keep the fondant wrapped in saran wrap until you are ready to use, otherwise it will dry out.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

These were super fun to make and not as messy as you’d think! I would have to say these 4 foods are perfect staples for your barbecue and I’m sure your friends would appreciate them, even if you skipped on bringing the potato salad.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

Also, can I take a minute to rave about these cupcakes I bought?! They were from Haggen and made by Kimberly’s Bakeshoppe. I’m not even kidding about how good these were. They’re Vanilla Bean, but also had a vanilla cream center. droooool.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend and a great Labor Day!

xo Alyson

A Picnic With Creatives in NYC

Creative NYC Details

Anytime I encounter a setting with oversized balloons, tassel garlands, and copious amounts of amazing food, I pretty much assume I’m in the right place. Such was the case last summer when I attended Creative NYC, a meetup/picnic in Riverside Park hosted by none other than Gilit Cooper. You know Gilit, right? Of course you do. She’s the whimsy-loving woman behind The Bannerie and this very blog, Shoes Off Please. And as I’m sure you can imagine, girl can throw a party.

Creative NYC Food

Creative NYC Details

Creative NYC Food

I had met Gilit back at Alt Summit about a month before, and when I heard that she was putting together this event for creatives in New York City, I jumped at the chance. Leapt, actually. After spending a week at Alt, one of the premiere blogging conferences in the country, I was itching for more interaction with some rad entrepreneurial-type women in my city.

Creative NYC Details

And that’s exactly what I got. Looking around there was no mistaking that this was an event for bloggers and creatives. I mean, the signs were everywhere. Phenomenal décor: check. Impossibly good food: check. The goodiest of goody bags: check. A heapin’ helpin’ of inspiring boss ladies: check check check check CHECK.

Creative NYC

Creative NYC Food

Gathering with the women at Creative NYC was like taking a breath of fresh air. As we sampled lime sugar cookies, wore flower crowns, and gushed over our personalized glitter banners, there was just an immediate sense of connection between all of us. And it wasn’t just that we looked amazing in our flower crowns (but by the way, we super did). Instead, we were unified by traits far more profound: our love of creating and our desire for growth.

Creative NYC Guests

Creative NYC Guests

The more I do this whole blogging/writing/pursuing my dreams thing, the more I realize how important gatherings like these are. There’s just something so impactful about meeting with other creatives – in. real. life. Not just in Twitter chats or in comments sections, but face-to-face, eyeballs-to-eyeballs – actual human connection.

Because here’s the thing we so often forget about creative careers: sometimes it can get kind of lonely. I mean, don’t get me wrong: it can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you do it full-time, part-time, or during your lunch break – any level of investment you can make into something you truly care about is totally worth it. But despite its perks, there is often an inherent isolation to the creative process. If you run a business from home, you likely know what it’s like to spend a good portion of your day alone. Or even if you don’t work remotely, perhaps you’ve had those confusing conversations with friends and family members who don’t exactly get what it is that you “do” (You blog? For a living? Whattttttt?)

Creative NYC Denise Photographs

And that’s why it’s pretty thrilling when a bunch of likeminded creative-type folks are able to gather in one place. It’s a reminder that we are not alone in this effort to make beautiful things. We aren’t crazy for doing the things we love. There are others like us who are making their way, building their own businesses, blogging, photographing, writing, designing, etc.IMG_0026

Creative NYC Details

Not only do meetups and creative gatherings provide a sense of community and understanding, but they also are a hotbed for inspiration. After spending time with the legit women at Creative NYC — which included such gems as Cyndie Spiegel from The Collective {Of Us}, Denise Ginley from Little Market Kitchen, Bethany Everett from Twenty Something Plus, and Jessica Bishop from The Budget Savvy Bride, to name a few – I left with roughly a gagillion new ideas for how to grow my blog. That kind of motivation is just inevitable when creative people get in the same place.

Creative NYC

All of that being said, if you’re thinking of organizing a meetup or an event for your local creative community, go ahead and get after it! It’s honestly one of the most worthwhile ways you could spend your time. And while you’re at it, wear flower crowns because, let’s be honest, they are festive and everyone looks amazing in them.

How do you connect with your local creative community? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Much love,

Christy

Food: Denise Ginley | Photography: Denise Ginley and Gilit Cooper | Styling: Alicia Brandon and Gilit Cooper | Flower crowns: A Golden Garden

Tootsie Roll Pretzels

Pretzels are having their MOMENT! And I for one am not mad about it.Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions!I always pack a bag of Rold Gold Twists anytime the word picnic is mentioned and I am definitely a fan of the soft pretzel. For my soft pretzels, just a sprinkling of salt and I am happy! So today I did a twist (get it!) on a traditional pretzel and candy-fied it. Instead of dough and salt, I used Tootsie Rolls and SPRINKLES to create large candy pretzels, which would be perfect to hand out as favors or on a dessert table at a baseball themed birthday party or end-of-summer BBQ.150 SUPPLY LISTTootsie Rolls
White Sprinkles
Microwave
Plate
Knife

Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions!

150 TO CREATE

  1. Cut each Tootsie Roll in half using a knife.
  2. Heat one of the Tootsie Roll pieces for 3-5 seconds in the microwave, until just pliable.
  3. Roll the Tootsie Roll into a long rope, approximately 8-10 inches long.
  4. Bring the two ends of the rope together and twist twice, then bring the twisted piece down and gently push the candy pieces together to form a pretzel shape.
  5. Add sprinkles to the top of the Tootsie Roll Pretzel by gently pushing them into the Tootsie Roll.

Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions!

Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions! Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions!

I recommend letting these sit out for a few days on waxed paper to harden a bit so that they are not super sticky, this way they will be easier to handle and package.

Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions!

I want to know, what is your favorite type of pretzel?
Make these and you’ll probably have a new favorite!

-Sarah

*See more of Sarah’s glitter and talent on her blog Weekend Pursuits and Instagram @sadiutori

Cutest Tootsie Roll Pretzel tutorial - click here for the instructions! *bottom graphic by Gilit Cooper

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