Here in Cincinnati, the air has just taken a turn into Fall. September has a tendency to go on like August for a while—hot, humid and insufferable—or to switch over to a more pleasant early Fall. With that crispness finally in the air, it put me in the mood to round up a bunch of wonderful Fall mantel decorating ideas as I start to work on my own!
Are you a fan of Country Living Magazine? Have you heard of the Country Living Fair?
I first heard of the Fair from coworkers several years ago. Then Anne and I talked about it on our drive to Haven this year. And I kept hearing the same comment: You’d love it.
So I guess it’s lucky that the Country Living Fair makes a stop just north of me in Columbus, Ohio. And I finally got to check it out this past weekend!
You know how “throwback” is all the rage these days? Well, all these throwbacks got me thinking of all the crafting I did as a child, and of my favorite childhood craft supply: puffy paint! Though I think now it’s referred to as “dimensional craft paint” because I guess that sounds fancier?
Anyways, my brain has been coming up with all kinds of puffy paint diy projects to try. Then one day I was musing on my love of throw pillows. And this crafty brain-child was born… a puffy paint diy throw pillow!
I could give you a lot of answers to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. An author. A shop owner. A designer. A stylist. A party planner. The list goes on. This is part of the reason why I went all out planning my 30th birthday bash back in June. Putting on my party planner/stylist hat and going hog wild with streamers and garland was immensely satisfying to all the creative parts of my brain.
So you can imagine the glee that spread from head to toe and the grin from ear-to-ear when local party supply boutique Celebrate by Kate asked me if I’d like to style a special section of their shop for September.
Umm, yes. YES.
This past weekend was sort of a big one: the chill of Fall was in the air, the NFL regular season kicked off (#whodey!), and Tom & I began our next big project: our Master Bedroom Makeover!
We haven’t done much of anything with our bedroom since moving in. Really, all we’ve done is arrange our furniture and hang our clothes in the closet. But we knew we’d get to it eventually, and one of the big new “pieces” of the room would be the quilt my mom and I began working on together last summer.
I’ve never considered myself to be the artist in the family. That title belongs to my cousin Laurel (remember my glass-blowing adventure last summer?). But that’s never stopped me from trying. And I think my skills are improving. That or I’m smart to choose abstract art since you can’t really mess it up!
Enter my latest project: diy ombre art!
I love it when I get to wear my DIY hat to work. While my job as a copywriter is creative, I don’t usually get “hands on” with design and diy kind of work. So I get excited when the opportunity arises. Sometimes for projects, we get to dimensionalize the type of consumer we’re trying to reach, and that means we get to bring them to life in a real sort of way. And for a recent project, that meant I got to whip up a Kate Spade inspired mug to represent our target consumer.
And to make said Kate Spade inspired mug, I decided it was time to try out the gold vinyl I bought for my Silhouette Cameo.
Friends, I have a brand new I Heart Handmade feature and a fab, fab, fab new artist to share with you today!
You may have seen this recent photo I took of a stunning copper ring I purchased at the City Flea a few weeks ago. Readers, allow me to introduce Some Days Ago. And when I contacted Leilah, the founder and artist behind the brand, to gush about her jewelry and ask if I could feature her, she jumped at the chance. Which made me really giddy, because I really think you’re going to love, love, love her pieces!
And? She’s graciously offered to give away one of her beautiful bracelets! But before we get to that, I want to tell you more about Leilah & her work…
Remember back in the days when Pinterest was new and you fully believed you’d complete every project, recipe, and decorating idea you pinned?
Well, that’s how long this idea for diy bookends has been floating around in my brain.
Why has it taken me so long to actually do?
I wish I could tell you.
Sorry, sorry. That was a terrible pun. But I just couldn’t help myself. It was right there, dangling its perfect punny-ness in my face. And I had to do it. Forgive me?
But in all seriousness, there are some exciting happenings in our master bedroom… ohmygawwwwwd, this pun just took a terrible, terrible turn…
How about I just start over?
One more room in our home is about to be banished of Builder Beige! And instead, replaced with the perfect Greige paint!