Handmade for HGTV | Gatsby Tray

Woop! Woop! It’s Friday everyone, although every day should be a fun day, Friday and the weekends seem to signal more excitement, no? Here’s another installment of our Handmade for HGTV series. I know, I know, for some of you, the sound of  crafting doesn’t sound sophisticated or the sound of DIY makes you cringe. But, mind you there’s been several studies that crafting and doing DIY’s exercise our brain, makes our creativity flourish and eventually helps us deal with the stressors of everyday life. Call me preachy Priscilla at this moment, ha! Totally kidding.

Our next installment is about making a Gatsby-inspired vanity tray. After all, shouldn’t your boudoir be a little more glam? Then Art Deco is the way to go? It’s all in the details. Here are your materials:

art deco tray DIY

gatsby tray DIY

Click here for the step-by-step how-to at HGTV. The stencil is available here.

P.S. If your work looks imperfect, don’t worry. Imperfectly perfect is beautiful!

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DIY: Paper Flower & Christmas Balls

I must be a paper flower junkie, I get withdrawal symptoms when I haven’t made a paper flower in one week. This is exhibit one. So, for a recent photo shoot for San Antonio Magazine, I made these flowers for a “Mint-themed” photo shoot. They didn’t quite make the cut for the fashion spread but I thought I’d show you how to make them.Well, first, this is a modification of the flowers from none other than Martha Stewart here. I don’t claim to be a DIY guru but I’m an expert in writing Policies & Procedures [ok..that’s a joke, ask my peers! :)].

1. Step 1 : Get the following materials ready

Gift wrap tissue paper, scissors, pencil, paper

2. Step 2: So, I already traced different sizes star-like flowers [I like them because they are spiky, but you can certainly do rounded ones] and cut them.

3. Step 3: Grab about 5 flowers of different sizes. Largest one at the bottom and smallest one at the top. Bunch them and make a small hole at the bottom and center of the flowers. I folded mine into half and cut a little circle. A word of advise: the flowers were not cut perfect, neither were the holes ; I believe DIY’s are meant to be perfectly imperfect.

4. Step 4: Now, get your Christmas balls ready. I had these ones so might as well use them. I believe in repurposing!
 

5. Step 5: Take the crown off from the bottom of the ball. Widen the crown. Press the antennas together and put them inside the hole then immediately put the ball making it the center of the flower. The antennas are pretty strong so make sure you have a good grip on them.

6. Step 6: Press the crown together to secure the ball at the center of the flower.

And voila! Here they are:

And I don’t have the heart to throw them away and used them to adorn my memo board [they are held up by push-pins]. Now, that’s inspiration on top of inspiration…at least for me!

xo  Maureen

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A New Use for Egg Cups

I know it’s never too early to think about Spring, Easter and yes…eggs! In this case egg cups for that matter. I saw some wooden ones at Vintage Laundry {help! I visit this place at least once a week & I always go home with adorable goodies!} and instantly I thought…succulents!So, a trip to Tree House {Austin-based Home Improvement store that’s all about green home making — the shop is amazing & you must visit it soon!} was inevitable & I came home with these mini-succulents.

Prepared the wooden egg cups…oh, like took them out of the bag.
Took the succulents out from their plastic container.
Lovingly tucked them in the egg cups.
And voila! A wonderful display at the bar counter to make me happy when I’m washing dishes. I’m thinking they can be place cards as well, wedding favors? Oh…the possibilities!


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