DIY table runner

Hey y’all. You want a crazy easy DIY do you? Like one that you can practically do in your sleep … if you are a sleep seamstress and if you are VERY adept with needles.

Well, try out this hand-sewn tassel quilted tea towel runner. Even Charlie could do it.

tablecloth DIY

tassel DIY

Read the steps above, but basically its like the easiest DIY ever and so cheap its weird.

1. Buy these Ikea tea towels (four for $3.99),  grab yerself some yarn and a needle. You are practically done already.

2. Sew it. We chose to do some x’s because we thought it would show up more than just a solid straight stitch. But you can get crazy with it if you want.

3. Make your tassels (see direction above). You can use multiple color yarn, or contrasting color with the stitching.

4. Attach said tassels.

BOOM. Y’all.

diy tassel tablecloth

And there you have it. The easiest thing that has ever happened to your life aside from not doing any DIY at all, but then what kind of person are you? Kidding. duh.

My friend Scott styled this, photographer David Tsay shot it for Redbook, and Stephanie Todaro assisted on the DIY. They are all awesome.

Resources: footed glasses from Kate Spade Saturday, Beverage dispenser from Target, and the footed bowl and vase are both from Anthropologie. 

 

Circus Cupcake Holder …

I had no idea that cupcakes needed holders, but you guys they NEED holders. Right now, holder-less, your cupcakes are just sittng there, nude, vulnerable, all their parts exposed, just begging to be subjected to jokes and ridicule not to mention unnecessary and inevitable shrinkage. Save your cupcakes, America! Don’t embarrass them for one more day, and instead make my Circus inspired cupcake holders.

Cricut Cupcake

Before I get started you might be wondering where I got all the different colorful papers and the answer is that we buy 1/2 or 1/4 yard of fabric and have them color copied (yes, just on a copy machine). My friend Martha Stewart taught me that. Thanks, Marty!! This is such a good secret if you are doing multiples or if you want a lot of variety because a. beautiful paper (that you are going to cut up and then put with cupcakes) is VERY expensive, often $5 a sheet, and b. there are just way more fun fabric patterns than there is paper patterns out there so you have more options.  For this DIY we had them copied onto card stock and you could make like 3-4 per card stock (11×17).

Cupcake Table Ginny

Heres what you need:

Cricut Machine and Tools This is obviously a real purchase so I would recommend this machine to someone who really loves to DIY and make things – the mom who entertains a lot, who throws a lot of parties, or if you are a maker selling your wares on Etsy then this is extremely useful as it cuts so many things in ways that you just can’t with any other cutting tool. Its accuracy is insane. You don’t want to buy this machine just for one party or one cupcake holders, obviously. We have found that we use it a ton and once you get comfortable with it it’s so easy to just pop out simple projects so fast.

Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat

Cricut Gold Metallic Vinyl 

Colored or Patterned Cardstock 

…. and CUPCAKES of course!!!! Oh, and a very pretty hand model, Ginny. I mean you know those aren’t my sausage fingers all over this post …

cupcake instructions

Once you are connected to Cricut and buy this particular pattern/design it pretty much just walks you through the steps and it’s obviously very easy. The most difficult part is peeling up the Strongman because he is so detailed. Obviously you could do the vinyl in any colors and the holders themselves could be solid or all one pattern, etc. LOTS of options, friends.

Cricut Cupcake Variety

Cupcake Table cupcake

You know how much I love a gif. Standard photos are just so … still …

Now go dress those naked cupcakes RIGHT NOW before the pastry papparazzi catches them and publishes their photos all over the internet a la Britney and the ‘getting out of the car’ scenario.  You can find those and all the rest of the projects at Cricut.com.

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Check out the leather coasters, mobile and the original Sip ‘n See post HERE. 

And for all the templates, supplies and the cricut machine you can get it all HERE.

And if you want to see the Sip ‘n See and how the Cricut actually makes these things, here you go:

Photos by LK Griffin Photography, Video by Sharkpig. 

DIY Circus Mobile

When we first conceptualized this we thought about doing a Calder style mobile with the Cricut, but as the project progressed we decided that the circus theme was kinda too cute to pass up. And while this mobile is massive (almost too big to shoot) I’m kinda obsessed with it. You can scale back every single graphic so its smaller, in case you don’t want a 5′ mobile hanging over your dining table (whats wrong with you?).

Cricut Mobile How To

At first I was going to do a bunch of crazy colors, but then I decided to scale it back and just do brass, wood, blues, grays and whites – you know, just to SHOCK you. In person it was BEAUTIFUL but it doesn’t pop as much in the photos. I think the key to these things is to go really big in color and the amount of them.  They can get tangled, sure but its just so fun to keep adding and adding.

Cricut Mobile Collage

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Cricut Explore How To – Leather Coaster

If there were a DIY hunger games with bloggers and I was forced to play I would not win. Maybe I wouldn’t get knocked out first, but I wouldn’t be the last one standing. It would be Jenny Komenda (Little Green Notebook) versus John and Sherry (YoungHouseLove) and they’d rewire and refinish and add trim to things until one of them finally passed out with exhaustion and then the other would whittle a cot for them, and build a difibulator to help shock them back into the next challenge round of wall stenciling (one that I surely would have lost for). Those three are good at the real stuff.

I love easily customizing existing pieces (like Joy’s toe-kick, the embossed heart pillows, the ikea side table or the lucite hanging folders) but when it comes to tiling our new kitchen backsplash, I’m not the girl for the job. I know that I’ll rush it, not do a lot of the very necessary prep work, do a mediocre job and then have to rip it out or worse, be mocked by my imperfections every day while I’m in there not cooking up a storm. I don’t want a bunch of crappy almost good projects in my house. I’m also a decent shopper (now that Hunger Games I might be able to win) and I know where you can get pieces that someone else has made or even better, an awesome vintage version, that is normally cheaper than the supplies for the DIY without any of the labor.

When it comes to the holidays or kids events it’s a different story and I often really want to get my craft/style on but almost always run out of time/money/effort/desire, etc. And then I have all the excuses like, ‘my friends won’t even notice the snowflake chandelier, etc’, so i grab flowers and candles and that’s about it for the decor. But the thing is that people do notice the decor, even if they don’t know it, and it does prove to be a more memorable day – for all of us. Since having Charlie I’ve definitely scaled back anything too DIY (and certainly no parties) because it’s just too time consuming. So that’s why this party was so good for me – a total excuse to do some DIY.

Sip and See Dining Table

You may have seen Charlie’s Sip ‘n See last week where we made a bunch of circus decorations with the new Cricut explorer machine and now I’ll break down what we did but first give you some back story on the process. The Cricut machine is basically a higher end cutting/printing machine. It has been around for years and was used traditionally for scrapbooking. Well, their engineers have upgraded it to be able to do a lot more than that now, they’ve rebranded to help reach out to non-scrapbooking makers, and to help show its variety we did a few different projects using the machine.

cricut computer

Here’s how it works – you plug it into your computer (no cartridges needed, but your old cartridges will still work) and open the ‘Design Space’ where you can simply choose a shape/graphic/art that has already been designed, alter any design that already exists (some need to be purchased) or design your own graphic or find one from the internet and import it. It’s actually harder to think of what you can’t do with this machine.  Then once finished designing you can cut that design out of paper, fabric, leather, card stock, vinyl, contact paper, wood veneer, iron-on, (we tried sheets of copper and it worked if you like it hammered because the edges weren’t perfect and peeling it off the sticky mat created ) or you can draw the art instead and create or own original everything. Here are some of my favorites that shows the variety of tools/capabilities.

cricut crafting options

The options for what you can make with it are seriously pretty endless and the only limitations are mainly size (12×24 is the largest a graphic can go). As far as how user-friendly it is? Id say its like a Mac computer – where at first it seems intimidating but once you get the hang of it its super easy and things start to feel second nature. If you are really computer UN-savvy then there will be a big learning curve – in order for it to have the design and creation options and capacity it has to be kinda complicated. It doesn’t mean that you can’t figure it out, it’s just not a one button push kinda machine. I’m less design program savvy than Ginny and Brady who work with me and I got it, but technology is one of those things that doesn’t come second nature to me – so I need more practice to be fast at it. Ginny and Brady, however, were both really good at it really fast. I’m now the old person who doesn’t know how to use the remote. Soon Charlie is going to know Photoshop better than I will.

Is the Cricut for everyone? Nope. So here’s the deal – if you want some simple shapes cut out, say, like a triangle or square and you don’t need many, then yeah, grab some scissors cut that by hand. If you want to do letters then use some stencils.

But if you want something that has a lot of detail that would make cutting it impossible, (like my strongman icon), something where you need multiples that are identical (even polka dots – circles are hard/annoying to cut), or something where you want to customize your own graphic completely so you have something totally unique (as opposed to buying from Etsy) then this is your machine and its fantastic. Before Charlie I don’t think that I had the need as much (it’s not like I’m making Brian any iron-on tshirts) but with a kid and blog, I know that this is going to come in handy. The precision in this machine is insanely perfect and totally impressive. It even knows the difference between paper and card stock and with one turn of the knob it only cuts that deep.

So that’s my review of the machine, and now I’ll be breaking down the DIY’s that we did for the party this week, starting with the leather circus coasters – designed and cut with the Cricut.

Cricut Coaster

Here’s what you need;

Cricut Strongman Coaster Ingredients

1. Cricut Tools (provided with machine) 2. Navy Blue Leather 3. Cricut Cutting Mat 4. Iron 5. Cricut Glitter Iron-On Transfer

Cricut Strongman Coaster

1. Start by cutting down your leather scrap to a 12″x12″ piece which will fit on the cricut cutting mat. (we got our scrap from the fabric store and I think that size was around $40).

2. After you have everything set up in the Cricut Design Space using the template on my project page you can go ahead and load the machine up, make sure the cutting tool is in place and then the machine tells you what to do after that. And yes , of course you can do ANY shape.

3. Once the Cricut has finished its magic you can remove the cutting mat from the machine and carefully peel of the leather from the pad.

4. Load the Cricut back up with the gold glitter iron on follow the process of step 2.

Cricut Strongman Coaster 2

5. After the Cricut has finished cutting out the design for the Iron-On transfer. Remove the iron-on from the cutting mat and using the Cricut tools, carefully pick away the excess iron on slowly revealing the cut out design.

6. Cut off any excess plastic from the pattern and center the iron-on on the leather coaster.

7. Place a thin piece of fabric (or dishcloth) on top of the leather coaster and iron-on and apply heat for approx. 45 seconds.

8. Once the iron-on has transferred correctly it, the plastic will easily pull off revealing your beautiful new strongman coasters! (if it hasn’t fully transferred apply, replace the fabric and continue applying heat)

Now go make your own leather coaster. Or if you don’t want to splurge on leather then get felt or card stock and use vinyl (with sticker back) instead of an iron on. Everything is all set up for you on my project page, and you can find the template here. If you haven’t already bought your own Cricut…. you may do so now (or at any time ever)! Click here to get everything you need for this project.

In case you missed these little guys in action at Charlie’s Sip n’See, go and take a look at this video and watch it all take place.

Cricut Coaster Make Your Own

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And if you don’t want circus themed coasters year round (whats wrong with you?) then I think it would be super cute/chic to just do a big cross on it (think swiss, not crucifix, duh) or another iconic shape or diagonal stripes (which I think just end up being normal stripes on a circle, whatever) or maybe a big spade, or heart or clover. You get the idea – something graphic and iconic.

Stay tuned for the rest of the DIY’s this week or check out this page for all the projects. Also Happy Monday. Thank god The Bachelorette starts tonight, am I right?

This post was in partnership with Cricut Explore.

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All photos by the lovely LK Griffin Photography team.

Charlie’s Sip & See

Cute Family

When one has a baby one doesn’t leave the house. That baby (healthily) drains you of energy, interest in anything else,  knowledge of any news topics aside from how Kim K lost her baby weight. This goes on for 3 months at least. It’s amazing and wonderful and yet totally alienating to others. Friends come over, they feign interest in your slightly moving, cross-eyed hairless baby, you pretend to listen to their normal lives while they swear nothing has changed. It’s awesome and ultimately unavoidable. Cut to 4 months in and you are ready to see friends again, socialize and show that much more fun baby off.

During that time for me Cricut approached me to test drive their new upgraded cutting and printing machine. I wasn’t totally interested at first because I don’t really scrapbook. They told me, ‘We’ve rebranded, we’ve upgraded the machine, it’s not just for scrapbooking and we insist on coming to you to demo it’. Sure, I said. After all I could use company, I haven’t left the house in 11 days.  Please bring any souvenir from the outside world. A Us weekly will do.

Long story short, they demo’d it in my studio and it was awesome. It was very smart, precise and flexible and we struck a deal – I’d partner with them on a party (because I was READY to finally have a party and show off our baby) and a few blog posts. Wonderful! So without a birthday coming up we decided to throw a ‘Sip and see’. To be clear: this is not a party that you must have as a mom. If you have the time/effort/money then yea, throw a party every day of your life but this party/post was meant to be inspiration and ideas for any baby shower or birthday. I don’t want people walking away from this post being stressed about who they are wearing to their unborn child’s sip ‘n ‘see.

Sip and See Circus Tent

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