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11.18.14

3 AWESOME WRAP IDEAS!

’tis the season for gift giving (and gift wrapping!). today we’re going to learn how to perfectly wrap a gift like the pros. if you’ve ever watched one of those in-store gift wrappers you know that they take it to the next level with their perfection (which i always appreciate). we’re also going to throw in a couple of quick and easy ways to mix up your standard wrapping job that will be sure to make an impact.

what you’ll need: 

•Scotch® Doubled Sided Tape
• scissors
• wrapping paper of choice
• printable gems (you can download for free, here)
• metallic or colored tape
* 1″ hole punch

option #1: we started with the most beautiful hand painted wrapping papers by birch & goldberry. we couldn’t pick just one favorite so we incorporated multiple by adding 3D gems on the top in contrasting papers. once you print the gems, place your wrapping paper on top of the pattern and cut out the shape. fold along the outlined edges and secure with Scotch® Double Sided Tape.

option #2: use your 1″ hole punch to create cut outs in a piece of your wrapping paper and then place directly over an already wrapped gift.

option #3: we love the idea of adding metallic tape around the outside edges of your box. we used Scotch® Brand silver tape which also comes in a ton of other colors to match your own papers.

receiving a beautiful wrapped gift is such a treat. i’ve been given some gifts that were so stunning i don’t even want to unwrap them.

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11.13.14

A UNIQUE HOLIDAY WREATH

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i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!

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I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa

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what you’ll need:  

Wreath:

Cecropia
Wheat
Tallow Berries
Roses
Chestnut Leaves
Pittosporum Ralphii
Floral Wire

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Base:

Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
Masking Tape

Tools:

Hack Saw
C Clamps
Scissors
Ruler
Plant Shears

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how to make it: 

  • measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
  • secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
  • Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
  • Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
  • Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.

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  • Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
  • fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
  • Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
  • Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.

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  • Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
  • Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
  • Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless

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  • Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
  • Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
  • Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished

happy holidays!

photos by: Kathleen Stalzer Bly
wreath design by: Alyssa Hoppe
more DIY projects here

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08.27.14

LABOR DAY SNACK!

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if you’ve ever been to los angeles in the summer you’ve probably seen tiny fruit stands with colorful umbrellas strewn all over the city. you can buy a plastic bag full of fresh cut fruit and veggies for $5. when you buy it, they always ask if you want lime and chili powder on top. the combination of the two with a little sea salt is so delicious, especially on mango and jicama. you should try this snack for your labor day festivities!

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it’s such a simple idea and would be delicious to serve at a summer party. we created individual paper cones and lined them in plastic (read how to make them after the jump) as a fun way to hand them to your guests individually and let them add their own chili and salt as desired.

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what we used: 

• 3 cucumbers
• 2 jicama
• 4 mangos
• 3 limes
• chili powder
• sea salt

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how to make them:
• peel the cucumber, jicama, and mango and cut length wise into long, thin slices. lay the fruit flat on a try and just before serving squeeze the juice of three limes over the fruit and toss by hand.
• stack the cut fruit and veggies in the cones and either pre-sprinkle the salt and chili powder on each cone or allow guests to add on their own.

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07.29.14

MAKE IT / CLAY BEAD NECKLACES

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we love the chunky bead necklace trend that we’ve been seeing around and decided to make our own version for our “creative wednesday” activity at the studio last week. what’s great about these necklaces is that you can make so many different color and shape combinations to fit whatever outfit you’re wearing. hope you enjoy! -sheila

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what we used: 

• sculpey super sculpturing compound 1 lb. box (makes about 75 one inch beads)

• acrylic paint (in the colors of your choice)

• hole cutter

parchment paper

paintbrushes

white cord (1 yard per necklace)

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• start with clean hands and work area. knead each piece until clay is soft and smooth. we made a variety of shapes, but kept them around the same size (one inch). carefully cut the holes through the beads with the hole cutter.

• preheat your oven to 275°F. place parchment paper on a baking sheet. place the beads so that they are not touching. bake for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness of clay.

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• allow beads to cool completely. paint as desired. once they’re all dry, you can thread the beads with a cord or string of your preference. you can even use a thin chain if you want to get fancy. our favorite bead combos were white with a hint of color!

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have fun making these!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest

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06.30.14

MAKE IT / 57

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i’m into indigo anytime of the year but it’s especially appropriate given that the 4th of july is this weekend! i came home one day and my new roommate, skye, was wearing the coolest indigo shirt that she made. so i had her come down to the studio so she could show us all how it’s done!

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 what we used: 

Indigo Tie Dye Kit
• 8 gallon bucket or tub
• long spoon or stick for stirring
• drop cloth
• an armful of white or cream 100% cotton stuff to dye (we did sheets, socks, shirts and a bag!)

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how to dye:

• first you’ll need to make your dye bath. this is as simple as pouring all of the pre-filled packets from the kit in water. stir it all together VERY slowly as to not let too much oxygen in. it will appear neon green and may have foam on top- that’s okay!

• cover the bucket or tub and let it sit for 30 min to an hour. in order to achieve that dark, magical ocean-like tint, let the dye bath sit for as long as you can. the longer it sits, the darker the indigo!

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• while it’s sitting, you can start tying string or rubber bands (all included in the kit) around your clothes in different cool ways! my personal favorite technique is creating mini ponytails all over your fabric to achieve full moons or polka dots! basically wherever your rubber band is, that’s where white will remain. rinse them all in cold water.

• next, immerse the separate pieces in your bucket or tub, make sure and squeeze out the excess dye VERY slowly into your bath. Once you have everything in, you should dunk them all under to make sure everything is equally covered in dye.

• leave the clothes in the dye and cover the tub  for about an hour. when you can’t wait any longer and you’re DYEING to see your indigo creations, take them all out one by one and rinse them in cold water again. At this point you can cut all of the string or rubber bands off and spread your pieces out on your drop cloth. at first the fabric will look green, don’t worry! as the oxygen hits it, the green will turn into blue. indigo magic! make sure and wash and dry your pieces all together (the indigo won’t fade) before you wear them!

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p.s. the leftover dye bath can last up to two weeks if covered and can be used again and again!

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photos by sheila gim for designlovefest

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