Monthly Archives: January 2013

The most time-consuming business cards ever…

January 23, 2013

business card packaging

business card packaging

I’m officially headed to Alt today, (whoop!) and as a friendly reminder, this DIY’er always welcomes a wish of luck and a prayer or two. While I’m plane hopping and fighting off butterflies, I’ve left you with the unveil of what I’ve deemed my new Blood, Sweat, & Tears business card packaging. My husband would be very happy to vouch for this new title as well…

The card was designed by me and letterpressed by the ever-amazing folks behind Eat Sleep Ride Print. We used clear business cards envelopes to enclose the card, a swirl of twine (my go-to item as you know), a package of glitter (my number two go-to item), and a little wooden clothespin to emphasize pulling yourself together. Okay, that last part isn’t true, I just thought they were cute so I threw them in there. Don’t judge me.

business card packaging

business card packaging

 

A quick fun fact for you: Did you know that you can rub chalk  over a rubber stamp to stamp your logo? True story!

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What I Love // Brika

January 22, 2013

brika tastemaker ashley rose

Hey guys, hope you had a lovely long weekend! My DIY workshop at Ikea Houston this past Saturday went really well, and a big thanks to all of you who came out! I’ll be posting a recap of some of the projects and questions from the event later this week.

I’ve currently spent the last two days feverishly packaging my business cards and outfits for Alt Summit which starts tomorrow, yikes! Are any of you headed to Alt, too? Let me know so we can meet up! Oh, and remember this post? I’ll be teaching a jewelry making class on Saturday that’s based around that project, which I’m pretty excited about.

Last thing for now, the lovely ladies over at Brika graciously asked me to be their Tastemaker for the week! Brika is an online store for small-businesses and artisans (which you all know is right up my alley), and I’ve chosen some of my favorite makers and pieces for you to check out. Let me know what you think!

DIY // Chalkboard anything to-do list.

January 18, 2013

DIY natural wood chalkboard DIY

This weekend is my first DIY event at Ikea, and I’m beyond excited! It’s themed around getting organized, so I’ve been scheming up out of the ordinary ways to re-purpose everyday items. Most things you’ll have to see on Saturday, but I wanted to include those of you that aren’t local (hi, mom!) in my DIY chalkboard to-do list using Deco-Art’s new chalkboard anything paint. No lie, I want to chalkboard everything in my house right now just because I can. And on that note, I’d like to take this time to apologize to my husband in advance..

Materials:

Essentially you can go as crazy as you’d like with this tutorial as long as you keep in mind a few keys steps: Any detailed stamping or lettering you have to do after you’ve painted the chalkboard coats according to the instructions on the bottle. The chalkboard paint will smear any details that are painted with craft paint if you use it after. Here’s are steps I took to make mine:

DIY natural wood chalkboard

DIY natural wood chalkboard DIY

First, I painted the whole board with chalkboard paint according to the instructions on the bottle. Once it had set for 24 hours, I stamped my logo on the top, and then taped off the bottom portion and painted it mint julep green from DecoArt. Then I drilled a hole in the top of the board and strung leather cord through and knotted it. I cured the surface by rubbing white chalk across it and wiping it off, and then I bought black chalkboard pens for everyday use so that it was easier to write and see than traditional white chalk. Pretty simple and definitely much cuter than a plain old chalkboard or dry erase to-d0 list!

DIY natural wood chalkboard DIY

DIY natural wood chalkboard DIY

P.s.- If you don’t want to miss out on the rest of the projects, you can still RSVP for the event, here. See you Saturday!

 

 

 

Local Shop // Sweet

January 17, 2013

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

Aside from the number one question I always receive (which I mentioned here), people always ask me how I come up with ideas for projects, or things that inspire me. I can say without a doubt that adventuring to new shops, cities, and places inspires me more than anything else. I’m always intrigued by how things are displayed or used in new ways, and there is never any shortage of genius ideas behind little boutiques and local spots that are reinventing the creative wheel. To spread the wealth, I thought I’d start sharing my favorites with you here…

I’d like to introduce you to Sweet, the cutest, most drool-worthy bakery and coffee shop that you may ever step foot into. Not only does Sweet do sweet really well, but it definitely has bragging rights for the loveliest decor on the Houston macaron block, and trust me, I have been around the macaron block!

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

And just in case you want to take the treats (and cuteness) home with you, all of their goodies can come lovingly tucked into containers and boxes that could make any heart melt.

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas

I had the strawberry and vanilla pots de creme… and maybe a macaron or two for the go, but I can neither confirm or deny that.

sweet bakery and coffee shop houston texas