May 17th, 2013 § § permalink
It’s been kind of a whirlwind week! Tuesday morning I filmed a few DIY’s with the Live Well Network at Native Citizen in Houston. Let me just say that I apparently need to memorize everything I say word for word, because off the cuff smoothness I cannot do. It’s a shame DIY’s can’t be explained through sarcastic jokes, because I’m great at those.
Now I’m in Dallas with Smilebooth training to be a tornado fighter… not really, but checking into a hotel and having to be warned to hide in the bathroom if I hear tornado sirens is totally not cool, especially for a girl from West Virginia. Needless to say, getting to my computer to blog wasn’t my top priority.
While I’m away getting my Twister on, I thought I’d share a few photos from the filming on Tuesday and to make you want all of the vintage goodness in Native Citizen as much as I do. If you’re local, definitely check it out!
Surprisingly, there was a little paper mache action going on too!
May 14th, 2013 § § permalink
I’m quickly learning that I can’t always keep up with everything myself, so I’m trying to let go of the reigns a little bit and ask for help. This is where you come in!
If you’d like to contribute to Sugar & Cloth with DIY’s or unique columns, I’d love to hear from you! I’m also looking for someone in the Houston area that would be willing to work on a per project/as needed basis to help with DIY projects and in-store events (there’s also never any shortage of cupcakes!).
If you’re interested, please email me at ashley[at]sugarandcloth.com with the subject line “Contribute” and a link to your portfolio, website, Instagram, or any relevant material that showcases your work and ideas. Can’t wait to meet you!
photo source, design by Sugar & Cloth
May 9th, 2013 § § permalink
As much as I DIY, I don’t exactly have the time to make things from scratch all for every occasion, room, or gift. So, I’m introducing you to my little secret of custom, but not always handmade things, like this Mother’s Day gift set for the baker.
Making a gift set like this is still one of a kind just like a DIY version, but doesn’t require all of the time.
- To make your own you can include these things:
- Recipe cards
- Matching apron and oven mit (this set is from Ikea)
- Striped straws
- Fresh cupcakes
- Specialty sugars and sprinkles
- Cute measuring spoons
- Matching cupcake liners
What baker wouldn’t love this much colorful goodness in one box?!
May 7th, 2013 § § permalink
Looking for a unique twist on traditional flowers for Mother’s Day this year? Check out my giant paper flower bouquet DIY in the Langford Market lookbook for Spring!
Picka a few of Mom’s favorite colors, and surprise her with a bouquet that will definitely make a statement… three feet tall worth of statements to be exact.
May 3rd, 2013 § § permalink
I’ve always been a big fan of making handmade Mother’s Day gifts. Granted I did used to make them out of sheer necessity in school because I had no money (sorry for the hand-painted rocks, Mom!), but now I like to add a handmade touch to pair with my store bought gifts just to show that I took the time and care.
This DIY bath sachet gift set and is quick and simple enough to add to any gift, or could be easily transitioned into party or wedding favors. Who couldn’t use a fresh chamomile or mint infused bath every now and then?
- Card stock
- Rectangular coffee filters
- Freshly ground lavender, mint, chamomile or other herbal scents
- Martha Stewart craft glue (c/o)
- Martha Stewart flourish frame layered craft punch (c/o)
- Martha Stewart scoring board (c/o)
First, we’ll make the sachets. Lay a rectangular coffee filter flat, and place your scents of choice in the midway on the right side. Then fold the filter like a hot dog, and folding the top and bottom flaps inward.
Then fold the sides inward about a half an inch, and staple down.
Next, cut 1 inch thick strips of card stock just long enough to make a band around your sachets.
Use the Martha Stewart craft glue to adhere the band to itself. This way the band slips off before using the sachets in water.
Use the Martha Stewart layering hole punch to make labels by cutting a solid color backing, and then switching to the border setting and cutting a patterned card stock.
Glue the two pieces together, label your sachet with each scent, and then glue the tag to the band around your sachet.
Using the Martha Stewart scoring board, make a matching card to fit with the gift set and personalize it with a monogram!
Now your gift is ready for your favorite lady of any age.