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Named A Top 10 DIY Blog by Better Homes & Gardens! (and other news)

March 17, 2014

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photo by Kimberly Chau photography

I’ve finally gotten settled back in this weekend after three weeks of slightly hectic traveling and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be in my own bed! I love venturing to new places, but I’m realizing more and more that at the end of the day I’m kind of a homebody if that makes any sense at all.

I’ve also realized that I’m completely terrible at trying to multi-task while I’m out of town. Am I the only one with this downfall? For those of you world travelers that manage to stay in touch and on top of your inboxes or to-do lists while you’re gone, my hat is off to you! I slaved over project posts to share here and there while I was gone and I managed to post them pretty well the first week and then I might as well have been lost at sea ever since then. I’m hoping my charm and embarrassing jokes serve me well in trying to recoup…

More importantly, I have a whole slew of things to fill you in on! I’ll be spilling the beans little by little, but first, I’m super excited for Sugar & Cloth to have been named a Top 10 DIY blog by Better Homes & Gardens! Let me just tell you that I definitely did not see that one coming when I started this little blog two years ago. It’s kind of funny how those things happen, and it seems to always be right when you need a pick-me-up. I love those moments!

In case you missed it, I’ll be hosting an Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm this month, too! Hope to see you there!

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DIY // You’re My Pot of Gold Printables

March 10, 2014

you're my pot of gold St. Patrick's Day printable

photos, designs, and tutorial by Victoria of Oh So Pretty

St. Patty’s day is just a week away, and as much as I wish I had some extra gold laying around to give away, I think a box of chocolate will have to do for now! So I decided to dress up some golden chocolate favors with a You’re My Pot of Gold printables and even a clover or two! Here’s how–

Materials:
White or kraft boxes
Rolos
Gold glitter
Craft glue
Clear full sheet labels
Pot of gold printables (click to download the Four Leaf Clover Tag Printable and the Pot of Gold Printable)

you're my pot of gold St. Patrick's Day printable

you're my pot of gold St. Patrick's Day printable

I painted kraft boxes white, and then printed out the labels and four leaf clover tag.

For the tag – use a toothpick to fill the four leaf clover with a little glue and sprinkle on gold glitter if you’d like (or gold foil!), and tape or glue in place on the boxes once you’ve filled them with golden goodies. Rolos make the perfect combination!

you're my pot of gold St. Patrick's Day printable

you're my pot of gold St. Patrick's Day printable

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photos, designs, and tutorial by Victoria of Oh So Pretty

DIY // Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard

February 27, 2014

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no dry wall screws. Granted, you may have to saw a few things but if you have a handy spouse, parent, friend, or a remotely friendly neighbor with some tools, you’ll be fine!

Now let me introduce you to the glory that is Stikwood. It’s reclaimed wood that’s already finished and with adhesive backing on it, which is perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers (like myself), but still want the reclaimed wood look. My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on, but for now I’ll just share my DIY Ikea hack headboard to not get too crazed on you right away.

Materials:

  • One case of Stikwood (mine is 20 sq ft. of the Reclaimed Barrel Oak) *c/o
  • Ikea Malm bedframe
  • Rotary saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Clear, matte polyurethane (you can by it for indoor use if constructing inside)
  • Fine sand paper (optional)
  • Black sharpie (optional for style)

DIY Ikea hack Stikwood headboard

Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, you’ll measure the individual pieces to be the same width as the Malm headboard (66 1/8 “) for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood. In this instance, I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row, and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4 “) and alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, then peeled the backing off and pressed them firmly on the face of the headboard.

Because the Stikwood is made from real reclaimed wood, not all of the pieces fit quite the same. The best way to make sure everything lines up correctly is to test each row before peeling the adhesive backing off of the wood and placing it. You can always lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won’t snag the surface if need be.

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

The sharpie comes in handy if you’d like to have a more dimensional look by not making every single piece fit flush against each other. You can use the sharpie to color in a little line (as seen in the large tutorial photo) and then leave a small gap in between the two pieces.  

Once the entire headboard is covered , spray the polyurethane over the entire surface and let dry. This will keep the color of the wood from rubbing off onto pillows, and then you’re all set!

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all white bed frame, but it really makes it much more cozy. Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for a DIY?

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

Eats // Edible Gold Macarons

February 25, 2014

how to make edible gold macarons - www.sugarandcloth.com  how to make edible gold macarons - www.sugarandcloth.com

Depending on how you look at it, I could technically call these “no-bake edible gold leaf macarons” on account of the fact that I bought them instead of actually making them . I’ve only ever tried to make macarons from scratch once in my lifetime and out two dozen, only one and  a half of them looked cute enough for pictures. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that a macaron that isn’t picture worthy is quite the tragedy.

Luckily, a local bakery and Sur La Table can change that around pretty quickly by combing edible gold leaf and the prettiest cookie on earth into one little handful of happiness with these edible gold macarons.

Ingredients (if you can call them that in this instance):

  • Macarons
  • Edible gold leaf (from Sur La Table, or Amazon, two 4×4 inch sheets decorates 12 cookies)
  • An unused food (or paint) brush
  • Sharp, small knife

how to make edible gold leaf macarons

Edible gold leaf is SUPER fragile. I mean, if you breathe too hard it will fly away, so you’ll definitely need a delicate touch for this.

All you have to do though is slice a bit of gold from a sheet and use the brush to place it randomly onto the macaron and tap it down gently to make it stay. To really smooth out the edges, you can just use clean, dry hands by tapping it down quickly. Don’t touch the gold directly from the sheet (or any other surface) because it will stick to just about anything.

how to make edible gold macarons - www.sugarandcloth.com

Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can finish the rest of the macarons. I liked the worn look that placing the gold randomly gave, but you could also try stenciling!

how to make edible gold macarons - www.sugarandcloth.com

how to make edible gold macarons - www.sugarandcloth.com