DIY modern dreamcatcher


modern metallic dreamcatcher DIY | modern metallic dreamcatcher DIY |

photos by Jared Smith

Not that dreamcatchers aren’t always a good idea, but when they’re metal and gold like this DIY modern dreamcatcher, I’m totally down! I may be bias since I’ve been dreaming (no pun intended) this bad boy up for a while now, but I think they’d make pretty great handmade holiday gifts, too. I just wish you could’ve seen the trial and error that it took before we got to this version, and by we I actually mean my assistant Tiffany pretty much manned the fort. It may seem easy, but it takes a bit of time to get it just right.

Lucky for me I’m looking for something to distract you from my radio silence while trying to survive this new studio construction, so this works out perfectly!…

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Houston Calligraphy Workshop Recap


houston calligraphy workshop | houston calligraphy workshop |

photos by Jared Smith

It’s been an eventful few weeks around here, and having the second round of sold out workshops with Laura Hooper Calligraphy over the weekend made for a pretty break in our long string of construction work from building out the new studio. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get things finished enough to have the class in the new Sugar & Cloth studio, but the lovely ladies that own the bakery and cafe below our new space also have a studio for events that they kindly let us use (thank goodness!!!), on the other side of the building and it turned out just as nice!

We had the same setup for the morning and afternoon class, and I loved every detail, but especially the florals from Jennifer Laura Design that really pulled the urban space together…

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Pumpkin loaf cake recipe


Pumpkin loaf cake recipe | Pumpkin loaf cake recipe |

photos by Jared Smith

Alright, I’m back on the pumpkin bandwagon again with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe and I’m loving it! It’s the one time of the year where an abnormal amount of pumpkin consumption is socially acceptable so I’m going to run with it while I can. Also, I’d just like to say that since you can’t experience the home-baked smell and taste via the internet, be consoled by the fact that Jared made this bad boy look just as good it tasted. Then again, what doesn’t taste good with a whole tablespoon of butter on it?

See the full recipe right here, on the Minted blog!

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DIY Cat Trinket Dish


DIY cat trinket dish @purinaFF | DIY cat trinket dish @purinaFF |

Well today marks the day that we take our friendship to the next level, because I’m totally about to let my cat lover flag fly high. Not that it’s exactly been hidden all of these years, I mean, my cat Thomas was Mr. December last year for Kelly’s annual fundraising calendar (not to brag or anything). Plus let’s be honest, Taylor Swift is totally make cats cool again after that Diet Coke commercial, right?

Nonetheless, I decided to hop on the Feastivities train with loud and proud with a handmade gift idea for your fellow cat lover loved ones with this DIY cat trinket dish. This one’s for you, Mom! (she’s actually allergic to cats, I just thought that’d make her proud)…

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