March 1st, 2013 § § permalink
I hope you’re free next Saturday (and if not, try and make that happen?), because I’ll be at Ikea Houston hosting another DIY event for the Bring Your Own Friend weekend! I may be biased since I’m usually the one doing all of the talking, but Ikea events are seriously my favorite. Not only will this free DIY totally be worth showing up for, but if you came to the last one then you’ll know how much free stuff we give away. It’s kind of insanely awesome. Plus, who doesn’t like a reason to go to Ikea?
If you want to come, RSVP here by selecting the Houston location and you’ll also get some quick goodies. See you there!
photo via Mokkasin design by Sugar & Cloth
February 14th, 2013 § § permalink
I’m starting to really, really love DIY events, but I’m quickly learning that Houston-ites aren’t big “go out and craft” type of people. This is unfortunate considering I’m a self-proclaimed hilarious and fun person, with just a tinge of awkward. Add those characteristics to a cute venue and some cupcakes, and you’ve got yourself one happening Sugar & Cloth DIY hurrah.
I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the necklaces we made soon, but you can see the live tutorial by Lamgford, here. I also wanted to go ahead and
bully encourage you to mark your calendars for the next event at Ikea Houston on March 9th. We’re going to be making some seriously cute stuff that’s well worth keeping, trust me! Plus if you were at the last one, then you know there are LOTS of cool giveaways. Basically I just gave something to everyone. Speaking of giveaways, the winner of the DecoArt giveaway is Allison! Congrats, and I’ll be emailing you with details!
January 31st, 2013 § § permalink
For those of you who were crossing your fingers for another DIY event, here it is! Next Wednesday, February 6th from 7-8pm, I’ll be at Langford Market in Rice Village teaching you a sweet little jewelry DIY to wear just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you want to reserve yourself a spot, email me: ashley (at) sugarandcloth.com! If you’ve never been to one our DIY events you’re in for treat because Langford Market is quite the host with sips and goodies for everyone. You know I love a good cupcake.
If you aren’t local and I were to travel to you for a DIY event, where would hope for it to be? The goal this year is to start hitting up some cities with a serious DIY itch, so the more interest the better!
January 22nd, 2013 § § permalink
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!
January 18th, 2013 § § permalink
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..
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:
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!
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!