photos by Aelish Wilmot & Smilebooth images
The studio launch party has officially come and gone, but it was one heck of a good time! We wanted to do something this time around that would let us celebrate with lots of people as opposed to the five hour nap/coma that I took after getting the last studio in gear. We’re not quite ready to share the full reveal with you on the new studio, but we’re almost there!
For now, I will keep you entertained with a poptail recipe, favor bags, photo ops, and macaron ice cram sandwiches… oh, and a giveaway!
photos by Jared Smith, bottom three by Smilebooth
In case you couldn’t make it to our holiday cocktail and entertaining workshop a few weeks ago here in Houston, fret no more. I’ve got all of the entertaining details, christmas cocktails, and recap photos right here for you, plus, you can even download the printable cocktail menu I used for styling the bar cart!
Alba created the cocktails for the class using some of her favorite holiday go-to’s and a dash of the White Whale cocktail mixes. To bring it all together I styled a bar cart with some of my favorite vintage drink-ware and a few simple touches like the mini cocktail menu and easel so guests knew what they’d be sipping. For a less hands on approach, I recommended that hosts make batches of cocktails in advance with a cute pitcher, or even use mini bottles for guests to grab and go.
Unfortunately for me, the back to school/work concept doesn’t really apply to me at the end of the summer. This isn’t necessarily to say that I wish I was back in school, but mostly just that I wish I could still keep my beloved 3 months of the year off that I once had for the 20 years of my life. But I’m not bitter.
For those of you that are getting back into the swing of things, this (almost overly) simple personalized noticeboard DIY is just for you. These are the versions I made to share as examples for the craft night at Ikea last week. I had tons of fun seeing what people came up with for their boards at last week’s craft night at Ikea. One girl literally made huge glitter crystals on her board with the amount of glitter she dumped on that bad boy. I love it, obviously.
- Foam brush
- Painter’s tape
- Stencils (optional)
- Spray Adhesive (optional)
- Fabric or paper (optional)
In order to create patterns, shapes, or use stencils on the cork board, you’ll need to tape your design down. Use the painter’s tape, and gently dab the adhesive side against your hand (or any fabric) to make the tape not quite as sticky. This way it won’t peel up the cork when you remove it.
Place the tape or stencil where you’d like your design, and paint accordingly, being careful not to use too much paint at a time so that it doesn’t bleed underneath your tape or stencil. Once you’ve finished painting, carefully remove the tape and let dry. Now you’re ready to get organized!
To create the fabric or paper covered board, simply cut your fabric the size you want, spray the back with spray adhesive, and lay it over your cork board smoothing it out with your hands. Voila!
And last but not least, here are a few photos from the DIY event last week at Ikea Houston:
A big thank you to everyone that attended the first Thursday of the 5 weeks of Ikea DIY Events, it was a blast! Free cookies, crafts, and (my) cheesy jokes, what more could you really ask for?
The whole night was based around mixing matching patterns and comfort to come up with the perfect bedding for you style and sleep habits. Everyone got to make and take home a few goodies along with their own throw pillow that they decorated, and this DIY sequined hello pillow was one of my examples of how they could dress theirs up. Here’s how–
- Ikea Granat pillow
- 4ft of sequin ribbon (enough for a five letter word)
- Tacky glue
All you have to do to is spell out the word on the pillow with tacky glue, and then lay the sequin ribbon gently overtop. You can use scissors to cut the ribbon on certain letters so that there isn’t too much overlap, just make sure to glue the sequin on the end down really well so that it doesn’t unravel over time.
Now, you’ll have to carefully hand wash this pillow when necessary, but it’s totally worth it for the cute factor!
Here are a few photos from the night!
Be sure to join us again this Thursday at 7pm at Ikea Houston to make noticeboards for back to school!