I’m pretty excited about today’s post, and not just because it’s a super cute tutorial, it happens to be our first video tutorial for our new Lights, Camera, Crafting Video Series! We’re passionate about bringing you new projects and inspiration to create beautiful things, so we decided to create a video series to make some of our tutorials even more interactive! Today’s video tutorial features DIY Tissue Paper Flowers, which we’ve used in our Spring window display at the Picklee shop!
Watch the DIY Tissue Paper Flower video tutorial below!
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Lights, Camera, Crafting!
As soon as this $%#*$# cold, snowy weather lets up over here on the East coast we’ll be preparing our back yard for Summer. Since purchasing our new home, Brett and I have been dreaming up fun ideas for our back yard. We have a large, flat open space, so I’ve thought about adding patios, pergolas, pools…you name it, I’ve dreamt of it! So since I can’t get started on my back yard project just yet, I’ve done the next best thing…compile inspiration! Here are 12 of my favorite ideas for creating a dreamy back yard =)
Remember the fabulous up-cycled makeup organizer I made last year? Unfortunately, it’s no longer in use now that I’m using a different vanity in our new home…That’s okay, it just gives me another excuse to create something new! My new vanity has lots of drawers, so this time I didn’t need as much surface storage for my makeup. This time, I wanted to create a “catch all” tray to keep my vanity top looking as neat & clean as possible when it wasn’t in use. Last time, I used recycled soup cans to create my makeup organizer, so in keeping with the up-cycled theme, I decided to use a cardboard box top this time around! Here’s how I created my DIY Up-Cycled Lacquer Makeup Tray…
DIY Up-Cycled Lacquer Makeup Tray [tutorial]
1 cardboard box top (I used one from an Ikea storage box I had)
2 colors, Americana Gloss Enamel Paint (enamel paint gives a shinny lacquer-look finish)
Americana stencil (I used retro mod Mixed Media)
small paint brush
stencil dabber (optional, but makes life easier)
Apply two coats of your base paint color to the box top, waiting a half hour between coats.
Apply two coats of your trim paint color around the edges of your tray. My box top happened to have metal edges which made this part a bit easier, but you can improvise!
Allow the tray to dry for an hour (or until it’s no longer tacky)…
Determine how you’d like to position your stenciling, I stenciled the entire bottom of my tray to give it a chic, modern look.
Use the dabber tool to stencil your tray with your accent paint color.
Allow paint to dry for 1-2 hours before using your new DIY lacquer makeup tray!
I might be a bit of a salad dressing snob. I LOVE me a good salad, but only when the dressing is done perfectly, otherwise I’ll skip the salad all together. I’m always a big fan of balsamic dressings, especially when they have an interesting twist. A few weeks ago, Brett and I went on a little weekend trip to New Hampshire where we visited some of my favorite restaurants. It was there that I discovered my new FAVORITE salad dressing. This amazing balsamic dressing variation was simply blended with a classic New Hampshire staple: MAPLE SYRUP! Of course, once we got home I started experimenting with different ingredients to replicate the recipe, and I’m proud to report my success! My Maple Balsamic Dressing recipe actually turned out to be super simple, and the taste is unbelievable!
Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe recipe will make enough for multiple salad, store in an air tight container for up to 7 days
2 tbsp. maple syrup (I used sugar free to save a few calories)
2 tbsp. reduced fat mayo
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, drizzle over salad & enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
I love using this dressing over a simple field green salad with toasted almonds. The combination of the sweet dressing with the almonds is fabulous, top with a bit of gorgonzola for an even more savory salad =)
You might remember our “How to Re-upholster an Antique Chair Tutorial” from a few months back. We shared simple step-by-step instructions for reviving & re-upholstering an old chair, along with a promise that our double welt piping tutorial would soon follow. It wasn’t until today, when I was sharing our latest furniture flip, that I realized we had never published the double welt piping tutorial! So, as they say, better late than never! Finally, here it is, our simple tutorial on How to Make Double Welt Piping!
How to Make Double Welt Piping [tutorial]
cotton piping [length depends on specific project]
fabric [preferably with a bit of stretch]
First, you’ll need to measure your the perimeter of your item to determine how much piping you’ll need. After you’ve measured and added up the perimeter, that will tell you how many feet of fabric (in 2″ strips) you’ll need. Then for the cording, you’ll need to multiply the perimeter by two (since it gets doubled up for double welt piping) to calculate how many feet you’ll need.
My chair needed approx. 14 ft. of piping (to go around all the exposed areas), so I needed a 14 ft. long strip of (2″) fabric and 28 ft. of cotton cording.
To cut your fabric, start with the longest section of fabric you have, this will leave fewer seems in your piping. Cut out an approx. 2″ wide strip of fabric on the diagonal. Cutting your fabric on the diagonal will give a little more stretch in your fabric, which will make it easier to fold and sew. To cut it out the diagonal, first tug on your fabric in a few directions to see which way has the most stretch, that’s the direction you’ll cut your diagonal on.
Once you’ve cut your fabric into 2″ strips, you’ll likely be left with multiple pieces that need to be stitched together. My longest piece of fabric was only 6ft., so I ended up with 3 strips of fabric to make the 14ft. I needed for my double welt piping.
If you weren’t lucky enough to fit your entire length into one solid strip, you’ll need to stitch your strips together into one long piece of fabric.
Here’s what your strip of stitched together fabric should look like…
Now were ready to insert the cotton cording. Start by cutting your cording into two equal pieces (in whatever length you need, in my case it was two 14 ft. pieces). Placing one end of cotton cording onto your fabric strip and roll the fabric over it, so that it covers the cording completely.
Then, place the second cord on top of the fabric, directly next to the first cord. Make sure you push the second cord so that its tightly up against the first cord.
Fold the last section of fabric tightly over the second cord. It’s important to make sure you pull tight so that your piping looks clean! In the photo below, we’re looking at the “clean” side of the piping.
Now it’s time to stitch up the double welt piping! You’ll definitely need your sewing machine for this part. Insert the piping into the sewing machine so that the “bad” side is facing up. The needle should be lined up directly in the center of the piping (between the two cords). Start stitching!
You’ll need to continue to continue to fold the cording into the fabric as you go. You should be able to stitch 8″ sections before you need to fold in more cording.
Once you’ve stitched the entire length of your fabric strip, your double welt piping is complete!
Now the only part left is to attach the double welt piping to your piece! I usually do this using hot glue. Sometimes you can hand-stitch it on too =)
It’s been a while since I’ve completed an upholstered chair flip, mostly because the upholstery work can be so time consuming, but the end results are by far the most rewarding! Well, I just couldn’t resist transforming my latest thrift shop find, which had the most beautifully unique scroll details. I knew the intense detail work on this chair would be a bit of a challenge to paint over, but it was no problem with a little chalky finish paint! This DRAMATIC Nautical Chair Flip turned out to be one of my all time favorite transformations to date, I think you’ll see why =)
two yards fabric (by Robert Allen for Dwell Studios)
8 yard cording (for double welt piping)
sewing machine (for piping)
First things first, I stripped the chair down to its bones. This means decades of worn out fabric and hundreds of staples! Luckily, I tempted my good friend Jen (with wine of course) to help me with this part =D
*Always, remember to try to keep the old fabric in good shape so that you can use it for your new upholstery.
Next, I moved on to fixing up some lose joints on the chair. It’s always important to make sure your chair is structurally sounds before reviving it, after all, what good is a beautiful chair that you can’t sit in?! So I used some wood glue in some of the joints where the chair had loosened up over the years. I (reluctantly, because I have no patience!) waited 3 hours for the glue to harden before moving onto the next step.
After the glue was dry, it was time to paint my chair! I used Americana’s chalky finish paint for this piece, which is a lot of fun to work with. In working with so many different types of chalk paint, I’ve found positive points in all of them. This paint seems to adhere sort of like a hybrid, a cross between chalk paint and acrylic paint. I enjoy working with it when I’m looking for a smooth, solid finish, as opposed to a more weathered & distressed look =)
As expected, because of all the detail work, I ended up applying three coats of paint to this chair, waiting an hour between coats.
While the paint was drying, I started working on the new upholstery. As always, I used the chair’s old fabric as a template to cut the pieces for it’s new upholstery. It’s important to leave a little extra space around the old templates when cutting your new pieces, this will allow some room for any error =)
Once my new pieces were cut, I stretched them onto the chair, then tacked them in place using my staple gun. Click here, for my step by step tutorial on how to upholster a chair.
After the upholstery was applied, I decided to trim the entire chair with double welt piping. Double welt piping is my favorite type of trim for upholstery, its so classic & timeless looking. Click here, for my step by step tutorial on how to make double welt piping.
The double welt piping was the perfect finishing touch! Now THIS, my friends, is why I do what I do…talk about a dramatic transformation! What was a poor, helpless chair will now be LOVED for decades to come!
WOO WHOO, check out those bones!!
Now you see what I was saying about the smoother, less distressed-looking finish…
OH, I almost forgot to show you the back! As if it could get any better?!
What is it about Sriracha that seems to make almost everything taste better? Brett & I use (a touch of) Sriracha on tons of dishes when we are looking to add a little kick, I don’t handle super spicy foods that well so just a bit of Sriracha is all I need! In fact, one of my favorite combinations its sweet & spicy, which is why I was super excited about today’s Baked Honey Sriracha Wings. Brett actually found this fabulous recipe online and modified it to better suit our taste =)
I must say, this chicken wing recipe was absolutely one of the BEST I’ve ever had!
Baked Honey Sriracha Wings [recipe]
2 pounds chicken wings
1 tsp. garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sesame seeds, for garnish
For the honey Sriracha glaze
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup Sriracha
2 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. lime juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, toss wings with garlic powder, salt and pepper
Place wings onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, using metal tongs to turn at halftime.
While wings are baking, make the glaze by whisking together honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice in a bowl. Slowly whisk in flour to thicken.
Brush wings with Sriracha glaze and bake for another 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, brush with more glaze and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and crusted.
Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and more Sriracha for an even spicier kick!
Now that I’ve married a Reilly, I sort of feel like I’m Irish by association…makes sense right? So this year, I’m getting a little more into St. Patrick’s Day than I usually do. There’s lots of fun ways to ring in St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re making something fun to eat (or drink!), decorating your home, crafting with the kids, or heading out for a big celebration! So I’ve gathered up a bunch of inspiration for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in just about every way =)
30 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day [Inspiration]