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DIY | Leather Earphone Holder

Hi Shulos!

How many times have you found your earphones tangled up in your gym bag, purse or drawer? I don’t now how many times I’ve sat in my kitchen trying to untangle pens, necklaces, or my keys from the damn things. By now I am sure you’ve seen variations of earphone holders, but why not take it to the next level and make it your own.  Here’s a fun and easy DIY for your #firstworldproblem.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– Natural Tooling Leather, $4

– Alphabet Leather Kit

– Rivets with Setter, $9

Other tools:

– Hammer

– X Acto Knife

– Pen

– Cutting Mat (optional)

– Rotary Hole Puncher (optional)

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Draw or trace a 2.5″ circle on the fuzzy side of the natural leather piece.

Tip: You can find then print, a perfect 2.5″ circle from the web.

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Cut out the 2.5″ circle using an x-acto knife over a cutting board. You can also use some really sharp scissors!

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Fold in the leather circle like a taco.

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Then mark the center (approx 0.5″) away from the curved edge.

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Punch a hole through both ends of your leather taco by using the small setting on the rotary hole puncher. If you don’t have a rotary puncher use a sharp object like an x-acto knife or a kitchen knife to dig the hole.

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Unfold the leather taco (circle) and lightly dab water to half.

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Use a hammer to stamp on a nickname, phrase or lyrics on half or all around the circle with an alphabet leather kit. Hammer on a steady surface each letter, not much force is required — one sharp tap, straight down on the top of the letter punch will suffice. If you didn’t apply enough pressure, you can carefully re-align the stamp and do it again.

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SHULA: My nickname/favorite adjective to describe a babe, place or thing.

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Select a small rivet cap (shiny top) and shaft (flat bottom).

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Fold the circle like a taco again facing up and push the shaft (flat side) through both holes. Set the rivet over the round base.

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Press the rivet cap over the shaft. Place the metal bar over the cap and lightly hammer on the end to secure the rivet pieces.

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Listo! Now untangle your earphones.

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Then wrap them around your fingers and pull them through your personalized leather earphone holder!

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Some I’ve made for friends: Thanks for the photos Taylor!

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I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below.

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DIY | WOOD CANVAS

Hi Shulos!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Even though I regret not posting this awesome project earlier it was nice to focus on other things like reading, friends, live music and my new gig. It hasn’t been a bad trade. This wood canvas was inspired by Urban Outfitters’ raw wood store display and cost under $75.

Special thanks to my dear friend Alexis Castaneda for collaborating with me. Your an awesome woodcrafter with big bad tools!

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Here’s what you will need:

– 1, 3/4 in x 2 ft x 4 ft Plywood Project Panel

-16, 1/2 in x 36 in Wodden Square Dowel

-Wood Glue

– Painter’s Tape

-1, Sheet of Sand Paper

– 2 different shades of Wood Finish, 8 oz. Pick your fave!

Tools:

-Chalk Reel or Pencil

– Paint Brush

– Measuring Tape

– Jig Saw, Hand Saw or access to a friend with a milter saw!

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Using a chalk reel or pencil find and mark the center of the plywood.

Hope my tutorial graphics help explain my instructions!

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Use a dowel to mark 8 lines starting from the center horizontal line to the edge of the plywood. Each line should be 2 inches apart and at a 45 degree angle.Wood Canvas2DSC_0009

You will use the lines as a guide to measure then cut each dowel. Place a dowel over each line, then make a mark at the edge of the plywood. Make sure to label each dowel according to the placement and length. With the help of my friend Alexis and/or your choice of saw, cut each dowel at a 45 degree angle at each end.

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You should have 8 dowels pieces at different lengths. Glue each dowel piece over the the lines on the plywood, apply pressure. DSC_0012DSC_0019DSC_0005DSC_0007

Repeat these steps to complete the other three sections of the plywood canvas.

Wood Canvas3Glue each dowel piece to the adjacent piece, starting from center edges.
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Wood Canvas5Once you have glued each dowel to match the graphic above. Use the remaining dowel pieces to mark horizontal lines at 2 inches apart from the center to the edge of the plywood.Wood CanvasOnce again measure the dowel’s length and cut each end at 45 degrees, then glue!Wood Canvas6

The center of the plywood canvas should look a lot like this. DSC_0025 DSC_0026Let your wood art sit over night. DSC_0029Using painter’s tape trace the inside of the center that make the horizontal lines. Then 4 dowel lines over on each side.
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Once the wood finish has dried remove the remaining chalk or pencil marks with a sheet of sand paper. Use the sand paper to smooth out any jagged edges too. DSC_0048

The last step is to hang your new wall art in your home, keep it simple by drilling two holes an inch away from the corners. Hang with a pair of screws and your done!

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Leave a comment below for more information on this wood canvas.

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DIY | LOOFAH DOG COSTUME

Hi!

Halloween is a couple of days away and even though my costume is still in pieces, my dog’s is on point.  I’ll admit my dog seems to enjoy them. Mostly because he gets treats and lots of attention, but obviously its just for my entertainment.  Make this ridiculous, adorable loofah costume for your dog for under $10! DIY LOOFAH

Here’s what you will need:

– 4 yds of Tulle

– 1/2 in Elastic

– 12 inches of White Rope

– Blue Embroidery String

– Rubber Duck Other

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Other Tools:

– Scissors

– Hot glue

Start by folding the tulle at about 15 in wide stacking one layer over the other.

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Once the whole 4 yds of tulle is folded at the same width, cut each fold at the ends to create individual rectangular pieces. DSC_0547

Place two tulle pieces one over and cinche at the middle. Cut a short piece of string and tie it around the middle to hold it in place. Repeat this step using all of the tulle pieces. DSC_0568

Measure your pups chest and torso using the elastic. Then cut and tie both pieces.
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Now attach each tulle bundle using the extra string around each elastic band.
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Once you have attached each bundle of tulle the elastic band will now look like a tutu.
DSC_0590Take the larger tutu and hot glue each end of the rope together to create the loofah’s handle. Then glue the rubber duck close by.
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DSC_0649DSC_0650 copyDSC_0652DSC_0631 copyIsn’t he just adorable! Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone. Follow more DIY’s on my pinterest here.

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Adios Bungalow pt. 1

Hi!

One day hopefully in the near future I will be a proud homeowner. With an extended backyard, tall ceilings with exposed beams, countless windows, old charm, a dream homem naturally it will be everything I’ve wished for. A girl can dream! But until then, we’ve all likely found ourselves living in a wide variety of apartments, tiny homes, sublets that are usually less-than-ideal. Being a tenant can be tricky, because while paying your rent on time is important, so  is making sure your place is personalized and stylish. Depending on your landlords rules, there are cheap and simple options that can help make your new space feel like your own.

Even though I recently moved into a new place I wanted to share some tips on how I spruced up my bungalow’s kitchen. Check out these before and after pictures.

BEFORE: 

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The kitchen was not terrible. The space was a little awkward, but it defiantly lacked color other than blush pink. Depending on your landlords terms and your budget, here are some ideas to consider for your space.

AFTER:

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Walls: If you are willing to repaint or sacrifice part of your deposit, paint will be the most affordable way to brighten up your walls. Especially if the walls have texture, since wallpaper takes a longer process. I used two different shades of paint to cover up the pink walls. Using some painters tape, I created clean lines on the wall over my sink by first painting the base white then layering two coats of grey. On the opposite end of the kitchen I decided to paint only half the wall grey at an angle, using the same tools.

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Hardware:  Replace all of the outdated doorknobs. Most doorknobs can easy be unscrewed and replace in a matter of minutes, plus you can always switch them back at the end of your contract.
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Lighting: Using the existing light hardware, replace the shade by simply unscrewing the typically glass top. Again you can switch this back later.
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 Decor: Use what you’ve got, DIY or go shopping to redecorate your improved kitchen! I have a ton of plants, that are easy to maintain, affordable and look great in any space.

I wish I could have ripped out cabinets, the sink, changed the floors…etc! However with the changes I made I was able to personalize my space, get back my deposit back and live happily in my bungalow.

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Paint: White, Bit of Sugar from Bher Paint  /Grey: Pencil Sketch from Bher Paint @ The Home Depot

Hardware: Liberty 3/4 Milk Bottle Knob @ Knobs

Lighting: NYMO  @ Nymo Lamp Shade

Storage: Grundtal, Magnetic Knife @ Magnetic Knife Rack

Photo Crede to Ryan Walters on my before pictures! @ Something Standard

DIY | Concrete Stool

Hi!

And my love for natural “raw” materials continues. This time using wooden dowels, concrete and a cake (sort of) to make a concrete stool.  This project was inspired by the Homemade Modern one of my favorite bloggers with my some tweaks. I loved the idea, but didn’t particularly want a smooth concrete top. So I decided to use a cake lid as the mold, this idea only came to me after a potluck at my office. The pattern of the clear cake lid was perfect! The stool is durable, simple to make and more importantly very affordable!

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Here’s what you will need:

-2, 5/8 in. x 36 in Wooden dowels

-Quickrete Concrete Mix

-Cake display container lid

– Spray paint

Other Tools:

-Jigsaw

-Water

-Sand Paper

-Empty tape ring

-Masking tape

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Start by cutting three equal 16 inch wooden dowel pieces, using a hand saw or jigsaw.

You can add or subtract inches depending on how to tall you would like your stool to be.

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Once your pieces are evenly cut remove any excess wood chips by sanding down each end of the wooden dowels. Then begin to mix the concrete. Pour about 3 inches of concrete mix without the pebbles into the empty cake lid or a separate container, then slowly mix with water.

Now let your concrete mix let for about 30 minutes. Then take an empty masking tape ring and push it into the center of the concrete mold. Then carefully stick each wooden dowel piece angled into the center of the ring. Let the dowels rest on the edge of the ring, this will help support the weight of the dowels while the concrete dries.

Refer to Mix Concrete for more details about mixing concrete. 
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Once the concrete is dry remove the lid mold!
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My favorite thing about this project is that you can personalize the stool in so many different ways by making the legs taller, use different cake lid patterns, or paint the concrete top and legs in many colors.

 I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below and keep posted for pictures of my previous before and after rental home!

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DIY | Leather Luggage Tags

Hi!

Maybe you’ve noticed my recent obsession of using all natural “raw” materials in my current DIY posts. I know doing it yourself isn’t always the easiest or more affordable option, but honestly there is no better feeling than making something with your two hands. Specially something that you will ultimately need or want. On my last trip my luggage tag was destroyed by luggage claim, naturally I decided to make my own.  Using natural “naked” leather.

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Here’s what you will need:

– Natural Tooling Leather, $4

– Alphabet Leather Kit

– Suede Leather Cord, $2

Other tools:

– Hammer

– X Acto Knife

– Cutting Mat

– Rotary Hole Puncher
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Start by cutting 3″ leather rectangles using an x acto knife. Leather can be tricky to cut, make sure to go over your cut a couple of times over a sturdy cutting board.

You can make about 4 luggage tags with one single leather strip. 
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Leather is more receptive to being stamped when it’s damp. Dip your leather pieces into a bowl of water. Do not soak the tags, just damp them.
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In order to stamp on the  leather you will need to hammer each letter using the leather kit. Start by lining up the first letter of every line on the end of the tag and work your way across. Make sure do your hammering on a steady surface. You will not need to use that much force — one sharp tap, straight down on the top of the letter punch will suffice. If you didn’t apply enough pressure, you can carefully realign the stamp and do it again. Then cut 8-10 inch pieces of the leather cord, pull through the hole in the stamped leather piece and make a strong knot.

And you are done, how chic is your new luggage tag! You can make different sized luggage tags according to what information you want on it.

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Let me know what you think of this project? Leave your comment below and make sure to follow me!
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DIY | Concrete + Copper Towel Holder

Hello! Its been a while.

Lately I’ve been posting more trips than diy’s, I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos!

My roomate recently moved out and I’ve noticed things I miss that we shared. Such as her towel holder. Afterthought for me. Case in point – I should make my own. After a quick trip to Home Depot I came up with this chic, industrial Concrete + Copper Towel Holder.

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Here’s what you will need:

 – 13″ Copper pipe

– 4″ Copper pipe

– 2, Copper caps

– Concrete Mix

– Cardboard

– Medium sand paper

Tools:

– Box cutter or Precision Knife

– Pen or Pencil

– Duck tape

– Strong Adhesive

– Piece of String

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First you will have to create a mold as a base. Start by making a 7″ diameter circle on your cardboard. I traced the bottom of a pot plate to get a perfect circle, then cut it out using an x-traco knife. You will also need to cut a long strip of cardboard that is at least “4 thick. DSC_0087 DSC_0089

Trace the edge of the circle with the long strip, creating a cardboard bowl.  While you hold the two together, duck tape all long the bottom of the bowl. Tape the ends, cut any extra cardboard off, and secure the mold with more duck tape.DSC_0097DSC_0092

Pour 2 cups of concrete mix in a plastic container, use a container you can dispose.  Then slowly pour in water as you stir the mix. I was a little nervous mixing the concrete, but I found that just like baking brownies all you have to pay attention to is the consistency of the mix. The mix needs to be thick, and wet through. I mixed one batch with rocks and another without, using only the concrete “powder”.
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Pour the batch with the rock concrete mix into the cardboard mold first. Then spread the mix evenly to create a smooth surface. Just like a cake!DSC_0144

While the cement mold dries glue each of the copper caps to the cooper pipes.
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After about 2 hours later your concrete mold should look a little sturdier. Stick the big copper pipe in the center and align the smaller one an inch away from the edge. In order to keep the pipes straight, wrap a tight string around the two and tape each end to the side of the mold.DSC_0145Once the concrete has set, it should look like this.
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Remove the cardboard mold then sand down the rough edges and surface of your concrete base. I wanted a raw industrial finish which did not require a lot of work. However you can use a finer sandpaper to achieve a much smoother surface.DSC_0233DSC_0239DSC_0224

I am so happy with the final result. And am excited to make a second one for my friends outdoor kitchen. DSC_0225

I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment and keep posted for more DIY’s!

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DIY| INDUSTRIAL NECKLACE

Hi all,

In my failed attempt to organize all of my crafting materials this weekend. I came across several copper pipe pieces scattered in my drawers left over from my DIY end table project. As always the wheels started turning and before I knew it I was at Home Depot. A few inches of PVC clear tubing and my copper pieces had a new chic purpose.

DSC_0082DSC_0103Here’s what you will need:

2″ -1″ Copper pipe

14″ Cord trim

3.5″ -5/8 OD PVC clear tubing

Set of leather end caps

Tools:

X-Acto Knife

Glue gun

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(The leaf is just there, because its pretty.) 

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I had several different sizes of copper piping but you will need a 2″ piece you can find already cut pieces at Home Depot for less than $2.

DSC_0073With a X-Acto knife cut a 3.5″ piece of the PVC clear tube.

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Take one of the leather end caps and add glue inside. Then push the end of the trim cord carefully into the cap.

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Now slide the trim cord through the plastic tube and you are done.

Chic, cheap and easy statement necklace. I really loved this project, so much so that I plan to make more in different styles.

DSC_0107 DSC_0122DSC_0124I hope you all have a wonderful week and make your own statement necklace too.

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DIY|Valentine’s Day Brush Embroidery Cookies

Hello All, Happy Tuesday!

 We are four days away from Valentine’s day. Some of you might be scrambling for cute gift ideas for your sweetie, babe, friend, bae, coworker, lover, boyfriend, husband, family member, partner, mijo, or friend with benefits (because millennials!). Whatever your relationship status may be, it is a lovely thought to have a day dedicated to love and friendship.

Being in this mushy, love, red hearts state of mind Ms. Gabriela Chabolla owner of Crumbly Baked Goods http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com teamed up to teach you how to decorate your own sugar cookies for V-day. Using the brush embroidery technique she uses on her amazing cookies.

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 Here’s what you will need:

1 lb of Powdered sugar

2 ½ cups of Meringue Powder

½ A lemon

¼ Cup of Water

Red- Soft gel paste food coloring

Sugar cookies (ingredients in link below)

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 Tools:

Mixer

Spoons/Bowls (several of them)

Lemon Squeezer

3-Piping bags

Pastry tip tube, #5 & #2

1- Small embroidery brush

1- Piping Squeeze Bottle

Toothpicks

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Start by preparing your dough, your favorite sugar cookie recipe will do just fine use http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/. Roll out your dough, cut your shapes and bake!

 Crumbly Tip: Make sure to put your cookies shapes in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before you place them in the oven, this will help them hold their shape better.

 While your cookies are in the oven you can begin to make the frosting.

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 In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer pour the powdered sugar and meringue powder, start the mixer on it’s slowest speed, then slowly pour the water. You will notice the icing will become thick and lumpy.

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DSC_0202Once you’ve mixed the icing, divide the frosting into the different bowls according to how many colors you will be using to decorate your cookies. We used 2 different shades of pink and white.

DSC_0209 We added four drops of (red) gel food coloring to one of your icing bowls for a darker shade of pink, and two drop for the lighter pink. Using a spoon mix the icing until you get the color that you like.

Once you’re done coloring, start mixing your icing into the proper consistency. (This is when things get tricky!)

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The consistency of the base of your cookie should be less dense than the original “stiff white icing”. In order to get a softer “flow type of icing” you will have to add teaspoons if not just drops of water to the icing until you get the right consistency.

*Crumbly Tip- If your icing gets too runny, because you added too much water. Add more powder sugar to bring it back to a softer “flow icing”.

You can test for consistency by pouring a ribbon of icing from a spoon back into the bowl, while timing how long it takes for the ribbon to be reincorporated into the rest of the icing. Flow icing should take 14-16 seconds to incorporate into the rest of the icing).

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Pour both shades of pink into two different piping bags with #5 tube tips. The white stiff icing you will divide between a piping bag with a #2 tip tube, and the squeeze bottle also with a #2 tip.DSC_0235

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Once your cookies have been taken out of the oven, make an outline around the shape of the cookie using the pink flow icing piping bag and wait about 20 second for it set.DSC_0249

Once the icing outline has slightly dried, fill the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly.

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*Crumbly tip: Tap the cookie slightly to bring out any air bubble there might be and puncture them with a toothpick, this will give you a smoother surface.DSC_0298

Let the cookies dry for at least 3 hours. Once they are dry, use the stiff white icing in the piping bag to make the petals of the flowers. Create a zigzagged curved line on the surface of the cookie.DSC_0299

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These cookies are adorable, delicious, and serve as the perfect gift for practically any occasion. But….If you’re not much of a baker, crafter or do it yourselfer, you can have my dear friend Gabriela at http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com bake a custom batch for you!

Subscribe to my blog via email, and follow, follow, follow for more fun ideas! 

Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

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DIY | Personalized Doormat, Hi Shula!

Hi Shulas & Shulos,

Happy New Year! I have been holiday-MIA, sorry. Nonetheless, I have set my new year’s BLOG GOALS, not resolutions since they do not have the same commitment effects on me. This year I hope to post more easy DIY tutorials, fun outfits, event ideas and share more trips with you all (even the ones I have yet to post from last year!). Striving with every post to spread creativity, new skills, entertain you and maybe even inspire you.

One of the ways I welcomed the new year, was by sprucing up my front porch. A quick (also cheap!) solution is to upgrade your doormat, and why not personalize it with a message from you. Here is my, Do.It.Yo’self…..Hi Shula Doormat.

Chula or Shula (How I prefer to write it) [choo-law; English choo-lah] 

Spanish, Mexican Slang for pretty, or beautiful.

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There are many creative ways that you can personalize this DIY to reflect your style and welcome message.

Here’s what you will need:

Natural, Doormat (I found mine at Ikea, Trampa $9)

Masking Tape

Spray Paint (Hobby Lobby, $3)

Sewing Pins

Scissors

Other tools:

Acrylic Paint (Hobby Lobby, $2.50)

Paint Brush

Construction paper

Printer

DSC_0030Start by placing masking tape around the doormat to create a simple grid around the mat.

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To create the “Hi Shula” stencils, use a computer program that you can easily type in (such as Word or Illustrator)“Hi Shula” or the message of your choosing. Select a font that is thick and visible at about size 700. You will print one letter per page. Print on thick construction paper, and cut with scissors.

Then place your cut outs on your mat and pin each letter down with plenty of sewing pins.

DSC_0037DSC_0036Now spray paint! Shake the container according to the directions on the label. Hold the can parallel to the mat (this will prevent from paint going under the stencils). Depending on what color of paint you choose you may or may not have to spray your mat more than once.

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Let the mat dry completely. Remove the letters/tape. Then fill in the letters/grid with using the acrylic paint. Use a thick paint brush with a good amount of paint and press it into your mat.

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Once the paint is dry, upgrade your porch with a brand new custom doormat!  It will make you smile and welcome your guests with a warm message that is very you.

Be sure to spread the comment love below, and share my DIY with your friends.

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