I love it when the UPS man pulls up at my house! Yesterday, I received the new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Look Books on my front porch!
I immediately read it from cover-to-cover. I know Marian and the Milk Paint team have been working so hard to make this an inspiring resource our customers will refer to over and over again.
The Look Book is a magazine style publication containing 150 pages of inspiring pictures and informative tutorials that will make you want to pick up your brush and paint! Some of the articles include:
What is Milk Paint
It’s all in the Mix
Raw Wood Painting Tutorial
All About the Bonding Agent
The Many Uses of Hemp Oil
Included are tons of amazing before & afters as well as spreads for all 18 colors in the Milk Paint line.
I am so excited to share the Look Book with you I am giving one away! If you want to purchase one right away and not wait for the giveaway you can in my online shop (and if you win you will be refunded the purchase price). If you are local these will also be available in stores later today!
Simply enter with the widget below (it might take a minute to load) and the winner will be drawn next Friday, September 5th.
This shop has been compensated by by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are my own.
My Pow Wow themed baby shower is just two short weeks away and I can’t keep my craftiness to myself! I am using my favorite diapers, Parent’s Choice, to create a fun tee pee diaper cake for a centerpiece at the shower!
I can’t even believe I am having a baby in 6 short weeks and I suddenly feel so unprepared. With my first baby I insisted everything needed to be absolutely perfect when we brought him home from the hospital. Since I nursed , after being home for a few days, I realized all he needed was diapers and love! I can tell I am much more relaxed about the whole ordeal this go-round, hence my lack of preparation. My baby shower is in 2 weeks and I am certain it will be the kick start I need to get into full-on baby mode.
I have only one piece of solid parenting advice to offer new Moms and grandparents: do not spend your money on name brand diapers. I know this first hand. When Axton was born I thought the price tag of diapers translated into their ability to handle poop. So not true. I wish someone would have told me this little nugget of wisdom because it would have saved us so much money!
After a few months of spending a fortune on diapers I sent my husband to Walmart on a diaper run and he returned with a box of Parent’s Choice diapers. Seriously? I was convinced I would be changing blow-outs for the duration of the supply. Quickly I was proved wrong! Not only were the diapers so much cheaper I was shocked they worked just as well as the fancy-pants brand. I was converted and never looked back.
This spin on a diaper cake is an easy project to make for any baby shower and so useful because I can use all of the diapers when the shower is over – making it the most functional piece of decor I know!
To make this project you will need:
1- Box of Parent’s Choice Diapers. I bought the size 2 box of 96 and used about 70% of the diapers. You can also use this sweet coupon to snag $1.50 off of your diaper purchase.
1 – round cardboard cake holder (found in the cake decorating isle). You can also trace a circle out of cardboard and cut it out – but the cake holder was only $4.00 so it was worth it not to kill my hands cutting cardboard in the shape of a circle.
5 – wooden dowels
1- cardboard paper towel holder insert thingy
First, roll up all of your diapers from the box and secure them with a rubber band. Fold the diapers inward – toward the pattern. This covers up the pattern, only exposing the white part of the diaper, and leaves the smooth end of the diaper on the outside.
Prop your cardboard paper towel insert on the cake stand and build your first layer of the tee pee around it. I am a dork and spray painted my cardboard cake stand gold. The standard cake stand color is white so spray painting adds a fun pop of color to your diaper cake. Oh, and sorry my paper towel insert is crushed and wrinkled but hubs threw it away when it was sitting out on top of the kitchen counter. I had to do an emergency dumpster dive to save it. Oh, the things we do for crafts!
Wrap the entire layer of diapers in twine and tie it in a knot to secure it.
Then using hot glue, wrap the ribbon around the entire outer edge of the cake and secure it with a dollop of glue.
Continue the process for the second layer of the tee pee, making the subsequent layers smaller than the last.
Using wood stain, I stained the wooden dowels and allowed them to dry for 15 minutes. Next, hot glue two feathers to the end of the dowel and wrap in twine and tie with a knot.
Before wrapping your final piece of ribbon on the top layer of the cake, poke the dowel in between each diaper, until it reaches the bottom of the cake.
There were five diapers on the top layer of the cake leaving 5 places to insert the feathered dowels.
I chose to leave the tee pee simple and not add any other baby themed items to the cake. I am really loving the simplicity and you could easily change things up to coordinate with any baby shower color or theme! I seriously can’t get enough of tee pees right now so it might hurt me a little bit to rip this apart in order to use the diapers.
But knowing how many diapers you blow through those first few weeks makes me realize all of these will get put to good use!
How do you feel about using a more inexpensive brand of diapers for your baby’s bottom? Do you feel like a Rolls Royce price tag makes for a better diaper or is #BabyDiapersSavings more important to you?
PS: Thanks #CollectiveBias for allowing me to share this fun tutorial with my favorite brand of diapers!
Last week I was invited to take a private tour of the new Oklahoma City West Elm store. Fancy, right?
I got to be their first paying customer and I bought a brass armadillo to add to my vintage brass animal collection. It’s about time the rest of the world caught on to my brass animal obsession! And look at that focal wall with the West Elm sign. It’s reclaimed from a church in Philadelphia. If you are in OKC you need to stop by just to see that wall. Anyway, while chatting with their PR rep during the tour she said the big emphasis for fall is teaching their customers about how to add a layer of luxury to any room. This can be done with gold accessories, mirrored coasters or end-tables, or pops of texture. I left the store totally inspired and ready to burn a hole in my credit card.
So to tame my urge to buy a whole new house at West Elm I decided to add a layer of luxury to some Ikea frames I have had sitting in our spare bedroom for several months with liquid gold leaf.
This picture is from January and showcases how I have struggled to fill the space above our monstrous TV. My original plan was to replace our beast of a television with a flat screen above the fire place but instead I get to pay for my labor and delivery bill as well as the $1300.00 to have our house exterminated for termites. I found a tiny part of our baseboards caved in and my suspicions of termites were confirmed when we called the pest control guy. I called my husband bawling and swearing that we were white trash living in a bug infested house but the termite guy assured me that almost every house in Oklahoma gets termites every 10 years. Yay.
I wish I didn’t have the eye-sore of a TV taking up this entire picture but I wanted to show you how I filled the space above it in case you are struggling with filling that space on your wall as well. It looks a little off in the photo because I chose to center the frames on the wall and not center them based on the TV.
For this project you will need some Ikea Frames. Mine were the 23” x 23” Fjallsta Frames in black. You will also need some Plaid Liquid Leaf in Classic Gold, FrogTape, a tape measure, and a piece of chalk.
I measured 5 inches from each corner and taped it off with FrogTape.
This was my first time using Liquid Leaf and I am NEVER going back to using traditional Gold Leafing again! No more of the 187-step process of putting on the adhesion gel, waiting for it to get tacky, burnishing on the leafing paper, and then buffing. Liquid Leaf is ONE STEP! Brush it on and then you are done!
When using the Liquid Leaf make sure you are in a ventilated area because it is a little stinky. I brushed on each coat waiting about 20 minutes between coats.
It took 3 coats to get good coverage but I had plenty of Liquid Leaf left when I was done.
This little project turned these cheapie Ikea Frames into a show stopping wall in our living room. I think the West Elm rep would be proud. And my hubs is even more proud I used stuff we already had instead of burning it up on my West Elm tour.
I just noticed in this picture there is a rogue piece of gold leaf at the bottom of the frame. I went back and covered it up with a few swipes of a black Sharpie. Just a FYI in case you make the same mistake.
What do you think about adding touches of glam in your home? Is it too Liberace for your taste or are you feeling the gilded look? I feel like a little metallic can fix anything. Do you love gold too? Follow my all things GOLD Pinterest Board!
Bah. I hate August. People are not sprucing up their homes but instead buying their kids new clothes, spending money on school supplies, and trying to get back into their regular routine. Seriously, where are people’s priorities? But come September folks start thinking about getting ready for the holidays and fluffing up their nests for guests and family to visit. I am trying to remember and enjoy this little lull in business.
To gear up for the busy holiday season ahead I thought I would share some of my favorite resources for fine-tuning my business lady skillz. Here are my top 10 resources for creative businesses and vendors in antique malls. Or just crafty and creative people in general.
When I was a vendor at Vintage Market Days last year a fellow vendor, Cottage 960, told me about Jeanne Oliver’s website and my jaw dropped . How did I not know about this amazing resource? Jeanne’s website is jam packed full of hands-on videos for creative peeps. Some of them are free and some of them have a fee but all are worth the time to watch.
Here are a couple of gateway drug videos to get you officially hooked on her website.
If you are a vendor in an Antique Mall Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide is an eBook on Amazon that is a great read. At only $2.99 any vendor, seasoned or newbie, will come away with new information for running their business.
Look for local opportunities to network with other creative businesses and vendors in your area. If you are in OKC Indie Trunk Show is hosting a workshop for vendors and guess who is teaching the social media session? If you don’t know of any local groups ask other vendors or the owner of your store if there are any Facebook Groups or Meet-Ups you can join to sharpen your creative pencil with others who love the same things you do.
When out treasure hunting I use First Dibs, Etsy, and Ebay to look up the value of items on my iPhone as I shop. Many times I can quickly see if something is in demand and what the markings mean. Keep these bookmarked so you refer to them often.
Handmadeology is a great website for crafty how-tos, tips for Etsy sellers, Marketing tips, Blogging tips, Interviews, Product photography, and tons more. Some of their videos have a small fee but most do not. This website is mainly centered around Etsy but there are still tons of great takeaways if you don’t sell on Etsy.
Craftsy.com is the mecca of online creative classes with courses on everything from cooking to knitting. Warning: they have an app. Don’t download it. Unless you want to knit your whole back to school wardrobe then feel free. I had to delete mine because I found myself totally immersed in free Craftsy videos at a ridiculous rate.
Lastly, for some blatant self pimping, if you paint furniture in antique malls or even for fun you NEED My eBook. Get all of the knowledge and insider-secrets from professional furniture painters in one book!
What are your favorite resources for getting your creative juices flowing? Share ‘em with us!