{Holiday Place Setting // DIY}

October through December marks my favorite time of year.  Sure it may be a little bit colder and usually always busier everywhere you go, but its the perfect time to celebrate and enjoy the little festivities all around you. As the holidays approach (and whether you celebrate them or not) you are bound to see beautiful tableware and decor or bring out some of your special pieces for these occasions.  I try to find the time to create items that I’m proud of throughout the season and things I can try to use for other times of the year, too!  Do you have special decor that you always bring out?

The project I’m sharing with you today is great because you can decorate a set for any occasion — any time of year.   The colors are completely up to you and so is the design, making each piece unique + thoughtful!

SUPPLIES: 
clear place settings (plate, bowl, glass etc.), spray paint, stickers, sealer

Wipe the bottom of your plate clean + flip it over onto a paint-ready surface so the front side of the place is facing downward.  Place your stickers in any desired pattern.  Spray the color that you would like most of the plate surface to have (I wanted pink plates with gold dots) — note I’m spraying the backside of the plate.  Apply enough coats to cover (about two) and allow to dry.  Project tip: make sure to clean your hands too, greasy fingerprints can make your paint coverage uneven on the plate.

After some dry time remove your stickers. I used a needle to lift the edges and peel off.  Now you are ready to spray your second color (the dot color) as your third coat. Just like the step above, spray the backside of the plate making sure to cover the clear circles where the stickers once were. Again let it dry a bit. Apply your clear sealer and allow plenty of time to completely dry.  Project tip: you don’t have to use spray paint, it’s just smoother. For different colored dots use a little brush and acrylic paints.

Aren’t these adorable?  I can only imagine the shapes and patterns you will come up with + I’m excited to see them.  If you make a set don’t forget to share a link here or tag us via instagram or twitter (@gussysews and @thingslovely).  Happy Holidays! 

Heather Dawn is our DIY contributor and resides in Oregon. She stays busy juggling many roles: writer of JustLove.ly, full-time designer for {just.lovely.things} {an accessories line where she creates wardrobe accessories for magazines, tv shows & some amazing customers}, co-owner of the shop Fawn & Flora, and an indie subscription service called Love❤Club. She’s a huge fan looking at pretty things and attempting to make them.


{Joy Tea Towel // DIY + sewing giveaway}

Hey friends! I’m over at Skip To My Lou, sharing this adorable sewing DIY tutorial. Click over and take a peek?

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{Instagram Coasters // DIY}

Recently, my husband and I made a huge decision to simplify our lives for the winter before a big move next spring — pretty close to what Maggie & Zack just did, getting rid of everything they owned and driving across the country.  Yes, this is the part where you can say ‘YIKES!!’. To say the least it’s interesting to take everything you have owned since your first apartment at age 17, and as you turn 32 just have 4 boxes of belongings!  With this more intentional way of living comes some simple life dreaming.

As I think about what our new city and home will be like, I can’t help to daydream of all the things I would like to do with our home.  We get a fresh start and with that our intentions of living simple will remain with us.

Today I’m sharing an easy project with you that I know will be something I use in our new home.  Do you have any home projects you will be working on soon?

Since Instagram is all the rage and the photos are already a square I decided to save a few photos from my feed* and print them on the paper.  Cut your photos to fit the frame of your tile and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge directly to the tile and place your photo on top.  Project tip: allow your printed photos to dry completely or use Mod Podge for paper for the first layer to prevent ink bleeds.

Smooth out the print to remove bubbles and allow for an even coverage, then apply another layer of Mod Podge over your photograph.  Allow some drying time and repeat to build up a few layers.  Once completely dry use clear sealer (spray or liquid, your choice) to prevent drink condensation or spills from ruining your work.  Project tip: I used clear spray sealer. Simply place tiles on paper and in a ventilated area spray each piece following the manufacturers instructions.

To prepare the bottom for table top use you can purchase pre-made felt sticky pads, some cork board or just make your own like I did.  Cut small circles of felt for each corner of the tile or a square large enough to cover bottom then adhere to tile (I used hot glue). Project tip: to get the best use out of your new coasters, lightly wipe clean or gently hand wash when needed.

This project is not only easy to make, but totally customizable, which makes it a fun project to do with friends or to use as a gift. You could snag a couple photos from one of your friends Instagram feeds and surprise them with a new set of personalized coasters.  

If you end up making a set of these tag Maggie (@gussysews) or myself (@thingslovely) on Instagram so we can see how they turned out!

*To print photos from your Instagram feed, use an online Instagram viewer like Ink361. Right click & save the photos you want to print — easy!

Heather Dawn is our DIY contributor and resides in Oregon. She stays busy juggling many roles: writer of JustLove.ly, full-time designer for {just.lovely.things} {an accessories line where she creates wardrobe accessories for magazines, tv shows & some amazing customers}, co-owner of the shop Fawn & Flora, and an indie subscription service called Love❤Club. She’s a huge fan looking at pretty things and attempting to make them.

{creating a book page wall // DIY}

Earlier this week I shared a sneak peek into our living room, decorated with the help of World Market, and that little peek showed off our DIY book page wall.

For months I have been wanting to put old book pages on a wall but didn’t have the right home to do it in. In Minneapolis, our home had wallpaper that we weren’t allowed to tamper with. But now that we’re in Los Angeles and we have beautifully painted cream walls, my heart released a sigh of relief: I could finally make it happen.

It was so easy — I can’t wait to show you how I did it, plus something neat about one of the materials used…

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