DIY Customized Enamel Dishes

I love the chance to get to experiment with a new product.  Making custom things for a our little vintage trailer, Riley, is one of my favorite things. So, this week I made some custom dishes for Riley with DecoArt's really cool Chalky Finish Paint for Glass.  It has a completely matte finish and gives a fun well worn, vintage vibe.

This was a really simple DIY that gave a really custom look to some very plain enamel dishes.

To start you'll need stencils for your mugs or dishes that you want to customize.  Craft stores offer a huge variety of pre-made stencils.  Or you can create your own custom stencil with a Cricut or Silhouette machine and some vinyl like I did.  I used the DecoArt Chalky Finish For Glass paint in the colors Relic and Everlasting

With a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol, wipe down the side of the mug to remove any dirt or oil from the surface.

Adhere the stencil to the mug and using a foam stencil brush, dab on the paint in a thin even layer. When the paint is dry, remove the stencil carefully. To cure the paint and ensure that it sticks through wear and tear and even the dishwasher, you will want to follow this baking method. Place the dishes in a cold over and turn the oven on and bring to up to 325F.  Bake for 30 mins and then turn off the oven and leave the dishes in the oven until they are dry.

I love DIY's like this that take just a couple simple supplies to make cool, one-of-a-kind pieces.  Oh and stayed tuned the recipe for these Homemade Chocolate Chipotle Marshmallows is coming soon.

This post is sponsored by DecoArt.  All my opinions and ideas are my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible.

Chalky Finish for Glass
  • Can be baked at 325F for 30 mins. for a dishwasher-safe finish
  • Covers in one coat on most surfaces.
  • Easily distressed for a vintage look.
  • Mixable colors for a custom design.


Five Fun Cactus DIYs

Yippee for the weekend!  Anyone else ready for some down time? If you are looking for some inspiration for the weekend, how about a trendy cactus DIY?  I love that some of these are edible, wouldn't this make a great party theme? Deserty Desserts done right!

Be sure to head over to these creative blogs and check out these posts and more.  


Pale Pink Chair

There were quite a few things I learned from my reader survey that surprised me.  One things you wanted more of was a look behind-the-scenes and more of the studio.  So, here's a little look at Olivia's space in the studio.

This year, Olivia goes to pre-school 1 to 2 days a week. She's a really social kid and loves being with friends so I'm glad she can go now and then. But, when she's not at school, she's my side kick. She loves going to the studio. I have a little table and chair for her and she has a whole drawer full of paper, markers, scissors, glue, paint, and tape. She can spend hours making stuff. Don't get me wrong, she also makes a lot of messes in the process. But, I'm thankful she's happy to be "working" with me. Yesterday she even lined up her crafts on the floor and asked for the phone so that she could take some pictures. Maybe she needs her on IG account, it could be entertaining.

I have two of these little chairs, I bought them at a thrift store when Denali was a baby.  They were sage green with little red seat cushions the first time I gave them a makeover.  Then when Denali was about 4 or 5, I painted them bright pink (seen here).  And now they are the perfect pale shade of pink. And the best part is that the name of this Sherwin Williams color is OLEANDER!!! Seriously, it was meant to be. 

When Olivia isn't in the studio with me, or a have a big shoot, I can easily move her little station to a corner.  I added a little temporary color to the wall above the table with a couple sheets of Minted's gorgeous wrapping paper in blue and pink. I love this color combo. Blue is not usually a color I play with, but it's a new color I'm trying to add to my mix (remember my Colbalt Blue mood board).  

Oh, and because I know you'll ask, the wall color is from Sherwin Williams as well and the color is Snowbound. It's are really pretty bright white and I used the Emerald line of paint, it covered really well with one coat.  


DIY Tropical Leaf Pillow

If you are going to change up your decor at all, pillows are the first place to start.  They are an inexpensive way to play with color, pattern and trends.  Because I like to sew, I enjoy making pillows so that I can save money and also have a unique look.

I'm loving this tropical foliagetrend. I've made a tablecloth and an alphabet chart with big leafy botanicals, so why not a pillow? This is another house plant that I don't have to worry about watering.

To see the full how-to for making this easy applique pillow, head over to Curbly today.


3 Aussie Shops That Will Inspire You

I've been following three Australian shops on Instagram for a while now.  They make me want to fly half way around the world just to shop.  And although they don't all ship to the US, I love to followthese shops on instagram and visit their online shops for inspiration.  So, I thought you should know about them as well.

The first one is Gorman. Their textile patterns are jam packed with color and modern shapes.

The next shop in Jumbled.  If you need some color inspiration in your life, this is the shop to follow on instagram.  

And the third shop is Aura Home.  It's muted pallet and clean white spaces will have you craving bright, simple room. 

What companies and shops do you follow?  Are any of them filling your instagram feed with color and pattern inspiration that I should know about?


The Eye Motif Trend

I love a trend. It's a chance to stay current and and it keeps me feeling hip and young. At 37 years old, I need all the help I can get. This is a trend that has be showing up for the last year or so. This eye motif is playful and graphic, especially in black and white.  Here's a few fun ways to try out this trend.
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I'm not saying you have to try every trend that's out there. But, it's fun to experiment with the ones that speak to you.

I hope you have a productive and creativity-filled weekend.  Take a risk, play with a trend or try something new.


Cardamom Cream Cheese Apple Pocket Pies

There are so many National this or that days, I can't even keep track of them.  But, when I saw that National Apple Pie Day was coming, I knew this was one day I HAD to celebrate!!!!  The hubby's birthday was yesterday and his favorite dessert is apple pie. So, we had these cute apple pocket pies last night in place of birthday cake.  Not a bad trade at all.  And even though I'm on the #whole30 plan, I have to confess that I totally cheated last night and ate one.  I've done so well, but homemade apple pie, can you blame me?  I actually don't even feel guilty at all.

Really classic apple pie is perfect the way it is, but I'm an experimenter when it comes to baking and cooking. So, I played a bit and added some of my favorite ingredients - cardamom, cream cheese and crystalized ginger.

I have a cute little apple shaped pocket pie mold, but you could easily cut out simple circles or rectangles to make little individual pies.

Cardamom Cream Cheese Apple Pocket Pies

Pie crust enough for two pies.  I like Martha's Pate Brisee or if you want to save some time and effort, feel free to use pre-made store bought crust found in the freezer section.

Apple Filling
5 apples peeled, cored and chopped small
1 tbsp. crystalized ginger finely chopped
2 tsp. ground cardamom
juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

1 egg (for egg wash)
Fine sugar for sprinkling

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 package cream cheese (1/2 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup sugar

Keep your pie crust wrapped in plastic wrap and in the fridge to stay cold while you prepare the fillings.  With a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until it is creamy and smooth.  Set aside.  In another bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the apple filling.  Be sure to pour the lemon juice on the apples as soon as you chop them, to prevent them from turning brown.

Roll out your pie crust to just less then 1/4 inch thick on a well floured surface.  Cut out a top and bottom for each pocket.  For this recipe I was able to make 8 large pocket pies.

Beat one egg with 1 tbsp. of water for the egg wash.  Brush around the outside edges of the bottom piece to your pie.  In the center of the pastry, place 1-2 tbsp. of the cream cheese filling.  Then scoop about 1/3 cup of the apple filling on top of the cream cheese.  Place the top pastry on and seal the edges well.  Using a fork, crease the edges closed all the way around the pie.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.  Place the finished pies on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with fine white sugar.  Bake for about 20 mins or until the the crust is golden brown.  Cool and serve warm out of the oven or at room temperature.

This is pie for folks on-the-go!  Now to give these away ASAP so I don't eat another one. And Happy National Apple Pie Day!!!!!!

I'm off to Canada for the next few days, follow along via Instagram