Gilt Peace Sign: Tips and Tricks for Lettered Signs

November 22, 2014

Ah the good ol lettered sign. Such a time honored tradition when it comes to the holiday season. I'm sure you have all seen this version

via pottery barn

or this one 

again via pottery barn

So many cute varieties but so little time and so little money! The big retail names like restoration hardware, pottery barn and west elm have perfected such home decor, but that perfection will cost you a pretty penny, or two, or a hundred and two. So that's where this round up of tips and tricks will come in handy whenever you want to whip up some signage for your kitchen, office and of course holiday mantel.   

*Spray paint primer is your best friend. A quick base coat will speed up the whole shebang. You will use less paint in the long run and your dry time will be much quicker. A base coat is a must if you are using any fancy accent like gold leaf or liquid leaf, otherwise the wood or chipboard will soak up your whole bottle and dull the sheen. 

Vary the colors:
*Don't just use one color. Mix in a couple of accent colors or accent tones to add depth and character, otherwise it will look quick and cheap. My go to trick is to pick up a handful of house paint samples from Lowe's. I like how thick house paint is vs craft acrylic paint say from Hobby Lobby or Micheal's. Do one base color on top of the primer and then quickly blend in a couple of swipes of color before it dries. For my Peace sign I used a base neutral gray color and then blended in a light turquoise and light yellow color. 

Shiny is your best friend
*Who doesn't love a gilt edge or two? Or perhaps silver leaf is your thing? Especially when it comes to holiday decor, don't hold back when it comes to the glitz. Once you do a craft or two with it, a bottle of liquid leaf will soon take place as your most used craft tool. I know it has for me. From painting on fabric to glass to paper, the sheer multitude of uses is astounding!

Connection is key
* When connecting individual letters you can do a variety of things. I love the popsicle stick trick, as I demonstrated above. But if you don't have the space to store such an awkward piece of decor then I suggest using the ribbon trick. Connect each letter with a couple of piece of ribbon, that way you can fold the letters up and store when needed. Just make sure to make the ribbon pieces long enough so you are able to fold the letters back upon themselves.

Clear coat conundrum
*To sheen or not to sheen, that is the diy question of the day. I ALWAYS recommend sealing up your painted projects with a coat or two of clear coat. I prefer a nice satin to a high gloss, but that decision I leave up to you.

Hope this helps with your next letter diy. I know I stared at those rows and rows of letters in the craft stores for ages before garnering up the courage/inspiration to actually try something with them. They look full of potential, and when you know what to do with them they absolutely are!

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Honor

DIY Anthropologie Feather and Antler Ornaments

November 20, 2014

So it's a balmy 72 degrees outside and you're trying to get into the holiday spirit, what do you do? First off, yes, I live in San Diego, so yes, it really is 72 or really closer to 78 outside. Snowpocalypse? What's that? Is it really lovely all the time here? Definitely. Hard to get into the holiday spirit? Excruciatingly so. My go to besides spotify is the anthropolgie website. It's always packed with cutesie snow/holiday themed graphics and gimmicks perfectly aimed to get you into the holiday spirit. So while perusing the site I spotted these cute little buggers
and thought to myself... "I can so make that"....which is always on repeat in my head, but this time I actually followed through! Yeah for me. I finished a project. Start to finish. Which to me is an accomplishment in itself these days, screw the outcome, just let me finish one thing!.... I say this as I stare at a pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded (please note that I had to wash this particular load three times due to forgetting about it.)

So what do you need for this project? Some oven bake clay (I prefer sculpey), some liquid leaf paint and various scoring/texturing tools. I used a kabob skewer. Fancy, I know.

Start off by rolling the clay into a ball in your hands and smooshing it around until it is soft and pliable. Roll it out flat to about 1/4" thickness. Cut out a feather shape. Remove excess clay.

Texture and poke at it as much as you like

Add a hole for the hanging yarn and place on an oven safe plate or container. I used a dinner plate that had a soft rise around the edge to give the feather a slightly cupped shape.

Good gawd woman! Clean your damn oven!

bake at 275 for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before picking up or painting. 

Shake shake shake and use a small brush to paint the edges or the whole thing or whateves

Fancy huh?! Some of them kinda look like fall leaves which is totally perfect for thanksgiving decorations. Which I totally meant to do. Not.

Lub em

The mini antlers are a little more complicated, or really just require a bit of finesse. Start off with a small roll about four inches in length. Taper one end to a dull point, curve the whole roll. Then start adding offshoots onto the body of the antler and smoothing out the connections. I used to skewer to add a bit of texture along the base and striations along the body. I baked these for 45 minutes at 275 because they are a bit thicker than the leaves... oh wait I mean feathers.
Then add a touch of the liquid leaf. I also did a quick spray of clear coat to the feathers and antlers to extend the durability.

Perfect for the tree, of course, but also perfect for gift toppers, thanksgiving decorations, window decorations, book marks? and dare I say jewelry?

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Honor

Blog Updates and Life Lately

October 29, 2014

Alright men. Or should I say ladies?! I've manned up and updated the tutorial page  and the recipe page here on this little ol blog. The newer ones are listed at the start of each section, older ones tailing towards the end. Didn't realize there were so many that needed to be added! Oh well, alls good now. But in other stupendous yet not really that important info, I really feel like my groove is starting to come back... full tilt! A few hours spent editing and html'ing and I've got so many ideas flying around up here and I'm excited to give them the ol college try. I will be back in action a lot more around here to stay tuned. THANK YOU so much for sticking by me during this lull, but now that it's over I can't wait to get going again.
 Here are a few snaps of whats been occupying my time... 
I don't usually pick favorites... but that one LONG hair on top of Leland's head? Winner!

This could spell disaster.... or at least a ruined carpet.... well, hey now, I've been looking to get wood throughout so this might actually be a GENIUS idea ;)

baby+sink=happy for dayzzzzzz

october in san diego.... watching the surfers

Pumpkins a'la the Kristies. A perfectionist craft mama, a glitter tape enthusiast Lou and an uninterested little boy Luke, till I told him we could poke it with a stick.

Because duh! He is the captain of adorable!

Here we are. Kristie Family 2014

Muah muah muah
xo Honor
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