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Easy DIY Clay Pots

9 Mar

Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend. We had another beautiful weekend here and I decided to tackle an easy outdoor project. DIY clay pots. We have a lot of porch space at our new house so I am taking full advantage! I sat outside in the sunshine for a few hours and painted away. For under $15 I got 3 pots and paints, hard to beat that! Here’s how you can do your own.

Before:

DIY Painted Clay Pots: Before

You will need clay pots, craft paint, and a paint brush. That’s it! I got all my supplies at Michaels.

After:

Easy DIY Painted Clay Pots | The Suite Life Designs

To create the dots I used the end of my brush as a stamp.

Neon Pink and White Painted Clay Pot with Cacti Arrangement Turquoise and Black Polka Dot Painted Pot Neon Pink and White Painted Pot with Aloe Plant

Easy DIY Painted Clay Pots

Easy DIY Painted Clay Pots | The Suite Life Designs

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkins

16 Oct

Every year I look forward to decorating a fresh batch of pumpkins. I haven’t been in the mood this year, partially because it doesn’t feel like fall yet and I can’t quote get in the Halloween spirit. I have pulled together 10 of my favorite pumpkin inspirations to get my creative juices flowing. Do you decorate pumpkins? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Copper-tape-pumpkins

Copper Striped Pumpkins

leafy pumpkins

Foliaged Pumpkins

Gold Doily Pumpkins

Golden Doily Pumpkins

ombre pumpkin

Ombre Pumpkin

confetti pumpkins

Confetti Pumpkins

double dipped pumpkin

Double Dipped Pumpkin

house number pumpkins

House Number Pumpkins

ombre spiderwebs

Ombre Spiderwebs

gold-polka-pumpkin

Gold Polka Dot Pumpkin

pastels and glitter

Pastels and Glitter

Here are mine I decorated last year:

the suite life designs pumpkins

suitelifedesigns glitterpumpkins

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How to Organize Your Jewelry

21 Feb

Happy Friday! I recently reorganized my jewelry. It was much needed! It seems I have acquired a lot more statement jewelry over the last year and I needed to update how I was storing them.

Jewelry Storage SLD

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These acrylic jewelry stands were the perfect way to get my necklace and bracelets in one spot. I picked these up at the Container Store. I don’t like having all my jewelry tucked away in a jewelry box. I’m the kind of girl that likes to see everything otherwise it won’t get worn.

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This is the full set-up. I keep my watches, rings, and perfume on a silver tray. I keep some other bracelets I don’t wear as often in a gold bowl. I love my C. Wonder lacquered jewelry box. It is perfect to store some of my nicer fine jewelry.

What do you think? How do you store your jewelry?

Have a great weekend!

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Crafting Mini Christmas Trees

11 Dec

Good morning! I have another Christmas craft for you. One of my best friends and I got together and had a mini crafting party. It is so fun to sit around talking, drinking wine, and doing a fun project. These trees are the perfect accent to my holiday decor.

Mini Christmas TreesAren’t they pretty? I took cardboard cones you can find at any craft store. I covered one in beans, one in round paper circles, and one in metallic yarn. Please excuse the backgrounds in these pictures. Crafting can get messy!

I started by spray painting each cone. I sprayed 2 of them white and one gold.

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For the cone covered in yarn I glued the end of the yarn at the bottom then wrapped the yarn around pushing it down so it became fluffy.

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Then glue the end at the top when done. No need to glue any where else in between.

For the next cone I punched 1 inch circles out of cardstock. I then just glued the circles on with mod podge and overlapped the rows to create a scalloped look.

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When done gluing I used some left over silver glitter paint to add some shine.

The last one I covered in beans. I was a little skeptical about how this would turn out. I like it though. It adds a little interest.

IMG_1619When done adhering the beans with hot glue I spray painted a few coats of white paint. Then I used some gold glitter paint to create an ombre effect.

DIY Mini Trees

What do you think? This is a fun craft that would be great for kids also. You can really get creative with what you choose to decorate the trees with. I like all three, but my favorite is the fluffy tree.

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DIY: Wool Pom Pom Wreath

10 Dec

Good morning! I don’t know what has come over me this year, but I can’t stop crafting! My latest project is my best yet (I think). Have you all seen the fabulous Anthropologie tufted wool wreath? I love it, but it was around $300. No way would I ever spend that! I then saw a DIY version on Pinterest and thought I can do that. And I did! It turned out so fabulous! Here is the Anthropologie version:

anthro wreath

Here is my version:

SLD Wreath

Want to see how I did it? I documented the steps for you. (Please forgive all the shadows. I took the pictures on my phone.)

Supplies:

4 bundles of yarn. Make sure it is thick and fluffy.

1 Styrofoam wreath form

Stick pins (or hot glue, but pins were super easy)

Ribbon of your choice

Scissors

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Step 1:

Wrap the yarn around 3 fingers (4 if you want fluffier pom poms) Wrap around 40 times.

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Step 2:

Gently slide bundle off fingers and cut another piece of yarn about 6-8 inches long.

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Step 3:

Wrap the long piece of yarn around the middle of your bundle. Make sure it is pretty tight so your pom pom won’t fall apart later.

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Step 4:

Take your scissors and insert them into one side of your bundle, then cut. Repeat on the other side.

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Trim all the extra long pieces and fluff the pom pom.

Repeat this process until you have enough to cover the wreath.

Step 5:

Start pinning the pom poms onto the wreath. I used 2-3 pins per pom pom to make sure they stayed.

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It took about 16 pom poms to cover the top. 14 for the middle and 18 for the outside. Yes, this project is a little tedious, but it was pretty easy and the result is great!

Wool Wreath

Notice those trees? I’ll show you how I DIYed those tomorrow!

Wool Wreath Close Up

What do you think? If any of you attempt this project I’d love to see it!

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DIY Dot Cocktail Napkins

5 Dec

Today I have a fun and easy DIY for you. I found a great idea on Pinterest (where else?!?) and thought it looked easy enough for me to recreate. If any of you need a small hostess gift this would be perfect for you.

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I chose to make cocktail sized napkins. Not only would they be a great addition to my bar cart, but they make a great small gift for Christmas time. You could easily do full size napkins if you’d like.

What you will need:

Napkins- I used white cocktail napkins from World Market (they are only $4.99!)

Metallic Gold and Silver fabric paint- I used Martha Stewart brand from Michael’s

Pencils with fresh erasers

That’s it! Super simple!

DIY-Napkins

Lay out your napkins on something you don’t mind paint bleeding onto. Such as cardboard.

With your pencil start adding dots to your napkins. I started from the bottom left and spaced them evenly across. I like that mine didn’t turn out super perfect.

Space your second row of dots between the gaps of the first.

Voila!

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To see the original source where I got my inspiration click here.

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DIY Artwork

1 Oct

Good morning! As I mentioned yesterday I painted a canvas in navy blue and gold to hang over my new bar cart. I have never called my self an artist. I am artistic person yes. I have a good eye for design and color, but never been a painter. I knew I wanted something simple yet eye-catching and this was the perfect fit. Here are the steps I took to achieve this art and how much it cost!

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I started with a blank 18 x 24 canvas. I bought Martha Stewart Deep Sea paint in a satin finish and a metallic gold. I like using the foam brushes for good coverage, but you could use any brush you like. I then used the other paint brush to get more texture in the gold.

Breakdown of cost:

All items from Michael’s Arts and Crafts store

18 x 24 Canvas: $14.99 (had a coupon so paid $8.99)

Navy paint : $1.99

Gold paint: $2.49

Foam brushes: $.49 each

Paint brush: $.59

Total: $15.04

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Left: The canvas after one coat of navy paint. Right: After 3 coats of navy paint and one coat of gold.

The most important thing while doing the top color is not trying to make it perfect which was very hard for me. You have to just do long brush strokes. I did a total of 3 coats of gold also to get the best coverage. As you can see after 1 coat the blue still showed through.

DIY Artwork- Navy and Gold Painted Canvas | The Suite Life Designs

The finished product! I love how it turned out.

The Suite Life Designs Bar Cart and DIY Artwork

Here it is in all its glory above my bar cart.

I did one other DIY project for my bar cart. A small tray to set glasses on. Here is a closer look and breakdown of cost.

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Breakdown of cost:

All items from Michael’s Arts and Crafts store (except paper)

Wood tray: $2.49

Same gold paint from the canvas

Leftover paper from Paper Source (originally around $5)

Polycrylic protective finish I had leftover from another project

Total cost: $2.49!!

SLD-BC-14This tray is the perfect piece to break up the wood top of the bar cart.

Hope these projects inspire you to try a DIY project of your own!!

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