• Cultivate Creatives Picnic

    In the middle of July, fresh after a rainstorm, creatives gathered in a garden for a picnic. It was a great opportunity to connect and enjoy a delicious assortment of food and get to meet each other! We have another picnic scheduled for September 6, and would love for more creatives to join! Check out more info here.

  • Project Inspiration for the Week

    Project Inspiration for the Week

    This week I have been working on sculpting delicate paper flowers and vines for a project I'm super excited about! I'm getting to work with the extremely talented photographer, Anna Naphtali. Thought I'd share some of the inspiration I looked to in planning and proposing this idea. If you want more great flower inspiration check out my pinterest board!

    by Hayley Sheldon

    from Freutcake

  • long overdue!!! tent DIY: part 3

    Seriously. It's been more than a year. At this point, your tent skeleton has been assembled in your living room for 14 months, awaiting walls, a top, and the finishing touches! So drum roll please... I finally bring you the last portion of the tent DIY!

    Use an embroidery hoop that is about 15-20 inches in diameter. Cut a strip of fabric and wrap around both loops. You will use this to connect all the sheets and to add the pitch to the tent roof. 

    I found some fun floral and striped fabrics with similar colors at a local junk store. Each side took a double bed top sheet.  Decide which patterned sheet should go where, by draping the sheets from each post. Standing inside of the tent post will make the next part easier. You can see where I pulled the front sheet off the frame for me to step in. Teaching out a hand underneath with the interior loop for the sheets to rest on, pull each to cross the center. Sandwich the fabric with the exterior loop on top, and begin to tighten.

    Don't pull the fabric tight as if you were to actually embroider it, but leave it loose in the middle of the hoop. Use a needle with a large eye to thread yarn through the center of fabric. I tied the yarn to the fan to pull up the roof. Not everyone's lucky enough to have a fan to tie to, so you may want to think about hanging a hook or just pulling the tent ceiling taught and flat.

    I wanted the inside of the tent to feel magical, so I cut strips of fabric with pinking shears and tied a single knot around lengths of yarn, spacing each fabric piece a few inches apart.

    I then tied each length of fabric to opposite horizontal poles, allow for a little bit of swag to happen, giving the space a softer feel with a little more depth.

    I allowed for some fabric to drape from the front of the opening, tying it up in the center of the pole and pulling it to the side for a soft swag. Bunting around the front side of the tent added another whimsical touch. Mismatched pillows and throw blankets created a cozy and inviting feel. Candles lit in a varied collection of glass containers, also found at the local junk store, helped to give a little magic!

    Chris' gifts were wrapped with craft paper, and touches were added in a black, red and white theme. I'm all about color schemes for gifts! The picture was a photo booth shot of us from New Years.

    With the lights out, the candles gave the needed twinkle!

    Chris loved that I had blocked him out of his living room and couldn't wait to see the surprise I was constructing, though the noise I made at some points had him a little concerned! Despite all the pink action going on, he still had the tent up several days later, as you can see below when Ellie, my dog, came to visit him later that week :)

    What special touches of whimsy will you add to your tent?

  • Earth laughs in flowers

    I don't understand things like this. I come from a family where we buy things. We don't sit and make blankets [or flowercrowns].
    -Somara, fellow bridesmaid

    Last weekend, I had such a wonderful time visiting old friends from college. I spent Saturday traipsing around NYC with Kathleen, who just moved there after landing a job with a photo studio, and her husband, David. Then we traveled out to Princeton to visit our friend and bride-to-be, Gina, who hosted us for a pre-wedding weekend of fun for all the bridesmaids. One of these said pre-wedding festivities we partook in was creating lovely flower-crowns before we embarked on a day full of surprises. Gina has a mix of girls with art backgrounds, and non-craft oriented backgrounds. There were lots of laughs and merriment as we helped each others crowns come to life. I wanted to share with you some pictures of the crafting that took place!

    We created the structure of the crown with two pieces of floral wire twisted together. Snipping the buds off, leaving about an inch of stem, we then used jewelry wire to secure it to the crown. 

    We had a table full of supplies at the ready. Whatever could possibly be needed. Ribbons for sweet bows, hot glue for finishing touches, paper clips for.... who knows?

    Kathleen donning her crown.
      And me smelling the roses :)
  • DIY ornament or decorative spheres

    Start with a styrofoam ball, size of choice and a few packages if thumbtacks. I worked with silver, and white for my spheres. Use Elmer's glue to give a little extra security to the tacks hold, once you start to layer them like fish scales, they'll be tightly locked in place! Start on one side and work your way around to give a cyclical pattern around the sphere. I worked in small sections at a time, but sure to top the ball off at the point opposite of its bottom.

  • a little bubbly in a sparkly glass

    I was a co-maid of honor for my dear friend's wedding. To make sure she felt as super special as she truly is, we planned a sparkly evening of festivities for her bachelorette! I can't wait to share photos with you of the fun that ensued, but for now I have some fun little projects I created for the night. Inspired by my mother's work I painted the bride, and each bridesmaid a special glass, of course marked with their initial to be sure we knew who's was who's!

    Have a variety of paint bush sizes at the ready! I like working with smaller brushes, because it is easier to control, or rather, squiggled less of a mess for me to later correct.
    You can find Gloss Enamels at Hobby Lobby, or most craft stores. There are other brands available, just be sure to read the directions for baking or curing the glassware. There are some available that require it to sit for 21 days before using! Gloss Enamels can bake in less than an hour in your own oven.
    Chose a font and print out the initial you wish to paint. Cut it into a small piece that will fit into the glass.
    Tape paper to the inside of glass, making sure it's positioned straight before you start painting. You can just trace the printout with the paint.

    Make sure to keep you brush wet before dipping in paint, this will help for a smooth application on the glass.
    Dip only the tip of the brush in paint, you do not want globs.
    I lined the top rim of the glass, to finish it off. 


    I coated the base and stem as well, this took two applications to make sure it wasn't streaky.


    It's looking good, but not quit done! I think some polka-dots will do the trick!


    Using a flat round cylinder object, such as an eraser, is perfect for the little detail!


    Gently press it against the glass. You may need to twist it slightly as you pull away, to keep the edges crisp and clean. I alternated between silver and black dots.


    Let the glass dry a bit before handling. You can place multiple on the oven rack, just make sure none are touching! Follow the paint's label instructions for baking. 
    Check back, and I'll have some final shots to share of our festive setup to celebrate my friend and her soon-to-be nuptials! 
  • Dixie Seating Co. Market Booth

    Last week was a busy week of installing a booth for the furniture market in High Point for the Dixie Seating Company! They shared a sneak peek of the construction and a simple how-to based on some display I designed for the space. Check it out here.

  • Catawba River Antique Mall Booth

    Amongst the many other projects I am currently pursuing, I also took on a 10x10' booth at the Catawba River Antique Mall. I pushed to complete the booth construction before the soft opening on October 17, while also balancing the market booth install for Dixie Seating Co and the windows for Sozo Gallery. I'm really happy with how it turned out! Here's a peek into the progress of construction. Now to just keep it full of items for sale…

    The stack of pallet wood and space on the right is my booth!

    First wall is complete! Luckily I'm sharing a wall with a neighbor and they were wonderful enough to construct it and allow my to attach my pieces.

    Framing the right wall. 

    Right frame is complete, now for the details!

    I purchased antique windows from a small shop in Thomasville, GA back in college. They've finally been put to use!

    Structure set for window inserts.

    Wall installed, thanks to my Mr.'s help propping things during his lunch break.

    I had a ton of extra painted wood left from the Dixie Seating Co booth, and since it's my favorite color, I couldn't not use it!

    Finishing off the edge.

    Edge & window insets are done!

    Top braces and roofing for a finishing touch!
    I managed to move a few items in on Saturday. The white pallet dish rack sold within 4 hours! I'll be adding more items on Friday and in the future- expect to find vintage, antique, repurposed and handmade items in my booth! The grand opening celebrations starts this Friday at 4pm. Festivities start at 10am and run all day Saturday- including an outdoor market, fresh lunch by Tin Kitchen, and a bounce house!
  • Vancouver Craft Store Inspiration

    A couple years ago, I had the incredible fortune to visit Vancouver working an Anthropologie store opening. I recently was digging through my computer folders and came across some images from that inspiring trip. Thanks to Design Sponge's city guide at the time, I found a clever little craft store that every city needs! Sadly, I think it has been removed from the most recent version of the city guide, however you can find information directly on Urban Source's site

    Urban Source is on Main Street, a bustling area of town filled with local shops and delicious restaurants. There was such fun and random little oddities that were a delight to discover, and I returned twice after my first visit over the course of the trip! What makes this store so great is shared on their main page:
    "We collect from over 100 different local industries, diverting safe, useable 
    off-cuts, discards, misprints and over-stock from the land fill. Materials 
    are then sorted, organized and prepared for the store."

    Upon entering the store, you are prompted to chose which size brown paper bag you'd like (think snack size, lunch-bag, or grocery bag size). You then fill the bag up with whichever items you chose from their bins. 

    Reasonably, there are some quantity limits for certain items- only 3 slides per bag, or you can pay a flat 45 cents. 

    They also sold rolls a various papers, thin sheets of wood ply, specialty sheets of paper.

    Using the materials and objects they sell, they've created whimsical creatures that peer down from shelves or hover overhead as you shop.

    The train may be one of my favorites….

    But so is this baby elephant!

    And I love the frame in which this jelly fish is hanging!
  • Starry Night Photo Shoot Prep

    My third large scale freelance project after leaving Anthro was an exciting and new adventure. Thanks to the magic of Instagram, I was contacted by the art director of Charlotte Wedding Magazine, to collaborate on their fashion shoot for their Winter Issue. I painted a 10x12 foot backdrop to look like a swirling midnight sky, and also created a giant moon for the model to sit on. I shared some of the process below!

    Painting a rather large surface may be easiest outside. I laid down a plastic tarp and used painter's drop-cloth for the actual backdrop.

    I worked with two colors, a deep navy and an off-white, watering both down and mixing some for a middle tone. I painted in circular strokes to slightly blend the colors together into a cloudy atmosphere.

    The upper right corner was lightest, and darker as I worked outward.
    The tarp took 12-15 hours to dry (which could have been due to the humidity and dew that set overnight).

    Drying backdrop from other angle- you can see the swirling colors a bit more.
    I used 1/2 inch sand ply for the moon. I purchased a 4x8 foot sheet, but knew it wouldn't fit in my car, so had it cut down to a 3 foot width and used the extra piece to extend the point of the crescent moon.

    The pieces were supported from the backside with 1x2 inch pieces of wood that were glued and attached with small wood screws.
    The front surface was then primed with Kilz and then painted with the same off-white used for the sky.

    A sunny yellow was used to add surface texture and color variation to the moon.

    The yellow was mixed slightly with the off-white and pounced onto the board.


    As the paint dried, I sprinkled a fine pearlescent glitter over the moon and then sealed with polycrylic.

    I used 2x4's to built a small bench, about a 2 foot cube, that the moon was attached to with screws. The 2x4s were painted the same color as the backdrop to blend in. I used foamcore for clouds and dusted them with a little spray paint for color, and a thin chipboard cut into stars painted with silver and gold. The addition of both these elements helped create a nice depth within the shallow space and gave the shot a little more playfulness. 

    I'll be sharing the final shots from the magazine soon, so be sure to check back!