Etsy + West Elm Craft Party!

Thank you to West Elm in Emeryville, CA for hosting the Etsy Craft Party this past Friday! We loved learning a new a new skill, embroidery, and most of all meeting other local makers and craft enthusiasts. Missed out on the event? Here is how to make your own embroidered vintage photographs at home in a snap!

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{What you will need}

  • vintage photographs
  • embroidery thread
  • needles
  • scissors
  • friends!


  1. Select the photograph of your choice.
  2. Pick your favorite thread color and string your needle.
  3. Add pops of color to make your photograph stand out!

* Tip: Poke-out the holes for your thread first for better accuracy!

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Etsy + West Elm Craft Party { June 6 // Emeryville, CA }


Come meet and make this Friday, June 6 at the Etsy Craft Party 2014 at West Elm in Emeryville, CA from 6 to 9 pm! This year’s theme, Recapture, focuses on transforming photographs into display-worthy works of art using a variety of craft supplies and creative techniques.

Check out the Etsy Craft Party page for the digital party kit, photos and more.

Click HERE to get tickets.


Egg-cellent Egg Decorating


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How do you decorate the perfect Easter egg you ask? The key to egg-cellent egg decorating is to incorporate your own unique accents.  This year we dyed our eggs b-spired style by adhering our wooden designs such as the Golden Gate bridge, our turtley awesome turtle, and of course our b-spired mascot, the penguin. We opted to dye each egg in a single solid pastel color in order to make the wood on each egg really pop. Here is our take on the traditional Easter egg decoration.

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Do-It-Yourself Cork Escort Cards

DIY CORK ESCORT CARDS by charlotte miller

All the little details are what makes a wedding memorable but making every little touch perfect is a daunting task. Simplify your efforts with Do-It-Yourself projects that are actually quick and easy. Escort cards especially can be time consuming as the guest list often changes at the last minute. For my recent engagement party in San Francisco, I opted for an escort card that could be changed in a snap by having two separate cards for the name and the table numbers. Here are the instructions for making simple, easy, and quick cork escort cards.

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{images courtesy of One Love Photography}

{What You Need}

  • Lots of Corks – Drink up!
  • Mini Clothespins – found here
  • Business cards – found here
  • Nice pen – found here
  • Adhesive Magnets – found here
  • Glue Gun  – found here


  1. On one of the business cards, write the name of the guest.
  2. On the second business card, write the table number of the guest.
  3. Attach the two business cards together with the mini clothespins with the name on the top and set aside.
  4. Cut the adhesive magnet sheet into thin strips.
  5. Using the glue gun, adhere a thin magnet strip to the back of the cork.
  6. On the top of the cork, make a slit the length of the cork with a knife.
  7. Place the business card with the table number into the slit.
  8. Place onto a magnetic board and Voila!





DIY Projects We Will Actually Do in 2014


by charlotte miller


As makers, we love do-it-yourself projects. From finding new uses for washi tape to creating nautical accents, here are four easy projects we ACTUALLY will do in 2014.



1. To Dye For Napkins // P.S. I Made This

{What You Need}

  • White Linen Napkins
  • Rit Dye in colors of your choice


1. Dip the bottom two-thirds of white linen napkins into the Rit dye for 30 seconds.

2.  Rinse in cold water and dry.


2. Washi Tape Vase // How About Orange

{What You Need}

  • Washi Tape in colors and patterns of your choice
  • Vase of your choice
  • Wax Paper
  • Utility Knife


1. Stick washi tape onto a piece of wax paper.

2. Using your utility knife, cut the washi tape to make any shape or pattern you like such as bunting strings.

2. Peel away the tape that is not part of your design.

3. Peel of your design and paste onto your selected vase.


3. Polka Dot Burlap Pillow // It All Started With Paint

{What You Need}

  • Burlap
  • White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Circle Stencil
  • Paper Towel


1. Use an already constructed burlap pillow, available here. You may also make your own. If you would like to make your own, measure the desired size of your pillow.

2. At the center point of your pillow, stencil your first polka dot by applying the white acrylic craft paint with the sponge brush. (Make sure to have something behind the burlap as the paint will bleed through.

3. For a uniform polka dot look, measure out the spacing between each polka dot. For a more organic look, simply eye ball where the next polka dot should go.

4. Make sure to whip your stencil clean with a wet paper towel throughout the process.

5. If constructing your own pillow, double-row stitch the end seems.

6.  Click here for the pillow construction method.


4. Jute Lamp Shade // The Handmade Home

{What You Need}

  • Lamp shade of your choice
  • Jute
  • Hot glue gun


1. Secure your strand of jute with hot glue, making sure to pull it tight.

2. Wrap the jute all the way around the shade.

3. Secure the end of the strand with hot glue, and voila!