Saturday, May 18, 2019

French Dresser Makeover with Unicorn SPiT

Most Mondays after the gym I head to the local Goodwill to see what I can find to makeover.  It's a ritual that I love!  So many people have a "thing" about second hand stores, but I don't have a problem with them. I look at it a couple of ways...Every purchase goes to a great cause and I get to encourage my friends to rethink tossing something when they're tired of it.  It's just another way to keep the earth more green.  This little dresser looked so sad, I had to bring it home and give it a new life.  Currently it's residing in my nieces bedroom and she loves it.  Make something over when you're so tired of it you want to donate it and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Hot pink and proud!
Love this color combo!

Watch how to make it here using
E6000 Spray Adhesive and
Unicorn SPiT
Love the black and white vintage flowers on the hot pink

Happy Spring, my tulips!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pop Art Postcards

 How many Amazon boxes do you get per week?  I probably get 3 - 4.  That is a lot of cardboard and truthfully, I feel pretty guilty about it.  To assuage my guilt I try to make as many projects as I can out of cardboard.  Check out my cardboard tile projects!  These postcards are an EASY way to send out some happy mail and use up tons of cardboard.  The kids can join in and learn how the old folks used to communicate before texts and emojis!  Make someone's day by sending them a funky, handmade postcard and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
You ROCK!  I swear, you do!
Americana Neon paints from DecoArt make me super happy!
E-6000 Spray Adhesive and E6000 PLUS are my go-to adhesives
Make your own rubber stamps with toy foam letters and E6000 Plus!
Watch how to make them here!
Can't wait to send these out!
Wish you were here!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Turntable Spin Art with Pouring Medium

You might know how much I love painting stuff on a turntable or lazy Susan.  There is nothing more relaxing than adding paint to something that's spinning in front of you.  It's magical!  I decided to try a pour painting with this technique and I'm super happy with how they turned out.  The longer you leave it on the record player, the more the colors reach out toward the edge.  I also found that the more colors you use, the better!  Be fearless and experiment with everything and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
 The one in the center is my favorite!
 This is a terrific way to use up the colors you've been ignoring
Just add DecoArt Pouring Medium and you're good to go!

Watch how to make it here!
Cover the turntable with a box and you'll keep it paint free!
My gallery wall of spin art!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Beach Vacation Shadow Box DIY

We take so many photos and rarely print them!  It's time to get that amazing beach, Paris or skydiving photo OFF of your phone and into this super fun shadow box!  I chose a couple of my favorite beach photos and just printed them out on my home computer for this project.  You could use several photos instead of just one.  Heck, go nuts!  Fill the box with sand, rocks, pearls, ticket stubs, whatever, but just make sure to put it together with E6000 Plus. Celebrate your experiences my friends and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Create a vignette with your favorite things
Life is a BEACH!

Watch how to make them here!
Nothing better than a mermaid (or merman) kiss! 
Wish you were here!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Crochet Necklace DIY

I tried to learn crochet as a kid but got super frustrated.  I just couldn't get the hang of it.  Recently Yarn Story sent me a set of light up crochet hooks so I thought "why not give it another shot?"  In a matter of 2 hours I taught myself a basic chain stitch and made these colorful boho necklaces.  The perfect gift for my funky mom for mother's day, too!  I used a multi-color hemp cord, but you could use anything that strikes your fancy.  Have fun, learn something new and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
Try different cords, twines and embroidery threads!

Watch how to make them here!
 Why not add a tassel?
Serious fun!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Colorful Boho Plates DIY

Every week or so I come across a stack of clear glass dishes at a yard sale or thrift store for just a few dollars.  Catering companies in LA often get rid of these things after big events so I always grab them for my DIY projects.  With a little help from my Gel Press and some colorful Americana paints, you can easily create a boho dinner table that will spice up your summer dining in no time.  The best part is that you can do it for a song.  Decoupage plates are so easy to make and you can use everything from your own printed papers (like I did) to beautiful napkins or wrapping paper.  Just make sure to mist your papers with water before you apply to keep them from wrinkling.  Add tons of color to your home for a happy vibe and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
My new collection!
Orange and pink has always been a favorite color combo! 
Dishwasher Safe Decoupage from Americana will keep your work in great shape!
Watch how to make them here!
The DecoArt Mandala stencil is always being used in my projects!

Have a colorful spring!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Victorian Flower Press DIY

Everything 70s is back!  We have macrame, ferns, wicker, high waisted mom jeans and now we have pressed flowers.  Pressing flowers was serious business during the Victorian era and it had a lovely resurgence in the 1970s.  That said, in the 70s most people used an old phone book to press flowers but in the Victorian era there were beautiful wood contraptions that looked lovely sitting on a coffee table.  I decided to make something in between a hand carved flower press and a phone book for this project.  Something that could be left out on a coffee table to wow your friends!  In the coming months I'm going to be using my pressed flowers for all kinds of different projects, so stay tuned.  Start pressing your flowers now so you can join in and
Make Your Mark!
 Turn the screws a little more each day to help them along
 Simple cardboard pages make this project eco-friendly

Watch how to make them here!

 I can't wait to start using these!
Happy Spring, everyone!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hanging Sea Glass Lanterns DIY

I've been on a DIY sea glass bender lately and can't seem to stop making it.  I have so much now, I might have to open a store.  Since spring and summer are upon us, I wanted something a little more colorful for my outdoor lighting so I created these hanging lanterns with dollar store glass vases and twine.  The trick to keeping the sea glass in place while it dries is tape....Lots and lots of cheap, clear tape!  Make sure to check out how I made these in the video below because I also share how to easily drill sea glass to make the beaded tassels hanging from the bottom!  Get creative my sweet friends and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Can't wait to fill these with tea lights
The sea glass tassels are my favorite part!
Just as beautiful with the sun shining through them!
Watch how to make them here
 My glue of choice is E6000 Plus 
It has no odor and is strong enough to withstand the elements

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

No Sew Boho Clutch DIY

It's almost summer and you're going to need a few little handbags to jazz up your favorite outfits! These little boho gems are PERFECT and you can make them in any color combo you want.  Grab some trim and a base fabric (I used vinyl but you could use heavy canvas) and get gluing! It's that easy.  A little velcro and you have a cute, safe place to keep your phone and some cash.  Add a strap and you're ready for a night out.  Kick up your style this summer my sweet friends and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
Jazz trio!
Perfect for a cell phone and some cash!

Watch how to make them here!

Happy summer!