Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Love/List: A Cozy Sewing Corner

| DIY, Inspiration, Organization

I got a sewing machine last Christmas with the intent to start sewing LOTS more, but since our house always seems to be in construction mode, I can never seem to find a place to set up my machine and organize the fabric and ribbon I’ve got.

I’ve been dreaming about a sewing corner like one of these:

Lovely, right? I want one, and I want that ribbon collection in #8!

Happy Friday!

xo, Mariah

Links: 1. Apartment Therapy 2. The House That Kat and Fred Built 3. Apartment Therapy 4. Free House Interior Design Ideas 5. Decole  6. Home Designing 7. A Beautiful Mess 8.

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DIY: How to Make a Floral Crown

| DIY, Inspiration, Wedding Ideas

In my recent soul searching and focusing on my new branding, I’m really trying to focus on who my absolutely ideal bride would be. I’ve been pinning images like crazy to my Ideal Bride Pinterest board and I’m noticing a trend – the perfect mix of indie, boho + rustic. Floral crowns included.

I wanted to try my hand at creating my own version of a floral crown, and today I’m sharing my process with you!

// Materials:

floral wire
floral tape
hot glue gun and glue
a nice mix of fake florals (or real if you prefer )
– branches
– cherry blossom buds
– a few bigger blooms

// Instructions:

1. Using floral wire, form a circle that fits comfortably on your head. Wrap the wire around 10 to 15 times to create a strong base for your crown. Wrap the wire around itself to keep the wire together.

2. Next, wrap twine around the wire circle and hot glue the end to the wire. Then start to wrap the branches around the twine and wire base, gluing where necessary and do the same with the small blossoms.

3. Last but not least, add in your big blooms with hot glue!

Wouldn’t you wear this every day if you could? I sure would! 


The Create + Connect Project Registration is NOW OPEN!

| Creative Entrepreneurs, DIY, Life

You guys!

I’ve been beyond excited/nervous for the last month – enrollment is now open for the Create + Connect Project!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you could share the project with any of your creative friends who you think would benefit from some major business training or advice on how to turn their passion into a profit.

Our program is a seriously amazing deal – for just $497 you get thousands of dollars worth of content + relationship building with like minded people. It really is a steal, and this is the lowest this program will ever be priced.

This has been amazing process to go through – a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, and I can’t wait to see what all of our hard work brings.

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Introducing the Create + Connect Project!

| Creative Entrepreneurs, DIY, Giveaways, Inspiration, Life

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been hinting at a special project lately, and today is the day I’m debuting it to the world!

I’ve been working on something called the Create + Connect Project for the last 4 months with my lovely friend Katrina who is a social media strategist.  The Create + Connect Project is an 8 week, interactive online course that helps creative entrepreneurs like photographers, crafters, jewelers + designers turn their passion into a profit. We want to help people earn money doing what they love to do.

We’ve pitched to the BIGGEST design bloggers and have some amazing people/brands on board, including HGTV!

Amazing, right? Who knew this would be so big?

On Friday, the Create + Connect Project will be featured on’s Design Happens blog, and we’ll be kicking off the launch with a scholarship giveaway. The contest will run from April 27th through May 11th, and we will work with HGTV to choose a winner.

Registration opens May 11th, and we’ll have 3 weeks full of awesome content giveaways and a special surprise at the end of May. The program starts on June 6th!

In the Create + Connect Project we’ll be covering Branding + Finding Your Perfect Customer, How to Build a WordPress Website, Blogging and How to Generate Ideas for Blog Posts, How to Leverage Twitter to Make Money, How to Create an Irresistible Facebook Page + How to Build a Community of Raving Fans.

We’ll also be doing live website reviews, WordPress Q+A, a Live Call on the Precautions to Take with Pinterest and SO MUCH MORE! We have tons of stuff still in the works, and we can’t wait to debut it all!

So keep your eyes on the HGTV Design Happens blog on Friday + I’ll keep you updated on all the fun stuff going on with the project!

If you want to get on the list to get all the free content + more info, click here to go over the and sign up.

I’m so excited for this new adventure!

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Mildly Obsessed: Washi Tape.

| DIY, Inspiration, Mildly Obsessed, Wedding Ideas

As obsessed with craft supplies as I am, it’s no surprise that Washi Tape has made it to the top of my list of things to obsess over lately.

Washi Tape is a Japanese tape made from paper, so it’s slightly see through + 100% gorgeous. With hundreds of different patterns and designs to choose from, there are endless ways to use this tape!

I’ve been taping things up everywhere – I love the way it looks!

Isn’t it so delicate + lovely?

These would be the perfect way to seal an envelope and can be used in so many different DIY projects.

Also, if you’re loving the tape strips I added to my layout up there, I got them Pugly Pixel + they are adorable. Go get some for yourself right now! 

Links: Column One: Style Files, Column Two: Happy Home, SF Girl By Bay, Column Three: Take Two They’re SmallThe Kitchn

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Love/List: Things For Home

| DIY, Life, Love/List

Pinterest has introduced a whole new world of amazing to me and I’ve been drooling over  painted dipped anything lately!

Chairs, spoons, jars, bags – you name it, I want to dip it in paint. I love the detail it adds to an otherwise boring piece, and I’ll definitely be trying out some paint dipping myself in the near future.

A few of my faves so far:

Right? Gotta try this out.

Links: Column One (top down): 1.via houseandhome 2. via Little Green Notebook 3. via Environment Furniture  | Column Two (top down): 1. via 4bp  2. via Poppytalk 3. via House of Earnest

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Love/List: Office Crush

| Creative Entrepreneurs, Life, Love/List, Organization

Pinterest has become my best friend for finding amazing inspiration for my home and an office I’m going to have someday… I have stumbled upon some pretty amazing spaces lately.

Today I’m sharing some office inspired goodness that I’ve fallen in love with lately – clipboards.

How fun are these for organization? Use em for inspiration boards, ways to keep projects organized or just for decoration.

Here are a few of my favorites.


Don’t you love them? I’m gonna have to keep my eyes open for some.

What do you think? What would you put on your clipboards?

Don’t forget about my little giveaway! Click here to learn more. 

Links: Top (L-R): via Emmas Design Blog; via Weekday Carnival | Middle: via Martha | Bottom (L-R): via Oh So Beautiful Paper;  via Pinterest; via STIL Inspiration


My Fave DIY Wedding Book – A Leap Day Giveaway

| DIY, Giveaways, Inspiration, Wedding Ideas

Hello lovlies!

In honor of Leap Day this year, I wanted to do a giveaway!

SO, from now until February 29th, you can enter to win the book that I used the most (a new copy of course) during my wedding planning.

The book is called the DIY Wedding and its loaded with great tips on what you should do yourself, what you should splurge on and different ways to do a DIY wedding.

All you have to do to enter is to post a comment on any blog post posted between today and next Wednesday (the 29th) and you’ll automatically be entered. 

I can’t wait to give this book away! It helped my so much in my wedding planning, and I want it to help you too.

One winner will be randomly chosen on Leap Day. 

Good Luck!

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Mildly Obsessed: Edison Bulbs

| DIY, Inspiration, Wedding Ideas

Not sure what exactly got me hooked on these – maybe images from the Restoration Hardware or West Elm catalog – but who can resist the warm glow of raw light bulbs?

I think Edison Bulbs are the perfect touch to add a rustic and vintage feel to your decor, Justin and I even found some old trouble lights with Edison Bulbs and used them as pendant lighting in our new kitchen (I promise, I’ll post pics soon!).

Another amazing idea – Design*Sponge featured the Brinson’s lovely home in the Design*Sponge at Home book and they took 100 lightbulbs and made them into a chandelier, lighting only 10 of the bulbs. Light from the lit bulbs bounces off the unlit bulbs to create lots of light. Definite gorgeousness.

For your wedding, find a venue that uses Edison Bulb lighting or bring in your own lighting that uses them.

Here are a few looks I’m mildly obsessed with right now:


What do you think? Would you use Edison Bulbs on your big day or decorate with them in your home?


Links: Top (L-R) Via Daily Bits of Beauty • Via Daily Bits of Beauty • Via FindersKeepersMarket via Design*Sponge. Middle (L-R) Via Pinterest via West Elm • Via Tales from the Road. Bottom Via Velocity Art and Design

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An Anthropologie Inspired DIY Guide

| DIY, Giveaways, Inspiration

Love Anthropologie and DIY projects?

Then you definitely don’t want to miss this – I’ve created an Anthropologie Inspired DIY guide and its totally FREE for you!

In this guide you’ll find:

• 3 tutorials on how to recreate some gorgeous Anthropologie window displays

• Tips on how to decorate your home with Anthropologie’s style

• A few ways to design an Anthropologie inspired wedding day

Here’s a sneak peek of the guide:

How do you get the guide?

All you have to do is click the link below and enter your email address. Then I’ll send the link to the download to you! Pretty simple, right?

Once you get your copy, let me know what you think!


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