DIY: Yarn Wrapped Key Covers

I know I've made some unique (and unusual) projects over the years including this pistachio shell necklace and these cereal box notebooks, so you can imagine how many times I get asked, “how do you come up with these ideas?!” Well folks, I think it’s time to answer that question! My process is pretty simple: (1) research (2) inspiration (3) create. And since the "key" ingredient (see what I did there?) to finding inspiration is the research phase, I partnered with Bing for a behind-the-scenes look at how I came up with today's project! Bing challenged me to use their search tool, where I'm able to earn credits to redeem some amazing gift cards just by searching! Pretty cool, right?

After meeting the awesome group of ladies from Bing last month (and winning a tablet!), I decided to give it a try. It’s been about 4 weeks and I can tell you that I’m hooked!

Bing’s search functionality is s
uper visual with lots of images, which makes it easier for me to find inspiration quickly. But the icing on the cake is definitely the Bing Rewards program. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this! You can earn credits just by searching the web. That’s all! Then you can redeem them for gift cards to some amazing stores like Amazon, Starbucks, Sephora, Fandango and more. Bonus: Bing Rewards just launched on Apple iOS and Android phones and tablets so you can build up your credits wherever you are. 
So here is how today's project was born...
I had a bunch of embroidery floss laying around so I decided to use them for my next craft. I used Bing to search for inspirational images of other projects made from embroidery floss. After browsing a few pages, I noticed a lot of accessories like jewelry and pens being wrapped with yarn, so that got me wondering what little object I could jazz up. A few minutes later, it hit me! And that is why all my keys are now color-coded with yarn!

Now let's get started!

• Key
• Embroidery Floss (about 5 feet)
• Tacky Glue 
• Scissors

• Add a thin layer of glue to both sides of the key's bow (aka the top part). It's easier to apply a small amount of glue then add more as you go.  
• Find the center of your embroidery floss and place it on the bottom of the key's bow.
• Working your way to the top, start wrapping the embroidery floss around the key cover, alternating between the two sides of the yarn. Add more glue as needed and continue wrapping.

• If your key has multiple holes at the top like mine, you’ll need to individually wrap around them too (see images below).

• Secure the first end of the embroidery floss by gluing it to the rest of the yarn. Cut any access yarn off if needed. 
• Wrap the remaining end around until the key is completely covered.
• Glue the end to secure.  

And now for some online shopping! I’ve racked up quite a few points so I treated myself to
some Amazon gift cards through Bing Rewards. Thank you, Bing!  

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DIY Chain Trimmed Placemats

This post is a special one for me, because it’s the first time I am writing to you as a married woman! Our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives and I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon. Our first month of married life has been fantastic and one of the most fun we’ve had is decorating our new place.

After many weeks of searching for furniture, our apartment is almost complete! One of my favorite pieces is our Modway Dining Table from my new favorite online store, Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items, Wayfair has it all! We needed something modern and white to brighten up the place a bit and this table did the trick. And now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! 

I bought some plain placemats for about $2 each and wanted to glam them up a bit for my new table. I bought a couple pieces of chain from the craft store and after some super simple stitching, my new placemats were born! You can also use this technique with fringe or fabric trim as well. Follow the simple steps below to make your own set! 

• Placemats
• Decorative Chain (found online or at craft stores. make sure the holes are large enough for the needle to poke through) 
• Embroidery Floss
• Threading Needle
• Scissors
• Wire Cutters

• Thread needle with the embroidery floss and tie a double knot at the end.
 Place the end of the chain next to the edge of the placemat. Run the needle through the chain and the edge of the placemat and pull tightly.

 Continue stitching the chain and placemat together then tie a double knot to secure the stitch when complete.
 Trim the ends of the string with scissors and cut off any excess chain with wire cutters. 

Check out Wayfair for tons of home furniture and accessories at amazing prices!

Burger Sushi Roll Recipe

Nothing says summer like enjoying a poolside barbecue with friends and family. And it’s not a summer barbecue without some burgers on the grill! As a burger lover myself, I thought it would be fun to put a creative spin on this classic American barbecue dish. I present to you…the burger sushi roll! 

Not only is it a showstopper with its unique presentation, but it’s fun to eat too. Just like sharing sushi rolls with friends at your favorite Japanese restaurant, these juicy burger rolls go great with a pair of chopsticks, flavorful dipping sauces and big appetites.

DIY 4 Custom Paperclip Shapes

I’m so excited to partner with HP to bring you today's DIY project inspired by the new HP Pavilion x360 4-way convertible PC. In the spirit of bending the rules of technology, I thought it would be fun to explore other materials we can "bend" to create custom DIY projects. So here are 4 ways you can bend wire to make custom paperclips shapes! 

These little accessories can make any workspace a little more fun. You can also use them as bookmarks, attach them to greeting cards or use them as gift toppers. Here are 4 shapes to get you started, but the possibilities are truly endless. 

• Jewelry wire (available in different colors. found at most craft stores) 
• Needle-nose pliers 
• Wire cutters
• Pen and paper 

• Sketch out your desired shape on a piece of paper. 
• Position the wire on top of the drawing. Using needle-nose pliers, start bending the wire to match the shape. Make sure to leave a little extra piece on the back side so that it can attach to the paper (like the "U" shape that all paperclips have). 
• Cut off any extra wire pieces using wire cutters. 

My DIY Garden Themed Bridal Shower

After many months (I know, this post is long overdue!), I'm so excited to share the details of my bridal shower! With the help of my very talented mom who was kind enough to host the shower, we crafted up our vision of the perfect garden themed party. 

All photos taken by the talented Melody Melikian Photography

We held my shower at one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Ca' Del Sole. This place is magical. It's like walking into an Italian courtyard. For a garden themed party, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful backdrop. But, of course, I had to add my own DIY details too...

DIY Moss Cake
My favorite detail was definitely the moss cake, which my mom completely handmade herself. To make, stack round boxes on top of each other and hot glue sheets of moss to cover them up. Add artificial flowers for a pop of color.

DIY Flower Bar
Instead of standard placecards, each guest had their own mini vase with their name and table number attached. We had buckets of fresh flowers for guests to fill up their vases. These doubled as thank you favors too. 

DIY Flower Hairpin Station
As guests arrived,  they got to pick their favorite flower to wear as a hair accessory. This turned out to be a really fun way for everyone to engage with the garden theme. To make, simply glue artificial flowers to hair clips and display them on a wire frame as shown below.

DIY Flower Photobooth Backdrop
This was one of the most ambitious DIY projects I've ever made, but I love the way it came out! Guests loved taking photos with the ginormous flowers and I was able to snap a few fun (and cheesy) shots with Tony too! To make, first build the outer frame using PVC pipes found at hardware stores. Next, attach the grassy backdrop. I found 12" x 12" sheets of artificial grass from Michaels and attached them together using zip ties. Lastly, attach the big flowers (also found at Michaels) to the backdrop with zip ties from the back.


DIY Flower Pot Centerpieces
What's a garden party without some gardening, right? Instead of traditional centerpieces, my dad helped plant flower pots for each table. These were also great gifts for guests to take home and plant in their own garden. The moss-covered table numbers were another one of my favorite details. I bought them from the Spotted Leopard Etsy store.

DIY Entrance Sign
If you don't already have a Cricut Explore machine, go get one! You can pretty much die cut any shape, letter or design you want. I used it to create this entrance sign as well as my wedding table numbers. 

One reason why I waited so long to post this, was because I wanted to share my photo book too! I finally got around designing my bridal shower photo book (which ended up taking no time at all) and I'm so happy with the result! It's the perfect coffee table accessory.

I print all my photo books from MyPublisher. They're simply the best. They're the industry leader and from many years of experimenting, I find them to be the highest quality, most customizable and surprisingly affordable too. They have a really easy-to-use software to help you customize your book to the very last detail.

And they were kind enough to offer a huge discount for my readers. Click to get 50% off orders $100+ or 25% off orders $50+! They also make great gifts for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, and every other holiday!

I hope you all enjoyed the photos! I would love to hear from the brides out there...what are you crafting for your big day?

DIY Paper Flower Branches

I can't believe Valentine's Day is already around the corner! For today's DIY project, I'm excited to partner with Glade to bring you this paper flower DIY project to help create that romantic mood for your home just in time for Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers are beautiful, but the perk of artificial ones is they'll never wilt! 

I also love lighting up our little apartment with lots of candles. The scents instantly put me in such a relaxed mood. I especially love Glade's new Blooming Peony & Cherry candle. It smells amazing! It invokes such a sweet and flirty feel. And it's the perfect accent to my living room home decor.

5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Sweater Pillow

You don't need to toss out your favorite sweater just because it's got a hole! Instead, you can upcycle old or damaged sweaters into cozy pillows. This no-sew tutorial is so easy that it’ll take you less than five minutes to complete. Plus, it doesn’t require any cutting so you can use your sweaters as pillow covers during the summer and wear them again in the winter!

We moved into our new apartment six months ago and now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! We got some of our favorite furniture from Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items at affordable prices, is the place to go! 

One of my favorite pieces is our Oxford Garden Lounge Chairs that we got for our little patio. And to add a  touch of color, my DIY sweater pillows were the perfect fit. I had a couple old sweaters that had holes in them, but I loved the pattern and wanted to somehow incorporate them into our new place. Five minutes later...bam! My sweater pillows were born. Follow the easy steps below to turn your old sweaters into the coziest pillows in town!

• Throw Pillow
• Stretchy Sweater Tip: Make sure the bottom of the sweater is stretchy and not loose. Slightly longer sweaters work best. Choose a pillow that fits very snugly inside the sweater.

• Stuff the pillow inside the sweater, stopping an inch below the underarm seam.
• Pull the sleeves from the back of the pillow and wrap them around the front of the pillow, knotting them together in the center. Fold back the cuffs if desired.

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