DIY Color Block Walnut Garland

DIY Color Block Walnut Garland

Phew! This week has truly thrown me for a loop. I don’t think I’d wish the last two weeks before a wedding on even my worst enemy but I’m trucking through trying to get every loose work end tied up so I can enjoy myself! It’s all gonna be worth it… right!? While I do some major hustling behind the scenes, here’s a colorful walnut garland I made over on eHow. Perfect for a colorful Thanksgiving. Thanks for bearing with me, folks! 9 days to go!!

DIY Color Block Walnut Garland

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Pre-Gaming with Pastries: A Tailgating Brunch

Pregaming with Pastries: A Tailgating Brunch
You may not know this, but I happen to come from a very athletic, sports-fanatic family. (No, I didn’t get that gene.) So when Smirnoff ICE approached me about throwing a ladies tailgate party I decided to dig deep into my football roots and put my own spin on it… with pastries. (Surprised?) Lucky for me, here in LA many games are on early. Early enough for… brunch perhaps!? Yep! So I decided to pregame with pastries and replaced beer, burgers and hot dogs with screwdrivers, donuts and cinnamon rolls. I’ve got a Smirnoff ICE cocktail recipe, a pastry recipe and some free printables for you here… so you can throw your own little tailgate brunch too. IN FACT! There is even… wait for it… donut cornhole!!!! (You gotta scroll to the bottom to see that!)

Screwdriver Mule
A Tailgating Brunch
Donuts in Hot Dog Foils for a Tailgating Brunch
Smirnoff ICE Screwdriver Mule

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Favorite DIY Costumes of 2014

DIY Pineapple Costume
Halloween weekend has quickly become my favorite weekend of the year. Not because I ever really do anything fun on Halloween, but because I just LOVE seeing everyone’s costumes. And this year was particularly special for me…. because hundreds (!!!!) of you MADE Studio DIY inspired costumes. I keep saying it, but I am just floored. Halloween is the one time where I really get to see my ideas come to life en mass via you guys and it really just makes my whole darn YEAR! Per usual, I’m rounding up my favorite DIY costumes from around the web and Instagram and I’m also sharing a peek at ALL the awesome crazy costumes you guys shared in the #studiodiyincostume tag (and via email). Including the one above, from Letizia. Did her little lady nail it or WHAT!? The showcase of costumes below is pretty epic so just. keep. scrolling. GO!

Studio DIY In Costume 2014

Amazing, isn’t it!? I can’t thank you all enough for sharing these photos with me. Seeing all of you, your kiddos, your significant others, even your pets! I just… no words!!!!!! Makes this crazy job worth it times 1000! And for those of you looking for the original tutorials for these costumes, the links are below:

DIY Pineapple Costume / DIY Strawberry Costume / DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume / DIY Pizza Slice + Delivery Boy Costume / DIY Croquembouche + Pastry Chef Costume / DIY Birthday Cake + Birthday Boy Costumes / DIY Donut Costume / DIY Macaron Costume / DIY Balloon Costumes / DIY Queen Bee Costume

And now, for a few of my other favorite costumes this year!

DIY Avocado Maternity Costume
I came up with this avocado costume idea and just NEEDED someone who was pregnant to do it. Luckily, Juli took on the challenge. I MEAN!!!!!! It’s just the best, easiest maternity costume, right!? (She layered two shirts and cut a hole in one of ‘em, in case you’re wondering.)

DIY Butterfly and Butterfly Catcher Costume
Every year I look forward to Julie Ann’s costume and this year didn’t disappoint. AMAZING!

DIY Family Peter Pan Costume
Cutest family of the year award goes to… Anna’s clan! I truly hope our future children are game for a family get-up like this because it’s just too adorable.

DIY Mini Michael Jackson Costume
As a huge Michael Jackson fan, I couldn’t pass up Blue Ivy’s costume. GET OUT!

DIY Bandit Costume
Best from-your-closet costume award goes to Sarah! Nailed it.

DIY Rifle Paper Co Synchronized Swimming Costume
DIY Rifle Paper Co Umbrella Costume

DIY Rifle Paper Co Costume

I always look forward to the Rifle Costumes, as you longtime readers know. The BEST idea, bringing Anna’s designs to life. Be sure to check their hashtag for the rest!

DIY Hollywood Tourists Costume
DIY Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox Costume

A few costumes from Mary’s party we went to! Hollywood tourists (genius!!!) and Paul Bunyon and the Blue Ox!! (Both above photos by Mary Costa Photography)

DIY Mini Oh Joy Costume
DIY Mini Studio DIY Costume

And last, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of Jen’s DIY mini blogger costumes! Never thought someone would dress up as me, but it was just TOO hilarious!! Loved seeing a mini Oh Joy there too! (Both above photos by Jess Koehler)

 And that’s a wrap! Just one more thank you for making this the best Halloween ever, and for making October the #1 highest traffic month in Studio DIY history! ‘Till next year!

A Walk Down Abbot Kinney

The Best Color

Abbot Kinney in Venice, trendy as it may be, is one of my favorite places in this city of ours. In fact, it’s usually the first place we take any visitors we have. For months now, Jeff and I have been talking about how we’d love to just take a walk down the street and wander. There are so many beautiful colors and store fronts lining the boulevard, and when we’re there we’re usually shuffling out-of-towners through our favorite stores or attending an event. We never really get to just take in the sites. SO! When ZICO Coconut Water (A grocery list staple in our house, mind you) approached me about their latest healthy living campaign called #ZICOHour (just in time for gaining an extra hour this weekend!) and asked “What would you do if you had an extra our in your day?” I thought, “Well, I’d probably take a little time to stop working and start exploring!” So that’s just what I did! It’s rare that I find myself at a colorful wall or in a favorite store without a DIY project to shoot or a party to shop for, and it was so AWESOME to spend an hour just taking it all in. Of course, now I want to go back and shoot some projects there but… c’est la vie! Here’s a few snaps from our morning adventure.

DIY Giant Gem Ring

ZICO sent over their original coconut water and pineapple flavor (I know, it’s like they know me!) for us to try. Jeff drank half of ‘em before we even shot. Boy loves his coconut water! Both were delicious and one bottle has as much potassium as a banana! Which is great, seeing as I hate bananas. ;) With how hot it’s been lately and how much I’ve been running around between work and wedding prep, hydration has been my enemy… so I was happy to have this with me on our excursion!

That Way
Cake Stands for Days

If you are ever on Abbot Kinney, Bountiful is a store worth stopping in. They have cake stands in all colors stacked floor to ceiling! It’s quite the sight. I’m loving all over that color right now! Could you imagine a wall at Studio DIY HQ like this!?

A Piece Collective - Abbot Kinney
I had to limit myself to only three photos of The Piece Collective’s store front. I MEAN, this yellow!? I want to paint the front of my someday house like this. The goodies behind that door aren’t too shabby either.

Denim Romper
Stripes - Abbot Kinney

These two walls, above and below, are across from each other. It’s like heaven for Jeff, who’s favorite color is blue.

Have a Heart!
Fun for your Shirt
Urbanic Paper Boutique

And I couldn’t leave the street without a stop in my favorite shop, Urbanic. I never leave there empty handed. Ever. It’s a true paper lover’s dream.

Urbanic Paper Boutique

All Photos by Jeff Mindell
Outfit details / Romper: Splendid / Shoes: Topshop / Purse: Pinky Otto / Heart Pin: Ban.do / Pouf Pin: Ban.do / Giant Gem Ring: DIY

So I wanna know, if you had one extra hour in the day… what would you do with it!? (For real though, how many times a day do you say “I wish there were more hours in the day…”!) I love that ZICO is asking this question and I’m pretty glad someone finally convinced me to take an hour to do a little something fun for my #ZICOHour!

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