DIY “Wink Wink” Mani Tutorial

DIY Wink Wink Mani Tutorial

I told you I wanted to keep expanding the topics covered here this year… and I’m following through! I’m excited to start bringing you more manicure tutorials! HOORAY! Especially when they look as good as this one… wink wink! This mani is surprisingly easier than it looks, and the full how-to is below! Plus, BONUS! To get prepped for more beauty content in 2015, I teamed up with Target to get a fancy-pants, organized vanity working in the studio!

DIY Wink Wink Manicure
Bathroom Vanity Essentials


2015 Reader Survey (+ Win Some Goodies!)

Studio DIY Reader Survey

Happy Monday! Kicking off the week with one of my favorite events of the year… the reader survey! I love being able to hear directly from you guys, what you like, don’t like and what you want to see in the future! Plus, I get to learn a little bit about you too! I’m trying a new method this year, with the survey embedded right below. I truly, truly appreciate those of you who chose to participate and take the survey, and encourage you to be honest! This is what helps me see which of my ideas to put into place and which to set aside as I plan for 2015! Additionally, below the survey, there is the option to sign up for a future Studio DIY newsletter and for notifications about upcoming workshops, too… if you so choose! AND! If you do take the survey, keep scrolling to enter to win a package of my fave goodies!!!

Now, for the giveaway! Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, take the survey above and then enter using the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. Included in the giveaway are the items you see here (Agenda, Phone Case, Koozies) plus a few other surprises too! The giveaway will end on Sunday January 18th at 9pm Pacific. This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with I just picked up some of my fave goodies to send along to one of you as a thank you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you all for participating!! YOU ROCK! I’ll be doing an update post with survey results and answers to your questions in the coming weeks!

Happy Weekend!

Color Block Wall
Photo from this week’s Wynwood Walls post. IS THIS REAL LIFE!?

WOW-EE! January isn’t waiting ANY time showing me who’s boss. I had meeting after meeting this week, and next week is shaping up to be the same! EXCITING meetings, but it’s nothing like hitting the ground running! The next two weeks are going to be pretty big for me. Lots of questions answered and new adventures! MY BRAIN IS ON WARP SPEED! Which is probably why I’m just babbling… so folks, have a wonderful weekend! And thanks for a great first week of 2015!!

Links to love, watch + procrastinate with…

I know this video is so old, but I MEAN! If you need a smile, you need to watch.
My new notebook for bullet journaling!
These. Pants.
This coat, Get in my closet! Ok, and this scalloped blouse too.
I will live here, yes?
If you want your mind blown.. FITZ was TARZAN and STEVE was ALADDIN!?
The sweetest baby gift!
Kisses! Kisses!
I will always and forever be madly in love with Karl Lagerfeld.
Jimmy Fallon blows a date with Nicole Kidman. HILARIOUS!
I woke up like this.

Projects to try + sugar rushes to be had…

Everyone needs to have fruity pebbles pops in their life.
Loving on these patchwork favor bags.I need to make this for my future children. Or myself. Or both.
These DIY plates are AWESOME.
A donut apron!

DIY Birthday Cake Box

DIY Birthday Cake Box

Gonna kick off the DIYs of 2015 by getting back to my roots… cake. Well, faux cake. Obviously. I’ve dressed as a cake, I’ve smashed a cake… and now I’m gifting cake filled with treats and goodies. (As IF cake could get ANY better!?) And I recommend you do too. Whip out a bunch of these on your Cricut Explore™ in no time and starting sending ‘em to every birthday guy and gal you know!

DIY Birthday Cake Box

I think my favorite thing to cut with my Cricut is sprinkles. I’ve literally cut every size out of every material. I mean, perfect little jimmies.. it just doesn’t get better!

DIY Birthday Cake Box

Cardstock in a Variety of Colors (One for your box AKA “the frosting”, one for the “cake” strips and the rest for the sprinkles!)
Cricut Explore™
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Paper Straw
Tissue Paper
Glue Stick
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Birthday Cake Box DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box
DIY Birthday Cake Box


1. Open up this project in Cricut Design Space. You’ll need to insert your scoring stylus in the machine first, then follow the instructions for loading and cutting and scoring your box and cutting your cake strips and sprinkles.
2. Fold along all scored lines of your box. Run a glue stick along the tab at the front point of the cake and glue to the opposing side. Glue the bottom triangle of the cake to the corresponding tab. Fill with treats and tuck the back of the cake in (securing with glue or tape).
3. Fold cake strips in half. Glue cake strips to sides of the box as pictured to form the cake layers, folding across the point of the cake.
4. Glue sprinkles to top and back of cake.
5. To make the candle, cut straw to desired size. Take two two-inch squares of yellow tissue paper and pinch in the middle. Place a bead of hot glue on the pinched end and insert into straw. Hot glue straw to the top of the cake.

DIY Birthday Cake BoxAll Photos by Studio DIY

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#StudioDIYintheWild: Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

While we were in college, Jeff’s parents moved from our hometown in New Jersey to South Florida and for our first married Christmas together we headed to their neck of the woods! We took a day trip to Miami basically for one sole purpose… Wynwood Walls! I’ve seen this mystical, magical place all over Instagram and it was NECESSARY to go. It DID NOT disappoint! Conceived by Tony Goldman, the concept was created to transform Wynwood’s warehouse district and bring more foot traffic to the area… by turning warehouse walls into giant pieces of art! There’s a “park” type area where several of these walls are, but in the surrounding neighborhood there are INFINITELY more walls to see, and some cool shops too! If you’re in the area, you gotta check it out!

Flower Wall!

Click through for all the pics!


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