We’ve been having some awesome spring weather out here in San Francisco, the trees and flowers are all in bloom and it just makes me want to get planting (in between sneezes, darn you pollen!). House plants are an awesome and easy way to bring some of that spring life into your home, so today we are sprucing up some basic terra cotta pots so your house plants can grown in style.
-Terra cotta pot
-2 Sponge brushes
**You can get a little gold leaf kits that have the sheets of gold, the sealer and adhesive, we like this one
Start by wipe down the pot, you’ll want to get any dust and dirt off. Then plan out your design and pick out your stamp(s) I used some simple geometric stamps I had laying around, but you can make a stamp or use a pre-made one. I found that simple shapes without a lot of detail worked best. Using the sponge brush, paint the adhesive onto the stamp and press the stamp onto the pot (take it off quickly so you don’t glue the stamp to the pot). Wait a few seconds for the adhesive to get tacky and lay the gold leaf over it. Pat down with the clean sponge brush. Wait a couple of seconds to make sure the gold leaf has stuck to the pot then use the clean sponge brush to gently brush away excess gold leaf. Repeat the process till you have the desired pattern or design.
Once your design is complete use the clean sponge brush to lightly brush the sealer over the gold design. It dries clear but I found that it changes the color of the terra cotta just slightly so I painted the sealer over the whole pot just for consistency.
I love the gold on the terra cotta, its got some sparkle but its still subtle. You can also get silver and copper leaf which could make for a really cute set, or if you just want to try out some other colors.
Gold leaf can be challenging to work with, its super delicate and flimsy, and once you get a little adhesive on your fingers its going to start sticking to you. But don’t distress! You’ll get the hang of it, do a couple practice runs on paper or the bottom of the pot to see how it goes on and how your stamp will come out. And don’t stress if your design doesn’t come out perfectly, because gold leaf is so fickle it probably won’t, but that’s just part of the look, and it will look awesome.
With Easter quickly approaching we couldn’t help but to decorate some eggs.
We wanted to try something a little different than the usual dying and painting of eggs and figured we’d try some stamps. After a few attempts with more complicated stamps we found that simple geometric shapes seemed to work best. So go ahead and grab some stamps or make your own and a few all purpose ink pads and get decorating!
Easter Egg Dye (the kind from the grocery store works fine)
All Purpose Ink Pads
Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
Go ahead and dye your eggs according to the directions on the box and wait for them to dry, or you can just start stamping on the plain white eggs. The trick is to stamp slowly — since the egg is a curved surface your stamp isn’t going to fully make contact with the shell at first, so you will want to slowly roll the stamp in a little circle so all the edges stamp onto the egg.
Once stamped use a hair dryer or heat gun on low to dry the ink a bit, I did it just enough that the egg could be set down in the cardboard carton with out smearing the ink, then let air dry.
How are you decorating this year? Are you trying anything new and cool?
It’s getting close to Valentines day, and we love celebrating with some sweet treats!
Our resident baker Natalie, has whipped up some delicious and super cute heart sugar cookies that are easy to make, and even easier to eat!
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
2 1/2 Tablespoons room temperature water
-Preheat oven to 350° F.
-Using either a hand mixer or stand mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth
-Add in almond and vanilla extracts and egg.
-In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour. Then add it to the wet ingredients slowly as you mix. The dough will become thick and stiff, wet your hands and finish off by needing the dough by hand.
– Take half the dough and roll out onto a floured surface and cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter, make sure not to roll out too thinly, the cookies won’t rise too much so you want them to have some thickness to them. Do the same with the other half of the dough.
-Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, or until just starting to brown on the edges. Then let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let them cool for around 45 minutes or until they are room temperature before decorating.
For the icing, mix all the ingredients together, the consistency should be pretty thick, like when you pull the mixer out and some drips down, it doesn’t reincorporate right away. If it is too thin add another tablespoon of powdered sugar or if its too thick add a tablespoon of water. Then divide into separate containers and add your desired food colorings to each, for Valentines day I chose red, pink and teal, and left one white. Then using a wooden skewer I drew on the designs. Think of it kind of like using ink in a quill (yeah I know super old time-y and who has experience with that? but thats the closest thing I can think of)
It can take a cookie or two to get the hang of it, how much icing you need on the skewer, and how slowly (or fast) you need to go to get your desired affect. But just have fun with it and no matter what they will taste yummy!
If you missed our holiday wrapping event at Rare Device this past weekend you can still make your own wrapping paper at home!
Home made wrapping paper is so easy and fun to make and it adds a special little something to each gift. You can make anything from geometric patterns to holiday specific motifs. All you need is some blank butcher paper, some carving rubber or linoleum (our carve-a-stamp block works great!), a carving tool, and ink pad.
– draw your design on your stamp
– carefully carve out your design
– ink up your stamp
– stamp away!
– wrap that present up!
So we’ve been having a grand old time making Halloween stamps with the new Holiday Cave-A-Stamp Kit! Using the templates and making up a few of our own, here what we came up with! For our extra templates click the link at the bottom!
Tracing from the poster is easy, and you can modify the templates, like how I added a Jack-O-Lantern face to the pumpkin.
We stamped on paper and envelopes to make some spooky and festive stationary, but you could stamp on cloth or paper candy bags, ceramic and glass dish ware (remember to heat set!), or really anything.
You can find the Holiday Carve-A-Stamp kit HERE! And for a few more spooky templates download HERE!
Just in time for Valentines Day I’ve got some X and O stationery and gift tags that you can print out and give to someone special.
Best part, all you will need is the print out (down below), 2 pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper or card stock of your choice, scissors, craft knife, and rubber cement.
Get the printable right HERE!
Growing up in a house full of women in Kansas City I thought the World Series of Baseball was called the “Royals Series.” The Royals won in 1985 so that just made good sense. I live in SF now and and nobody even cares about the Royals, their awesome logo or George Brett. Nobody here makes “Bo Knows____” references. But San Franciscans DO have a very good team and I sure they are going to beat that other team that is totally not the Royals.
So, hey, Giants fans — I carved some stamps and stamped some apparel. You can make one for the Giants or your own home team with our Carve-A-Stamp Kit and our All Surface Ink Pads!
Different sport, same technique!