General DIY

OliveBox Cat Lovers Box Giveaway and Glitzy Cat Card How-To


Over the years I’ve signed up for a variety of subscription boxes, from nail polish samples to monthly sock deliveries. The boxes that always make me the happiest, and feel like the best fit for me, are the crafty boxes. At the top of that list is OliveBox.

Not only do I receive the monthly lifestyle box, which features a variety of paper and lifestyle goods, I’m a proud recipient of the card-only boxes that ship several times a year. I appreciate that each OliveBox comes with a list describing that month’s products and makers. I’ve been turned onto some amazing crafters, makers and artists thanks to OliveBox. (more…)

$1 Michaels Thanksgiving DIY Kit Makeover

Turkey Necklace Upgrade

Thanksgiving is this week and I’ll be seeing all of my nephews in just a matter of days. I’ve got a few DIY projects ready to go as we wait for Turkey Time on Thursday – what do you like to do during Thanksgiving as you wait for the big meal?


I found these inexpensive necklace kits at Michaels a few weeks back. At $1 each they’re not very fancy, but for a quick DIY project on Thanksgiving they’ll definitely work for my two oldest nephews. Just because they didn’t cost very much doesn’t mean they have to look like it, either. If you like to hit up the dollar section at your favorite store, a quick packaging makeover can help a lot of products like this!


I put the beads into a fresh cellophane bag and swapped the elastic cord for some baker’s twine. I added a colorful card stock top to the bag, paired with a Paper Source chalkboard “Happy Thanksgiving” sticker. With the back of the card stock blank you can add the child’s name or write a holiday message. Overall it took just a few minutes to repackage the kits.

With the Thanksgiving crafts ready, now it’s time to focus on important things like actually MAKING the dinner…

West Elm Christmas Tree Makeover


It’s finally happened – there’s a West Elm in Michigan! ::cue applause:: Like many of my friends, I’ve been waiting somewhat patiently for West Elm to come to Michigan. They finally have with a location in Birmingham that opened up last month.


I popped into the store last night during their Meet the Makers event, highlighting some of their local artists featured in the Michigan shop. There were cupcakes, jazz musicians and local beer from Griffin Claw Brewing Company, also located in Birmingham, for guests to enjoy. The store is bright and vibrant, with a great mixture of items to choose from, ranging from large pieces of furniture to vintage-inspired Christmas tree ornaments.


It should come as no surprise that I didn’t leave empty-handed.


One item that jumped out at me (among many, mind you) was this 9″ wooden cutout tree. I’ve seen more and more laser-cut decorations lately that I’ve been fascinated with and this tree is a great example. My Christmas decorating tastes range from all-about vintage to woodland forest scenes, so I love the idea of this natural tree for a Christmas winter scene.

But what about autumn? This tree was screaming at me for some orange paint to celebrate Thanksgiving!


I bought two trees and gave one a coat of orange (carrot, to be exact) paint and another a shot of metallic gold on both sides. They didn’t take long to dry at all before sliding them together.


I’ve got a very simple Thanksgiving display on top of our foyer bookcase that’s a mix of vintage and handmade elements. The trees have been added to the offering and look perfectly at home. Bare Christmas trees? Why not. Carrot-colored harvest trees? Even better.

West Elm Birmingham is offering a stocking embroidery class Nov. 13 at their store. Simply purchase a stocking and the rest is included. Follow West Elm Birmingham on Facebook and Instagram for store events and updates.

MADE Floral + Willys Detroit


I’d like to think I’m not so bad at flower arranging these days thanks to a recent workshop at Willys Detroit with local floral designer Martha DeFlorio of MADE Floral.

I saw Willys post about the class on their Instagram account last month and was instantly intrigued. I worked at flower stores in high school and liked to “think” I had a good eye for a centerpiece, but knew I needed a lot of help. That’s where Martha luckily came in. (more…)

Inspired By… Wright & Co.


This month Nick and I had the pleasure of attending a preview seating for the opening of Wright & Co., a new restaurant located in the historic Wright Kay building in downtown Detroit. The building itself is magnificent to look at, but Wright & Co. is even more spectacular inside. While the food and drinks were outstanding, the crafter in me couldn’t help but look all around the space finding inspiration and beautiful decor wherever I looked. (more…)