Friday, January 11, 2019

Design Improvised Turns 8 - Year in Review!

Well guys, the earth has circled the sun yet another time and this little blog keeps chugging along. If that's not an occasion for throwing pom-poms in the air, I don't know what is! Each year when I do these anniversary posts I am increasingly in awe that I am still doing this. :) A lot has changed in the online world since I started Design Improvised in January 2011 but for the most part I've been steady on my path of making and creating in the same way I always have.

Each year brings new milestones and unexpected opportunities so I wanted to share those with you in my recap of 2018 and give a peek at my plans for 2019. I can't thank you all enough for continuing to show up here at this little spot of the internet. If I have encouraged you to try even one project or have brightened your day with my ideas, then my job has been a huge success!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Just Start! A New E-Book You'll Love

Just Start e-book from Amy Weir of Delineate Your Dwelling

There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new year. It holds so much possibility and offers a fresh start on achieving your goals. While I'm a big fan of planning and goal setting at this time of year (check out my first ever vision board!), I'm an even bigger fan of just doing. This is why I absolutely loved the topic of my friend Amy Weir's new Just Start e-book, and I had to share it with you. If you've had a goal that you've pushed back because of lack of time and life in general, I think Just Start could be the motivation to finally taking doable steps towards pursuing what you love. Like Amy says, "Nothing changes until you decide to begin." I couldn't agree more!

Amy is running a New Year's promotion - if you act soon, you can get Just Start for only $15!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clear Stenciled Snowflake Ornaments

Stencil clear ornaments with snowflakes and fill them with snow! #christmasornaments #snowflakeornaments #clearornaments #marthastewartcrafts #plaidcrafts
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Bring a little snow into your home with these simple stenciled snowflake ornaments that I made in partnership with Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts! I love making Christmas ornaments, and each year I try to come up with a new idea or two, often involving my favorite Martha Stewart supplies, like these jewel-tone painted ornaments and these glitter ball ornaments I made a couple years ago. 

For the snowflake ornaments, I started with clear disc ornaments, filled them with "snow" and stenciled the front with pretty snowflake designs using Martha Stewart stencils and paints. Read on to see how easy these are to make!

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