DIY Glitter Keys

Here’s a fun little DIY craft that’s super simple. Glitter keys. It’s been all over Pinterest, so I’m not going to bother linking to a source, because there’s a million.

glittery keys

Ironically, my mom actually suggested I do this. And I’m pretty sure she’s never been on Pinterest.

I used Milani “Gold Glitz” glitter nail polish to do the gold, and then applied clear coat to (hopefully) preserve it. The teal one is Essie “Trophy Wife” with Milani Jewel FX polish in teal over it.

glittery keys

I used to have really adorable owl key caps in different colors, but after two years of use at my old apartment, they were pretty worn out, so I reluctantly retired them. Enter new apartment, shiny new keys that looked exactly the same.  Nail polish to the rescue!


Kitchen Wall Art DIY

My snow day craft project is finally done, and the snow is melting. Which is convenient, because I needed somewhere to put the canvas while I waited for the acrylic sealer to dry/air out, and I certainly couldn’t use a snow-covered patio!


The finished project:


kitchen wall art

My inspiration was this (much better) two canvas piece from Kelly Hicks Design. For some reason, my paint always bleeds underneath the painter’s tape. In this project, it’s probably because I was supposed to use spray paint, and I used regular acrylic paint.

My art supplies:


1) Paint whole canvas in a bunch of different colors (I used mainly blues and greens with a bit of raspberry and purple for accent colors.)

Here are some progress shots:

in progress

in progr 2
2) Cut strips of painter’s tape of the same size (This part is boring. Very boring.)
3) Tape them onto the canvas in a herringbone pattern leaving some out (I am apparently not very good with patterns, because I had to do the whole canvas herringbone and then peel a few off at the end, or I lost track of the pattern.)

with painters tape
4) Spray paint whole canvas in white. (You can try using acrylic paint like I did, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it.)
5) Finish painting edges of canvas


I hung it up in the kitchen, but I’m not sure I love it. I like the idea of it, but the messiness of where the paint bled under the tape, and some cracks that happened when I peeled the tape off are bugging me. I like having something above the sink, though, so I may make something else. Stay tuned!


Painting Adventures

I’ve said before that I’m not much of an artist. But I enjoy artistic activities. So when my bestie planned a visit from Colorado, I suggested a painting activity. There are a few places in town here where you can go to a sort of guided painting session where everyone paints a specific picture inspired by a famous piece of art (Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Georgia O’ Keefe or something). The instructor gives you some tips on painting technique, you pick out your colors, and you get painting. To spice things up, adult beverages are available!

We went to “Mimosas and Monet.” The painting for that session was a Claude Monet inspired painting of irises.

It was really fun! The instructor talked a little bit about impressionism, gave us some tips, and then turned us loose. And, our first mimosas were free!

diy Monet irises

I’m definitely not going to be winning any awards for my painting (those do not look like irises!), but I’m really glad we went. It reminded me how much I enjoy painting and making art for my apartment. So now I’m scouring Pinterest for other diy art projects. My kitchen needs something.


Winter White Peacock Wreath DIY

Is it weird that wreath-making is something I look forward to? I’ve been itching to make a new wreath for a while. I have a fall wreath, a spring/summer wreath, and I had an evergreen wreath (given to me, not made) that was up for Christmas. Well, Christmas is over, and after using the evergreen wreath for two Christmas seasons in a row (something you’re apparently not supposed to do with fresh evergreen??? It was kind of faded haha), it was time for a new wreath.

Also, I’m convinced my neighbors down the hall are trying to copy/one up my door decorating. That’s a post for another day, but I think by now we’ve all realized I get a little competitive about domestic things. Blame it on my total lack of interest in sports. So I had to make a new wreath that they wouldn’t be able to copy.

isteph215.wordpress peacock wreath

Boom. Winter peacock wreath.

I wanted something with a lot of white, silver, and glitter. Because those things are wintery to me, and this wreath will be up until I hang my spring/summer wreath. I was brainstorming via Pinterest and decided that I really liked a blue/white combo for winter. So I perused my current craft supplies, and I had a bunch of mini glittery ornaments. I picked out the blue and green ones and from there it was an easy leap to peacock. Easy leap for me, maybe no one else thinks blue + green = peacock!

I was so excited to make my wreath that I forgot to take pictures of the process (SORRY!!!), but the rest of the supplies came from Micheal’s craft store. I lucked out and a ton of the glittery things – including that awesome peacock bird and the feather – were on clearance.

Essentially, it’s one of those twig/grapevines wreath forms with a ton of white feathers inserted into the twigs, some silver ribbon wrapped around that, and some glittery silver floral pieces. I hot glued the floral pieces, the bird, and the small ornaments on.

Total cost of my wreath: Under $20.

Let’s take a closer look. I know you’re all dying to check out that bird.

peacock wreath closeup isteph215.wordpress

And the feather on the side.

peacock wreath feather closeup

Dear neighbors, let’s see you try to copy this wreath.

❤ Steph

And then I made an owl mug

I think we all knew this was coming. Really, once I bought the porcelain paint pen for the wedding gift, it was inevitable that I would make myself an owl mug.

owl mug


Breakfast today was freshly ground coffee in my owl mug and a mini apple pie! (Pie blog post coming soon – it’s been a while since I did a baking post!)

owl mug and pie


Seriously, it just makes me smile every time I look at my new mug.

Cost breakdown – the mug was $3 or $4 at Target and the paint pen was around $6 at Blick, but originally purchased for the wedding gift. So I would say it was around a $7 project total, dividing the cost of the paint pen between this and the other project. For comparison’s sake, this cute owl mug from ModCloth is $15, plus shipping.

Three cheers for budget friendly projects! And mine says “hoot” on it, which is just frankly adorable in my opinion.

Check out my DIY Wedding Gift post for more info about using the paint pen.