Alix Adams

"Glitter is happening — let's all just embrace it."

Alix is a guest blogger for Design Happens. She is also a mom and a maker of important things like floral crowns. Her proclivity for glitter borders on the side of addiction. Alix lives in the mystical land of Utah where outdoor adventure and interior design collide. She is currently campaigning for her husband to install new wood floors.

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Topper

Fall always marks the beginning of gift giving season for me. Yummy baked treats for neighbors and fun holiday packages start filing out our door and into the hands of people I love and adore. It’s a season for giving and today I am excited to share a very easy and unique way to dress up holiday gifts for those special people. Hint: It involves leftover lace flowers and spray paint (two of my favorite things). Check it out!

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Acorn

It’s fall! It’s fall! Did you hear? It’s fall. Time for all the yummy fall tastes (insert pumpkins, doughnuts, apple stuff) and fall textures (insert gold leaf, fuzzy blankets, tweed jackets). All year I look forward with anticipation to fall crafts. The rich colors and vibrant festivities just speak to my crafting soul. And nature seems to be totally in on the party too — with red and golden-yellow leaves speckling neighborhoods. Today I’m super excited to be sharing a nature-inspired craft that celebrates all the warmth of fall: gold leaf acorns! These little acorns are the perfect detail for a fall party, or you can do what I did and make them a doughnut topper!

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Finding creative storage solutions is always a little bit exciting for me. I know it may sound sort of nerdy, but an organized linen closet and some perfectly-sized bins is enough to make my day. When everything has a place in my home, I feel like my mind is clear and I can move on to more fun and creative things. As I am wrapping up all the decorating for my baby girl’s room, I wanted to come up with a way to store her sweet little clothes, but have them easily accessible. That’s when I thought of creating a clothing rack DIY, perfect for kids! Using galvanized steel pipes (surprisingly affordable at local hardware stores) I was able to easily design and construct a children’s clothing rack that could display clothes now, and maybe some dress-up tutus as she grows. This is one DIY that I am very excited about and proud of how easy it is to make!

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Suitcase

My mom is like a thrifting ninja. As she browses the flea market fields or scans second-hand store shelves, she always turns up with the best finds. And I’m not talking about the kind of finds your eccentric aunt brings you when she cleans out her attic. Nope, my mom will turn up with that last teacup to complete your set of thrifted China, or miniature impressionist painting of a plantation home. She brings home the good stuff. A couple of years ago she gifted me an old Samsonite suitcase, which I graciously accepted (I mean, who says “no” to old suitcases?), and then I carefully stored it in my basement until I knew just where I wanted it. As my nursery remodel came together I knew that the suitcase would soon find its home in that little girl’s room, but the problem was, the suitcase was a faded navy blue and looked pretty dull and out of place amongst the other white, yellow, and coral nursery furniture. So I decided to paint it! Painting suitcases can kind of be tricky business, so let me share a few tips and tricks I learned along the way!

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Tassels

I’m the kind of person who can’t say “no” to adding another garland or tassel. A well-placed tassel is the perfect statement for any room or party. I also love taking a traditional element, like a tassel, and playing around with texture, color, and scale. For this DIY I wanted to create an over-sized tassel garland that would be the perfect addition to my baby girl’s nursery. The nursery has lots of pink and yellow elements, so I decided to dip-dye the tassels in pink and yellow food coloring, which created a lovely ombre effect — and I can’t refuse a good ombre!

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Alix Adams

One of the many things that I lack proficiency in is keeping plants alive. Watercolor, making spaghetti and enduring to the end of Top Gun are not really my strongest skills either. But I must say, I am particularly terrible at trying to keep a plant healthy. This is true for all potted plants, except for succulents and cacti (which, I like to consider a cactus a succulent, but with a sassy attitude). Yep, succulents are one difficult ornamental plant to kill. You need only water them every-other-week. They like lots of sunlight in my windowsill. They don’t care if my house is a mess or if I forget to shave my legs. Succulents are just there to cheer you up and add some green to the scene.

The best part about a succulent is that they can grow in almost any container. At my local hardware store, I have had my eye on some sassy-looking glass light covers for some time now; so when succulents went on sale I scooped up a few plants and a few light covers to create an inventive (and inexpensive) succulent garden for my mantel. You really can’t believe how fun a round light cover looks filled to the brim with succulent-ness. Time to make one of your own, I think!

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DIY Bulletin Board

Bulletin boards are one of my favorite solutions to clutter. I can’t be the only person who feels like their walls and fridges quickly fill up with fliers and precious finger paintings. That’s where my trusty friend the bulletin board comes in. But it is also no secret that a grocery store bulletin board, while functional, is not always the most beautiful thing to hang up on the wall. That is why I came up with an easy solution to make over a bulletin board for my son’s room. Now, with a framed bulletin board all his art projects can find a home and look stylish too! Framing a bulletin board is a decorating DIY lifesaver!

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This summer we found ourselves outside under the moon and stars quite a bit. The warm summer nights were just too irresistible to pass up, especially with a cool fall just around the corner. So we hung out with the moon all summer and she is kind of a show-off, but in the best way. I love how the moon is always changing and each night sky is a bit of a surprise. Feeling very moved by our glowing friend, I wanted to create a craft that was inspired by the moon and her lunar calendar. That’s how I came up with this lunar-inspired necklace! It’s a simple nod to the moon’s cycles without screaming “I’m wearing a moon on my neck!” Making one of your own is easy peasy!

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DIY Log Art

At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).

One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could  be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.

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DIY Wood Coaster

As spring and summer approach, my inner hostess is starting to mentally plan some fun and festive get-togethers that say “yes” to all things spring. Bright colors, outdoor activities and light food are in order. Let’s kick this winter gloom to the curb and break out the multicolored dishware! I think some handmade details are needed, right? How about some DIY coasters where nature and bright party colors collide? I can get on board with any craft that turns a dead stick into a fancy coaster.

DIY Wood Coasters

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Egg Carton Easter Basket

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the blooming flowers and much-needed warm weather. Easter traditions mark some of my greatest spring memories with friends and family. Who can say no to deviled eggs, dip-dyed eggs and egg hunts? But let’s be honest, we dye, boil and devil eggs then toss the egg carton out. After a particularly egg-ridden dinner party I was staring at my leftover egg cartons and wondering how I could incorporate their fun and funky shape into my Easter season this spring. Then I came up with a plan to transform the egg cartons into Easter gifts stuffed with all treat essentials.

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DIY Wall Art

Do you ever have one of those projects that you just can’t seem to wrap up? Mine is my son’s room. It’s a darling room and one of my favorite things about my home. But, so help me, it’s as if the cosmos are conspiring against me and their only wish is for me to feel shame as I walk past an almost-finished-but-just-needs-art-and-caulking room.

Well, last week I shook my fists at the sky and finally finished the caulking. All that was left was some wall art, and I could smugly apply a large check mark on my to-do list. And let’s just all agree that wall art can be a bit of a bear. What I wanted for my son’s room was something a bit masculine, a bit industrial and simplistic. After my caulking success I was not about to let artwork get the best of me, so I came up with my own idea using wood and paint. I like to call it “easy typography wall art”. Super original and catchy, right? It is, however, easy and wall art.

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Ruffled Lampshade Makeover

I love vintage furniture.  I love that it has a history and that someone else loved it before me. How great is it that I can breathe new life into them? One of my most prized possessions is a set of vintage lamps that I inherited from my great-grandmother. The lamp bases are fabulously gold and embellished with cheesy and wonderful designs. They are perfect lamp bases for a little girl’s room, but the lampshades need a fierce update. A feminine and lovely makeover was in order, and I had just the craft: fabric circles used to create a ruffled lampshade!

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Floral Party Favors

This spring I am hosting a little ladies get-together, which sounds an awful lot like an activity at a resting home. It’s actually going to be a fun and fresh party, and I want the guests to take home a little treat that can keep the spirit of spring going long after the party ends. I am always racking my brain for creative party favors (aren’t we all?) and for the theme of spring I was completely stumped. I kept running through spring-y words like “flowers”, “fresh”, “fun”, when it hit me. Duh — why don’t I just send some fresh flowers home with them?! What says “spring” more than flowers? I just wanted to add a few handmade and heartfelt details to my floral party favors, and I’ll quickly teach you how to make some flower favors of your own.

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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

There are always a few holidays that get discarded around my house when it comes to decorations. It’s not that I don’t adore the firework magic of the Fourth of July or the festive hearts around Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know how to decorate for Groundhogs Day if I had the time and energy. Some years I feel like the one holiday that doesn’t get enough appreciation is St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory toast and a green shirt seem to be the limit to our festivities in years past. But not this year! Nope, this year I am going to celebrate with a little St. Paddy’s Day dinner with my husband and toddler (so it’s going to be a real party up in here). To make the evening really fun, I wanted to create special place setting tags for my lucky guys and I am going to teach you how to make some of your own, too.

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Alphabet Shadow Box

I can’t be the only mom who feels like her little ones are always collecting miniature odds and ends. My son loves to collect mini animal figurines, game pieces, “special” rocks from outside and the occasional scrap of string and tape. These tiny treasures are far too valuable to toss away or throw in the toy bin. But how do you keep track of all those pieces without your kids’ rooms filling up with clutter? Here’s my idea — an alphabet shadow box. This clever craft is so super easy and affordable, and it keeps your kiddos happy with all their treasures within arm’s reach.

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DIY Yarn Chandelier

I love yarn. I’m what you would consider to be a yarn addict. I love its texture and versatility. As I browse through the aisles of my craft store I always pause and flirt with all the bright colored yarn. If that yarn is on sale you can bet a few rolls sneak their way into my cart. And I’m a huge sucker for yarn crafts. Can we talk about the craft potential yarn has? It has so much more to offer than knitting. And with an obnoxiously large bundle of sale yarn, I came up with a lovely craft I feel does yarn justice: a yarn chandelier.

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DIY Fabric Garland

Whenever a craft requires extensive sewing I start to get a little nervous. It’s true … I am driving blind behind the metaphorical wheel of a sewing machine. Every now and then, with meticulous planning, I work up the courage to take on a sewing craft, but if I can avoid stitching, I do. That is why I brainstormed ways to create home decor projects with all my scrap fabric without going to battle against a bobbin. Here is what I came up with: a ripped fabric garland! It is so easy and so simple that you could do it in your sleep. Okay, maybe not in your sleep (safety note: using scissors while sleeping is hazardous, in case you didn’t know), but you don’t have to be a DIY enthusiast to master this fabric garland.

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Cross Stitch Painting

Last week I was chatting with my friend who pointed out that cross-stitch is kind of a dying art. These are the important things we contemplate.

“Maybe older women do cross-stitch a bunch?” I suggested as a feeble attempt to defend our beloved cross-stitch hobby.

“There’s lots of ‘hip’ cross-stitch art you can buy online I think?” she piped in.

The truth is, cross-stitch may not be our craft of choice when we think “hip”, “modern” or even relevant interior design. I refuse, however, to believe that cross-stitch doesn’t have something to offer when it comes to home decor.

I saw our little chat about cross-stitch as a challenge to be accepted! Here is what I came up with — (drumroll now) — A cross-stitch painting using a cross-stitch pattern! This tutorial will teach you how to take your old cross-stitch patterns and turn them into artwork for your home!

Cross-Stitch Painting
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