I got a facelift

Hey hey hey!

Notice anything different around here? I sure do! Sunday Morning Sugar got a little facelift over the weekend :). I’m still working on ironing out the kinks (like putting my “follow” buttons back up) but I’m thrilled with the new design.

As you may or may not know, I’m really code-challenged so, of course, there’s no way I could have done this on my own. The fabulous Steven Andrew dealt with all of my crazy requests and turned my vision (which was vague, to say the least) into this lovely new design for my blog. He made this based of of my request for “simple, red, and I like stripes” along with a couple pintrest images of ice cream and a wedding. Needless to say, he did a fantastic job translating my insanity into a great design :).

He is the sweetest thing, works quickly, and makes it easy for you to make adjustments to the design as he works through it. I cannot recommend his services enough. He’s working on building a portfolio right now so he’s designing blogs FOR FREE.

So the moral of the story is that you should all check out Steven’s blog ASAP and if you need design work, he’s your guy!

In case you missed the other links, you can find him RIGHT HERE!

xoxoo
Mal

Hang your flowers and your coats

My best friend sent me two cute DIY’s over a year ago. I posted the first one immediately then completely forgot to post the second one. I’m a bad friend. But hopefully finally posting this will make up for some of my bad friend-ness…right?

Kristina Marie is really pretty and is the definition of cute (fact). Everything this girl does from the way she dresses to the food she eats to the things she creates is completely fabulous. She’s a pretty great best friend. She saw this coat rack/vase on etsy (I believe?) and decided she was going to put her own spin on it. I asked her to take pictures so I could share it with all of you and she obliged me. Like I said, great friend. I think I’ve gushed enough :). Let’s get started!

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What you’ll need:
-drill
-hardware to attach the finished product to the wall
-hooks
-an old jar to use as a vase
-paint
-scrap wood

How to do it:

1) cut your wood to the desired length and sand it so the edges aren’t too rough!
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2) Paint the front and sides whatever color your little heart desires
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3) Let it dry then rub it with a bit of sandpaper to distress it
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4) Attach your hooks. You’ll want to drill the holes for the screws first…
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5) Attach your jar. Kristina wanted me to not that this was the most difficult part. She said to make sure the metal circle is fit exactly to size before you screw it on.
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6) Attach the hardware to the back so you can hang it up.
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7) Put some flowers in the vase and admire your hard work :).
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EDIT: She sent me a picture of her project in action :).
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If you have questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll harass Kristina until she gives me answers then take credit for coming up with them by myself ;).

If you end up making the project, please share it with me in the comments. I’m sure Kristina will be excited to see what you come up with!!

Note: The cute boy in the pictures doing all the heavy lifting is not Kristina. That’s her boyfriend Sean. He’s a good one.

Sponsored Post: The Inbetween is Mine

I know it’s always fun to see someone’s take on a popular DIY, so today San is sharing a quick and easy idea for a DIY greeting card. I’ll let her introduce herself since she does such a great job :)!

Hi, my name is San and I blog over at The In Between is Mine. I am a German Expat, living in Northern CA with my husband. I am a geologist by day and a crafter, photographer, knitter, crocheter and stitcher by night.

Today I am going to share a quick tutorial on how to make a cute, handmade greeting card in 10 minutes.

You need:

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– scissors and/or single-blade cutting tool
– glue stick
– pencil and ruler
– double-sided, pre-cut mounting tape (or if you want a cheaper alternative, get a sheet of white fun foam with a sticky back, which you can cut into any shape you want/need).
– card stock
– blank card & envelope
– stamps
– ink pad or brush markers for stamping

Step 1) Cut the card stock so it fits the blank card and leaves a little bit of a white frame around it. Glue it to the front of the card.

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Step 2) On a white piece of card stock, stamp your image. I personally prefer the brush markers for stamping, so you can achieve a colorful, unique look.

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Step 3) Cut out the stamped image (you can use a simple square, oval shape, or anything else you like) and attach a custom piece of mounting tape on its back.

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Step 4) Then attach the cut-out to the front of your card. Voilà.

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This is very simple, but elegant example for a personalized greeting card. There is no limit to the imagination to what you can do with this method. I especially love how the mounting tape adds some “depth” to the card’s front.

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY for today!

Sponsored Giveaway: Studs and Pearls

I’m really excited to bring you a giveaway today from Kirsten of Studs and Pearls. If you aren’t already familiar with you, you should be. She makes amazing things out of affordable, everyday objects. She’s like the DIY queen…

One of the most popular DIY’s at S&P is the Braided Chain Bracelet (http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2010/08/diy-braided-chain-bracelet.html). Months later and I’m STILL getting pictures from ladies around the world who have made their own Braided Chain Bracelet. Inspired by a designer $385 piece, this bracelet is really cute, and really easy to make. The winner of this giveaway will not only get one of the bracelets I made for the S&P DIY – but the supplies to start you off, so that you can make your own Braided Chain Bracelet. All you’ll need is the remaining supplies (clear nailpolish and jewelry pliers). And of course, when you make your very own Braided Chain Bracelet, I’d LOVE to see a picture!

xo, Kirsten at S&P

GREAT giveaway, am I right or am I right? Here’s how you enter:

1) Go to Kirsten’s blog and comment below telling me your favorite DIY
2) Blog/tweet about this for one extra entry each

You must leave each entry in a separate comment otherwise it’ll only be counted once! Also, leave a way for me to contact you. I’ve had to pass by winners in the past because I had no way of telling them about their win. Don’t let that be you!!!!!

Thanks so much Kirsten :).

Sponsored Post; Midwest Society

Today’s sponsored post is from one of my fellow Columbia students. I met Nicholas through one of my roommates and when he started classes in Public Relations this semester we happened to take one of the same courses. He’s just about the cutest thing in the world and I’m so excited to be able to feature a male blogger! Today he threw together a post about the impact your image has on you. This is especially poignant for any college students reading my blog. Be sure to check out his regular thoughts over at Midwest Soceity.

I don’t think some people realize how they portray themselves to others. Being a visual society, we instantly judge others on their appearance and actions. Having opinions is only our human nature. Making sure you give your very best first impression to others is a way to make sure people will always remember you in the best possible way.

The little details are what count:
When I see someone in glasses my first impression of them is that they must have some intellect and be studious. If I see someone wearing a hat backwards, I think of a bro and all the characteristics a bro comes with. Even though these are just perceptions they stick with a person, even if they may or may not be true. Always be aware of how your image will precede you. Dress how you want to be viewed!

Social Networking:
Another huge thing that is KEY to your social image is everything you post from your social networking sites. People will interpret what you’re posting about yourself in any way they’d like. I myself enjoy partying and going out with friends and occasionally acting stupid, but I don’t write drunk sloppy statuses and I make sure I hide all the photos of me doing those things. Even leaving passive aggressive posts puts your character as a person into negative light. Always be sure to put your best foot forward when using twitter, facebook, blogger, and any other social networking tool.

Your actions, gestures and things that you’re involved with bring along a stigma of who you are. I’m not saying you should be fake or phony, but everyone should be conscious on how they show themselves to others. As long as you’re genuine in your actions and true to yourself no one will look at you for your negative qualities. Rather, they will look at you for everything great you stand for.

Sincerely,
Nicholas