Surprise Your Partner :: DIY Pregnancy Announcement

When you and your partner decide to start a family, you both are excited, nervous, and even scared of the unknown. The one thing you do know is that your love is so great that you want to share it with a child of your own. This special time in your life is like nothing you’ve experienced before, just like being in love for the first time.

Share those butterflies with your partner by surprising him or her with the same excitement you felt when you saw that positive pregnancy test. If you are a horrible secret keeper, this may not be the approach for you, but I only had to wait a few hours! This Pregnancy Announcement is something you prep before you know you are pregnant, but for heaven’s sake do not torture yourself by waiting too long to tell your partner. I did have a silent scream in the mirror when I found out, and did a little dance in the bathroom…had to be discreet with my husband in the next room.

This DIY project is something that you and your partner will remember forever, so choose items that mean something. My husband and I met in Franklin, TN., 20 twenty minutes South of Nashville. We now live back in my hometown San Diego, so I wanted to mesh places that mean something to us.

My husband is Johnny Cash’s biggest fan, and has always said, “when we have a baby, he or she will wear a Johnny Cash onesie”. Hello Amazon, and a week later this adorable “Crawl the Line” onesie arrives. Now to mesh San Diego with Nashville. Home Goods is a Designer’s Secret BFF. I discovered this sea themed Secret Book Box, and it would fit the onesie perfectly. Then all you need is to write a little note announcing you are pregnant, wrap it up pretty, and voila!

I took my husband to our spot in La Jolla where we carved our initials when we first moved here together. I then “took his picture” on my phone, while video taping the entire reaction. Cost of these items for the DIY Pregnancy Announcement: $25.00. My husband’s reaction when he found out I am pregnant: Priceless.
Surprise Gift, DIY, Pregnant, Baby Announcement-Darcy Oliver Design
Pregnancy Announcement, Baby, Johnny Cash, Onesie-Darcy Oliver Design

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Spring is in the Air :: Gardening & DIY Spring Wreath

New buds are flowering, and the sweet aroma of Jasmine permeates the air. Springtime is for renewal and gardening! By freshening up your garden with new blooms, or simply cleaning up your yard is a fun and healthy activity to take in the fresh air and get your blood pumping this Spring.

Recently I just planted a small flower bed to brighten up the entrance to my home, as we all know the first impression lasts! By creating a tiered flower bed, you are able to get the light in where the plants need it, and you are able to show off some of the smaller plants and flowers that wish to be seen. I tilled the soil, and laid down around 4-6″ of new soil before I planted my Ornamental Grass in the back, then Lavender (perfect for future DIY projects & floral arrangements), Ornamental Cabbage, and finally to skirt the flower bed I planted the white and airy Alyssum.

I then added Pea Gravel instead of Mulch, as Mulch tends to “fly” away with the wind, and Pea Gravel keeps the soil moist without drying out the soil on hot summer days. I also added some Larger Mexican Pebbles where the eaves create to much shade for plants to grow, and the bonus is they look tidy and contemporary!
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Spring is also the time for Home Projects! One simple way to freshen up your home’s first impression is to hang a Spring Wreath. I purchased this dried Wine Vine Wreath at San Diego Florist Supply, along Design Master 24K Gold Spray Paint (seriously the best gold spray paint with most coverage & sheen). I also found a Mossy Garland wrapped around wire, and delicately wrapped my Gold Wreath for a Spring & organic inspired look. Voila! Spring is making a comeback here at my house, how about yours?
Spring Gold Wreath-Darcy Oliver Design

DIY Twine Wrapped Letters & Branch Sign

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby boy! Once I found out what his sweet little name was, I was all over this Birch Branch Sign with Twine Wrapped Letters! His Nursery is going to have a rustic yet modern appeal, and I cannot wait to see the whole design come together.
Birch Branch & Twine Letters Sign-Darcy Oliver Design

You can create this DIY Twine Wrapped Letters & Birch Branch Sign, or simply hang the letters on the wall without the branch. There are few supplies that you can pick up at your local craft and floral supply stores, and depending on how many letters you wrap, I discovered that one letter took me about an hour to wrap. The “N” and the “A” were the hardest to wrap, and I double wrapped all of the letters to give them a complete look without any gaps.
Supplies for Twine Letters-Darcy Oliver Design

The key is to wrap the twine tight, and be sure to Hot Glue as you go! If your Wooden Letters have a similar “extended block” type font, I found cutting around 5-6 3″ pieces of Twine, and then gluing them to the ends allowed for the letters to be completely wrapped in Twine. Once you Hot Glue those little pieces, you can then begin to wrap around them and the rest of the letter with the Twine. I used around 3 1/2 Small Rolls of Twine from Michaels, and I would not recommend using anything smaller than a 6″-8″ Wood Letter (also from Michaels). The small opening for the “A” was especially hard to fit the roll through, or simply cut a really long piece of Twine to ensure you wrap around the opening.
Twine Letter-Darcy Oliver Design

Cleopatra Makeup Inspired by Liz Taylor

Halloween is just around the corner, and this year for our Halloween Party I was Cleopatra inspired by the gorgeous Liz Taylor.  When this film came out, it was a BIG DEAL!  Liz Taylor’s makeup as Cleopatra inspired the runway in the 60’s, and continues to inspire the runway today.  If you are going to be Cleopatra this Halloween, you must attempt Liz Taylor’s Cleo look!  Easier than it looks, here are the Products and Tips that I used to transform into Liz’s Cleo Look!

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I loved the eye-catching Blue Eyeshadow highlighted with Gold Glitter that made her lids sparkle! The Egyptian Eyeliner was going to be a challenge, but the opened arrow looked so awesome, I had to give it a try!

Here are the makeup selections I used to get the Cleo Look, and one thing I do not have in the mix is Surgical/Medical Tape that is skin safe. Why you ask?  A sharp line is crucial for the open arrow Egyptian Eyeliner.  I have the Surgical Tape on a dispenser, which is often mistaken for Scotch Tape in my house… Tear off a couple of inches and place the tape near your temple at an angle from the outside corner of eye to the end of your eyebrow.  You can practice where to place the tape by taking your eyeshadow brush handle from the outside corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow.  You will use the tape as a guide with the Stila Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, from the outside corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow.  Carefully lift the tape and move it down to create an arrow/pie shaped space between your first line.  Draw another line along the tape, and connect the two lines at the top.  Don’t be afraid to get the eyeliner on the tape, that’s the point!

Cleopatra Makeup

The Blue Eyeshadow I used is Kat Von D’s, and I always dip my eyeshadow brush in the water to make the pigment really pop, and it lasts longer as well.  Use a Gold Glitter Eyeliner and dab on the gold glitter on your lids and let dry.  Use Stila’s Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen on your lids for a precise line, and the soft Pencil to create the winged line and on your waterline as well.  I love Sephora’s Eyelashes that accentuate the outside corner of your eye and your Cleo Eyeliner!  To make your eyes pop and to get that Cleo Glow, NARS Concealer is amazing!  If you highlight from your temples to a triangle under your eyes, any dark circles or bags will recede from view and you will glow, darling!  Highlight the inner corner of your eye, just a dab above your upper lip, and a smidge on your chin.  Blend and Blend.  Use a sultry bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks, and a deep blush on top of your cheek bones to your hairline.  Give your pout some lovin with MAC’s creamy nude lipstick, and ta-da! you are Cleo Ready!

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DIY Lady Gaga Meat Dress Costume

In honor of my little sister’s birthday and our crazy love for Halloween, this DIY Lady Gaga Meat Dress Costume was fun to make and a major hit downtown Nashville for some Halloween fun!  You will definitely get some looks wearing this fresh meat ensemble.

We watched a DIY Video Tutorial, and a couple notes about the fabric you can purchase from Joann’s:

  1. We didn’t find that Mummy Blood Fabric, but look for any marbleized fabric, plus a red fabric to throw into the mix!
  2. Don’t be afraid to tear the fabric, rip it!
  3. We didn’t have a mannequin bodice, so your sister works just fine…just remember she isn’t a pin cushion!
  4. Have fun making your own creation, and remember….if you use your sister, remember she will have to be able to take the costume off, so don’t sew her into it until HALLOWEEN!

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Here is the DIY Video Tutorial we watched!