Share the Love: DIY Stamped Tea Towel

Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft
Ever since my stint in the south, my heart gets just a little more excited about the holidays. Southerners love to celebrate special events with themed trinkets and decor. One decor trend I’m particularly fond of is the seasonal tea towel – Christmas trees in December, little American flags in July. I like it because it brings a little bit of flair to my kitchen, but is still useful. I’m not one for knick knacks, since counter space is too precious in the Malinowski household.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it’d be fun to create my own decorative tea or dish towels…a little throwback to my southern “roots.” While Nick and I don’t really do anything to celebrate, I love using Valentine’s Day as a reason to celebrate all the other loves in my life: friends, family, and great coworkers. This project is an easy and affordable gift that any girl in your life will love.

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DIY Stamped Tea Towel
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Supplies

Plain flour sack dishtowels
Sponge
Sharpie
Scissors
Acrylic paint
Small dish
Sheets of thick scrap paper
Optional: Hot glue gun, Rick rack
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Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft

Start by picking out your paint colors and gathering your materials. I went with the classic Valentine’s Day theme of pink and red, but you can roll with any color combo you want.

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Valentine's Day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Use your sharpie to sketch your stamp shapes onto the top of your sponge. Make sure you keep the comparative size of your dish towel in mind. Don’t over think it! Sponge stamps do not lend themselves to detail or perfection. Embrace that handmade look, y’all!

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Valentine's day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Once your stamps are cut, pour your paint into a small dish. Then cut and insert a thick piece of paper behind the front panel of the dishtowel to prevent the paint from seeping through. Alternatively you could spread the towel out, but I like being able to see how the final design will look. I suggest only stamping the front to keep the towel functional. Any section that’s painted won’t absorb water. Let your stamps absorb the paint for about 5 seconds before stamping them onto the fabric. Make sure to press down firmly and let the paint dry for at least 5 minutes before touching. 

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Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft

I had extra rick rack around the house that I simply hot glued to the bottom for some extra flare. I originally cut a piece to just lay across the front, but ended up gluing it along the bottom of the front side. Adding a strong of pom-poms would also be cute.

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Valentine's Day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Despite their imperfections, I think they’re just darling! I can’t wait to send a couple sets in the mail later this week as a little southern surprise for my friends.

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Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day this year? Last year Mil and I spent the day together. True love.
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XOXO,
Jules

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Best Buys for Black Friday 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve y’all. After work today Nick and I are brining our turkey for tomorrow’s big feast. Our fridge is packed with ingredients to prep for tomorrow’s meal, some traditional (cranberries, celery for stuffing, and pie crusts) and non-traditional (egg rolls and bbq pork steamed buns). My mom is Vietnamese so growing up our Thanksgiving celebrations were always a mish mash of cultures and I like continuing to celebrate this tradition.
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For many, the new Thanksgiving weekend tradition has become the early morning shopping sesh the following day. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently, so I’m not sure if I’ll be up for a 6am alarm come Friday morning. Thank goodness for the magic of online shopping. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the sales I’m looking forward to shopping online this year.
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black friday shopping salesBailey 44: The entire site is on sale for 44% off, Wednesday through Monday. I have my eye on the Zaha Dress in burgundy. It’s work appropriate but a little sassy as well.
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charcoal+mutans+cropped+good Sick Bags: Proceeds from these durable vegan bags help fight against a range of childhood illnesses. Grab one for a girlfriend (or yourself) at 30% off, Friday through Monday.
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BaubleBar recently launched a home accessories collection with Julie Engel of  Gal Meets Glam that is just too cute to miss. Her collection, along with the rest of BaubleBar, will be 30% off for Black Friday. These agate bookends remind me of Mil.
Black Friday shopping sales 2015 shoes
Marc Fisher: This Friday a new pair of shoes can be yours at 30% off. These Toni Lace Up Pointy Toe Pumps are the perfect upgrade from plain black heels. If you don’t have lace ups heels yet, what are you waiting for?
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black friday sales birch lane thanksgiving shopping 2015
Birch Lane: Get free shipping and 20 percent off on Black Friday or wait for Cyber Monday for 30 percent off everything plus free shipping. Our home in Arkansas has a giant Magnolia tree in the front yard. The leaves and flowers were a staple decoration for dinners and parties. Now that we’re in Seattle, this faux Magnolia wreath is as close as we’re going to get.
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Black Friday shopping sales fashion 2015Splendid: One of my go-to stores for comfy and well made basics. Splendid is offering 30% off everything from November 25 to November 28 with the promo code THANKS. I’m pretty sure I want to live in the Keane Faux Sherpa Vest.
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Black Friday shopping sales 2015 home decor
AccompanyNovember 25-30, save on Accompany’s artisan made accessories and housewares with the code GIVETHANKS. These gold glazed bowls are perfect for pre-dinner appetizers of olives and spiced nuts.
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Are you planning on heading out to brave the Black Friday sales or will you be shopping from the comfort of your couch? Interestingly enough, after-Christmas sales are supposed to be just as good, if not better than those offered this weekend. With that in mind, I’ll probably be looking for gifts for others now and gifts for me later!
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XOXO,
Jules

 

 

Winter Home Decor Refresh

 

Winter Decor Refresh

 

Gilt mirror / Trinket tray / Mongolian faux fur pillows / French press / Faux fur throw / ‘Hot Stuff’ mug / String lights / Faux fur bean bag / Furry bench / Quartz coasters / Wood tray / Black champagne diffuser / Pompom throw

Well guys, as far as I’m concerned, winter has arrived. Snow has been sighted within the city limits, they’re already playing Christmas music in stores, and slowly but surely, all the blankets I own have found their way onto my bed. With the changing of the seasons comes the urge to refresh my home decor, and naturally I want to cozy things up a bit. And by ‘a bit’ I mean so many furry blankets and pillows you’ll think you stepped right into Winterfell. I’m really loving a soft, serene palette of white and gray with gold accents, with a hint of rustic wood here and there.

Do you have any winter decor updates you’re dying to make? Also: how amazing is that faux fur bean bag? I never thought I would say such a thing, but I really want that bean bag. Just imagine curling up next to the fireplace on your gloriously soft, furry bean bag, and diving headfirst into a Netflix binge as a winter storm rages outside. I’m pretty sure that’s the Webster’s dictionary definition of coziness right there.

♥ Mil

 

Friday Favorites

Happiest of Fridays everyone! Today Nick and I are headed to Portland for a long weekend. We’re checking out a bluegrass concert and checking out a relatively new vegan restaurant. The forecast calls for rain all weekend, but I’m sure we’ll make the best of it by cozying up in our little Airbnb apartment. Have you ever been to Portland? Mil went this past summer, but I haven’t been in years! Have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s favorites.
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1. Need tips on how to effectively network through social media? Public relations CEO Danika Daly is full of them!
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2. These beauty advent calendars are such a fun pre-Christmas gift for a girlfriend. It does bum me out a little bit though that Christmas stuff was out in stores the day after Halloween.
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3. I loved seeing this Design Sponge tour of a Victorian home in Seattle’s Central District, an up and coming neighborhoods in Seattle.
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4. The LA Times dares to ask the hard hitting questions like: Is cheese really like crack?
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5. This week NASA put out a call for new astronauts. Can you feel your eight year old heart just pounding with excitement? Someone I know, please apply!
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XOXO,
Jules

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