Hand Stitched Très Chic Message Gloves

hand stitched message gloves

This week has been full of my plans and quandaries surrounding our upcoming trip to Europe and I wanted to add just a little bit of Parisian-inspired flair to my wardrobe to stave off the aching excitement.  Now, I highly doubt that an actual Parisienne would ever wear something that said Très Chic (especially after reading How to be Parisian), but here in Ohio, it’s probably considered understated.



Regardless, I think they turned out Très cute and they only cost about $5. Here is how I made them.  [Read more…]


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Nailhead Upholstered Corkboard

upholstering a corkboard

I have a little teaser for you all today!  We keep sneaking further and further into the office makeover before the big reveal next week.  We still have a few details to complete, but in the meantime will share some DIYs for completed pieces of the puzzle. This weekend, I recovered by plain and boring cork board into something a little more elevated.  I thought it was a fitting Monday project as we’re all gearing up for our work weeks!

At this moment, I keep glancing over to my finished inspiration board and I just love how it turned out – working with the decor rather than just being an eyesore.  Using leftover linen from my headboard DIY, all I had to purchase were the decorative nailheads which were fairly inexpensive to complete this pretty upholstered corkboard.  The full project requires very few steps and is quite easy, so let’s get to it!  [Read more…]

Tutorials: Hand Lettering on Photos

hand lettering

Most of you all know that I love hand writing.  I hand letter lots of my projects, but today’s tutorial is a first for me because I’m taking it digital!  I have never shared any tutorials or projects that are geared more toward tech and blogging because I don’t want to just be blogging to other bloggers and didn’t want to isolate my other readers with web or online projects.  I am sharing this project, however, because I feel that it can really appeal to anyone who does some computer-based creating.  With this tutorial, you want to add hand writing to photos for things like wall art or scrapbooks.  I know a lot of designers have tablets (like the wacom tablet) which can easily capture hand writing onto the computer, but I don’t love using my tablet.  I have one, but it makes my writing look so crazy! I might just need to practice, but in the meantime, I have created this work-around. [Read more…]

Tutorial: Fur Pom Hat

fur pom hat diy

Over my winter break, I did a fair amount of thinking about the DIYs that I post here on House of Earnest (soon to be something else!).  I determined that I hate the idea of making things for the sake of a post. Although I really love just making something creative for the hell of it, it doesn’t seem like a great use of resources or time. I decided that going forward (because there will, of course, be DIYs going forward) the projects and tutorials I share will be for one of two reasons.  Either because it’s something I really want/need on my body or in my house, or because it’s a new skill or technique that I’m trying to explore. I’m trying to be mindful of living simply and getting rid of superfluous *stuff*, so the DIYs will follow suit.

Today’s project is a perfect example of creating to fill a need.  I bought this slouchy hat a while ago, but it didn’t quite ‘slouch’ on me and always looked like a dunce hat or something from the movie Elf.  I needed to add some weight to the top of the hat to get it to lay properly. I had a bit of fur left over from the throw I made last month, so I decided to take action and make this hat work for me!





Making fur poms is just too easy not to put them on everything you own, let’s get going on this simple tutorial!  [Read more…]

Waxed Paper Transfer Towel


It might be the week of Christmas, but we’re not slowing down quite yet (we’re saving that for Wednesday).  Just in time for the weeks’ festivities, we’ve made a few custom tea towels to bring to the people in our family who are hosting the holiday as a sweet little hostess gift.

I decided on using the ‘Joyeux Noel’ simply because I was listening to my french lesson yesterday and was inspired to use the phrase somewhere.  I surrounded both the monogram and the Joyeux Noel with some laurel leaves to give them a festive feel.  I used the same monogram on my custom printed napkins as well!



These towels are super super simple and just use wax paper as a way to transfer the ink onto the plain muslin towels – there is no special iron-on material or anything like that.  I have the graphics and all letters of the alphabet for you to download for the project too! Here is the easy tutorial!  [Read more…]