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make a RAD pop-up card! 16 Apr 2014

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

One of my favorite things as a kid were pop-up books and pop-up cards. There's something about seeing something flat become dimensional that is so fun. Even now as an adult, I still love getting pop-up cards from people.

So, today, we're showing you how to make this RAD pop-up card for anyone you think fits the description (maybe even mom for upcoming Mother's Day!). Simply watch the video, download the template below to make one, then decorate it to your heart's content!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Art Direction & Pop-Up Design by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Still photos by Casey Brodley
Production and Craft Assistant: Julia Wester
Title Animation by Anthony Maiuri
Music is "Only One" by Johnny Stimson
My dress by Sonnet James

// SUPPLIES USED //
Print on white or colorful thick paper stock
X-Acto knife: can be found at your local arts and crafts store
Glue stick
Various decorations including washi tape, confetti, color pencils
Download the template to make this pop-up card right here.

petit collage... 15 Apr 2014

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

The queen of collage, Lorena Siminovich, has a new book called Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home. Using lots of recycled papers, Lorena shares a ton of kid-friendly projects that are so colorful and fun. And you have to see her super cute book trailer below! Congrats Lorena!

{Photos and video by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

sweet paul... 2 Apr 2014

Breakfast Churros / Sweet Paul

Fork Book Ends / Sweet Paul

World's Best Cake / Sweet Paul

One of my favorite crafty guys, Sweet Paul, has a new book called Sweet Paul Eat & Make filled with a mix of Paul's favorite recipes make and crafts to create. The recipes are drool-worthy (ahem Breakfast Churros and World's Best Cake shown) and the crafts are simple and clever like these fork book-ends shown above. Congrats Paul!

{Photos by Alexandra Grablewski}

cap'n crunch chocolate chip cookies... 31 Mar 2014

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friends over at Black Hogg here in Los Angeles recently started serving some amazing sandwiches for lunch. The restaurant is right by my house so I'm pretty addicted to their sandwiches and their homemade chocolate chip cookies (which blow my mind and are currently my favorite cookie of choice). Made with the addition of Cap'n Crunch cereal and peanut butter chips on top of regular chocolate chips, it's a chewy crunchy protein-packaged cookie I can't get enough of. I begged them to share the recipe, and they kindly said yes!

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(makes 6 large cookies or 12 small cookies)

You'll need:

4 oz softened unsalted butter (= 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 oz Glucose (which makes cookies chewier than regular sugar) (= 1/16 cup)

1 medium egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2-1/2 oz chocolate chips (= 1/3 cup)

2-1/2 oz peanut butter cups (chopped) (= 1/3 cup)

1 oz rolled oats (= 1/8 cup)

4 oz Cap'n Crunch cereal (= 3 cups)

1 oz chopped hazelnuts (= 1/8 cup)

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's how:

1. Mix sugar, glucose, and butter for 1 minute with a handheld or standing mixer.

2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix for 1 more minute.

3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, oats, cap'n crunch, and hazelnuts and quickly mix it all together for 1 minute.

5. With a 3 oz ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Cover with parchment paper and press down each cookie with a flat object like a plate. Freeze for 1 hour.

6. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes, rotate pan, and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

You'll get chewy, crunchy, caramelized cookies that are unlike anything you've had before. Thanks so much to Eric and Jon at Black Hogg for their amazing food and for sharing this fun recipe with us today! 

UPDATE: Sorry you guys for any issues you had with the recipe. There were some miscalculations when we converted it from restaurant portions to at-home portions, and I apologize! The recipe has been corrected and updated as of April 8, 2014 and is now correct.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a confetti table runner DIY... 20 Mar 2014

DIY Confetti Table Runner

After sharing images from our Garden Party brunch the other day, we had a lot of inquiries about the gold confetti table runner that graced one of the tables. So, I wanted to share this very easy, yet super pretty, DIY with you today.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

All you need is a roll of butcher paper (we used white but other solid colors would be pretty, too), glue dots, and jumbo confetti. We used the Oh Joy gold confetti dots which are unfortunately already sold out online but you can track them at your local Target store or you can also make your own dots with a big paper punch.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

DIY Confetti Table Runner

Start by cutting a sheet of butcher paper to the length and width that you'd like. I like 1/3 the width of the table and at least two feet longer than your table so it hangs over about 1 foot on each end. Then, attach the dots to butcher paper in a gradient so that they start off light towards the center and get heavier and more concentrated towards the ends.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

The result is a table runner that feels ultra luxe and special using only paper and glue!

{Process photos by Casey Brodley, party photos by Laure Joliet.}

veggie pot pie with thai green curry... 27 Feb 2014

Oh Joy / Veggie Pot Pie with Thai Green Curry

Ever since the quest for more vegetables in my life, I've been trying out some of the recipes you guys suggested and making an effort to make one vegetarian meal per week. Recently, my assistant, Casey, made a veggie pot pie I loved, so we worked together to spruce up the recipe a bit with the addition one of my favorite ingredients of all time—Thai green curry! The best part of this recipe is that you can use any veggies you have lying around and it's super easy...

 

Veggie Pot Pie with Thai Green Curry
(serves 2 as a main meal, or serves 4 with soup and salad)

Oh Joy / Veggie Pot Pie with Thai Green Curry

 

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edible valentines... 6 Feb 2014

Oh Joy | Pie Crust Conversation Hearts

Oh Joy | Pie Crust Conversation Hearts

Oh Joy | Natural Gummy Hearts Recipe

With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to share a couple sweet treats you can easily make for anyone in your life. You can say a little something wit these pie crust conversation hearts or give them a little love with these all-natural (and vegan!) orange-berry gummies. Whether it's your friend, neighbor, teacher, friend, or your dearest Valentine, give them a little unexpected treat! See the video below and its details on YouTube for the full recipes and sources...

CREDITS
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Art Direction: Oh Joy
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Hello Sweetheart" by Katie Ro
Hair & Makeup: Danielle Walch 
Production and Craft Assistant: Julia Wester
Recipes and sources used: see details on YouTube 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. To see more Oh Joy videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. My dress by Sonnet James.}

a pretty floral updo... 23 Jan 2014

Oh Joy + Irrelephant | Pretty Floral Updo

As you guys may remember from my last beauty post, I am pretty lazy when it comes to hair and makeup. I rarely use a hair dryer because I don't really know what to do with one. And my version of an updo usually consists of some sort of ponytail or messy bun. So I love it when people who know what they are doing in the hair department teach me some skillz (yep, the "z" means we mean business). The girls from Irrelephant were in town recently and taught me how to create this easy floral updo which took less than 15 minutes and looks so, so pretty. It's perfect for upcoming Valentine's Day...or really, any day that you just want a little extra floral pep in your step! Here's how...

Oh Joy + Irrelephant | Pretty Floral Updo

1. First start by prepping your hair. Any updo stays longer when there's a little grit in your hair using hair spray or texturizing spray. If you have straight hair like I do, curl the hair loosely with a curling iron and then break it up with your hands. This adds texture and volume to start the 'do off on the right foot. 

2. Begin by picking up top crown section of hair (the section that starts around your temple) and tie it with a small clear rubber band or pony tail holder.

3. Flip the pony inside out like a topsy tail! 

4. Next, grab the hair that's left over and tease it with a comb. Grab a one inch section from the left side and pin it over to the right past the pony tail part. Grab one inch of hair from the right side and pin it over to the left past the pony tail and place a bobby pin or two to secure.  

5. Continue and repeat #4 by pinning over another section of hair from the left and right sides and pinning them to secure. 

6. Once the top part is secure, divide the remaining hair at the bottom into two sections. Tease one section and roll it under up into the base of your head and pin until it's secure. Repeat on other side until your updo is complete. Spray with hairspray to set. 

7. To add flowers, snip the stems to a couple inches in length and use bobby pins to secure the flowers in place. You may need some help for this part, or you can feel it as you go, and pin the flowers as you like...the more free-flowing and organic, the better! We chose softer flowers that would also look pretty as they wilted so that you can go a for a day or evening with them on your head.

Oh Joy + Irrelephant | Pretty Floral Updo

Oh Joy + Irrelephant | Pretty Floral Updo

Enjoy! Let me know what you guys think. And if you try it, I want to see! A special thanks to Joanna and Molly at Irrelephant for helping me figure out this whole hair thing...

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Updo by Irrelephant. My dress is by WHIT.} 

a {healthier} coco-nutty chocolate fudge treat... 22 Jan 2014

Coco-nutty Fudge

Everyone has one of those friends who is really good at making a healthier version of everything. My friend Lauren from Lithe Method makes a healthy lifestyle part of her job and is always coming up with creative solutions for a sweet treat. I had some of this fudge she made and couldn't get enough. The best part is all of the fats are really good for you and come from just nuts and coconuts. So, here's a recipe for what I like to call "Coco-nutty Chocolate Fudge".

Coco-nutty Chocolate Fudge (adapted from Lauren's Lithe Fudge)
Prep time: 10 min
Serve time: 1 hour

You'll need:
1 cup raw cashew butter (store bought or homemade)
2 tablespoons coconut manna
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded dried coconut (optional for extra crunch)
course sea salt to taste (I like about 1/2 teaspoon)

Here's how:
1. Mix together the nut butter, coconut manna and coconut oil until smooth (this is much easier if ingredients are at room temperature).

2. Add in the cocoa powder, honey and sea salt and stir until creamy. 

3. Transfer the mixture to a dish, lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap for easy removal.

4. Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for an hour before slicing and serving. Due to the coconut manna/oil mixture, the fudge will become pretty soft if it's left out for a while, so it’s best served directly from, and stored in the freezer. Enjoy!

{Photo by Oh Joy. Recipe adapted from FitHipHealthy.}

a sweet new year... 6 Jan 2014

Happy 2014 from Oh Joy!

Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and celebrated the end of 2013 in a way that made you feel ready to embrace the new year ahead. Tomorrow, I'm going to share a few things I'm thinking about for 2014. But in the meantime, I wanted share this sweet little treat we sent out to clients and colleagues this year...

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Inspired by idea of sprinkling joy wherever you can, we found beautiful glass jars and filled them with sprinkles/edible pearls/non pareils/quins in a variety shapes, sizes, and colors. It was fun to see on Instagram what my friends did with them...

Oh Joy | sprinkles

Whether you have a jar full of sprinkles or not, I hope it inspires you to toss a little bit of happiness wherever you go this year...

{Photos by Oh Joy. Instagram photos from Bonnie Tsang, Mrs. Lilien, and Ban.do. Sprinkles from Gloria's, glass jars and gold caps from Freund.}

 

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