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valentine's day funfetti biscotti! 27 Jan 2015

chocolate chip funfetti biscotti recipe

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we've baked up a couple sweet treats to make and give to your nearest and dearest. For something sweet (but not too sweet), biscotti is one of my favorite treats because they're like cookies that disguise themselves as a breakfast treat...or really, an all day treat. Here's our funfetti version!

Funfetti Biscotti
(Makes 15-18 pieces)

You'll need:
-3 cups flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-3/4 tsp salt
-1 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup sugar
-3 eggs
-1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
-1/8 cup shredded coconut and 1/8 cup sliced almonds
(or if you want to go nut-free, you can use 1/4 cup chocolate chips instead)
-1/4 cup of candy melts in white and pink
-pink sugar sprinkles 

almond coconut funfetti biscotti recipe

Here's how: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) set aside. 

3. In a larger bowl, whisk together oil and sugar. Once fully blended together, whisk in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla. 

4. Slowly whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and then fold in the sprinkles and other additional toppings. 

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the dough to form a long rectangle. 

6. Top with pink sugar sprinkles and a few pinches of sea salt and bake for 25 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 250 degrees. Use a serrated knife to cut into 1 wide inch pieces and place them on their sides. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 more minutes. 

8. Follow the instructions for heating the candy melts. Once biscotti is cooled, dip ends into the candy melts. 

funfetti biscotti recipe

As a super easy way to package them up and give to friends, use permanent markers to draw fun shapes, words, or patterns on Ziploc bags!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Recipe inspired by and modified from this one by My Name is Yeh.} 

baby's breath can be cool... 20 Jan 2015

Baby's Breath Wreath

I don't know about you, but there's only one kind of baby's breath that I can't get enough of (and that's attached to my little Coco). The flower kind on the other hand has always seemed like an unnecessary floral to me used as a filler in cheesy, gifted bouquets. And because I love challenges, we challenged ourselves to do something with baby's breath that doesn't look cheesy...

Baby's Breath Wreath

I love wreaths and think they they should be a year-round thing. So why not use the above-mentioned questionable flower to make a decorative wreath? With the addition of other fresh flowers, it's really pretty for a party or event for the day. And, if you want it to last longer, use flowers that will dry nicely the way that baby's breath does.

Baby's Breath Wreath

Here's what you'll need:

- gold embroidery (we used a 10 inch hoop) 

- floral wire

- flowers (we used baby's breath mixed with freesia and hydrangea) 

- leather or faux leather strip with leather hole punch tool

Here's how:

1. Gather a small bundle of flowers and place them on the embroidery hoop.

2. Use a piece of floral wire about 12 inches long and wrap it securely around the bundle and hoop. Keep going around the hoop added baby's breath and wrapping with the wire as far as you like. We covered it only partway because the exposed gold hoop feels sort of modern and fresh.

3. You can hang your wreath directly from the hoop or make a strap using a piece leather and punch a hole at the end using a leather hole punch tool. The baby's breath will dry out but like dried flowers do, it should last at least a couple weeks.

Baby's Breath Wreath

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafts by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

a sneak peek at the new oh joy book! 13 Jan 2015

Oh Joy Book - coming in April!

You guys! We have a brand new book coming out in April!

My third book, Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy is a colorful guide to help bring whimsy and joy to your life and into the lives of those you love. It's filled with quick, fun, and stylish (all brand new) projects from home decor to food to fashion as well as tips on how to shop for vintage, pick art for your home, and where I like to find inspiration. Inspired by my Make Someone Happy videos, this book is all about small things that make a big impact. It's about making your world a happier place and giving you the inspiration to make beautiful and joyful things for others as well.

Here's a peek at the cover (the real book cover will have some very fancy gold foil and neon that you can't see in this digital image). This book was a labor of love for sure. Making this book while pregnant last year was no small feat, but thanks to my team, we pulled it together and can't wait for you to see it. The book comes out on April 7th, but you can pre-order it now at these retailers:

In the US: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins. In Canada: Indigo and Harper Collins.

I'll have a couple book parties in April, too, so I hope we'll get to celebrate together soon!

do something + give love letters... 6 Jan 2015

Do-something-card

We created this Pop-Up Heart Valentine's Day card DIY for DoSomething.org and Mentor Up's Love Letters campaign which encourages teens to makes a card of love for senior citizens in their community. Even though Valentine's Day is still a month away, we love the idea of giving love any time of year to anyone who could use an extra smile.

Here's how to make one for a friend, loved one, or senior in your life...

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

1. Download our Heart Pop-Up template right here. You can use the template to trace over any other paper (patterned, solid colors, glittered, etc) or print it on paper of your choice.

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

2. Fold the printed template in half, then cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines so that you're creating a full-sized heart when it's open. The inside piece (page 2 of the template) has the pop-up, and the outside piece (page 1 of the template) is a solid heart.

3. Make sure to pop out the inside's mini heart (see image above), then attach the inside and outside together with glue, double-sided tape, or any smooth adhesive. Then, decorate it however you like!

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

{Project by Oh Joy. Creative direction by Joy Cho, card design by Angie Stalker, card styling by Julia Wester, photos by Casey Brodley.}

paper fan wreath DIY... 22 Dec 2014

Paper Fan Wreath DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

It's been so fun sharing these DIY projects by Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell because they really made me think even bigger about how everyday party supplies can be used in new ways. In this last project, they used the Oh Joy for Target fans to make a giant decorative wreath for the holidays. Now, even if you don't use these particiular fans, it just goes to show you how using multiples of anything makes bigger impact even with something as simple as paper!

We've provided this PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make this Paper Fan Wreath. The Oh Joy fans have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought decorative fans. Enjoy! 

P.S. Holiday Countdown GarlandPaper Lantern Mobile, and Striped Lanterns!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

paper fan himmeli DIY... 8 Dec 2014

Paper Fan Himmeli DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

I love mobiles because they feel like decorations you can keep up year-round. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are showing us how to keep that sparkle up beyond the holidays with this festive Paper Fan Himmeli using the Oh Joy for Target fans and paper straws!

A himmeli is a hanging mobile decoration traditionally made from straw. In Finland, they were made for Christmas decorations and also to be hung over the table at harvest to bring luck for the harvest of the following year. Supposedly, the more complicated the himmeli the more abundant the next year's harvest would be.

We've provided this PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make it. The Oh Joy fans have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought decorative fans. Enjoy! 

P.S. Holiday Countdown GarlandPaper Lantern Mobile, and Striped Lanterns!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects... 4 Dec 2014

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Every year, I try and pick out unique gifts for friends and family whenever possible. But sometimes, those gifts don't come already packaged in a perfectly crisp, white box ready for wrapping. So rather then having to default to sticking those odd-shaped gifts into a not-so-cute gift bag, we wanted to come up with some other ways to give those beautiful objects this holiday.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

1. A Piñata Present—for jewelry, craft supplies, wooden blocks, or decorative arrows—you can use a mailer tube as the base container for a gift that has multiple parts or pieces. You can give this gift sealed with a lid or kept open (as shown above) to show off a bit of the prize inside.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Here’s what you’ll need:
- crepe paper, streamers, or tissue paper
- a mailer tube
- faux gold leather ribbon
- Scotch® Double-Sided Tape
- Scotch®  Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Wrap the crepe paper or streamer around 3 of your fingers a few times.

2. Use scissors to cut slits halfway in on one side making sure to leave at least ½” uncut up top.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the top of the streamers (the part without the slits) to the bottom of the tube and wrap around a few times to add layers.

4. Repeat step three with a different color or pattern above the first layer so that you can see a bit of the previous layer below. Repeat until you leave 1 inch from the top of the mailer tube free.

5. To finish off the tube, use the piece of gold faux leather ribbon to wrap around the top of the tube and secure with double-sided tape.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

2. A Jolly Pineapple—For a vase, mug, or other oblong object, we were inspired by Japanese Furoshiki to wrap the object with fabric—in this case, into a festive pineapple!

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colorful clay coasters... 26 Nov 2014

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

If you're looking for a last-minute, super easy DIY project to make for your guests arriving to Thanksgiving tomorrow, here are some colorful coasters we recently made for the studio. Inspired by colorful clay necklaces, they're a beverage-friendly version that can be made in no time at all.

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

You'll need:
-polymer clay (FIMO or Sculptey)
-rolling pin
-circle cookie cutter (we used a circle cookie cutter 3.5" in diameter)
-optional: glitter

Here's how:
1. Preheat your oven to 265 degrees. Then, use a rolling pin to flatten out the clay to your desired thickness.

2. Use the cookie cutter to cut out your circle. Then create a pattern by adding other colored clay on top and using the rolling pin to flatten the clay. 

3. Place your coasters on a baking sheet and bake at 265 for 30 mins (or based on the specific clay's directions).

Colorful Clay Coasters DIY

And there you have some simple and fun coasters to hold drinks and welcome guests on Turkey Day or any other day!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, crafts and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

a holiday countdown garland DIY... 18 Nov 2014

Holiday Countdown Garland DIY / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Holiday-Countdown-Garland_Ani-Gif

As we head into the holiday season, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are back with some cheerful holiday projects perfect for getting into the spirit. Today, they're sharing how to make this fun Holiday Countdown Garland using the Oh Joy for Target "falalalala" banner!

Similar to an advent calendar, a countdown garland is super fun for both kids and adults during the holiday season and something they look forward to everyday. Reusable for a few years, this garland reveals the letters in a fun way...day-by-day.

We've provided this PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make it. The Oh Joy "falalalala" banner has sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought typographic banner. Enjoy! 

P.S. Paper Lantern MobileStriped Lanterns and Party People!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

candied apples! 10 Nov 2014

Oh Joy Candy Apples

Oh Joy Candy Apples

With fall in full swing, we've been all about autumn treats lately. Pumpkin-everything, hot cocoa, and apples on sticks. Here's our version of the candied apple with a few our favorite toppings!

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Fabric by Nani Iro from Shimgraphica.}

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