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paper lantern mobile DIY... 12 Sep 2014

Paper Lantern Mobile DIY / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

When designing the Oh Joy for Target collection, we wanted to encourage using the pieces not only in parties but beyond the party as well. Because it just make every day a little more fun when it has a sense of whimsy to it. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this simple and whimsical mobile using the Oh Joy for Target paper lanterns and plastic straws!

We've provided a handy PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make them. This would be super cute in the corner of a room. Enjoy!

P.S. Striped Lanterns and Party People!

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

a vintage planter DIY... 10 Sep 2014

Vintage Roller Skate Planter DIY

Vintage Car Planter DIY

I love giving cut flowers as a gift, but cut flowers often last only a few days. So lately I've been giving potted plants and flowers instead. That way, the gift keeps growing long after. 

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striped lantern garland DIY... 4 Sep 2014

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are back with this super graphic and chic DIY using the Oh Joy for Target wire lanterns!

As a former prop stylist at Martha Stewart, Rebecca is always full of chic party ideas. So today, I asked her to share a way that she'd bring some color to our gold lanterns. She came up with this easy striped lantern garland that can be customized to whatever colors fit your party...

Here's how to make them...

Striped Wire Lantern Garland

You'll need:
- 6 (or more) Oh Joy for Target wire lanterns
- assorted italian/florist crepe paper rolls (we used: pink pansy, metallic gold, and black)
- rolling cutter and ruler (or scissors)
- glue dots (in mini and craft size)
- 5/8” 3 strand cotton rope
- battery-operated flameless led tealights (optional)

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Here's how:

1. Using a rolling cutter (or scissors), cut assorted widths of crepe paper (we used .75”, 1”, 1.5”, 1.75” and 2”) all 15” long. You should cut perpendicular to the grain of the crepe paper (the vertical ridges of the paper).

2. Lay a lantern on its side on your work surface. Place a mini glue dot at the end of a strip of crepe paper and adhere it to the lower end of the lantern wires just above where the wires curve down. This allows the stripes to stack and not hang lower than where the lantern curves at the base. Thread the strip over and under, and when you get halfway around, straighten the strip and add another glue dot to adhere it to a wire. Continue around, and when the paper ends meet, use the larger craft glue dot to secure. Trim any excess paper.

3. Continue adding more strips in the same way as desired, altering the over and under pattern as shown.

4. Add a flameless tealight inside the lantern, and then tie the lanterns onto a thick cotton rope as desired for hanging. We recommend using only flameless tea lights, so that there is no fire risk with this craft project!

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

A few extra tips:
-If you are going to use these outside in a humid environment, crepe paper can sag and stretch just from the moisture in the air. To prevent this, stretch the strips fully after cutting them, this will create a thinner paper and a much longer strip then trim off the excess to the length you need.

-The lanterns are on the heavy side, so be sure to hang them securely. They can also be strung individually, hung as a single lantern, or you hang them in a group.

-Finally, these lanterns would look festive as a centerpiece as well place on the table in clusters! 

P.S. See these Party People Favors from last week!

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

DIY party people favor bags... 28 Aug 2014

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

One of the best parts of designing the Oh Joy for Target collection is getting to work with other talented people (stylists, photographers, art directors, food stylists, and more...) to make the images on our packaging and in-store signage come to life. I had the opportunity to work with the amazing husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell of Thuss+Farrell who photographed all of the environmental images you'll see in stores and on the product packaging.

Rebecca used to be a prop stylist at Martha Stewart and is always full of crafty ideas. So today, I asked her to share a way that she'd use the Oh Joy for Target mini party hats in a new way. She came up with these party people favor bags, and they are seriously crazy cute!

Here's how to make them...

Party People Favor Bags

You'll need:
-1 package Oh Joy for Target mini party hats
-cellophane treat bags (approx 3.5 x7.5”)
-clear cellophane tape
-glue dots
-assorted pipe cleaners
-needle-nose pliers
-assorted circle and other shaped stickers and labels
-scissors

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Here's how:
1. Place cellophane bag on a table back seam side up.

2. Fold both bottom corners in as shown, and secure the flaps to the bag with a 2.5” or longer piece of cellophane tape.

3. Remove or tuck the elastic strap of the party hat inside the point.

4. Attach 2 pop-up glue dots to the outer edges of the cellophane bag flaps as shown, and one on the opposite side in the center.

5. Place your hand inside the bag to open it up gently, with the front side facing you. Hold the mini hat in your other hand and slide the bag inside the hat, tucking the bag far enough inside to hide the glue dots. Press inside firmly to secure the dots to the hat.

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

6. Cut a standard pipe cleaner in half with wire cutters. Using needle-nose pliers, roll the sharp edges in to make small coils.

7. Fill the bag with desired treats, and use the pipe cleaner to secure the bag, as shown.

8. Using scissors, cut desired face shapes from the labels and have fun making faces! 

P.S. The party hats have sold out online but are still available at local Target stores near you!

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

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

my favorite things to make this summer... 22 Aug 2014

Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Farro Salad

Floral Updo

RAD Pop-Up Card

Rainbow Pancakes

With fall just around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite summery things we've made in the past that are my favorites to bring back every summer including (top to bottom) those Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes, this Farro Salad, a Pretty Floral Updo, a RAD Pop-Up Card, and Rainbow Pancakes!

Do you guys have any specific things you want to check off your list before summer ends? I know I want to get in at least one more trip to the beach!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos above by Julia Stotz, Bonnie Tsang, and Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Click each link for individual recipes and how-to.}

currently snacking on... 11 Aug 2014

Peach Pie Milkshake

I'm soaking up the last bits of summer and all that goodness that is summer fruit right now. So, what do you do when you're craving peach pie in the summer? You make a peach pie milkshake, of course. Trust me on this one and make one immediately!

Peach Pie Milkshake
(Makes 1 large or 2 small milkshakes)

You'll need:
- 5 scoops of honey cinnamon ice cream (We used one from Snoqualmie)
- 1 fresh peach
- 1 tbsp honey
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- crushed graham crackers for garnish (optional)

Here's how:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice the peach in half and remove the pit. Place the two halves on a baking dish so the skin is face-down on the pan.

3. Add 1/2 tbsp of honey to the center of each peach half, then dust with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg (not too much since the ice cream has cinnamon as well).

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until peaches are tender.

5. Finally, slice the halves and place in a blender along with the ice cream and almond milk. Blend until smooth. Add graham crackers to garnish and enjoy!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

wheat berry waldorf salad handrolls... 5 Aug 2014

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handrolls

To offset all those sweet treats that the baby is making me eat these days, I've been in need of some healthy and high protein options for lunch. So we came up with this Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handroll which offers a ton of protein in a little package that's a mix of savory, sweet, tangy, and crunchy. Here's how to make it...

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my path to a green thumb! 23 Jul 2014

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

I've talked about my black thumb in the past and my inability to keep plants blooming. Well, I'm on a mission to change that and have teamed up with Miracle-Gro to create a series of projects that make gardening a little easier and a lot more fun. I figured if I use the plants for things I can make to give to others or to decorate my home, it will seem more fun to see them flourish.

Today, I'm making a Floral Herb Centerpiece which makes use of herbs you can grow anywhere (even on a window sill) to make into a centerpiece whenever you're having friends or family over for a meal. You can see the full video below!

If you make any garden-inspired pieces, please share with me using the hashtag #GROJOY as I'd love to see! And, click here for more inspirational garden ideas from me and Miracle-Gro.

You can see all the materials used in the video below...

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

Materials Used:
Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mixtea tinscontact paper, gold embroidery hoops, and foam core.

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Miracle-Gro
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production Asst: Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Laura Peyer
Music is “Bravo” by The Little Indians
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Miracle-Gro. 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. 

the cutest party foods for kids... 14 Jul 2014

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

When we threw Ruby's little ice cream social, I wanted to make sure the kids ate a healthy meal before filling their bellies with the special ice cream treat. So I called upon my crazy-talented friend, Matt Poley from Heirloom LA, to come up with healthy and kid-friendly foods to feast on. What he came up with blew my mind and gave me so much inspiration for future meal-making for Ruby.

Fruit and Cheese Skewers by Heirloom LA

Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

Mini Crudite

Mac and Cheese Nuggets by Heirloom LA

The menu included (from top to bottom): mini grilled cheese sandwiches (in heart and star shapes); fruit, cheese, and mouse melon skewers; baby vegetable crudités (with ranch dressing for dipping), almond butter and banana sandwiches topped with sea salt, and finally, mac n' cheese nuggets (shaped like kids!). I mean, have you ever seen food look so cute?! Even the parents were chowing down on these beautiful morsels of goodness.

Oh Joy Mini Ice Cream Social

Matt made these mac n' cheese nuggets for the first-time ever for our party, and they were such a hit that he has kindly shared the recipe with us today. Thanks so much to Heirloom LA for these amazing treats and for giving me a serious dose of kid food inspiration!

See below for the recipe...

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smoked s'mores in a jar... 18 Jun 2014

Smoked S'mores in a Jar Recipe

Smoked S'mores in a Jar Recipe

After our Parent's Night Out dinner a couple weeks ago, I needed to know how to make the Smoked S'mores dessert that ended our evening and Room Forty was kind enough to share the recipe with us. If you want to make a truly special dessert, here's how to do it...

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