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oh joy weddings / magnetic place card holders... 14 May 2015

DIY Magnetic Place Card Holders

Here's our newest wedding DIY video showing a simple and colorful way to make place card holders for a wedding or any sit-down event. You can see the 2nd video in Oh Joy Weddings series on Kin Community below!

DIY Magnetic Place Card Holders

See a transcript of the steps below!

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mini citrus cakes for mother's day! 6 May 2015

Mini Citrus Cakes

With Mother's Day coming up, here's a super cute and fun treat to make for a brunch or lunch with your favorite lady. These were a twist on the mini neapolitan cakes we made in the Oh Joy book and a sweet treat for Mom! We made these recently for a little party that my friend Emily Henderson threw, and they were a fun addition to a summery backyard get-together. 

Mini Citrus Cakes

You can see Emily's style video right here where I popped in and brought these mini cakes!

Here's how to make them...

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creating a colorful kitchen... 5 May 2015

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

I love open shelving in kitchens. It reminds you what you have in your kitchen and makes it easy to see and find things. The kitchen is one area that often gets neglected when decorating a home, so we wanted to show you a super easy way to bring a bit more color into that oh-so-important space (I mean, that’s where food is made and consumed, and food is probably one of my favorite things on earth!).

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

We made these neon blocked jars that are perfect for holding dry foods or other loose items that need to be contained. The cool part is, you can paint your jar to cover as much or as little as you want and show off the foods that you want to see (and those you don’t mind others seeing as well).

Neon Jar DIY makes your kitchen pop with color!

Since most of mornings can be crazy with getting two kids fed, dressed, and ready for the day before work, I recently started using a Keurig 2.0 Brewer to make the morning a bit easier and get my kick of caffeine on the go. These jars have come in handy for also holding the little cups with all the different K-Cup pods (I’m partial to the tea and iced coffee options but there are over 400 different beverage varieties from 60+ brands available within the 2.0 system). I love the white one to serve as a neutral for the accents of color I add in elsewhere, but the system also comes in a ton of other colors including Vintage Red and Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala.

Here’s how to make these Neon Blocked Jars…

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oh joy weddings / painted plexi table numbers... 13 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Weddings / Painted Plexi Table Numbers

When I got married back in 2006, there weren't many wedding blogs or YouTube channels chockfull of beautiful ideas and inspiration the way there are now. I always joke that I want a wedding redo when we celebrate our 10th anniversary ;P

But, for those of you who are getting married in the near future (or who just want ideas for any kind of special event), we started a mini series of wedding DIY videos called Oh Joy Weddings on Kin Community. It's super fun, colorful and offers wedding ideas in true Oh Joy style. You can see the first in the new wedding series below!

Oh Joy Weddings / Painted Plexi Table Numbers

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy for Kin Community
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown 
Sound: Dave Wester 
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Casey Brodley 
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Location: Elysian LA

P.S. The plexi is from here...

tortilla pom-pom gift toppers! 1 Apr 2015

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You guys! I'm excited to share a project from the new Oh Joy book (which comes out next week)! There are so many times that I have to wrap a gift for a party and don't have bows or anything to add that extra something special on top of a present. But what I do always have on hand are tortillas in my fridge! Low and behold, it's the perfect material to use to make tortilla pom-pom gift toppers! Here's how...

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You'll need:

-tortillas (thin flour tortillas work best)

-scissors

-string

Here's how:

1. Cut the tortilla into skinny strips about 1/4" wide. You can make the length whatever you want, just remember that the final size of the pom-pom will be about half the width of the length of the strips.

2. Gather a good bunch of strips together (as shown) and tie a string around the middle. 

3. Then fluff the tortilla pieces on each end to add body and tie them to a package of your choice! The best part is that the recipient has a ready-to-go snack in addition to a cool present topper!

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{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester. Project courtesy of April Fool's Day.}

easter tins! 27 Mar 2015

Easter Tin DIY

With Easter coming up, we wanted to create an alternate to the typical Easter basket. I never had Easter baskets growing up—it was just not something that culturally my parents did or even knew about. So it's kind of a new thing for me getting to think about these fun things for my kids now! Here's a super easy way to decorate plain tea tins and turn them into decorative containers to fill with fun goodies for those you love (or those you at least like)...

Easter Tin DIY

You'll need:
-tissue paper in various colors (we used mint green, pink, yellow, and gold confetti tissue paper)
-mod podge
-flat paint brush
-tins of any size or shape (we used these)

Easter Tin DIY

Here's how:

1. To create the abstract patterns, we tore up the pieces of tissue paper in different shapes.

2. Use mod podge to paint the surface of the tin where the tissue pieces will go. Place the tissue on the surface and continue adding more pieces of tissue paper to layer and create a pattern of your choice.

3. Once all the paper is glued onto the tin, paint over the paper with another coat of mod podge. Let dry for 20 mins and add another coat to make sure it's totally sealed in.

4. The fill them with treats for little or big kids alike! 

Easter Tin DIY

The best part is the tins can be reused over and over again for so many magical little things! And kids love containers so the tin itself is a fun piece for them to get to keep their treasures.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

ah! it's here! 11 Mar 2015

Joy-book

The other day we received actual, live copies of the new Oh Joy book that comes out April 7th! This book has been a labor of love for me and my whole team so it was exciting (and nerve-wracking!) to see the baby we all made together in-person finally!

Oh Joy Book

And...you can still get our very cute and secretive pre-order bonus gift by filling out this form!

Find the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins

fruity frozen sips... 3 Mar 2015

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Since I'm on a fruity kick lately, I'm all about ways to get my fruit juicing game on. Inspired by my love of color-blocking, we made these fruity frozen milk bottles which make for a super easy and colorful way to serve up the fruity fun for a girl's brunch or for a kids' birthday party.

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Simply fill glass milk bottles or small mason jars with juice (we used mango, grapefruit, and pineapple juice), then prop the jars at an angle in the freezer. Let them freeze until they're solid. When you're ready to serve the bottles, pull them out of the freezer and pour flat or sparkling water into the top half and finish off with a straw. The frozen section will stay cold for a while, so keep refilling your sips as needed for a pretty and punchy beverage!

P.S. Our fruity ice cubes from a couple years ago...

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

yeah yeah yeah... 2 Mar 2015

Custom Neon Sign DIY / Oh Joy Book

As we get closer to launch, I'm sharing a few peeks at projects from the new Oh Joy book coming out April 7th! One of my favorites is this custom Neon Sign project that you can make safely and easily in the comfort of your own home. And doesn't it look pretty awesome with the lights off...?

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...YEAH, YEAH, YEAH it does! You can find the how-to for this project and more by pre-ordering our book below...

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Wallpaper by Juju Papers}

apple and pear nachos! 25 Feb 2015

Apple and Pear Nachos

I have to admit...I've been eating terribly lately. Because I'm nursing, I'm hungry ALL THE TIME up until the minute I fall asleep. Which means you'll find me snacking on chips, nachos, crackers, and chocolate at 10pm and then falling asleep soon after. I try and tell myself I'm burning off the calories by feeding my baby, but that excuse only works for so long. So, we challenged ourselves to come up with a fun and filling snack that I could eat after dinner, yet has good fats and some protein to keep me full through bedtime.

And so we came up with these Apple and Pear Nachos as an update to those full-of-toppings and not-so-healthy nachos we know and love. Here are three fruity alternatives using apple and pear slices topped with dried fruits, nuts, and other fun little ingredients...

Apple and Pear Nachos

1. Granny Smith apples with marshmallow fluff, pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and granola. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

2. Asian pear slices topped with nutella, dried mango, coconut, and toffee. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

3. Bartlett pears with dulce de leche spread (from Trader Joe's), sliced almonds, white chocolate chips, and pecans.

Simply slice the fruit horizontally (cutting through the core), cut out the seeds, and top with whatever you like! Just like regular nachos, the fun part is in the combinations you come up with as toppings. We tried out alternates to peanut butter, but of course, you can use classic peanut butter or almond butter as a spread for more protein. 

What other ingredients would you guys top these with?

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

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