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an everyday floral brooch DIY... 18 Sep 2014

Floral Brooch DIY

Floral Brooch DIY

I loved it when back in the day, dapper gentlemen would wear a flower on their lapel on any given day. Brooches are always a fun fashion accessory for me, so why not combine two of my favorite things together into a floral brooch? With a small vessel for water, it can be worn for both a special occasion or really for any day you just feel like bringing a little sprig of sunshine wherever you go. It’s extra fun when you can pull the flowers from your own garden too!

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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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party animals... 9 Sep 2014

Party Pup! (via @oohlaloveevents)

Party Piglet!

Party Kitten! (via Jen Gotch)

Party Pups! (via @corrinrenee and @zooeycash)

Even though we designed these tiny party hats for people, it's been so fun seeing all the four-legged friends wearing and celebrating with them too! 

P.S. Keep sharing these with me at #ohjoyfortarget...

{Top to bottom: boston terrier via @oohlaloveevents, @hamlet_the_piggy, tiny kitten via @jengotch, dashund via @corrinrenee, jack russell terrier via @zooeycash.}

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}  

two ways to party! 21 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm over the newest Oh Joy for Target collection (a couple items are already sold out)! When designing all of the collections, we want the pieces to be able to be used for lots of different types of parties. So here's a little video we put together showing how you can use the pieces for both an adult party and a kids party! Enjoy!

Oh and keep sharing on Instagram, how you're using your Oh Joy goodies with #ohjoyfortarget

P.S. For those of you in Canada, the collection will launch in stores this Sunday, August 24th (the launch is a week later than the US one).

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling by Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Danielle Walch
Music is "Together Forever" by Gio Galanti
Photo stills by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy

say it... 18 Aug 2014

Hello Sunshine! You Wonderful Thing You

Hip Hip Hooray!

I'm always a big fan of typographic prints for both kids and adult spaces, and love these cheerful and colorful ones by Hooray Today!

my latest splurge... 13 Aug 2014

Arro Home

Since we've been saving up for a house, I've been trying not to buy too many things that we don't need. But recently I did take the plunge and splurge on something that has changed my life...

Arro Home

...a king-sized bed. Bob and I had been sleeping on what I thought was a pretty good bed for the last 10 years. But with this 2nd pregnancy, I found it a lot harder to sleep. I take up about 3/4 of the bed with all my tossing and turning, and Bob is usually lucky to get the other 1/4! I just wanted more space to spread out without worrying that I was kicking him in the face in the middle of the night.

So we decided to get a king-sized bed, and we are so much happier.  I've slept better than ever and actually have long, vivid dreams again because I am sleeping so soundly. I wonder why we didn't do it earlier as I'm convinced a big bed is a serious marriage saver (along with separate closets)!

Do you have a splurge like this that felt kind of tough to do in the moment but so worth it after-the-fact?

And, P.S...how amazing is this bedding by Arro Home?

{Photos by Brooke Holm for Arro Home, styling by Marsha Golemac}

oh joy for target fall / launches sunday! 12 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Hooray! I'm excited to share a little peek with you at the newest Oh Joy for Target fall collection that comes out online and in stores (in the US and Canada) this Sunday, August 17th! This collection continues to bring you easy and festive mix-and-match party and entertaining pieces that make any party look custom in no time. I'm really excited to be including some ceramic pieces this fall that will becomes staples you can use year round.

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

You'll see a ceramic pitcher, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, a pie dish, and a cutting board along with more paper and melamine pieces like as serving bowl, new goblets, the tiniest party hats around, and—you guys, paper plates and napkins with metallic foil (Just wait till you see them in person)!

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection that you can find starting Sunday! Like last time, some things will sell out fast, so get them while you can. The collection will be available for just 6-8 weeks (and get what's left from the summer collection on sale now)!

P.S. Next week, I'll share a fun video we put together showing different ways we used the new collection and you can follow along right here for more...

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell and styling by Scott Horne. Product images by Target.}

one more week left for an oh joy summer... 4 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target goblets / Photo by Justina Blakeney

Oh Joy for Target baskets / Studio DIY ice cream sandwiches

Oh Joy for Target mat and goblet / Photo by House of Mia

Oh Joy for Target picnic basket / Photo by Jen Gotch

I love seeing how everyone has been using the Oh Joy for Target summer goodies. Just a reminder that the collection is only in stores for a another week or so (and now on sale!) so get it while you can as it won't be available any longer once the Fall collection arrives!

{Photos via: Justina Blakeney, Studio DIYHouse of Mia, and Jen Gotch}

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