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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

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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}  

A Garden Floral Place Card DIY... 5 Nov 2014

Floral Placecard DIY

Floral Placecard DIY

Floral Placecard DIY

When having friends over for dinner (or even a weekend brunch), it’s nice to make something to display at their seat, and I love using seasonal flowers to make these floral place cards.

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a rainbow of goblets {giveaway}...(NOW CLOSED) 3 Nov 2014

Oh Joy for Target Goblets

Recently, we made this fun floral arrangement using all of the colorful plastic goblets all seasons of the Oh Joy for Target collection from this year and also arranged them in a single row for Ruby's 3rd birthday party. Since they look so pretty all together, we thought it would be fun to give away a full set of all 16. The goblets from spring, summer, and fall are no longer available for purchase, but we have one a full set we found in the studio (that includes the current holiday colorway) to give to one lucky Oh Joy reader today.

Oh Joy for Target Goblets

To enter, simply visit the Oh Joy for Target section of Target's website, and then leave a comment here telling me how you'd use these goblets if you won (a party for 16 of your friends, fill with party favors, etc...). Entries must be posted by this Friday, November 7th, at 9 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Letticia V. from Chico, CA for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $16 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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

ruby's 3rd birthday party! 27 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

I was 37 weeks pregnant during Ruby's 3rd birthday and very close to not having a party at all. But knowing that she was soon going to have a big change in her life, we decided to still throw a party and keep it small with just a handful of her close friends and their parents.

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

We chose the same public park, Grand Park in Downtown LA, where we had her first birthday. This time, we set up tables by the splash pad, one of her favorite spots in the summer where the kids can play in the water close by. Since the park is first come, first serve, I had to be able to set up the decorations quickly and easily and not have too much time setting the party. I mixed and matched multiple seasons from previous and current Oh Joy for Target collections and finally got to use the pieces I designed for this very purpose!

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Oh Joy / Ruby's 3rd Birthday Party

Inspired by her friend Ida's purple birthday party, Ruby requested that everyone wear her favorite color—yellow. It ended up being super cute and an easy way for friends to find which party at the park was ours.

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oh joy for target holiday collection is here! 22 Oct 2014

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

I'm excited to share a little peek with you at the newest Oh Joy for Target holiday collection that is available online and in stores (in the US and Canada) now! This collection celebrates the upcoming holidays with easy and festive mix-and-match party and entertaining pieces that will make your holiday gatherings look special in no time. In addition to holiday specific items, there are pieces you could keep and use year round.

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection
You'll see ceramic mugs, a table runner, placecard holders along with more paper and melamine pieces like as serving bowl, new goblets, oven mitts, and—you guys, paper plates and napkins and cookie favor bags with metallic foil (Just wait till you see them in person)!

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection
Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection that you can find on sale now!

P.S. See the process of how these collections come together right here...

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

a halloween pop-up table runner! 9 Oct 2014

Halloween Pop-Up Runner DIY

Halloween Pop-Up Runner DIY

Halloween is on the horizon, so we wanted to create something festive and fun that you could make for an adult or kid's party with this pop-up table runner...

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marbled hanging planter DIY... 8 Oct 2014

Marbled Hanging Planter DIY

I remember when I was growing up, my parents had a window full of hanging plants that I used to help them take care of. There was something so fun about watching them grow and how they would bring so much visual interest to a room. I wanted to recreate this for my home, so here's a fun way to make an easy and beautiful hanging planter that I wanted to share with you. To create a beautiful way to display these plants, today we’re creating these dipped, marbled planters...

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a paper napkin flower DIY... 6 Oct 2014

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

With the Oh Joy for Target collection, it's fun to turn some of the disposable pieces into other decorative accents for a party. Today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this whimsical project using the Oh Joy for Target fall paper napkins turning them into fun paper flowers to use as placecard holders or gift toppers!

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

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

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

cups and bowls are my jam... 1 Oct 2014

Recreation Center ceramics

Recreation Center ceramics

Recreation Center ceramics

Recreation Center ceramics

...and these pieces by Recreation Center are just so, so beautiful!

P.S. how is it October already?!?

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