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DIY Clay Ring Dish

If you’re addicted to Pinterest as much as I am, I’m sure you’ve seen several tutorials for DIY Clay Bowls. With Wedding Day Hooray right around the corner, I thought I’d give it a try as a fun handmade goodie for the swag bags. The concept is pretty simple, so instead of going in depth on the bowl making process, I thought I’d share my tips and lessons learned in case you get the itch to create some bowls of your own.

What you will need:

Air Dry Clay
Scrap of cloth
Rolling Pin
Doilies
Large Circle Cookie Cutter (or recycle a large can)
Small bowls (to help form the ‘bowl’ shape)
Sand paper

The photos above show step-by-step instructions for making the clay bowls. Simply roll out the clay, press the doily into the clay using the rolling pin, cut out in the shape of a circle, shape dish over the underside of a small bowl to form shape. Allow dish to completely dry (approx. 24 hours). Once the dish is dry, lightly sand the edges until clean and smooth.

Ok, so that was the fast run through, now here are some time saving tips and suggestions:

1. All clays are not created equal. My first attempt to make these bowls had me pulling my hair out. As it turns out the problem was with the clay. I bought the cheapest brand I could find and it was really sticky and hard to work with. It was also extremely brittle once it dried. The sweet girls at Loot Vintage shared some awesome tips with me, with the biggest tip being the brand of clay – DAS Air Dry Clay. It’s a wee bit more expensive, but well worth it!

2. Clay likes to stick. After peeling clay from my counter, trying to use wax paper and even sprinkling the surface with baby powder, I finally found a solution that worked – cloth! I rolled all of my bowls on a tightly woven scrap piece of fabric. It was so much easier to remove from the fabric than the countertop. Also, because the fabric was so tightly woven, there was little imprint on the bottom of the bowls. Total lifesaver!

3. Time is not always on your side. With 100 bowls to make and just a few days time, I knew I couldn’t wait on each of these bowls to air dry before removing them from the glass dish. The girls at Loot Vintage saved me once again with this handy dandy tip – microwave! After you have formed the clay dish on top of the bowl, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds (approx. 5 seconds). This will allow the bowl to set-up a little bit and allow you to remove it from the glass bowl a little sooner. This way you can continue making more bowls while the rest air dry on the counter. (Warning: You’ll only want to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. I totally boiled my first bowl when I put it in there for 30 seconds.)

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Don’t forget Wedding Day Hooray is this weekend at Ambient Studios. Be one of the first 100 through the door and one of these handmade clay bowls will be yours!

Posted 2/12/13, Topic: Blog, DIY

Hooray for Friday + Instaweek

Do you ever find your to-do list just keeps growing and growing – off your desk, out your window and down the street? It’s easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” and lose track of other things going on around you – guilty as charged. Last night I actually challenged myself to have dinner with Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder and NOT bring up anything about Blue Eyed Yonder, our to-do lists, or just work in general. I admit, it was really hard. I’m usually the one to chat non-stop and I found myself trying to find words that weren’t about work, I struggled. It made me a little sad.

I decided to ask him kind of a silly question – what’s your favorite color? While it turns out that neither one of us can actually choose a favorite color, this simple question led to stories about sweet childhood memories, crayons, hidden talents, art and even travel. It was such a wonderful and interesting conversation and we actually learned even more about each other.

These moments make me want to shut out the world more often and just spend time with my husband, my best friend.

Share fun times with dear friends.
Warm your soul with winter walks.
Stop to soak in the small things around you.
Enjoy quiet, late-night moments by yourself.
Imagine the possibilities.

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Posted 2/8/13, Topic: Blog

Jeanette’s Shell Pink

I think by now, you all know I’m a collector of many things. That’s pretty much how I got into vintage rentals in the first place. Not many companies can say they got their start in hoarding. Ha!

There’s just something so beautiful about a collection. Sure, one piece is gorgeous all by itself, but put ten on the table and now we’re talking! Collections are unique and often harder to have than just an individual item. It’s the beauty of the masses. My favortite collections are the ones that are gathered piece-meal over time – one piece you may have found at an estate sale, the other in a dusty box at a yard sale. I guess it’s the thrill of the hunt. I definitely inherited that gene from my Mema. She is the queen of collections. She’s the one that got me to pay more attention to china. She taught me the patterns and taught me the values. I have the best time rummaging with her. She’s got the patience to sift through lots of junk – and that’s why she’s always finding lots of treasures!

With so many lovely vintage china collections out there, it was hard to decide what I wanted to start collecting first. One of the first lines I started to collect was Jeanette’s Shell Pink collection. It was produced in the 1950’s and looks like milk glass with a rosy tint. It was made for a very short time, so finding it is a littler harder than other collections. That’s why I like it so much.

I love it’s blush tones and find myself always dreaming of fun ways to use this light pop of pink. I couldn’t resist photographing it with our DIY Fiesta Banner. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Dont’ forget, BEY’s PINK Sale is going on through February 14th. Save on all of our pink (and red) items!

Posted 2/7/13, Topic: Blog, Vintage Finds

Keep on truckin’

I know, gauging by the photo, you’d think you had stumbled upon the homepage for Rednecks Gone Wild, but this black beauty is Bessie, Blue Eyed Yonder’s new truck. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ve met Bessie and have seen what a whopper she is!

I never thought I’d see the day where I would trade my beloved RDX for a huge truck, but having a business is like having a baby – there comes a point when you’re willing to make sacrifices in order to see it prosper. Nevertheless, it didn’t make saying goodbye to my “bug-mobile” (as we affectionately called her) any easier. I cried. No, I sobbed. I never thought it would be that hard. It’s funny how you can get so attached, almost like they’re a part of the family. So many good memories, so many fun times.

Leaving her there in the lot at the dealership was awful. I think I’ve watched (cried through) The Brave Little Toaster one too many times. I imagined her headlights as eyes and kept seeing her “look” at me as we drove away. I later realized that I had forgotten my cd’s in the disc changer and had to go back to get them. There she was, just sitting in the fenced-in area with the other used cars. As I pulled in, I just imagined her perking up and telling the other cars, “See! She didn’t leave me. I knew you guys were wrong!”

Why do I torture myself like that? I’m a nut for sure, but a very sentimental nut, mind you. I’ve been driving Bessie for a week now and I’m really warming up to her. She’s a lot of fun and I love seeing grown men get a little startled when a when a woman jumps out of the driver’s seat. I’m still getting used to her size – I feel like I’m driving a tank!

I know I’ve written a book here, but wanted to end with a funny story about me and ol’ Bess…

It’s a little awkward meeting up with colleagues or clients in this big truck. They all drive sporty BMW’s or fun SUV’s and sometimes I feel like this big ol’ truck doesn’t really fit my personality – or any in-town parking spaces for that matter! Today I was meeting with the lovely Melissa Bloomfield of Pretty Swell Parties at a darling little restaurant downtown. During lunch we see a policeman walk into the restaurant going to table to table. Finally, he bellows out the the entire restaurant, “Does anyone in here drive that big, black truck outside?”

I could have died. No, literally… died. I slowly raised my hand, as everyone in the restaurant turned to look, and said, “Yessir, I drive that truck.”

I was at first afraid someone had hit it, why else would a cop have come inside a restaurant to track down an owner. “Ma’am, your truck’s so big, it’s blocking the road.” Ha! Good lord.

I had to run out of the restaurant and move it from street parking to another lot. That’s the difficulty with big trucks, parking is a nightmare. So if you’re in Atlanta and see big ol’ Bessie hogging up a spot. Toot your horn and give a way, most likely Mrs. BEY’s behind the wheel!

Posted 2/6/13, Topic: Blog

DIY Fiesta Banner

Grab your pinatas and start mixing those margaritas, we’re doing Valentine’s Day with a little south-of-the-border flair!

For this fun DIY, Blue Eyed Yonder teamed up with Megan, of Hi, Friend Design, to bring you this adorable DIY Fiesta Banner! For those of you that are regulars here at BEY, you’ll remember Megan; she’s the talented lady that created BEY’s website and we’ve been long-distance buddies ever since!

Megan designed this darling banner and shares her inspiration for this project today on her blog. She’s so creative and has the cutest ideas. She’s busy moving from one state to another, so I decided to bust out a new blade for the ol’ Exacto and bring her design to life! Here’s what you’ll need:

This is one of those projects that requires very little materials (you probably already have all of them), but the end result looks very snazzy! I’ll be the first to admit, it requires a lot of cutting, but don’t be scared. After I cut one, I started to really get in the groove and whipped out four more before I knew it. You’ll have people saying, “Well, ain’t you Miss Fancy Pants?”

Download the Fiesta Banner template for free right here. The directions are printed on the template – simply print, cut and par-tay!

 

 

Posted 2/5/13, Topic: Blog, DIY

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