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GUEST POST: Beehive Painting Tutorial



June is here. I’m sooooo happy. Cuz you know what happens in June right? That’s right, baby Olivia is coming. The countdown is official on. WOHOO!!!


I’m so touched by the response I got from my post The Things I Learned While Carrying a Little Pea Inside My Pod. It’s been unreal to feel such overwhelming joy + support for the arrival of Olivia. Thank you aunties. It’s certainly made my final days of pregnancy so lovely.


In the coming weeks, I’ll be popping in with a nursery tour + baby inspired crafty tutorials + hopefully (if my increasingly demanding nap schedule allows it) some business related articles, like How to Run a Biz Empire When All You Feel Like Doing is Pin Baby Clothes or Sleep.


Today, I invited someone real special to step in + give me an extra hand + show us how to make a gorgeous Beehive Painting. I may or may not have mentioned my current obsession with all thing bumble bee + how I’m planning to giveaway wild honey jars at the hospital as favors for all those who come to bee-sit baby Olivia, so if you start noticing a theme going on around here, I assume full responsibility.


Without further ado, here’s the super talented Gaby Friedman:


Hi everyone! My name is Gaby Friedman. Painting is one of my passions and today I am very excited because I am going to be Mayi’s guest blogger. Please join me as I demonstrate how to create this painting. This easy technique is perfect for a nursery.


Watercolor is one of my favorite painting mediums to work with because of the way the pigment responds on your paper and for the transparency and glow that you can achieve.




To get started, here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Any kind of watercolors (I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated Watercolors)
  • Watercolor paper of your preference
  • Big round paint brush
  • Paper towels to soak up excess water and paint
  • Squeeze punch large-hexagon, 1.5″




Step 1: We are going to fill the entire paper with different shades of yellow and black.  So let’s start by applying clean water on the paper.




Step 2: Put a little drop of yellow watercolor onto the wet paper and keep applying color while it is wet. I recommend that you let the colors bleed in order to create a nice background to work with. I used lemon yellow, orange and black because we are going to create a geometric beehive painting. Feel free to choose your own combination of colors.




Step 3: Continue doing the same exercise until you cover the entire sheet of paper.


Step 4: Paint a second layer if you would like to have a fuller background.






Step 5: When it’s dry, cut or punch plenty of hexagons from your paper and mix up the colors.




Step 6: Create a border to work within. Arrange the hexagons, lining them up neatly. You can either fill in the hole space or leave some white spots.





Step 7: Once you’re happy with the placement, glue down the hexagons one at a time.




Step 8: Place your artwork into a frame and your masterpiece is ready to hang in your bumble bee nursery.


I hope this easy tutorial will inspire you to pick up a brush and make your own piece of art for your little one. I promise you will have a fun and exciting time.


You can find me at my three homes on the web: my website, my Etsy store, my Society6 shop and Facebook. I just added lots of art prints to my stock on Etsy. Please stop by my shop and have a look!



Gaby Friedman

DIYing: Look What I Made


It was Mother’s Day this weekend + in the spirit of keeping myself far far away from over crowded shopping malls + the smell of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, I made my mom + mother-in-law these super cute felt coasters.



I wish I could claim fame for the designs, but with my creative mojo purely devoted to Life is Messy Bootcamp’s launch just days away, I reached out to two of my favorite blogs for inspiration. The DIY Tree Stump is from A Beautiful Mess + the DIY Citrus Coaster in from Purl Bee.


Thought I’d share this pictures as inspiration for what’s possible when you set your heart to tackle a sweet tutorial + you stick with it. Plus, don’t you think these make oh so adorable + budget friendly Holiday gifts too?


Now, I’d love to know: What are you making this holiday season? Handmade + heartmade + homemade ideas welcomed.



Mayi Carles


PS: Just in case you were curious, mom + “mi suegrita” LOVED their gifts.

DIY Cute Owl Ornament


My holiday spirit is a little out of control this year. It’s not even December yet + I’m almost done DIYing my gift list + so close to the official gift wrapping ceremony. Picture rolls of eco-friendly paper + jute twine + of course, my hand-painted gift tags.


I’m like the anti-Grinch Who Stole Christmas. On a mission!


Next on the countdown to Christmas is decorating our second Christmas tree as Mr. + Mrs. Larrinaga, which hubby + I are super excited about because last year we got back from our honeymoon too close to Santa’s arrival + barely made it on time, phew! Unfortunately our tree paid the price – an ugly price, LOL. This year, we’re making a comeback + putting a lot of thought + love + DIY wonders into our “arbolito navideño”.


Want to come for the ride? Well you’re in luck because today I’m showing you how to make this DIY Cute Owl Ornament. Let’s do this.



  1. For this fun project you’ll need black + white wool felt (for the eyes) + 2 additional wool felt colors (for the body + belly) + a fun accent fabric scrap + matching color thread + ribbon (for hanging) + stuffing + scissors + needle. And you can download the pattern right here.
  2. Using the pattern as guide, cut out the fabric + felt pieces.
  3. Start by sewing the the belly + head of the owl.
  4. This design is hand-stitched, but you can use a sewing machine too.
  5. Sew all the rest of the body parts.
  6. This is how it looks when all of parts are properly sewed together.
  7. Now we are ready to stuff the owl.
  8. Stitch the whole frame of the owl to secure the stuffing stays in. Don’t forget to add the ribbon to the top for hanging.
  9. When you finish sewing make sure to cut off all the excess.
  10. Personalize the back of your owl. I added a little red heart + my signature label.



This project is a little time consuming, but also incredibly relaxing to create. It’s a great project to do while listening to music + a TED talk or sipping hot tea. Let me know if you give it a spin. Would love to see pictures.



Mayi Carles

DIY Magic Wand





step by step

After gathering your materials…



Step 1: This is my favorite step! Paint dowel with glitter paint -you’re going to want 2-3 coats. If you’re in a rush -metallic paint only takes one coat. But you know that glitter is worth it.



Step 2: Glue a small ball of fluff around the tip of the dowel and hold till dried. This little ball is what holds the dowel in the star.



Step 3: To make the pocket of the star -snip the top tip off then use your needle and thread to start sewing on sequins to the pocket and back of the star.



Step 4: Stack the three stars together. Start stitching on the base of the star just over to the left of where the dowel will sit. I backstitched but a tight running stitch will work as well.



Step 5: Continue stitching all around, clockwise until you get to the 5th point of the star. Stuff a little of the fluff in each of the points -I use the point of my scissors to help guide the fluff. And no need to over fluff!. Finally stick the dowel in and stitch closed.



Step 6: Roll or fold the You’re A Star card (link to pdf) and insert in the pocket. A little bag of glitter, love note or a gift card would be a perfect match as well. You’re done and ready for magic!



Renae Bradley


Renae Bradley is the owner of Benzie and Benzie Bazaar – a shop filled with yards of beautiful Merino wool blend felt. When she isn’t packaging up Benzie rainbows she enjoys spreading fairy dust and good cheer to her two children; who still believe in Tooth Fairies and magic. Visit her blog or connect with Renae via facebook or twitter.

DIY Cake Stand


It’s been a while since my last DIY project. So I decided to make a grand come back with this DIY Cake Stand tutorial, which I literally use every time I have a cupcake party. That’s why I secretly call it the DIY Cupcake Stand tutorial.


It literally cost me $3 to make + it looks so pretty + decorative.



Wanna make it? Piece of cake (pun intended). All you need is:



step by step

After gathering all the materials…



Step 1: Eliminate the top part of the candelabrum. You won’t be needing that part.



Step 2: Glue the top part of the candelabrum + attach the plastic plate perfectly in the center for balance.



Step 3: In a safe outdoors location, spray paint the entire project for an even finish. Now, don’t come too close with the spray paint or else the paint will drip. I recommend to spray 1 meter or so away from the project.


Step 4: Let it dry for 30 minutes.



Step 5: Flip project + re-paint to cover every little corner.


Step 6: Let dry for 30 minutes.


Step 7: Repeat spray painting process until the surface of the cake stand looks uniform + well coated.


safety tip

When taking out your cake stand creation for a spin, I recomend, for safety, to never place food directly on the surface. You can use dollies or keep your cupcakes in their paper cups like seen below.


decorative tip

If you want to wow your guest at your next party, I suggest making these with different candelabrum shapes + heights + diverse paint colors. The result is a symphony of cake stand heaven. I pinky promise. Give it a try.



What do you think? You can definitively try this at home right? I thought so too!


Let me know how it goes. Bonus points for sending me pictures. I love pictures.



Mayi Carles