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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

DIY Wrapped Hanger


My abuelita Mery created the world’s best yarn knitted hangers. How could she not, she made em’ day + night for the entire family. I swear she could hold a Guinness record for speed + amount made in a lifetime. She was fierce.


Mine were pink, to match my ballerina room of course. I loved them then. I love them even more now.


Oh yeah, I still got my bubblegum pink hangers, here, featuring my favorite pieces, cuz they make my clothes look pretty, but even better that that, my spaghetti straps never fall + my sleeved dresses never widen. It’s a granny’s wardrobe secret that I’m spilling today. That’s what happens when you’re a good apprentice (wink).


These DIY Wrapped Hangers are a modern spin to my all time favorite version, because the originals cannot be beat. They are perfect for every closet. Perfect for all clothes types. Even David wants them + I know you will too. So, go grab your supplies cuz it’s crafty playtime.


step by step

First let’s start with the knitted hanger.



Materials for the hanger:

  • 2 hangers
  • Yarn of choice
  • Scissors
  • Wood spools (from Olive Manna)



Step 1: Fill your wood spool with some delicious yard to make the wrapping process super easy.



Step 2: Stack two hangers together for extra thickness + durability.



Step 3: Wrap the entire hanger surface with the above knitting technique.



Step 4: When wrapping, make sure to close the gaps between each loop, like shown above.



Step 5: Voila. Hanger is ready.


Now, for the cherry on top of the cake, let’s add the oh so cute pinwheels.



Materials for the pinwheel:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 contrasting felt colors (from Benzie Bazaar)
  • Silicon glue
  • Needle
  • Matching thread



Easy breeze, right? If the visuals didn’t suffice + you would like the how-to instructions, you can find them in this pinwheel tutorial I did a little bit ago.



Oh my! just posting this makes me so tremendously nostalgic, but immensely grateful to have the opportunity to share a little piece of my grandma’s spirit with you.


I hope you enjoyed it big time!



Mayi Carles