Giveaway with Handzy Shop + Studio!

By | Cincinnati Finds | 29 Comments

This giveaway is now closed. Winner has been notified!

You guys… I am so excited about today. I have had a shop crush (yes, that’s a thing OK?) on Handzy Shop + Studio (@handzyshopstudio) since they opened their store in Covington, Kentucky. It’s SO GOOD. Those of you who have received gifts from me at holiday, birthday, moving, showers… this is where I have been getting all that cool stuff. I am proud to say that I am the bringer of White Elephant gifts that get fought over. I can’t take too much credit. The Handzy ladies create it, curate it and stock it… my only role is to buy it. Ha! They also have a great blog.

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Well, we got to talking and thought it would be cool to join forces (as fellow creative Covington residents do) and do a little collaboration. I’ve got a very fun giveaway for you all today, as well as more holiday content next month.

Before we talk giveaway, if you’re new to the Handzy Shop + Studio, here’s a look at what’s inside.

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

Giveaway with Handzy Shop & Studio

S0 good right? And if you’re not local, no worries! Check out their online shop.

My favorite things include the “happy to be here” tee, those pom pom earrings and of course, the cheeky-iest greeting cards.

They also do a ton of design work (check out their portfolio here… they also do invitations!), and they’ve been known to host some fun workshops too. Basically, anything design related, they are all over.

LOCATION

You can find Handzy Shop + Studio at:

15 West Pike Street

Covington, Kentucky 41011

859-261-0493

IG: @handzyshopstudio

Check out their online shop, too.

GIVEAWAY!

Two lucky winners (one here, one via my @gohausgo Instagram!), will be sent the following goodies:

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This giveaway is now closed. Winner has been notified!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

THE GIVEAWAY: (1) Goodie Bag Full of Handzy Favorites with BLUE Pom Pom Earrings (see photo above)

HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “Handzy Me!”

BONUS ENTRY: Head to my IG (@gohausgo) for another chance to win.

WHO: This giveaway is US only (apologies to my non-US readers!)

WHEN: I’ll announce the winner Tuesday, 11/21! The winner will be selected via random.org.

Go go go!

xo,

emily

Our Back Deck Is Finished! (At Least For Now…)

By | Room Makeovers, Wallace Woods House | 8 Comments

It feels so darn good to have a project done and off of our plates! And a new space to enjoy! One of the things we wanted to accomplish in 2017 was to finish off our back deck. I use the term “deck” somewhat loosely—this is actually a large concrete pad that we built a fence/railing around to create an outdoor living area. We won’t get to the furniture stage until next year, but it’s stained and painted and ready for enjoying. We hosted a party here a few weeks ago and it’s the perfect space, especially with all the shade provided by the tree.

If we go back to last year, here is what it looked like:

And now it looks like this!

(Gaaaah…. we need furniture!)

I’ve done two posts on this space already—there’s this one on designing/building the fence and then a second one about staining the fence using a sprayer.

Today’s post is all about painting the floors. There’s two reasons why I wanted to paint the floors of this deck space: 1.) the concrete had become stained from falling leaves and pinecones and 2.) I wanted this space to look and feel like a true living space, separate from the driveway. The driveway drops right into this deck area, so using floor paint to make them look like different spaces felt like a good idea.

Here’s a look at the floor in the deck area before it got painted—just raw concrete, the same exist color and texture as the driveway.

And here it is painted—Sherwin Williams Porpoise in their Porch & Floor Enamel paint.

Backyard Patio [AFTER]

Backyard Patio [AFTER]

Backyard Patio [AFTER]

Painting floors is by far my favorite DIY job. It’s so easy! I used a thicker nap—3/4″—on a regular roller and it went on like a dream. The Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel goes on like butter. My only gripe there is the cost! It’s about $60 a gallon! That being said, getting this done during one of their 40% off sales was imperative.

While I was at it, I gave this long, low planter a new paint job. If you look a few pictures up, you can see it was a light gray color… it needed some contrast against the cedar and painted concrete, so RustOleum’s Dark Walnut Satin spray paint was just the thing.

Backyard Patio [AFTER]

Backyard Patio [AFTER]

Yay for a new living space. We are out here ALL THE TIME. My parents got my kids that cute cedar playhouse and it’s the perfect place to play, chat, talk. The local high school football field is a few houses behind us, and our elevated deck provides the perfect view of the field. So darn cozy in the fall to sit here and listen to the games and the announcer—one of my favorite things about this house and this neighborhood.

Happy Monday everyone! Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m @gohausgo! I share so much more over there, and more often!

xo,

emily

 

 

 

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

By | Craft & Create | One Comment

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

We’re a big time apple family around here, especially in the Fall. Apple cider, a refrigerator drawer full of apples, apple scented candles, apple-themed clothes, you name it. But I have to admit I’ve rarely used apples as a part of my Fall decor. It’s always been pumpkins, gourds and more pumpkins. Well all that is about to change! This fall apple wreath is about $50 to make and the best part—you need just one hour to throw it all together. Turn on your favorite show, grab a mug of hot apple cider and let’s begin!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

You’ll Need:

Step 1: Wrap Wreath Form in Burlap Ribbon

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Quite a bit of the actual wreath form itself will show (especially on the back), so I wrapped the entire thing in burlap before I began attaching apples. I used my hot glue gun as I went, securing the ribbon tightly as I wrapped it around the form.

Step Two: Glue the Large Apples to the Wreath Form

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

This will be the most time intensive step of them all, as we’ve got nearly 50 apples to glue on! I used a large amount of hot glue on each apple, first glueing it to the form, then to its neighboring apples. The multiple glue points (at least 3 for each apple) is what makes the apple-d wreath extra sturdy, so be sure to complete this step! Below is an up-close view of those multiple glue points. Don’t worry about the glue showing at this point. We’re going to cover it all up in just a moment.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Half-way through this step, I stopped the apple glueing process and added the hanging ribbon. Because I wanted my hanging ribbon to live under the apples, instead of over, I had to do this step before going any further. Also, be sure to keep your hanging ribbon long. I’ll tell you why in Step Six!

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Here’s how it will look when all 20-25 large apples are applied. Lots of coverage, but plenty of gaps to be filled in. Cue the small apples!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Three: Glue the Small Apples to the Wreath Form

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

The small apples do an excellent job of filling in all the gaps, plus the extra volume is what really makes the whole thing work. As I glued, I was sure to alternate the direction and angle of the apples (both large and small) to be sure nothing looked too uniform.

Step Four: Add Natural Moss

DIY Fall Apple Wreath
I chose natural moss to 1.) help cover all of the glue! and 2.) add some texture to the otherwise smooth and shiny apples. The moss is what really amps up the rustic/farmhouse look of the wreath, which is just perfect for Fall. The exact moss I used (also found at Hobby Lobby) is a tan/green color and is called “Natural Excelsior Moss.”

I continued to play with the moss to fill gaps and cover glue. A few more bits here and there did the trick.

Step Five: Add “Fall” Burlap Pennant Banner

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

This step is completely extra (the wreath looks good without it, too!), but of course I couldn’t help myself! I made this simple burlap banner using jute string and small burlap pennants. Using a Sharpie, I quickly wrote “Fall” in a curly font.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Six: Hang Your Wreath

I have a little trick for hanging wreaths. I like for the front of the door to look seamless with my wreath, meaning no hanging apparatus in sight. I finally figured out that an upside-down Command hook is the perfect solution.

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

Step Seven: Enjoy!

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

DIY Fall Apple Wreath

I hope you enjoy making this wreath as much as I did! Those quick projects are the best! Also, how many of you decorate with apples in the Fall? Or are you Team Pumpkin? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

emily

 

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

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