Tagged gold

It’s DIY Time, Baby!


Yesterday afternoon I whipped up this super cute tote using gold leaf on fabric. Ever tried it? It actually works great and has a cool effect. The hardest part of this entire project was trying to get a good picture of it because the gold reflects the light so much. I used the new Cricut Explore to cut out the design and already am starting to think about more ideas for this technique. I know it’s a long way off, but I think this could make some really cool and sophisticated metallic Christmas stockings. Or even a big piece of fabric art for a room. My wheels are turning!

Check out the full step-by-step DIY on Whimseybox!


The Week That Was–March 1, 2013


It’s been forever since I got around writing one of these! It’s been crazy busy around here since we’re 10 days away from the big move and there’s tons of excitement going on with Whimseybox too. Next week we’re shooing one last round of WhimseyboxTV videos with our videographer Zach so there’s lots of prep underway for that, plus I had a total craft fail this week and a very cute Ikea lamp paid the ultimate price. I’m going to see if I can figure out how to give that project another shot this weekend.

Things you might have missed:
DIY Washi Tape Memo Boards
DIY Washi Tape Charger Cords
DIY Leather Button Coasters + A Fiskars Fuse Giveaway (go enter!)
DIY Gold Leather Knot Bracelet
Whimseybox is hiring!

/Life is for spending
/This video of Medieval calligraphy is amazing
/Geometric birthstones prints
/Awesome DIY wood arrows
/Teaspoon wallpaper!

New DIY! Leather Button Coasters + A Fiskars Fuse Giveaway!

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared these leather coasters I found in the Ace Hotel shop? Well, I set out to make my own.

DIY Leather Letterpress Fiskars Fuse Button Coasters (12)

And they came out pretty awesome! I used the new Fiskars Fuse die cut and letterpress machine and it actually cut the suuuuuuper thick leather I chose. Amazing.

DIY Leather Letterpress Fiskars Fuse Button Coasters (6)

You can find the full DIY and win your own Fiskar’s Fuse on Whimseybox so go check it out! What will you make?

DIY Leather Letterpress Fiskars Fuse Button Coasters (1)

DIY Leather Knot Bracelet

DIY Leather Knot Bracelet (10)

I just posted this Celine-inspired leather knot bracelet DIY over on Whimseybox. Seriously in love with how it came out! It’s my favorite kind of project – simple, stylish and completed in less than an hour. Plus leather. Plus gold!

(PS – Remember this Celine bracelet? One of the earliest DIYs I posted on this site! Also, my graphic design and photography is definitely improving!)

Alicia Curates Etsy Gifts That She Likes

Etsy Black Gold Salt Pepper Shakers Vintage

Etsy has been running a series of posts this holiday where they have invited contributes to curate a collection of holiday gifts that they like. So far they have featured Real Simple, West Elm, Thrillist, A Cup of Jo, Modcloth, You Are My Fave, Poppytalk and a bunch of others. I think my invite must have gotten lost in the (e)mail so I’ve decided to share mine here. And I totally cribbed their style just for fun.


Hi, I’m Alicia, writer of this blog right here, founder of Whimseybox, Houston, TX resident and Homeland addict. While most of what catches my eye lately is black, white or neutral, the holidays have me ready to kick it up a teeny notch. Metallics, and gold in particular, are like fancy neutrals. And black always adds drama! So black and gold it is this year. (Btw, this doesn’t mean I’m trading my Bears jersey for a Saints shirt. Never! It just means that black and gold are prettier than blue and orange.)

So here are some of my recent favorites on Etsy. Maybe you’ll find a gift idea to help you finish your holiday shopping! (Of course, I’m assuming you’ve already bought everyone on your list a Whimseybox subscription already :)