January 7, 2016

Sky Princess Studios and DIY Expert & TV Personality Julee Ireland Launch YouTube Series

Julee_Ireland_DIY_Holiday_Christmas_Craft_Clock_Gift_Home_DecoratingWestlake Village, CA – Sky Princess Studios and award winning producer, Jenna Winters, announced today the launch of DIY Expert, Television Personality & Author, Julee Ireland’s weekly DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Instructional Video Series. Each week Julee will demonstrate simple lifestyle do-it-yourself projects from her own home that cost fewer than twenty-five dollars to make derived from her book series or from things that simply inspire her everyday. With over twenty-five years of design and DIY craft experience, she teaches viewers how to tap into their own creativity to make craft magic happen!

When Jenna was asked what captivated her most about producing the DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Series, Jenna responded, “I love Julee’s unique approach to crafting and her fun-loving personality. She is down to earth, funny and really teaches what she preaches. With the camera rolling she amazes me with her ability to think on her feet and take something she finds in her refrigerator or garage and literally transform it into something beautiful to display in your home in just a few minutes. It really is DIY on the Fly! I never know what craft project she is going to whip up next so she keeps me on my toes.”

Julee uses her experience and creativity to inspire others to turn unused items otherwise tucked away in cabinets, closets or the garage that are left collecting dust into something new. Her series will cover everything from do-it-yourself home décor, gifts, parties, tablescapes, kids crafts, weddings and so much more! The weekly series will keep you entertained while learning how to craft simple budget-friendly projects from the comfort of your own home.

When we asked Julee what inspired her to write her books and launch her own You Tube channel, she said, “When I was a young girl my family did not have a lot of money so I learned early on to use my imagination and hands to make things. It truly was my greatest gift because if I wanted new clothes for my Barbie doll for instance, I didn’t have money to buy them. I had to make them. It was in those moments that I discovered my passion for designing, creating, and crafting anything I could conceive. It’s so gratifying to take a vision formed in your head and bring it to life. I believe everyone has the ability to create something beautiful; they just need someone to open up their heart, mind, and spirit to discover what lives within them. I am also really passionate about people. I want to use my talents to reach the masses and inspire others to put down their phones and tablets for a minute and use their imagination. Crafting is so much fun and it teaches you to think-outside-the-box. My book series and YouTube channel are opening the door for me to achieve my bigger dream of inspiring others!”

For more information contact Jenna Winters, Sky Princess Studios, Producer @ jenna@skyprincessstudios.com or Lisa Cocuzza, Public Relations @ 818-795-6449 / lisa@itsaglamthing.com. Visit Julee Ireland on You Tube to view her channel or visit her websites to learn more @ www.juleeirelanddeisgn.com , www.juleeireland.com and www.itsaglamthing.com . Visit Amazon.com to purchase DIY on the FLY Under $25: Monogram Home, in paperback or the kindle version

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January 7, 2016

Home Hacks to Declutter and Get Organized for 2016

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Studies show that clutter and disorganization cause stress and can lead to depression. That is no way to start off the New Year!  Here are some of my favorite DIY Home Hacks to get organized and get off to a good start in 2016!

1. Dreaded Dresser Drawers-Dresser drawers especially socks, under garments and t-shirts always seem to find themselves in pure chaos.  I’ve got a great solution for you! It worked for me so I’m sure will work for you. Here is Home Hack number one to reclaim your dresser drawers and start the New Year off on the right foot! Use PVC pipe to create storage units for drawers and closet to keep your shoes, undergarments, socks, t-shirts and anything else that will fit in them in a neat orderly fashion. You can also use PVC pipe to hold your shoes or to keep your office supplies organized!
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2. A Clean Slate For Your Clothing and Closet-We are all guilty of holding onto clothing that we no longer wear because we think we will wear someday soon.  The fact of the matter is that if you have not worn it in the last six months you most likely will not wear again.  Rather than hold onto things that you really don’t need I have the perfect Home Hack to help you make room for something new and retire the rest to a new home by donating your old clothing to your charity of choice.  Here’s Home Hack number two.  Hang all of your clothing hangers in your closet backwards. As you wear an item rehang it the correct way. Every six months remove any items hung backwards and donate them.   I promise, if you have not touched it in 6 months you are not going to wear it and it is just taking up space.  It does the heart good to donate. You can also take your items to a consignment shop so you can earn some money for your unwanted clothing.

3. Disheveled Linen Closet- Sheet sets have a way of separating themselves from their mates just like socks.  I don’t know about you but it was always a source of frustration for me trying to maintain my linen closet and keep things together and organized until I thought of a creative way to solve the problem.  Here is Home Hack number three. It is so simple and it works! You are going to love it! All you have to do is store your sheets inside their matching pillowcase to keep everything neat and organized as a set and to save space at the same time!

4. Simplified Desk Drawers-Part of what makes us most productive in life and at work is having a little organization. It all starts with your desk and desk drawers.  It is really easy for your desk drawers to become a junk drawer and we don’t want that. Here is Home Hack number four to help you start your year off headed straight toward success.  And you can start by creating an orderly and efficient desk! Use old ice trays, boxes or silverware trays to line the inside of your desk drawers and create compartments to keep all your office supplies neat and organized!

5.  DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland-Jewelry Organization and Wall Art
It’s easy to loose jewelry and if it is not in sight you will forget that you have it and it will never get worn.  Trust me. I have been guilty of this also. Here is a great Home Hack and DIY project that you can do to create a chic wall hanging to display your jewelry as wall art, while keeping it organized at the same time! All you have to do is use an old frame and some radiator mesh. Here’s how you make it!
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Supplies:

Old Frame, Hot Glue Gun, Radiator Sheet Metal, Fabric, decorative paper or photo, Sharpie pen, Scissors, Picture Frame Hanging Kit, Paint and Four Door Knobs (optional)

Step One: Take apart your frame and remove the glass and backing. Paint your frame your desired color or leave it with its current finish.

Step Two: Lay your glass on top of your radiator sheet metal and trace an outline with your sharpie pen. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Three: Use your frame back as a template on top of your fabric, decorative paper or photo and use your Sharpie pen to trace and outline. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Four:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your fabric to your backing. If you use decorative paper or a photo a glue stick will do the trick!

Step Five:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your radiator mesh to the inside back of the frame.

Step Six: Install your fabric frame backing to your frame behind your radiator sheet metal.  Optional: Install two to four doorknobs spaced evenly across the bottom of your frame to hang your necklaces.

Step Seven: Install your picture frame hanging kit if your frame is not already equipped with picture frame hooks.  You are now ready to hang and organize your jewelry on your wall as wall art!

I hope you enjoy these great tips and have fun making your own unique jewelry organization hanging wall art. I would love to brag about you on my blog so feel free to send me before and after photos of your projects along with your name and email address.  Happy New Year!

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December 24, 2015

DIY on the FLY Snow Globes As Seen On Good Things Utah

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I Love the Holidays especially when it comes to making handmade decorations or gifts for my home, family and friends. My daughter has been collecting snow globes from around the world since she was small and we love to display them during the holidays and throughout the year. They are inexpensive and easier than you think to make. This is also a really fun project to do together with your kids, grand kids and teens! Here’s how you make your own snow globe. Have fun and email me photos of your creations to juleeireland@gmail.com. I would love to post them on my blog, social media and share them with the world. Now let’s make craft magic happen!

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Supplies:
1. Mason jar or old jar that you wish to recycle. I have used pickle jars, pasta sauce or jam jars so look in your refrigerator or cabinets
before running out and buying something new.
2. Miniature embellishments or mini ornaments. (Michaels Craft Stores has a nice selection. You can also find them at most craft or hobby
stores.)
3. Packaged snowflakes. (Michaels, Joanne Fabrics or most craft stores.)
4. (Optional) Spray Paint in desired color to paint your lid.
5. Hot glue gun.
Step One: (Optional) Use your spray paint to paint your lid.
Step Two: When your lid is dry begin placing your miniature embellishments onto the inside of your lid to create a festive scene that you are
happy with.
Step Three: When you are happy with your scene use your hot glue gun to glue your miniature embellishments in place.
Step Four: Sprinkle your snowflakes onto the bottom of the lid around your holiday scene. Put the glass jar over the lid and tighten until it
is completely closed. Voila! You have just created a beautiful snow globe!
Step Five: (Optional) You can add water to your snow globe if you like. I personally like them without the water just as much.
Note: If you are making these with small children substitute the glue gun for Elmers glue and let dry before adding the snowflakes.
These are so charming and delightful and they make a truly wonderful gift for friends, family or teachers. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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October 19, 2015

DIY Halloween Spookdorable Spider Candle Holders–As seen on Good Day Columbus Fox 28

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Candles are an important design element used with Halloween decor to help set the spooky tone for a spooktacular Halloween night. I love to scatter candles throughout my home and garden to achieve the perfect mood lighting.  Here’s a fun project to create your own adorable spooky spider candle holders. They will look great sprinkled throughout your home, as a display on your front porch or to use as individual table place setting candle for an event or Halloween meal. They are simple, cost less than three dollars to make and I promise the kids will love them!

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Supplies: Mini pumpkin, black pipe cleaners, hot glue gun, small candle. (Optional: spray paint or acrylic craft paint in black or purple)

 

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Step One: Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin a little larger in circumference than your candle and carve out the insides of your pumpkin. (Optional: you can paint your pumpkin black or purple if you like and let it dry before going to step two.)

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Step Two: Take your pipe cleaners and bend eight of them to look like spider legs. Make sure they are all the same size in length.

Step Three: Use your hot glue gun to glue four legs on each side and insert your candle! It’s that simple! These adorable pumpkin spiders also make a great table place setting card holder.

 

 

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You can also spray paint your pumpkins black of purple and paint or glue googly eyes on them.  Have fun and I would love to see how your spider candle holders turned out so please email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com so I can share your DIY creations with everyone on my blog and social media.

 

 

 

 

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October 14, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Party & Craft Ideas

The month of October brings with it the official start of the Holiday Season and one of my favorite things in the entire world, decorating! I thought I would share with you some fun, simple and super Spooktacular Home Decorating DIY on the FLY tips using pumpkins. Let the holiday festivities begin!

pumpkin_beveragesPumpkins can be used for much more than lighting your doorstep on Halloween. They also make great containers for floral arrangements, food displays and beverages at your next party. Here’s how you put your pumpkin to work to entertain your guests.

Supplies: Large Pumpkin, Plastic Bowl or Vase, Floral Arrangement or Food, Beverages & Ice, Carving Knife, Large Spoon to gut your pumpkin.

Step One: Select your container and a pumpkin that is larger than your container.

Step Two: Cut your pumpkin top off so that it is at least an inch taller than your container. Make sure your pumpkin is also similar in width and height to your container. Next, carve the insides out of your pumpkin with your spoon and place your container inside.

Step Three: Place flowers in the pumpkin with a vase, or food or beverages and ice in the pumpkin with the bowl. Now you are ready to display, dazzle and serve!

If you want to take it a step further, you can always decorate or paint a face on your pumpkin. Have fun creating and serving up pure pumpkin delight to all of your guests!

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I love to decorate and I love Halloween but personally I have never been into anything to creepy or scary. Here’s a fun way to greet your guests with pumpkins at your doorstep without sending them scurrying away before you have a chance to say hello. Let’s make a friendly pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Supplies: Three Pumpkins (Large, Medium, Small), Two Small Broomsticks or Two Branches, Black Acrylic Paint, Hat, Scarf, leaves or raffia to wrap around the neck, Hot Glue Gun (Industrial Strength Glue), Knife or Drill to create holes for the arms

Step One: Glue your pumpkins together with your hot glue gun. Start with your large pumpkin on the bottom, your medium pumpkin in the center and your small pumpkin on top.

Step Two: Use your paint to create two eyes, a nose and a mouth. You can make a snowman, pumpkin or scarecrow face.

Step Three: Creating arms for your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Carefully use a knife or drill to make a hole in each side of your middle or medium sized pumpkin to fit your broomstick handles or branches. Put a little hot glue on the end of each broomstick or branch before inserting them into each hole to secure them firmly in place. Tie a scarf, raffia or silk leaves around in the middle of the base of the small and medium size pumpkins to create a neck. Lastly, add a hat on top. You can use a top hat, cowboy hat or any hat that you like. To dress it up a bit more add a plaid shirt or cape to your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Have fun decorating your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Don’t be afraid to find your inner Design Diva and add your personal touch to make it your own and reflect your home. I would love to see your pumpkin creations and share them on my social media. Email your photos to me at juleeireland@gmail.com Enjoy this Spooktacular start to your holiday season!

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October 2, 2015

DIY on the FLY Crayon Pumpkin Craft

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DIY on the FLY Pumpkin Decorating with Crayons

 

Just like there’s more than one-way to skin a cat, there is also more than one-way to carve a pumpkin, or NOT! Here’s a simple, fun and inexpensive way to repurpose your kids old crayons and create festive pumpkin decor for your home or as a table centerpiece without having to use a carving knife.

Supplies: White Pumpkin, Tacky Glue, Crayons, Blow Dryer
Step One: Take the outside wrapper off of your crayons and cut the crayons in half.
Step Two: Glue your crayons on top of your pumpkin using your tacky glue.
Step Three: When the glue is dry place your pumpkin on a drop cloth. Next, use your blow dryer to melt the crayons so they drip down the sides of your pumpkin creating a colorful design!

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October 2, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

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Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knives, are not exactly cut out for kids. That’s why I fell in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or church party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for Adults. Now, let’s head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz pumpkin craft kit!

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Planning the perfect party always begins with the perfect party theme. I love Halloween and dressing up in a costume but I am not into the horror aspect of it. I would rather decorate with bright colorful colors or happy jack-o-lanterns. I ran across some of the cutest party decor this year at Target and I especially love the bright colored Day of the Dead party themed plates, napkins, cups and more. You also can’t beat the price! They start at $1.00 and go up to $2.50, so it’s affordable. My advice, get there early before they are sold out and enjoy the party! Price $1.00 to $2.50

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Thank goodness for cameras! They help us to preserve our memories in photographs and when it comes to Halloween and our children, family, and friends we want to capture every one of lifes moments. I love the current party trend of using photo props and photo backgrounds, so naturally, I could not resist the Spritz photo kit that I found at Target either! From Batman, to Frankenstein to Dracula lips this photo prop kit will have everyone howling with laughter as you snap photos at your party. Get it now while supplies last! Price $5.00

Playing dress up is not just for kids when it comes to Halloween. I love to go all out when putting together a creative costume, which for me usually includes some face paint, and it’s not always easy to do on yourself. Target has a new craft section and I found these amazing temporary face tattoos that are quick and easy to do. I also love the fact that I can use clothing from my own closet to create a complete costume look! For the spider face I can wear all black or for the deer I can outfit myself in brown and so can you! The real icing on the cake is the price, at only $3.00. Now you can get creative and join in on all of the Halloween fun without spending a lot of money. I don’t know about you, but three dollars for a costume is just fine by me!

I would love to see photos of your Halloween party decor and share them on my blog and social media. Feel free to e-mail them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com. Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween!

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October 2, 2015

Home Interiors with the Pantone Color of the Year Marsala

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I’m obsessed with the Pantone color of the year Marsala!

The color that you surround yourself with in your home sets the tone for your living space. People often forget that their walls are just as important as their furnishings. Your walls are a canvas and when they’re perfectly balanced together with your furnishings, lighting and accessories they create a masterful painting that reflects your personal style and taste. Our home is our haven. That’s why I love Tempaper removable wall paper! From a design standpoint, it’s the perfect way to revitalize and incorporate the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, into any room in your home. Tempaper is self-adhesive, removable wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. Simply remove its backing and adhere to a smooth, primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove! It’s fun, has an amazing pattern and color selection and it’s easy to remove when you want to try something new! Add Tempaper to just one wall or your entire room. Prices range from $75 to $125 a roll.

As a designer I really love storage ottomans. Especially ones with multiple functions like this one from Kohl’s. This is not your ordinary storage ottoman, it also has a built in removable tray table on the reverse side of its lid! It serves multiple purposes and incorporates the Pantone color of the year Marsala into your home decor at the same time. It provides extra seating, storage and can be used as a service tray, tray table or side table. $129.99

I always say, “Lighting is the jewelry for your home” because it is! It does much more for your home decor than light your way across the room; lighting brings with it, color, vibrancy, shape and texture helping to set the tone and mood for your room. I love the simplicity of the round design elements and the rich Marsala color of Irene lamp by Safaveigh found at Wayfair. It comes as a set of two lamps 31”H x 14”Wx14”D making is a nice overall scale for side tables, nightstands or the office. It also has a maximum wattage of 100 which, allows for a nice bright light if you need it. As a designer, Wayfair has always been a great source for finding unique products at an affordable price for my clients.  It’s truly a one-stop-shop to finding everything that you need for your home or office with designer looks for less. Wayfair’s Price for the Irene lamp set of two is $159.99.

A decorative accent bowl serves more than one purpose and is a great way to bring a punch of color and design into your room. It’s a great investment because it’s what I call a double duty decor item. What I mean by that is that it looks great as a decorative display piece in a cabinet, on a book shelve or table and at the same time it’s a great way to serve food in for your guests at your next dinner party. I found this beautiful accent bowl in white and Marsala at Home Goods for only $12.99!

Have fun incorporating the Pantone color of the year Marsala, with its rich tone into your home!

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October 1, 2015

Laugh, Love, Live

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September 29, 2015

Choose to Blossom

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