As part of a week of “Amex Cheer,” we hit the road for the San Francisco Airport to help American Express Card Members get in the DIY holiday spirit at The Centurion Lounge for the day. While travelers relaxed before flights, we dazzled them with personalized leather passport holders, which were customized by our Dirty Bandits friends, while Erica and the PSIMT team helped guests get crafty with DIY gift wrapping. From customizing gift boxes with travel stickers, tinsel pom poms, glitter bows to creating special gift tags for their loved ones, everyone had a ball! We loved seeing everyone from all over the world getting into the holiday spirit with their handmade and heartfelt personal touches. Check out all of the holiday cheer from the event here
For the first time ever, Erica Domesek and her merry band of DIYers hit the West Coast, hosting four workshops at Duff’s Cakemix in Los Angeles. In the spirit of #cincoDIYmayo, LA’s creative set, along with celebs Rachel McAdams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, had a blast customizing statement necklaces & bracelets and bedazzling cake servers while enjoying festive cupcakes and fresh green juice from Pressed Juicery, and sipping delicious handmade cocktails from the DIY margarita bar provided by Patron, who also sent everyone home with personalized cocktail tools. For more images from the event click here.
It was truly a “knight” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where we joined the College Group at the Met to celebrate the Museum’s renowned Arms & Armor collection, featuring approximately 1,000 objects. Students created DIY charm & chain brooches along with tassel bracelets inspired by ornate weapons and medieval armor.
P.S.- I made this… is proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the innovative people behind Indego Africa, an amazing social enterprise that empowers women artisans in Rwanda. Their beautiful products, from jewelry to home decor and accessories, are handmade in partnership with 14 cooperatives made up of over 500 women. With all profits going back into the organization, Indego Africa is able to provide them with essential job skills; from management, entrepreneurship, design, literacy, health and technology, along with the ability to sustain a positive life for themselves and their families.
Erica made the inspiring trip to Africa this summer to see firsthand the production of a collection of DIY Iron-On Patches that she designed exclusively for Indego Africa. The patches, inspired by Africa’s rich culture and landscape, are handmade by the IBABA cooperative—a group of 28 talented Rwandan women artisans known for their stunning and life-like hand-embroidery, using techniques originally taught to them by Belgian nuns. Check out our video debuting their gorgeous work here, and then head on over to IndegoAfrica.Org to purchase a set. And for added inspiration, view our DIY patch projects!
Erica was accompanied by friend and co-founder of the conscious lifestyle guide Conscious Commerce Barbara “Babs” Burchfield. Together the two documented their visits to numerous cooperatives, where they met with the artisans to witness their work and hear their inspiring stories. Watch the journey here and get their insights on the positive impacts of social enterprise.
*Watercolor illustrations by Martha Napier of Marnani Design Studio www.marnani.com
This year’s annual Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art examined the career of legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier
We were invited to celebrate Lacoste’s annual two-day Desert Pool Party. Held at a private estate near Palm Springs, California; guests which included Katy Perry, Emma Roberts and Steven Tyler were invited to make a splash in the pool while sipping on cocktails under the sun. In addition, we hosted a DIY sneaker bar where guests were able to customize their gifted sneakers from Lacoste. This included bedazzling with crystals, studs, fabric sprays, markers, watercolor, beads, playful shoelaces and cute charms. Search #DesertPoolParty & #LiveBeautifully or click here for more behind-the-scenes pictures from the event.
We were invited to celebrate the Express South Beach Summer 2014 Runway Show, held at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami, Florida. Supermodel Kate Upton kicked off the festivities that included a live DJ set headlined by A-Track, nail & hair styling stations, along with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks. In addition, we hosted a DIY screen printing and embellishing t-shirt station, using I Love to Create supplies along with an assortment of studs, beads and much more. Get in on the behind-the-scenes action by following #EXPRunway or click here for more event photos.
Our eyes are always open for new exciting inspiration, and there is no better place to turn than The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We joined the College Group at the Met on the final weekend of the “Jewels by JAR” exhibition to create a variety of DIY projects inspired by this spectacular show. Joel A. Rosenthal (JAR) is known for his unique designs, remarkable craftsmanship, but above all the fearless beauty of his pieces so, using DIY supplies from I Love To Create we encouraged students to challenge their inner creativity and get their JAR on! For more images from the event click here.
We are constantly in search for the latest and greatest inventions to keep you on your toes, and what better place to go for inspiration than the Craft & Hobby Association’s (CHA) Conference & Trade Show since it’s where thousands of member companies gather together to gain exclusive access to the newest creative products. We stopped by the CHA Hot 20 VIP Media and Retailer Event to check out what’s new and what’s hot in 2014. Want to know what really caught our eye?
The Lumi Inkodye Black: a sunlight-activated fabric dye that allows you to print your own photos onto fabric, the Brother DPI built-in scanner, and the Plaid Enterprises Mod Podge Mod Melter: a tool used to fill the Mod Molds with the Mold Melts. It allows the crafter to fill the molds with ease for molded embellishments, home décor, paper crafts and more. Stay tuned to see what 2014 has in store.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We got a jump start on the holiday season with LOWE’S at the DECK THE HALLS AND WALLS AND ALL holiday press event in NYC. We were invited to decorate any room; we chose the living room for the obvious Xmas tree and cozy appeal. Erica used her interior design roots to design and decorate the space with a bevy of Lowe’s furnishings and lots of festive DIY touches. Handcrafted elements included metallic nutcrackers, embellished stockings and a color pop mirror were show-stoppers. Check out the entire festive rom HERE or search #HolidayReadyHome on social to see more pics!
P.S.-we worked with Lowe’s on this exciting project who sponsored our feature.
This holiday season, Microsoft & P.S.-I made this…, joined forces to host a night to DIY for the holidays at the Microsoft Experience Space in Venice, CA. Fun and festive activities helped contribute to Microsoft’s Give for Youth campaign on #GivingTuesday, while celebrating giving through exclusive DIY projects.
Event goers enjoyed edible DIY’s, proving that sweets make the perfect treat. From the DIY the s’mores bar to hot chocolate bar there wasn’t a sweet tooth left unattended in the room. After personalizing 3D printed ornaments created using the 3D building app and MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, attendees turned to Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium to creating personalized wrapping paper and gift tags at the DIY wrapping station to get a jumpstart on the holiday season. For more photos from the event click here.
We headed up to Toronto’s Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street, for our first ever event in Canada! Erica signed copies of her new book, P.S.-you’re invited… while greeting fans. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a delightful crafternoon decorating Hudson Denim pouches with an array of Swarovski crystals. Click here to check out more photos from the event then get inspired with this behind-the-scenes video.
P.S. heads west! L.A.’s coolest, finest and most fashionable came together to celebrate the launch of Erica’s new book, P.S.-you’re invited… at the Microsoft Experience in Venice Beach. Microsoft hosted a spectacular night of crafty surprises, including a bevy of DIY bars where guests created their own bling ring courtesy of Swarovski. Sweet moments were scooped up at the DIY sundae bar with Jeni’s Ice Cream, while everyone sipped on personalized sangrias from The Naked Grape and fun cocktails by Veev. Click here to check out more fun party pics and order your copy of Erica’s new book.
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We teamed up with West Elm for an all-city DIY Workshop Event Series to celebrate the launch of Erica’s new book, P.S.-you’re invited…. Attendees created exclusive DIY projects using West Elm’s signature square lacquer tray. Missed your chance to DIY at West Elm? See this project and other DIYs from Erica on blog.westelm.com or search #pswestelm. To purchase the P.S. DIY Swiss Army Tool and your copy of P.S.-you’re invited… visit westelm.com
New York’s finest and most fashionable came together to celebrate the launch of Erica’s new book, P.S.-you’re invited… at the Paramount Hotel. Microsoft hosted the spectacular night of crafty surprises, which included a bevy of DIY bars where guests created their own bling courtesy of Swarovski. Sweet moments were scooped up at the DIY sundae bar with Jeni’s Ice Cream, while everyone sipped on personalized sangria cocktails with The Naked Grape. Click here to check out more fun party pics and order your copy of Erica’s NEW book.
LACOSTE is celebrating eighty years of style with a limited edition versions of the classic L.12.12 tote featuring artwork by three of today’s most influential tastemakers; Aimee Song of Song of Style, Katie Rogers of Paper Fashion, and Erica Domesek of P.S.-I made this… Erica’s design is inspired by items she carries with her all the time and her love for drawing and doodling. Her tote creation is “an extension of real life and the everyday girl.” P.S.- Watch Aimee, Katie & Erica describe their design process here.
In celebration of the Nordstrom Beauty Spot launch, Erica created two exclusive DIY projects: a beauty brush holder and a makeup tray. Both which repurpose every day objects to help you get organized! Alongside five other tastemakers, Erica met up with Nordstrom Beauty Stylists to play with fall trends. The skincare evangelist curated her top beauty picks, check them out here. Show off your beauty faves or latest buys through Nordstrom “Spill Your Beauty Bag” on social @Nordstrom @NordstromBeauty.
P.S.- Nothing says spring more than Marimekko’s vibrant and eye catching prints. We made the trip to their Beverly Hills store to celebrate spring and stylish accessories.
Each guest selected their favorite pattern and made bright fabric wrapped bangles, stacks of gemstone bracelets and intricate wrapped and woven statement necklaces. Click here to see more photos from the crafternoon and check out all of Marimekkos latest prints here.
P.S.- Who ever said denim should only be worn as pants hasn’t seen the rad accessories guests made on5F using denim from JBrand, Rag & Bone, Mother, Current Elliott, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Hudson, Koral, and Helmut Lang.
Whether it’s dark, light, striped, patterned, or bright, we’re obsessed with all the latest trends in denim! We partnered with Bergdorf Goodman to host the denim event of the season. Attendees made denim and chain wrapped bangles, denim wrapped cuffs, denim covered cell phone cases, one-of-a-kind silver and denim necklaces incorporating Midori Dupioni silk, and much more. Crafting combined with shopping made for the perfect spring crafternoon!
P.S.- We love bold prints and color, especially Marimekko’s vibrant and inspiring fabric. We turned their Flatiron flagship into a DIY party making custom holiday pouches. Each attendee selected their favorite pattern and got busy whipping up a DIY designer creation. With plenty of colorful beads, string, cord, grommets, and more- no too creations were alike. Click here to see more photos from the nights festivities and get inspired by browsing all Marimekko has to offer here.
On Friday September 7th the P.S.- I made this curated sale launches on MYHABIT. Check out Erica’s Fall picks for fashion and home here. These carefully selected style finds are the perfect canvas for a Fall Fashion DIY so make sure to watch our DIY idea video and for more behind the scenes from this DIY Fashion shoot, head over to theFix.
P.S.- Where were you on Fashion’s Night Out? We were in Time Square at Fossil’s Flagship location.
Hundreds of DIY Darlings showed up to craft and hang with P.S.- I made this while shopping Fossil’s Fall Collection. We created color blocked painted key necklaces using Fossil’s gold and silver key charms and a bevy of bag charms crafted from Fossil leathers.
Combined with a photobooth with live Facebook updates, artisanal flavored sodas, and a non stop DJ we wished we could have stayed all night. Click here to see more photos of our fabulous FNO!
T-I-Y is the new DIY! We partnered with Gap at this summers Wanderlust Festival which brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more. Guest popped by the “Be Bright” Gap tent to get crafty and creative with fun stencils from Stencil1 and fabric paint and sprays from I Love to Create-using Gap’s Favorite Tee as their blank canvas. Check out more photos from the weekend here!
P.S.- Exciting stuff! We’re giving away a $250 gift card to GAP! Stock up on tees and duds to DIY or simply layer into your summer wardrobe. To enter, follow @gap & @psimadethis and tweet us a #BeBright message and remember to stay crafty.
DIY is music to our ears, so it was fitting to partner with Gap for this summers Bonnarro Music Festival. Guests popped the ”Be Bright At Night” event which slid into the early hours of the night. Our good friends at Hello Giggles was on board to help create the ultimate late night hang out where T-I-Y became the new D-I-Y! Attendees got crafty and creative with fun stencils from Stencil1 and fabric paint and sprays from I Love to Create-using Gap’s Favorite Tee as their blank canvas. Hello Giggles and guests got down with some late-night Karaoke sessions, photo booths and loads of delicious pressed juices! Festivals are fun but DIY is dope, so infuse the two and you can’t go wrong. Click here to see more after dark photos- courtesy of @cobrasnake.
P.S.- Exciting stuff! We’re giving away a $250 gift card to GAP! Stock up on tees and duds to DIY or simply layer into your summer wardrobe. To enter, tweet us a #BeBright message and remember to stay crafty.
P.S.- We love Saks Fifth Avenue & Swarovski Elements! Creative minds gathered and got their DIY on at Sak’s Atlanta, New York City and Palm Beach locations. Fashionistas designed beautiful headbands and jewelry using gorgeous crystals from Swarovski Elements. We had a blast getting to DIY with these creative girls- Click Here to check out a few photos from these 3 fabulous cities.
Summit Series brings together the most innovative, intelligent, movers, shakers, do-gooder’s, and game-changers in today’s world. This year, 500 Summit’ers gathered in Squaw Valley, CA for a weekend where brilliance was brought to the table. The world’s leaders in the tech, social, philanthropic, media, & fashion communities gathered for a 3 day meeting of the mind, body and soul.
Erica, a Summit Series veteran, hosted a DIY Workshop where she helped people get in touch with their inner designer and create vibrant and unique tablet cases for their iPads, Nooks, Kindles, using Duck Tape. Click here to see more pics from the workshop.
P.S.- I made this… partnered with ViaSpiga and Bloomingdale’s for two fabulous east coast events in NYC and Virginia! We designed custom shoe bags featuring several of Via Spigas hottest Fall styles. Each limited edition bag was available to be DIY’ed and customized with fresh fall fashion accents that were to D-I-Y for! Our crafty crew chose from assorted tassels, furry pom poms, and metallic studs to decorate their bags. We used P.S.- I made this… Swiss Army knives to snip and finish off each masterpiece. We kicked off the Via Spiga craft club at Tyson’s Corner, VA and returned back to our beloved NYC for an evening event at the Bloomingdale’s Flagship on 59th street. At both events, the Bloomies shoppers blew us away with their creativity! Check out more pics from both events here.
P.S.- FNO 2011 was a blast! The brand new 5th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue was the place to be. We spent the evening DIY’ing Goody headbands & hair combs, and braided key chains for customized P.S.- Swiss Army knives (the perfect on-the-go crafting tool). Vivid patterns and colored fabric mixed with chains turned into bracelets and necklaces before our very eyes to the sounds of Questlove. Between the crafty beats and the bevy of projects, everyone was in DIY heaven! Click here to check out more pictures from the night.
P.S.- we love Design Sponge! Our dear friend Grace Bonney has a wonderful new book out- Design Sponge at Home. We were so honored when she asked that P.S.- I made this… contribute a project! Inside this fabulous book you will find our tutorial on the Faux Porcelain Vases. The book is filled with home tours, DIY projects, step by step tutorials, before & after home makeovers and tons of other tips! Grace and her team have been touring the country, partnering with retailers like West Elm to celebrate the books birth. Erica attended the NYC event where she P.S.-ed a custom West Elm DIY vase set that was auctioned off to a lucky party-goer! These were made with both gold and silver adhesive studs. The winner, a former Hermes employee, said she was drawn to the Hermes-esque shiny stud detail. We love how they turned out! P.S.- check out the book!
P.S.- I made this… stands by the “doing well, by doing good” message. The Four Seasons Costa Rica on Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, allowed us to do just that. Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan and I were invited to the beautiful Four Seasons property to get involved and give back to the local community in conjunction with their Growing Together program. The dynamic outreach program is designed for guests to volunteer at local schools, get involved with environmental conservation projects, as well as “adopting” local families during their stay. The philanthropic opportunities created for guests are guaranteed to make visits more meaningful. Students got their DIY on, creating messenger bags using Sharpie Stained fabric markers. The excitement and creativity unleashed was invigorating and heart felt. The universal language of DIY and arts & crafts is near and dear to everyone. Be sure to check out the DIY PHOTO GALLERY!
P.S.- CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR DIY ADVENTURE IN COSTA RICA! In the spirit of DIY, we head out for a P.S.- made this… dinner experience. Billfish Safaris took us on a deep sea fishing excursion where we cruised alongside sea turtles, dolphins and reeled in mahi mahi that was “PS’ed” into ceviche, sushi, and sashimi. Mission accomplished for a crafty cuisine!