Mom Week: Egg Carton Flower Wreath

May 01, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Room Decor, Mother's Day, Paint

It’s Day 3 of Mom Week and I have the prettiest egg carton flower wreath you can make for mom. You may have seen egg carton flowers before, but this one is jam-packed with color and pattern using Kid Made Modern supplies. I love when I can incorporate recycled materials into my craft projects, especially […]

Mom Week: Make an Embroidered Journal for Mom

April 30, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Mother's Day

Welcome to Day 2 of Mom Week! Today we’re crafting a special embroidered journal for mom with a fun product from Kid Made Modern. As you may know, I have been working with this awesome brand for the past year to create projects using their one-of-a-kind craft kits. Their Go Make Stuff blog is full […]

Mom Week: Mother’s Day Photo Flowers

April 29, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Mother's Day

Welcome to Day 1 of Mom Week! This week on Design Improvised, we are spending each day celebrating mom! I have some fun kids craft projects that are perfect for Mother’s Day, whether they are for mom, grandmas, aunts, or any special woman you want to celebrate on May 12! We’re kicking off the week […]

Mother’s Day DIY: Stenciled Otomi Pillows

April 26, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Accents, Pom-Poms, Mother's Day, Paint

You may not have heard of the word “Otomi”, but I bet you’ve seen this gorgeous pattern lately! The Otomi pattern is named after the Otomi people of Mexico who typically hand embroider the pattern onto textiles or paint it by hand. This beautiful pattern full of animal and plant silhouettes has become oh-so-trendy and […]

Design Improvised Launch Party Recap

April 19, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Balloons, Summer

It’s hard to believe that the website launch party for the new Design Improvised was already two weeks ago! The days following have been filled with project deadlines, ongoing website fixes and a workshop and TV appearance thrown into the mix. Needless to say, the launch party will go down as the highlight of the […]

How to Make a Gorgeous Fiesta Flower Wreath

April 05, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Fiesta, Wreaths

It’s almost Fiesta time in San Antonio, and given that it is my 5th year celebrating this unique San Antonio tradition, I thought I was due for a new Fiesta wreath idea! I partnered with Amols’, a family-owned party business that has been serving San Antonio for the past 70 years and the headquarters for […]

The Sweetest Bird Wreath for Spring

March 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths

This spring bird wreath is dedicated to my grandmother, Marian Rose Terry. She was a bird lover who taught me to love birds. I have many memories of watching birds from her kitchen window or while sitting on the back patio at her home in Nebraska, where my sister and I spent our summers and […]

Woven Popsicle Stick Baskets

March 05, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Storage Solutions, Accents, Kids Crafts, Yarn

Next week is spring break at my daughters’ school. It doesn’t seem possible, especially since it is currently 28 degrees outside in Texas while I write this! Rather than traveling somewhere during the week off, we are staying home this year. If you too will have some downtime with the kids over spring break, these […]

Make a Wood Spring Welcome Sign

February 28, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wall Art

It might not feel like it, but spring is on the way! You can help hurry it along with this pretty wood welcome sign that you can make yourself. It is my latest project in partnership with Oriental Trading, and it uses some of their fun DIY wood signs and metal decor. It would look […]

Giant Floral Heart Wreath

February 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Flowers

Just when I thought I was done with Valentine’s Day crafts, I’ve come up with one more idea. 🙂 Yesterday, I hung this giant floral heart on our front door, and what an impact it makes! It came together in minutes with just a piece of foam core and a variety of faux flowers that […]

DIY Valentine Card Display

January 31, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wall Art, Valentine's Day

I hope you all enjoyed LOVE Week last week! I have one more Valentine’s Day craft for you. This sweet card display that I made using a chicken wire frame from Oriental Trading would be a sweet way to show off the Valentines your kids bring home from school, or the Design Improvised Valentine you […]

Love Week: 7 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

January 25, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, my husband Ross and I always like to have a special dinner at home rather than go out. No having to book a babysitter, secure a reservation, or pay for an expensive pre fixe menu. We just get the kids to bed early, light some candles, and enjoy a […]

Love Week: I Want to Send You A Valentine!

January 23, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

It’s Day 3 of Love Week and time for my favorite tradition at Design Improvised – sending my readers a Valentine! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you probably know that every Valentine’s Day I send a snail mail card to anyone who wants one, and this year I’m partnering with my friends at […]

Love Week: DIY Yarn Heart Wreath

January 21, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Valentine's Day, Yarn

This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure. Welcome to Love Week on Design Improvised! Valentine’s Day just might be my favorite holiday to craft for… it is just impossible to resist all the pinks, reds, and hearts! In addition to the 30 different Valentine projects I’ve made over the years, I have five more ideas […]

Design Improvised Turns 8 – Year in Review!

January 11, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

Well guys, the earth has circled the sun yet another time and this little blog keeps chugging along. If that’s not an occasion for throwing pom-poms in the air, I don’t know what is! Each year when I do these anniversary posts I am increasingly in awe that I am still doing this. 🙂 A […]

Just Start! A New E-Book You’ll Love

January 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new year. It holds so much possibility and offers a fresh start on achieving your goals. While I’m a big fan of planning and goal setting at this time of year (check out my first ever vision board!), I’m an even bigger fan of just doing. […]