Category Archives: just for fun

Ombré sugar dome birthday cake

Happy birthday to my husband!! It shouldn’t take more than 4 hours to bake a cake, but when you are making several shades of your own sugar domes and need several trips to the store, sometimes things can get out of control. That’s right, crazy wild baking cakes on a Friday night!

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Burlap Shmurlap

I don’t pretend to be a whiz kid at sewing so upfront I want to confess that this DIY could not have been done without the help of lovely mom, who is a master seamstress grande dame.  Thanks momma!

Materials I used:

2 NILS stools from Ikea – $44.99 each

Coffee Sack from a local flea market – $1

Amazing mom as seamstress

First, I measured out the pattern and how I wanted the image to appear on both stools. Because I used only 1 coffee sack, the prep work was important!

We cut the burlap bag down one vertical seam to measure it out on the stool. Mom hand-stitched the corners using thread from the burlap that we originally cut away (so the thread matched the fabric). She pinned it together and hand-stitched the 4 seams on each stool to perfection!

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Springtime in Texas

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Chocolate Salty Balls

I’ve had a really bad craving for some really bad food lately. Here is my latest indulgence, which I made this weekend for an out-of-town family reunion. I got lots of compliments and it was an easy no-bake recipie that everyone loved!

Chocolate – Peanut Butter – Pretzel Balls

Ingredients for about 50 balls

3 C Pretzels

1 C creamy peanut butter

2 Tbsp butter, softened

4 Tbsp light brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

6 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make:

1. crush pretzels. I threw them in a baggie and danced around the kitchen though you probably could use a food processor just as easily with similar results. 🙂

2. Combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and salt.

3. Blend it all together until smooth and no lumps (unlike this photo).

4. Add pretzels and mix thoroughly. Then blend in powdered sugar.

5. Roll the mixture into a ball with a diameter of about 3/4 inch. Place the balls evenly on the chilling tray lined with wax paper. This part gets sticky! Either add powdered sugar or cool your hands with cold water to continue rolling.

6.  Chill in the refridgerator for at least 30 minutes.

7. After they have chilled, prepare the chocolate. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir. If they aren’t melted, continue to zap in the microwave on 10 second blasts and stir until the chocolate is smooth.

8. One by one roll the balls in the chocolate with a fork for even coating.

9. Place them evenly on the chilling tray and return to the fridge for another 30 minutes.

10. Enjoy!

Messy but YUM!

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Two Cowboys in Marfa

It has arrived!! I am only a little bit obsessed with Gray Malin’s photograph of two cowboys in Marfa,Texas. City chic meets cowboy cool, indeed.

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Cameo in BRIDES UK

I received a lovely email from a dear friend in London who is planning her wedding (Honeycomb is designing and printing her wedding suite – stay tuned!). She was flipping through the March/April edition of BRIDES Magazine in the UK and stumbled upon a little cameo of a picture of my wedding day getting my makeup done by the lovely Sarah Brock. Hubby is in a picture in the background. The article is about Sarah and her wonderful expertise in the bridal makeup world – definitely an expert you want on hand for your wedding day if its in the UK! Here is the full interview.

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Hand-painted Graphic Rug

I love graphic prints. I love carpets and rugs for the home. The problem? Classic or Trendy, Antique or Contemporary,  Hand-Woven or Machine Loomed, they’re so DANG expensive!

This is a cheap and easy way to bring a bold graphic print into your home. It takes about 3 full days to complete once you have the materials.

I used an Ikea ERSLEV rug  (4’7″ x 6’7″ is $39.99). I used the larger size of 5’11” x 8’2″ which is $59.99.

Next, decide a paint color. It needs to be a latex-based paint for easy application and max breathability. You can get quarts at any hardware/home improvement store for about $10. I chose the cool, deep gray to anchor some other furniture and accessories it will be around. I also wanted a bit of a shine to the final product, so i got a quart of polyurethane sealant. This is optional, but will increase the lifespan of the paint by protecting it, especially if you plan to put the rug in a room with high foot traffic (it also will make it a bit easier to clean!).

I found a pattern that I liked and traced it on cardboard to create a template. Then used the template to draw the pattern in pencil on the rug.

Once everything is lined up and you are happy with it, the hard part is over! Now put on some music, grab a drink, and start painting!

I found it easier to paint in 2 waves. I used a big, wide coverage brush for the large areas first, then went over again with a smaller, detailed brush to get the pattern right.

Letting the sealant dry…

Ta-dah! I can’t wait to complete the room it will go in. Have you painted a graphic rug? I’d love to see the results or know if you did anything differently!

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Our blogging debut…

Hi and welcome to Honeycomb Stationery Studio’s blog, Buzza Buzza!

In this blog, we’ll be posting about bucketloads of lovely things and all the latest ‘buzza’ around our studio. Some of our favorites: Letterpress, Design, Weddings, Interiors, Recipies, DIY projects, and Entertaining. At our roots, we are a stationery design and print shop and have a serious obsession with chic design, rich inks, thick paper, and beautiful little touches. Half of our heart is in Dallas, Texas and the other half is in London, England but we would like to say…

We are glad to be here and glad you are here too!

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